July 2014 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 52

Recycled Wine Bottles: Use As a Vase Idea

By Casey Schwartz

Recycled Wine Bottle Vases

Recycled wine bottles will be gracing many wedding reception tables this season.

The latest vase on the scene comes in a standard shape, in a few subtle earthy shades and has a very small opening. The ancient, elegant wine bottle is gracing tables this wedding season. Records indicate that glass was created in the area we know today as Syria in 3000 BC, the Romans then developed glass blowing and the wine bottle was born. More elegant than a giant clay container which the Greeks and Romans had been using.

Wine is an established guest at many social occasions and celebrations, so it is not surprising that creative couples and designers have found a great way to re-purpose these glass pieces.  The wine has already been enjoyed and the bottle is re-filled with water and flowers.  Unaltered they are rather tall for a table, however because they can only take a limited number of stems, they create a light and airy arrangement.

Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers

One of our grooms created these wine bottle vases by cutting them and then sanding the raw edges to make them safe to use!

One of our engaged couples has worked out a successful technique of cutting the wine bottles at two different heights so that we can use the trio on the tables for their wedding. The tall bottle will be graced with a tall line flower, and the two lower pieces will be filled with greenery and selected flowers. We will be sure to post these images on our Instagram and Facebook pages after their August wedding.

Another great way to use these bottles would be as the table number. Chalk board paint has more blooming colors than standard black. In fact, Benjamin Moore can mix any color you want to match any party theme.


We designed these centerpieces for a recent wedding at the SMOG Shoppe and the bride made these wine bottle vases by painting them with black chalkboard paint and then writing “Cheers to LOVE!” on them with white chalk.


Last week Casey designed these wine bottle vase mockups for a meeting with our bride at Classic Party Rentals showroom in El Segundo.

July 4th Flower  Ideas

We have a long weekend coming up and Flower Duet will be creating flowers for two weddings over the weekend. So, while you are barbequing and heading to watch fireworks, we’ll be putting finishing touches on bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces.

For this annual festival of red, white and blue, we thought we’d offer a few new ideas on how to decorate for Independence Day! Have fun!

July 4th Flowers

Sometimes that essential color in a design trio can be incorporated into the vase as we show here with our red vase and white and blue flowers. The white flowers consist of lilies, daisy mums, spray roses, phlox and larkspur. The blue flowers are Sea Holly and delphinium. The greenery stems are olive branches.

July 4th flower ideas

Blue flowers are hard to find, but these Sea Holly that mimic thistle are perfect for the third essential color for our July 4th celebrations and works quite well here with white Phlox and red roses.

Red, White, and Blue Flowers

We re-purposed these vases from an event we held in May when we used only white Gerber daisies in each vase. In these, we make them very patriotic with red flowers in them. In the sphere, we have a “Freedom” rose which is perfect for our July 4th theme. In the low droplet vase, we feature a group of red Alstroemeria. In the tall vase, is a single red Gerbera Daisy!

Kit Wertz joins The Bloomin’ News as Design Columnist

Colorful blooms abound in summerKit Wertz of Flower Duet has been contracted by The Bloomin’ News to write floral design articles for each issue. This month marks her formal introduction as the new design columnist. In the July 2014 issue, Kit’s author biography appears as well as an article about color and pattern for summer.

The Bloomin’ News is the quarterly publication of the Original Los Angeles Flower Market. It is a floral news magazine for retail florists, designers, event and wedding planners, decorators and others in the floral industry, particularly those in metropolitan Los Angeles and Southern California.

Kit is very excited to be part of such a wonderful and historical part of the floral trade in Los Angeles.

You can pick up a hard copy of the magazine at the Original Los Angeles Flower Market or download it here: The Bloomin’ News – Summer 2014 Issue.

Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the news and subscribe to the email newsletter and print magazine!


Book Club Studies The Language of Flowers

The Language of FlowersAnd…then learns how to arrange flowers!

We were contracted by a lovely group of ladies in a local book club to create a custom flower party workshop that reflected the latest book they were studying in their group. They had just finished reading New York Times Bestseller Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers which is about a young woman who spent her childhood in the foster-care system who finds that the only thing that she understands in her life are flowers.

Casey took them through a class which included two techniques of building flowers in a vase and told each student the meaning of each flower. In Victorian times, young ladies studied the language of flowers which was called “floriography.” There were many published dictionaries during that period that educated their readers on the secret meanings that each flower held. By giving someone a bouquet of flowers, you could actually be sending them a message – intended or not!

We held a class at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens this past June for children aged 7-12 about how to create Tussie Mussie bouquets which also held great meanings. Here are some flower recipes that have a shared theme of love, friendship and remembrance.

Ophelia painting by John Everett Millais

Ophelia painting by John Everett Millais from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Act IV. Scene V where she says: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember; and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.”

Love Message Tussie Mussie Bouquet

Dark Pink Spray Roses – Thankfulness
Green Button Mums – Long Life, Cheerfulness
White Alstroemeria – Strength
White Stock – Lasting Beauty
Fern – Sincerity, Fascination

Red Rose MeaningMemorial or Missing Friends or Family Bouquet Flower Message

Red Rose – Love, Harmony, Joy, Luck
Red Zinnia – Thoughts of Absent friends
Purple Statice- Never-ceasing remembrance
Rosemary – Remembrance
Mint – Warmth of feeling

Friendship Flowers

Yellow rose – Friendship
Orange Gerber Daisy – Friendship
Solidago – Encouragement, good fortune
Scented Geranium – Love, Fun, Understanding

You can learn more about the language of flowers by studying Floriography or by purchasing one of many dictionaries on the subject.


The Lonely Bouquet Project

By Kit Wertz

The Lonely Bouquet

Kit created this bouquet for some lucky stranger!

The Lonely Bouquet is “a movement dedicated to spreading happiness and smiles, one flower at a time.” It was founded by an American woman who lives in the Belgian countryside, grows flowers and creates custom floral designs for weddings and special occasions. Her organic flower farm in Belgium is called Fleuropean where they grow dahlias, roses, peonies, cosmos, poppies, aneomone, ranunculus, delphiniums, hydrangeas, clematis, traditional cottage flowers, herbs and wildflowers.

The basic concept of the Lonely Bouquet is to:

1) pick flowers fresh from the garden

2) arrange the flowers in a small, recycled jar

3) add a signature “take me!” tag

4) leave the homegrown arrangement behind for a lucky local to take home and hopefully make a stranger smile!

The basic concept of the Lonely Bouquet goes a little something like this: 1) pick flowers fresh from the garden or forage straight from nature, 2) arrange the flowers in a small, recycled jar, 3) add a signature “take me!” tag, and 4) leave the homegrown arrangement behind for a lucky local to take home. Voila! You have just delivered a handful of flowers that will surely put a smile on a stranger’s face. – See more at: http://www.fleuropean.com/international_lonely_bouquet_day/#sthash.BrtNPMhK.dpuf

Lonley Bouquet LogoOur local wholesale flower market near LAX, Mayesh Wholesale Florist, asked me to participate by making a bouquet at their facility using their donated flowers on Wednesday morning after I picked out my order from the cooler. I picked two different roses, Star of Bethlehem, Dusty Miller and plumosus greenery to create a simple hand-tied bouquet that I left outside the entrance to a retirement home in Torrance. I registered the bouquet online at thelonelybouquet.com to see if anyone adopted it. I am just happy knowing that I must have made someone else happy with flowers on Wednesday.

International Lonely Bouquet day was held June 29, 2014, but you can participate any day of the year!


Book Review: Decorate With Flowers

by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring

Decorate With Flowers Book In this gorgeous and unique book, Decorate author Holly Becker teams up with stylist Leslie Shewring to offer practical know-how and colorful inspiration for decorating the home with florals. Beginning with the basics of flower arranging and progressing on to decorating ideas for a range of styles—such as vintage, eclectic, and modern— with creative DIY flower and container projects peppered throughout, this book offers a bunch of fresh ideas for flower enthusiasts and home decorators on any budget.

We love the simplicity of this book and its timeliness with the trend toward decorating with flowers that you might grow yourself (field to vase movement) in your own garden or can obtain from a local farmer.

Where to purchase: At major bookstores or online.

Floral Design Tool: Paint Brush

How to Clean Vases with Small Openings

By Casey Schwartz

paint-brush-vase-cleaning-toolUsually adding a drop of bleach and filling a vase with warm water does the trick for cleaning vases. Sometimes though, the lingering film is just too stubborn to release without a little elbow grease. I was at the sink with some vases with a challenging 1/2″ opening and a  persistent green hue at the very bottom. After some unsuccessful soaking, swishing and aggressive swirling lead me to a search for another option.

My kids had been painting and their paint brushes had been rinsed, and sat on the kitchen window sill.  Sitting in plain sight was a perfect tool. Slim enough to fit, long enough to handle and a perfect brush to loosen the sticky substance.  With the arrival of the wine bottle vase, a longer paint brush would be in order.

  1. lolly fleming

    Thank you for “the lonely heart bouquet” idea. So much like a random act of kindness – we need love and caring in this world today and flowers speak the language. Love Flower Duet! L

  2. Terrific recycled glass vase idea. We throw so much stuff away it’s nice to see something recycled creating something so useful, economical and beautiful. I loved the rope tying all three bottles together, but learning to cut the top off to create cylinder vases opens up even more possibilities. Great pics!

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