The Flower Resources Issue
Happy Red, White and Blue! Blue Delphinium look great with Nigella and Gladiolus! Photo by Kit Wertz.
This month, Casey and I will share our favorite flower resources. In this newsletter, we list:
- Online flower libraries we reference
- Favorite flower suppliers
- Wholesale floral suppliers
- Floral design books
- Floral magazines
So read on to see all our favorite places to research, shop and gain new insights into our floral industry.
Happy July 4th Flowers!
Blue and white Hydrangeas work well with creamy Vendela roses and red Freedom roses with umbrella ferns shooting out like fireworks! Flowers by Flower Duet.
Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!
We had a busy June full of brides and grooms and look forward to celebrating the 4th of July with our families. We wish you all a happy Independence Day! Need more inspiration for Red, White and Blue Flowers? Head over to #AmericanFlowersWeek to see a lot of wonderful ideas to decorate your fourth!
Our arrangement for the 50 States of American Flowers for #AmericanFlowersWeek — June 28 — July 4, 2016. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz
Summer Yellow Flower Inspiration
We created some lovely florals for a private dinner at The Terranea Resort in June. Here are a few arrangements from that evening. Muted yellows were paired with light pinks and vibrant greens to create a modern garden look for the Catalina Terrace and Lanai. The accent color was Turquoise which took its cues from the Pacific Ocean horizon view.
Yellow garden roses work with mock orange blossoms, figs, blueberries, raspberries, spray roses, grevillea, calla lilies, hypericum berries, rosemary and Limonium. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Blushing Bride Protea and white hypericum berries add a textural complement to fluffy yellow garden roses and mock orange blossoms. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
We custom decorated these Italian terracotta pots with gold paint and distressed them to make to look like gold leaf. Raspberry branches add to the “farm-to-table” look for the evening. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Bridal Bouquet from a Recent Wedding
Here are a two snapshots of a lovely wedding at Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California taken by PhotographyByPaulina.com.
We designed the personal flowers and all of the flowers for the reception which was held at Los Verdes Golf Club.
Photo Credit: PhotographyByPaulina.com. Bridal Bouquet by Flower Duet.
White hydrangea makes up the focal flower for this bouquet along with medallion eucalyptus. Photo Credit: PhotographyByPaulina.com. Bridal Bouquet by Flower Duet.
Our Favorite Online Flower Libraries for Reference
By Kit Wertz
Blushing Bride Protea is a unique looking flower that is readily available in mid summer here in Los Angeles. Sometimes it is more white than pink; however, in this photo it’s very pink.
Last week, I taught three different flower workshops and answered many questions about where we research different types of flowers, where we purchase the flowers and how to find the right vases or containers for the variety of floral events we produce. As I started to list them, I realized that this would be a good list for everyone on our newsletter to have and so, here they are.
While you may not live near Los Angeles, many of the flower lists here will help you find a new flower to look for in your local market. When we started our business in 1999, there were many varieties of roses and seedpods rarely seen at our local marts, but now, many growers in our own backyard are producing a wide variety of wonderful floral products.
Sierra Flower Finder — This is a wonderful all around resource to find flowers by name, color, seasonal availability and variety.
California Cut Flower Commission — Find flowers and greenery grown in California for the eco-conscious choice.
Mayesh Flower Library - One of our local go to wholesale vendors with distribution coolers around the country offers a very comprehensive library of American grown flowers and imported flowers. This website also has a great library of how-to videos.
Sun Valley Group - Sun Valley is a large grower in California. Many growers offer a great library of the flowers and greens they produce which is a wonderful reference, too.
Resendiz Brothers — A large Protea grower in San Diego county, their website offers a wonderful photo library of the huge options for Protea, Leucadendron and more! They grow over 33 types of Pincushion Protea and the website shows when each type is in season.
Florabundance — This is a large flower wholesaler in Carpenteria with a wonderful floral library that we use a lot to see what is in season and available.
Wholesale Flower Suppliers
Los Angeles Floral District Tours by Flower Duet.
There are so many places to buy wholesale flowers in Southern California. Here are many of the vendors we frequent. Some only sell to resellers but the Los Angeles Flower District is open to the public. We offer tours of the marts on Saturdays. See our Tours page for more information on our next tour.
Floral Supplies: Wholesale, Online & Retail Sources
Gold “Elsa” Vases from Save On Crafts
There are many places you can find a great vase or container including The Dollar Tree, thrift stores and flea markets. But, if you need a lot of one type of container, it’s best to head to a wholesale floral supplier where you’ll be sure to find just what you desire.
Here are our local favorites, plus some online retailers we use and some retail chains that have simple and affordable chic container designs.
NOTE: When you need floral tools like shears, floral tape and spray paint for flowers — stick to the wholesale floral suppliers. They are your best resource for specialty supplies for florists.
Magazines For Flower Inspiration: Trade and Consumer Facing
Kit wrote the first person cover story for this month’s Bloomin’ News magazine — the trade publication for The Original Los Angeles Flower District.
For monthly inspiration, subscribe to a magazine! Whether you are an enthusiastic floral arranger, professional florist or just like to look at flowers along with a few good recipes, there is a magazine for you! Here are the ones we read and contribute content to on occasion.
Floral Design Books Through the Years
In the past 70+ newsletters, we’ve offered reviews and recommendations on a variety of books related to floral design. Here is a comprehensive guide via Amazon.com of almost every one of these books we’ve reviewed in our newsletters.
We often find flower books at book sales for $1-$4, but also purchase brand new books with an author’s signature! So, support your florist or flower novelist and buy a flower book for the summer!
Here is a link to a “book store” where we showcase all the books featured in our newsletters over the years.