June 2010 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 3

New Floral Design Studio

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Flower Duet is happy to announce a new location in the South Bay.

We have moved to:
2675 Skypark Drive, Suite 205, Torrance, CA 90505

This is a great space in a convenient location. We are across the street from Lowe’s and in-between Costco and Sam’s Club. We will be having an open house this summer to celebrate…so look for that invite!

With this new space comes the opportunity to have classes more often and to accommodate more people. Here is the list of group classes we have planned for the remainder of the year. However we are happy to schedule classes based on demand. We are currently planning another wedding workshop and some tours to the Flower Mart in the upcoming weeks. So be sure to let us know if you are interested in those options.

  • June 17, 2010 Classic Dozen Roses in a Vase
  • July 15, 2010 Fun with Succulents and Fresh Flowers
  • August 19, 2010 Night in the Tropics – Exotic Flowers
  • September 16, 2010 Sunflower Topiary
  • October 14, 2010 Weddings – Hand tied and Wired flowers
  • November 18, 2010 Just in Time for Thanksgiving – Set of Three Centerpieces
  • December 23, 2010 Just in Time for Christmas – Evergreen Holiday Centerpiece

We will continue to share the space with Randy Schwartz Photography. In the event that you are building your freelance floral design portfolio we will have a mini set available for you to bring your camera and photograph your work after you have competed it or to record the step by step.

We can teach you anything you want to learn and are available for private lessons.

Father’s Day Flowers – History and How To

Father's Day Flowers

History of Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. It is also celebrated to honor and commemorate our forefathers. The first observance of Father’s Day is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910 through the efforts of Sonora Dodd. From Spokane, Washington, Dodd thought independently of the holiday on a Sunday in 1909 while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at her church. She wanted a celebration that honored fathers that were like her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, whose wife died when Sonora was 16 and he had to take care of all six children.

Even though it was introduced to become a national holiday for many years beginning in 1910, it was not until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson made a proclamation for third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. It wasn’t made an official national holiday until President Nixon made a proclamation in 1972.

Flowers for Father’s Day?

Flowers are not a traditional gift for dads on Father’s Day. Most dads get a new tie, box of golf balls or power tool. We know from our florist business that everyone loves flowers though…including the men in our lives. So, we took a casual poll among friends and family to find out what types of flowers men like to receive.

Most men like to get flowers they can plant in the garden. So, a good bet is to go to the plant nursery or home improvement center and pick out a flowering plant that will look nice your garden (that is if your father likes to garden like ours does).

Next on the list – flowers in masculine colors are a safe choice like dark purple irises, and deep red roses like Black Magic (apparently my husband’s favorite which I just found out by asking him last night).

Tropical flowers are a good option as well. Flowers like red ginger, all types of Anthirium, and all types of orchids are very popular flower choices with men.

Another idea is to make a flower arrangement in the colors of your dad’s favorite sports team. My husband is a big Los Angeles Lakers fan. Their colors are purple and gold which is an excellent combination in floral design since they are opposites on the color wheel.

Below, we created a fun idea for the father in your life. It’s a 4 or 6-pack of his favorite beverage (you can drink the first one to make the vase) and a cute arrangement of flowers to tell him how much you love him and are grateful to have him in your life.

How to Make a Father’s Day Flower Arrangement – Six-Pack Flowers

Father's Day 6-pack Flowers

Step 1 Go to the grocery store and purchase a six-pack of the dad’s favorite beer or soda.

Step 2 While you are at the grocery store picking up the beer or soda, pick out a small bunch of flowers.

STEM TIP: Try to use thin-stemmed flowers. You’ll only need about 6-8 stems of flowers as long as they are on the thin side. If your dad’s favorite flower is the sunflower, you’ll probably only be able to fit one into the bottle.

COLOR TIP: Try to match the colors of the flowers you choose with the colors of packaging on the six-pack to make a complimentary look to your arrangement.

FRESHNESS TIP: Make sure all the flowers look fresh and none of the petals are turning brown or look tired and droopy.
Step 3 Drink one of beers or sodas and wash out the empty bottle (only drink the beer of you are over 21 – otherwise, ask Mom to drink it for you).

Step 4 Fill up the bottle with water and the correct amount of floral food. Follow directions on the package that came with the bunch of flowers from the store. If the directions call for more water than can fit in the bottle…mix as per directions and save the floral food water to replenish the arrangement as it drinks the water during the week.

Step 5 Separate the flowers so that they are in piles of like flowers and remove all the greenery that will be below the water line in your bottle vase. As shown here.

Flower Stems separated
Step 6 Pick 6-8 of the best flowers from the bunch. You will most likely have a lot of leftover flowers if you got a big bunch from the store. I did not use over half the flowers from my bunch. You just can’t fit too many stems into a beer or soda bottle…so you can save money on the flowers!

Step 7 Place in vase/bottle – starting with lowest flowers first. Cut the bottom of each stem just a little bit right before you put it in the vase to make sure it can drink the water.

Step 8 Place the finished design back into the six-pack with the other full bottles and you have a great gift to give to the special father in your life!

Gemini Florascope – 21 May – 20 June – Passion Flower

Passion Flower

About Florascopes

For years, astrologers have linked personality traits with the night sky. A fun book called

Florascope: The Secret Astrology of Flowersoffers a different take on your everyday horoscope. This is meant to entertain and if you are so intrigued, buy the book! It makes a great gift.

Passion Flower (Gemini) Traits

If you are a Passion Flower (or Gemini) you have an easy charm about you and are quite witty. Passion Flowers are insatiably curious and have exquisite taste. Passion Flowers get along well with magnolias, roses, orchids, tiger lilies, lotus and other Passion Flowers. Famous Passion Flowers include James Brown, Bob Dylan, Judy Garland and Nicole Kidman.

About Passion Flowers

Passion flower is one of the most admired flowers and has inspired many poets. A tropical perennial vine, with white and purple-blue scented flowers, it is native to Brazil and Argentina and widely found from Virginia to southern Illinois and southeast Kansas, south to Florida and Texas in USA. Passion flowers have high medicinal value including mild sedative and anti-anxiety effects.

Floral Design Book Review

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful by Amy Stewart.

Amy Stewart offers a behind-the-scenes look at the commercial flower industry and you won’t believe some of the stories she’s uncovered. The story behind how the wonderfully popular and smelling Stargazer Lily was invented is fascinating for one. She also covers the crazy Tulipmania period in Holland when one bulb went for the price of house at the time! She also visits the world-famous Dutch auction in Aalsmeer – outside Amsterdam. Stewart offers a view on the cut floral business you’ve never thought about and it’s truly a good read.

Floral Tool – Florist’s Foam

Oasis Floral Foam

When you want to keep your stems moist and in a particular design, wet floral foam can be a florist’s best friend.

  • How to Soak – Fill up a large bucket or sink with water and floral food mixture. Drop in foam and let it sink by itself. Don’t push the foam down in the water. Let the foam sit in the water/food mixture for 15-30 minutes.
  • Don’t re-use foam – Bacteria can grow in the foam, so it’s not wise to re-use foam.
  • Cut foam when wet (not dry) – The dust from floral foam is carcinogenic.
  • Leftover foam – If you have wet foam left over that is enough to create another arrangement, place in a Ziploc and store in the refrigerator. It can store for weeks!
  • Dry foam storage – Keep in a Ziploc bag. Keep out of the sun or light.

Oasis® is a brand name floral foam company. Their products can be found at the floral supply stores downtown and online. Wet foam comes in all different shapes and sizes.