October 2018 News
Floral Pumpkin Designs Ideas for Fall
By Kit Wertz
An arrangement of fresh flowers and leaves adorns the top of a real ghost-white pumpkin for a beautiful fall floral design. Kit made this one with black & white daisy mums, Grevillea, orange gerberas, leucadendron, blueberry roses, marigolds, and purple statice. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Fall is here!!! We received our first rain storm of the season and the kids are figuring out Halloween costumes and so naturally, our fall color palette changes into warmer tones.
Pumpkins are plentiful on patches and at stores, but once the candy bowl is emptied on the 31st, so will the orange globes disappear! Start collecting your real pumpkins for those November centerpieces and store them in a cool place.
In case you miss out on fresh pumpkins, the crafty kind of carvable pumpkin is becoming more realistic looking (almost too perfect). And, there are new options (see tools below) with pre-cut pumpkins to make your own fall dioramas.
Kit cut a craft pumpkin in half and place a block of soaked floral foam in the middle. Then she added black and white daisy mums, Grevillea, tree fern, purple statice, and eryngium. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
This new diorama pumpkin has a large opening on one side and is a fun way to add a blast of flowers to a face of a pumpkin! Add a block of floral foam and then design away! This pumpkin features daisy mums, Combo roses, Mini Green Hydrangea and an Aeonium succulent floret. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Side view of Diorama floral pumpkin. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
This design is a straight pickup from the Michael’s website. We just happened to have all the elements we needed to make it in the studio! Moss for a nest, red oak leaves for fall, two lovebirds from the floral supply warehouse (San Diego Floral Supply) and a fresh red Gerber Daisy bloom in a vial with water so it will stay fresh!. Finish with fairy lights so folks can see the little birdies. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
It’s fun to create vignettes for fall too. Here is a spooky one with black candlesticks, gold candles (battery operated), dried grasses in a tall black-footed vase and a dusty green pumpkin topped with an extra large succulent. Our fall floral pomander completes the color play with a few orange cymbidium orchids. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Make Floral Designs to Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
Breast cancer awareness month is an annual campaign that intends to educate people about the importance of early screening, testing, and more. This campaign starts on October 1st and ends on October 31st every year.
You’ll often see athletes wearing pink socks on the football field or pink shoes in competition to aid in awareness. You can help in your own way by making a pink floral design and sending to someone you know to show them how much you care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a US Government Organization, “other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.”
Make floral arrangements in pink this month to honor someone you know who is affected by Breast Cancer and show them how much you love them and support them. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Pink Mums are available in October
Simple is best. Choose one type of flower like these pink Gerber Daisies and let them shine in a container made from a gift box.
This Month’s Free Online Floral Class
Free Class of the Month — Fall Pomander
Floral pomanders are versatile in their uses…from flower girls to aisle decor to all types of hanging ideas!
Kit offers you tips on estimating stems needed for different sized pomanders, how to add a ribbon and how to keep it from getting crushed after it’s finished
What you’ll receive in this mini-lesson from Flower Duet:
- 7 Videos
- Multiple ideas on pomander looks & best types of flowers to use for this look
- Supplies list you can download
- Step-by-Step video instructions
- Fun, Fun and more Fun!!!
A Full Bouquet of Lessons one Stem-At-A-Time
Our Flower Arranging Fridays series is a perfectly-sized approach to learning the art of floral design. With each mini-class, we’ll show you a truly useful floral design technique in a current event floral design style. This class series will keep you wondering what we’ll show you next!
As part of each class, you’ll receive:
1. A downloadable PDF list of supplies including the flower recipe.
2. Easy-to-follow mini video lessons so you’ll never have to rewind the video to see a step again.
3. Tips and florist secrets to help you be a successful floral arranger!
Fall Flower Colors
Fall colors appear when the leaves on deciduous trees turn shades of yellow, orange, red and then brown. We love seeing the fall Chrysanthemums pour into the flower market this time of year. Bronze spider mums, brown cushion mums and all sorts of oranges abound in fall. We don’t see these colors any other time of year!
Sunflowers are welcome any time of year but look especially at home in October floral designs. We are still seeing lots of gold in trees so it’s appropriate to keep the bright yellow in our floral designs.
Here is a colorful collection of some flowers we saw this week at the Los Angeles Flower District.
Fall colors abound from top left- clockwise: Sunflowers, Cushion Mums, Dahlia, Bronze Spider Mum, Mixed yellow and brown Daisy Mums, Burgundy Cremona.
2019 Flower Duet Floral Design Workshops Announced
Flower Design Classes & MORE!
Flower Duet’s Southbay Studio
Register for these classes online. *LA Flower Mart Tours available some dates also.
- November 17, 2018 — Autumn Branches and Berries Floral Workshop*
- December 8, 2018 — Hand-Made Wreaths and Garlands Class*
- January 12, 2019 — The Elegant Calla Lily
- February 9, 2019 – Organic Containers
- March 9, 2019 – Eccentric Emerald Flowers
- April 20, 2019 – A Modern Take on the Basket of Flowers
- May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
- June 15, 2019 – A Pocket Full of Posies
- July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Floral Design with Roses
- August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Tropical Flowers with Orchids
- September 14, 2019 – Succulents & Flowers
- October 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Terrific Flowers
- November 23, 2019 – Florals On the Table Workshop
- December 14, 2019 – Evergreens & Flowers
Wednesday Night Wedding Series Workshops:
- October 24, 2018 — Wedding Centerpieces & Table Accents
- January 30, 2019 – Bouquet & Boutonnière
- February 27, 2019 – Centerpiece & Table Accents
- May 22, 2019 – Bouquet & Boutonnière
- June 26, 2019 – Centerpiece & Table Accents
- September 25, 2019 – Bouquet & Boutonnière
- October 23, 2019 – Centerpiece & Table Accents
Register for these classes through brownpapertickets.com.
- November 3, 2018 — Flowers For Entertaining
- December 1, 2018 — Evergreen Wreaths and Garlands
- January 19, 2019 — Herb Garden Flowers
- March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flowers
- May 4, 2019 — Cinco de Mayo Bright Flowers
- June 1, 2019 — Roses
November 18, 2018 — Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Flower Book Review
In this month’s Florists’ Review magazine, Ms. Dowling shares three wreath tutorials from her forthcoming book, Wreaths: With How-To Tutorials available November 30, 2018. These examples are wonderful and I cannot wait to see the book!
- Ms. Dowling was the White House Florist for President Obama.
- She is known for covering vases in organic materials like mosses and twigs in the French Style to add to the drama of her florals.
- Our own mom attended a demonstration from her years ago in Virginia and she gave away all of her designs to the attendees.
From the publisher:
“By the author of Floral Diplomacy at the White House (ISBN: 9789058565587) and A White House Christmas (ISBN: 9789058565754). As an accomplished speaker, Laura lectures and conducts workshops around the USA throughout the year. Each design offers instructions using everyday materials, as well as more difficult elements for those interested in greater challenges. Illustrated throughout in lavish color. Perfect to keep or as a gift for DIY friends.”
Flower Tool Review
Flower Tool :: Carvable Craft Pumpkins
Michaels Fall Diorama craft idea includes instructions. Kit mimicked this look with moss, real oak leaves and a live Gerber Daisy. Photo: Michaels.com
Add a touch of warmth to your fall décor with our Fall Bounty Diorama Pumpkin
! This pumpkin comes with a pre-cut opening, so it’s super-easy to add your favorite picks, leaves and LED
lights! All of the craft pumpkins can be carved, cut in half or drilled into to create unique floral designs. While you can use real pumpkins to make floral crafts, these alternatives really make your designs last as long as the flowers. Fresh pumpkins that are carved won’t last more than 2–3 days.
Michaels Ashcraft Pumpkins
Click to see a full selection of Fall Craft Pumpkins from Michaels
Click to see a selection of Fun-kins — the craft pumpkins from Joann Crafts