Christmas Vacation …

Hello dear flower friends,
Well it’s that time of year, time for my two week holiday blogging break. I am taking an extra day this year, hope you don’t mind! I’ll be back here blogging on January 5th.
I will keep sharing pretty pictures & other floral industry news on our facebook page during my blogging break, so be sure to pop by there to get your flower fill!!
Also, I am working on the spring schedule for floral design classes – will be posting those classes soon.

And if you are looking for a treat for yourself or another flower friend — order a copy of our first magazine here
floral design magazine

Wedding Wednesday :: Red Bridal Bouquets

flowers by Marina Shentyapina Anastasiya Belik Photography - red and white floral bride's bouquet

flowers by Marina Shentyapina
Anastasiya Belik Photography

ho ho ho .. Holiday Mantles!

christmas garlands on the fireplace mantle

greenery garland decorating the fireplace mantle

christmas mantle decorations

Holiday fireplace mantle decorated with greeneries

paperwhites on the mantle

Flowers & Foliages

I took a peek around online to see what various wholesalers are currently offering — definitely some gorgeous flowers & foliages available, check them out-

Festival Bush by Florabundance

Festival Bush by Florabundance

Green Ranunculus by Dutch Flower Line

Green Ranunculus by Dutch Flower Line

Heavenly Yearning Amaranthus by Mayesh

Heavenly Yearning Amaranthus by Mayesh

Hellebores by G Page Flowers

Hellebores by G Page Flowers

Peppermint Montoya Carnation by DV Flora

Peppermint Montoya Carnation by DV Flora

Red Brunia by Mayesh

Red Brunia by Mayesh

Scabiosa by G Page Flowers

Scabiosa by G Page Flowers

Fleur Friday

Jay Archer Floristry - all red floral display for the table

Jay Archer Floral Design

A Holiday Wreath Roundup

unknown designer

unknown designer

all red flower wreath

Designer Unknown

Wedding Wednesday :: Big Urns = Big Arrangements!

big urn filled with pink and purple flowers

Pink flowers in an urn

Urn filled with purple flowers

Visiting IFTF in Holland

IFTF

Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Holland with Joost, the owner of Florabundance, and attending the IFTF show (International Floriculture and Horticulture Trade Fair). The show was fantastic – aisles and aisles filled with huge displays of flowers. Seriously, I felt like a kid in a candy store!! The booths are all decorated differently, some do large floral arrangements and some keep it simple and fill containers full of flowers and let them shine. Either way, there is a lot to peruse and take notes on. A good portion of the displays are by flower breeders so this is the chance to see what is coming to market – a lot of these flowers will be grown by farms around the world, including farms here in America.

For those of you are interested in attending an IFTF show — good news — their next show is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, California!! They are expecting a large turnout of California Flower Growers. The show will take place March 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center – you can read more about it here.

Here are some of the highlights from the show (more images can be seen on my instagram account)

International floriculture and horticulture trade fair

Heart of Red Naomi Roses at IFTF in Holland

Heart of Red Naomi Roses

Rose display at IFTF

lilies arch at IFTF

Arch of all lilies

Joey, Paula and Joost

Joey, Paula and Joost

Joost and David Austin

You never know who you might run into at IFTF – here Joost is showing David Austin how cool Instagram is!

DeRuiter Rose Display

DeRuiter Rose Display

DeRuiter Rose Display

DeRuiter Rose Display

Alexandra Roses

Alexandra Roses

Yves Piaget and Princesse Charlene de Monaco by Meilland

Yves Piaget and Princesse Charlene de Monaco by Meilland

Sissi Mikado by Rosen Tantau

Sissi Mikado by Rosen Tantau

Silver Rain by Rosen Tantau

Silver Rain by Rosen Tantau

Reflex Spray Rose

Reflex Spray Rose

Qualisa Roses

Qualisa Roses

Madame Bombastic Roses

Madame Bombastic Roses

Kahala Roses

Kahala Roses

Glory Days by Schreurs

Glory Days by Schreurs

El Fuego Garden Rose with green eye

El Fuego Garden Roses

Combo Rose

Combo Rose

South African Flowers

Purple Vanda Orchid

Purple Vanda Orchid

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Display of pink flowers by Ball

Display of pink flowers by Ball

White and pink striped lisianthus

White and pink striped lisianthus

Orchid Display at IFTF

Orchid Display

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Carnation

Carnation

Antique collection of carnations

Antique collection of carnations

carrying bundles of roses

At the end of the show attendees could be seen carrying out huge bouquets of roses. If I hadn’t been catching an early AM flight back to the states I would have grabbed an armful of roses, too!!

Amaryllis Inspirations

White Amaryllis Centerpiece

Southern Living - Amaryllis Setting

Red Amaryllis Table Setting

Red and White Amaryllis

Peach Amaryllis

Ken Marten - Amaryllis

Ken Marten

Amaryllis setting on a mantle

Amaryllis Arrangement

Lobiloo Software

Hello Flower Friends!

Last year we introduced a new software product called Lobiloo (read the post here). I’ve been talking with its creator Emily and she and her team are interested in hearing more from designers using it as they are constantly working to improve the program. If you have a moment can you please fill out a survey for Emily and her team – Survey Link

floral industry software

PS – Fill out the survey and receive 3 free months of Lobiloo!