Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop – Seattle, Washington

flower arches for weddings, designed by Bella Fiori Events

Hands-On Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop
Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 10am until done, this is an all day class!
Arches brimming with flowers is my absolute favorite piece to design — gotta love a happy bride standing underneath her flower arch! In this hands-on Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop we will work together to create an arch & chuppah as part of the demonstration. Then students will work in groups of two to design an arch from start to finish. We’ll have a lot of flowers on hand, and will work on different techniques for building chuppahs and floral arches. This class will take place outside where we’ll have plenty of room to spread out our floral projects! (Please come prepared to work outside)
Lunch & refreshments included.
Class is limited to 12 students.

Location: Flirty Fleurs World Headquarters, also known as my home & property in Arlington, Washington
Investment: $500.00
Register HERE

Verbena Flower Farm Chronicles No. 01 – Sweet Pea Pickin’

A day in the life of a farmer florist. A small peak into our life on Verbena’s flower farm. It’s the last week in March sweet peas are exploding, anemones still going strong, and foxglove making an appearance!

http://www.verbenaflorist.com

Wedding Wednesday :: Flower Walls

Made & Styled Floral Design Ben Vigil Photographers

Made & Styled Floral Design
Ben Vigil Photographers

Designer Unknown

Designer Unknown

flower wall

Designer Unknown

Fabulous Florist :: Pixies Petals, California

Pixies Petals California

Your name: Leslie Armendariz
Your Business name: Pixies Petals
Your Location: Long Beach CA – Serving Greater Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Pixies Petals, Candice Benjamin Photography- yellow and white bridal bouquet

Candice Benjamin Photography

How did you start your business and how many years have you been in business?
I started my business at the end of 2008, after taking classes at Southern California School of Floral Design and working at Avante Gardens. I’ve been in business for around 6 years.

Pixies Petals Southern California

What is your design aesthetic and what inspires you?
Being a creative I don’t like to put myself into a box of one specific style. I’m open to all sorts of styles that will suit my client’s needs. I’m inspired by what makes them unique and strive to create something different for each event. With each wedding I’ve honed my skills and become much more versatile.

Pixies petals - yellow and white bridal bouquet

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
I love the opportunity to try new styles and push outside of my comfort zone. Creating something with new flowers or textures keeps me inspired and challenged. Working with other designers and constantly trying to learn new techniques also keeps my job fun and evolving.

Pixies Petals, hair flowers

What is the most challenging aspect of being a floral designer?
Creating a style for each new client that defines their event, but also incorporates my own style can be a challenge. It’s important not to lose that creative edge that keeps my love of design alive.

Pixies Petals, Centerpiece with lilacs and roses

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Take lots of workshops and classes, freelance and learn as much as you can before branching out on your own. You never ever know it all. There is so much knowledge, growth and friendship to be had from working with other designers.

Pixies petals, bridal bouquet iwth pink, blue, indigo colors

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I always feel like it’s about bigger, better, more here in Los Angeles. It all changes so fast due to LA being a Fashion Hub. Currently I think there is a national trend towards more loose organic arrangements. Here in Los Angeles I see that being incorporated with contemporary grand ballroom feel to create something unique.

Pixies Petals, pink and plum centerpiece

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Actually it’s my new tool belt. I love it (www.tottybelt.com) it keeps me mobile so I don’t always need to worry about where the toolbox ended up and who has it. Also U- Glue dashes, they do everything! It’s great to be able fix things on the fly.

Pixies Petals, Megan Keean Photograpy, fountain filled with flowers

Megan Keean Photography

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
Are you kidding me of course it’s INSTAGRAM !!! It’s so Easy to use. I also have a love hate relationship with Pinterest. It’s a great place for me to keep my ideas for a project in one place. However I also feel it sometimes discourages clients from branching out and trying new things.

Pixies Petals - Floral Arch for ceremony

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I’ve recently gotten very interested in the slow flower movement & I’m excited to see where it takes me this year. I’ve partnered with a farm right here in Long Beach that is going to help me offer unique and locally sourced flowers to my clients.
Thank you again for interviewing me. I truly love this industry with all its growth and change.

Pixies Petals, white and yellow floral centerpeices

Contact Information:
Pixies Petals
562-777-6587
Instagram – @pixiespetals
Twitter – @pixiespetals
Pinterest- Pixies Petals
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pixies-Petals/

Pixies Petals, Floral Arch for ceremony

Recruiting Florists to give flower farming a try! by Nancy Cameron

Hey flower Friends! I have a fun piece to share with you today from my friend Nancy of Destiny Hill Farm! Thank you, Nancy, for sharing these flower farming tips with our readers! See more of Nancy’s farm & flowers on her website.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Recruiting Florists to give flower farming a try!
Growing some of your own product will give you a new insight and appreciation for your craft plus, maybe save you a little cash.
Florists, you can grow cut flowers at your home, apartment or store!

Here is a quick 10 step course on growing cut flowers.
1. Find your growing zone number, just google your zip code.
2. Dirt is everything! If you are fortunate to have an area to grow flowers then send your dirt off to be tested. Check with your state’s local Cooperative Extension office on how and where to ship your soil for analysis of the ph and nutrient levels.
3. No ground or space to grow? Do you have knee issues? No problem, simply purchase or have someone build a raised garden for you to grow cutting herbs, gomphrena and dusty miller. Google “raised flower bed images” for some great ideas. If your urban space is extremely limited then try some simple container gardening and grow calla bulbs and herbs this summer for cuts.
Flower Bed Box
4. Limited sun? Most cut flowers like sun but, you can still have some fun and take advantage with shade loving hydrangea or ferns for cuts.
5. Weed! Weeds squeeze out all growing space and nutrition. Weeds will take over and must be controlled. A simple solution is to put down many layers of black and white newspaper or brown cardboard to prevent weeds from growing. Either place paper around potted items you purchase or make a grid with the paper allowing planting space for your seeds, bulbs, and tubers. Add a layer of mulch and kiss the weeds goodbye. Unfortunately, you will still need to weed around your growing product but it will be manageable.
6. Get to know Johnny’s Selected Seeds. This 100% Employee owned company provides excellent growing information and sells cut flower specific seeds. www.johnnyseeds.com
Johnny's Selected Seeds
7. Love dahlias? They need sun, space and nutrition. We all know dahlias do not appreciate being shipped so if you have sun and space grow your own. These large growing plants will need room and staking. Check out Swan Island Dahlias at www.dahlias.com
8. Sun & Soil recaps! If you have at least 6 hours of sunlight then go for flower farming. Amend your soil or purchase good compost dirt. Keep your flower bed area raised higher for good drainage. Cover the dirt with heavy paper or landscape fabric to manage weeds. Add mulch and water as needed. If you have deer prepare to net your flowers.
9. Free Therapy is provided by Mother Nature. I believe we all benefit by having our hands in the dirt. The florist industry is hard work, stressful and not always profitable. Digging and growing will relax and rejuvenate any budding flower farmer/florist.
10. Beginner flowers to grow:
Sunflowers such as Sunbright, Sunrich and Procut
Gomphrena- QIS and Strawberry fields
Benary’s Giant Zinnia
Herbs such as Sage, Basil, and Dill
Calla bulbs, Dahlia and Dusty miller

flower farmer

Cafe Au Lait Dahlias grown by Destiny Hill farms

Cafe Au Lait Dahlias

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Orange Dahlias

Dahlias

Gomphrena

Gomphrena

Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies

Zinnias

Zinnias

Zinnias

Zinnias

Fleur Friday – Flirty Fleurs Magazine

floral design magazine

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My 5 Favorite Tools

One of the most common questions I hear in my floral design workshops is “what are your favorite tools to use?”
So here you go — my five favorite tools, 5 things I don’t want to design without! You’ll notice 3 of the 5 are cutting tools, between being a designer for 15 years and spending lots of time at the computer one thing is for sure — a sore hand & wrist! To combat potential damage I have picked out three tools that are very gentle to my thumb and wrist.
(Click on image to visit the website to purchase or read more information)

Swiss Army Floral Knife

Swiss Army Floral Knife – in purple, love the colors!
While I do love to use my Japanese shears, I do use my knife the majority of the time. It’s good for the flowers, and really good for my hand & wrist — keep away carpal tunnel!

Ashinaga shears from Hida Tools

Ashinaga shears from Hida Tools
I love these shears SO much. Their cut is sharp and are prefect for creating a clean bottom to a bridal bouquet. I also like that they don’t have a spring, as the clippers with springs aggravate my wrist. 15 years in this business… trying to keep the wear and tear on my hand & wrist to a minimum!

Ratchet Pruners

Heavy-Duty Ratchet Pruner. I picked these up at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show last year and absolutely love them. The best Ratchets I’ve ever used to cut branches — and some really big branches. Again, feels great on the hand & wrist.

Green floral tape

1/4″ Green Waterproof Oasis Floral Tape.
This waterproof tape will hold anything in place! I use it to bind bridal bouquets, I use it to tape containers, and tape chicken wire into place. I use a lot of this tape! It’s strong & waterproof – just what I need!

Crowing Glory Hydration Spray

Crowing Glory Hydration Spray
I would be willing to guess that I’ve barely sent an arrangement out in the past 15 years that hasn’t been sprayed with Crowning Glory! I’ve been a fan for a long time, especially when using hydrangeas in my wedding designs.. lifesaver!

Wedding Wednesday :: Blush Bridal Bouquets

Alice Keeney and Out of the Garden

Alice Keeney and Out of the Garden

Eye Candy :: Lewis Miller Designs

Lewis Miller

Lewis Miller - anemone, geranium, fern, scabiosa

Lewis Miller - coral charm peonies and fuchsia

Lewis Miller - peony, helleborus, sweet pea, lilac, Solomon’s seal, maidenhair fern

Lewis Miller - peony, jasmine, ranunuculus, viburnum

Lewis Miller - peony, rhododendron, blueberry, dianthus, sweet pea, hosta

Lewis Miller - purple flower arrangement

Lewis Miller Designs - Peach Rose Arrangement

Lewis Miller Designs - Red anemone arrangement

Lewis Miller

http://lewismillerdesign.com/

Flower Focus :: Daffodils

Design by Bella Fiori of Daffodils

Daffodils

Available:
Typically December thru April, sometimes they last until May.
Colors:
Yellow, White, Peach, White with Orange centers; Doubles and Single petals.

  • Daffodils are ethylene-sensitive
  • Daffodils release sap that can shorten the life of other flowers
  • Clip the stems to the length you’d like to design with, set the  flowers in a vase and leave them alone for at least 6 hours
  • After 6 hours the stem should no longer secrete the sap and the flowers can be placed in your arrangement
  • Do not re-cut the stems when placing in arrangement or the sap will start oozing again!
  • Daffodils prefer to be placed in shallow water
  • The sap can cause Dermatitis for some people. Washing hands with soap after working with Daffodils is highly recommended.

Daffodils

Daffodils