Flirty Fleurs’ – Dahlia Tubers for Sale!

Dahlias grown by Alicia Schwede of the Flirty Fleurs Blog. Dahlias include Rebecca Lynn, Alloway Candy, and Bride To Be

If you happen to follow my flower adventures on Instagram and/or Facebook surely this past summer you witnessed quite a few photos taken in my Dahlia Patch, the name I coined my ever growing Dahlia garden.
I started growing dahlias my first summer (2014) at our new house in Washington. They grew nicely and I learned how to divide and store them that winter. 2015 came along and due to the dividing I had MORE dahlias to plant. Well, history repeated itself and I divided and stored dahlias again last winter. What started as 50 tubers in 2014 turned into 400 tubers for 2016. AND then there is this current round, where those 400 tubers have been divided into … thousands. BTW I tell Vivian at Everyday Flowers that she is too good of a teacher as she is the one who taught me how to divide! She gets a big kick out of my ever expanding dahlia tuber collection.
So that brings us to the point of THIS BLOG POST.
I have A LOT of Dahlias for the upcoming season and for the first time ever I am looking to sell off some tubers. (Last year I did pack some up and send off to friends in California, Colorado, and Nebraska so I could share the love).
Sooooo….. I have 4 Varieties up for Sale:

Flirty Fleurs Dahlias - Rebecca Lynn Dahlias - Hot Pink Dahlia TubersRebecca Lynn Dahlia Tubers – For Sale
Flirty Fleurs Dahlias - Bride To Be Dahlias - White Dahlia TubersBride To Be Dahlias – For Sale
Flirty Fleurs Dahlias - Alloway Candy Dahlias - Pink Dahlia TubersAlloway Candy Dahlias – For Sale
Mero Star Dahlia Tubers For Sale, Dinner Plate Burgundy Dahlia Tubers for SaleMero Star Dahlias – For Sale

Get your orders in now to reserve the tubers. I will be shipping them out in the spring once the weather allows for shipping across the country.
Please email me at if you have any questions at all or need help placing an order – I am more than happy to help!!

Eye Candy :: Ken Marten

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

Ken Marten, England Floral Designer

World Floral Expo – Las Vegas!

world floral expo Las Vegas March 22-24, 2017

World Floral Expo – Las Vegas – March 22-24, 2017

HPP Exhibitions’ 2017 international flower trade show World Floral Expo (WFE) will be coming to Las Vegas, Nevada on March 22-24, 2017. Over 90 floral businesses will be exhibiting at the show!
The Pavilions at World Market
Center – Pavilion 2
205 West Symphony Park Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89106

I’ll be at the show hanging out at the Garden Roses Direct booth with Florabundance, come say Hi! if you come to the show!! You all know how much I love roses – and I’m about to be surrounded with lots of these beauties!!

Pink Garden Roses

Pink Garden Roses

Introduction to the floral software Stem Counter

Things were looking up. Bianca was a proud momma of an infant just a few months old and she was weeks away from her biggest wedding season ever. Bianca’s wedding floral company in Australia had just secured a contract with an island resort to be their exclusive florist. That’s when two of her employees quit. In a matter of days, she moved from having the time to invest in accurate proposals and actually managing the shop – to personally being involved in everything from design to tear-down and feeling like all her work was coming apart. Then the quotes from her exclusive contract started piling up. She literally had 40 quotes on backorder – just staring at her like a post-party kitchen in the house of a dog-tired mom with a bad case of OCD. Bianca would wake up in the morning and just start to cry. She was so discouraged that she would sit at home and binge watch movies to avoid coming to grips with the time-consuming proposals. Finally, her sister and business partner Alex determined that something had to change. Alex came across several florist softwares but none of them saved enough time to be worth the investment. None, that is, until she came across the florist app Stemcounter. After a couple months of using the software, here’s the email I received from Bianca:
“I was about to say “you have no idea how this software has changed my life” but I’m sure you actually do! I was honestly losing my mind. I’m really looking forward to the next few months when everything is finally transitioned into this new system. I can’t believe how much better it is, I didn’t even think this was possible.”
Le Sorelle florist - wedding reception table decor

Le Sorelle Florist

Bianca is an INCREDIBLE florist and still needed a little extra help to run her business efficiently. You’re probably not in the exact same boat as Bianca. However, if you’re a professional florist, you can relate to being up way past bed time putting together a wholesaler order and wondering why nobody had created a system that works how florists do.
In fact, that’s exactly why was created. Before we started our wedding florals company, my wife was a year into being the lead designer at a shop when ownership changed. She would come home in tears after dealing with new under-prepared management who thought owning a flower shop would be a breeze. So we started our St. Louis wedding florals company: Twisted Willow Design. We were growing but we had issues keeping up with the brides that wanted proposals. We normally told them to give us a week to get their proposal back. Around day 6 of one particular client, Rachael had just finished up spending an hour and a half on her proposal. Right as she was about to email the bride, we received an email saying that she had gone with someone else. Including consultation, Rachael had just spent 2.5 hours of her time…for nothing. Zilch. Nada. That was the moment we first knew that there had to be a better way to accurately and beautifully create wedding flower proposals. 
At that point, I created an extremely well-formatted excel sheet for my wife to cost out designs. That was still taking way more time than we had in a day and we still had to stem count AGAIN when creating our shopping list and designer sheets. So, we created Since then, we’ve seen our on-the-spot booking rate increase dramatically, we’ve tripled our average wedding size from $1,500 to $4,500, and we literally have our stem count done in the consultation. We’ve grown enough that we bought our own floral shop (you might have seen us on House Hunters!) and just a couple days ago booked our first $10,000+ wedding! (woot woot!) Obviously it takes more than a software to grow your business (it definitely doesn’t wash buckets for us), but having a software freed up our time from the nagging stuff that can totally be automated and allowed us to focus on the big stuff that’s required to function as a professional florist.


Twisted Willow Floral Design Heather Roth Fine Art Photography

Twisted Willow Floral Design
Heather Roth Fine Art Photography

So, what exactly is It’s a floral design software created specifically for professional florists that allows you to do stem counts extremely fast, accurately price out your weddings, book more brides, and even finally delegate some critical tasks to employees. No more worries that someone is going to do the math wrong on your wholesaler order or book a wedding with a -17% profit margin.
It’s humbling to hear that we’re the highest rated floral software online but we love making florists lives easier because we’re florists ourselves. Here are some of the ways that stem counter will make your weddings / events easier:
  1. Automated stem counting with your own floral library.
  2. Create your entire proposal (WITH stem count) from a single screen. You see your tools. Your clients only see a beautiful finished proposal.
  3. Mobile-friendly proposal for your clients to see a beautiful proposal and full-resolution photos from their desktop, iPad, or mobile phone.
  4. Clients can view, sign, and pay from the same screen.
  5. Quickbooks Integration to keep your accountant happier than a trip to a tax loophole conference.
  6. Add multiple photos on every line item.
  7. Multiple recipes on each item for King Tables or triplets.
  8. Drag and Drop photos from Pinterest.
  9. Have all of your weddings and events organized in a single place.
  10. Combine multiple event shopping lists together in seconds
Interested in seeing if the software is right for you? You can start immediately and we have an industry-best 60 day money back guarantee.


If you prefer a personalized demo to see how it would work with your company before you jump in (and even get a discount), here’s a link to our demo:
P.S. You’d also love our blog that focuses on The Business of Flowers, where we give away advice on cool topics from everything like what makes an awesome florist logo to great wedding florists websites and give-a-ways like a free wedding florist contract template.


A Garden Rose Design Class

flower design class in Seattle, Washington - designing with garden roses

Garden Roses, always a favorite of mine. I’m constantly in awe of the array of colors they come in and the various shapes they offer…. and those puffy, ruffly petals! sigh…

In this class we will indulge our rose cravings with a lush selection of varieties grown by Alexandra Roses. We’ll start with a talk on the care & handling of these garden roses and will then move into a design session. Alicia will create a centerpiece featuring the roses and accent them with complementing flowers and foliages. Attendees will then create their own arrangements using as many stems as their hearts desire!

Hope you can join us for a lovely Sunday afternoon filled with these gorgeous flowers and good company!

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Investment: $225.00 per person
Register: here

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Breanna of Petite Abeille Design

Eye Candy :: fleurs trémolo by yukinobu fujino

Beautiful floral inspirations by Japanese Floral Designer by Yukinobu Fujino of fleurs trémolo

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

fleurs trémolo yukinobu fujino

Fritillaria Imperialis

Piotr Sekunda en Floral Academy - arrangement with fritillaria imperialis

Piotr Sekunda en Floral Academy

Crimson & Clover Floral Design, Inc. - flower arrangement with Fritillaria imperialis

Crimson & Clover Floral Design, Inc.

Bella Fiori arrangement with Fritillaria imperialis

Bella Fiori

Hail the Hellebore!

Bella Fiori, Green and Burgundy Hellebores, Peach Quince and Akebia Vine

Join us for an afternoon class on April 2nd where we will be inspired by the Queen of Winter, the Hellebore. This little beauty comes in an array of colors – pinks, plums, whites, and greens. We’ll discuss the care & handling of the hellebore while designing a lush, garden style flower arrangement. Our vessel of choice will be a compote using chicken wire as the support structure.

Following Alicia’s demonstration each student will create their own floral arrangement masterpiece to take home.

Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Investment: $225.00 per person
Register: here

Amanda of Alluring Blooms designing an arrangement with hellebores

Amanda of Alluring Blooms at the last Hellebore Centerpiece class

The Designers Behind the Flowers

Caroline Eells Waller, Passiflora Studio

Caroline of Passiflora Studio

Paris in Bloom with Georgianna Lane

Paris in Bloom Book by Photographer Georgianna Lane

Image by Georgianna Lane

Paris – City of Love, City of Light, and City of Flowers

The brilliant floral and travel photographer Georgianna Lane has released a new book and it’s a real beauty! The title is Paris in Bloom and can be ordered from Amazon, or for more information be sure to check out Geogianna’s website.
The book offers 160 pages of stunning photography by Georgianna as she shares two of her loves – Paris & Flowers. In Georgianna’s words “this book is my love letter to the French capital, an unapologetically romantic celebration of her abundant floral charm.” Definitely grab a copy if you are planning a trip to Paris as she outlines her favorite Parks & Gardens, Floral Boutiques, Market Flowers, and Floral Displays to visit! There is also a beautiful step-by-step feature demonstrating how to create a lovely French styled floral arrangement designed Laetitia Mayor of Floresie.
This book is a visual treat – if you love Paris or if you love spring flowers or if you love beautiful photography then you’ll LOVE this book!

Paris In Bloom - Georgianna Lane - Field Guide to Blooming Branches

One of my favorite features of the book is this: Field Guide to Common Spring-Blooming Trees and Shrubs in Paris. I never know the name of flowering trees & shrubs so this is just perfect!!

Paris in Bloom - Georgianna Lane - Florist shops to visit in Paris

Georgianna included a list of suggested Floral Boutiques to visit, needless to say I will be taking the list with me on my next trip to Paris!