For the love of Orchids by Neill Strain Floral Courture, London

If your in London for the Chelsea Flower Show be sure to wander over to Neill Strain’s flower shop to view the display of orchids they have planned!
“For the love of Orchids” will be a unique opportunity to see more than 30 varieties of Vanda and Phalaenopsis orchids including some rare Vanda plants up to 22 years old.
Read more about it here.

Belgravia in Bloom - For The Love of Orchids

Joseph Massie and Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show starts this week in London and I plan to live vicariously thru social media!! I got word that my friend, Joe Massie, has an amazing floral installation planned. His team sent me this sketch of the planned installation and the following information. I can’t wait to see photos of how it all comes together!

FLORA - artwork by Joseph Massie

Award-winning floral artist to create show-stopping exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show for Queen’s 90th birthday

Joseph Massie, five-time RHS Gold Medal Winner, has been commissioned to create a floral installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 (24-28 May) to celebrate the 90th birthday of, RHS Patron, HM the Queen.

Botanical artist, Massie, 27, from Liverpool, has created a design that will see a swathe of 5,000 fresh-cut Avalanche roses from Meijer Roses and 1,000 preserved rose petals suspended in the air to create a romantic, sensory tunnel.

Massie’s floral tunnel design, entitled Rosa, will be 20 metres long by 10 metres wide and suspended four metres above the ground.

The project marks Massie’s first return to the Chelsea Flower Show since he achieved five successive RHS Gold Medals and four Best in Show Awards between 2009-2013. Joseph was the youngest person ever to achieve this feat.

Joseph Massie, botanical artist and designer of the Rosa installation, said: “I am thrilled to be back at Chelsea – and on a much a larger scale this time around.

“It is a huge honour to be commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society to create an installation to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.

He added: “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous to know what Her Majesty’s verdict will be when she sees my installation for the first time!”

To create Rosa, Massie will use the finest preserved rose petals that will appear rise up from the ground to a floral ceiling, strung on invisible threads, from two opposing corners of the space. Petals in warm, summery pink tones will rise up on one side, contrasting with softer apricot tones opposite – in keeping with this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show logo colours.

In matching tones, full-headed, fresh-cut roses will be intertwined with the preserved petals as they rise, forming two fuller columns, which will thicken and pool out as the florals reach the ceiling of the tunnel. Chunkier rose heads will then spill out overhead and the two contrasting colours will meet in the centre, creating a truly spectacular floral display.

Massie, continued: “With my design, I am aiming to create a sensory and immersive experience by presenting fresh rose blooms in a truly romantic and captivating way.

“I really hope that the Queen, and all of this year’s visitors to Chelsea, will enjoy the exhibit.”

Five thousand flower blooms and five different types of rose varieties from Meijer Roses will be used to create Massie’s exhibit, including Sweet Avalanche, Pearl Avalanche and White Avalanche, as well as more than 1,000 preserved rose petals. The roses and preserved rose petals will dry naturally over the course of the week and will be recycled into new artworks after the Show has finished.

Massie has recruited 25 volunteers to work alongside him, assisting with the installation over four days in the lead up to the Show. Volunteers were selected from Massie’s flower school, the UK School of Floristry, and from other leading colleges around the UK, as well as students from Australia, France and Sweden.

Joseph Massie has collaborated with Meijer Roses and Avalanche Roses to create the Rosa Avalanche installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

The Rosa exhibit will be beneath the Rock Bank restaurant, which connects Main Avenue and Ranalegh Way.

For more information about Joseph Massie, visit www.josephmassie.com

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, sponsored by M&G Investments, takes place from 24-28 May 2016 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The theme of this year’s Show will champion the health and wellbeing benefits of greening-up our grey spaces. For more information, visit www.rhs.org.uk

UPDATE! FOLLOW ALONG ON INSTAGRAM AS JOSEPH WORKS ON THE INSTALLATION!!!

Ariella Chezar to appear at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

Author photo-Ariella Chezar by Corbin Gurkin

ARIELLA CHEZAR, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND FLORAL EDUCATOR, TO APPEAR AT SEATTLE WHOLESALE GROWERS MARKET!

The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market will host floral industry icon Ariella Chezar for two days of inspiring workshops and lectures on May 24 and 25, 2016, scheduled to take place at its facility in a turn-of-the-century historic brewery in Seattle’s Georgetown District.
Known for her lush, whimsical, garden style, Ariella has influenced the floral industry coast-to-coast. She is based at Zonneveld Farms in western Massachusetts and is both a popular faculty member at FlowerSchool New York and a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine.

On Tuesday, May 24, Ariella’s Master Class presentation will share design concepts from her long-awaited second book, The Flower Workshop (Ten Speed Press, 2016). Students will participate in a personal, small-group setting, experiencing Ariella’s artistry, design philosophy and professional sensibilities. The workshop will cover seasonally-inspired floral design using an abundance of local roses, peonies, flowering branches, bulbs, and other botanical ingredients from Pacific Northwest flower farms that are members of Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.

On Wednesday, May 25, Ariella will demonstrate her design techniques to SWGM customers, including professional florists, wedding and event designers and floral retailers. Her presentation takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be followed by a book signing of The Flower Workshop.

The Flower Workshop Book by Ariella Chezar

About The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market: SWGM is a producer’s cooperative, started by flower farmers in 2011 as a grass roots effort to make local floral products more available to florists and professional buyers in the Puget Sound Area. Since then, it has hired staff, changed its business model and experienced dramatic growth as demand for locally grown flowers has increased.

What Happens When Flower Friends Get Together by Lauren Wiebe

Every floral designer knows they are blessed on those rare moments when we get to design purely for ourselves. Wanting to experience that joy before heading into the busy wedding season ahead, I gathered a few of my local flower friends together for a design day – with a twist. The 4 of us (myself, Lauren of Stone House Creative; Britney of Fache Floral Designs Tatiana of Oak & Lily and Kelly of Lily Stone Gardens) have formed a friendship thanks to flowers. We each own our own businesses, Britney and I each operating out of our home studios and focusing primarily on weddings, Tatiana opened a storefront a couple of years ago, and Kelly has an in-home studio as well as a seasonal flower farm.

The concept? Armed with an overall budget as well as a general colour palette, we asked our local wholesaler to order us in a surprise. The result? A day full of fun. The four of us got together, opened our blooms, and were so excited to see what showed up. We spent the day designing for ourselves, and with a combination of some standard flowers and some that we would almost never have, we were stretched creatively. Some of us wanted to try things we hadn’t done before, while some of us relished the chance to dig into a style that is what we truly love but don’t always get to work on.

Even better than our design time was the chatting. The wedding industry, and especially the floral industry, can be really hard to get into and do well. Many of us come up against more established floral shops who push back against individual designers, limiting our growth. The four of us “flower friends” are so blessed by our connection and mutual respect for each other. We refer clients to each other, support each other, buy from each other, and talk business together. Every floral designer out there needs to have a group of flower friends!

Thank you to Victoria Anne Photography for sharing these photographs of this lovely day –

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Let’s Talk Bold Colors!

For this arrangement I went BOLD! Just two varieties of tulips – Bright Parrot Tulips and Monsella Double Tulips. Yes, its name is “Bright Parrot Tulips”. Super simple design, just the tulips and no foliages or other textures added, set in one of my Campo de Fiori baskets which was lined with moss –

Bright Parrot Tulips and Monsella Double Tulip from Longfield Gardens, Arrangement designed by Bella Fiori/Flirty Fleurs

Bright Parrot Tulips and Monsella Double Tulip

Here’s an upclose on the two tulips I used –

Monsella and Bright Parrot Tulips

Yes, I’m throughly enjoying tulip season here in my garden. I thought I might feel lost as the hellebores started to wane, but the tulips are adding so much color to the flower bed I feel satisfied!

As for the tulips – you can find the bulbs at Longfield Gardens.

Tulips with Longfield Gardens

Can we just talk about these tulips today?!

Bella Fiori - Flirty Fleurs - Longfield Gardens - Arrangement of red and white parrot and double tulips

Another view — parrot tulips!!!
Red and White Parrot Tulips from Longfield Gardens - Designed by Bella Fiori

Here are the tulips I used in this design –

Longfield Gardens Red and White Tulips

It’s truly the Estella Rijnveld that I’m absolutely enamored with — seriously thinking I want a full flower bed of these next year. Not only are they jaw-dropping gorgeous they bloom for a good amount of time.

Estella Rijnveld Red and White Parrot Tulips from Longfield Gardens

Estella Rijnveld

For more information on these tulips please visit Longfield Gardens.

Oh, and the other stuff in the arrangement is all from my garden – bleeding hearts, hops, honeysuckle.

Flower Shop Dogs

White Maltese Macie, Posh Flower shop

Macie, POSH’s doggie mascot

Darling Flower Shops

Interior Flower Shop

Shop Name Unknown

Flowers in Buckets

Flowers in waiting…

La Belle Epoque Tulips

La Belle Epoque Tulips seem to be popping up all over social media this spring season. A very fascinating color, moody and rich.
La Belle Epoque Tulips

I decided to peek around and see how designers are working with them in arrangements.
Here’s one of my arrangements, I mixed the tulips with jasmine, fritillaries, ranunculus-

Via The Telegraph clockwise from left, ‘Françoise’, ‘La Belle Epoque’, ‘Greenstar’ and ‘Purple Tower’ make a beautiful bunch  Photo: Jonathan Buckley

Via The Telegraph
clockwise from left, ‘Françoise’, ‘La Belle Epoque’, ‘Greenstar’ and ‘Purple Tower’ make a beautiful bunch
Photo: Jonathan Buckley

In The Garden with Fleurie – Roses

Hello Flower Friends, I’m excited to launch a new column here on Flirty Fleurs – In The Garden with Fleurie. Fleurie is owned by Laurie Garza and located in Central California. Laurie has shared much gardening knowledge with me over the years and I feel she’ll offer Flirty Fleurs readers great information about cutting gardens.

Hello Flirty Fleurs readers! I’d like to introduce myself, I am Laurie Garza, chief flower slinger and flower grower at Fleurie | Flower Studio in Reedley, California, right near the hot center of the state. I am not only a floral designer, but have taught floral design and propagation at the junior college level, and a California Certified Nurserywoman. I have always loved gardening and the natural world, it just came naturally at a very young age.
One of my favorite type of flowers to enjoy, grow and design with is the rose.
Last year I added some David Austin roses and a few commercial cut flower type roses to my already overflowing collection of 70 + various cultivars of roses in the garden. This year, those new roses are really producing a lot of flowers! I like all sizes and shapes of flowers, from miniatures to antique to hybrid teas and floribundas.
I’d like to share a few of my current personal favorites. My favorites change all the time! How can a flower lover choose? These are not necessarily the perfect cut flower, but their beauty is worth it, even if fleeting.

Tranquility
A creamy white David Austin rose with the prettiest medium size very symmetrically shaped flower-

Tranquility - David Austin Garden Rose

Tranquility – David Austin Garden Rose


Tranquility - David Austin Garden Rose

Tranquility – David Austin Garden Rose

Port Sunlight
This was an elusive one for me to figure out! I first saw it at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland, and was in love! The color was perfect and the scent was divine. But thanks to a couple of helpful flower people, after nearly a year had passed, and a second visit, it was determined that this mystery rose was indeed Port Sunlight.

Port Sunlight Peach Garden Rose

Port Sunlight

Koko Loko
This is one gorgeous, unusually colored roses. Taupey, lavender, beige, mauve are all descriptions I’d use for the color of this rose. It’s second year in my garden and it has tripled in size!

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Sally Holmes
A pillar rose, starting out as a buff colored bud, opening to a beautiful ivory with pretty yellow stamens.

Sally Holmes Roses

Sally Holmes

Princess Alexandra of Kent
A big blousy rose of a rich pink tone. It has a little dustiness to it similar to a Romantic Antike rose, but more pink toned.

Princess Alexandra of Kent - pink garden roses

Princess Alexandra of Kent

St. Swithun – David Austin Roses
It’s a gorgeous clear pale pink and has a nice strong myrrh- rose scent, seems to be a vigorous grower so far.

St. Swithun - David Austin Roses - Pink Garden Roses Grown by Fleurie

St. Swithun – David Austin Roses

Charlotte, a David Austin Rose
I love the soft buttery color of this one, the color is a good blender for a lot of different shades of flowers. It seems to bloom well even in the heat of summer.

Charlotte - David Austin Rose

Charlotte – David Austin Rose


Charlotte David Austin Garden Rose

Charlotte David Austin Garden Rose

Falstaff and Koko Loko
Falstaff is a huge, heavy, many petaled rose, which has a blue cast to it, lending it toward the burgundy tones.

Falstaff - David Austin Roses Koko Loko - Weeks Roses

Falstaff – David Austin Roses
Koko Loko – Weeks Roses

All of the white roses I cut from 3 David Austin Tranquility rose bushes that I planted in May 2015. So far it has outlasted all the other roses in an arrangement I made recently.

Tranquility - David Austin Roses

Tranquility – David Austin Roses

Contact-
Laurie Garza
Fleurie
http://fleurieflower.com
All photos are by Laurie Garza