Cute Flower Shops

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The Enchanted Florist

The Enchanted Florist

Thistle Floral & Hope - Cute flower shop

Thistle Floral Home

Wildflower of Provincetown

Wildflower of Provincetown

The Rosery, Hudson, New York

The Rosery

Sweet Wodruff

Sweet Wodruff

The Little Potting Shed

The Little Potting Shed

Topiaire Flower Shop

Topiaire Flower Shop

The Comparison Game

Where ‘o Where do I even start with this post?!
Do you all know what I mean when I say The Comparison Game? It’s when we look at other people’s facebook, instagram, pinterest, twitter, websites, blogs, etc and convince ourselves that someone else is doing it better than we are. Oh, it’s an ugly downward spiral and it can all go out of control very quickly. Deep down we all know it is silly and a waste of time, nevertheless there are times where just about everyone can get sucked in — right?!
So I’m not going to go on about why/how we go down the trap of the comparison game. Instead, let’s talk about ways to get ourselves out of the trap, and quickly! The quicker you can get out of it the better it is for your mental health!

1) Call someone. Pick up the phone and call. Not text, not email. TALK .. outloud.
2) Call someone who is NOT in the event industry. Call someone who will want to talk about something other than flowers and event design; someone who doesn’t give a damn about Instagram.
3) Go for a walk. During this walk do not pick up your phone to look at social media. Instead say hello to other people who are also out walking. Stop to pet a dog. Stop to admire a flower. Stop to feel the sun on your face. Leave your phone in your pocket.
4) Go shopping. Retail therapy does a body good! Don’t pick up your phone and instagram the store you are currently shopping at.
5) Meet up with a friend for lunch, coffee, dinner — something fun and relaxing. Do not talk about the industry!
6) Go get a pedicure and read a magazine (put that phone away!) .. magazines are distracting and can even give you new inspiration.
7) Have a brainstorming session about what you can do with social media to make yourself feel better — work on your business and don’t worry about what others are up to!
8) Write a blog post for your business, you know you need to…
9) Exercise! It’ll help release any pent-up stress!
10) Clean your office, work space, basement, garage, shop, etc — you’ll be productive with work and completely distracted from social media.
11) Write a list of things you like about yourself! Yes, a list of things you like about YOU! List out 5 things right now. Why? Because it is so easy to pick on ourselves when comparing ourselves to others.
12) Write a list of things you are thankful for! List out 5 things that you are thankful for in your life!!

How’s that for a list of suggestions of how to re-focus your attention??
Share your suggestions in the comments section!

Flora Fête

Flora Fête is visual poetry as an ode to spring’s beauty and wonder. It is a statement about awakening and rebirth – a realization that by consuming the positive we prosper in confidence! This full, feminine narrative is the debut collaboration of Laura Buck, Karen Weber, and Arina Bléiman.

 

Laura Buck: She had the original vision and pulled in the collaborators (including me!) She is a fashion make up artist. She, Arina, and I wanted to create a whimsical, inspiring, and feminine piece that deviated from the typical “sexually saturated” fashion material. We wanted to create a timeless work of beauty and optimism.
Arina Bléiman: She was our Director of Photography/Cinematographer. She is strong and motivated and pulled together a great crew of friends to tackle lighting & camera.
Karen Weber (me): I work in Art Direction in NYC – currently in food & wine. I adore flowers and they are frequently in my work. Laura found me via Instagram; we hit it off and agreed to collaborate. I collected all the props and flowers and directed their incorporation into the story on set.
Jana Knauerová: Our model, she is a friend and a wonderful person. She is Czech and you can see her on the cover of a few Czech Elle magazines.
Kate Carnegie: She was our stylist and hunted down a vintage Dolce & Gabbana dress and Yves Saint Laurent shoes for Jana.
Sammi Bateman: She was the design assistant, focusing mostly on florals. She is such a powerhouse! We are mates from college. She works in display at an Anthropologie. And previously was a floral stylist at Sullivan Owen in Philly. She did the flowers for my wedding. The day was so demanding as a director and I knew I could cast my general vision and she would blow me away with her compositions (ex: the salad and soup dishes). We worked side by side on the table centerpiece, and she worked with the hairstylist Mara on the headdress.
INTERESTING FACTS
The original score as created by Eric Mendelsohn of electric-pop band Ghost Beach and Justin Weber (my husband), a yoyo/circus performance artist
The decorative backdrop you see in the film is a permanent mural by artist Dana Tanamachi at Trinity Grace Church.
The 2 sets of hands that appear in the film alongside Jana are dancers that my ballet instructor Dianna Warren connected me to.

CAST & CREW 

MODEL: Jana KnauerováDIRECTORS: Laura BuckKaren Weber DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Arina BléimanSTYLIST: Kate CarnegiePRODUCTION DESIGN: Karen Weber, MAKEUP: Laura BuckHAIR: Mara SchiavettiMANICURE: Eri NaritaPOST PRODUCTION: Alex Noble, COLORIST: Arina BléimanSCORE: Eric MendelsohnJustin WeberSOUND MIX: Dave Weingarten, VIOLINIST: Laura Hutton, AC: Tsubasa MatsumotoGAFFER: Pablo Burn, GRIP: Laura Hilliard, DESIGN ASSISTANT: Sammi BatemanTABLE GUESTS: Lea Clay, Mariah Halkett, SPECIAL THANKS: Trinity Grace TribecaDianna Warren

Designing with Herbs

I don’t know about all of you, but I sure am ready for summertime and gardens filled with herbs! Mint, Oregano, Basil, Thyme and Sage – oh, the sweet smell of summer.
Here are a few beauties which I hope will inspire you!

Florals by Lovely Little Details  Photo by Jessica Burke Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Tomatoes

Florals by Lovely Little Details
Photo by Jessica Burke
Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Tomatoes

Lynn Easton of Easton Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events in Scottsville, Virginia. Genovese basil gone to seed and cinnamon basil.

Lynn Easton of Easton Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events in Scottsville, Virginia.
Genovese basil gone to seed and cinnamon basil.

Succulents (in varying sizes), scabiosa plants and pods (for their globular shape and long stems), saracenias (for some extra texture), and purple basil (for extra color)

Designed by Meghan Guthrie, in-house stylist for One Kings Lane
Purple Basil

Saipua

Saipua
Rosemary

Francoise Weeks

Francoise Weeks
Rosemary and Oregano

Laboratorio Floreale Aiello In Love In Italy Photography

Laboratorio Floreale Aiello
In Love In Italy Photography

8 Floral Designers to Follow On Instagram

Today I compiled a list of floral designers to follow on instagram — hopefully, you’ll find some new designers to follow!! Click on the images below to see their instagram feeds –

Adorations

Bare Root Flora

Botanique Flowers Seattle

Jackson Durham Events on Instagram

Lois Hiranaga floral design

Passiflora

Studio Fleurette on Instagram

.. and .. of course, Flirty Fleurs!

Flirty Fleurs on Instagram

Peonies of China

Hello flower friends,

I just spent two weeks traveling through China on a fantastic vacation. While there I kept my eyes open for anything floral related to share with you, but really never did come across floral arrangements. However, I did come across peonies in bloom! Oh My Gosh — so many lovely peonies! I snapped a few pictures and am sharing them with all of you today.
Enjoy! –

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Chad taking pictures of the Peonies

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Russian River Rose Company

Located in Healdsburg, California is a great little rose garden and nursery called Russian River Rose Company. They have over 600 roses included in their collection! One spring day my mother and I made a visit to the gardens, we dilly-dallied about the paths in the display gardens (I like saying dilly-dallied), we quite enjoyed viewing the large selection of roses in bloom – so many sizes and colors. And, oh, the rose scent that was just wafting in the air, it truly added to the experience! We walked around on the garden paths that surround the owners’ personal home and then down the side of the property where rose arches were packed full of thick climbing rose plants in full bloom. They also had quite a few of their rose bushes available for purchase, along with a nice collection of Irises. Every April and May on Saturdays & Sundays they open up their display gardens to the public, so be sure to stop by if you are in the area.

Here are some of the pictures I took while my mother and I perused the gardens-
Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Random Flower Awesomeness

Sometimes I come across floral displays that are just so darn cool, yet don’t fit into any exact category for Wedding Wednesday — so here we are with a Random Flower Awesomeness post!

Enjoy –
Sarahdipity Photos for Paper and Stitch, Brittni Mehlhoff - ampersand of flowers

Sarahdipity Photos for Paper and Stitch, Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Designer Unknown, Hanging flower installation

Designer Unknown

Shops, Shelves & Sinks..

Jackie's Flowers Shop

Jackie’s Flowers Shop

A florist's sink from the September 2007 issue of Martha Stewart Living

flower shop sink

sink for a flower shop

designer sink with crates

Roseville Clematis Farm visit by Nancy Cameron

My friend Nancy Cameron of Destiny Hill Farm recently visited Roseville Clematis Farm in Florida and snapped a few pictures for all of us, plus wrote up a re-cap of what she saw. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your experience with all of us!

Roseville Clematis Farms

Cut flower clematis greet visitors at the Roseville Farms office

Do you love to design with clematis, but wonder why the stems are so expensive?
A recent visit to Roseville Farms in Apopka, Florida gave me a new understanding and appreciation for this glorious, yet high maintenance flower crop.

Roseville Clematis Farm

Roseville Clematis Farm

My husband and I were treated to a tour by Dan Webber, the Vice President of the world’s largest Clematis Nursery. Roseville Farms propagates and grows wholesale clematis plant material as well as cut flower clematis on the site’s 35 acres. They have 500,000 square feet of greenhouses and clematis is the only crop grown at the farm. Clematis is propagated and grown in pots on raised greenhouse workbenches. Nothing is grown in the ground and the clematis plants need constant care.
The facility is in perfect order and remarkably clean for a business dealing with tons of potted dirt. The greenhouses and coolers are neatly organized with the newly propagated young starters, 1 year old and 2 year old clematis retail nursery plants. In addition, there are specific plants, greenhouses and space for the clematis to be sold to florists.

Young clematis plants

Young clematis plants

The cut flower clematis production is where things get really interesting with extreme hands on nurturing by the employees. Each plant is groomed to only permit one to two stems to grow up a metal rod. The remaining stems and plant material are cut off. As the vine grows up the rod it is hand clipped to the rod similar to the way orchid stems are treated. But, unlike orchids the vine keeps growing and growing. The caregiving clematis workers must continuously pull each vine down the rod and delicately bend the vine at the base to allow the vine to grow and permit the blossoms to form several feet up the vine. This process goes on for weeks until prime long stems and blossoms are ready to ship out.

Clematis clipped and growing up the thin metal rods

Clematis clipped and growing up the thin metal rods

To prepare the clematis flower stems for florist hands each stem is cut while remaining attached to the thin metal rod and placed in flower buckets to be moved to the processing area. Female workers wearing coats in a giant cooler are lined up to a waist high work counter where they gently release each vine from the clips and rod. The stem is inspected and if it passes the quality test it is neatly bundled and tagged by variety.

Freshly cut ready for processing

Freshly cut ready for processing

Female workers in coats in the production line creating cut flower clematis product

Female workers in coats in the production line creating cut flower clematis product

The bundled clematis is then shipped off to flower wholesalers around the world. Dan advises florists to purchase Roseville Farms clematis bundles from your wholesaler. He has made contact with wholesalers in every major market. The clematis cut flowers are amazing with 5 distinct color categories-White, Red, Purple, Pink, and Blue plus each color has sub colors to choose from. Roseville Farms tags each clematis bundle with the variety name to help florists learn the names for placing orders. Check out their website to look at all the clematis color choices. www.clematis.com

Clematis all sorted and ready to be sent to the wholesalers

Clematis all sorted and ready to be sent to the wholesalers

Clematis has a long vase life and adds the unique and special element to your creations. Florists, you want to get to know the American cut flower clematis grown by Roseville Farms and sold by your flower wholesaler.