FLORAL IS THE NEW BLACK by Joseph Massie

ARLENE PHILLIPS ATTENDS NTAs WEARING A JOSEPH MASSIE ORIGINAL ‘LIVING’ DRESS

Joseph Massie Lavender Floral Dress

Strictly Come Dancing star Arlene Phillips walked the red carpet at the National Television Awards wearing a “living” dress created by floral artist Joseph Massie, decorated with real flowers that are all used for homeopathic remedies, including Clematis, Roses, Hydrangea and others.

Arlene and Joseph are lending their support to a campaign launched by eleven homeopathic charities and associations, including the British Homeopathic Association (BHA) and the Homeopathy Action Trust (HAT). The campaign aims to raise awareness of homeopathy and the organisations’ useful and informative website: www.findahomeopath.org.

The dress was the inspiration of award-winning floral artist (five consecutive RHS Gold Medals and four Best in Show awards from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show) Joseph Massie. Months of work have gone into designing and making the dress, with Massie and his team spending over 100 hours painstakingly attaching each petal onto the fabric.
The botanicals used within the dress include Clematis, Roses, Hydrangea, African violets, Olive, Chrysanthemum, Arabicum, Hyacinth and Jasmine, all entwined in Massie’s signature style to create a truly sumptuous bouquet.
On Homeopathy, Arlene commented, ‘I’ve regularly found Arnica cream to be so helpful with healing bruises and dancing related injuries!” She continued, ‘Once, when I was Germany, I had to take my daughter to a Doctor who prescribed a homeopathic remedy as opposed to penicillin and it helped enormously”
On the dress, Joseph commented, ‘It was such a pleasure to collaborate with these two leading homeopathic charities to create such a fabulous piece of floral couture for Arlene to wear at the NTA’s. It was a really wonderfully creative project to design a piece of couture that was both, light and elegant, but also able to hold an array of beautiful blooms. Floral couture has always been a big part of my practice, and to work with these charities to promote such a good cause was a real pleasure”

Joseph Massie Lavender Floral Dress Details

Joseph Massie Lavender Floral Dress Details

Joseph Massie Lavender Floral Dress Details

Joseph Massie Lavender Floral Dress Details

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Fleur Friday + Happy Holidays

Hello dear flower friends,

Well, it is time for me to sign off for a few weeks and enjoy a Christmas vacation! I won’t be completely removed from the flower world and social media, surely will continue posting away on Instagram and Facebook!

A few notes for now ..
I did get a class scheduled in January. The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop is scheduled for January 24, 2016, this is one of my most popular classes and I did want to get it on the schedule soon due to popular request!

We are wrapping up the annual issue of the Flirty Fleurs Print Edition! We are almost there and will be releasing it any day — will for sure post the release on here and on social media.

Flirty Fleurs Magazine

Reminder — Florabundance Inspirational Design Days is scheduled for January 11-13, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California. Last I heard there are still a few spaces left, so sign up and join us for a flower filled time!!
florabundance design days 2016

Take care and I’ll see you back here in a couple of weeks!!
~Alicia

Care & Handling of Cut Poinsettias

This past week I’ve been experimenting with cut Poinsettias. I’ve had really good luck with them, in fact they are outlasting the roses in the flower arrangements!

Here’s one of the arrangements I designed –
Bella Fiori - Poinsettia and rose flower arrangement

I cut the poinsettias stems from the plant and placed them in a glass vase with fresh water, no flower food or anything else. I let stems drain the milky sap in the vase. Once they were done I placed the stems in the arrangement, I did not re-cut the stems!! The arrangement is on day 6 and the poinsettias are still going strong, it’s the sahara roses that are doing down!

Flirty fleurs poinsettia

I posted the pictures on Instagram and Facebook and a handful of people asked how to keep them alive. It got me to thinking and I talked to my friend Patty, of Brittany Flowers, why do designers struggle with keeping cut poinsettias alive? We came up with a very good question — how many people are making an arrangement with the poinsettias and then sticking the finished piece in the cooler?! Because right there is the problem — the cooler!!
Poinsettias are native to Mexico, they like it hot! It’s easy to forget what they like considering we see them at Christmas time and associate them with winter time. When a poinsettia plant is purchased from a store and carried to a car it should be covered with a bag to protect it from cold temperatures. The same goes for a cut stem, it needs to be protected from the cold — which means no coolers.

So there you have it, our theory on what kills the cut poinsettia.

We’d love to hear anyone else’s advice for designing with cut poinsettias!!

Fleur Friday + Longfield Gardens

Good morning Flower Friends!

Sorry for the late post today, it’s been crazy busy around here lately. Granted it’s the holiday season and I have a feeling every single person is crazy busy, right?!

One of the projects I’ve been working on since returning from the European adventure three weeks ago is turning over my cutting garden. This, of course, is largely dictated by the weather — there seems to be a window here in Washington from about 12-4 where there is enough sun in my yard to get out there and work.

The week I returned from the trip Chad and I pulled out all the dahlias. We dug up about 140 plants, not bad for a second year cutting garden, eh? You guys, I admit, I’m a slow-poke at processing these dahlia tubers!!! Vivian from Everyday Flower Farm suggested I split the tubers in the fall this year and not wait until spring like I did last year. So I’m cleaning and splitting and packing them. I must over think each cut because it has taken me a long time to get thru these tubers. Oh, and if all these tubers make it through the winter … well, I’ll be planting a lot of tubers in the spring – probably 400?! ha ha.

Dahlias Tubers in a wheelbarrow from Flirty Fleurs Gardens

Chad and I got the flower beds cleaned up and pulled out anything that wouldn’t overwinter. Then we started planting the BULBS. BULBS GALORE! I’m counting the days until spring!!
Back in September at the Field To Vase Dinner at Jello Mold Farm I met Danielle from Longfield Gardens. She told me about the tulips and other bulbs that Longfield Gardens offers and I was instantly intrigued! The next day I found myself spending a considerable amount of time on the website, picking out bulbs for different displays in my cutting garden.

This is what I have planned so far (as long as those damn rabbits stay away)-

For one flower bed I have this wine, plum and white display planned. I already have dark purple bearded irises established in the bed and two Koko Loko Rose bushes (not that the roses will be blooming at the same time as all these spring flowers). These anemones and fritillarias are going to be so killer (damn rabbits better not touch the fritillarias)
Longfield Gardens Anemones and Fritillarias

The next flower bed is filled with these red and white tulips!! 150 Parrot & fringed tulips – I can’t wait for these to pop up in the spring!
Y’all, I’m going to be making some really pretty arrangements! (and probably teach a design class with all these pretties)
Longfield Gardens Red and White Tulips

Now since Chad works so hard in the yard (he does really enjoy it) he gets to have his own display of orange tulips and fritillarias – orange is his favorite color. I haven’t had much luck with Lutea Fritillarias in the past, crossing fingers they grow this year!
Longfield Gardens Orange Tulips and Fritallarias

Going to pretty amazing in the spring, don’t ya think??

Oh – three in progress photos from the planting. Matisse absolutely loves the days we work in the garden. She watches each bulb get placed.

Chad is holding 75 Anemones and Fritillarias — hard to believe these 75 tiny little corms will turn into plants, right?!
Matisse helping plant flowers

Matisse, Black and White Cocker Spaniel

She watches every single one in the ground. OCD Cocker!
planting tulips with Matisse

I feel pretty good knowing the garden has been put to bed for winter. Everything in its place and now I wait until springtime for a flower explosion. And visit Longfield Gardens’ website again to see what else I might want to order for the next planting go-around! *CLEMATIS selection looks amazing*

Poinsettia Show at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska

The annual Poinsettia Show at Lauritzen Gardens is definitely one to see if you love Poinsettias or happen to be in Omaha, Nebraska during the holidays. They fill the display hall with over 5,000 plants in 26 different varieties! Plus, a miniature train runs through the display which is fun addition especially if you visit the display with children in tow.

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Greeted by a 20′ tall Poinsettia Tree!

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Ice Punch’

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Cortez Burgundy’

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Whitestar’

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Whitestar’

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Sonora White Glitter ‘

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Sonora White Glitter ‘

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Winter Rose White’

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima ‘Monet Twilight’

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Show

Walking the paths of Christmas Trees and Poinsettia varieties

Bloompop Interviews Nosegay, Washington, DC

Today we hand the blog reins over to Bloompop, who is interviewing Nosegay–

Nosegay Flower Shop Washington DC

Nosegay is located in Washington, DC
Check out the Nosegay’s page on Bloompop

When did you start your business and where are you based?
Nosegay opened in 1935 and is based in the heart of Washington DC.

Nosegay Flower Shop Washington DC

What is your favorite thing about being a Bloompop Floral Partner?
The social media marketing that brings people to the Bloompop site.

Can you tell us what prompted you to partner with Bloompop?
We were approached by Shavanna to partner and we couldn’t find a reason not to!

Nosegay Flower Shop Washington DC

What (in your mind) is the biggest challenge facing the floral industry today?
Competition with large third party vendors like FTD, Teleflora, 1-800 flowers. Most people don’t understand that when they order from these platforms, that company takes a cut from the total sale price and plays into the look and value of the final floral product. Most people who are unhappy blame it on the local florist who put together the arrangement but we are going by the prescribed recipe of the third party as written. It’s a necessary evil to sustain enough volume.

Where & how do you find inspiration for your floral designs?
Fashion, interior and other design trends.

Nosegay Flower Shop Washington DC

Bloompop partners with florists by invitation only, hand selecting the top luxury florists–did this play a factor in your joining Bloompop?
Yes, we like that the florists featured are all top tier and higher caliber, it gives the site and the partners on the site added value.

As a designer it isn’t always easy to go hunting for new business opportunities- Would you say that Bloompop helps augment your sales team for business?
Sure, we take any additional business we can get!

Nosegay Flower Shop Washington DC

What would you say to a florist who is interested in Bloompop?
Try it out, get your name out there and determine if it works for you.

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

In September Seattle Wholesale Growers Market held the second annual Dahlia Festival. Part of the festival is the “Dahlia Wall”. Last year my husband built the wall for the display and it has proved to be a great way to see the various dahlias. You’ll see in some of the closeup shots that each dahlia was labeled with it name and the farm it came from. Agnes from the SWGM helped me put it together this year — a fun way to spend an afternoon, that’s for sure!
In addition to the dahlia wall display the farmers give talks about growing dahlias and answer questions on the care & handling. This year Eleanor from Bash & Bloom gave a design presentation, too!
Be sure to follow SWGM on Facebook and Instagram for future flower festivals!!

Hope you enjoy the photos –

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market - Cafe Au Lait Dahlias

These are all Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, incredible difference in coloring, right?!

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

Wedding Inspiration

Thought I’d share one of my recent weddings with all of you as I tried out a few new-to-me rose varieties which you might find interesting. I’m completely smitten with Salma by Nevado Roses. It is a great rose to go with David Austin Juliet Roses. Also, with this wedding I tried out Peterkort’s Wendy rose, usually I favor the Moonstruck variety.

Bella Fiori, Washington, Bridal bouquet with Juliet garden roses, polo roses, milky way roses, Salma roses, pieris japonica, dusty miller, sedum, scabiosa pods, eucalyptus.

Bridal bouquet with Juliet garden roses, polo roses, milky way roses, Salma roses, pieris japonica, dusty miller, sedum, scabiosa pods, and eucalyptus.

designed by Bella Fiori Washington, The bridesmaids bouquets included succulents, scabiosa pods, salma roses, polo roses, milky way roses, seeded eucalyptus, Juliet garden roses, and peach stock.

The bridesmaids bouquets included succulents, scabiosa pods, salma roses, polo roses, milky way roses, seeded eucalyptus, Juliet garden roses, and peach stock.

Salma Peach Rose by Nevado, Milky Way Cream Rose

Salma by Nevado Roses is the Peach Rose.
Milky Way rose by GreenRose is the bottom one, just like Vendela Rose. I did hear a rumor that it is the same rose with a new name?

Salma Rose by Nevado and Juliet Garden Roses - peach roses

Top and top right is David Austin Juliet garden rose. The bottom two roses are Salma by Nevado roses. I love how these two roses work together, the Salma is quite large and takes up more space in designs.

Pieris Japonica

Pieris Japonica

White Dahlias

Dahlias from my cutting garden!

Peterkort Roses - Wendy

Peterkort’s Wendy Rose, a nice spray rose. Great for boutonnieres and corsages!

AIFD – Denver – 2015

Today I’m sharing more images from the AIFD Symposium, Denver 2015.
A few of these are not named with the designer, if you do recognize them please do share with us the designer who created them!! A lot of the arrangements get placed around the hotel and it can be tricky figuring out who created each piece.

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AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  glamelia gladiolus bouquet

How cool is this bouquet of Gladiolus blooms?

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I believe this one was designed by Ken Senter AIFD

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AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Designed by Katie McCormick-Kharrat AIFD and Philip Rice AIFD

Designed by Katie McCormick-Kharrat AIFD and Philip Rice AIFD

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Designed by Katie McCormick-Kharrat AIFD and Philip Rice AIFD

Designed by Katie McCormick-Kharrat AIFD and Philip Rice AIFD

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Designed by Katie McCormick-Kharrat AIFD and Philip Rice AIFD

Designed by Katie McCormick-Kharrat AIFD and Philip Rice AIFD

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Designed by Justin DeGonia AIFD

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Designed by Susan Ayala AIFD

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AIFD – Denver – 2015

This past July I attended the AIFD Symposium which was held in Denver, Colorado.
Today and tomorrow I will be sharing some of the highlights –

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I was pleased as punch to receive a PRESS pass! We do not have enough floral events in the USA with a press pass, if you ask me!! It does say Arlington, VA instead of Arlington, WA .. oh well.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and Joost of Florabundance

Joost from Florabundance was in attendance and we had a great chat with Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Hitomi will be presenting at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days this January in Santa Barbara, so it was really great to get to know her and talk about the show in January!!

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -

I took this picture to give you an idea of the whole setup. The symposium took place at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. The room was setup with about 700 chairs. Well, about 700 people were in attendance is what I was told by one person. The programs take place up on the stage and they have quite the elaborate lighting system for the presentation. They also have videographers on stage so closeups of the designs in progress can be viewed on two screens which are at both sides of the stage. If you decide to attend an AIFD symposium in the future I would highly recommend bringing a sweater – I got quite chilly sitting still in a ballroom.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

Jenny Thomasson AIFD takes to the stage and presents on “Plants: The Road Less Traveled”. I quite enjoyed the wall she created.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

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Here’s an overview shot of Susan Ayala AIFD stage setup. She did a program on “Legacy … A Sympathy Tribute of Designs”. This is one of the three vignettes she had designed.

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Quite an interesting shawl, right?
I believe this was designed by John Haines AIFD, please do correct me if I’m mistaken!

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AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

My favorite program was given by Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, “Sudachi”. He designed beautiful, artistic pieces that I found quite inspiring.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

Also, I would like to give a shoutout to my friend Ellen Seagraves! Ellen resides in Maryland. Ellen and her friends from Maryland invited me to lunch each day and it was so fun to chat with the ladies about all we had seen at symposium!!