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!!

Christmas Greens

Martha Stewart Magazine

Care & Handling of Fresh Cut
Christmas Greens
Fresh cut Christmas greens are essential and traditional
ingredients in creating the ambience of the holiday season.
Fresh trees, wreaths, swags, and roping accent special places
both indoors and out, as reminders of the great outdoors.
Since greens are presumed to be tough, they are often
neglected. In all the wealth of care and handling
information, Christmas greens seem to be somewhat
overlooked. Actually, their general requirements are nearly
identical to other fresh cut flowers and foliage. When cared
for properly, their beauty can be prolonged.
1. Keep greens away from heat and sun.
2. Add water daily.
3. Increase humidty through misting.
4. Store greens in a cool place at night or when not enjoying them.
5. Replace greens before needle drop becomes too severe.
6. Use an anti-dessicant on the leaf or needle surface. (Prolong, Wilt Pruf)

Christmas Green Guide

Douglas Fir

Noble Fir

Silver Fir

Cone Cedar

Incense Cedar

Port Orford Cedar

Princess Pine

Juniper

Mountain Hemlock

Holly

Magnolia

What is your favorite Christmas Green?

ho ho ho .. Holiday Mantles!

christmas garlands on the fireplace mantle

greenery garland decorating the fireplace mantle

christmas mantle decorations

Holiday fireplace mantle decorated with greeneries

paperwhites on the mantle

Fleur Friday

Jay Archer Floristry - all red floral display for the table

Jay Archer Floral Design

A Holiday Wreath Roundup

unknown designer

unknown designer

all red flower wreath

Designer Unknown

Amaryllis Inspirations

White Amaryllis Centerpiece

Southern Living - Amaryllis Setting

Red Amaryllis Table Setting

Red and White Amaryllis

Peach Amaryllis

Ken Marten - Amaryllis

Ken Marten

Amaryllis setting on a mantle

Amaryllis Arrangement

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Dear Friends!!

traditional christmas flowers on mantle

Designed by Jes Gordon

Happy Holidays

Hello Dearest Flower Friends,

Just a note to let you know that we will be taking the next two weeks off from blogging here on Flirty Fleurs! We’ll be back on January 6, 2014 with lots of flowery content!!

Meanwhile, if you are here visiting us while we are on Christmas Vacation we hope you take some time to peruse the previous posts – 3 1/2 years of blogs to read through! Surely you’ll find something you haven’t seen before?! we hope so! 🙂

Also, a few important notes:

If you haven’t done so already – be sure to sign up for one of the Chapel Designer Conferences!

Santa Barbara – January 20, 21, & 22, 2014
Speakers this year include: Holly Chapple, Nancy Liu Chin, Joe Massie & Francoise Weeks
Many of you will remember what a fantastic time we had with Joost and crew last year! If you haven’t signed up yet, I recommend you sign up today!

New York City – March 10, 11, & 12, 2014
Hard to believe this is the 4th year already!? This is a great event and I highly recommend attending! The list of Speakers has not been released just yet, however, I know Holly and I know it’ll be an impressive lineup!

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I will be teaching Bouquet classes – The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop!!
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to design luscious hand-tied and cascading bridal bouquets. After we all design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our designs.
Seattle – February 1, 2014
Maui – February 23, 2014

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The next Online Marketing Class is scheduled to start on January 6, 2014 – sign up now and join in!!
My first online Social Media Marketing Class was a ton of fun! So much fun that I’m already planning a second online class. The next Class will start on January 6 and run through February 9th. The forum will remain online for an additional month for students viewing pleasure.
Due to my attendance at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days & The Chapel Designers event mentioned above, class will not be held online the week of January 20th.
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Plus, the Marketing Workbook is available for download – perfect for working on your 2014 Business Goals!
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We recently launched The Pricing Worksheet Toolbox – perfect for beginners in the business who are trying to learn the basics of pricing.
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WOW – that was a lot of information!!
Hopefully you’ll find what you are looking for and be inspired by all the floral designers and designs in the previous blog posts.
We wish you and your loved ones very Happy Holidays!!
Sincerely,
Alicia

Poinsettias

I adore Poinsettias, I really do. I see people cringe and say ick when they see Poinsettias and I just don’t see why. It’s a beautiful plant which now comes in a variety of colors. I’ve been searching high & low to find centerpieces which utilize Poinsettias in the design – no easy task, mind you! I did uncover a few beauties to share with all of you.

white poinsettia centerpiece

Designed by Espe Floral

pink and white centerpiece with poinsettias

Designed by Fox Fodder Farm

Holiday Pool Float with poinsettias Los Angeles

Designed by Hidden Garden

red poinsettia flower arrangement

Designed by Martha Stewart

star made of poinsettias

Design by Neill Strain

pink poinsettia and amaryllis with roses centerpiece

Designed by Tulipina

As for conditioning the stems of the Poinsettias for the arrangements, which is necessary since they do secrete that milky sap..
1) They can be placed in individual water tubes, keeps the sap away from other flowers and provides them a water source (useful if arranging in floral foam)
2) Sear the cut stem, easiest over a pillar candle – quick sear and then place in a vase of water. Let it sit in the water and condition before using in your arrangements.

So now what do you think of Poinsettias? Going to give them a try in future arrangements?

Holiday Wreath Inspiration

I sure have noticed a lot of posts with holiday wreaths this year, have you all noticed them? The variety of designs is just amazing and I’ve seen plenty that I’d be proud to hang on my front door!!

grey christmas wreath with succulents

Designed by WILDHEART

red and green holiday wreath with cinnamon

Designed by Miss Pickering

christmas wreaths by London designer

Designed by Wild at Heart

red and green christmas wreath

Designed by Miss Pickering

red hydrangea flower wreath

Available at Dutch Flower Line

green wreath with fruit wreath

Designed by Miss Pickering

Blue Spruce and pussy willow holiday wreath

Designed by Miss Pickering

magnolia leaf wreath

Available at Dutch Flower Line

banksia protea flower wreath

Available at Torchio Nursery