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 info@flirtyfleurs.com if you have any questions at all or need help placing an order – I am more than happy to help!!

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

Swan Island Dahlias – Canby, Oregon

A few weeks ago as Chad and I drove north from California to Washington we stopped for a visit at Swan Island Dahlias, located in Canby, Oregon. I’ve heard of Swan Island Dahlias for quite some time and had heard that they have 40 acres of Dahlia fields, yet I was still blown away when we rounded the corner and all the fields of dahlias came into view!!
We were able to park the car and take our dogs out for a walk thru all the fields. It was so peaceful and beautiful and the perfect place to stretch our legs.
I highly recommend visiting here during the blooming season – pop into the gift shop and grab the catalog, that way you can make notes on varieties as you peruse the Display Garden. All the varieties are labeled at the end of the row — so bring your camera, too!

Swan Island Dahlias

Swan Island Dahlias - Bed Head Dahlia

Bed Head

Swan Island Dahlias - Bumble Rumble Dahlia

Bumble Rumble

Swan Island Dahlias

Swan Island Dahlias

Swan Island Dahlias

Swan Island Dahlias

Hotcakes

Swan Island Dahlias

Johann enjoying a stroll through the Dahlia fields!

Swan Island Dahlias

Swan Island Dahlias

Mango Madness

Swan Island Dahlias

Swan Island Dahlias

Santa Claus

Swan Island Dahlias

Sterling Silver

Swan Island Dahlias

Field to Vase Dinner, Washington

I’ve been hearing about the Field to Vase Dinner Tour all summer long and have been waiting anxiously for it to come to Washington! On September 12 the day finally came and the lovely dinner took place at Jello Mold Farms in Skagit Valley.

What an evening it was; perfect weather, the amazing evening light seemed to cast a spell over the farm, the floral centerpieces were met with oohs & aahs, the wine flowed, the food was passed, the conversation filled the evening air.

Andy, Diane and Dennis - the hardworking farmers of Jello Mold!

Andy, Diane and Dennis – the hardworking farmers of Jello Mold!

Jello Mold Farm Dahlias

Andy walking thru the Dahlias

Field to Vase Dinner

Erica of Botany 101 setting the table before the guests arrive

Field To Vase Dinner

Our delicious dinner menu

hemp in floral design

Do you spot something different in the foliage here? Look closely. Yep, that’s hemp leaves.

Jello Mold Farm Dahlias

Field to Vase Dinner

Here they come! Debra prepares the registration table as the guests start to arrive for the Field to Vase Dinner!!

Dahlias at jello mold farm

Terra Bella Floral Design

I am completely smitten with this design by Melissa of Terra Bella Floral Design! Somehow Melissa designed this on top of the pitchforks without the use of floral foam! I didn’t get the chance to ask Melissa how she did it, maybe she used Floral Soil??

Terra Bella Floral Design

Terra Bella Floral Design

Terra Bella Floral Design

Jello Mold Farm

Did you know that in addition to growing amazing flowers, Dennis can also sing and play the guitar??

Terra Bella Floral Design

Top left of the arch is decorated with this beautiful display

Wine bottles

Wine!

wine

sure, I’ll have some of that!

Jello Mold Farm Dahlias

The table is set and welcoming the evenings guests

The table is set and welcoming the evenings guests

Melissa of Terra Bella

Melissa of Terra Bella lights the candles

Field to Vase Dinner

Dinner is served

Field to Vase Dinner

Passing food

Field to Vase Dinner

The light, the food, the flowers, the people ..

Field to Vase Dinner

The sun was going down and it cast the most amazing light over the guests enjoying dinner

Field to Vase Dinner

The sun goes down, the camaraderie goes up!

floating candles

Dining by candlelight

Thank you to Kathleen Williford, Field to Vase Tour Manager, Kasey Cronquist of CA Cut Flower Commission, Debra Prinzing and Diane & Dennis of Jello Mold Farm for organizing an amazing evening.
Thank you to all the flowers farmers who are part of Seattle Wholesale Growers Market and donated their gorgeous flowers for all the guests to enjoy!
Thank you to Melissa and Erica of Terra Bella Flowers for designing all the gorgeous floral arrangements.
Thank you to Chef Erik Johnson of Capitol Cider for a fantastic 5-course meal.

There’s only one Field to Vase dinner left for 2015 and it’ll take place this week in Detroit, Michigan. Stay tuned as I would imagine the 2016 schedule will be posted shortly, I will definitely post it here on Flirty Fleurs and I highly recommend attending one when it comes to your city!

I leave you with one last picture of two very awesome people –

Jello Mold Farm

Diane and Dennis

Flower House – Detroit

the third weekend of october 2015, cutting edge florists from michigan and across the country will fill the walls and ceilings of an abandoned detroit house with american-grown fresh flowers and living plants for a weekend installation. flower house visitors will be welcomed to a weekend of exploration friday, october 16th through sunday october 18th.
for more information visit http://www.theflower.house

Flower House Invite from hello future on Vimeo.

Alluring Blooms’ Farm Tour of Blooming of Beloit

Today we have a guest post by the lovely Amanda of Alluring Blooms in Madison, Wisconsin. Amanda toured Blooming of Beloit, a flower farm also located in Wisconsin. Thank you, Amanda, for this great piece and for introducing us to a new-to-us flower farmer!

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Alluring Blooms Farm Tour – Blooming of Beloit – May 19, 2015

Back on a cold, dark mid-May day I had the pleasure of taking the short drive south to visit Shlomo at Blooming of Beloit. He was kind enough to open his farm up to me for a tour to share with the readers of Flirty Fleurs! Blooming of Beloit specializes in specialty cut flowers grown right in southern Wisconsin. They also have an import line which brings in product from Israel and other locations abroad.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Shlomo began the tour by telling me about his process of purchasing the farm. When he purchased the farm (nearly 20 years ago), it was 100+ acres of cornfield. They had to add a well, roads, drip irrigation systems, etc. The first three years consisted of a lot of trial and error. They planted many different varieties to test which plants would perform best on the farm. When a variety proved its worth, it was mass-planted in a different section of the farm.

There were so many plants that caught my eye on the tour, but I’ll share some of my favorites:

Viburnum – I’m a total sucker for viburnum, so this was a real treat for me. This beautiful shrub is cut at various stages on the farm. Early in the season it’s cut for its green buds + flowers. Later it’s cut for its green berries. Even later in the season it’s cut for its purple/blue/black berries.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Aronia (chokeberry or chokecherry) – This pretty shrub is also cut at various stages. In the spring it’s cut for its beautiful little flowers, then about a month later for its green berries.

Lilac – They have so many different shades and varieties of lilac! I was particularly smitten with the blush pink variety called Beauty of Moscow.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Hydrangea – I thought it was very interesting that they grow some hydrangea under shade cloth, and others directly in the sun. Shlomo explained that this was to spread out the bloom time.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Variegated Willow – I really liked this unique foliage. I really loved how the tips were the most perfect hue of champagne.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Crabapple – I love crabapple on the branch! What a wonderful addition to floral arrangements.

I asked Shlomo if he had one thing to share, what would it be? He wanted florists to know that growers are dealing with mother nature – and sometimes mother nature just doesn’t cooperate when it comes to bloom times. They can’t force blooms to mature quicker than they do! He stressed that if florists keep this in mind, they can avoid disappointment.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit sells to wholesalers only. If you’re interested in purchasing some of their gorgeous product, ask your wholesaler for Blooming of Beloit. Shlomo is very willing to custom pack orders just for wedding and event florists (no minimums, and they’ll mix cases) but all orders must be placed through your wholesaler. If your wholesaler doesn’t their product – reach out to get a recommendation on a wholesaler who does!

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

A giant THANK YOU to Shlomo and the staff at Blooming of Beloit who were kind enough to show me around their farm, and a huge THANK YOU to Alicia at Flirty Fleurs for connecting us!

Contact Information:
Amanda of Alluring Blooms
Shlomo of Blooming of Beloit

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit

Blooming of Beloit

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Looking for Peonies?? Check out Peony Acres website & Facebook page. Peony Acres is a wholesale cut flower peony farm centrally located in the U.S. — Salina, Kansas.
Peony Acres produces approximately 70,000 stems of peonies each growing season — 70,000 stems! They offer Pinks, Reds, Whites and Coral Peonies, plus, the Anemone style of Peony. Harvest starts this week and lasts for approximately 3 weeks, we all know harvest is dependent on the weather.
They offer a selection of very interesting and old-fashioned peonies like Goldilocks, Mons Jules Elie, and Rasberry Sundae, to name a few. Check out the list of peonies they offer on their website, click on “Peonies” in the menu bar. I also found the pages about the farm’s history and about peonies to be very interesting. Also, I’d recommend signing up for the Harvest Notification email.

Contact Information:
website – www.peonyacres.com
facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peonyacres
email – info@peonyacres.com
phone – 785-819-5474

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Pink Peonies

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Verbena Flower Farm Chronicles No. 02 – Poppin’ Poppies

A day in the life of a farmer florist. A small peak into life on Verbena’s flower farm in Roseville, CA. It’s midway through April and poppies pop pop poppin’, fragrant sweet peas are exploding into color, anemones continue to bloom, and the garden roses are bursting open this week!

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

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.