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

David Austin Garden Roses – 2017

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David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses Website

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

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

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

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.

Garden Roses by Alexandra Farms

One of my favorite farms for garden roses is Alexandra Farms, they grow such full, lush, hardy roses. While in Holland a few weeks ago I had a chance to visit with Joey and discuss the latest and greatest roses they are growing, and for your viewing pleasure I took photos of the various roses they had on display –

Alabaster Garden Roses

Alabaster Garden Roses

Aphrodite Garden Roses

Aphrodite Garden Roses

Ashley Garden Roses

Ashley Garden Roses

Augusta Luise Garden Roses

Augusta Luise Garden Roses

Bridal Piano Garden Roses

Bridal Piano Garden Roses

Candlelight Garden Roses

Candlelight Garden Roses

Caramel Antike Garden Roses

Caramel Antike Garden Roses

Baronesse Garden Roses

Baronesse Garden Roses

Fiction Garden Roses

Fiction Garden Roses

Free Spirit Garden Roses

Free Spirit Garden Roses

Hearts Garden Roses

Hearts Garden Roses

Heirloom Garden Roses

Heirloom Garden Roses

Lemon PomPom Garden Roses

Lemon PomPom Garden Roses

Mamy Blue Garden Roses

Mamy Blue Garden Roses

Mariatheresia Garden Rose

Mariatheresia Garden Roses

Mayra's Rose Garden Roses

Mayra’s Rose Garden Roses

Mythos Garden Roses

Mythos Garden Roses

Pink O'Hara Garden Roses

Pink O’Hara Garden Roses

Pink Piano Garden Roses

Pink Piano Garden Roses

Precious Moments Garden Roses

Precious Moments Garden Roses

Princess Charlene of Monaco Garden Roses

Princess Charlene of Monaco Garden Roses

Romantic Antike Garden Rose

Romantic Antike Garden Roses

Sunset Garden Roses

Sunset Garden Roses

Vitality Garden Roses

Vitality Garden Roses

Voyage Garden Roses

Voyage Garden Roses

White Cloud Garden Roses

White Cloud Garden Roses

White O'Hara Garden Roses

White O’Hara Garden Roses

Yves Piaget Garden Roses

Yves Piaget Garden Roses

Alexandra Farms at IFTF

Alexandra Garden Roses

Alexandra Farms and Florabundance at IFTF in Holland

Joey & Paula from Alexandra Farms and Joost from Florabundance Wholesale visiting at IFTF, check out the size of those roses!!

Designing with Resendiz Brothers Flowers & Foliages

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm

Recently Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers sent out the above boxes of goodies to Laurie from Fleurie, Carmel from Mt Lebanon Floral and Myself. I find it so interesting how three floral designers in three different areas of the USA can receive the same box of goodies and come up with such different designs, interesting isn’t it??

First, a closeup of each flower & foliage we received –

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Banksia Speciosa

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Leucadendron Jester, Leucadendron Goblet, Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Protea Eximia

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Protea Eximia

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Brunia Albiflora

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Brunia Albiflora

Designs by me, Bella Fiori, Washington –

Bella Fiori design with Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm Materials

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Leucadendron and Brunia Bouquet

Bella Fiori - Bouquet with Leucadendron and Brunia

Designs by Laurie, Fleurie, California –

Fleurie, Reedley, California - Floral Design with proteas and banksia with brunia and leucadendron all from Resendiz Brothers

Fleurie, Reedley, California - Floral Design with proteas and banksia with brunia and leucadendron all from Resendiz Brothers

Designs by Carmel, Mt Lebanon Flower Shop, Pennsylvania

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Corsage and flower ring created with brunia

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia in a lantern from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Visiting Chalk Hill Clematis Farm – Healdsburg, California

Chalk Hill Clematis Farm Healdsburg

Nestled among the rolling hills above Healdsburg, California sits a breathtaking flower farm called Chalk Hill Clematis. Yes, a flower farm focused on growing the beautiful, wild, ethereal Clematis Flower!

Chalk Hill Pink Clematis

The Clematis grown here are available exclusively to floral designers and the trade; yes, you can order Clematis from here! Typically their Clematis are available April thru October, of course weather can affect their flowering season. The Clematis are available in blue, purple, mauve, red, pink, lavender and white. Clematis’ are an excellent vase flower, and will usually last 7-10 days after receiving them. The Clematis from CHC typically have a stem length of 15-18 inches with one flower per stem. Yes, I have had them shipped to me in Colorado when I had the shop there and the flowers arrived in beautiful condition. Check out their website here to see a sampling of the varieties they offer.

Clematis Growing at Chalk Hill Farm

Clematis Growing at Chalk Hill Farm

Chalk Hill Clematis Purple

Chalk Hill Clematis pink clematis

Chalk Hill Clematis Seed Pods

Chalk Hill Clematis Seed Pods

Chalk Hill Lavender Clematis

Chalk Hill White Clematis

Purple Clematis

Chalk Hill White Roses

Visiting Chalk Hill Clematis Farm was a true treat, my mother joined me and she and I just loved every minute of wandering the grounds with the farm manager, Fernando. Just perfect to walk thru the rows of flowering Clematis, to see the rambling roses, rows of Olive Trees, take in the view from the pool area, and a walk thru Mary Toomey’s Clematis garden. Towards the end of our visit Fernando let me loose in the fields as I was craving those crazy, swirling seed pods and winding clematis stems for a wedding I was designing for the following Saturday. The vines I collected that day were just what my bridal bouquet needed ..

Designed by Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori; Green Bridal party Bouquets

Designed by Alicia of Bella Fiori – Thank you Chalk Hill Clematis, your vines were the perfect touch for these bouquets!

Oh, and if you are curious to know if they produce anything else at the farm they do offer extra virgin olive oil, vinegars and honeys.

Chalk Hill Clematis - Olive Trees

Rows and Rows of Olive Trees

Olive Trees CHC Farm

Contact Information:
Chalk Hill Clematis
PO Box 1847
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Office: 707-433-8416
Fax: 707-433-8963
farmmgr@chalkhillclematis.com
http://chcfarm.com

Mary Toomey Clematis Garden

Bench covered in Clematis - CHC

Chalk Hill Clematis Farm

View from the pool area

Chalk Hill Flower Farm

Never know what you might see while wandering around the 120 acres at Chalk Hill Flower Farm!

CHC Farm

Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

Flower arrangement with pincushion protea and leucadendrons from Resendiz Brothers

This past week I had the pleasure of chatting with Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers’ Business Manager, Diana, and learned more about their flower farming operation. They are the largest grower of South African and Australian floral products and plants in the Northern Hemisphere. Did you get that? Not just in North America, but the largest grower in the whole Northern Hemisphere! How crazy cool is that? The majority of proteas, leucadendrons, boronias, berzillias, etc are grown in the Southern Hemisphere; South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia export the majority of these types of flowers and foliages.
Proteas from Resendiz Brothers are available throughout the USA and Canada, and even in Japan & Korea. They will ship to individuals using FedEx, but they do prefer interested floral designers inquire with their local wholesaler about availability before ordering direct. Diana mentioned that she is happy to help designers find a local wholesaler to help. It is less expensive to order the Proteas through your wholesaler, as the shipping via truck to them is cheaper than the overnight shipping via FedEx directly to the floral designer ~ another thing to keep in mind when placing an order.

Resendiz Brothers is located in Fallbrook, California and farms 150 acres on the rolling hillsides. They also contract farm land at neighboring farms for another 200 acres of growing. This region of California offers the best climate for growing Proteas as the temperature tends to be around 65-75 degrees. Although, it has been known to freeze in the winter and hit 115 degrees in the summer, neither of which the Proteas appreciate.

Now we are talking a lot about Proteas, Pincushions and Leucadendrons, and I am happy to share that they have other flowers & foliages that us designers desire – these include – Blushing Bride Protea (favorite!), Waratahs, White Boronia! Yes, white Boronia! I know so many designers like the hot pink, but only a few knew that white is available, too! They also grow Grevillea, Kangaroo Paws, Brunia & Berzelia and lots of various foliages. Plus, my favorite seasonal red texture – Christmas Bush! Also known as Festival Bush. Now should you desire a flower or foliage not currently growing at their farm due to the season, they will import it from one of their preferred farms in Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. This is particularly good to know since the current drought in California is causing flowers to bloom about two months earlier than normal.

As for care & handling, these flowers are quite hardy and do not require a lot of work. I had the proteas and pincushions sitting out in my home for over a week. They do drink a good amount of water, so make sure they have plenty of fresh water. Also, I did notice that even after the initial processing they still turn the water murky rather quickly. Something to keep in mind if using in weekly arrangements.

Want to see more? Resendiz Brothers has a fantastic Pinterest Page with an inspiring collection of photos: http://www.pinterest.com/dianalroy/
Also, check out their website – it is absolutely full of information: http://resendizbrothers.com

Resendiz Brothers - Hybrid Queen Protea

Pink Duke Protea by Resendiz Brothers

Compacta Protea by Resendiz Brothers

Pink Andrea Protea Resendiz Brothers

Grandicep Princes Protea by Resendiz Brothers

Cynaroides King Protea by Resendiz Brothers

White King Protea by Resendiz Brothers

Leucadendrons - Red Eye by Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

Red Pom Poms Leucadendrons by Resendiz Brothers

Resendiz Brothers Protea - Leucadendron Guenzii

Spider Pincushion Leucospermum by Resendiz Brothers

Scarlet Ribbon Pincushion Leucospermum by Resendiz Brothers

High Gold Pincushion Leucospermum Resendiz Brothers

Flame Giant Pincushion Leucospermum by Resendiz Brothers

White and Pink Boronia by Resendiz Brothers