Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

Easter Floral Design with Carrots. Photographed by Laurey W Glenn

Photographed by Laurey W Glenn

Happy Valentine’s Day

Mr Cook Flowers of Sydney, Australia

Mr Cook Flowers of Sydney, Australia

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?

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

Inspiration for Thanksgiving Flowers

Recently I requested readers to send in photos of inspiration for Thanksgiving flowers. Thank you to Hydrangea Bleu, Tall Clover Farm, and Tina Sauceda for Merrifield Garden Center for sending in these arrangements!

Hydrangea Bleu

Hydrangea Bleu

Hydrangea Bleu

Hydrangea Bleu

Hydrangea Bleu

Hydrangea Bleu

Tall Clover Farm

Tall Clover Farm

Tall Clover Farm

Tall Clover Farm

Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

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

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?