Vanda Orchids at SF Brannan Street Wholesale Florist

Such beautiful colors of Vanda Orchids by SF Brannan Street Wholesale Florist:

Flowers from Holland

Our friend Joost of Florabundance Wholesale recently traveled to Holland to see the trade shows – IFTF and FloraHolland. He shared some photos of the flowers he viewed on display and we thought we’d share them with all of you –

Ashley by Alexandra Roses

Ashley by Alexandra Roses

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Anemones

Anemones

Antique Carnations

Carnations

Ashley Garden Roses

Ashley Garden Roses

Blush Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Buttercup Garden Roses

Buttercup Garden Roses

Sunstream Euphorbia

Sunstream Euphorbia

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Japanese Lisianthus

Japanese Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Midsummer Garden Roses

Midsummer Garden Roses

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Shine On Garden Roses

Shine On Garden Roses

Spray Roses

Spray Roses

What’s in season now – autumnal inspiration!

Dutch Hanging Amaranthus DV Flora

Dutch Hanging Amaranthus
DV Flora

Light pink Himalia Gerrondo DV Flora

Light pink Himalia Gerrondo
DV Flora

Purple Randoph Mini Callas DV Flora

Purple Randoph Mini Callas
DV Flora

Cappuccino Roses G Page

Cappuccino Roses
G Page

Weigala G Page

Weigala
G Page

Pearl Finesse Roses Mayesh

Pearl Finesse Roses
Mayesh

Red Maple Leaves Mayesh

Red Maple Leaves
Mayesh

John Hancock Snowberry Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

John Hancock Snowberry
Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

Garden Roses By Alexandra Farms

Romantic Antike & Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Romantic Antike & Princess Aiko

For my recent floral design class in Colorado I received a beautiful variety of garden roses from the fabulous Alexandra Farms.
The roses were received via Garden Roses Direct and I was very, very pleased with the packing they provided. The roses arrived in great condition and opened just right for my class. I did work with Sandy at Garden Roses Direct and she helped me figure out which day I should receive the roses so that they have time to open nicely for the class. Timing with garden roses is so important as many of them take a few days to open up fully, especially the darker colors like David Austin Tess & Darcey.

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you’ll know that I adore David Austin Garden Roses, who doesn’t?! For my late summer inspired color palette I ordered David Austin’s Edith, Tess, Darcey, Juliet and Beatrice. From this selection of garden roses Sandy suggested I also try Candlelight, Princess Aiko & Princess Sakura, Sunset, Fiction, Romantic Antike, Caramel Antike, and Red Piano.
Seriously, the most luscious and gorgeous selection of garden roses for my lucky students!!

Here are up-close photos of these beauties:

Candlelight Garden Rose; a lovely light coloring of gold and peach and a great accent rose to some of the richer, brighter garden roses like Sunset. Opens up to a nice size and great for centerpieces.

Candlelight - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Candlelight

Candlelight - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Candlelight

 

David Austin Beatrice; she stole my heart! Rich golden blooms, super ruffly and full. She was a showstopper!

Beatrice by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin Beatrice

David Austin Beatrice - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Beatrice

Beatrice by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin Beatrice and Caramel Antike

 

David Austin Edith; sweet and pretty one. Blends nicely with Beatrice and Juliet. She has so much range in colors that she really pairs well with many other roses and offers a great coloring for autumn color palettes. Heck, see here how pretty she looks with Darcey!

Edith by David Austin Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Edith

Darcey & Edith by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Darcey & Edith

 

David Austin Darcey; speaking of Darcey! You can see above how nicely she pairs with Edith. A great dark Raspberry coloring on this garden rose. This is one of the darker colored David Austin Roses that needs a few extra days to open fully. My experience is that it can take 4-5 days for this one to fully bloom open and this is out of the cooler. I usually process and keep my garden roses out of the cooler until they open to that pristine & perfect bloom and then place into the cooler until I need them for the arrangements.

David Austin Darcey - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Darcey

Princess Aiko, David Austin Darcey & Edith - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko, David Austin Darcey, and Edith

 

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko; ok, let’s talk about these two princesses!! I heard about these two while at Alexandra Farm’s display booth at IFTF last two Novembers when touring the show with Joost of Florabundance.
The Farm’s owner, Joey, introduced me to these two lovely roses and I instantly gushed! They are full, luscious, peachy garden roses and they work gloriously with David Austin’s Juliet! Princess Aiko has a touch more color to it and tends towards a brighter peach and pink. Princess Sakura is a bit more subtle and lighter in colors of peach and pink.

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko Garden Rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko

Princess Sakura - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Sakura

 

David Austin Juliet; I’ve always felt this is the rose that created the peach craze that started with brides and has been a strongly desired color palette for the past 6-7 years. She seemed to appear on wedding blogs around 2009/10 and has taken a stronghold ever since, who else agrees? Not that I’m the least bit surprised – this rose is perfection. It’s the perfect and most wonderful peach flower!

David Austin Juliet - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Juliet

 

Romantic Antike; if you are looking for a big rose be sure to check out this one! She offers a full blossom! Gorgeous dusty pink-

Romantic Antike Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Romantic Antike

 

Sunset; this rose ties together the various roses above to pull of a fabulous autumn palette – rich, bright, ruffly, big blossom. A perfect blender of colors and/or gorgeous as a stand alone rose in an arrangement. I appreciated its big blossom in our centerpieces-

Sunset Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Sunset

 

David Austin Tess, always one of my favorite dark red roses. When anyone asks me ‘what should I use for a burgundy garden rose’ I blurt out – DA TESS! My top picture here makes it look a bit more bright red than it actually is in person. I’m posting this one so you can see the ruffles of the petals. In person it is a darker red and more like the color shown in the second photo-

David Austin Tess - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Tess

Tess by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Tess

 

Fiction, I saved one of my favorites for the end of the post! Sandy had suggested Fiction and I had not seen or heard of this one. When I saw it in person I was immediately smitten. Big blooms are surrounded by two buds — eek! Golden yellow with orange/red tips. love love love. I want this one in all my future bright summer and fall designs.

Fiction garden rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Fiction

Fiction Garden Rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Fiction

 

Red Piano; a brighter Red than David Austin Tess. The shape you see here is about the max of what this rose will open up to, this picture was taken after I had it for a week and this is it. I really like the rounded shape and would definitely use it in future floral designs. One of my friend’s wanted it to open more, but that wasn’t going to happen! Meanwhile, a client saw this rose being prepared for the class and she asked that it be added into her daughter’s wedding flowers – so it definitely sold itself!

Red Piano Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Red Piano

 

Again, I was absolutely thrilled with all of these roses. They all offer so much with their color ranges and size of blooms. All of the roses were grown by Alexandra Farms and shipped via Garden Roses Direct. Many of the roses were David Austin Garden Roses.

Designed by Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs

One of the arrangements I created with the Garden roses and various other flowers & textures.

Announcing Freshcut!

Online Marketplace Freshcut Helps Florists Buy Directly from Flower Farmers

Freshcut (www.freshcutmarket.com), an online marketplace for farmer-to-florist flower sales

Freshcut (www.freshcutmarket.com), an online marketplace for farmer-to-florist flower sales

Freshcut (www.freshcutmarket.com), an online marketplace for farmer-to-florist flower sales

Freshcut (www.freshcutmarket.com), an online marketplace for farmer-to-florist flower sales

Freshcut (www.freshcutmarket.com), an online marketplace for farmer-to-florist flower sales

Freshcut (www.freshcutmarket.com), an online marketplace for farmer-to-florist flower sales

Freshcut (www.freshcutmarket.com), an online marketplace for farmer-to-florist flower sales, soft launched recently to local florists across the USA. Freshcut helps florists source flowers directly from real flower farms through it’s easy to use online platform.

By purchasing flowers on Freshcut, florists get access to Cut-to-Order flowers shipped overnight to their door at competitive prices, combining convenience, quality, and price. Florists can also easily purchase unique, hard-to-find flowers, branches, and greens available from specialty farmers on Freshcut.

Flower farmers across the USA and from select international countries give florists access to their floral inventory on Freshcut. Freshcut is a Members Only site, open To the Trade only to florists and retailers to purchase directly from flower farms at wholesale prices. All prices on Freshcut include Free Shipping to anywhere in the continental US. Flower farms that don’t offer shipping list their products available for Pickup to local florists in their regions.

Farmers use Freshcut to list their products and reach new buyers across the country, giving them direct access to the floral artisans designing with their flowers. By selling direct, they also keep more of their hard earned money per sale. Freshcut’s alpha partners include 40+ commercial and family owned farms like Blooming of Beloit, Oregon Coastal Flowers, Peony Acres, B&H Flowers, and more.

Freshcut was created by the team behind Bloompop.com, a nationwide network of luxury local florists serving consumers and corporate customers across the country.

Freshcut is open now to eligible flower farmers and florists in the USA. Apply for an account at www.freshcutmarket.com

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

Marsala | Pantone Color Of The Year

Marsala Flowers

Every year when I hear the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year my mind races with thoughts of what flowers will work. This year when I heard Marsala will be the color of the year I was quite pleased, so many flowers are available in this color! Below are a selection of flowers and foliages in the Marsala Range, hope this helps as you all are working on designing Marsala hued events. Thank you to Florabundance Wholesale for this lovely selection of flowers –

Agonis Foliage

Red Astilbe

Burgundy Astrantia

Blackberries

Blushing Bride Protea

Calla Lilies

Carol Carnations

Cymbidium Orchid

Fritillaria

Gerbera Daisy

Hellebore

Merletto Crimson Carnation

Mokara Orchid

Marsala Burgundy Phalaenopsis Orchid

Marsala Photinia Foliage

Pieris Japonica

Marsala Burgundy Ranunculus

Safari Sunset Leucadendron

Burgundy Sharry Baby Oncidium Orchid

Burgundy Spider Gerbera Daisy

Tinus Viburnum

Bella Fiori - Marsala Bridal Bouquet

All the flowers & foliages seen here are available from Florabundance Wholesale. Call 800-201-3597 or visit their website: http://florabundance.com/ to order.

Flowers & Foliages

I took a peek around online to see what various wholesalers are currently offering — definitely some gorgeous flowers & foliages available, check them out-

Festival Bush by Florabundance

Festival Bush by Florabundance

Green Ranunculus by Dutch Flower Line

Green Ranunculus by Dutch Flower Line

Heavenly Yearning Amaranthus by Mayesh

Heavenly Yearning Amaranthus by Mayesh

Hellebores by G Page Flowers

Hellebores by G Page Flowers

Peppermint Montoya Carnation by DV Flora

Peppermint Montoya Carnation by DV Flora

Red Brunia by Mayesh

Red Brunia by Mayesh

Scabiosa by G Page Flowers

Scabiosa by G Page Flowers

Fall Flowers & Foliages

I’ve been surfing various flower wholesale companies to see who has what, always fun to see what is coming into season. Check out some of the pretties (click on flower image to go to the website). Oh, and peonies are back!!

Brannan Street - Yellow Tree Peonies

Dutch Flower Line - Fall Foliage

Dutch Flower Line - Rosehips

DV Flora Black Eye Susan

Florabundance Parrot Tulips

G Page - Snowberries

Harvest Roses - A Fox Trot Orange Rose

Mayesh - Pumpkin Tree

8 Flower Wholesalers to Follow on Instagram

Dutch Flower Line on Instagram

Florabundance Wholesale on Instagram

G Page Flowers on Instagram

Mayesh wholesale on instagram

Seattle Wholesale Growers Market on instagram

SF Brannan Street Wholesale on Instagram

Torchio Wholesale on Instagram

DV Flora Wholesale