Fleur Friday

Hello Flower Friends!

I’m doing a twist on Fleur Friday this week, thought it is about time I do a little catch up with what I’m up to here in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest.

I’ve been keeping busy since returning from Florabundance Inspirational Design Days & the Chapel Designers Conference in Santa Barbara, held January 20-23. (That was a month ago already?!?!)

On February 1st I taught a hands-on design workshop in downtown Seattle. The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop was held at Yesler Studios and hosted by Debra Prinzing. We had so much fun designing bouquets, and after our design session we all discussed how to price our bouquets correctly – a very eye-opening session!
I really enjoyed teaching the class and plan to do more of these in the future!!

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Alm Hill Gardens display of Tulips

Picked up Peach Parrot Tulips from Alm Hill at Pike Place Market for my Bouquet Workshop.

Alicia Schwede's Floral design Workshop in Seattle

Preparing stems for my bouquet making demonstration.

Washington and Oregon Grown fresh flowers - garden roses from Peterkort, anemones, viburnum, poppies.

Some of the pretty flowers we used in the bouquet making class!

February 5-9 was the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle. I’ve heard about this show for awhile and was so pleased to finally get to attend it! I went two days in a row as there is so much to see.

NWFGS Ravenna Gardens Display

Ravenna Gardens display at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, I’ll definitely be visiting this shop in Seattle very, very soon!!

NWFGS display by Pot Incorporated of Vancouver, Canada

Great colors in this garden design by Pot Incorporated.

Hellebores from Swanson's Nursery of Seattle Washington

Hellebores from Swanson’s Nursery.

I had planned to go to NWFGS on its opening day, February 5th, however you may have heard that the Seattle Seahawks won the SuperBowl? I thought it best I avoid downtown Seattle on Feb. 5th since the victory parade was held that day – 700,000 people showed up to the parade!
I decided I’d be better off to go on a road trip to Portland and visit with two of my favorite flower people – Francoise Weeks and Janet of Floral Verde. Janet was in town taking a 3 day private workshop with Francoise and they were working on Botanical art pieces. Oh, it was fun to see what those two were creating!!

Francoise Weeks Botanical Couture Workshop, Janet of Floral Verde designs her flower head piece

Janet of Floral Verde working on her floral head piece at Francoise Week’s Studio

Valentine’s Week I freelanced for Patty of Brittany’s Flowers in Kirkland, Washington. Freelancing is so fun and interesting, I love getting perspective on how other people run their businesses and create their art. Patty has a top-notch reputation in her city of Kirkland and she is very, very busy!
While at her shop we had a visit from Tosh. I’ve heard about Tosh ever since arriving in Washington, everyone told me I have to meet him. “he lives in the mountains, off the grid, no electricity, gathers amazing fresh product, will show up at your door” I’ve been soooo intrigued by these mentions of Tosh – and then there he was! Sure enough he had a van full of all kinds of goodies – branches, foliages, etc. (Alex – you would die over his Pieris Japonica, I asked him if he’d ship to Chicago!!)

Floral Design in Kirkland, Washington - Patty of Brittany's Flowers with Tosh.

Patty of Brittany Flowers with Tosh. Tosh has just pulled up with his van filled with fresh cut goodies!

This week I freelanced for Flora Nova in Seattle. Christiane had all kinds of design work to get done and I quite enjoyed helping out.
I could get used to this freelancing lifestyle!

Woodlands floral design Seattle

A sneak peek at one of the designs I got to create at Flora Nova.

Also, made a trip to Northwest Wholesale Florists this week, getting used to this new routine of wholesalers in Seattle. I had to pick up flowers for an order, but also *had* to pick up these ranunculus for myself!!

Pink and Peach Ranunculus

Ranunculus for me! Yes, I buy flowers for my own enjoyment 🙂

OHHH… and that Peach Rose Color Study? Quite possibly the most popular post we’ve ever had in our almost 4 year history!!
On Facebook it was seen by ~15,000 people and the post had 122 shares! wow!
I’m thrilled to know so many people enjoyed the post! In case you missed it – click here.

All-In-All, a great few weeks here in the PNW – I can feel spring is coming and all kinds of good stuff is popping up – including Crocus all over the back lawn!

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  1. So does he ship to Chicago?!

  2. YAY!!! Glad to run into you at the NWFGS!!! I’m so thrilled that you’re keeping busy and enjoying yourself!

    Carry on!

    I’m headed down to Portland for the Yard, Garden and Patio Show. I’m hoping to visit Peterkort Roses, the Portland Flower Market and see what Ms. Weeks is up to. =)