Garden Party Rose Stripper

Sharing my new-to-me favorite rose stripper:

It was designed by a local Washington floral designer, TJ of Garden Party. I picked up a pair recently while talking to TJ at our local flower wholesaler. I was intrigued by it’s design and wanted to give it a try. sure enough I like how tidy and fast it is and my hands stay clean!
So if you are looking for a new rose stripper you might want to give this one a try! They are even sold via Amazon.

Fabulous Florist :: Flowers by Lady Buggs

Flowers by Lady Buggs - orange and white bouquet

Your name: Davida Buggs
Your Business name: Flowers by Lady Buggs
Your Location: Los Angeles, California

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

How did you start your business?
I was getting married in 2009 and decided that I wanted to design my own wedding flowers. Yes, I was that DIY bride! I did some research and took a bridal bouquet and boutonniere/corsage course given by Casey Schwartz of the Flower Duet. Casey also met me one early morning at the Los Angeles Flower Market for a tour. It was on that visit to the market that did it for me–I was hooked!

And how many years have you been in business?
I’ve been in business for 8 years

Flowers by Lady Buggs - Los Angeles Florist

What is the most satisfying part of being a floral designer, and why?
I love seeing my couples grow in various stages of their lives well after their weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to transform my clients visions into something special for their weddings but some of my clients have become friends and I’ll get calls for baby showers, births and birthdays. Knowing that they trust me for the special moments in their lives is extremely satisfying and rewarding for me.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - flower arch

What is the best part of being your own boss? The Worst?
Having come from a corporate environment I enjoy not being behind someone else’s desk. Floral design allows me to do something that I absolutely love and I’m able to run my business my way. There are challenges being a floral designer with long hours, heavy lifting, tons of paperwork and proposals to get out, however, the hardest for me is the time away from my husband and young sons on wedding and event days.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - gold and white bouquets

What is your design aesthetic?
I’m drawn to textural, lush designs with depth, layers and movement.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - peach and burgundy bouquet

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Many times, I draw inspiration from the elements that are going into a wedding or event. It could be as simple as the lace on the bride’s gown, the style of the venue or the feeling that my bride wants to convey to her guests through florals.

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Being in Los Angeles we come across it all from the large scale, over-the-top events to everything else in between. The same can be said for the use of color and design—one wedding can be more modern and streamlined where the next can be loose, rustic and organic. The blush wedding is clearly still ever present and just as popular and I can’t get my hands on David Austin Roses fast enough but again, we come across it all.

The one trend that I’m always happy to see are couples requesting and in search of locally grown or California grown products. There are more farmers that provide locally grown flowers and it’s refreshing to know that there are options grown here in our backyard as opposed to coming across the globe.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - bridal bouquet

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based? My business is home based

Flowers by Lady Buggs - black and white flower arrangement

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Still in the floral design realm…initially we focused our efforts primarily on weddings and events, however, we will be expanding the delivery side of the business and look forward to growing in that area.

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
I can’t live without my Ohana floral shears, Oasis cold glue and zip ties.

Flowers by Lady Buggs - Rob Greer Photography

What’s your favorite flower?
I couldn’t possibly choose one flower over another, there’s way too much pretty out there, besides for me it’s more about my favorite color which is the deeper, darker, red-tones. So, the red charm peony, burgundy dahlia, black magic rose—those are some of my favorites because of their strikingly bold color.

Flowers by Lady Buggs white bouquets

Contact information: 818-808-9476
Website: www.flowersbyladybuggs.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/flowersbyladybuggs
Instagram: www.instagram.com/flowersbyladybuggs/

Flowers by Lady Buggs - orange and blue flowers

Workshop :: Floral Arch & Chuppah, June 4, 2017

Modern Floral Arch with coral fabric, green, coral and peach flowers for the Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class in Washington.

www.bjonesphotos.com

Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 10am until done, this is an all day class!
Arches brimming with flowers is my absolute favorite piece to design — gotta love a happy bride standing underneath her flower arch! In this hands-on Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop we will work together to create two arches & and two chuppahs. We’ll have a lot of flowers on hand, and will work on different techniques for building chuppahs and floral arches. This class will take place outside where we’ll have plenty of room to spread out our floral projects! (Please come prepared to work outside). Previously this class ended between 5-6pm.
Lunch & refreshments included.
Location: Flirty Fleurs World Headquarters, also known as my home & property in Arlington, Washington (one hour north of Seattle)
Investment: $650.00
Register HERE

Chairs decorated with Flowers

Wedding Chairs with garlands of italian smilax and orchids

Designer Unknown

Wedding Wednesday :: Poppy Bouquets

Pink & Peach Bouquets

Pretty Persicas!

Fritillaria Persica, Photograph by Alicia Schwede
Recently in our weekly newsletter and on Instagram I requested that our flower friends send in photographs of arrangements they have designed which include Fritillaria Persicas. Thank you to all of you who replied to our request, we received a fabulous assortment!

From Amanda at Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin - a garland with Persica intwined into it.

From Amanda at Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin – a garland with Persica intwined into it.

Amanda at Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin, milk glass with a lavender floral arrangement

Amanda at Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin

Anne Bradfield, Floressence in Washington. Fritillaria Persica with La Belle Epoque Tulips

Anne Bradfield, Floressence in Washington.
Fritillaria Persica with La Belle Epoque Tulips

Bella Lu Floral Laura Murray Photography

From Angela at Bella Lu Floral
Laura Murray Photography

Bella Lu Floral Laura Murray Photography

Bella Lu Floral
Laura Murray Photography

Cora Hardin, Blumenkiss - flower arrangement with the best of spring

Cora Hardin of Blumenkiss

Katri Flowr Floral Design Studio

Katri from Flowr in Helsinki, Finland

Katri Flowr Floral Design Studio

Katri from Flowr in Helsinki, Finland

Here Michael shares how the Fritillaria Persica appears when it is growing in the garden.

Here Michael of Trout Lily Farm shares how the Fritillaria Persica appears when it is growing in the garden.

Here Michael of Trout Lily Farm shares how the Fritillaria Persica appears when ready to pick.

Here Michael of Trout Lily Farm shares how the Fritillaria Persica appears when ready to pick.

An arrangement that Michael created in a clients vase with flowers from his farm - Trout Lily Farm.

An arrangement that Michael created in a clients vase with flowers from his farm – Trout Lily Farm.

Workshop :: Designing with Garden Roses

Workshop, Floral Design Class in Seattle, Washington - Designing with Garden Roses
Garden Roses, always a favorite of mine. I’m constantly in awe of the array of colors they come in and the various shapes they offer…. and those puffy, ruffly petals! sigh…
In this class we will indulge our rose cravings with a lush selection of varieties grown by Alexandra Roses. We’ll start with a talk on the care & handling of these garden roses and will then move into a design session. Alicia will create a centerpiece featuring the roses and accent them with complementing flowers and foliages. Attendees will then create their own arrangements using as many stems as their hearts desire!
Hope you can join us for a lovely Sunday afternoon filled with these gorgeous flowers and good company!

DATE AND TIME
Sun, April 30, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT

LOCATION
Floressence Design Studio
5628 Airport Way S #240
Seattle, WA 98108

REGISTER
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Estelle Preston Flowers

Estelle Preston Flowers