Bouquets with Succulents

Skinner Jones in Minneapolis, Bouquet of protea, willow eucalyptus, plumose fern, succulents, spray roses, dusty miller, parrot tulips, ranunculus, black berries and scabiosa.

Skinner Jones

Bouquet of many textures with succulents and grass loops

Designer Unknown

Wedding Wednesday :: Compote Centerpieces

Flower Focus :: Hellebores

A few weeks ago I posted this photograph on Instagram & Facebook of freshly cut hellebores out of my garden-

Hellebores grown by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Flower Blog

Quite a few people replied and asked how I could cut them so young and have them last? How long until they wilt?
(pretty sure under their breath they were saying – those are going to wilt!)

So here’s the deal. I look for one thing in each stem that I cut – the stem has to have at least one flower on it that has lost its stamens and is starting to go to seed. Check out the three images here, in each one you’ll see the bottom of the three blooms is without the stamens (yellow pollen). My friend Riz of RHR Horticulture shared with me awhile back that the key of getting hellebores to last is to wait to cut them until at least one flower per stem has started to go to seed. Riz is a well known horticulturist, especially here in Washington State.

harvesting hellebores

harvesting and cutting hellebores

when to pick hellebores
Ok, so after I sort through my plants I do a fresh, sharp cut on the stems I want and I immediately dipped the cut stems into QuickDip. In general I don’t use many flower aids/foods, etc. But I find with hellebores it sure doesn’t hurt to dip a fresh cut stem into QuickDip. That’s It!
I have had GREAT LUCK with these two simple steps. I cut the above hellebores two weeks ago for a design class that I was teaching — and guess what, I still have many of them in a vase on my desk!

Here’s one of my arrangements re-using the hellebores I had used in my class demonstration –

Bella Fiori Washington; arrangement of hellebores, ranunculus, viburnum

Here’s another example of how well the hellebores aged.
This is an arrangement designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms
Designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin while at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop in Seattle, Washington

Ten days later I took her arrangement apart, check out what was left of the flowers –
dead flowers, hellebores are still alive
Crazy, right?? The hellebores still looked great! A few tulips were trying to hang in there. The anemones, hyacinths, pieris japonica, fritillaries and ranunculus were DONE!

So there you have it, that’s what I how I care for cut hellebores out of my garden!

Alluring Blooms’ Farm Tour of Blooming of Beloit

Today we have a guest post by the lovely Amanda of Alluring Blooms in Madison, Wisconsin. Amanda toured Blooming of Beloit, a flower farm also located in Wisconsin. Thank you, Amanda, for this great piece and for introducing us to a new-to-us flower farmer!

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Alluring Blooms Farm Tour – Blooming of Beloit – May 19, 2015

Back on a cold, dark mid-May day I had the pleasure of taking the short drive south to visit Shlomo at Blooming of Beloit. He was kind enough to open his farm up to me for a tour to share with the readers of Flirty Fleurs! Blooming of Beloit specializes in specialty cut flowers grown right in southern Wisconsin. They also have an import line which brings in product from Israel and other locations abroad.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Shlomo began the tour by telling me about his process of purchasing the farm. When he purchased the farm (nearly 20 years ago), it was 100+ acres of cornfield. They had to add a well, roads, drip irrigation systems, etc. The first three years consisted of a lot of trial and error. They planted many different varieties to test which plants would perform best on the farm. When a variety proved its worth, it was mass-planted in a different section of the farm.

There were so many plants that caught my eye on the tour, but I’ll share some of my favorites:

Viburnum – I’m a total sucker for viburnum, so this was a real treat for me. This beautiful shrub is cut at various stages on the farm. Early in the season it’s cut for its green buds + flowers. Later it’s cut for its green berries. Even later in the season it’s cut for its purple/blue/black berries.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Aronia (chokeberry or chokecherry) – This pretty shrub is also cut at various stages. In the spring it’s cut for its beautiful little flowers, then about a month later for its green berries.

Lilac – They have so many different shades and varieties of lilac! I was particularly smitten with the blush pink variety called Beauty of Moscow.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Hydrangea – I thought it was very interesting that they grow some hydrangea under shade cloth, and others directly in the sun. Shlomo explained that this was to spread out the bloom time.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Variegated Willow – I really liked this unique foliage. I really loved how the tips were the most perfect hue of champagne.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Crabapple – I love crabapple on the branch! What a wonderful addition to floral arrangements.

I asked Shlomo if he had one thing to share, what would it be? He wanted florists to know that growers are dealing with mother nature – and sometimes mother nature just doesn’t cooperate when it comes to bloom times. They can’t force blooms to mature quicker than they do! He stressed that if florists keep this in mind, they can avoid disappointment.

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit sells to wholesalers only. If you’re interested in purchasing some of their gorgeous product, ask your wholesaler for Blooming of Beloit. Shlomo is very willing to custom pack orders just for wedding and event florists (no minimums, and they’ll mix cases) but all orders must be placed through your wholesaler. If your wholesaler doesn’t their product – reach out to get a recommendation on a wholesaler who does!

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

A giant THANK YOU to Shlomo and the staff at Blooming of Beloit who were kind enough to show me around their farm, and a huge THANK YOU to Alicia at Flirty Fleurs for connecting us!

Contact Information:
Amanda of Alluring Blooms
Shlomo of Blooming of Beloit

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit, Wisconsin Flower Farm

Blooming of Beloit

Blooming of Beloit

Canines with Crowns

Oh, do I have the cutest post to share with all of you today! A bunch of my fellow Chapel Designer friends got together and came up with the idea to dress our furry friends with flowers. So fun to see the variety of dogs everyone has, and to see them all dressed up with flowers!

Thistle and Bone, Dogs with flower halos

Zoe & Ripley – Thistle and Bone

Splendid Stems, Carly is wearing a wreath that includes delphinium, spray roses, passion vine, and snowdrops

Carly – Splendid Stems

Della Blooms, Hank the lab with a flower wreath

Hank – Della Blooms

 Dreamweavers, Bear wearing a flower halo

Bear – Dreamweavers

Fleurie Flowers, Oliver wearing a red and purple floral wreath

Oliver – Fleurie

Cottage Flowers, Daisy the dog wearing a Daisy flower collar

Daisy – Cottage Flowers

Julia's Floral, Corgis with flower collars

Edward & Stella, Julia’s Floral

Bella Fiori, Johann the Pekingese with flower wreath

Last, but not least! My little guy with his flower wreath.
Johann – Bella Fiori

ohhh… wait … we have one more and it’s NOT a dog!
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you see a bird wearing a floral halo.
Say Hello to Louie of Moss Fine Floral!

Moss Fine Floral, a Dove wearing a floral halo.

Louie of Moss Fine Floral

The Pricing of Boutonnieres

Designed by Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish, California. 3 Yellow Aranda orchids Seeded Eucalyptus Solidaster Brezillia berry (sprayed silver) Dusty miller $18.50 (photo by Briggs Photography)

Designed by Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish, California.
3 Yellow Aranda orchids
Seeded Eucalyptus
Solidaster
Brezillia berry (sprayed silver)
Dusty miller
$18.50
(photo by Briggs Photography)

Designed by Tracy Park of Park Place Design. Blue sea thistle, Globe Thistle (from my garden)   Queen Annes Lace and wrapped with a twine  22.50

Designed by Tracy Park of Park Place Design, Michigan.
Blue Sea Thistle
Globe Thistle (from my garden)
Queen Annes Lace
Wrapped with twine
22.50
(photo by Michael Terri Studios)

Designed by Holly of Sweet Pea Floral Design, Michigan. (www.sweetpfloral.com) Nerine lily Star of Bethlehem Seeded Eucalyptus Grey Grosgrain Ribbon Silver Boutonniere pin $17.50

Designed by Holly of Sweet Pea Floral Design, Michigan.
Nerine lily
Star of Bethlehem
Seeded Eucalyptus
Grey Grosgrain Ribbon
Silver Boutonniere pin
$17.50

Designed by Ria of Natures Grace Design, Colorado.  Gloriosa orange, craspedia, willow euc. celosia, satin ribbon,   pinwheel accent   $15.00

Designed by Ria of Nature’s Grace Design, Colorado.
Gloriosa orange
Craspedia
Willow euc. Celosia
Satin ribbon
Pinwheel accent
$15.00

Designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin.  Burgundy ranunculus Sprig of red huck Sprig of gold grivellia Wire/tape Pure silk ribbon $13.00

Designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin.
Burgundy ranunculus
Sprig of red huck
Sprig of gold grivellia
Wire/tape
Pure silk ribbon
$13.00

Craspedia,kangaroo paw, dusty, bear grass, grosgrain ribbon $15.00

Designed by Ria of Nature’s Grace Design, Colorado.
Craspedia
Kangaroo Paw
Dusty Miller
Bear Grass
Grosgrain Ribbon
$15.00

Lily grass, fiddle head fern, moss, and scabiosa pod, and a succulent, The Number 22 was added for the groom it was his late fathers number. wrapped with silver bullion wire.. I charged 28.00

Designed by Tracy Park of Park Place Design, Michigan.
Lily grass
Fiddle head fern
Moss
Scabiosa pod
Succulent
The Number 22 was added for the groom it was his late fathers number
Wrapped with silver bullion wire
$28.00

Designed by Lisa of Petals and Promises. Birch twig, Acorns, sprigs of Naked Seeded Euc, Bittersweet with florets of Black Story Orchids and Bear Grass 15.00

Designed by Lisa of Petals and Promises, Maryland.
Birch twig
Acorns
Sprigs of Naked Seeded Eucalyptus
Bittersweet
Florets of Black Story Orchids
Bear Grass
15.00

2 ranunculus 1 freesia viburnum berries $21.00

Designed by Holly of Sweet Pea Floral Design, Michigan.
2 Ranunculus
1 Freesia
Viburnum berries
$21.00

Designed by Cindy of Bloomers Floral Design, California. 2 Lisianthus blooms and a bud myrtle. $10.50

Designed by Cindy of Bloomers Floral Design, California.
2 Lisianthus blooms and a bud
Myrtle
$10.50

Ranunculus, arailia foliage, dusty miller Salal, chiffon ribbon, accent   applique  $15.00

Designed by Ria of Nature’s Grace Design, Colorado.
Ranunculus
Arailia foliage
Dusty Miller
Salal
Chiffon ribbon
Accent applique
$15.00