DIY Gold Pedestals for Floral Centerpieces

For a recent wedding I wanted to have 15 floral centerpieces all set on gold pedestal bases, but I wanted those bases to all be a little bit different. First I searched the thrift stores and antique stores and grabbed a few pieces from Floral Supply Syndicate, but I still didn’t have enough variety so I decided to make my own pedestals.
A visit to Goodwill and I grabbed a few mismatched brass candlesticks. Next, I pulled out a few 6″ Lomey Dishes from my supply stash. These Lomey dishes were glued onto the brass candlesticks and painted with Design Master’s Antique Gold. One note, make sure the binding glue is completely dry before spray painting or adding flowers.
Voila, I have new & unique compotes for my floral designs.

Flirty Fleurs DIY Gold Pedestal

Flirty Fleurs DIY Gold Pedestal

Flirty Fleurs DIY Gold Pedestal

Bella Fiori Wedding Flowers Washington State - green and pink floral centerpiece on gold pedestal

Bella Fiori Wedding Flowers Washington State - green and pink floral centerpiece on gold pedestal

Tulips with Longfield Gardens

Can we just talk about these tulips today?!

Bella Fiori - Flirty Fleurs - Longfield Gardens - Arrangement of red and white parrot and double tulips

Another view — parrot tulips!!!
Red and White Parrot Tulips from Longfield Gardens - Designed by Bella Fiori

Here are the tulips I used in this design –

Longfield Gardens Red and White Tulips

It’s truly the Estella Rijnveld that I’m absolutely enamored with — seriously thinking I want a full flower bed of these next year. Not only are they jaw-dropping gorgeous they bloom for a good amount of time.

Estella Rijnveld Red and White Parrot Tulips from Longfield Gardens

Estella Rijnveld

For more information on these tulips please visit Longfield Gardens.

Oh, and the other stuff in the arrangement is all from my garden – bleeding hearts, hops, honeysuckle.

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!

Wedding Inspiration

Thought I’d share one of my recent weddings with all of you as I tried out a few new-to-me rose varieties which you might find interesting. I’m completely smitten with Salma by Nevado Roses. It is a great rose to go with David Austin Juliet Roses. Also, with this wedding I tried out Peterkort’s Wendy rose, usually I favor the Moonstruck variety.

Bella Fiori, Washington, Bridal bouquet with Juliet garden roses, polo roses, milky way roses, Salma roses, pieris japonica, dusty miller, sedum, scabiosa pods, eucalyptus.

Bridal bouquet with Juliet garden roses, polo roses, milky way roses, Salma roses, pieris japonica, dusty miller, sedum, scabiosa pods, and eucalyptus.

designed by Bella Fiori Washington, The bridesmaids bouquets included succulents, scabiosa pods, salma roses, polo roses, milky way roses, seeded eucalyptus, Juliet garden roses, and peach stock.

The bridesmaids bouquets included succulents, scabiosa pods, salma roses, polo roses, milky way roses, seeded eucalyptus, Juliet garden roses, and peach stock.

Salma Peach Rose by Nevado, Milky Way Cream Rose

Salma by Nevado Roses is the Peach Rose.
Milky Way rose by GreenRose is the bottom one, just like Vendela Rose. I did hear a rumor that it is the same rose with a new name?

Salma Rose by Nevado and Juliet Garden Roses - peach roses

Top and top right is David Austin Juliet garden rose. The bottom two roses are Salma by Nevado roses. I love how these two roses work together, the Salma is quite large and takes up more space in designs.

Pieris Japonica

Pieris Japonica

White Dahlias

Dahlias from my cutting garden!

Peterkort Roses - Wendy

Peterkort’s Wendy Rose, a nice spray rose. Great for boutonnieres and corsages!

Fleur Friday

Interesting Links I’ve come across this week while surfing the good ‘ole World Wide Web ..

How-to: Understand Facebook Insights by Wedding Wire

I really appreciated Saipua’s latest blog post about life and how it goes up and down, and the story of the sweet little sheep named Vitamin B.

 

In other news …


My friend, Janet of Floral Verde, was in town. Janet is one of my favorite floral designers and has been for many years. Her style is garden, intricate, clean, yet textured – it’s just a perfect mix. We had a great time together visiting nurseries, visiting Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, making bouquets and photographing them. We have the same camera so it’s good to work together on settings and experimenting with light. Here’s a bit of our fun –

Bella Fiori, Seattle Washington. Airy bridal bouquet

A bouquet I designed and Janet is holding, it was fun to design this big, bodacious bouquet!

Floral Verde Bridal Bouquet

This is the bouquet that Janet designed. I love the little blackberry blossoms!

Bella Fiori, Seattle, Washington,  Floral Arrangement

One of my arrangements, you can see I was playing with the background lighting on this one.

 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!

 

Wedding Wednesday :: Anemones

Designer Unknown

Designer Unknown

Designer Unknown

Designer Unknown

Fleur Friday

Interesting Links I’ve come across this week while surfing the good ‘ole World Wide Web ..

How to Increase your Instagram Following by Ashley Beyer on Once Wed
Download Alexandra Farm’s comprehensive Rose Wedding Guide here
De-Myth-Tifying Cut Flower Care, some great tips on this oldie-but-goodie article!
 

One of my designs this past week; an old garden urn filled with sensation lilacs, clematis, persica frittalaria, tulips, and white bleeding hearts. Thank you to Georgianna Lane for giving me some tips on how to photograph my work better!

Bella Fiori in Washington, Urn with purple lilacs, white clematis, bleending hearts, persica frittalaria, and tulips

Upcoming Workshops that I’ll be teaching –

Compote Floral Centerpieces featuring PEONIES! – Saturday, May 23, 2015
Hands-On Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop – Saturday, May 30, 2015
Register for these workshops here

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend AND Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

 

Wedding Wednesday :: Fall Flowers

Designing with Resendiz Brothers Flowers & Foliages

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm

Recently Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers sent out the above boxes of goodies to Laurie from Fleurie, Carmel from Mt Lebanon Floral and Myself. I find it so interesting how three floral designers in three different areas of the USA can receive the same box of goodies and come up with such different designs, interesting isn’t it??

First, a closeup of each flower & foliage we received –

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Banksia Speciosa

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Leucadendron Jester, Leucadendron Goblet, Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Protea Eximia

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Protea Eximia

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Brunia Albiflora

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Brunia Albiflora

Designs by me, Bella Fiori, Washington –

Bella Fiori design with Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm Materials

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Leucadendron and Brunia Bouquet

Bella Fiori - Bouquet with Leucadendron and Brunia

Designs by Laurie, Fleurie, California –

Fleurie, Reedley, California - Floral Design with proteas and banksia with brunia and leucadendron all from Resendiz Brothers

Fleurie, Reedley, California - Floral Design with proteas and banksia with brunia and leucadendron all from Resendiz Brothers

Designs by Carmel, Mt Lebanon Flower Shop, Pennsylvania

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Corsage and flower ring created with brunia

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia in a lantern from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Wedding Wednesday :: Flowers in Wine Boxes

Wine boxes filled with foliages, dusty miller and white roses

Unknown Designer

Wine boxes filled with pink tulips

Unknown Designer

Studio del Fiore, wine box floral centerpiece filled with pink flowers

Studio del Fiore

Designer Unknown, Wine box filled with green and white flowers

Designer Unknown

Wine Box filled with flowers for a rustic centerpiece

Designer Unknown