Eye Candy :: Botanique Flowers

Today’s eye candy post comes from one of my favorite floral designers, Kelly of Botanique Flowers. I knew of Kelly long before I moved to Washington and am happy to say that I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her since moving here!

Botanique Flowers

Botanique Flowers - All photos by Barbara Kinney

Photographed by Barbara Kinney

Botanique Flowers - All white bridal bouquet - Chantal Andrea  PHotography

Chantal Andrea Photography

Botanique Flowers - From the cutting garden

Botanique Flowers - Jess Hunter Photography

Jess Hunter Photography

Botanique Flowers - Jess Hunter Photography

Jess Hunter Photography

Botanique Flowers - photographed by Alex Hayden

Photographed by Alex Hayden

Botanique Flowers - Ryan Flynn Photography

Photographed by Ryan Flynn

botanique flowers - winter wedding in seattle - jennifer tai photography

Jennifer Tai Photography

Botanique Flowers, Seattle, photographed by Alicia Schwede. Green urn filled with foliages, white and yellow flowers.

Photographed by Alicia Schwede

Wedding Wednesday :: Bash & Bloom + Botanique

My friend Eleanor of Bash & Bloom sent in photos from her wedding for my Florists and their Bridal Bouquets request. When I looked through the photos what I saw is a visual story that I think you’d all really enjoy. You see, Eleanor is a floral designer here in Seattle and when she got married last year she asked fellow Seattle designer Kelly Sullivan of Botanique to create her bridal bouquet. I just love seeing the emotion shared between these two sweet floral designers!
Photography by Shane Macomber

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

A Blush Wedding

Hi Flower Friends!
This past weekend I designed a wedding with blush flowers. Believe it or not, this was my first blush wedding since 2012. I might be the only floral designer out there that has gone three years without a blush wedding?! (I tend to get a lot of green and white weddings.)
Anyway, onto my point of today’s blog post. I had some real pretties in this past week and thought I’d share a few flower notes with all of you. I know how the search for the perfect rose is always ON!

Here goes –

The oh-so-beautiful White O’Hara Rose. This one is a real beauty, opens up huge and takes up a lot of space in centerpieces. Plus, smells delightful!
White O'Hara Rose

Wedding Spirit by Nevado Roses. This one was a pretty one! The bloom is huge and great blush-peach color. The bloom doesn’t open much wider than what you can see here-
Wedding Spirit, Bridal Spirit rose

Pink Garden Roses!! Voyage from Alexandra Farms is the true pink rose, it is a perfectly rounded shape and packed of petals, a really pretty one! Rosalind is by David Austin. Ok, so I wasn’t familiar with Rosalind and was quite surprised to see the David Austin packaging on it when it arrived. I put in a call to Eleanor, director of cut flowers for David Austin, to inquire about Rosalind. Turns out there are only two farms in the world that grow this particular rose for David Austin; Green Valley in California and Agrinag in South America. It is a rose they’ve decided to ‘discontinue’ if you will, but as long as those two farms want to grow it that’s fine, just no more plants will be added into production – interesting, right?! AND Keira — she was the star of the show last week. I love the variations in the pink colors, super ruffly, super pretty. Plus, delightful scent. I designed the petite bridal bouquet with only David Austin Keira Roses (sorry, no pictures)
Voyage Rose, Rosalind Rose, Keira Rose

David Austin Juliet. There is only one Juliet. I don’t care how often anyone offers up a substitution, there is no substitution for this rose. This particular one is from Green Valley Growers. I received Juliets from both Green Valley & Alexandra Farms. The Juliets are Alexandra Farms are a lighter peach color.
Juliet Garden Rose

Moonstruck Spray Roses from Peterkort Roses. This is a great spray rose, love how it blows open and has an awesome petite spray. It holds great, too!! Each bloom is on a long stem which is impressive with spray roses. I highly recommend this one –
Moonstruck roses from Peterkort

What blush wedding is complete without Cafe Au Lait Dahlias?! I picked these up from Kelly of Botanique Flowers. She has a great cutting garden!
Cafe Au Lait Dahlias

Now Foliages — one of the things I’ve been working on this year with my very own cutting garden is growing foliages. I want a variety of foliages at my finger tips. As soon as I booked this wedding I planted a bunch of dusty miller in the garden. I swear it holds up better than dusty miller purchased at the wholesalers. Oh, and I grew these dahlias, a perfect addition to the centerpieces.
Dahlias and Dusty Miller

Vines, growing my own vines seems to be key to getting good, not bruised stuff! This is Porcelain Berry Vine (my husband suggested this be added to the centerpieces) and Jasmine Vines. I bought the jasmine vine to use for a class a few months ago and then planted the plants in the garden – I had plenty of long vines for my centerpieces. I highly recommend adding some vines into your cutting garden! –
Porcelain Berry Vine

An overview of some of the centerpieces-
Designed by Bella Fiori, Washington. Blush centerpieces.

What’s your favorite Foliage to grow?

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

The Designers behind the Flowers

Every wonder who is creating and designing all these gorgeous floral designs we see??
Here are just a few of the designers that make the world a prettier place!

florist with flowers

Laurie of Fleurie

florist designing an arch

Kate of Floret Cadet

two florist sisters

Dawn and Mary of A Garden Party

florist sisters

Jan & Jillian of Natural Beauties Floral

florist with flowers

Tina of Living Fresh

Ashley of Tinge

Ashley of Tinge



… And the Photo that makes me smile the very, very most!! Cathy of Sprout Flowers in Worcester, MA is back to work after a three month hiatus while she fought cancer! Seeing her re-open her shop this week and her big smile while holding flowers is just the best! I can only imagine how happy the residents of Worcester are to have Cathy back!! Hugs to my friend 🙂

Flower Focus :: Fritillaria

I have a flower crush and it’s on the Fritillaria. Such fascinating flowers, one that I never had the opportunity to see as a cut flower while living in Denver. Now that I’m back in Northern California I see this cool flower quite often!
What I want to know is if I can grow this flower in Zone 9 – so far I have not found a plant to place in the garden. The hunt continues…

As a cut flower it is quite fascinating, below the show & tell of Fritillaria varieties you’ll be treated to a selection of beautiful arrangements utilizing this beauty!

Check out these lovely Fritillarias:

Checkered Lily

Fritillaria Meleagris, aka Checkered Lily

Fritillaria Meleagris

Fritillaria Meleagris, aka Checkered Lily

Checkered Lily

Fritillaria Meleagris, aka Checkered Lily

two tone fritillaria

Fritillaria Michailovskyi

Checkered Lily

Fritillaria Meleagris

Orange Fritillaria

Fritillaria Imperialis Rubra Maxima

green fritillaria

Fritillaria Raddaeana

Persian Fritillaria

Fritillaria Persica

Orange Fritillaria

Fritillaria Imperialis Rubra Maxima

Orange Fritillaria

Fritillaria Imperialis Rubra Maxima

And now for the Eye Candy – check out how designers create arrangements with Fritillaria:

yellow and white flower arrangement

Designed by Oak & The Owl

purple fritillaria

Designed by Clare Day Flowers

peach and orange flower arrangement

Designed by Bows and Arrows

bouquet of purples and whites

Designed by Botanique

Passionflower and fritillaria

OHHH.. the Passionflowers in this design, fantastic! Designed by Art With Nature

Fritillaria

From the Swedish Magazine Hus & Hem (House & Homes)

What do you think about Fritillaria?
Do you use it in your designs?