World Floral Expo – Las Vegas!

world floral expo Las Vegas March 22-24, 2017

World Floral Expo – Las Vegas – March 22-24, 2017

HPP Exhibitions’ 2017 international flower trade show World Floral Expo (WFE) will be coming to Las Vegas, Nevada on March 22-24, 2017. Over 90 floral businesses will be exhibiting at the show!
The Pavilions at World Market
Center – Pavilion 2
205 West Symphony Park Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89106

I’ll be at the show hanging out at the Garden Roses Direct booth with Florabundance, come say Hi! if you come to the show!! You all know how much I love roses – and I’m about to be surrounded with lots of these beauties!!

Pink Garden Roses

Pink Garden Roses

Flirty Fleurs Magazine Issue Three!!!

Flirty Fleurs Flower Magazine, Issue ThreePurchase Issue Three

We are thrilled to announce the release of the third annual print issue of Flirty Fleurs!
This issue has a little something for everyone. If it’s travel that inspires you, stroll the streets of New York on a walk through the NY Flower District or tiptoe through the tulips in Holland. If it’s stunning images of gorgeous bridal work you like, cruise the pages of Bridal Beauties and our Real Weddings & Inspirational Shoots to be inspired by our peers. Read up on the incredible Field to Vase Dinner Tour, which pairs flower farmers, florists and local chefs to brings guests an unforgettable al fresco dining experience rooted in American grown flowers in an article brought to us by our dear friend Debra Prinzing. Sit down for a chat about flowers and design with acclaimed New York designer Lewis Miller and learn what it takes to be the nation’s “first florist” at The White House with Laura Dowling. Treat yourself to some great tips from cake designer Rachael Teufel of Intricate Icings about working with fresh flowers on cakes. Get down to business with the Alisons—Alison Ellis of Floral Artistry chats with us about branding and Alison Dahlson of Mayesh reviews the estimate-creating software programs currently on the market. Be ready to have your heart strings tugged by the incredibly inspiring women and stories told in “A Full Heart” with Shawn Chamberlain, “Plan B” with Nancy Liu Chin, and “The Long Road Home” with Ashley Woodson Bailey. And we think you all know by now that we love roses, so it brings us immense pleasure to fill more of these pages with gorgeous garden roses from Alexandra Farms. As always, we finish off the issue with a good dose of the giggles in Just For Laughs – stories brought to your by our fellow floral designers.

We thoroughly hope you all enjoy our latest issue of Flirty Fleurs Magazine; this year the magazine grew to 106 pages! It could be called a labor of love, but a project that is so worth the work in our eyes – we are constantly impressed by the beautiful work submitted by our peers as the features for Real Weddings, Inspirational Shoots, and Bridal Beauties comes together. As we pour through these pages and see work from designers throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and United Kingdom it is a reminder of how our love of flowers connects us around the world!

All of this comes to you from a team of three (who never even breathe the same air!); the founder of Flirty Fleurs, Alicia Schwede, Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora, and Kim of Kimberly Schwede Graphic Design & Illustration. In addition to writing numerous articles in this issue Robyn also designed the floral arrangement gracing our front cover, photographed by Laura Murray. Kim once again brings together all our articles and imagery in such a beautiful way, you’ll want to treat yourself and sit for a spell while feasting your eyes on all this beauty.

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Flowers from Holland

Our friend Joost of Florabundance Wholesale recently traveled to Holland to see the trade shows – IFTF and FloraHolland. He shared some photos of the flowers he viewed on display and we thought we’d share them with all of you –

Ashley by Alexandra Roses

Ashley by Alexandra Roses

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Anemones

Anemones

Antique Carnations

Carnations

Ashley Garden Roses

Ashley Garden Roses

Blush Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Buttercup Garden Roses

Buttercup Garden Roses

Sunstream Euphorbia

Sunstream Euphorbia

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Japanese Lisianthus

Japanese Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Midsummer Garden Roses

Midsummer Garden Roses

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Shine On Garden Roses

Shine On Garden Roses

Spray Roses

Spray Roses

Fleur Friday

Florabundance Holland Design Days

Hello!
I’m off in Holland with Florabundance this week. Follow along with our Holland adventures on Instagram –

Flirty Fleurs on Instagram
Florabundance on Instagram

We have an incredible itinerary of floral treasures to see while in Holland and I cannot wait to share highlights here on the blog when I return!

tot ziens (Dutch for see you later!),
Alicia

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!

Care & Handling of Garden Roses

Hello Flower Friends,
Today I’m sharing a video from Leanne Kesler of the Floral Design Institute with all of you! This video is packed full of information on how to best care for garden roses, check it out –



Marsala | Pantone Color Of The Year

Marsala Flowers

Every year when I hear the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year my mind races with thoughts of what flowers will work. This year when I heard Marsala will be the color of the year I was quite pleased, so many flowers are available in this color! Below are a selection of flowers and foliages in the Marsala Range, hope this helps as you all are working on designing Marsala hued events. Thank you to Florabundance Wholesale for this lovely selection of flowers –

Agonis Foliage

Red Astilbe

Burgundy Astrantia

Blackberries

Blushing Bride Protea

Calla Lilies

Carol Carnations

Cymbidium Orchid

Fritillaria

Gerbera Daisy

Hellebore

Merletto Crimson Carnation

Mokara Orchid

Marsala Burgundy Phalaenopsis Orchid

Marsala Photinia Foliage

Pieris Japonica

Marsala Burgundy Ranunculus

Safari Sunset Leucadendron

Burgundy Sharry Baby Oncidium Orchid

Burgundy Spider Gerbera Daisy

Tinus Viburnum

Bella Fiori - Marsala Bridal Bouquet

All the flowers & foliages seen here are available from Florabundance Wholesale. Call 800-201-3597 or visit their website: http://florabundance.com/ to order.

Flower Focus :: Antique Carnations

Behold … deliciously antique-hued carnations! For anyone out there who thinks they don’t like carnations, these beauties will surely change their minds! Beautiful and striking in a design on their own or a perfect option to complement various color palettes. These awesome carnations are available from Florabundance Wholesale. Last November while at IFTF in Holland Joost and I came across these carnations and we were instantly drawn to their uniqueness. Joost knew right away that Florabundance customers would want these pretty flowers!
Check them out, which one is your favorite??

Antigua Carnation

Babylon Carnation

Carol Carnation

Hypnosis Carnation

Merletto Crimson Carnation

Terracotta Caramel

Antique Carnation Collection by Florabundance; Carol, Merletto Crimson, Babylon, Hypnosis, Antigua, Terracotta Caramel

Spray Carnations

Spray Carnations in pink, white and peach. These are a great little filler flower and offer a unique blossom shape.

Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshops - Orange and White Bridal Bouquet with Kumquats

Recently in one of my design workshops we played with the spray carnations. I like how designer Dani added these little white carnations into the bouquet and how they mimic citrus blossoms! Definitely keep these little spray carns in mind if you ever need a “pretend” citrus blossom!!

Bella Fiori Designs - Marsala flower centerpiece

These Merletto Crimson Carnations work perfectly in a Marsala color palette!

These carnations have a very long vase life, easily 2-3 weeks. Oh and since I asked y’all for your favorite color I will tell you mine – the Merletto Crimson! That carnation is so awesome, a lot of depth of colors on each petal. One last note – these carnations do all smell fantastic.

Contact information:
Florabundance Wholesale
http://florabundance.com/
800-201-3597

Visiting IFTF in Holland

IFTF

Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Holland with Joost, the owner of Florabundance, and attending the IFTF show (International Floriculture and Horticulture Trade Fair). The show was fantastic – aisles and aisles filled with huge displays of flowers. Seriously, I felt like a kid in a candy store!! The booths are all decorated differently, some do large floral arrangements and some keep it simple and fill containers full of flowers and let them shine. Either way, there is a lot to peruse and take notes on. A good portion of the displays are by flower breeders so this is the chance to see what is coming to market – a lot of these flowers will be grown by farms around the world, including farms here in America.

For those of you are interested in attending an IFTF show — good news — their next show is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, California!! They are expecting a large turnout of California Flower Growers. The show will take place March 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center – you can read more about it here.

Here are some of the highlights from the show (more images can be seen on my instagram account)

International floriculture and horticulture trade fair

Heart of Red Naomi Roses at IFTF in Holland

Heart of Red Naomi Roses

Rose display at IFTF

lilies arch at IFTF

Arch of all lilies

Joey, Paula and Joost

Joey, Paula and Joost

Joost and David Austin

You never know who you might run into at IFTF – here Joost is showing David Austin how cool Instagram is!

DeRuiter Rose Display

DeRuiter Rose Display

DeRuiter Rose Display

DeRuiter Rose Display

Alexandra Roses

Alexandra Roses

Yves Piaget and Princesse Charlene de Monaco by Meilland

Yves Piaget and Princesse Charlene de Monaco by Meilland

Sissi Mikado by Rosen Tantau

Sissi Mikado by Rosen Tantau

Silver Rain by Rosen Tantau

Silver Rain by Rosen Tantau

Reflex Spray Rose

Reflex Spray Rose

Qualisa Roses

Qualisa Roses

Madame Bombastic Roses

Madame Bombastic Roses

Kahala Roses

Kahala Roses

Glory Days by Schreurs

Glory Days by Schreurs

El Fuego Garden Rose with green eye

El Fuego Garden Roses

Combo Rose

Combo Rose

South African Flowers

Purple Vanda Orchid

Purple Vanda Orchid

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Display of pink flowers by Ball

Display of pink flowers by Ball

White and pink striped lisianthus

White and pink striped lisianthus

Orchid Display at IFTF

Orchid Display

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Carnation

Carnation

Antique collection of carnations

Antique collection of carnations

carrying bundles of roses

At the end of the show attendees could be seen carrying out huge bouquets of roses. If I hadn’t been catching an early AM flight back to the states I would have grabbed an armful of roses, too!!

The Blush Pink Rose Study

Flirty Fleurs Pink Rose Study

Here it is!! The much anticipated Blush Pink Rose Study!
A special thank you to Florabundance Wholesale for providing these lovely roses for the Blush Study!

Flirty Fleurs Blush Rose Study

Flirty Fleurs Blush Pink Roses

Flirty Fleurs Blush Pink Roses

Let’s take a closer look at these roses~

Florabundance, Bridal Akito Blush pink rose
Bridal Akito Rose
Bridal Akito
Vase Life: 8 Days
Width when open: 2″
Bunch Size: 25 Stems
Origin: South America
Details: A small sized bloom that maintains its closed, rose bud shape. Bridal Akito is perfect for Boutonnieres and Corsages with its petite size. The rose is sturdy and long lasting, nice vase life at 9 days. The blooms are a lovely blend of white that turns to blush pink in the center of the bloom.
A great rose for both event work and everyday shop orders.

Florabundance - Bridal Piano Pink Garden Rose.
Bridal Piano Rose
Bridal Piano Rose
Bridal Piano
Vase Life: 6 Days – good for Event Work. Leaves dry out after a few days, but flowers remain in bloom. The small side buds do not open.
Width when open: 3″
Bunch Size: 12 Stems
Origin: South America, Colombia
Details: Beautiful garden rose bloom, with a consistent rounded bloom. Each stem has the main large bloom with 2-3 additional small buds. This rose is grown by Alexandra Farms, one of my personal favorite farms in Colombia as they are known for their great quality. As you can slightly see in the photo, the outer petal is a very pale pink, but the open blooms on the inside are a brighter pink – they play perfectly with the lighter, blusher pink roses! The one slight drawback to this rose is that the petals do tend to tear, perhaps because there are so many petals?

Florabundance - David Austin Charity Garden Rose, a lovely pink garden rose, formally known as Auswasher
David Austin Charity Rose
Charity
Vase Life: 5 Days, and by day 5 the petals are starting to drop. This beauty is truly a rose for Event Work! The perfect stage appears to be days 2-3
Width when open: 4″
Bunch Size: 10 Stems
Origin: South America
Details: Ahhh… the David Austin “Charity” Garden Rose, previously known as “Auswasher”. I’ve wanted to get my hands on this rose for quite some time, she is such a beauty and there is no other rose quite like her! Beautiful, round bloom full of petals with an interesting center. How gorgeous is this rose when ever included in a bouquet or centerpiece?! I would definitely use Charity in Event Work. However, be warned, she is a finicky thing and not a very long vase life! I’d highly recommend keeping this one in the cooler when not in the process of designing.. and perhaps add this rose in last to the design, the less handling the better.

Florabundance - David Austin Keira Garden Rose, a lovely pale pink garden rose
David Austin Garden Rose
David Austin Keira Rose
Keira
Vase Life: 6 Days
Width when open: 3″
Bunch Size: 12 Stems
Origin: North America, California
Details: Keira is a David Austin Garden Rose! Like many designers, I feel happy when I hear the words “David Austin Garden Rose”! I’ve heard about Keira (Ausboxer) and have wanted to see this rose in person, sure enough she is quite the little beauty. What is interesting is how each blossom in the bunch can vary a bit in coloring and size. Some blooms stay petite at 2″ or so and others blow open to 3″+. I like how some have touches or brighter pink in the center of the blooms. All the blooms keep a sweet, rounded shape. The stems are delicate and may need some extra soft hands when designing with this rose.

Florabundance - Garden Spirit, blush peach garden rose
Garden Spirit Rose
Garden Spirit, also known as Wedding Spirit
Vase Life: 8 Days
Width when open: 3 to 3 1/2″ when open
Bunch Size: 12 Stems
Origin: South America
Details: This is my first experience with Garden Spirit and I have to say that I’m quite impressed. I think this may just be my new favorite rose. (isn’t that the point of these studies? to find something new & interesting? 😉 ) Garden Spirit has solid blush coloring on all petals. As you’ve seen in this study a lot of the blush comes in hints across the petals, whereas this rose doesn’t vary much from petal to petal. The color is a blush-peach-pink hue. I like the shape of the blooms, somewhat reminiscent of Finesse roses with its packed petals, the blooms don’t open super wide, but the packed petals give it a very lush look.

Florabundance - La Perla, petite blush pink rose
La Perla Rose
La Perla
Vase Life: 10+ Days, long vase life
Width when open: 2″
Bunch Size: 25 Stems
Origin: South America
Details: Easy rose to clean as there are practically no thorns! The bloom itself doesn’t open wide, it stays in a tighter rose bud shape. Perfect for boutonnieres and when a smaller bud is needed in a design. Very similar in size and shape to Bridal Akito, the main difference is that La Perla has a more cream coloring in the petals with hints of pink in the center. (Bridal Akito has the brighter white outer petals.) By far the longest living rose in this study, still going strong at day 10!
A great rose for both event work and everyday shop orders.

Florabundance - Martine Guillot, a blush cream garden rose grown in Santa Barbara California
Martine Guillot Rose
Martine Guillot with Buds
Martine Guillot
Vase Life: 6 Days
Width when open: 3″ Wide, this is a very shallow rose. Most of the roses in the study are 2-3″ deep, this one is 1″ deep.
Bunch Size: 10 Stems
Origin: North America, California
Details: Martine Guillot is a true garden rose, grown in the outdoor gardens of Rose Story Farm which is located just outside Santa Barbara, California. This rose is for the designer that likes the unexpected and likes some whimsy in their designs as there is a range in the bloom size and each petal can have a different tone of blush. Each stem has the main blossom and is surrounded by 2-4 rose buds. These side buds do tend to open which is quite nice. A great rose for a Garden Style arrangement.

Florabundance - Pashmina, California grown blush pink and green garden rose
Pashmina Rose
Pashmina Rose
Pashmina
Vase Life: 7 Days, on day 5 the blooms & buds are still quite tight. By day 7 the center rose is bloomed out and the side buds did not open.
Width when open: 2″
Bunch Size: 7 Stems
Origin: North America, California
Details: Pashminas are grown by Green Valley and they are considered a garden rose. With garden roses come a lot of thorns, so be ready to clean the stems! Each stem has the main blossom which is white with tones of blush pink in the centers. Each blossom is surrounded by 5-8 rose buds, which have green outer petals. The stems are strong and long. Would be a great rose to pair with other larger and full bloomed roses as the buds on these stems would add a nice “garden style” element to the designs. There are a lot of guard petals on this rose that should probably be removed as most were bruised, keep that in mind when calculating time for processing.

Florabundance - Prince Jardinier, large pale blush pink garden rose
Prince Jardinier Rose
Prince Jardinier
Vase Life: 5 Days, Best for Event Work
Width when open: 5 1/2 – 6″
Bunch Size: 12 Stems
Origin: North America, California
Details: The scent from this rose is intoxicating, it is the perfect scent of a rose. Highly recommend adding it if your client would like an arrangement with a garden feel, including a true rose scent! This rose is also grown by Green Valley (they grow the Pashminas) and really would pair well with the Pashmina in arrangements. The open blossom is huge, by far the largest in this whole group coming in at up to 6″ wide! Short vase life, best to use in event work and kept in the cooler when not designing with it. Truly a real beauty!! Did I mention the blooms are HUGE & smell wonderful?!

Florabundance, A pale lavender rose
Secret Garden Rose
Secret Garden
Vase Life: 8 Days – sturdy cut flower
Width when open: 3-4″, definitely varies from bloom to bloom
Bunch Size: 25 Stems
Origin: South American
Details: More of a lavender blush rose, as opposed to our other more pale pink roses in this study. Opens nicely and the blooms do range from 3 to 4″ when open, some even show the centers which gives a nice “garden rose” look. Hardy rose with strong stems, few thorns to remove. A great rose for both event work and everyday shop orders.

Florabundance, White O'Hara Garden Rose, a blush pink cream large rose
White O'hara Rose
White O’Hara
Vase Life: 6 Days, good Event flower
Width when open: 4″ Wide
Bunch Size: 12 Stems
Origin: South America
Details: Great rose for special event work, it opens up large and takes up a lot of space in arrangements! It has a great hue of blush pink even though it’s called White O’Hara. The outside starts white and the center goes to pink. The petals are ruffly so it has a great “garden rose” look with a better price tag and stronger vase life. I know this rose is a favorite of many designers and it is understandable, it has the elements many of us desire – it’s big, looks like an expensive garden rose without the price tag & is sturdy with great blush coloring!

Flirty Fleurs Blush Pink Roses

Details about all the roses in this study:
-The Roses were never placed in the cooler once I received them!
-The Roses were set out in the house for the course of the rose study.
-I did not use quick dip, flower food or crowning glory, or any other “helpers”. Just freshly cut stems placed in clear water.
-You’ll notice a variety in stem counts for each of these roses. When you do place an order for any of these roses I would highly suggest mentioning the actual stem count that you desire to confirm you receive the correct amount!!

A HUGE thank you to Florabundance Wholesale for providing all of these roses for the Blush Rose Study. Please give them a call if you’d like to order and have any of these roses shipped directly to you!
800-201-3597 or email – info@florabundance.com

1296 Cravens Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Flirty Fleurs Pink Rose Study