Eye Candy :: Floral Verde, Cincinnati, Ohio

10 images of gorgeous floral design work by Janet of Floral Verde

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - purple and white bridal bouquet

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - Rose bridal bouquet

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - vibrant peach, purple and burgundy floral centerpiece

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - white bridal bouquet with spirea, peonies, astilbe, and sweepteas

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - wood box filled with vibrant florals

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - blush pink and cream bridal bouquet

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - Mercury Glass Compote with a white and green floral centerpiece

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - cream and pink flower centerpiece with lupines

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist - bouquet with succulents, roses, and clematis

Floral Verde LLC - Cincinnati Florist -  floral centerpiece with a candle hurricane

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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 :: Gloriosa Lilies

Yellow and Hot Pink Gloriosa Lilies arrive at Exquisite Designs in Chicago

Yellow and Hot Pink Gloriosa Lilies arrive at Exquisite Designs in Chicago

Wedding Wednesday :: Lilacs!

Did you all see this photograph of Erin’s Lilac arrangement? I saw it on Facebook and have been inspired by it ever since. Hence, today’s post is dedicated to Lilacs!

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Floral Verde, Bridal bouquet of Burgundy Scabiosa, Burgundy Hellebores, Burgundy Sweet Peas, fritillaria, maiden hair fern, dusty miller, solomon's seal foliage

Designed by Janet of Floral Verde

I’ve been infatuated with the above bouquet designed by Janet of Floral Verde since I saw it the beginning of this week. Such fabulous colors and textures!


As for the highlights of my past week…

  • Last Sunday Patty of Brittany Flowers and I attended a flower show at Skyline Flower Growers Wholesale. Patty & I had so much fun watching the show and visiting with each other. This was my first visit to Skyline, always good to know who the suppliers are in the area, and I picked up some great tulips from them.
  • Chad & I visited the Skagit Tulip Festival this week in Mt. Vernon — wow, the endless array of tulips to see! I plan to share the photos from the festival in a week or so on the blog.

Just a reminder – Debra Prinzing and I are teaching floral design classes in Seattle on May 3rd – more information here.


Oh, and the Hellebore Hunting excursion with Riz Reyes that I mentioned on last Friday?
This was the end result…

Bella Fiori, Green and Burgundy Hellebores, Peach Quince and Akebia Vine

Bella Fiori

Wedding Wednesday :: Blue Floral Inspirations

Wedding Wednesday :: Green & White Floral Inspiration

Shawna Yamamoto Event Design, Centerpiece of green viburnum arranged in a silver compote vessel

Shawna Yamamoto Event Design
van Hunt Photography

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Hello Flower Friends!

I’m doing a twist on Fleur Friday this week, thought it is about time I do a little catch up with what I’m up to here in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest.

I’ve been keeping busy since returning from Florabundance Inspirational Design Days & the Chapel Designers Conference in Santa Barbara, held January 20-23. (That was a month ago already?!?!)

On February 1st I taught a hands-on design workshop in downtown Seattle. The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop was held at Yesler Studios and hosted by Debra Prinzing. We had so much fun designing bouquets, and after our design session we all discussed how to price our bouquets correctly – a very eye-opening session!
I really enjoyed teaching the class and plan to do more of these in the future!!

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Alm Hill Gardens display of Tulips

Picked up Peach Parrot Tulips from Alm Hill at Pike Place Market for my Bouquet Workshop.

Alicia Schwede's Floral design Workshop in Seattle

Preparing stems for my bouquet making demonstration.

Washington and Oregon Grown fresh flowers - garden roses from Peterkort, anemones, viburnum, poppies.

Some of the pretty flowers we used in the bouquet making class!

February 5-9 was the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle. I’ve heard about this show for awhile and was so pleased to finally get to attend it! I went two days in a row as there is so much to see.

NWFGS Ravenna Gardens Display

Ravenna Gardens display at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, I’ll definitely be visiting this shop in Seattle very, very soon!!

NWFGS display by Pot Incorporated of Vancouver, Canada

Great colors in this garden design by Pot Incorporated.

Hellebores from Swanson's Nursery of Seattle Washington

Hellebores from Swanson’s Nursery.

I had planned to go to NWFGS on its opening day, February 5th, however you may have heard that the Seattle Seahawks won the SuperBowl? I thought it best I avoid downtown Seattle on Feb. 5th since the victory parade was held that day – 700,000 people showed up to the parade!
I decided I’d be better off to go on a road trip to Portland and visit with two of my favorite flower people – Francoise Weeks and Janet of Floral Verde. Janet was in town taking a 3 day private workshop with Francoise and they were working on Botanical art pieces. Oh, it was fun to see what those two were creating!!

Francoise Weeks Botanical Couture Workshop, Janet of Floral Verde designs her flower head piece

Janet of Floral Verde working on her floral head piece at Francoise Week’s Studio

Valentine’s Week I freelanced for Patty of Brittany’s Flowers in Kirkland, Washington. Freelancing is so fun and interesting, I love getting perspective on how other people run their businesses and create their art. Patty has a top-notch reputation in her city of Kirkland and she is very, very busy!
While at her shop we had a visit from Tosh. I’ve heard about Tosh ever since arriving in Washington, everyone told me I have to meet him. “he lives in the mountains, off the grid, no electricity, gathers amazing fresh product, will show up at your door” I’ve been soooo intrigued by these mentions of Tosh – and then there he was! Sure enough he had a van full of all kinds of goodies – branches, foliages, etc. (Alex – you would die over his Pieris Japonica, I asked him if he’d ship to Chicago!!)

Floral Design in Kirkland, Washington - Patty of Brittany's Flowers with Tosh.

Patty of Brittany Flowers with Tosh. Tosh has just pulled up with his van filled with fresh cut goodies!

This week I freelanced for Flora Nova in Seattle. Christiane had all kinds of design work to get done and I quite enjoyed helping out.
I could get used to this freelancing lifestyle!

Woodlands floral design Seattle

A sneak peek at one of the designs I got to create at Flora Nova.

Also, made a trip to Northwest Wholesale Florists this week, getting used to this new routine of wholesalers in Seattle. I had to pick up flowers for an order, but also *had* to pick up these ranunculus for myself!!

Pink and Peach Ranunculus

Ranunculus for me! Yes, I buy flowers for my own enjoyment 🙂

OHHH… and that Peach Rose Color Study? Quite possibly the most popular post we’ve ever had in our almost 4 year history!!
On Facebook it was seen by ~15,000 people and the post had 122 shares! wow!
I’m thrilled to know so many people enjoyed the post! In case you missed it – click here.

All-In-All, a great few weeks here in the PNW – I can feel spring is coming and all kinds of good stuff is popping up – including Crocus all over the back lawn!

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lush floral centerpiece

Lovely floral centerpiece by Janet of Floral Verde

Designing with Francoise Weeks at the Woodland Design Workshop

Janet of Floral Verde and I spent three glorious and inspiring days designing with Francoise at her adorable studio. It was a perfect experience in beautiful Oregon.
Francoise shared with us how she creates her designs, the intricate and sturdy mechanics behind the various pieces and the inspiration she finds in her Pacific Northwest surroundings.
You will notice that Janet had a theme with all of her designs, can you tell what it is? Meanwhile, I’m all over the board, each design was different.

Here’s my first design, the long Woodland inspired centerpiece. I used so many little trinkets .. moss, lichens, mushrooms, leaves, twigs:
woodland arrangement

woodland centerpiece

Janet’s first arrangement, she picked out the wood slab and then designed around it – so very intricate & interesting:
wood centerpiece

centerpiece by floral verde

Next we both selected a piece of drift wood and designed around it.
This is the piece of wood I selected and the arrangement that I designed:
drift wood

branch arrangement

The beautiful piece of drift wood that Janet selected, I couldn’t wait to see what she would design with it!:
drift wood

branch flower arrangement

icelandic poppy

Designing in Francoise’s style for bridal bouquets was very interesting. I usually design loose hand-tied bouquets so it was a good learning experience to use a holder and cover the mechanics:
making bridal bouquets

My bouquet:
bridal bouquet

bridal bouquet

Janet’s bouquet, I love the bottom of her bouquet with the eucalyptus leaves:
flower bouquet

woodsy bridal bouquet

janet floral verde

The boutonniere I designed with furry leaves & succulents with a twig:
succulent boutonniere

Janet’s boutonnieres:
succulent and orchid boutonniere

succulent boutonniere

Two more of Janet’s bouquets, be sure to check out the stem wrap, it’s created out of bark pieces – impressive!
woodsy bridal bouquet

succulent bouquet

woodsy bouquet

Love this cute little flower basket that Janet designed:
woodsy flower basket

The wreath that I created, there are so many little and intricate bits in it:
woodsy wreath

woodsy wreat

How gorgeous, simple and elegant is this orchid arrangement that Janet designed?!:
lady slipper orchid arrangement

I felt like designing something big! I was crushing on the maiden hair fern, had to have it in this arrangement:
green flower arrangement

green flower arrangement

I had fun with the colors in this one, combined begonia leaves & fuzzy succulents with maiden hair fern:
woodland flowers

What do you think? It sure was fun and different .. so glad I took Francoise’s Workshop! I’m such a fan of studying with others, learning new techniques and opening my eyes to different thoughts. I do really look at all foliages now!!

Thank you, Francoise, for a lovely time at your studio!