Designed by Christin Geall of Cultivated

As of late I have found myself quite enamored with the design work of Christin Geall. Christin is the owner of Cultivated, an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada.

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Fabulous Florist :: Buckeye Blooms, Lima, Ohio

Buckeye Blooms, Ohio

Your name: Kay Studer & Susan Studer King
Your Business name: Buckeye Blooms
Your Location: Lima, Ohio

Buckeye Blooms owners Kay and Susan

Susan and Kay

How did you start your business?

Susan: The idea to start a flower farm in Ohio was actually conceived while my husband and I were living in Ecuador as Peace Corps Volunteers. As we neared the end of our two-year service we started contemplating our next move. It was around that same time that my mom was retiring from Ohio State Extension where she worked for years in the Horticulture and Master Gardener programs. It was a period of transition for both of us, so it was the perfect time to think creatively about what we wanted to do “next.” For me, I wanted to live more simply and sustainably. I left a high stress job to serve in the Peace Corps and knew I didn’t want to go back to that field or lifestyle. So we moved back to Ohio and started Buckeye Blooms on the family farm where I grew up—and where my mom grew up too. For me, it was a great transition to living in the States again after such a challenging, yet rewarding and ultimately transformative experience working in Ecuador. (It was there that I saw firsthand the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of the commercial rose industry. I knew we could provide a product that was fresher, more fragrant and even more beautiful than what you could get at traditional florist shops (and without all the terrible toxins that pollute rivers and poison people—primarily women—in South America). But I suppose some of the seeds for the business were planted even earlier than that, when my mom grew and designed the flowers for my wedding—all the way back in 2000.

Kay: The farm where our business is based has been in my family for several generations. I was actually born in the farmhouse and have lived here my entire life. This farm is in my blood. I’d rather be on the seat of a tractor than in a seat at the beauty shop, that’s for sure! We grow corn and soybeans on much of the land and dedicate approximately one acre to flower production. We also have a large established perennial garden and windbreaks that provide great cutting material for our designs. Our design studio is in what once was the milking parlor of the barn. The bulk of our work is for weddings throughout Western and parts of Central Ohio.

Buckeye Blooms - Kay and Susan in their flower field.

Jason Bowers Photography

Buckeye Blooms - Jason Bowers Photography - Barn and Flowers in the Field

Jason Bowers Photography

Buckeye Blooms - Jason Bowers Photography

Jason Bowers Photography

How many years have you been in business?
 Since 2009

Buckeye Blooms bridal bouquets with cafe au lait dahlias

What is your design aesthetic?
Our signature style is a “fresh from the garden” aesthetic that is very organic, textural and nontraditional. We love combining multiple types of uncommon foliages into our designs to give it lots of volume and texture. We often use unusual or repurposed vessels for our designs, like silver teapots, milk glass compotes and antique sewing machine drawers. We also love collecting vintage Ohio pottery, especially McCoy. (We *might* have a collection problem!)

Buckeye Blooms - inside their design studio

Jason Bowers Photography

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
We try to use seasonal material for all of our designs and always try to buy from other Ohio flower farms if we don’t have enough of our own flowers or the right colors, etc. We love the community that is being built around local, seasonal flowers.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?

Lush, organic garden-inspired bouquets: Brides are moving away from “roundy moundy” tight European designs and looking for big, lush, textural, foraged bouquet shapes that are wider, and less round (a trend we love!). Vintage, rustic and country-chic themes are still pretty popular in this region.

Color & flower trends: The last few years have been dominated by blush and champagne hues. Last year, there were more deep wine and marsala color palettes mixed in the blush. The clients we’ve met with so far that are planning 2017 weddings are leaning toward lots of cool grays–whether it is blush and gray or navy and gray or purple and gray. Gray is the new green for accent flowers and foliage. We grow and use lots of Dusty Miller ‘New Look’ (the wide leaf variety) which is great in bouquets–sounds like we’ll be using it a lot next year!

Last year we received quite a few requests for seeded eucalyptus and succulents incorporated into bouquets. In general, however, we have found that brides in our area are less concerned about flower types and more concerned about flower colors. This works well for us, since we grow a lot of flower most average consumers can’t identify anyway. We are able to incorporate lots of unusual seasonal blooms within the couple’s color palette and make really unique bouquets that are unlike anything they’ve ever seen.

Buckeye Blooms - centerpiece with dahlias, stock, lisianthus

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Our design studio is located on the farm where we grow our flowers.

Buckeye Blooms - bouquets with cafe au lait dahlias

Buckeye Blooms - bridal bouquet with poppies, peonies, ranunculus

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
We also offer “Flower Parties” at the farm where we provide buckets of fresh cut flowers, vases and a brief tutorial on floral design to groups of 4-8. The guests make their own bouquets to take home. Everyone loves them!

Buckeye Blooms - Mandy Ford Photography - bridal bouquet with dahlias, geranium leaves and snapdragons

Photo by Mandy Ford Photography

Buckeye Blooms - Mandy Ford Photography - centerpiece with coxcomb, hydrangeas, dahlias, and geranium leaves

Photo by Mandy Ford Photography

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
This is totally unglamorous, but we’d have to say our fabric scissors, or “ribbon” scissors, as we call them. We’re usually fighting over the best pair when it comes to doing the ribbon finishes on bridal bouquets and boutonnieres. Any other scissor just won’t do, as it will just fray the fabric and frustrate us!

Buckeye Blooms - Mandy Ford Photography - bouquets with pheasant feathers

Photo by Mandy Ford Photography

What’s your favorite flower?
Susan: I have so many! But I’m a serious sucker for peonies.

Kay: My favorite flower is narcissus. Our farm is located in an area that was settled by Welsh immigrants, whose national flower is the daffodil. I have thousands of daffodils planted all over the farm. It is not uncommon to have ladies from the local Welsh church call to ask if they can come to see at all the daffodils in the spring.

Buckeye Blooms - Connection Photography - Bridal Bouquet

Connection Photography

Contact information:
Website: www.buckeyeblooms.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BuckeyeBlooms
Instagram: http://instagram.com/buckeyeblooms
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/buckeyeblooms/

Buckeye Blooms - wildflower bridal bouquet

Buckeye Blooms - centerpiece with peonies

Buckeye Blooms - arrangement with peonies, dahlias and roses

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