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

Pink Garden Rose Study with Alexandra Farms

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

The Roses on Day 5
Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, Carey, Pink O’hara
Capability, Mayra’s Rose, Ashley, Miranda

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

Day 6
The 6 Medium Pink Roses
Ashley, Carey, Miranda
Mayra’s Rose, Mariatheresia, and Pink O’hara

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

Day 6
Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Ashley, Carey, Capability, Mayra’s Rose, Mariatheresia, Pink O’hara, Miranda

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

The Roses on Day 6

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

The Roses on Day 12

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Ashley Pink Garden Rose

Ashley
On Day 3


Ashley Garden Rose
Vase Life: 12 Days
Details: The owner of Alexandra Roses, Jose “Joey” Azout, mentioned to me that I’d love this rose – Ashley, and he sure was right!! I’m absolutely enamored with this beautiful rose, it’s large bloom of 4-5″ in diameter and it’s super ruffly petals. It opens up perfectly and would make a beautiful statement in a centerpiece. Ashley is a true medium pink in color and offers an amazing fragrance – a rose that smells like a rose! I would say its prime day was right around day 4, so be sure to let this one open fully before you start designing with it.
She get’s 5 gold stars in my book!

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  David Austin Capability Hot Pink Magenta Garden Rose

David Austin Capability
On Day 5


Capability
Vase Life: 12+ Days
Details: The new for 2017 release from David Austin Roses is Capability. It offers an impressive vase life, I had a vase of these on my desk for two weeks! Yes, by the end of two weeks they were done, but still very impressive. A rich, sultry magenta color that this rose offers and it smells heavenly. Capability offers a large bloom of about 5″ wide in a rosette shape with many petals. If you are looking for a rose that’ll make a statement in an arrangement and cause recipients to “stop and smell the roses” this is the rose you are looking for!

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  David Austin Carey Pink Garden Rose

David Austin Carey
On Day 5


Carey
Vase Life: 12+ Days
Details: Another very long lasting garden rose, this one also sat on my desk for two weeks. Like Capability it was probably done around day 12, but I kept the last few for a full two weeks. Carey is a David Austin Rose which offers its signature rosette cupped shape, packed full of petals. The bloom did take awhile to open and seemed to be at its prime around Day 5. I photographed it here on day 5 and did manipulate some of the petals to open up a bit into a fuller bloom. The bloom is about 3.5″ wide, lots of petals with a very light scent. I did find the 12 blooms to all be very consistent in color.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Mariatheresia pink garden rose

Mariatheresia
On Day 3


Mariatheresia
Vase Life: 9 Days
Details: Mariatheresia offers a petite bloom of about 3″ wide, the smallest out of the 9 in this study. She would be a great rose to use in bridal bouquet work. This rose does open quickly, all 12 roses were open fully by day 3 and I found that to be its prime day. The roses did last 9 days in the vase, but the color does change from the medium pink and starts to fade. It is lightly scented.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Mayra's Rose, pink garden rose

Mayra’s Rose
On Day 3


Mayra’s Rose
Vase Life: 12 Days
Details: This was my first time ever seeing Mayra’s Rose and I have just recently used Mayra’s Bridal Pink – also, really a very fantastic rose. Mayra’s rose is a bright medium pink rose, super rounded and full of petals- I like the ruffled tips of the petals. A good size rose, about a medium size around 3/5-4″ wide.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  David Austin Miranda Pink Garden Rose

David Austin Miranda
On Day 3


Miranda
Vase Life: 9 Days
Details:
A lovely offering from David Austin Roses is Miranda. She offers a completely different shape than the other garden roses – super ruffly, and opens up fully – a very unique shape. A great one to be mixed with the other roses so that your arrangements can have a variety of textures. A large bloom of about 4″ in diameter, a medium pink rose which offers a light scent. I found the prime day to be day 3 for designing and it does offer a good vase life.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Pink O'hara garden rose

Pink O’Hara
On Day 5


Pink O’Hara
Vase Life: 10 Days
Details: A very pretty softer pink, but more color than a blush pink. The color is very consistent on all 12 blooms. The rose bloom itself was at its prime around day 5, but all the leaves had turned brittle and needed to be removed. Once I cleaned up the stems the rose continued on for a full 10+ days. I found that the bloom didn’t open easily on its own and I did need to manipulate the petals on day 5 to take its photo. I feel I have found that to be true when I use them in event work, they are worth the work though because they are long lasting and a good size so they make a nice statement in arrangements. The bloom is about 3.5″ wide, has very strong stems and offers a light scent.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi Magenta Garden Rose

Princess Kishi
On Day 5


Princess Kishi
Vase Life: 12+ Days
Details: Princess Kishi is a magenta rose with a very long vase life of 12+ Days. I kept Kish and Capability on my desk for 2 weeks – something about these magenta roses, they are so long lasting! Super healthy, large blooms on sturdy stems. Another good size, hearty bloom at about 4-5″ wide and when it opens it show the center. I do like it mixed with Capability so the arrangement has variety in texture. Princess Kishi does take a little longer to open, I find this to be true of all the darker colored garden roses – at it’s prime around day 5 which is shown in the photo above.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Romantic Antike garden rose

Romantic Antike
On Day 3


Romantic Antike
Vase Life: 9 Days
Details: This rose is special, it is a delicate rose that requires a gentle hand and a touch of patience, and a cooler, yet it is so unique and beautiful that it is worth the work! I do find that Romantic Antike needs to almost always have the outer petals removed. The bloom is about 3″ wide and packed full of petals. The outer petals are a dusty, rosy pink which fades into a peach center. So I do mention this one has a vase life of 9 days, but it really is probably closer to 7 days and then it fades rapidly so by day 9 it is done. Also, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I did not place any of these roses in the cooler – but in real life, if I were using this rose in design work I would place it in cooler soon after it is received and processed as it does open quickly.

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.

A HUGE Thank You to Alexandra Farms for providing the roses for this Rose Study! Alexandra Roses are available thru your local wholesalers.

David Austin Garden Roses – 2017

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David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses Website

Fleur Friday

Hello Flower Friends!
Well, I sure hope you all enjoyed the David Austin Rose week on Flirty Fleurs!
Here’s a recap of what was featured –
Monday – A Rose Study of David Austins – including vase life & information on how they open up
Tuesday – Photographs of the David Austin Workshop which I hosted a few weeks ago
Wednesday – Wedding Wednesday featuring bouquets with David Austin Roses
Thursday – A care & handling video by Leanne Kesler of Floral Design Institute
 
And, today I share one more picture of these beauties!

Miranda, Tess, Kate and Keira - David Austin Roses

Miranda, Tess, Kate and Keira – David Austin Roses

 
I really hope you all enjoyed David Austin Rose week as much as I did!
 
Meanwhile, I’m afraid I don’t have any links from around the www to share with you all today, I haven’t been at my computer much these past two weeks. Seriously love spring time in Washington state – everything is blooming and I’ve been out visiting farms!! Will share more of those pictures in coming weeks – and you can always get a glimpse on Instagram.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday. OH .. Alison Ellis is with us on Monday with one of her great videos!!

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 –



Wedding Wednesday :: David Austin Garden Roses

Today’s wedding wednesday inspiration focuses on bouquets and arrangements with David Austin Roses. Not all roses seen in these designs are David Austin, but each design has at least one of the 12 varieties.

Stoneblossom Floral & Event Design

Stoneblossom Floral & Event Design

Flirty Fleurs Workshop + David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

A Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class where David Austin Garden Roses are the featured flower – the room is filled with the heavenly scent of these beauties, the designers attending the workshop are excited to work with these gorgeous blooms. Oh my, we had so many roses to play with and the designers could use as many as they wished (I could also use as many as I wished in an arrangement for myself!). To top it all off, an amazing photographer who specializes in flower photography happens to reside right here in Seattle and luckily for us she was able to stop by and photograph the arrangements. Thank you, Georgianna Lane, for these lovely shots capturing student’s work –

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Breanna

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Keita

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Molly

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Oriana

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Sabrina

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Sandy

I find it amazing how six students (I keep my class size small on purpose to make sure each attendee receives plenty of attention) can be given the same foliages and flowers to select from and will each design a completely original design. Truly enjoyed this floral design workshop and spending time with these lovely ladies!

David Austin Roses http://davidaustinrosesusa.com
Grown by Alexandra Farms http://www.alexandrafarms.com
Photographed by Georgianna Lane http://georgiannalane.com

David Austin Garden Roses

Carey, Darcey, Tess, Kate, Edith, Beatrice, Juliet, Constance, Patience, Miranda, Keira and Charity David Austin Garden Roses

Carey, Darcey, Tess, Kate, Edith, Beatrice, Juliet, Constance, Patience, Miranda, Keira and Charity


 
Garden roses. The words evoke memories of a beloved grandmother’s garden, filled with soft, show-stopping roses that smelled like heaven. Nostalgia for these gorgeous, old-fashioned blooms has meant a huge surge in the popularity of garden roses in the bridal market and all signs indicate that they’re here to stay.

David Austin Roses are the epitome of the English garden rose and are highly sought after for their beauty. Twelve cut varieties are bred specifically for floral designers and are available in the North American market, in shades of red, hot pink, pink, peach, yellow, and white.

We worked with those 12 varieties in a recent Floral Design Class here in Seattle, Washington: Beatrice, Carey, Charity, Constance, Darcey, Edith, Juliet, Kate, Keira, Miranda, Patience, and Tess. Today on the blog we are featuring the David Austin Garden Roses as part of our Rose Study Series. As with all Flirty Fleurs rose studies, the roses here were processed into clean water. No hydrating solutions or flower foods were used and all flowers were kept at room temperature and not in a cooler. I did speak with Eleanor of David Austin Roses and she informed me that the guard petals should not be removed as they are tougher petals which helps the rose to open to its full cupped garden rose form and prevents the bloom from shattering. Although I did mention above that I did not use any flower food while processing the roses, Eleanor did mention that they recommend using Chrysal’s Rose Food.

Here are our notes:

Beatrice Yellow David Austin Garden Rose

Beatrice

Beatrice
Vase life: 7 days, peak at 4–5 days
A beautiful, rich golden yellow hue for this ruffly-petal garden rose. Beatrice is a slow opener with a slight scent. The bloom itself is a bit on the petite size, so keep that in mind when ordering this rose – you may want to order extra stems to ensure you’ll have enough to make a statement.

 
 

Carey Rose David Austin

Carey

Carey
Vase life: 5–6 days
A solid dark pink coloring on each petal, Carey opens into a perfect buttercup garden rose shape. Carey is smaller than her ‘sister’ Miranda and nowhere near as showy. Shows consistent color throughout a 12-stem bunch. The darkest pink of the David Austin cut varieties.

 
 

Charity David Austin Rose

Charity

Charity
Vase life: 3–4 days, peak at 3 days.
A large, lovely blush pink rose with a wide-open, green-eyed center, which adds a unique touch. I highly recommend keeping this one in the cooler until you are ready to design with her, she’s finicky and opens quickly. Charity is quite an eye-catcher and worth the work, just handle with a kind hand and take care of this one!

 
 

Constance David Austin

Constance

Constance
Vase life: 5–6 days
Constance is a good-sized rose, although shallow, that will open fully and show its center. The petals are lovely, swirly ruffles. The colors in a bunch can really range from blush pink to a brighter pink. This rose appears to be one of the favorites when I talk with other designers – they are drawn to the perfect rounded garden rose shape and sweet blush-pink coloring.

 
 

Darcey David Austin Garden Rose

Darcey

Darcey
Vase life: 7 days. Peak at 4–5.
One of two hot pink David Austin roses, Darcey is smaller than Kate, and a deeper magenta-crimson color. Darcey is a slow opener, but will open wide and show its center at its peak. Give this rose a few days out of the cooler to really bloom to its full size. It is a long lasting rose, just like Tess & Kate – a good two weeks out of the cooler.

 
 

Edith David Austin Garden Rose

Edith

Edith
Vase life: 5–6 days, peak at 3–4
Edith is a large bloom with complex coloring: touches of gold, peach and rose tones all in one bloom. She plays well with others because of her coloring, which can pull toward autumn tones. Significant color variation in the 12-stem bunch. Slight scent.

 
 

Juliet David Austin Garden Rose

Juliet

Juliet
Vase life: 5 days
Juliet is a favorite rose in bridal work for her beautiful peach tones. A beautifully cupped rose. These particular Juliets came from Alexandra Farms, which is a lighter peach. I have noticed that if I receive Juliets from Green Valley that they are a darker, warm peach.

 
 

Kate David Austin Garden Rose

Kate

Kate
Vase life: 7 days
Kate is the other hot pink David Austin. She’s a lush raspberry hot pink into magenta rose blossom that opens nicely, nearly double the size of Darcey. Kate is a long lasting bloom. I’d suggest keeping her out of the cooler so she can open into a full bloom for your design work.

 
 

Keira David Austin Garden Rose

Keira

Keira
Vase life: 4–5 days
Keira is a perfectly cupped-shape rosette whose petals blend from blush pink to cream to light pink. Significant range of colors in a 12-stem bunch of Keira: some tend to be more pink, some more blush. Not a large rose, more delicate and beautifully suited to bouquet work. A slight scent.

 
 

Miranda David Austin Garden Roses

Miranda

Miranda
Vase life: 5–6 days
The perfect pink garden rose, Miranda is a strong and hearty bloom, by far the strongest of the pinks. Opens to be a very large rose, nearly three inches – the largest of the David Austin cut varieties. Great, solid pink color on all petals.

 
 

Patience David Austin Garden Roses

Patience

Patience
Vase life: 3–4 days. An event rose.
A lovely, silky, creamy white color, Patience has an intoxicating scent. Patience tends to brown easily and has a delicate neck, so she requires tender handling. This particular variety should be kept in the cooler, otherwise it may open to quickly for your event. I find it best to let it sit out for a day to hydrate and open up and then I place it in the cooler to keep it at a premium stage.

 
 

Tess David Austin Garden Rose

Tess

Tess
Vase life: 7days
A rich, dark, velvety red, Tess is the answer to your red garden rose needs. A strong and hearty bloom.
Keep in mind that Tess needs a few days to really bloom open, it took 4-5 days for it to open to the stage where I felt it really showed off its full beauty. It was also a very long lasting rose – a good two weeks.

 
 

Pink David Austin Garden Roses Carey, Constance, Miranda, Keira, Charity

Carey, Constance, Miranda, Keira, Charity

L-R - Beatrice, Edith, Tess, Darcey, Kate, Patience, Juliet, Charity, Keira, Carey, Constance and Miranda

L-R – Beatrice, Edith, Tess, Darcey, Kate, Patience, Juliet, Charity, Keira, Carey, Constance and Miranda

 
 
David Austin Garden Roses
http://davidaustinrosesusa.com
All of the David Austin Garden Roses featured here were grown by Alexandra Farms.

Tomorrow I will feature the arrangements we created with these beautiful David Austin Garden Roses during the Floral Design Class.

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!

 

Garden Roses by Alexandra Farms

One of my favorite farms for garden roses is Alexandra Farms, they grow such full, lush, hardy roses. While in Holland a few weeks ago I had a chance to visit with Joey and discuss the latest and greatest roses they are growing, and for your viewing pleasure I took photos of the various roses they had on display –

Alabaster Garden Roses

Alabaster Garden Roses

Aphrodite Garden Roses

Aphrodite Garden Roses

Ashley Garden Roses

Ashley Garden Roses

Augusta Luise Garden Roses

Augusta Luise Garden Roses

Bridal Piano Garden Roses

Bridal Piano Garden Roses

Candlelight Garden Roses

Candlelight Garden Roses

Caramel Antike Garden Roses

Caramel Antike Garden Roses

Baronesse Garden Roses

Baronesse Garden Roses

Fiction Garden Roses

Fiction Garden Roses

Free Spirit Garden Roses

Free Spirit Garden Roses

Hearts Garden Roses

Hearts Garden Roses

Heirloom Garden Roses

Heirloom Garden Roses

Lemon PomPom Garden Roses

Lemon PomPom Garden Roses

Mamy Blue Garden Roses

Mamy Blue Garden Roses

Mariatheresia Garden Rose

Mariatheresia Garden Roses

Mayra's Rose Garden Roses

Mayra’s Rose Garden Roses

Mythos Garden Roses

Mythos Garden Roses

Pink O'Hara Garden Roses

Pink O’Hara Garden Roses

Pink Piano Garden Roses

Pink Piano Garden Roses

Precious Moments Garden Roses

Precious Moments Garden Roses

Princess Charlene of Monaco Garden Roses

Princess Charlene of Monaco Garden Roses

Romantic Antike Garden Rose

Romantic Antike Garden Roses

Sunset Garden Roses

Sunset Garden Roses

Vitality Garden Roses

Vitality Garden Roses

Voyage Garden Roses

Voyage Garden Roses

White Cloud Garden Roses

White Cloud Garden Roses

White O'Hara Garden Roses

White O’Hara Garden Roses

Yves Piaget Garden Roses

Yves Piaget Garden Roses

Alexandra Farms at IFTF

Alexandra Garden Roses

Alexandra Farms and Florabundance at IFTF in Holland

Joey & Paula from Alexandra Farms and Joost from Florabundance Wholesale visiting at IFTF, check out the size of those roses!!