Fleur Friday

Hello Flower Friends .. time to announce the winner of Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers!
Drumroll please!!

The winner is Elizabeth Jackson!
Elizabeth is the owner of Laughing Earth Flowers in Texas.

Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers by Lynn Byczynski & Erin Benzakein

FYI – As for determining the winner of the contest I did use RandomResult.com to pick a Random winner.

If you would like a copy of the book and are not the winner you can order the book directly from their official website here or order on Amazon here.

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Florabundance Wholesale has announced their annual trip to Holland, it will take place November 3-8, 2014 – you can see the information for the trip here. I went on the trip in 2012 and it sure was a great experience, definitely had a lot of flower adventures!

Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Holland

Aalsmeer Flower Auction

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Thought I’d share one of my favorite personal designs of the week – all flowers sourced at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
Bella Fiori, Rustic Urn filled with gold garden roses, burgundy dahlias, red astilbe, purple sweetpeas

Parting shots of Holland

Can you tell I absolutely loved Holland?? Loved it. I’d go back in a heart-beat. I’m sure I missed a lot!!
Visiting Aalsmeer, Keukenhof, the floating garden and just walking the streets of Amsterdam was just a flower lover’s dream.

One last thing we came across was the Tulip Museum. They actually had a lovely display of Amaryllis while we were there, here are some photos:

Green Amaryllis

Red Amaryllis

Next week I’ll share photos from Paris… ah, Paris!

Good luck to all of you working on floral designs for Mother’s Day, I hope you have a successful holiday!!

Daffodil Fields in Holland

The scene I’ve been dreaming of seeing in person.. fields in full bloom and being harvested:








Fritillaria

Fritillaria is my newest flower obsession, the delicate checkered blooms are so unique. I saw quite a few around Holland.

Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria assyriaca

Fritillaria meleagris alba

Fritillaria imperialis rubra maxima

Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria Imperialis

(If I identified any of these incorrectly please send me a note or comment, thanks!)

Display gardens of Keukenhof Gardens

Throughout Keukenhof Gardens there are display gardens. Various floral designers and landscape designers are invited to design a space. So cool to see what designers came up with:

The wall inside on display, so cute

This designer used phone line cables to create a divider wall

A display of yellow pitchers filled with daisies

The next display space was so colorful. Here she used bags on the fences and filled them with tulips.

I would love to ride around town on one of these bikes

bread box filled with red flowers

another shot of the colorful fence

boat filled with flowers

Hyancinths, daffodils and tulips

adorable picnic table display

Oh, how I'd love to have this greenhouse in my yard!!

herb box

fireplace mantle decorated with bottles & tulips

daffodils in blue containers

more blue containers of daffodils

my kinda car!

one of the picture display areas

That’s it for Keukenhof Garden posts. Really amazing gardens, I can’t wait to go back another time.

Floral Arrangements of Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens does have one building designated just for floral designs, it’s amazing!


Interesting display of green textures

Full box planting of daffodils and hyacinths

Display of blue irises worked into branches and bird houses

gerbers destined to be in floral arrangements

White hydrangeas & nerines

I haven't quite figured out the use of sponges in this display

closeup of gerber daisy in silver vase

Gerbers on display

how cool are these upside down amaryllis with gerber daisies on top?

These tulips are quite often displayed in these cool vessels.

Tulips laced through branches


Daffodil Display of Keukenhof Gardens

Great display of daffodils!






Hyacinths, Lilacs & Hydrangeas of Keukenhof Gardens

More gorgeousness from Keukenhof Gardens!

Gorgeous Hyacinths:




A couple of hydrangeas:

And my favorite.. lilac! Oh so many lilacs…












Amaryllis of Keukenhof Gardens

I have a growing appreciation for Amaryllis. I’ve always liked them but definitely have thought of them only in December and in time for the holidays. I’ve been realizing lately that they are quite often used in European floral designs and the amount of varieties is impressive. Check out these lovelies:























Tomorrow, a look at hyacinth, hydrangea and lilacs..

The Orchids of Keukenhof Gardens, #2

More orchids for your viewing pleasure, enjoy!