A Year in Review | 2016

This is one long blog post, but I promise it is filled with lots of pretty flower photographs! 🙂

Santa Barbara, California

1/9 Enjoying a beach moment in Santa Barbara – Florabundance Design Days is about to begin, always a great way to start a new year!

Alicia Schwede at Florabundance Design Days designing an arrangement with David Austin Roses

1/11 – At Florabundance Design Days designing an arrangement with David Austin Roses

Bella Fiori - centerpiece of David Austin Roses and Hellebores with berries

1/11 – another arrangement that I designed while at Florabundance Design Days

Angie of Posh Florals, Dallas Texas

1/29 – Visiting Angie of Posh Florals in Dallas, Texas

Avant Garden in Dallas Texas

1/29 – Visting Avant Garden in Dallas, Texas

Alicia Schwede and Alex Jusino

1/30 – Attending Create + Cultivate with my friend Alex of Exquisite Events (of Chicago)

Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Classes in Seattle, Washington - how to design a wrist corsage

2/21 – Go, Go Flower Power! Actually a snapshot from one of my floral design classes – Corsages & Boutonnieres

Hellebores grown by Flirty Fleurs

2/25 – have I mentioned my obsession with Hellebores?! Yes, I adore them! Here’s a selection of beauties from my own garden.

Flirty Fleurs car loaded with flowers for a floral design class in Seattle

3/6 – All loaded up and ready to drive to Seattle – this is how my car looks on the morning of a design class!

Amanda of Alluring Blooms designing an arrangement with hellebores

3/6 – my friend Amanda of Alluring Blooms flew in from Wisconsin to attend my Hellebore Centerpiece class. (photo by Riz Reyes)

Centerpiece designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms

3/6 – one of the gorgeous arrangements that Amanda designed while visiting me

Flirty Fleurs - selection of Hellebores from my garden

3/28 – The hellebores keep blooming! Another snapshot from my garden collection of this magnificent flower.

Florabundance Flower Trip to Keukenhof in Holland

4/29 – The full crew who attended Florabundance Design Days – Holland Edition! Yes, the trip was SO amazing! We were blessed to experience so many wonderful flower sites with a super cool group of people!

Fantastic display of Daffodils at Keukenhof in Holland

4/24 – Fantastic display of Daffodils at Keukenhof in Holland

The Black Tulip Museum in Holland with Joost and Els

4/24 – Joost and Els at the Black Tulip Museum

Flower carts filled with Tulips at Aalsmeer Flower Auction

4/25 – I find Aalsmeer flower auction in Holland to be absolutely mesmerizing, carts of flowers scooting off in all directions

Ariella Chezar designing an arrangement in Holland

4/25 – Spent the day in a greenhouse designing with Ariella, yes it was as special as it sounds!

Shawn of Flower Bar with a gorgeous flower arrangement

4/26 – My friend Shawn of Flower Bar (Idaho) with an arrangement that she designed during our design session with Ariella

Schreiner's Iris Gardens in Salem, Oregon

5/2 – Chad and I visited Schreiner’s Iris Gardens in Salem, Oregon as we drove south to California. We had great timing as all the Irises were in full bloom!

Garden Valley Roses in Petaluma, California in full bloom.

5/5 – Garden Valley Roses in Petaluma, California in full bloom.

Rhododendron Show at Mendocino Botanical Gardens.

5/8 – Rhododendron Show at Mendocino Botanical Gardens.

Tacoma Garden Club Presentation of a parallel design.

5/18 – I had the pleasure of presenting at the Tacoma Garden Club. I tried my hand at a parallel design.

touring rose farms

5/23 – Ariella Chezar is in town to give a demonstration at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. Prior to the workshop a small group of us went on tour of the flower farms in preparation for the workshop. Getting a photo of everyone was pretty much impossible as everyone moves in opposite directions! On tour were Steve Moore, Dawn of All My Thyme Roses, Molly of SWGM, Diane of Jello Mold, Ariella Chezar and myself. It sure was a fun day!

Ariella Chezar with an arm load of roses from All My Thyme

5/23 – Ariella Chezar with an arm load of roses from All My Thyme

Diane of Jello Mold and Dawn of All My Thyme

5/23 – Diane was trying to make Dawn smell a rose and Dawn refused! The funny part is that it is Dawn’s Rose Farm! I was laughing so hard that I could barely take the photo!

Steve Moore getting a photo of one of the roses

5/23 – Steve getting a photo of one of the roses

The beautiful spread of flowers at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market for the workshop with Ariella Chezar

5/23 – The beautiful spread of flowers at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market for the workshop with Ariella Chezar

Ariella's finished compote design at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

5/23 – Ariella’s finished compote design

Bella Fiori - urn arrangement with peach and white flowers, including columbines.

5/25 – After Ariella’s workshop I played around with the leftover flowers and came up with this design. Love the dancing columbines.

Bella Fiori - flower arrangement of purple and white flowers.

6/12 – Organized a photoshoot with Becca Jones Photography at Bella Luna Farms in Snohomish, Washington.

Bella Fiori & Becca Jones Photography

6/12 – the long table was set with an arrangement that rand down the center.

Bella Fiori & B Jones PHotography - Snohomish Weddings - Bella Luna Farms

6/12 – The welcome table to the event.

Bella Fiori & B Jones Photography. Bridal bouquet of garden roses, anemones, and sweet peas. Bella Luna Farms, Snohomish, Washington Weddings.

6/12 – THIS bouquet was a dream come true. The Koko Lokos are from my cutting garden.

Johann posing with all the dahlias at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

7/14 – Johann posing with all the dahlias at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

Butchart Gardens in Canada

7/16 – Chad & I visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada. *I highly recommend visiting here*

Butchart Gardens is absolutely breathtaking.

7/16 – Butchart Gardens is absolutely breathtaking.

Farm tour day at Jello Mold farm organized by Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, I lead a floral design demonstration.

7/18 – Farm tour day at Jello Mold farm organized by Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, I lead a floral design demonstration.

Dennis of Jello Mold Farms

7/18 – Dennis making us all laugh!

Alicia Schwede and Debra Prizing in the Cafe Au Lait Dahlia hoop house at Jello Mold Farm

7/18 – hanging out with Debra Prizing in the Cafe Au Lait Dahlia hoophouse

Bella Fiori design with dahlias

7/18 – my petite design from the demonstration

Laura Dowling with Danielle at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

7/22 – Laura Dowling with Danielle at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

7/25 - Laura Dowling and Georgianna Lane were working on a photoshoot. I can't show what the design was, so I'll show ya an undercover peek at them at work ;)

7/25 – Laura Dowling and Georgianna Lane were working on a photoshoot. I can’t show what the design was, so I’ll show ya an undercover peek at them at work 😉

Dawn of All My Thyme, Debra Prinzing, Alicia Schwede, Laura Dowling, and Georgianna Lane

7/25 – fantastic lunch with Dawn of All My Thyme, Debra Prinzing, myself, Laura Dowling, and Georgianna Lane

Flirty Fleurs Alicia Schwede's Dahlia Cutting Garden

7/26 – my dahlia patch is in full bloom — it’s so beautiful and I spend most evenings here keeping the plants tidy.

Amy of Gather came by to check out the dahlia patch

7/27 – Amy of Gather came by to check out the dahlia patch

Flirty Fleurs Dahlias - a variety of dahlia sizes

7/28 – all the varieties of dahlias that I’m growing, such a range in size!!

Third Annual Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

8/3 – Third annual Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. Johann got his picture taken with it!

Bella Fiori - bridal bouquet of pink garden roses, cafe au lait dahlias,

8/6 – Bridal bouquet for on of the sweet brides I worked with this season.

Alicia Schwede and Robyn Rissman holding buckets of Peonies for the Field to Vase Dinner

8/12 – Headed to Colorado! Working with Robyn of Bare Root Flora on the Field to Vase dinner in Boulder!

Field to Vase Dinner in Boulder, Colorado

8/13 – Field to Vase Dinner in Boulder, Colorado

Field to Vase dinner in Boulder, Colorado.

8/13 – The table that just keeps going and going! Robyn and I opted for an ombre look down the table.

Alexandra Farms Garden Roses

8/16 – Treasure in the trunk!
Headed to my Colorado workshop with all these beautiful roses from Alexandra Farms.

Flirty Fleurs Floral design workshop in Denver, Colorado

8/16 – the ladies who attended my workshop in Colorado

Flirty Fleurs - Peaches 'n Cream Dahlia

8/25 – total geek moment, one of my dahlias (peaches ‘n cream) was featured on Real Simple’s instagram feed!

Flower necklaces

9/1 – Amy of Gather and I experimented with making flower necklaces. It’s really rather fun to create them!

real life of a floral designer

9/4 – my friend, Melanie, needed some extra hands for a large wedding setup. What got me was how unglamorous our glamours floral designer life can be some days! Step carefully in the alley…

Flirty Fleurs Arch and Chuppah Floral Design Class in Washington State

9/10 – Arch and Chuppah Class at my home! Here’s three of the four designs we created.

Flirty Fleurs Dahlia Patch

9/10 – Katie flew up from Southern California for the Arch & Chuppah class. She enjoyed visiting the dahlia patch.

Flirty Fleurs Workshop - Arch and Chuppah Designs Workshop

9/10 – Our autumn inspired floral chuppah from the flirty fleurs workshop.

Fantastic display of Dahlia Barns' dahlia varieties.

9/11 – Fantastic display of Dahlia Barns’ dahlia varieties.

Dahlia Barn of North Bend, Washington

9/11 – My uncle and I went for a drive to North Bend, WA to visit the Dahlia Barn

Rabbit eating dahlia blooms

9/13 – deadheading in the dahlia patch, the wild rabbits beg for some of the blooms

Flirty Fleurs - Dahlias for sale! Rebecca Lynn, Alloway Candy, Bride To Be Dahlias

9/13 – The dahlias are blooming like crazy! I took my first load of dahlias to Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. After years of buying all flowers from markets, this was the first time I sold flowers TO the market!

Floral Design Class at Ravenna Gardens in Seattle by Flirty Fleurs

9/14 – Taught a Floral Design Class at Ravenna Gardens in Seattle

Flirty Fleurs has its own flower collection with Longfield Gardens!!

9/19 – How cool is this?! Flirty Fleurs has its own flower collection with Longfield Gardens!! Shown here are some of my favorite tulips to design with!

Visting Massachusetts - admiring all the mum plants for sale

10/13 – Visting Massachusetts – admiring all the mum plants for sale

Terrain in Westport, CT

10/17 – Visited Terrain in Westport, CT – this place is amazing! I highly recommend visiting here if you are ever in the area!!

In The Company of Women Book tour

10/18 – Attended a talk on “in the company of women” with a great group of girlfriends

Flirty Fleurs Dahlia Tubers

10/20 – time to start digging up the dahlias and divide the tubers before storing for winter. Simply amazing how one tiny tuber turns into this cluster in the 6 months it is in the ground!

Gordons Farms in Skagit Valley

10/24 – Gordons Farm in Skagit Valley — getting in the fall spirit!

Bella Fiori - flower arrangement with dahlias, berries, persimmons

10/29 – one of my arrangements, almost all flowers from my garden. This arrangement was one of my most popular ones ever on instagram.

Persimmons on the branch

11/5 – Handful of Persimmons

Harvesting Persimmons

11/8 – Chad and my dad harvesting more persimmons – they are so tasty and they look gorgeous in arrangements

11/9 - Harvest at my parents place in California - lemons, persimmons, and privet berries

11/9 – Harvest at my parents place in California – lemons, persimmons, and privet berries

Bella Fiori - Autumn inspired orange arrangement with roses and persimmons

11/11 – made this arrangement for my mom. autumn colors are her favorite.

Bella Fiori - compote design with pears, roses, grey dusty miller

12/8 – back home and trying to wrap my mind around it being December already!

Christmas flower arrangements

12/18 – design time with Keita and Shannon, getting into the Christmas spirit.

Winter in Washington

12/24 – Looks like it’ll be a white Christmas in Washington.

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