Unique Flower Gift Ideas
There are countless ways to convey the beauty of flowers in the form of art
and design, and Team Flower has gathered together a few different floral
artists who create beautiful handiwork featuring the blooms we all cherish
so much! These talented ladies have used their love for flowers & their own
artistic gifts to capture the exquisite essence of each sweet blossom. Each
is unique in what they create, and ALL are inspiring in their own way.
Interview: Gabriela of La Musa de las Flores
In this episode of the Team Flower Podcast Gabriela shares her floral
design process and her gardening philosophy. You'll learn about her
favorite flowers, including dahlias, phlox and petunias. Learn how she
protects her flowers from heavy Mexico rains and thrives in her event work
in an unpredictable market.
Arrangement How-to in Flower Magazine
This garden arrangement tutorial was recently featured in Flower Magazine.
I'm happy to bring this feature to you — celebrating the present moment
with flowers! See, garden flowers are just around for short spurts in time.
Peonies are amazing in May, usually making a grand flush across the
country around Mother's Day (or if you live in the mountains like me, mid
June). Foxgloves wave their tiny bells and forget-me-nots rise from creek
bed in front of our home in the summer. Poppies pop and surrender in what
seems like an instant.
Video: Rose Petals - Pricing and Ordering
Learn how to be prepared the next time a client asks you for a rose-covered
pathway for their ceremony. In this video we'll show you our favorite type
of rose for pathways, how to calculate how many you will need and how to
price for these types of projects.
Explore England with Kelly
We're inviting you to explore the flowers & gardens of England with Kelly.
Click here to accept your invitation and join before it's too late.
Encouragement for today
Excellent isn’t a word we use much today. Let’s bring it back. Let’s
develop eyes to see it. Let’s cut through the cloud of this lens called
perfectionism and recognize the excellent work being done around us every
day. Let’s call it out in others. Let’s call it out in ourselves. Let’s
focus our attention on the excellent and praiseworthy things. Life is too
short to do it any other way…
Interview: Carly of The Flower Chef
Carly Cylinder is a author of The Flower Chef and a florist working in
three major cities, primarily for national brands. You'll quickly feel
welcome as you listen. Carly's openness and transparency invites you into
her life right from the get-go. In this episode, you'll learn about
designing for the camera, how she went from waitressing to working for
major brands in three locations, and what it's like to start her business
Interview: Jardine Botanic Floral Styling
In this episode of the Team Flower Podcast, Australian based florist
Jardine Hansen shares what it was like and what she learned from moving her
flower business to a new place. Kelly and Jardine also talked about looking
for a wave of personal creative inspiration, plants in Tasmania, the
importance of bees and much more.
Color Inspiration from the July Team Flower Workshop
Enjoy the thoughtful work of the July workshop attendees and reach out with
a handshake to meet new friends (see the credits at the end). Every one of
the faces behind these photos is kind and someone you want to know!
Color Inspiration from the June Team Flower Workshop
Enjoy the thoughtful work of the June workshop attendees and reach out with
a handshake to meet new friends (see the credits at the end). Every one of
the faces behind these photos is kind and someone you want to know!
Video: Instagram Marketing for Floral Businesses
In this replay of a Mayesh Live Chat webinar, Kelly walks through the
Instagram strategy for @teamflower! You'll learn specific websites, tips
and an overall mindset for when you use Instagram.
Video: Centerpiece design quick tips
Join Kelly as she goes through a free 4-part quick tip video series on
designing a centerpiece. She discusses designing for a table, using the
lines principle of design, and shows the ingredient use and purpose. Watch
these completely free video lessons.
Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower, and I'm here to show you a few quick
tips for designing on a narrow rectangular table. If you have a client that
wants a long, full, lush, centerpiece, or you're doing a styled shoot and
they want something larger, it can be a little bit tricky to fit all of the
things on your table that you need to, cups, glasses, flatware, plates, and
you, of course, want it to be beautiful, but you also want it to be
practical for your guests. I think that's really, really important.
So, I have just a few tips for you if you're wanting to go in this long and
lush direction. The first one is to use a centerpiece container that has a
little bit of height to it. So, maybe you're doing a bowl, but it has a
little pedestal and then the bowl is on top. What you're looking at right
now is pretty low. There's no pedestal on this bowl. It's just a bowl with
a small little lip at the bottom. And what we're running into problem wise
with this, is that the flowers are kind of just invading this space.
There's not enough distance between the plates and the flowers.
So, we want to create a little bit more space. And I'll show you the
difference that it makes just to add a little lift underneath your
arrangement. So, now you can see there's a considerably larger amount of
room between the plate and the flowers, and so the guests can easily access
their dinner, and cups and things like that fit in a little bit better. The
next tip that I have for you, is to do a little mock setup before your
event and before you start designing. So, if this is for a wedding, just
set up a table similar. If you're working with an event planner, or cater,
or whatever, just ask the dimensions of the plates that will be used.
You want to be mindful of chargers. Sometimes, you know, you'll get there
and oops, surprise! There's chargers, and on a narrow 30-inch table, you
cannot fit chargers end to end, and then also, you know, really large
centerpiece. So, that's something to consider during the design process
when you're working with your client. If they mention charger, you have to
kind of ding, ding, ding, remember. It's going to be difficult to fit all
that on the table. So, you can set up in your studio, just a quick little--
maybe with a little pop-up eight foot or six foot table, whatever they're
using, or round six foot table, just to get an idea of what you're looking
If you don't have those tables, you could do a little visit to the venue if
that's practical for you, and you could kind of chart out and set it up,
and see what dimensions your flower arrangement should be. So, that way you
know if you control your greenery out a little bit more, if you need to
tuck it in more. But the most important part with these narrow, long
tables, is this section right here. You want this to be pretty narrow. So,
tip one, you know, popping it up a little bit higher, tip two, having a
little mock setup table. Now, what's great about this, is you're making
your first arrangement, you can sort of, examine how the cup-- the cups are
kind of the thing that, a lot of times, will get in your way.
So, if you have the height and width of the cups and you can set that up,
you can sort of trim out of your arrangement, little pieces that are
interfering with the guest access to those elements of the table. So, this
particular pokeweed berry is touching the glass, and I just want to get
that out of there, so that it's comfortable for my guests. So, just a small
adjustment-- maybe we get rid of this leaf as well-- it makes a big
difference, and that'll save you a little bit of time whenever you go to
set everything up. It helps the event planner or the caterer be able to
access those things easily.
You don't want to be the florist that always has flowers in the way of
other people's jobs, and just practicality is important. So, those are my
two quick tips for you. Get the level up, and then set up your little mock
table, and that'll help you get an idea of the general size that you need
to go for. And then you can also clip things out before your arrangements
head out the door, just a little bit of quality control to help you make
things a little faster on event set up day. I hope you enjoyed this little
video, and if you'd like to see more, you can visit teamflower.org/free.
I'm Kelly Perry, thanks for watching.
Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower. And I am back with a little flower
recipe for you. This might be a great option for a bride who would like
something that has just a little hint of fall in the air but is still nice
It's late August here in the mountains. And I think that these colors are
really just telling of the season and the time of year that it is. We have
some of these pinks, and we've paired them with some-- just a real rich
orange that just has that little bit of a knod to fall, which is fun.
So the leaves have started changing colors. And this color palette just
reminds us where we are in the season. So I just wanted to go through and
tell you a little bit about each of these ingredients. You might find a way
to work them into your garden, or into an arrangement that you have coming
So the first arrangement that we're going to start out with is pokeweed.
It's this right here. And it has little pink and green berries.
Later in the year, they turn into a very dark purple. Once they hit that
stage, I don't use them in arrangements anymore because they stain pretty
bad. So I just like to avoid that liability.
But whenever they're at this stage, they're really, really great to use.
This is something that just grows wild. And it's weedy here in Boone, so
it's easy to come across and a great way to fill an arrangement. And next,
we have some snapdragons here-- these little pink guys. And I love how they
pull the color out wide into the arrangement.
These little orange guys here called gomphrena. And they come in a carmine
pink and white lavender. So there's a lot of fun color options with these.
They have just really nice texture and just that little knod that you can
use as a finishing piece.
I'm quite a bit of lisianthus in this arrangement. This variety has a nice
dark burgundy center, which I love how it just captures what's going on
with these queen redline zinnias-- one of my favorite zinnias. and then I
have the burnt orange dahlias deep in the arrangement here.
And if we flip over, I just have one other variety of dahlias that we
pulled from Darlanna Besecker's farm, Hope Valley Gardens. So here is
another variety, that dahlia. And then I missed our little base in here.
If you look in real deep, there's some limelight hydrangea and then, also,
some sedum. So that is my little quick flower recipe for you. Hope you
enjoyed it. And if you'd like to see more videos like this, you can visit
teamflower.org/free. See you soon.
Hi, I'm Kelly Perry. And I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about one
of my favorite design principles, and it is, lines. It's never fun to stand
in lines and wait. But it is so fun to see lines in your arrangements.
There's two different kinds of lines we're going to talk about today. One
is actual and one is implied. As you can imagine from the definition, an
actual line is what the stem creates. It is a line that you follow with
your eyes. So you can see it right here in this little piece of gomphrena.
Implied lines are like connect the dots lines. Maybe if you think about a
starry night, all the different constellations and how we use those stars
to connect the dots and to create a picture in our mind, that is what an
implied line would be like. So I just wanted to show you how I used flowers
in this arrangement to create some lines.
So of course, we just talked about the gomphrena and how we have this
little bit of line here. I love to use maybe ranunculus, or things that
have a little bit of a curvy stem or some interesting stems that can add
some interest to the arrangement. This one's pretty straightforward. But we
have some nice curve lines going on with the implied line.
So let's talk about the first one that's probably most obvious in this
arrangement, and it is the zinnias. These are queen red limes. We start our
line right down in here. And you can see they're at different levels and
the direction that their faces are pointing are a little bit different to
add some interest.
So we have one here, here, here, here, and here. So this is one of our
implied lines. Now, the next one we're going to talk about is the line that
is formed with these burnt orange dahlias. So it starts down in here, and
it pops its way up.
So here is another implied line. Another one would be here with this
lisianthus. We're going this way.
And this one's more horizontal as opposed to curved like these ones were.
And I'll flip the arrangement around. You can use different flowers to
create the lines on different sides of your arrangements if you want to add
some interest and variety in the flowers to your arrangements.
So in this one we have dahlia's going in a little line like this. And then,
lisianthus, again, we're using to go here. And then over here.
The great thing about lines is they guide your eye through the arrangement,
and they invite you to keep looking deeper. So that is what I'd encourage
you to do today. Consider how to add some lines to your arrangement, and
always be thinking about how you can think deeper.
Hope you enjoyed this lesson. If you'd like to see more, you can visit
teamflower.org/free. Thanks for watching.
Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower. And I wanted to do a little bit of a
different take on a tutorial. A lot of times, we see the arrangements come
together step by step, but when we actually look at them in real life, in a
photo, they're already completed. And it's like, wow. How did they get
So I wanted to have a completed arrangement for you today. And I would like
to pull it apart piece by piece. I'm going to go backwards, I'm going to
show you the last thing that I put in. We're going to just slowly work our
way out until all we have remaining is our container. So this will be a
really fun one. I hope you enjoy it.
The ingredient that we're going to start with is this gomphrina, up here.
So, I'm just going to start pulling it out in the order that I put it in. I
like to use this as the final little bit of movement in the arrangement.
So, you can take a little snapshot in your mind and see how removing this
ingredient changes it. You could still do something like this if you had a
bride who wanted something maybe just a little bit more tailored, less
sculptural. Just deleting this one ingredient gives you a more tailored
Next, I'm going to pull out some of the focal flowers that I was working
with. And, back here, they were the dahlias So the dahlias are going to
come out and I'll show you what it looks like without those dahlias in
there. And then on the other side of the arrangement, we were working with
zinnias as the focal. And you can see them right here. So I'm just going to
tug those out. And then I'm going to go in and pull out the lisianthus So
you can take just a quick little peek of what that looks like without those
dahlias and without the zinnias. And I'll start pulling out the lisianthus
Everything comes together one step at a time, no matter what it is.
Flowers, cakes, books-- just a series of steps. Homes. All of those
So, it might seem like a daunting task at first, but as you just start
deconstructing it and thinking about it a little bit differently, it
becomes, in a way, a little bit more attainable. Which is fun. So if I get
overwhelmed, I kind of like to step back and think about all the steps it
took to get there.
OK. Next, I'm going to pull out the burnt orange dahlias, here. And now I'm
really getting down to the base material of the arrangement. These ones
that I've been pulling out-- the dahlias and the lisianthus-- I would
consider the accent flower. So, those are gone. Next I'm going to pull out
the snapdragons. These were used to carry color to the sides of the
arrangements. Missed a zinnia.
And now, we're left with the pokeweed, which creates the shape. And, then,
the hydrangea and the sedum, which creates the grid that we can layer all
the other flowers into. If you find that flowers move around on you a lot,
especially with bouquets, this might be the ingredient that you're missing.
Something like this, the flowers can really latch into. Because just the
overlapping stems, I think, isn't quite enough sometimes. So I think it's
helpful to have a flower, a structural flower, in there, as well.
So out comes the hydrangea. Now you're starting to be able to see the
flower foam that it was arranged in. And, of course, with these, the
purpose is to cover up that base or that structure, whatever you're using.
Whether it's a frog or chicken wire or the foam. Each of those things has
pros and cons to them. And you can learn more about those on the free page
at Team Flower, where we go through the three different ways that you can
set up an arrangement. So if you're curious about the different kinds, and
pros and cons, and when to use what, you might consider watching that and
chiming in with a few comments.
So, out comes the serum. And, then, all we have remaining is the pokeweed,
which is what created our shape and our general-- how big we were going to
get and how wide and deep. So I'll pull that out, too. And a lot of times,
with this-- I'll leave this one in here, I guess-- some of these shorter
pieces go in second. And I will use the longer pieces too. Those ones will
go in first, to get the general shape established. And, then, these act
both as a shape and then also as cover. And one little piece of spirea that
I put in here.
So, there you have it. The deconstructed table arrangement. This isn't a
very pretty way to end a tutorial, but it was pretty when started. So,
anyway, I hope you enjoyed that. And hope that that helps you and inspires
you to take the next step with your business. If you'd like to see more
free videos like this, you can hop on TeamFlower.org/free. And hop on our
mailing list, you'll be notified as soon as new videos are released. Thanks
for watching. Have a great day.
Flower farming is a beautiful mess
One of the most humbling careers you could ever pursue is farming. No
matter how much you do to make everything go the way you planned, there
will always be something that is out of your control — but that makes
success so much sweeter.
Video: Arranging with farm flowers
It’s Kelly and today I’m sharing an arrangement tutorial for a style that
was quite popular at last month’s workshop — horizontal, reaching and
packed with locally grown flowers!
Golden rule for every inquiry
Let's talk about how we treat people behind all our inquiries. Not just our
ideal clients — we lavishly love and adore those folks! But what about the
less than ideal clients? The ones that never even become clients. How do we
honor and show grace to them?
Processing flowers for maximum vase life
Learn about the latest research on flower vase life to maximize your
blooms. Learn about optimal water temperature, speed of transfer and a
leaf/thorn fact you probably didn't know.
How to make a skirt with real flowers
Recently while working in the garden, I found myself mesmerized by the
beauty of the Annabelle Hydrangea, and imagined myself sprouting out of the
ground, surrounded by the beautiful flower. The idea for a floral dress
took hold, and I decided just to do it. Let’s see what it looks like to
walk around in a flower!
Video: Amending soil and growing snapdragons
Lee of Goldenrod Gardens has been working with me for several years,
providing amazing plants for my wedding work. In this video she shares
in-depth about amending soil, nutrients and how she plants snapdragons!
We're back and we're talking about what this field used to be and the goal
for soil amendments and texture of the soil that we're working with and all
those kinds of things. So tell us a little bit about your field.
We're south facing here, which is an important thing, if you're growing at
a high altitude.
OK. Now, why is that?
You need to be where the sun is going to hit you and it's going to be
consistently warm temperature. And if it's frigid-- for example, we're
going to try and overwinter these snapdragons.
You want to be south facing, because that's where the light is. Throughout
the winter it drops. And this whole area, this whole field was-- they were
Christmas trees. So they were Fraser firs. They were farmed here and they
have a short crop season, fir tree. So I would say maybe max for this area
was 10 years.
The soil's wonderful. It is a loamy, sandy mix. It's very well-drained in
Yeah, there's no-- like, it's not that tight compact clay that you can get
And low on the rocks too, which is a dream up here. A lot of times you're
in rocks, which I use to my advantage. I say they're good for drainage and
they have a lot of minerals in them. You just have to release them.
But this area has also not been overfarmed. So it doesn't have a lot of
weeds, see. The weeds that are here--
So overfarm, that term means there's just been-- every year, there's been a
lot of different--
Crop after crop.
And in some places people do a crop after crop. And they'll start and then
they'll let it go to seed. And so the soil ends up being, sometimes--
Full of all of these other seeds.
Weed seeds, yes. And it's also been leached of its nutrients. You know, if
you're gardening in a certain area or if you're farm in a new field that's
never been farmed, you will have the most amazing stuff the first year.
But after that year, that's when you really have to deal with what's going
on in the soil. So what's going on here is we're on the bottom slope of my
field. There is a natural-- and I think I've noticed this with a lot of
areas, when you get to a lower area, is acidity.
Acidity is pretty much how the whole like eastern coast is, acidic soil.
You know, if there's been a woodland or a swamp, there's acidity. It is
what happens when plants break down and decompose. So that's, you know,
peat, peat bogs. And they are what they are, because they're so acidic.
There is a little bit of an issue here of acidity in this low area. And
it's like it seeps down. And you can amend that with lime. And that's
what's already been doing to this soil.
Before we add the good stuff, the other extras, I've already limed this
area, because I noticed the acidity.
Yeah. And you didn't really need to do any amendments to the texture of the
soil, because it was that nice kind of ideal condition.
Perfect. So we dealt with texture. And then, we know that we're a little
bit acid. So we're dealing with the pH. And now, we're going to look at the
actual nutrients that are in the soil.
Yes, which you have N, P, and K, are our main nutrients. Nitrogen,
potassium, and phosphorus. When you're growing flowers you need them all.
But you don't need as much nitrogen as you would need as if you're growing
a bunch of lettuce.
You absolutely need a good bit of phosphorus.
OK. So how does the nitrogen hinder the flower production and how does the
Nitrogen causes leafy growth.
OK, but no blooms.
They all work together. You need the nitrogen, but if you have an
overabundance of nitrogen, you're going to have leggy, weaker stems.
Well, that's what's happening with my cosmos right now. Like, I have lots
of leaf, leaf, leaf, but I'm not having the growth.
Yeah, buds. Yeah.
And it happens.
You overfeed them with that.
This area is known for being low in phosphorus.
And so I'd like to touch on that. It can be noticeable, to the point where
there is a purple tinge on leaves if they are deficient of it. They're not
only like stunted and not as flowery, but their leaves are purple. It's not
supposed to be that way. Another tricky thing about phosphorus is it is
immobile in the soil.
So you can't just sprinkle it around and think that you're going to correct
You really have to like work it in.
And bring it in. Even my professor at school said, just, you got to dig a
hole and stick it in.
That's an important thing to remember.
Calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They're all very important roles, but
phosphorous seems to be one of the things that's a little bit harder.
Another one I'll touch on while we're here and there's sunflowers, I can
grow sunflowers here right now this season, but next year, if I grow
sunflowers here, I'll have to boron.
Sunflowers don't form if there is a boron--
And they kind of like eat it all. Like this crop will eat it all up. And so
will the kale, collards, all of that. And if you're in the desert, you're
good on boron. It happens where you are getting a lot of water. It just
runs through. And even if you over boron, it'll work itself out very
quickly, with even a hose.
It's kind of like vitamin B in your body. You get rid of what you don't
It goes away.
So we're going to add the basics today.
We're going to start with pal-- and this is all organic.
So it makes it a little bit more difficult, but it makes it a lot easier to
work with maybe a little bit stinky sometimes.
We're going to do pelletized chicken manure.
Which is a good balance N, P, K and calcium.
They don't list their micronutrients on there, except for the calcium. But
I consider calcium very important. And I buy it in a pellet.
It's a lot easier to do than nonpelletized chicken manure
I've done both. I recommend this. And what we're going to do-- you're going
to help me in your white shirt-- is one of these buckets-- this bucket full
this will fill and amend a good 50-foot row.
Oh, wow. OK. 50 feet by how deep? Four?
Yep. It depends. You don't want to over beef, but since this, for me-- this
did have Christmas trees in it, I do want to kind of enrich it, because
there will always be flowers and vegetables here. And I think if you
start-- this is the first year on this field for me. And you want the
sweetest soil you can have. And this is a good way to start it.
So voila. We have our pelletized chicken manure. And then, we have our ever
expensive, and I must tell you, bone meal.
This is the organic source, one of them, the main one, for phosphorous.
It's slow release, but it is organic. This little baby costs, you know, $16
Whereas two and a half buckets of these, like, maybe total $11.
But it's worth it. You have to have it for flowers.
Yeah. But the ratio of what you really need of bone meal to chicken manure,
is the same? Different?
I burn through this.
You burn through it?
If it's deficient, you kind of have to really add to it.
But it's not mobile, like boron, so it's not going to wash out. Once you
get it in there, it's going to stabilize it. And there are actually cover
crops that will help fix it.
Buckwheat fixes phosphorous.
OK, so the bone mean functions as-- you said it stabilizes--
Well, it stabilizes in the soil, but what it does is it creates strong
Strong stems, big flowers, and just a healthier plant. It also affects the
And I can get into potassium, but these are the picky ones for flower
growing. If you have a burn pile and this is potash is what it's called,
that's where you grow the best stuff. Grow it in the burn pile, because
it's phosphorous, calcium, everything.
Favorite other little amendments. And one Epsoma. It's a company called
I think I just bought something from them.
They grow the tones. So you get flower-tone, bold-tone, holly-tone,
You can get phosphorous. But this is flower-tone.
It has the major nutrients in it. It's not just N, P, K. It's the list of
all the elements.
Little ones, uh huh.
It also has beneficial mycorrhizae geared towards what you're growing which
is the fungus that is good in the soil for flowers or citrus.
So it's like probiotics for plants.
So I have flower-tone. And then, I have-- well, we're going to call this
azomite. It's a rare earth mineral.
It is like the periodic table of elements, but just in just tiny, tiny
doses. And so it's just a full amendment for the whole of the soil.
OK. They've decided that there are certain things that the plants have to
have to live. Doesn't mean that they're not going to benefit from other
things in the periodic table.
And this is one of the things that includes everything.
There's even gold in it.
Yeah. She's a big fan of this, the azomite.
And I've actually done tests, like just field test of like kale side by
side, poblano peppers side by side, zinnias side by side, and it is so
amazing. Oh, and dahlias. They're so much stronger and so much happier of
they have a good dose of the azomite in them.
I recommend it.
It's soil building. You donate a lot.
So that's what we're going to do. We're going to add stuff.
It's likes baking a cake.
So if we're trying to figure out, like maybe I have a space that's not as
big as this space, like maybe I can write it down, but like the ratios of
like how many scoops of this we need per square foot and those kinds of
things, what you would recommend?
I would say, if you had a nice plot, a four by four plot, I would add-- if
you really want to make it really happy, I would add about maybe five
pounds of the chicken manure.
OK. So you're like top dressing. And then, you're going to like and bake
Till it in. Turn it in. So you'll do, if it's new soil and you have just a
little test plot, I would do five pounds of the chicken manure, a good cup
of the bone meal, a half a cup of azomite. And with the flower-tone, you
can do, maybe a cup dressing, two cups dressing. It depends on your soil,
if it needs more building. Or you can just put a little sprinkle in each
hole and mix it as you plant.
And that's where I like it too, is when I'm planting like plants that are a
little bit bigger and I'm having to dig a bigger hole and not just like a
finger. I can kind of throw a little handful in there too, mix it around,
and then get my plant in there. You just don't want it to-- if you're using
something like that, you just don't want to nuke it on top. You need to mix
Otherwise it could burn. It could get really happy and suck it all up at
once and just go--
Yeah. That happened to me this year, whenever I transplanted everything.
All my stuff, I think I just like overfed it and burned.
Yeah. You have to be careful.
And temperature has definitely. But mixing it in. I know it's easy to kind
of get over eager. I would go with like the amounts that they recommend
And then, if you need to add a little side dressing, you can go back
Sure. Now, are there any of these things that if you overdid it, it would
be like, bad news?
Well, I think I killed a hydrangea this spring, because of the chicken
It was thirsty and I gave it lime and it said. Yay, I needed lime.
I really needed that and then it was like I'll take way too many things.
And then, I put some chicken manure around it and it said uh. And it was
one out of six. So maybe it just was on its way out. But nitrogen will burn
faster than anything, because if it's a good source of nitrogen, or even a
mediocre source, it will suck it up so quickly it will cook it. I think
that nitrogen is probably going to be your biggest killer.
Yeah and nitrogen plus lime, because lime helps you absorb all of your
nutrients, little deadly combo.
So you got to be careful.
OK. Perfect. Let's do it. Yeah.
Very good. OK.
It's a good even coating. That's like my magic booster. It's like baking
Oh, yeah. It is. I could see that.
Whereas this is like the eggs, because it's the chicken.
We're going to go all in on the baking analogy.
So this was the flower-tone. We just did one little cup of this.
Little light dusting about every, what, like eight feet per cup?
Is what we're doing.
Yeah. And this is one of those things that you can always go back
midseason, and a little bit more.
And top dress. It's great for that.
Because it'll rain and go down in. So top dressing works for this.
And heavy feeders, I would say, like sunflowers, well, if they're fast
sunflowers you don't need it. You just have to feed the stew out of them to
begin with, because you're not going to have time. But dahlias, any type of
perennial, and I would say zinnias as well. It's a good thing to go ahead
and add some midseason, just to give it a little extra boost to get you
through the first frost or until you're tired of cutting them.
Which who knows which comes first?
Whichever comes first.
And this is bone meal. And I'm going to go ahead and say that, just
observing like this winter, this lower part of the field was-- I saw
purple, weeds. So we don't have a ton of bone meal right now, but I'm going
to focus my dosage down here, because this is where I think it needs it
The part where we're going to plant.
However, you know, the chicken manure did have phosphorus in it. But this
is a good strong extra source.
And it's really dusty so keep it close, close to the soil, so you don't
lose any, because it's expensive too.
Yeah. That's what I didn't do right with the plant-tone at first. I was
holding it too high.
Which just, I don't know which one of those nutrients tends to go through
the air fastest, but it's probably the one that I really need.
If you're not having to certify organically, you can use triple phosphate.
But it is strong. And so you have to do it in really low doses. But if
you're in a situation--
Instead of bone meal?
Instead of bone meal.
Because it's cheaper?
It is cheaper.
Or what are the pros?
It is a lot cheaper and it happens a lot faster.
It's strong. Another organic source though is greensand.
It would take pallets of greensand for me to do what I needed to do here,
because of the way our phosphorus is. All regions are different.
OK. What is greensand?
Greensand is a mined sand. It's a mined earth.
As opposed to playbox sand.
OK. Got it.
It's literally has a green tinge. And like this comes from, basically, the
same place that the chicken manure comes from. And it comes from
They're bones. It's bone meal. They're ground down. Greensand is a mined
element. And it just depends on where you are and what you have access too.
If you need greensand and you're in the southeast, you're going to pay five
A lot of money, because it's tons--
--on the shipping.
So you have to think about your local sources of what you can do to amend
your soil too. And I think that's an important thing to consider.
Would the extension office, like the local extension office be a good
resource for connecting you with those different places and sources to get
Absolutely. Yes. And like our local extension agency has a alternative
farming adviser. And he helps with people that are certifying organically,
or like to use organic, even if they're not interested in certifying.
And then, there's the regular office. They're both wonderful, ours are. But
they both have wonderful resources and classes to help you learn about your
region. And even they--
Yeah, I think they're such a great resource.
And they usually know the people in your area who supply the things that
So go to them.
They even do the garden masters.
Yeah. Master Gardeners.
Master Gardeners, that's your local--
Great resource as well. Definitely. OK. We got it all?
Yeah. Well, we're going to add a little azomite, just add it. And then,
David's going to come through and till it. And we're going to--
What do we do if we don't have a David?
You get a little tiller, or-- I did not bring my-- you do it by hand.
By hand. I have one of those little like, it looks like a lawnmower-- well,
I have the little Mantis. And then, I also have this little thing that
looks like one of those push lawnmowers. There's just like all the little
like tines, which works for my little boxes that I have.
I'd recommend the Mantis.
I probably would break my boxes with the Mantis.
No. I use it in my little boxes.
But the Mantis is awesome.
Yeah, very, versatile. And they're not too hard to, like, manage. Once you
get like the real big ones, like I can't manage those. But I can manage a
Yes. And it does a lot of work. I mean, I could go back and forth with my
Mantis. It is, I think, more efficient than a rear tine tiller sometimes.
The rear tine tillers somewhat leave gaps. They're slow. With the Mantis, I
can actually like hoe with it--
Really get it in there.
--and pull the bed together, I can do all work with it. It's a little
thing. And it's easy. But then, there's a tiller on a tractor.
This is a simple quick system to set your lines, if you are planting or
laying horizontal netting. We're using hoops that have been-- they're
conduit. They've been bent with a hoop bender.
This is rebar.
These, do you buy these bent?
You have to buy this at Lowe's straight and then you bend it on a hoop
Which you can purchase through Johnny's Seeds.
They actually have several sizes.
You can do a smaller one, which will bend up to, I think, an inch thick.
But they also have some that will bend conduit for caterpillar tunnels.
These are made for low tunnels, or bent for low tunnels. Caterpillar
tunnels are for the kind that you can walk through.
And I just don't do that type of large scale. If I were to set up a cover
over this area, I like low profile, because there are winter winds. I think
the caterpillars are great for, possibly, that if you have a good anchor.
But I'm going for hard core winter protection.
But what we're doing today with the snapdragon planting is using this as
multifunction, adjustable, holding for our horizontal netting for our
snapdragons. Because our snapdragons, if they fall over, they don't fall
And if they fall over, they do this. And you just get no fun.
Yeah. I didn't stake mine. That's what happened, to all of them. So I just
pulled them all out yesterday.
But they went a long time.
They did. Yeah, they did.
And those were like the rejects that you got too, which is awesome.
Yeah, they went.
I had four cuttings, four major cuttings out of the crop I put in.
So with Chantilly snaps, it's my first time to have the patience to go
Yeah. Little seeds.
I was excited.
Yeah. OK. So we bent our rebar with our--
No, no, no. Our conduit.
This is conduit.
It's roughly four feet wide now. This--
From Johnny's Seeds.
Johnny's Seeds. This is rebar. This kind of stake with the arrow in it is
generally used for electric fencing, like, just pop-up quick electric
fencing. But I use this in the field. Lowe's, yes. You get these at Lowe's.
We've already preset 18-inch shorter pieces of rebar that were going to
slide the conduit onto.
As your anchor.
These longer pieces of rebar in this string, I've used in this field
repetitively since April. This is how I mark my lines and keep my bed
Consistent and neat and tidy.
Consistent and straight.
Which is great, because whenever you're organized and everything's straight
going in, like you can really pack the plants and make the most of the
ground that you do have to work with.
OK. So we're laying this on. We're going to make it tight. You're going to
hook-- just lay your ends on the corners of the rebar. And David's going to
help you and make them tight. Can you get that corner? Of course, it's the
broken one. The tighter the better with this stuff I've learned. It's
plastic. So if it's not tight, it tends to get a little squirrely very
Nice and tight.
And what'd you tell me this was? This is the--
This is horizontal netting.
Horizontal netting, as opposed to the-- or no. Is this vertical?
This has been amended. This was vertical netting. It was 10 feet high and I
cut it and I cut it.
I think with the horizontal netting that you can purchase from Johnny's,
it's more of a square grid. But I had, a good 100 feet of this. So I cut
Using what we have.
And we're going to just lower-- it's good and tight. Yay. We're going to
use this as our planting grid.
So this kind of does double duty. We're going to take our snapdragons--
So we just want to put it right down on the ground.
On the ground. We're going to put our snaps in. And then, once our snaps
are in, we're going to put our hoops on, and then raise this netting up.
And as they grow, we can raise them up a little bit more to hold their
OK. Perfect. So you just raise it as the plants are growing?
With the hoops too, I use the hoops. I've noticed-- this is the first time
I've really put this out. If you have a big wind in the spring, if you had
just this, it would be goodbye netting. Now this, actually, it kind of like
But it didn't fly away. What I did later in the season is I took the hoops
out, just so I could get in and out. And I had this up. And for security, I
zip tied to make sure it was tight and didn't get knocked out of place. And
that helped it stay. But I hit a point with the hoops being here--
We're going to overwinter these snapdragons. So this not only provides
horizontal support, it's also going to provide a cage for either greenhouse
plastic or [INAUDIBLE] or growing fabric, which just gives it frost
protection. So that's what we do. And then, that's when you use all your
extra rocks to weigh down the edges. Save the big ones for the end.
Random bricks left over from something. Yeah, OK. Perfect. We're going to
put these in there, tuck them in?
Tuck the little plants in.
Specialty Cut Flowers book is a heavy handed book for me. And I highly
recommend it for anybody that's seriously trying to grow--
And he wrote that book? Is that what you're saying?
Yes. He and another lady, and I can't remember her name right now, and
she's wonderful to, but his books are-- I can't do without them.
His perennial book and his professional cut flower, specialty professional
But the recommended spacing-- and it's a group effort, by the way. They
used input from flower growers across the country and their experiences and
they have them in notes. And they definitely rely on having it as a
Group effort. Great.
Because we can't all-- I mean, you can't--
Can't all know everything. That is for sure.
You can't test certain things in Athens, Georgia and expect them to grow in
So I do plant in rainbows. It helps me organize mentally and it also helps
me when I'm cutting large groups of things. So we're starting with purple
then go in to velvet and then red and bronze, salmon, et cetera.
These are going to be roughly eight inches apart. And we're just going to
use the grids. So we're going to do this y'all. And they're kind of eight
inches apart, but kind of not. There might be some losses, but we're going
to lay them out that way. I kind of do this a little ahead of time. And
then, you can kind of throw your little babies in there. I try to get all
of one color done first. And these look terrible right now. But oh my gosh,
I can't wait til we come back in a week or two.
Yeah. They'll take off.
And so we're just going to lay them down.
Oh, I meant to ask you, like temperature and weather. Like when is the
ideal time? Like if we had to cancel earlier because it was too wet to do
this, like what would be the best way so that the plans aren't shocked?
Like if you're looking at your calendar for the week and you're trying to
pick the best case scenario, what's ideal?
So with this field, since we don't have the direct, like, water hose water
source, it all has to be brought up from the spring down below, you plant
it right before a few days of rain.
And it's going to be naturally--
Taken care of.
Yes. That's important, getting things watered in.
So would you say like the first week is like really, really crucial for
like the water?
For them being set in?
Yes, I would say the first week, even if it's really dry-- I can't speak
for a desert region. But if you're an area like this where we've had very
dry periods, but when we do get rain we'll get a good inch or too, you have
to give it a week, 10 days. And those are the times if I don't have access
with a hose--
I'm just going to keep making circles.
If I can't do a hose, I fill up my backpack sprayer with water. And I go
along and I just take off the spray nozzle. And if I can give it just a
localized squirt of water--
That helps a lot?
Every other day, if I can get it through that first 10 days, it's usually
After that, I'm just about trying to compete with the weeds, because the
weeds don't seem to mind the fact that there's no rain.
I know. That's always funny how that happens, isn't it?
But if you're really doing a lot of planting and don't have that kind of
access to water and you don't have the time to go in and do the hand
watering, time it before a big rain. And they'll get watered in and your
likelihood of survival is going to be good.
I was going to say, is there like a survival rate that you typically see
whenever you're planting? Like out of everything that we do today, like
will you lose a few of these little babies along the way?
What's normal to lose?
I have one of those, in my head, from landscaping for many years, which I
usually beat it on landscaping. My percentage is really low on landscaping.
But I think an average that you should consider is 15%.
Yeah. I think he should go for 85% survival rate. That's a good number. You
know, if you're doing sunflowers, these pro cuts, they're geared towards
stick it in the ground, they'll be done in less than two months. That
should be like a 95% survival rate. But I think with smaller, less vigorous
plants, 85 is good, because sometimes, as we talked about with like the
marigolds being bad seeds, sometimes you'll just get little genetic
And you want to pull them out and you don't want to keep them around. And
so I would say that factors into that percentage as well.
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Video: How To Divide Dahlias
In this video we share how to divide dahlia tubers. Susan has been doing it
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favorites. Jump in to learn about tubers, eyes, and dividing dahlias!
Hi. My name's Kelly. And I'm here with my friend Susan from Shady Grove
Gardens. Susan and her husband Brent grow wonderful dahlias up at their
mountain farm. And so I asked Susan to come over today and tell us a little
bit how to divide dahlias. And I also wanted to tell you a little bit about
the dahlia workshop that she has coming up this July. Tell us a little bit
It's July 31st. And we're going to have one day of very intensive
everything you need to know about dahlias. So it'll be planting, staking,
dividing, design. We're going to spend a little bit of time with little
tricks and tips on how to design. How to cut them, how to do disease
They also get a lot of insects, so we're going to go over insect control,
and the hard parts, planting and harvesting and digging them up in the
fall, and then how do you store them. And today, we're going to do the
division. But we're going to cover everything else at the workshop.
Perfect. That sounds super fun. I bet you'll have like all the different
varieties and kinds that you would recommend. So you're thinking you might
want to start growing dahlias, there are all kinds of varieties out there.
But Susan's been doing this for a long time and she knows the ones that
really work well for her. So she'll be sharing all of that at the workshop,
which is really exciting.
So tell us what we're looking for and how we need to do this. These are
Cafe au Laits from my little backyard garden. And I've never divided them
before. I know that there's eyes and that that's important.
Well, there are several different ways to do it. And I'm actually very
conservative, because they're mine and I'm not shipping them off usually
and I'm not trying to make hundreds out of it. So I might leave something
like this for myself. But I start by clipping off all the little, what lot
of people call as hairy bits.
Get rid of all those hairy bits.
And that makes it just a little bit easier to see. Now, you can divide the
dahlias, either in the fall, right after you dig them up, which makes it a
little easier to see the eye.
Show us what the eye looks like over here.
So the eye is these little tiny bumps here.
Right around the kind of top. So this kind of looks like a little magnolia
pod, doesn't it? And then, it's tiny. And then, you get this little bit of
a bump right there.
And it's always attached to the stem. So when you divide them, you always
want a little bit of the stem to remain. So on this particular one, if you
think there's two or three eyes in there, and you can also see, possibly,
two or three eyes back here. So what you want to do is leave some piece of
the stem, because that's where you think the eyes are going to be.
So here, I'm cutting up through the middle of the stem. And this part isn't
Goodbye stem piece.
So then, if you really wanted to make three out of this, you could cut it
again. But if you want to be conservative, you just cut it like so. So this
has sort of this little neck here. And that's where I would expect the buds
to come out.
So the buds, or the new growth, is actually going to be coming out of that
All the growth will come out of there. And of course, it will form roots.
So if we cut the eye off, then we just cut off anything that would be
Right. You can, if you have these here that are-- see how this is broken,
what I would call broken, the neck's broken.
So these, most likely, will not do anything. So often, we will clip those
off. But we'll keep this and that should come out. Now, this one's a little
on the shriveled side, but it should be OK, if it doesn't continue to
shrivel. We store ours-- we've gone through a lot of different trial and
error, sometimes they'll rot, sometimes they don't. But this year we've
decided that pine bark or the bedding that you use for pets--
Like hamsters, like those little chips you buy at the store, those big
bags, that seems to be our best bet for storing. So it doesn't keep them
wet, it doesn't keep them any drier. We do have the whole bins all the sets
of bins with the chips shavings in there, are all also surrounded with
plastic so they don't lose-- you also want to store them about 40 degrees.
Now, our garage is not 40 degrees.
Yeah. This isn't either.
So we try.
Do they need a cold period? Or it's more or less for preserving them?
Yeah. They're from the Andes. But they do not need a cold period. So think
of them like a tomato. It's a tropical plant. It just needs a little rest,
because in North America, it's too cold for them.
That's interesting that it was a tropical plant.
Yeah. So whenever people say like that it's too hot or that it needs that--
I guess, and you know this, because you're a Costa Rica girl-- the swing of
the temperatures, like day to night, but people in Florida it just doesn't
get cold enough for them, or if they're like they're on the coast.
They're from the Andes.
The mountains, the cool summer nights, cool days, that's where they're the
happiest. That's their origin.
When you said tropics I immediately thought I'm going to the Bahamas now
and I was like, wait a second.
But that's where the wild ones are. So they probably originated somewhere
near where potatoes originated and they act a lot like potatoes.
Interesting. So this one here, would you say, if you do you have that
broken neck, would you just leave it on and plant it? It's not going to do
any harm, but--
Yeah. I probably would, just hoping that it might be OK. , Now, one that's
really badly damaged, like this one, I'd probably clip it off. And I didn't
used to do that. But just for storage space. And then, you don't want the
rot. If it rots, you don't want it to spread to the rest of the plant. So
ideally, you don't want them to shrivel quite that much.
Show the bad example.
But this will still have a good potential to sprout. I don't think I would
divide it more, although some people might. You can clip the stem off, just
don't clip down too far, because every once in a while, the buds will come
out right here.
Now, this one is more challenging. So you would need, probably, a sturdier
knife and really cut into that. You could use clippers or even loppers.
Yeah. This is hard.
So that's another reason to maybe do them in the fall, when they're a
Right. So basically, I dug these. I left them in soil and I kept them in a
pot in a cool room of the house.
Cool's good. Cool's good. And then, you want fairly high humidity so they
don't dry out. And like I said, 40 degrees, 60 degrees. We start opening
our garage windows if it gets above that and hope for the best in this warm
So recap. We're getting rid of the hairy bits. Step one. Step two--
Makes it a little easier to see what's going on.
Yeah, it's easier to see what's happening.
And you knock off the dirt. In my case, I'm knocking off rocks, because we
have lots of rocks. And we're trying to get those out between the tubers.
But the next step is what most people are afraid to do, is to really just
go right on in there. And you are going to lose--
Look at this one. What's happening here?
That is probably the mother. Actually this one's the mother. So that's the
one you had last year.
So it's usually a little rougher, it could even be hollow.
Will it produce again?
No. So you could remove that and not miss it.
Let's get a close up of what the mother looks like.
So this one is the mother. So that's last year's tuber. And then, all of
these formed over the summer last year.
So then, usually, I'll go in with something like clippers and cut into the
stem. But these won't do that. So we're just going to show you.
Is there something else I can give you?
Nah. I think maybe I could just switch to another.
Yeah. We'll just switch to another one. And there's all kinds of different
tools that you can use to get these going, even the little-- I'm not sure
what it's called.
It's like a Dremel tool.
It's like a Dremel tool.
Or those tiny Sawzall. And you can get small and large blades. We use a
little narrow one, about the width of my finger. And it's heavy and it's
not cheap, if you have a lot of dahlias, you're going to want to do it. So
then, we go in and it just goes--
--and it just cuts, like that. And then, it's a little easier.
So here's one of your eyes.
And you can see, it looks like it's like sprouting now, this little bit of
Yes. It's starting to sprout, because we've had a little bit of a warm
spell. So if you wanted to get them started early, you could put it in a
Put it in a pot and starting babying it a little bit.
Yeah, but then you have to care for it everyday.
Do you get an earlier bloom, or what's the benefit of--
Yeah. You get an earlier bloom. And then, those people that really want
more dahlias can do cuttings. But that's a whole other project.
So on this one, it's a little easier to see where you might cut it. And so
you just cut in there. And you still have multiple buds. And on this one,
hopefully, we still have multiple buds there.
Yeah. Can you see this? You can see, up around this eye, how there's
already even these little buds that are starting to pop out. So cool. So
there's a plant. And here's one. And here's one. And here's one, maybe
Yeah. Maybe two, if you're feeling brave.
I don't have enough room, so I won't feel brave. I'll just--
Since these are Kelly's, I'm not going to cut it up more.
And since I don't have a lot of room, I don't need-- look at all these.
It's amazing how, this was three plants. So here and now we already have
three more plants coming up this year.
Especially if you're doing this in the fall, you want to let this sort of
seal over before you were to put it in some--
To store it.
Don't do what I did. Don't put them in Ziploc bags and store them. You will
kill them. All mine rotted one year when I did that. So you do want to use
some sort of loose bedding, newspapers, shavings, or something like that.
But you also, just give it a day or two, like a potato that you've cut up
and let it seal over and you should be good to go there.
Well, Susan, thank you so much for coming to tell us and share what you
know about the dahlias and dividing them. This has been really helpful. And
now, all my dahlias are ready to get potted up and I guess to get an early
bloom, get started out there.
So thanks so much for coming. We look forward to seeing you. And for those
of you who come to Susan's workshop, we can't wait to see you soon.
Video: How to Grow, Hydrate and Hold Cut Hellebores
Susan from Shady Grove Gardens is joining us to share some information on
growing, hydrating and holding cut hellebores! Susan has been working with
flowers for 31 years and has been so gracious to come and share. If you've
ever been captivated by the charm of the hellebore you are in for a real
I'm Kelly, and I'm here with my friend Susan from Shady Grove Gardens.
She's a grower here in Boone, North Carolina! Susan, why don't you tell us
a little bit about what you do up at Shady Grove Gardens?
All right. Well, we're growers and florist. And we've been doing-- this is
We grow our flowers and use them for all our wedding designs.
So, we grow well over 300 different varieties, and we sell them to people
Like me! Actually, to me! Yes.
So, I'm, like, nodding, like, oh, this is new information. But I of course
know this, because Susan is one of the growers here in Boone. So, a lot of
flowers that you saw whenever we were doing bunches of weddings and things
like that, some of those things came from Susan's farm.
Mhm! And we sell directly to brides, as well.
OK, fantastic. So, before you started doing weddings and doing flowers just
cut, you had a little bit of experience in landscape design. And then also
tell us a little bit about your education.
Well, I have a master's in Biology, and I have a Naturals degree and a
Botany degree. And then I did landscape gardening, for about 20 years. And
then we slowly transitioned into having a flower farm.
So that's all we do, now. We have a flower farm and a nursery. We grow all
our own seedlings. And I'm the grower, seedling, office mouse, designer.
And Brent, my husband, is the main grower and farm manager.
Yeah! Because they've got some flowers at their main place, where all of
the seedlings and office work takes place. And they have a beautiful, you
call it "The Peak," that's out-- just beautiful mountain views. I mean, one
of the prettiest farms that I've ever been to. Fantastic views, great
location. So, again, all of that then happens out at the Peak.
Tell me a little bit about that Naturalist degree. What's included in
Well, it's from Appalachian State. And, back then, we just did a lot of
fieldwork. So it was all ornithology, mycology-- which is mushrooms--
You're going to have to tell me what-- so, mushrooms-- got it.
Mushrooms and fungus, you know. So it was all fieldwork, as opposed to,
like, learning how to do lab sorts of things.
But I also took Plant Physiology and things like that, as well.
Yeah, fantastic. Well, when it comes to hellebores, there are a few things
that are really great that we want to share about keeping them hydrated.
And one of them actually goes back to some of this plant physiology and
some of those things that Susan's been talking about.
And one of them is keeping the water that you're using-- having quite a
full vase of water. Because having all of this water in here creates
pressure that then pushes the water up through the stems! So that's one of
the first things about hellebore hydration. And that would apply to a wide
variety of plants, actually.
So, it's great to have some deep water, whenever you're working with
hellebores. We have several different types of hellebores here. And Susan
really loves the ones that have their necks up, because they are a lot
easier to use in arrangements. So, do you want to tell us a little bit
about the ones that you brought today?
All right. This one is actually a seedling, from my other hellebores around
the yard. I will point out that it takes four years for them, at least, to
bloom. And they don't move terribly well.
So I love this one, and it's in a pot, so it's going probably back in my
OK, it's ready to go out. Uh-huh.
This one is one that you can buy on the market. It's called Winter
Thriller. There is a mix, and this one is Pink Ballerina. And it's a really
nice ruffled double.
But it does hang down a little bit. So, Kelly might be able to tell you how
to solve that problem.
[LAUGH] Yeah. Well, whenever they have kind of that natural facing, like,
that their heads are moving down, sometimes what I'll do is take a branch--
like, for example, spiraea and quince are blooming at a similar time as the
hellebore. And they both have, like, nice, branchy stems.
So what I'll do is put this one-- you know, since this is a short stem, I
put this kind of lower in the arrangement. But I would just, like, hook its
little neck, here, onto one of those branches, or prop it over one of the
branches, so that you could get that effect. And sometimes, too, seeing the
backs of the stems, and the silhouettes that you get--
It just all depends what the point is, and what the purpose of that flower
that you're using is, in your arrangement. Because this, even pointing down
like this, I think, would be really lovely, depending on the lines and the
shapes that you're using in your arrangement. But if you have some that are
a little bit droopier, you can prop them up using those branches and
So, love this. Pink Ballerina. Another one that's on the market right now,
this one's called Pink Frost. And this is one-- I got a couple of these at
Lowe's-- had them.
I like the stiff stem on that one.
Yeah. Very hardy. And that's what Susan-- as soon as Susan picked it, she's
like, yeah, this is a really hardy one. And several years ago I visited
Pine Knot Farms, which is where some of the research in this book took
place. And I cut several different types from their garden. They were so
gracious, to let me do that.
And this was the variety that really held up well, comparatively. I mean,
this went on for almost a month, I think, whenever I had it that first
time. So I think this is a really great one, if you're looking to add some
cuts to your garden.
But really, most hellebores, I think, do hold up quite well. All of the
progress that they've made in breeding and all those kinds of things,
they're a great, strong plant.
So, anyway, this one, I just cut from the garden, right before we came in
to record today. So I'm going to give it a quick snip, exposing as much of
this area as I can. And then I'm going to have some Quick Dip, here, from
Floralife. And I'm just going to do a 1, 2, 3. [LAUGH]
And then I'm going to put in that deep water. And then, same thing with
this. And this one, I'm not 100% sure on what exactly this is called, but I
got it here at Pine Knot Farms, if you really love it and you're looking
for one that's similar. It's a very unique--
It doesn't have the picotee, like this Ballerina. I love the little spots.
But this is more of a gradation in color, from white to this just really
rich burgundy. And the back sides of the petals are so lovely, too. And a
double, like the Ballerina that we have, here.
And most of the hellebores on the market now are hybrids, so you just have
to go by variety name and which ones you like.
Yeah. There we go. OK. So those ones are in there, and they're ready to
So, Quick Dip is one way that you can process your hellebore. And another
way that you can do it, kind of an old-fashioned technique-- we just wanted
to show a couple of different techniques that you could try out-- is to
And, Jessie, why don't we just get a close-up of this, if we can, here. We
want to get water up into the stem as quickly as possible. So we're just
doing a very small, gentle, super-gentle scoring of the stem.
And that is also done with tulips, occasionally. And that just helps them
get water into that-- what's it called? The xylem?
Yeah, in the xylem. In case you have a stem that's sealed off at the base,
somehow, that allows more water uptake. And if there's air bubbles in
there, like an embolism comes out.
Mhm. So there we go! So, tell us a little bit about how the Quick Dip
works. Because it serves somewhat kind of a similar purpose, when it comes
--the air bubbles and the embolism-- things like that.
In theory, you shouldn't have to do this on your own cuts. But with the
ones that are shipped in, especially if you have them wilted, the Quick
Dip, what it does is it changes the surface tension of the liquid and the
water that you're trying to get taken up.
So, it's acidic, and it's just-- that's all you need, is that few seconds
to change that surface pH.
So, the acid breaks down kind of the surface.
Mhm. And then it pops those bubbles and lets everything flow through
And that's similar to what you're doing with the slits. You're allowing the
air bubbles to be dissolved, in one way or another. And you get more
OK. Yeah, because sometimes with hellebores, we get those little, droopy
necks at the top, especially when you're shipping them in wholesale. And
for a long time-- Susan and I were just talking about how, for a long time,
it was considered that hellebores just weren't a "good" cut flower. And how
unfortunate that we lost that.
But we moved into a season where a lot of our sourcing was coming from
other countries. And we were doing a lot of shipping in planes and all
those types of things. And so, comparatively, in the world of flowers, it
was a little bit more complicated to get hellebores going, and because of
their bloom season being whenever it's cooler-- things like this-- maybe
flowers weren't as much in demand.
So there was sort of this little period of history, in the cut-flower
world, where they disappeared. But whenever we were doing cut flowers using
things that were in our own backyard, before, you know, airplanes and all
those types of transportation methods were a piece of it, this is something
that you'll see in floral history and in art and different things. You'll
see these being used.
Well, the hybrids certainly have made them more popular, because there's
nicer colors, better stems. But yes, back in the '40s, when people grew
their own flowers as a florist, they used them.
And then, the tropics, they don't do well in the tropics. They have to have
that cold period. They bloom in the snow. They're Lenten roses. So, now
that there's more North American growers, we have more hellebores.
More hellebores. Yeah, and how lucky we are, because just the variety
that's available, now. And Pine Knot Farm has done so much work in pushing
us forward, in terms of just the interesting types and colors and, you
know, all the doubles and picotees and all those beautiful gradiations in
the colors of the petals. I mean, it's just fantastic. They have such a
great variety, there.
Tell us, Susan, a little bit about these little rubber-band guys.
We were talking about when the best time is to cut them. In the summertime,
we, of course, whenever it's warmer, we want to cut them early in the
morning or late in the evening. But what's interesting about hellebores is,
they are blooming whenever it is freezing, unlike most other flowers. So
you actually have to pay attention to, is it frozen? [LAUGH]
Well, these were cut last night, at 11 o'clock at night. And they were
frozen solid. So, I had my doubts about bringing them over to Kelly. But,
Yeah, pull them out!
--every single one of them--
Wobble them around a little bit.
--looks just fine. They're a little more wilty than the ones I cut the day
before, before the freeze, but not much.
So here's day before the freeze, what we're looking at, here.
And this one's not too terribly much different.
I don't see a huge, like, visible difference. What do you think?
I don't! Now, what you're going to notice, especially if you're getting
ones from your own yard, is the buds probably will never look good. They
may turn brown.
If they were frozen.
Or the immature ones, that stem might decline much faster. But the bigger
ones, they will be fine.
Now, it does depend on how long they stay cold, and whether it's windy and
they have wind chill and dehydration. But a short spurt of snow or deep
cold, they are OK!
Mhm. Yeah, and that's something else that's important to consider, is,
what-- and, a lot of times, with cuts, when you're having things, if you're
someone who's having things shipped to you, there is a whole life that that
flower lived before it even landed at your doorstep. And so, you might be
doing all of the by-the-book right things to do but still be like, but
these never opened, or these just kind of-- you know, whatever.
They had a whole life. They could have not been hydrated properly, whenever
they were a plant in the ground. They could have been malnourished. It's
like, how strong was that plant before it was actually cut?
And so, one of the great things about hellebores, I think that they are--
it's something that I think everybody should have in their-- I think
everybody should have these in their garden. They're very easy, once you've
got them in the ground.
A very easy plant. And tell us a little bit about when you think the best
time is to cut them. Like, you would water them two days before or--
--what do you think?
You know, just make sure it's either rained, or you watered, about 48 hours
out. And then you should be able to cut them early in the morning, as long
as they're not frozen, is probably your best time. And bring them in
immediately, and put them straight into water. Where you could go wrong is
leaving them lay around, like I did with the one.
But, even so, look at how-- I don't remember exactly which one it was, but
there's only three to choose from.
It's the one I cut with the knife.
Oh, yes, this one.
It's this one. So this one accidentally got left out overnight in
freezing-cold weather. And I didn't pick it up till that afternoon. The
next day, and it is perfectly fine.
Yeah, look at this.
And I didn't put it in anything. This just went into water. So that's a
tough plant. You know, it's almost an evergreen. Now, you'll also notice on
these blooms, here-- I think it's on this one-- you can see where there is
some freeze damage from the past freeze.
OK. Here, let me hold that out, so Jessie can see it really well. But, if
you can just kind of get rid of this-- you good, Jessie? You see that OK? I
mean, you can just pinch this out--
And it's still perfectly fine to use.
And I use them like that, because people love green flowers.
And so, these will all turn green in a few months. And that's generally
when I use them. Because my brides are getting married in May and not in
February or March. So, even the burgundies turn towards a green color.
Yeah. They all sort of fade, a little bit, as they're aging. And-- good
grief-- OK, so, this starts coming out-- well, I know, we're up in the
mountains. It's a little bit cooler longer. But the amount of time that
this stays on the plant is really fantastic-- that it's usable as a cut. I
mean, you really have, I would say three--
Into June. I use them into June.
--solid three months!
Yeah. So, their color tones and things are going to be changing throughout
that period. And the look of them, of course, will change. So-- let's see.
Do we have any where the seed pods are maybe a little bit more developed?
A few. And there is a reason why it's called "Lenten rose." It's at its
peak during Lent, which is now.
Which is now, mhm.
There was-- I think one of the white ones has a pod on it.
Because they're a little earlier. So, some of these will come in at
different times. So you have to kind of look at the ones that work for your
Mmm-- I feel like this one might be kind of as close as we're doing to
Oh, that's right.
--in terms of time period, right now. But these will actually swell out.
So, this is the female part of the plant. Right? Yeah?
Mhm. That's your ovary forming, there.
Mhm! And then these are the male part of the plant. You can see the pollen
popping off of them. So the pollen's popping down in here and then going
down in. And these are going to, then-- these little parts, right here,
Jessie. They're very small right now.
Mmm. It's right here. Can you see that? That's going to swell.
Mhm. And make seeds. That's the ovary, and that's where the seeds will come
on and live. So, there's lots of different stages, so you can have it where
it's, you know-- actually, in this book, there's tons of pictures in there
I could show.
There's a green seed pod. And they're very usable with the green seed pod
Mhm. Yeah, absolutely. So, here's a picture of the life stages of the
hellebore. And here is the part where-- you know, this is what it's going
to look like late in the season, once the seed pods have developed and
ripened on the plant.
But tell us a little bit, Susan, about this life cycle that we're looking
at, here. I know you mentioned four years to bloom, on this.
So, if you're growing them in your yard, and you let the seed pods drop the
seeds-- which you can barely see in the photo, there-- you should, in
theory, have seedlings the next year. But they're going to be tiny. They're
going to be like these little seedlings you see here.
Now, you can move them. And probably the best time to move them is when
they're that small.
They don't especially like being divided. They don't especially like being
But the other important thing is, once they get really big and mature, they
make a better cut flower. So maybe that first year or so, you might not
really expect those flowers to be great and hold up well.
Kind of like a peony, maybe. Like, you know, that kind of three-year mark.
Well, for a lot of-- you grow a lot of perennials. And three years is when
they kind of have established and they're doing well.
So, as far as bloom goes, for those little guys that you might be wanting
to do yourself, don't expect to see anything for about four years.
Yeah? [LAUGH] Patience, big-time.
And that's why hellebores are not that commercially available or that
inexpensive, if you're buying.
Right. They are a more expensive plant, and there's a lot of time that's
involved in babying those things, unlike some of these annuals that you can
pop up pretty inexpensively, at Lowe's or different things. Like this one,
here, the Pink Frost, I think that that was maybe $16 or $18, compared to
some of the other, kind of, quick annuals that they have or biannuals that
they have that are coming and going.
Yes I saw some at Lowe's, just yesterday, day before. $17 for just the
standard Lowe's gallon pot.
Yeah. Yeah, exactly. But they're great when you can get them going and
established. There's nothing else really happening in the garden at that
So it is that kind of like-- I guess I think I plant them more for myself,
because it's like, oh, here's something!
You know, spring is here. Anything else that you wanted to share?
I started growing them because all my brides were asking for green--
--and green flowers.
So, I needed something green, and there's only so many green flowers. And
in June, and in May, perfect green flowers.
I also use the leaves.
Mhm! Yeah, I love these. Mhm. These are so great. I'm not sure how you use
them, exactly, but I like to use them low in arrangements, over the rim of
the container, to frame some of the larger flowers.
And the leaves you can use all season long. I might be-- am I destroying my
plant by clipping from the leaves after they've bloomed? Maybe a little
If it's a big plant, I think they can handle it.
They can handle it? Mhm? OK, great! Well, I just wanted to share, again,
this book. It's called Hellebores, a Comprehensive Guide. Burrell and Tyler
are the authors on this. And it is one of the American Horticultural
Society award-winning books.
And you hop over-- this was at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens, in
England. Whenever I was there, they have-- this is one of the ones that
they have in their library.
But it's a comprehensive guide. And there's all kinds of great resources in
here and a lifetime of several people that are kind of summarized in here.
And also, what we've got is, there's a plant trial, back here, that John
Dole from NC State headed up, in the appendix-- which I guess I don't--
there's a little nutrient study, here, in C.
Back here, in Appendix D of this book, there was a study that Fanelli and
John Dole from NC State, the Department of Horticulture Science, put
together-- a little experiment using hellebores as a cut flower. And their
results-- and you can see all of, you know, what their control was and
their temperature and all those kinds of things.
But 17 and 1/2 days is where they landed. They were experimenting with
cut-flower preservatives. So, like, not the Quick Dip specifically, but
those kinds of hydrating solutions and holding solutions, versus when
you're cutting the plant. Because, for almost-- a lot of people-- and
Susan, you know, I would consider one of them-- that cutting them later,
you know, finds that there's really not a whole lot of problem, once
they've got those seed pods on them.
So, that's what he was testing. You know, was there a notable difference
between if the seed pods were developed versus if they weren't? And he
didn't seem to find a major-- in this study, he didn't see a major
difference. But it doesn't mean that there might not be for someone else.
Like, this one's starting to form a seed pod. So I would prefer to use one
like that, because it's a little more leathery.
And I would assume that it would last longer than one that still has all
Very delicate and soft. Mhm. Exactly.
John was using a hydrating solution and a holding solution. A holding
solution is a professional solution you can get from Floralife, is the one
Oh, and I think he did-- actually, in this experiment, I think he used--
Yeah, I think he used both-- like, the kind of equivalents of both brands--
and didn't see a big difference.
Basically, they have less sugar in them than the standard Floralife that
you would get in the little packets. So that's really the main difference.
The hydrator is just a solution you leave them in for several hours. And
it's similar to Quick Dip--
Mhm, but the plant just sits in it for a while.
--just a different brand.
OK. Why do you think people-- why do you think that, like, higher sugar
content that you would get in a packet, if you were buying flowers from a
florist or something, why wouldn't it be the lower sugar count, if that
actually makes them last longer?
Yes. Because, when you give somebody regular Floralife, with a lot of
sugar, that's carbohydrates. So that feeds the flower, and it also makes it
continue to mature.
So, if you're a flower grower or a florist, you just want to hold that in
stasis. So you just barely want to feed it. You don't want it to continue
to mature, and you don't want to feed the bacteria. Of course, there's
things in there to keep the bacteria from growing. But that's why they give
it very little sugar.
And then the home person gets the product with the sugar.
Right. So then they're really seeing kind of the best parts of the plant,
and the rest of the life cycle of it, I guess.
And most flowers are cut in bud, so you want them to stay in bud till they
get to where they're going.
Right And then that extra sugar lets them open.
Perfect! Well, thank you so much, Susan, for popping on to join us, today,
and to talk about hellebores a little bit. This has been really fun. And
we're excited to share these beautiful things with you.
So, best of luck on your hellebore planting that you have coming up. And
you let us know if you have any questions.
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Video: Solomon's Seal and Poppies
Watch as Kelly puts together a simple two ingredient arrangement. Poppies
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Hey, I'm back, excited to share an arrangement with you that this time only
has two ingredients. I have Solomon's seal and poppies. I also have a
message for you on the upper side of my camera. And it is that you are
awesome. OK, have a flower frog in my container. This is also [INAUDIBLE]
decor, if you're looking for one. Have my pieces of Solomon's seal are
arranged by size. I have one that's long, and then two that are more of a
Gonna start with this one. We're going to go straight up. Going to be fun.
And I'm going to clip it down just a little bit. Got a frog in here that's
raising my levels. Whenever you're not using a lot of flowers, mention
frogs are great, because they're just kind of pretty to look at. I think
they look nice in an arrangement.
So I have to be as conscious about covering-- kind of the point is to show
negative space in the arrangement. We're using the principle of design of
radiation in this arrangement. Everything is going to-- all the lines are
going to come out from one point with this base material that we're working
And for balance, I'm wanting to keep this as my center point, and then same
amount both to the right and left. And what I'm doing with these pieces,
I'm kind of moving around in this circle a bit, and I'm creating a little
house for the poppies to live, making room for them.
So this is where we are. This is the front side of the arrangement, and my
poppies are going to live in this area here. So we created the general
shape, the general size, that goal of level one. We're not going to worry
about covering the base. And this sort of is just another part of that. And
then we're going to use the poppies as both level two and level three.
We're going to have them work together to create a resting point for the
eye. But then we're also going to use them to create movement through
Now, a lot of the times I like to use gradation in size whenever I'm
arranging, but my smallest poppy has the shortest stem, so we're going to
reverse that. This is probably technically-- let's see here. One third, it
looks a little bit-- yeah, the poppy is a little bit too high proportion
wise. So I'm going to let him come down a little bit.
I was reading somewhere that poppies like to drink through the little hairs
on their stems. So getting them this way, you singe the ends to seal off
that little wound, and then put them in deep water till they're properly
hydrated as these ones are.
OK, so those are going to be my bottom two. With poppies, too, I think
they're really pretty if you could just have their faces pointing in
different ways as you work. They're all looking straight at you, staring
you down, making you feel a little bit uncomfortable. Poppy etiquette.
So this is something that would be fantastic for a guest book table or
bars, anywhere to add a little extra thing, only 10 stems, 10 stems, two
ingredients. Big, the whole way down to small. We're doing this kind of
trickle, faces up, faces out, moving in and out throughout the arrangement.
OK. Be back with another one for you.
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Video: Should I do mockups?
Should you do mockups when in the consultation process with a client? It's
a popular question and Kelly weighs the pros and cons in this video. She'll
also share how you can use a mockup internally to help in the process, even
if you never show it to the client.
We're here today to talk about mockups. Mockups are something that
occasionally clients will ask for. Sometimes clients, depending on your
business model and who you are serving, they may ask for them frequently.
It might be something that you already offer or include in your packages.
It might be something that you don't and you're wondering how can I handle
this? When is it a great time to do a mock-up? When is it really not a
great idea to do a mock-up?
So I think that what we're looking at here today is for an event that's
happening later this month. And while it's really difficult to copy
something exactly, this is a really great way for me just to get an idea of
how much time it's going to take to complete the project. An idea for this
piece, in particular, it's being suspended from a tent ceiling. So I wanted
to have a general idea of how much it will weigh so that our rigging and
all of those kinds of things are safe and and thorough.
I also wanted just to test and see how full things could get. The
ingredients that I'm using are a little bit different than the photos that
the client and I had reviewed and looked at together. So I just wanted to
take a peek and see, well, can we actually maximize their budget by just
adjusting some of the flower varieties, choosing things that open wider
than maybe what was pictured.
So this event is a larger scale event. And whenever I'm doing something
that is bigger, it's great to get those recipes down perfectly. Because if
you overshoot, you overshoot by quite a lot. If you undershoot, you
undershoot by quite a lot. So in this case, for me, it's really helpful to
get an idea of exactly what these things could look like.
So I had some flowers left from the wedding that we did previously. And
whenever I'm experimenting and putting things together, a lot of times
after a wedding's over if there's flowers that they didn't want to use or
that were being discarded, I'll just pull them together and put together
just a quick little mock-up.
This was something that I haven't had a need to do before. So I wanted just
to test it out and see so that I felt really great about it. It's a
win-win, because now I know how many people I want on the project and I
know exactly where the Oasis will go and just a little tweaks that can make
that will make things so much easier on event day.
Something that I noticed when I was putting my pieces together for this one
was that the candles that I had chosen, even though I bought the holders
and the candles from the same place, they don't fit into the holders
properly. So now I know I can save a lot of time on event day by just
taking some Saran Wrap now and wrapping that around the base of the candle.
And then this gives us some stick and a little extra body whenever it goes
into the candle holder. So you just get that tidied up. And now it fits
down in there and there's no wobbling around. It's a nice, easy little
I also took note that I wanted to have some flat leaves that went
underneath each of these candle holders. So that just in the event that
there was some wax that dripped, I want to keep that away from linens as
much as possible. So I'm just going to underlay each place that there's a
candle with the foliages.
One more a little candle tip that I picked up somewhere from a friend, but
I thought oh goodness, I'm going to get out those white gloves. That's a
great way to save some time and to up the ante a little bit. But back in
the day I was little tea party queen. And so I have all these fancy little
And these I see at antique shops all the time. And I'm sure you can get
them. I'm sure you can also just get them on Amazon.
But now whenever you're pulling these glass hurricanes out of boxes and
putting them into place and maybe you see fingerprints or a smudge or
something, right here, you don't have to carry around a bottle of Windex.
You can smooth them and take care of it right there. So you're avoiding
getting fingerprints on your glass in the first place. And then, if you
happen to see a little smudge or something that you want to clean up, you
can just take care of it with your magic gloves. So those are a few things
I'm going to go ahead and take apart this so that you can see the behind
the scenes of what's together. It's not perfectly manicured and put
together since it is a mock-up. I just did like the front half of
everything. And then I can easily multiply. So that's a way to save some
costs if you did want to mock something up.
Another little tip like these things here, once they come out, then they
can go in and they can test out fullness for another type of arrangement
for an arbor or something like that. So you can really reuse, reuse, reuse
and get a great idea of what the pieces will look like for the full event
And it's also a great opportunity to snap some photos for your Instagram or
some other things that could be helpful to grow your business. Maybe after
it's all apart, you want to take some of these things apart and donate them
to the hospital or you want to take them to a local business with your card
or something like that. So there's a lot of ways to use and to make the
most of these blooms even if they aren't being sold. You can use it in some
of those ways as well.
So what I've done here, whenever I do the actual event, I'll have some
pre-made garland coming in, just a base that will go the whole way down the
table. For today, I was pulling some things out of the yard that I could
use, again to save costs on the mock-up.
So I am going to show you. What I have here is a little block of Oasis
wrapped in chicken wire. And I have all of my flowers for the garland
tucked in here. And then I'll also do a little bit of foliage in here on
So this piece I'll be able to make an advance. And then whenever I arrive
on site, I can take my garland, have it run down the tables and then just
simply attach each of these little blocks of flowers. They're all in water
and ready to go. So that makes for a really quick and easy install.
But what I have done just for the mock-up here is I have taken just bundles
of foliage like this. And I've wired them together. And I've laid them down
the length of the table to get that garland base. And the ingredients that
are in here, I have some forsythia, oregonia and oak leaves is what I had
pulled for that. So that's same thing that's happening here. Just
multiplied down there, down the side of the table.
Now let's talk about what's going on up here in terms of mechanics and what
this looks like. Whenever the event is actually taking place, there is a
custom box that the rental company has built that is 32 feet long by 16
inches deep. And the most similar thing to that I have available to me is a
simple lattice from the hardware store. So we'll take this apart so you can
see what's in there.
Let me just get rid of these little glass pieces. And I'll be right back.
All right. I'm back to pull this apart. Here is my trusty StepRight ladder
by Werner. This is my favorite ladder. It looks so rough because it's been
loved so well. But there's a little spot here you can put a little mini
bucket to have your zip-ties, and your scissors, and all those kinds of
things in. And the steps really wide. So it's nice whenever you get up onto
the top step, you have like room to work.
So I'm going to pull this apart just in the reverse order of how I put it
together. My finishing foliage in this arrangement was the smilax. And I
did smilax in the beginning and in the end. So I weaved it through the
arrangement right there at the end to soften things a bit. So I'm just
going to pull that out so you know that that was in and that came out.
And then the next thing that I had, reverse order, so the last after that
what I put in was a bunch of spray roses. I did a few at the end and a few
at the beginning. So it's really nice to have a base and to get that color
spread out among the length of the piece. And then it's nice to also go in
there and like finish it with a couple ones that come out even further than
the main focal point roses, just to soften it a little bit. So I'm going to
pull a couple of those out.
OK. Next thing. These roses, I used two varieties, quicksand and wedding
spirit. And I put in quick sand first. I made a little line with them. And
then I followed them. So each little area had a little pair like this that
followed along in the line just to add some fullness, body, different
shape. And I really love how those two color tones work together. So I like
that a lot.
These wedding spirits, if you give them just a little bit of help, they can
open to be really gigantic. So this is easy to do whenever they're a little
bit older, softer. And the pedals need to be moisturized. So a little
crowning glory or a spritz of water on top makes it easy. And just gentle,
gentle hands so that they aren't bruising.
Can't do it with every variety of rose. But I mean hello, look at that.
This is our little before was. So you can see that really makes a gigantic
So I had like a concentrated moment here, and then a little puff here a
little puff here. And then on the table below, I had kind of a medium size
that came down right in between these two to help puzzle piece the whole
look together. Since they're going to be seen together. OK.
I have a couple that trailed down underneath. Also had a few dahlias in
here, but those don't hold as well as the roses for something like this
where I was using flowers for a couple of days. So they've gone on. They've
had their moment.
And I wasn't real concerned about getting all of these into a water source.
I will on the event day. There's a little piece of Oasis here. One in the
center here that will be used for the top both front and back. And then
there will be another little Oasis square back here.
So we have flowers that are concentrated that start here and go out. And
then at the top, that's our way of getting things to come up, but to be
centered and balance back in the middle. And then also to have room for a
little couple of things to come out under here.
So just like whenever you're doing a simple table arrangement, that
physical balance is really important. So that's why we have Oasis, Oasis on
the end, those two ends, and then one right in the middle. So we don't have
like wonky weight happening.
And then some of these connector pieces that you saw in here. I might add
just a tiny, tiny little piece of Oasis in here, or use little water picks.
Or if it's happening like right away that day, and like those wedding
spirit roses, and even the quicksand, they're so tough. They don't even
necessarily need to be in a water source for that kind of event work where
it's something that's happening.
As long as the pedals are moisturized, they do quite well out of water
altogether. If you think about how they're shipped to you, dry. They are
kept cold. But if they're well-hydrated before they go in, they've got time
before they go down.
So I have two varieties of hydrangea in here. I have the little tardiva.
You also will hear it called like quickfire or pink diamond, the
cone-shaped, lacy hydrangea. And I have one here and here. And then a set
of, there's technically four, and then this little guy was up just little
bit higher. So there's five, six, seven. This is a nice way to get some
texture into the arrangement and to start building color out to the side.
So that's the function of this piece. I love this ingredient. Take it big,
take it little.
If you're looking for some things to plant at your house or to have in a
cutting garden, I think this is a really great investment. They're not an
inexpensive plant, but they give a lot. And they can be used in a lot of
Forsythia, that you see in here as well, this is another great one. This
can, late in the season, does really well out of water. So none of the
forsythia that you see here, this has been used and in and out of water for
a week now. So it's very hardy. We also have this southern smilax which is
great out of water as well.
These are a little limelight hydrangeas. And by little, I mean they're
actually quite large. This is one of the things I keep both of these kinds
of hydrangeas in the garden. But these can get even bigger than this. And
you can cut them apart and use the top in one place and the bottom in
another place. Great coverage. OK.
Got all the flowers out, that second round of spray rose I had mentioned.
I'll take the smilax out. And this I have weaved among the lattice to stay
in there. And it's great because it creates a net, all of the vines, and
moving around it, creates a net and adds support to the arrangement. So
whenever you are using water tubes, and that kind of thing, the flowers
have a place to stick and to live.
I think Jesse's grabbing this back side. So you can see how the back I
didn't finish that out, but I'll just multiply by two to get my weight and
to get my flower quantities. OK.
Last thing is the forsythia that I have in here. It is zip-tied and tucked
into Oasis. So bundled it up and just zipped it right on there. All right.
Off because that Oasis piece. This one I had secured in three spots so it
wouldn't twist on me.
There you have it, the little lattice piece that we created everything on.
So maybe you don't have little stands like this. These were something that
we had dad put together for me for a friend's wedding long, long time ago.
Ah, man. How long have they been married? Probably 8 or 10 years now.
So if you don't have that, another thing you could do is just set up two
tables. And you could create it right here at this height. And you could
have a table here and a table here to balance it out for you, saw horses,
really anything that you can just suspend this on and to have a little flat
place to work.
Now something I was thinking about whenever I put it together. I put it
together as it would be so. I left it up here this way. And I did the top.
And then I kind of crawled underneath a little bit and did the bottom.
Depending on the design that you're eventually trying to get to, with this
having some more drape foliage and that kind of thing on it, I think it was
helpful to do it this way.
However, whenever I put the forsythia on next time, I think my preference
would be to have it upside down and line the whole thing with forsythia and
then flip it over and start doing my Oasis up here and adding in the
forsythia coming down the sides and more of the shape of it. But for
coverage, as I was doing it, I was like next time I'm going to flip that.
I'm going to flip that over, cover the whole bottom so that that's all
taken care of and covered in and then flip. If I did something like that
again and was like picking up and delivering.
This all, since this isn't the structure that I'll be using or suspending
from since we have another one that's coming in, all of that will be done
on site. So we will be assembling it like right there in the air. It'll be
hung at about chest height and we'll go from there starting with the
forsythia and the smilax and working in the Oasis and the spray roses, and
the regular roses, and back to the spray roses. And we'll have-- oh, and
all of the hydrangea, of course, too, before the roses go in.
But anyway that's a little undo of the mock-up. And I hope you enjoyed it
and it helps you whenever you're trying to decide, should I do a mock-up,
should I not? Putting together a big piece, how should I go about that?
Here's just a few ways that you could do that.
Just another quick word on mockups. I think that whenever you do anything
in your business, it really does need to be win-win for you and for your
clients to keep you in a place where it's sustainable and you're moving
forward. If you started offering mockups every time and you did it for
free, it would be helpful to you, it would be helpful to them. But your
profit margins are going down. So that's kind of a minus one for your side
of the thing. Now if they paid for it, then OK. Then there you go. So you
get something that's working and that's moving around the whole way and
that it works for both parties.
Every situation's a little bit different. I don't typically do mockups, but
since this was a place that I'd never gone before on a scale I haven't, I
thought it would be really helpful and wise just to invest a little bit on
the front end. My client didn't ask for mockups, but she'll be excited to
With timing on mockups, something that I think is a little bit of a risk,
is showing somebody something the month of their wedding. I know that the
flowers are probably a closer fit and all those kinds of things whenever
you're doing it really close in. But if there's something that pops up,
there's just a lot of stress going on. So they might be like oh, I hate
everything. And you don't want to be in a place where you're like redoing
everything. But actually if you showed up on event day and it was there, it
would be fantastic.
So that's something to think about and just to gauge like is my client--
how is my client feeling right now? Is this something that's actually going
to help them or will it make them doubt their decisions? Or will it make
all of us feel great? So that's something to consider whenever you're
thinking about if you want to offer it and the timing for that as well. So
those are my thoughts. Thanks for watching. We'll see you soon.
Video: Long Lasting Spring Arrangement
Watch a video tutorial on how to make a long-lasting, inexpensive, and
cheerful springtime arrangement. I use fresh-cut daffodils (often available
for $5 a bundle or less) and a handful of potted bulbs. Container aside,
you’re looking at about $12 in supplies for this piece!
Hey, I'm Kelly Perry. And I'm here to show just a quick little fun with
flowers segment. I was out picking up some groceries and saw these hyacinth
bulbs for a dollar. And I was like, well, let's do something fun with those
this afternoon. So I'm here.
And had some rocks left over from another project that I was working on and
I thought we'll just do a little hybrid potted plant/fresh cut flower
arrangment. So I'm going to put a couple rocks in the bottom of this to
help with drainage since there aren't any drainage holes in this container.
And then I'm going to add a little bit of potting soil. And then I'm going
to go ahead and put in-- I had these left over from another project as
well, so I'm going to pop these in-- little tulips.
And we'll put in the hyacinth in here as well. I love hyacinth in the
spring. It is the smell of spring to me.
They're also really fun to make hairpieces out of. I was at a class
recently in New York, and Shane Connelly was the teacher. And he does
flowers for the Royal Family.
And it was really fun to hear his perspective and take on things. And he
loves using potted flowers. And so we have that in common.
And then he taught us how to wire hyacinth flowers to use in bouquets and
things like that. And that got me thinking about hair crowns and just all
the versatility and things that we could do with those. So anyway, just a
little tidbit there about the hyacinth. So once these bloom, I might pop
them out and practice doing some more wiring with them.
OK, got these potted in here how I like them. I pulled some moss out of the
backyard. I'm going to put that in here just around. I'm going to not do
the whole way around quite yet, because I want to add some of these fresh
things with water tubes. But we can just kind of get this base started so
we have a better idea of what it will all look like when it comes
Perfect. OK, these are water tubes. I'm going to just pop them open and I'm
actually going to just snip the ends off these. I'm using these little
daffodils and their stems are hollow. So I don't want to upset them.
I'm just going to pop these inside.
In this arrangement, I'm just going to like a mass of spring flowers. No
particular consideration to lines or anything like that. I just want it to
look like it is just happening.
So all the different stages of the flowers are in. Perfectly fine, because
that's how they are outside. Some are high. Some are low.
So do this with whatever you have in your garden. Maybe you have some of
those really pretty magnolia branches blooming. Or a few little cherry
blossoms. Whatever you have, go for it.
I have this dogwood that I think I'd like to put in. And this will open up
over time. It's not open at the moment, but it will be. Actually, let me
give that just a quick little fresh snip so it can have an easier time
I want to add just two more flower tubes.
And I'm going to be adding the moss in so that will cover up-- oh, these
are poking up through the soil right now. That'll take care of that. And
these little tubes of water you'll want to keep an eye on if you're trying
to keep your arrangement fresh for a particular day. Just keep an eye on
those little tubes. They don't hold a lot of water.
And I'm putting about two daffodils in each. So they'll drink that up
pretty quick. Keep a little eye on that. OK, we'll fill in and cover up
those tubes with the moss. And then we'll be all ready to go.
The hyacinth already had quite a bit of moisture in the soil so I'm not
worried about giving those a fresh drink just yet. But I'll keep an eye on
that in the coming days.
But once those start shooting up through the soil, and these tulip bulbs
that are in here start blooming, it'll really fill this arrangement out.
And it will be very, very sweet. Lots of longevity to this.
If you do weekly arrangements for maybe a business or some type of office
setting, this would be a great way to offer something with a lot of
longevity to it.
All right, there you have it. Just give this a little dust around the edges
and we'll call that done.
Thanks for watching. If you'd like to see more like this, you can visit
Teamflower.org/free. I'm Kelly. Thanks for watching.
How to move your clients beyond basic color palettes
We’ve all been there — the clients who seem to want the same thing that
every other bride has ever had (thanks, Pinterest). In this article, Lauren
shows how to move your client gracefully from a typical, maybe bland color
palette — to a more vibrant color palette.
How To Hire and Work with Freelancers
In this article, I will address a few of these questions and give you my
experience both as a business owner who has hired help and as a working
freelance designer. Many questions can arise such as — where do I find
people? How do I best manage them? How do I give over my creative and
process? We'll focus on the aspect of being a business owner and hiring and
managing freelance designers.
Video: Mechanics for a long table runner
I took some supplies you would find at your local hardware store and made
an 8 foot long beautiful centerpiece. In this arrangement you'll find bunny
grass, yarrow, love in a puff vine, tiny hands (Japanese foliage), standard
peonies, tree peonies, spray roses, standard roses, ranunculus, acorns,
scabiosa, bay leaves, heptacodium, amaranth, and finally lepto pods!
Hi, it's Kelly with Team Flower. I wanted to pop in and show you the
mechanics behind this table runner that we've created for a styled shoot
recently. It's driven with me all the way back from Atlanta. It's still in
one piece. It's looking a little tired. But I still wanted to bring it on
and talk about it for just a minute, because I thought it might help you
with a future project that you're working on.
So what we have here-- I'm always trying out new mechanics for how I can--
different materials that I can use and ways that I can put things like this
together. So you may have seen another video where I did something similar
to this, where we used garland and oasis. And we had a little system for
working like a floral garland that way.
Well, this is actually, underneath-- I'm going to flip it up so you can
take a quick peek. This is a piece of molding for a house. And Jessie, if
you can get a little close up right here, you'll see underneath I have
oasis bricks lined with a little bit of chicken wire under here. So that is
there. And then I have just connected it with tape the whole way down.
So I'm going to pull one little section of this apart so you can see
underneath. Is this a good section, Jessie? OK. So I'm going to pull these
little guys out of here. And then I'll just tell you what's in here, too,
in case if you see an ingredient that you like for a project you've got
These flowers came from Cut Flower in Atlanta. Really loved shopping their
cooler. Alex helped me with my order that day and was super friendly.
So if you're looking for a source in that area, you have a project coming
out, I highly recommend them. Beautiful cooler, one of the best coolers
I've ever walked through. So Cut Flower Atlanta for these materials.
But you can see here-- can you see that, Jessie? What I've done is I've
taken one piece of oasis and I've cut it into four pieces, but lengthwise.
So it's nice little skinny pieces. They fit into this piece of molding from
Lowe's hardware perfectly.
And then the little cup shape of the molding, you can see it just has a
little dip here. That catches all the little bits of water under the oasis.
So whenever we put this together, I could just tip the water off the edge.
And that kept it easy for traveling in the car. I didn't have water in my
car. And whenever we set it onto the eight foot table with the linens and
everything, it stayed nice and clean and dry. So I was really happy with
how this piece performed. I liked it a lot.
I put just this little bit of chicken wire over here. I like to do that
with oasis. Just in case, if you're repositioning stems quite a bit,
sometimes it can break on you or just pop off. And so I just have just a
little piece over the top of it to keep it all together.
This does take two people to move. It's eight feet in length. If you just
have one person that was moving things, I'd recommend just snipping in half
and doing four foot sections and working those together. But I loved the
If you just have a buddy going with you, you can just grab here and here.
And they can grab there and there. Fits perfectly into the back of one of
the U-Haul cargo vans. Or I have a Sienna minivan that it fits straight up
to the front whenever you take all of the seats out or fold them down,
however your car works.
In terms of ingredients in this piece, this is for like the blushy fall
bride. I really love this palette a lot. I have some yarrow in here that I
used low for coverage of the oasis. And I also brought a little bit of it
out higher for some texture in the arrangement.
I have a little bit of bunny grass in here. It's what it was labeled as.
It's a little bit different than the bunny grass I typically get, so I'm
not sure if that's actually-- I'm not sure.
I'm not completely convinced that's exactly what it is. But it might be
just maybe a different variety of that. But some type of grass. I've also
seen grass that looks similar to this called foxtail grass. So it might be
I have some like love in a puff foliage down here. This foliage here is
called tiny hands. It's from Japan. I have, of course, these big pretty
peonies, spray roses.
A couple of these little-- I think this is-- I want to say this is
cappuccino. They were unlabeled. But I have seen something very similar to
this labeled and cappuccino is what it was called. So that's what I'm
thinking for that.
These are beautiful tree peonies. These are from Japan as well. So peonies
are now becoming available more year around. The tree peonies less frequent
than your standard ones here.
But it's so interesting. They're coming just from different parts of the
world throughout all of the growing seasons. And with shipping and just the
logistics that they have available to them now, we're able to see and have
these different things that are happening in different parts of the world,
which is fun.
So we've got that. I have some of these pretty ranunculus scabiosa. Have a
couple little acorns here. And I think I got almost-- I think got it all--
oh, bay leaves. That's what we used for our base coverage there.
So I'm back with my list. I forgot a couple of things, so I wanted Jessie
to add this in at the end. But I missed this ingredient here, just pretty,
blushy, real deep, and again nice texture and coverage low. And I'm going
to spell it for you H-E-P-T-A-C-O-D-I-U-M, $9.50.
I also missed the amaranthe that I had pulled out. So this is the rose
amaranthe. It's pretty. A lot of local growers have this now. So it's
something that you can check around with if you're in an area where you
have a couple local growers.
And then this leptopods-- they're very small, hard. They almost don't look
real in a way. And I'm sure they would dry really well. But, yeah, little
And these are porcelina. These and these came from Mayesh in Charlotte on
the way down. So I picked those up along the way. And I think that handles
all of it. Ranunculus are from Chile, in case you're interested. Yeah,
OK, just wanted to make sure you have this. Thanks, so much, for popping
in. I hope that this inspires you for one of the projects, and maybe just
makes your burden a little bit lighter. Thanks, so much, for watching. Have
a great day.
Video: Using floral mechanics in creative ways
In this video I show how to use netting, foam and a tape grid together to
support floral elements in a creative way! Some flowers, containers and
designs are best suited for netting/chickenwire. Other flowers work best
with tape and yet some others need the firm support of foam. What happens
when you want to use flowers who need different levels of support? What if
you have an idea for a design that needs firm support in one area and loose
support in another?
Hey, I'm Kelly. Welcome to "Team Flower." Today, I'm going to create a
winter arrangement with you, and I have just five simple ingredients,
golden raintree, and I have some of the pieris japonica, foxtail lilies. I
have some grass. This is the grocery store grass just from the little field
beside the grocery store, and a poinsettia from the grocery store. So all
things that-- this is probably if you're going to go out there and practice
an arrangement that's similar to this, this is probably going to be the
thing that you might have a little bit of trouble finding, but you really
don't need this specific type of thing. You just need something that's long
and reaching and has a little bit of a bend to it.
So I'll talk about the purpose of the ingredients. The purpose is really
the most important part. You can substitute with anything that fills a
similar purpose and recreate a similar look.
Now, in terms of mechanics for this arrangement, I'm working in, I guess
this is what I like to call the sailboat shape. But if you can come around
here and just get a close up of how we have this set up. A lot of times I
talk about wire, wire foam, and frogs and tape. There's lots of different
ways to put together the mechanics for your arrangement.
And I like to choose those things based on the ingredients that I'm putting
in the arrangement, not just what my preference is because I think
sometimes people get locked into, well, I only use frogs or I only use foam
or those kinds of things. But not all flowers perform really great in foam,
but some flowers really need that really strong, stable thing. This
container doesn't allow me to have a frog in here, at least not the shape.
I just have the round ones in the studio right now. And just the way that
it's shaped, it's difficult to really secure a frog in there really well.
So I thought through, well, how is the end of the design going to look?
What are the components for mechanics that I can use to put together so
that every flower's need is taken care of? So usually my technique for
mechanics is a little bit simpler than this, but for this arrangement, in
particular, I think it's important to have these different components.
So I'm going to fill this up too tall so I can tip and show, but you'll see
I have a layer of chicken wire in here deep inside the bowl. And then I
have a little piece of foam over here on my right-hand side, and then I
have some tape grid over top of that. So this foam is important for the
foxtail lily, which is really heavy and has a very thick stem.
The chicken wire, we can easily handle. The pieris can go in that. And this
grass, I didn't put the foam to the edges on both sides because I need a
little bit of room for the grass to go right into that chicken wire.
So I just wanted to share that with you as you're thinking through
arrangements that you could be making. You can configure these in any type
of way to meet the needs of the flowers, the ingredients, the end place
that it's going to really serve your client best and meet their needs. And
this one is just going in the house, so I'm not concerned about water
sloshing in the car or anything like that. And if I was, I would just tip
out water and refill whenever I got to my destination.
But without any further ado, let's go ahead and get started. I am going to
begin with the pieris as the base in my creation here today. And right now,
we're establishing the shape and the size of the arrangement. And this
ingredient, while I am going to use the foxtail and the grasses are going
to play an important role in shape and size as well.
This is really that low piece that the other flowers can be supported by,
but it's also a pretty important shape component as well. So rather than
just only using it to cover it down here in the rims, I see it being a
pretty prominent piece.
So before I got started, I surveyed all the ingredients that I had, and I
thought in my mind how would I like to go about arranging them, what are
their strengths, how can I showcase them the best. And with the pieris, I
really love the idea of it being dominant on one side, a little bit heavier
on one side, but still having a little touch of it over here because I
imagine these foxtail lilies shooting up in this area. So that's going to
add some visual weight and balance it out over there.
So this is what we're looking at over here right now. And I'm designing
this. I think if I have extra ingredients, I might go back in and finish up
the back side, but I'm imagining this arrangement with what I have
available to me just being one sided and being placed up against a wall and
show cased in that light. So it's a silhouetted end use is what I have in
mind. When we're really focusing on, the lines that are being created here,
not as important that we have a finished back in this case.
So there's the main shape and silhouette that I have going with the pieris,
and I'm going to add some of the grasses. The grocery store grass is next.
I want those to shoot up and flow out over to the right side. And these are
something that necessarily need lots of water right now. They're already
So what I'm going to do is do a little bit of a measure here, and then I'm
going to bind them together so that they stay hanging out as a club
whenever they get mixed in here with the rest of the flowers. And if the
position isn't quite right and we need to pull the binding apart, that's no
biggie. But that's what I think will perform the best, which you don't know
until you get going. Every arrangement is different. Every flower group is
So now I've just got those together. Now, they're all one stem as opposed
to being many, and that makes it easy to get it situated in here. Drama.
Drama. Grass drama. Pretty fun.
So these foxtail lilies I saw as being really the backbone of this
arrangement, so I'm going to add those next, nice and tall and reaching
that uppermost point. And I thought it be a fun contrast with these really
light grasses. The grasses really give us quite a drama moment too. But
these add that touch of stability, and they have so much personality with
their little curves.
And this tall one, if I just only use the tall one and I have a thing. I
have naked stems very much. Sometimes they're fine, but for this, I like
using the two pieces to work together to keep the flower beds going the
whole way down into that base. And I think I'm going to stop with those for
now. There could be another one. It depends what suits you, gives it a
See whenever they're here at the same angle, they look like little-- I'm
going adjust that a little bit. I don't know what littles they look like,
but you just need to adjust the height of them so they don't look like,
we'll call them ears. So that gives us a little stair step.
And the last ingredient, well, we have two more. We've got the raintree
yet. And this I thought would be this pretty coming down and spilling out
along with the pieris, little accent for that.
And since these don't need to be in water at all, you can use that pieris
to tuck them in. Since some of them have shorter stems, you can touch them
in and support them in and among the pieris. And you'll see I do have there
is lots of open space in here. The mechanics are totally visible right now.
That's something that we'll address.
But whenever you're doing something that is a little bit more sculptural,
you need the negative space deep down inside here. So if you start filling
that up too quick, too fast, then you really lose the interesting
silhouette of the foxtail lily and things like that. So under here, this is
an opportunity where just some light layering of moss can go in,
trachelium, things like that that are very flat.
And in this case, I'm probably going to do a little bit with the
poinsettia, just a leaf over top of the mechanics. Very, very subtle. So
it's around Christmas time up here in the mountains, so the grocery stores,
the poinsettias are out in the masses right now.
I love to get this poinsettia right in the water, directly in the water.
Poinsettia does have the white sap. And so whenever that bleeds out, it
will bleed out and will form little scab. The sap will eventually stop
coming out of the plant, so it's important when you create an arrangement
like this with a flower that has that, some people recommend clipping it,
putting in water, letting it all run out and then switching it into a new
bucket. So they say cut them at the length that you would want when you go
in the arrangement. Well, sometimes when you're making the arrangement,
you're not quite sure how long you need it to be.
So when you're planting, you can clip and let it sit in a little vase
beside you and test it out, and then let it drain out and put it back in.
What I'm going to do today is I'm going to put it in, I'm going to let it
drain, and I'm going to flush the water. Just want to keep the water clean.
But all of these plants are being clipped, and they're taking that first
drink. So you if did do that, I'd recommend adding this one in a little bit
later after they've already had a chance to get some of their water out.
But I could also just clip and pop them in my little vase here as well. So
that is up to you. You can do some experiments and see what kind of
difference it makes.
Now, we're just adding those poinsettias in there. I think I really could
have stopped before, but these are that nice little focal point, and by
little I mean big. Focal points are big, but I think with this, with the
emphasis that we had on the shape and the way that the lilies came up and
out, I think it could have easily been done before.
So we're at that matter of preference point. It's all a matter of
preference, actually, but the principles are what help guide us. So we can
interpret them a lot of different ways. So my dominant principle before I
added the focal point could have just been the line of the foxtail lily. It
works both ways.
All right. So that's what I've landed with and where I'm going to hang out
and quit. But I am going to just go back over with some of the poinsettia
and the raintree and just do some low coverage in here at the bottom to
cover mechanics. But that's all, nothing really interesting to see there
So here you have it with the poinsettia, and I will pop these out so you
can see and get a visual again if the line was going to be the dominant
principle, how that would change the overall composition. So there you have
it. Thanks for watching.
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quality soil is important to grow flowers and how to maintain soil quality
in a sustainable way.
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which opens the door to new and unlikely plants being usable. Soon,
raspberry foliage will become an industry standard!
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force us to draw a line in the sand and to stand unwaveringly by the
principles that guide the future success of our business. Sometimes that
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Transitioning from professional gardener to flower farmer
If there are any future flower farmers out there, I would strongly suggest
starting small so you can keep it manageable. It is so easy to become
overwhelmed by all there is to do. By keeping it manageable, you will gain
confidence and skills and be able to expand as you are able. I would also
strongly suggest irrigation, a staking method that works for you and a
layout of your fields which keeps everything organized and orderly.
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failure because that first boutonniere looked very sad by the time photos
were taken. So I set upon an experiment — walking around the
farm, clipping, snipping, plucking and picking samples of greenery,
flowers, seed pods, fruits, and weeds to see what would last longest and
held up well out of the water. Here we're sharing the research with you.
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styled shoots have been an excellent way to get my name out there and
network with other professionals. However, I spent the first nine months of
my business avoiding them like the plague. I felt insecure spending money
on something that may not be profitable, and I wasn’t sure how to best
represent my brand. I’ve since come around, though, and now I love
participating in styled shoots!
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finally happened. When I was in college, I studied Production Horticulture,
and the dream began. It’s been a little over ten years now since I worked
in the horticulture industry. This spring I took the plunge and started.
It’s been a roller coast ride so far. There are things that I did this year
that will be different when I start again next year. So I thought I’d share
some tips for making year two count.
Marketing Yourself as a New Floral Designer
Being a "newbie" in the field of floral design is exciting and terrifying
all at the same time. I remember soaking in new information like a sponge —
quickly learning design strategies, varieties of flowers, pricing ideas,
and more! However, the most difficult task for me and I would assume for
most other newer floral designers is marketing your business to your ideal
Why you should be growing more foliage and filler
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flowers! It’s not just the focal flowers that growers should focus on —
it’s filler and foliage too. Foliage is key in creating the structure of an
arrangement. Foliage also provides a foil that contrasts with and
emphasizes the qualities of the focal flower. Filler adds charm, character,
and personality to your bouquet along with adding body and substance to
Flower shops: Buy existing or start from scratch?
The dream of having your own flower shop is an amazing one to have! I wish
I would get a quarter for every time someone has said to me, “I’ve always
wanted to own a shop.” So, if this is something that you want and can’t
stop thinking about — go for it, but test it out first. I’m here to give
you a few helpful steps to make this process a little less overwhelming for
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exactly what I did, and I couldn't be happier. Start small. Start
intentionally. Start by growing things that thrive in your area. Having
success your first year is so important to keeping you motivated for the
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yourself. If you’re working a full time job, and have started a business on
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into the business”. Starting good habits of managing your business income
from the very start makes it easier to adapt to the business being your
sole source of income later. Here are a few tips on getting started early
with paying yourself, and ensuring you’re setting aside enough for putting
back into your business.
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at this turning point in your flower journey (or simply reserving
information for the future), I hope you have a moment to explore what may
be best for your business.
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nerine, and scabiosa. I didn’t love the result, but I did love the idea of
sharing it with you anyway. I hope that leading you through the gentle
process I use for observing my work will help you be more graceful towards
yours. Your artist’s heart is valuable. Hidden within the walls is a
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along the way that may help you in your journey. Whether you're in the
early stages of dreaming up your company, or a veteran in the industry,
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be a part of.
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Video: Suspended floral installation
This lesson is about putting together an overhead garland with florals. If
you’ve never put one together before, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at my
take from the time. Please laugh and have fun watching me wrestle with an
18’ piece of monster vine all by myself.
Today we're going to have some fun with hops. You may be wondering, why is
Kelly wearing giant gloves? Because Kelly's allergic to hops. That's why.
Taking one for the team today, because hops are a really neat ingredient.
You can use them in a lot of different ways, super-super-large-scale the
whole way down to little boutonnieres. So today, we're going to do an
overhead hanging type of an arrangement using the bar up here. We've got
hops, a little bit of lemon leaves, some dahlia, tuberose, cosmos,
gomphrena. It'll be fun.
That's the ingredients that we're working with. Let's talk a little bit
about the supplies that we have. This is just a simple small board from
Lowe's. This type of design that we're about to make is something that you
might attach to a beam that already exists in the venue that you're using,
or it may be something that you need to hang to be lower from a beam in the
venue. So if you're using it, if you need to attach, you can use this
method to attach it directly to the beam and just kind of pretend that this
is the beam at your venue.
Or you can use the same kind of materials that we're using here. This one
is a little bit narrow. It's not a 2 by 4. 2 by 4s are pretty heavy. So I
like to keep my mechanics light but still weight-bearing. We're not going
to put a ton of weight on this, so this will be adequate for what we're
working on today.
If you need to attach this to a beam, you can just simply drill a hole
through the board and put a rope through. Tie the rope in a double knot
there at the end. Make sure it's nice and secure. And then you can throw
that up over your beam and get everything connected that way. So that's an
idea, if you need to rig it on something else.
So we'll get started here. I'm going to use some lemon leaf, our salal
foliage, as a base. And then we're going to work in our little Oasis
pieces. And then we're going to go add in the hops around those.
So do you have to do this exactly like I do it? No. There's more than one
way to do things, and I think that's an important distinction to make. So
you might see this and think of a way that you can be more efficient or
faster or something. This sparks a little node of inspiration, so please
feel free to adjust as you need to.
And I also wanted to mention I have just a little delivery box that I'm
using. Dad and I put these together, but they flip upside down really
wonderfully if you need to use them as little step stool. So this is
something that I love to have on event day, because it's multi-functional
and it doesn't take up extra room in my car.
So we'll get started by just putting a little bit of this onto our form and
I'm going to use zip ties to do this. You could use wire or tape if you
wanted to as well. That is up to you. Everybody has their preferences there
I'm going to put a little bit above, put a little below. And I'm not that
worried about covering the form per se. I just wanted to have a little bit
of a base to start out with. The hops are really going to do most of the
work for us here. But I think sometimes it's nice to have an alternate leaf
shape and shade in designs, so that's why we're going to go with these.
It's also pretty budget-friendly, just another reason why I love it. And it
really is a workhorse. The bunches are big so you can use it throughout
It doesn't have a great shape for centerpieces in my opinion, or bouquets.
But I think for installation work it's pretty great. And there are ways
that you can use it in centerpieces and bouquets too if you needed to. But
I prefer something that's a little bit less stiff. But this is great for
garland-making as well.
OK. Next we're going to add in the Oasis. And I'm going to show you two
different ways that you can do that. The first thing that I have is a
little igloo Oasis cage. And it has the little things that you can attach a
zip-tie or a wire to put it on the structure.
So I'm just going to space this out evenly. And since this piece is going
to be viewed from the ground up, I'm going to focus on putting the flowers
low. And these, I kind of like to run them through the actual Oasis pieces,
because sometimes these little side pieces can pop off and I just would
like to avoid that.
The other option that you can do is a little bit more budget-friendly but
also a little bit more labor-intensive. I've taken just a regular cube of
Oasis and I cut it into eight sections. And you can use this with a little
bit of chicken wire instead of the cage if you need to.
So I have a piece of chicken wire cut here. And I'm just going to wrap it
around the Oasis. And this simply keeps the Oasis from breaking into pieces
once you get a lot of flowers in there. And then I'm just going to take
that and attach it right to the form. You can run it through the wires if
you'd like for just a little bit of extra hold.
And I think on this one I'm going to do five pieces. And I'll put the
measurement for in the finished product and the recipe for how many flower
we use so that if you'd like to create something similar for something that
you're doing, you can easily swap out the materials and the quantities and
just have a better idea of how to quote the event out.
I have raindrops. Oh. All right.
Let's add in some hops next. Let me get my gloves. These are pretty big. I
sort of imagine-- they remind me of Jack and the Beanstalk a little bit or
something. I feel like I should yell "bombs away" and just throw it over.
All right. I should also mention that if you haven't had hops before, there
is the-- my skin just breaks out in a rash. But there also is an odor
associated with hops. They smell a little bit like fish when you open up
the box, so just be aware of that. It's not a deal-breaker, but if you're
pretty sensitive to smell, it's going to be something that's a little bit
unusual, you're going to want to watch out for.
And if you can't flip it over top of your beam, like I did, or if you
wanted to have just a little bit more drape or something like that, you
could attach the hops with zip-ties, just going along the main vein of the
vine. And I apologize. I'm going to have to put my back towards you just
for a second, but I want to just kind of assess and trim out some pieces in
the hops that are maybe browning or too long, just get the shape of this.
This is the shape component for this arrangement, so we just want to get
the silhouette looking really nice.
And since these arrangements go so high in the sky and it's going to be dim
and dark in the area that you're working, you don't have to obsess over
every single little piece. Since these are something that come out of the
box out of water, there may be a little bit of wilting and browning,
especially if you're trekking them around in the sun. But for the most
part, they're pretty sturdy.
And I'll put a source for these out of Oregon that ships in your Notes for
those of you that are here in the States. And if you aren't, hop on
community and chat with some people that are from your area and see if you
guys can come up with a great source to find these where you are.
Now, this would be a fun arrangement that you could-- after you've got all
of your flowers and things in, you could add them hanging candles down in
here, like little twinkle lights, or you could do actual little electronic
twinkle lights. OK. And we may edit that a little bit as we go along, but
it's cleaned up and it's in a better place-- in a better place than it was
when we initially popped it up there.
The next thing that I'm going to kind of look for is just any obvious areas
that are exposed, where mechanics are exposed. And I just want to give
those a little bit of attention before I start getting all of my flowers
organized and incorporated in there. So I'm going to pop back in there with
a little bit of the lemon leaf foliage. And I think we're mostly done
handling the hops. I can handle them a little bit, but I don't want to give
them a big bear hug.
So this area right in here needs some attention. So I'm actually-- I see a
good opportunity here to just adjust the way that this vine is hanging. And
that'll help with part of this.
And then I might tuck just a little bit of this in. And now the hops can be
used as a base or a way to hold flowers in place as well, which is
fabulous, all of those stems that are crossing over, weaving together.
Grapevine is a great thing for that as well, maybe if you needed to do a
big overhead installation. Grapevine acts as a similar type of thing,
creating a net, a natural-looking net for flowers and things to rest in.
And then another thing that I love to have onsite whenever I go places is
some moss, because you can just quickly pull off some pieces and fill in.
So I'll do a little bit of that now, and then before I wrap up a project
like this, I like to squeeze my eyes together just like you would when
you're putting Christmas lights on a tree, just to see if there's anything
that's standing out. You just kind of squeeze your eyes and look for that
board. You'll see if there's any places that need to be covered with a
little bit of moss.
Another idea for covering mechanics is to spray paint the piece that you're
using, so this board we could have spray painted a green color. And that
would have helped as well just to camouflage. So if that's something that
you're very sensitive to, that's another little option for you.
Next we're going to add tuberose. I think I may have left this off the
ingredients list whenever I first started talking about them. I love
tuberose. They smell fantastic. These are so great to have in brides'
bouquets and on tables and things like that, where people will pass them.
Up here, their scent is going to be overlooked a little bit, but their
shape is important for this type of arrangement. We need a few things that
are long and stretching, so I've done such a great job covering up my
mechanics that I can't even see where my little Oasis houses are. OK.
So here we're going to use-- this isn't going to be one of-- the big
show-stopper in this arrangement is the cosmos, so we're just going to put
a few of the tuberose in there. And I'm using them to mark where my Oasis
is hanging out, so one in here.
And today, I'm working on primarily the front side so that you're able to
see and experience putting this together. But as you do it for your event,
you're going to want to keep walking between all the sides. And you're also
going to want to create depth. So for example, you can see how I have a
tuberose hanging out back here in this area. And that's to draw the eye
back in and through the arrangement. If they were all on the front at the
same level, it wouldn't be quite as interesting for the people who are
enjoying the flowers.
Next we're going to put the cosmos in. I love how light and airy these are.
They're a really fun flower to include in your designs.
Another consideration-- I know I talk a lot about the allergy of hops, but
just keep that in mind if you have people that are working for you. You
don't want to put somebody in a place where they're feeling really
uncomfortable and itchy all day, so take that into mind. If somebody seems
like they're sensitive to it, put them on a different task. Just a good
thing to know in advance. Keep everybody on your team happy and healthy.
And as far as placement for these, I'm just keeping an eye on evenly
spreading them throughout the arrangement. And we have dahlias that we're
going to add. And whenever I put those in, I'm going to concentrate on
making an interesting line for the eye to follow with those. So these are
just kind of little-- I guess you could call it a fill if you wanted to,
but this is just our main cover.
In a centerpiece, these would be great as a finishing flower, because of
their light and airy quality and just the shape of their stems. But this
one can transition in quite a few ways. It's great for, in this situation,
a fill as well.
And I've left a few of the cosmos in my little bucket over here, so after I
get most of the-- I go through and get all the components in, then I like
to just take a quick peek and sometimes there's an area that needs a little
bit more so I have a few left over that I can go back in and make those
adjustments if needed. But I think it's nice to get through all of the
initial placement of all of your ingredients before you perfect. And if you
run out of flowers to perfect with and you're kind of moving things around,
it just takes a little bit more time. But no worries if you have to do
that. Sometimes it happens.
So I've got my pretty white dahlias here. Since they're the largest
component here, it's where the eye is going to naturally be drawn to. So
we're going to focus on creating a few little focal points within this
large, large arrangement using these dahlias. And we're going to do that by
grouping them together within different levels and by arranging them in a
little bit of a line.
This is called an implied line. It's like a connect-the-dots line. If you
were looking up at the stars at night, how all the different constellations
you sort of use the stars as your point to form all those different
constellations, it's similar here, what we're doing with these flowers.
And if this arrangement is going to go at a point where there is kind of--
it's at an entry point, maybe, where the eye would be drawn up, you could--
at the center of your arrangement, you could focus on taking one of these
larger flowers up high. You're going to want to keep an eye especially
underneath, though. This is really where guests are going to view and enjoy
it, so you're going to want to add some in there at varying levels too.
If you have a bride who's getting married in the fall that just really
loves peonies, you can definitely show her dahlias. I call them the peony
of fall. And usually once they've seen one, they're excited about them,
especially the big dinner plate ones. They're becoming a little bit more
well known with the girls. But some people just don't know what they are
and haven't seen them before, so a little bit of education goes a long way.
And a word on dahlias. They can be pretty tough if they come wholesale, I
think, to keep looking fresh and great. So I recommend finding a local
source if you're able to and the Association of Cut Flower Growers is a
great place to go for that.
You just really lose a lot of the life of the dahlia, since they are a
shorter-lived flower. Their vase life typically you can expect to be from
maybe two to four days I would say. So if you think about that they were
cut at the farm and then they were shipped and then they came to you,
they've already used up quite a bit of their life expectancy, so I think
it's a good idea if you're able to get those local.
And if you hop on Community, there's a little discussion going on about
wholesale dahlias and some things that people have been trying. I haven't
experimented with the wholesale methods, with chemicals and things like
that to maintain them. I just didn't want to go there, because I have some
great local sources, so it just felt kind of like a waste to me. But
they're sharing some possible solutions and things that you can do to keep
those alive there.
So next, this is gomphrena. I'm just looking for my Oasis and popping it in
there. This is a nice little kind of fun little accent piece. And again,
don't forget underneath, and like I mentioned, the other side as well.
And I pulled one more ingredient that I was thinking about putting in this
arrangement. And it's just a bit of Queen Anne's Lace as our finishing
flower. So after I work in the gomphrena, we'll go there next.
Some of these pieces of gomphrena I'm having a hard time finding my Oasis
spot. So you could have on hand-- I like to travel to installs with a few
water tubes filled up. So you could have those on hand just to pop your
stems in and then you can use the grid of your hops and put your flowers in
that way if you have more than you can do with the Oasis, or if you would
just prefer to do that instead of Oasis. It's kind of a matter of
preference, I think. Oh. Found it there.
All right. Let's move on to our last ingredient, the Queen Anne's Lace.
We're just going to use this to sort of finish it off and add a little bit
of lightness to the design. So I want this to come out further than all of
the other ingredients that I've put in here so far, since it is the last
light, airy piece. And again, I'm just spreading these out like I did with
the cosmos, pretty evenly. But if you wanted to use them to accent a
specific line or grouping, you could pay attention to that as well.
All right. I'm going to step away for a minute and just take a quick peek,
see if there's anything that I want to change or edit. And then I'll be
back to show you the finished product. We'll be right back.
And I'm back to wrap up. I went ahead and I just did that little squinty
eye and looked for any pieces of the mechanics that were sticking out and I
covered with a little bit of moss and a few hops up there. And then I just
wanted to show you before we sign off for today two little examples of
something you might like to use or include in a design like this and the
sources for those.
This is a little candle globe from Accent Decor. And then this is from-- I
got this in New York at the flower market whenever I was there. So I'll
show you-- I'll put links to these things in your Notes.
But I just wanted to show you how I attach them real quick. I just use a
simple piece of floral wire to put those together. And I just make a little
paper-clip-like piece to attach everything. So if you use a gauge wire
maybe like between 16 and 20, you should probably be-- you'll be in good
shape with something like that. 16 is a little bit heavier than 20, so just
depending on how heavy your piece is that you're using. But I just wrap
that up there, find a nice strong piece of the hops vine, and attach it
I like these covered globes just because the flame is completely covered
and you don't really have to worry as much about fire and things like that
with something that is completely covered on top. These ones are a little
bit-- you just have be a little bit careful. Maybe put them a little bit
lower in your arrangement or your design.
Candles do generate quite a lot of heat, so even if it doesn't catch on
fire, it might cause it to brown or something like that, so just something
that you want to keep in mind if you decide that you wanted to put some
lighting to this arrangement, you want to keep it pretty low. And just
fishing wire is what I like to attach those with, but it's good to prep all
those things in advance, because whenever you're doing a big install, oh,
time just flies. So if you have all of your fishing wire pre-attached, you
can just store them that way and then they're always ready to go and you
don't have to rewire each time.
So that is the oversized hanging arrangement. I hope you enjoyed it and I
hope that it encourages you in your next design. So we'll be back soon with
another project for you to try. Thanks so much for watching and we'll see
Addressing the Divide
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<p>There’s some debate in the flower world over rule following and rule breaking.</p><p><strong>Important:</strong> if immediately after reading the above, you find yourself responding with, "You need to know the rules before you break the rules." Keep reading, and slowly, this phrase is why I'm writing. </p><p>After listening, observing and reading, I see three camps you can sit in on the topic. Rule follower, rule breaker or both as the common "know the rules to break the rules" statement suggests. </p><p>I can't seem to settle with any of the groups. I sit with one, then another, then another and back again. I realize I can't settle with one because I love all these people and I think they all actually agree, but don't realize they do. I think they have simply attached different meanings to the same words. Maybe I can help them see eye to eye?</p>
<p>The key sticking point is vocabulary. So let's look at it.</p><blockquote>Balance, movement, focal point, repetition, dominance — what are they? Rules or Principles? </blockquote><p>We may have learned to call them different things, and that's ok, but from this point forward, let's call them principles. Despite rule and principle being synonyms/associated words in the dictionary, the way we perceive these words are different. </p><p>Rules suggests specific steps. Rule suggests there are limits. Rules not followed suggest punishment. </p><p>Principles suggest a foundation. Similar words are bedrock, keystone, underpinning. Principles are big picture ideas that guide granular choices.</p><p>After looking at the two words closely, It's abundantly clear to me that my beloved concepts of balance, movement, etc. are principles. They give us a safe place to build, to experiment. They can be interpreted in so many ways! They are not suffocating. They promote every style and designer. </p><p>Some were taught that focal point is the largest flower in an arrangement. It is, and it's not. Focal point is much more than that. It is a resting place for the eye and it's placement can make us feel peaceful, tense, intrigued and a number of other things. Using a large flower is a granular choice. It's one way to do focal point. There are others, for example — blocking small flowers to give the illusion of a large one where the eye rests. </p><p>If we called focal point a rule and attached the granular choice of one large flower to it, I can see how process-driven creators would eventually feel suffocated. I can see how all our work would look exactly the same.</p><p>So I invite you to call them principles and allow them to be the foundation that gives you a place to build amazing work. When you've mastered large flower placement, figure out another way to create a focal point. When you're tired of focal point, explore movement. Play with scale. And when you've mastered them on their own, start mixing them together. Start creating symphonies that are so complex and interesting I have to sit with it for a while while I process the emotion I feel and the combination of principles and granular choices that led to the emotion. Like a good novel, these take time to write and time to read. They are very personal.</p><p>This is why, after creating the design classes, which are all guided by the principles, but focused on systems and mechanics for efficiency (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.teamflower.org/online-bouquets-personals">Bouquets & Personals</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.teamflower.org/online-arbors-ceremony">Arbors & Ceremony</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.teamflower.org/online-centerpieces-reception">Centerpieces & Reception</a>), I created the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.teamflower.org/online-principles-design">Principles & Elements of Design</a> class. Without a deep understanding, and I would argue, love for the principles, how will we ever truly create? Replicating is easy and fast. Creating is different. I think both are an important part of the designer's life. We replicate to learn and produce quickly and in mass. We create to inspire — ourselves and others. </p><p>Switching gears and returning to the "know the rules to break the rules" statement. What does this mean? If we replace rules with principles we have "know the principles to break the principles." Well, principles can not be broken. This is their very bedrock nature. They don't move. You can create art without a conscious awareness that you are using them, but show me anything, and I'll show you the principles used. They are in <strong>everything</strong>. </p><p>You can't write a song without notes, and you can't create without the principles.</p><blockquote>Turns out there aren't any rules to break after all. </blockquote>
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few minutes as this time-lapse of the flower arrangement comes together.
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Video: Mixing potted plants and flowers
In this springtime video, Kelly will show you how to pull together an
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Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower. And I wanted to share an Easter
centerpiece with you today. I'm reading this book called Flower Arranging
Through the Year, by Daphne Vagg.
And in it there is a little idea. They call it pot-et-fleur. Literally
means pot in flower. It evolved about 20 years ago to describe an
arrangement of growing plants that are still rooted with a few cut flowers.
At times of the year when flowers are scarce or expensive, a pot-et-fleur
can provide a type of decoration which has never really enjoyed the
popularity it deserves for its economy and long life. A well-planted and
cared for bowl will last for two or three years.
Well, maybe not if it lives in-- maybe not if it lives in my house. But if
you're a good house plant person and very attentive, this is a great idea.
I love the concept behind it. In the book that they show here, they have
some begonias, succulents, dusty millers, ivies, things like that. And then
they've added in some little lilies.
A great idea to have some simple house plants that then you can, throughout
the year, go back to and simple little if you need a little extra in a
boutineer. Or just to have something fresh and growing in your house all
the time that you can then take things they're blooming outside and add
into your bowl, just to keep things fresh and fun. But it doesn't take
maybe quite as much work as an arrangement.
So that is what we're going to do today. And I am using some things that I
would probably plant these things out. It's not house plant kind of
materials. But these are things that are available at the garden center
And we're going to plant them, pop them up here for our Easter bowl. And
then after frost passes we're going to go ahead and plan these things out
in the garden.
So my version is not as strict. But that's something that you could do is
plant the house plants. And then follow the same kind of set up and concept
to have something that's fresh and growing throughout the year.
So we are going to start by taking our terracotta pot. And I'm going to
flip it upside down. I'd kind of like to age it a little bit, but I don't
have time to go through the whole process of covering it and letting that
So I'm going to do a quick little cheat. And I'm going to just use some
chalk. Some simple classroom chalk or some sidewalk chalk if your kids have
And I'm just going to go back and forth on my bowl with the chalk. And then
we're going to smooth it over and kind of blend it all together just with a
You will, of course, want to be careful when you pick this back up to take
it in your house so you don't have chalk all over the front of you. But
this is just a really quick way to get some interest, and texture, and age
to your pot instantly. It's fun.
Kind of like we're giving her some makeup. Putting on the powder.
Now next, we're going to add some-- get a base level of some potting soil
in here. We'll go back over where I just put a little thumb print. OK.
And I'm just using a simple Miracle-Gro potting mix from the hardware store
that has some nutrients for the plants in it already. This is only designed
to last for a little while in terms of nutrients for your plants. So you'll
want to check the brand and the bag that you have to see what's in it, how
long it will last, and what you'll need to add or supplement to keep your
plants looking great long-term.
I know a lot of times with house plants-- I'm getting a little bit better
at them. But I was on a real losing streak with them because I kept getting
insects in the soil.
And so I did some Dawn dish detergent and have been doing flower food in
them regularly. And that's really helped. So maybe my black thumb of death
is going to leave here pretty soon.
OK. We're going to add these first. They're just a sweet little-- what was
this called? Saxi-- frage? Fr-ah-g? Did we look this-- we looked this up
and-- oh, man.
If I haven't heard it said before. I have a tough time with that sometimes.
But it is spelled highlander white. And it's S-A-X-I-F-R-A-G-E.
I'm just going to break up this little bit at the bottom so that the roots
can move around in the pot. And I chose two different ones. This one has
more compact flowers and this one was a little bit leggy looking. But I
liked that because I can have this one that is doing a little bit more
movement come and drape down the front like this.
So I'll tuck that little baby in the there. I'm going to add-- I have some
different kinds of lettuces. I guess this is a lettuce, a kale, and I think
this is cabbage. Yep. A little bit of cabbage.
That one I lost. I tell people a lot with cut flowers, feeling the flowers
to know if it's going to hold well for use a cut if you're cutting some
things from your garden. If you feel lettuce it feels very tender and soft.
And then if you feel this cabbage down here it's very leathery.
That Cabbage will do just fine out of water. But the lettuce, you'll have a
little bit more wobbling around. And we're experiencing that even now just
here on the plant. The cabbage and kale over here, same thing.
And I wanted to have a little bit of lettuce in here. Have a little spring
garden. Thought it would be sweet. So we'll see how it does.
Let's put a little thyme in here next. Thyme is one of my-- this is a lemon
variety. I love thyme.
It's very sweet smelling. It's great to have on hand for cake decorating
flowers if you do wedding flowers. I like to use that on wedding cakes a
lot. Of course, I make little cookies and Jesse and I had it in scrambled
eggs the other morning.
When I was choosing these plants at the garden center I was thinking about
the different shapes of the leaves and how they might look grouped
together. I wanted to have some varieties, so that's why we have long
And these cabbage leaves have just a little hint of purple in them, which I
really liked. Just add a little bit of depth to our green. It's, of course,
primarily green. But I wanted to have a little hint of color.
Now This, you could plant the whole thing in the ground I suppose. I want
to liberate it for what we're doing.
It has become-- the roots have come bound around the bottom of this. Try
not to disturb them too much but let them go free so they can keep moving.
Easter is one of my favorite-- well it is my very favorite holiday. So I'm
excited about this one. Parents are coming down to visit. And we'll have
our little brunch with this centerpiece.
Nice thing about these is you can do them in advance and keep an eye on
them, keep them watered, and happy. And that's one less thing you have to
do when company comes. You don't need to be arranging fresh flowers. You
can just touch your potted arrangement up and pay attention to your guests.
OK. I think I'm going to reserve these last two, just in case we need them.
And I'm going to fill in with a little bit more potting soil. Then we're
going to add some fresh flowers.
And these daffodils will be-- they will be all done blooming. They will
have lived their life by Easter for me right now. But there will be more in
the garden when Easter rolls around and I'll run out pick some more.
Same with-- I think we're going to add some forsythia to this. It's a great
plant to use.
But again, that forsythia will actually very likely still be looking great
for me around Easter. Forsythia is one of those flowers that roofs in
water. And those kinds of things are always very long lasting in
I don't know if you've ever noticed ivy. If you cut ivy and put it in a
vase, it will start to shoot out little roots at the bottom. Maybe after
about two weeks of being cut.
And forsythia acts the same way. That's how it spreads in the ground and
multiplies is by putting out roots. So that is a great, great cut. Great
thing to have in your garden if you don't have already. OK. Cute.
So to put these flowers in, I'm going to use some little water picks. But I
wanted to show you a few other options.
In the book, whenever they talk about putting together the pot-et-fleurs,
they have thin little containers or little vessels that they actually plant
in the soil that then they can put their little bouquet in. So I wanted to
show these. These would be great little things that you could plant in
there. With what we're doing with it being so low and just the shape of
what we're doing today, this isn't what I need.
We could, if we wanted to, perhaps use this. This is a little pin frog cup
that you can put a little bit of water down in here. And then you have the
pins that you can set the flowers in and around.
So I'm going to just-- there's a little place right here that I've created
that would be fine to put that in. Since it's green it mixes in with the
things that we have. I'm just going to put a little bit of water in that.
And since I might want to put some flowers in a spot other than this or
maybe just one little flower over here, I also have some water tubes to use
as well. And they just look like this if you haven't used them before. They
have a little poke and you just poke it down in there. And then kind of
hide the mechanics of that as needed.
So I'm going to start with the forsythia. And I'm going to use this to
create the kind of more interesting shape at the top. We've filled in the
base of our arrangement. But now opposite of this rosemary that's probably
the most prominent thing that we have coming up, I'm going to do the
forsythia right over here.
And I'm not getting real serious about precisely how this is going in
there. I want it to feel casual and just that it was a walk in the garden.
But naturally, just because that's how my eyes bend, I'm thinking about the
lines and the movement that I'm creating in the arrangement with the pieces
that I put in.
And then the little daffodils. You can see how they get this little-- where
they've been living and forming. You can just pull that off and liberate
the flower. So there she is. Glad and ready to roll.
I'm going to take a quick peek at my flowers. See which ones are the
biggest, which ones are medium, which ones are small. That helps me as I
You place larger flowers at the base of the arrangement and smaller ones
higher. It feels a little bit more grounded, I guess is the word you could
use to describe that.
And as I place the flowers in, I'm thinking about just putting maybe one a
stair step above the other, rather than crunching them together. Because I
want this to just look like they're growing there.
And as you go out and gather your flowers, you don't have to use daffodils.
You don't have to use forsythia. Use whatever is in your garden.
But notice as you bring it in and as it's growing there, just the natural
bend to the flower and how it seems to grow. And if you mimic that kind of
look as you arrange it in the bowl, you'll get a nice garden feel.
So I'm going to show you-- I have this one in here and I'm going to take it
out. And I'll show you why I think-- I mean it could stay there.
But I kind of think it's a stronger composition to me if I just pull this
out and we have that. These were kind of on the same level and similar. So
I'm just going to readjust how this one is facing. Maybe use it a little
bit further back in the arrangement.
So now I'm going to work this angle. And see how as we do this we're
creating depth in the arrangement. You can tell that it's moving backwards
here just a little bit more. Movement.
You really could, I think, stop there with the flower placement. What I
might do with some of these other smaller daffodils that I have is just
create a small little grouping in a little bud vase and put these in front
of each person seat. I think that would be a sweet way to use the rest of
And I wanted to add in my little bunny here. I have two younger sisters.
And the one next in line to me, her name is Kristin. But we-- from the day
she was born she just looked like the sweetest little snugly bunny. And the
So this is little bunny right here. She can't make it down to Easter. So
we're going to put this little-- we're going to put this little bunny in
here to remember Kristin. I think we will put that right here. Cute.
And just these last two that I have. There's a little spot back here. I'm
going to fill them in.
OK. I think that took care of that. I think we're done.
Another thing you might want to do down the ends of the tables. I know
everybody's dinner tables are a little bit different. Some people are
eating family style. Some people are having it on a buffet or something
like that. So just a few other things.
So the daffodils in the bud vase is another way that you could add and make
something with this. And then there are little sweet terracotta pots that
you can get at the hardware store. They have little tiny mini ones too.
That might be something that's sweet that you could put at each person's
And I also have some carrots and I have some cabbage leaves. I took some
leaves off. And I have the actual cabbage head here. You can arrange these
down your table and make it sweet and special.
Or you might even consider using one of these cabbage leaves as maybe a
place card. Maybe you paint, just with some little-- bit of acrylic paint,
you paint their little name in there as a place card. Or you could serve a
chicken salad in it, you know. Whatever you think.
But there's so many sweet ways you can use something like this. And what a
beautiful leaf, all the colors and veins within the leaf. So those are a
few little ideas for you with that.
I already mentioned planning it out after you're finished using it as your
centerpiece. And don't want to forget to give it a little bit of water here
before we sign off as well, since we've disturbed those-- disturbed those
roots, go ahead and get them some water back to their way.
So that's what I've got for you. Wishing you a wonderful, wonderful Easter.
And hope that you enjoy spring and all the beautiful things that it has to
Talk to you soon. Have a great day.
Video: How to make flowers spring out of a table
In this centerpiece video, Kelly makes a unique arrangement using a forest
floor as inspiration. Watch as she pulls together unique mechanics to
design an idea you can use in your next ceremony. Learn how to become a
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Up next, we have a really fun long table centerpiece display that we're
going to work on together. I've partially constructed and deconstructed
part of it. So we're going to go back through, and I'll show you kind of
how to get up and to this point. And then, we'll keep finishing it out.
So what we have here, in terms of supplies, this is from Lowe's
hardware. We have got a piece of siding that they use on homes. And what I
did, it had a lip on one side. And I took the-- I think it was 12 or 14 or
so feet in length-- and I cut it in half and put them end to end so that I
would have a lip on both sides.
And I just used some packing tape to make them together-- to put them
together, so I have kind of like a little tray, which is great because it
makes it a little bit sturdier, you know, for lifting and things like
that. But it's perfect for this type of project. The width on it is really
We are working on, this is going to be a six-foot long runner. It's going
on an eight-foot table. And whenever I get it on site to install, for
Amy, we're going to put just a few more little pieces of moss on the
sides. And then, I have just one more candle like this that's going to kind
of sit and fill in the area on that last little bit.
So that's what we've got. It's sitting in. Then, I have some oasis
foam. And it's just a simple-- it's not a fancy kind or anything. It's just
a simple brick of oasis.
And what I did was I cut it. I just made little notches. And I cut it the
whole way down in thirds that'll be nice and flat.
And once I did that, and this is kind of what it looks like once it's
cut, just nice and narrow there, I took some Oasis waterproof tape. And I
have gone down the entire length of it. And I just have everything taped in
there to keep it from sliding one way or another. I think that's a really
important thing to keep kind of everything in check.
If you wanted to, you could use some Oasis glue. But I just really don't
like glue. But some people don't mind it. I seem to get it all over myself
so I avoid it.
But you can use this tape instead if you'd like. And then, just with a
couple of the leftover pieces of Oasis, I've made-- you can see here-- a
little bit of-- a little bit of a level, or just a rise-- a rise here to
make it a little bit taller. And that's so that my moss kind of can go up
and down throughout the course of the display. So I just have one here and
here and one here.
I have three different types of ferns. And I just left some space in
between my Oasis. I sort of kind of laid everything out before. And then, I
just left some space as I took them out of their pots. And I'm kind
of, like, just temporarily potting them in there between the pieces of
Oasis, and I've got three here.
And then, the other thing is these candles. And I just press them down into
the Oasis so that they kind of had just like a little-- a little bit of
sturdiness there. Then, it's going to get covered in with some moss and
we'll adjust whenever it's in its final position, just to make sure
everything's upright and in good shape.
So those are the supplies that we're working with. And I have this
beautiful sheet moss, some local sheet moss. Since it is local-- it came
out of the woods-- I put it in some water just to hydrate it.
And then, I also wanted to get the critters out. So that helped me get the
critters. I just put it on a towel, squished it out, and then just kind of
pressed through to make sure that I didn't have anything in there that I
was carrying along that I didn't want to have with me.
So that's where we stand with that. We're going to go ahead, and I'm just
going to layer some of this moss in here so you can see what that looks
like. I'm using some pieces of wire. And this is, I think this is about a
20-gauge wire. You could use, I think, anywhere between 18 and 24 probably
would be fine for this.
But I just made these little pins. And as I put the moss in, I just pin it
into the Oasis. So the Oasis has several different purposes in this
One is to give a little bit of different levels. Another is to have a place
where we can pin in to secure the moss without using glue. And then, I'm
going to be adding some fresh flowers to this. And I wanted to have a water
source for those.
So I'm really just right now going to focus on the edges. And again, when
it's in its final position on site, I'm going to go through and maybe just
kind of, like, make this a little bit more irregular down the sides. But I
want to leave some of that Oasis exposed right now so that I can see where
to layer my fresh flowers in.
And that's the next step. So you can see over here, I had some umbrella
fern that I just took apart. And I have that sort of spread throughout.
And then a little bit of this hydrangea. I'm going to add some more
hydrangea, a little bit of seeded eucalyptus to get things started
here. And then, we're going to kind of build up from there.
I love this hydrangea because it can go large scale. I have another project
for this event that is very big. And these transition nicely from very big
things to very small things.
You can see here, it has these sweet little berries and things you could
pull this off, and this could become a part of a boutonniere or a
corsage. It's also great to cut here in this area. And you can use this in
a centerpiece, kind of to frame out the bottom of a centerpiece container
or something like that. You can use it for what we're doing right now, or
you can cut just each little piece off from the sides and kind of start
popping those in like your seeing here.
I just love the lacy, romantic texture that this adds. This bride wanted to
have a woodsy event. Her husband is very outdoorsy, but she's very romantic
and elegant. And so we're sort of marrying the two together in this
Probably not going to find hydrangea on the forest floor. But it does like
shade or just in a beautiful garden. And you could easily find this type of
plant growing in a garden where the moss and ferns and everything are.
Umbrella ferns are one of my favorite things to have on hand if bright
greens are being used in an event. Because, again, like the hydrangea, it
can be used in so many different ways. You can pull it apart and use it in
a boutonniere. You can leave it together and have it framed, you know, a
big fleurette for something that you're doing in a large scale
arrangement, maybe for a church or something like that.
Now, with the seeded eucalyptus, we're just going to use really mainly the
berries from it. But the leaves do kind of nod to this fern over
here. There's a little bit of similarities there. So I might move on just a
few of those.
The goal with this is some texture. This is a very textural piece with all
the different-- there's actually several different-- I don't know if you
can see them, the detail, in the camera-- but there are several different
types of moss within this. And that's one of the beautiful things about
having something that's fresh and local is you get this variation between
the browns, the yellows, the greens, something that I really love.
You can get moss in cases from wholesalers. Generally, that's not a real
tough thing to find. Price wise, it will differ, depending on where you're
getting it from and all that kind of thing. But I think it's about between
$36 and $40, when I've checked on it. So that kind of gives you a little
bit of perspective, in terms of material costs.
The little ferns that we're using today are from a local nursery. And I
think they're about $8 each. Sometimes if you can get into Lowe's, where
the piece of siding came from, sometimes you can get them in there for
about maybe $4. It just depends what you're looking for and what you'd like
to have for your design.
The candles that we're using today are a birch bark unscented candle from
Jamali Garden. And I just purchased two sets of those for this project. I'm
going to go ahead and just loop this around. And just like I would an
ordinary centerpiece or I could switch sides of the tables, except you're
there, and I need to stay out of-- I need to stay out of your way. I just
want to make sure I'm not overworking one section of the arrangement.
The next ingredient we're going to add is called Pennsylvania
Knotweed, something that as the name would suggest is a weed that you can
find oftentimes. It looks very similar-- although I'm told it's not, you
know, the same thing-- it looks very, very similar to me to Kiss Me Over
the Garden Gate, which is something that you can get wholesale different
times throughout the year. So very big, another one of those ingredients
that can go very big or very small.
With this, I'm going to start playing a little bit with height then start
jumping up and out and creating a skyline for my table. The next time that
you're in a city, you should kind of take notice of all of the buildings
and the outline that they make up against the sky. And when you
arrange, you can kind of-- you can think in a similar way. You're putting
all the different buildings together.
And just like when you're doing a compote arrangement, you want to create a
little bit of depth. In this table runner, as well, just be thinking of
having it come in, go out. Most of these that I have right now are sort of
centered. So with my next little round, I'm going to focus on adding that
dimension, that depth.
The next ingredient we're going to add in are just some slightly pink
roses. I didn't want this part of the reception-- this is going on the head
table-- I didn't want it to look so, wow, this isn't something we're
probably going to find on the forest floor. I didn't want it to look so
different from the rest of the reception.
She loved the lushful arrangements, so they're full of, you know, dahlias
and roses and things like that. So I do want to incorporate a few things to
tie those spaces together. These roses I'm using to create little lines
that help the eye travel through the arrangement. Let's see if I can do
this upside down here.
So I'm thinking about the size of the roses a little bit. I don't want
to-- it's kind of nice to move from big medium to small if you can. It just
creates just a little bit of a more gentle progression for your eye. And
now, I'm going to set my biggest point. And I'm going to go-- roses are
going to be smaller again.
So this would be a great place to pop in a dahlia and frame-- frame it with
the roses. I took just a quick little intermission so I could put a bunch
of flowers in so you didn't have to watch me place every single one. So we
sped that up for you a little bit.
We put it in-- we finished up the roses and made, like, little lines
throughout the arrangement. And then, I went and added this white
gumfrina, sort of at a medium level in the arrangement. And then, over
here, I started going for my highest moment in the arrangement, which is
going to be this Queen Anne's lace.
So you just want to make sure that you're not going really above your
knuckles. And I'm just going to keep going with some of this Queen
Anne's. And then, we're going to add in some dahlias.
I think, if you wanted this to be a really light airy design, I would stop
here and perhaps, even, maybe not use the roses. But, like I said, I want
this to coordinate with the rest of what's happening in that room. And it's
just full of really gorgeous big blooms.
So we are going to add some dahlias in here, not a ton. It's obviously more
light and airy than heavy on blooms. But I do want to add in just a few.
I think I'm going to flip this around so you can see what's going on over
here and also so that I don't overwork one side of the arrangement. Over
here, everything looks pretty good to me, except there are some moss spots
in the front that we'll fill in before we wrap up. OK, I'll finish with
I'm just going to take note of where my roses are. And I'm going to put one
in the same neighborhood, just nice and low. This is great if you have some
stems that break. I actually have kind of a funny story about these
I don't like taking Buster whenever I pick up my flowers because he's a
crazy dog. And he runs all through the car. But I just was-- I knew all the
places I had to go. And I thought, oh, he'll be so sad if he was just
hanging out with himself all day.
So I'll take him with me. He loves to ride in the car. So I took him with
me. And my car was completely full, completely full.
And I thought, there's no way-- I just had to make one more quick stop and
run in to a store. I thought there's no way he's going to crawl back in
there on top of all those flowers. Well, you better believe he did. He was
sitting right on top of my dahlia bucket.
But believe it or not, I only lost-- I only lost, like, two stems from the
whole ordeal. And those were the first two stems that I popped in here that
just had a little bit of a broken neck. But oh, man, I couldn't believe it
when I came back and saw that.
Then, after that happened, I dropped an entire bucket of water went rolling
underneath my seat. If that ever happens to you and lights start going off
in your car-- my "check engine" light was on. The "take it to the
dealership" light was on. I thought it was over.
Then, I got to the dealership. And he said, oh, ma'am-- and I'm about in
tears-- he said, oh, that'll dry out. No worries.
So if that happens to you, just wipe it up real good. Take it and
check. But don't panic right away like I did, because it might be all
right. Ooh, it's a heavy one.
So a few more dahlias and we'll be done. People have a hard time with
dahlias, how to keep them alive and looking pretty. You can do them
wholesale. If you're part of the Team Flower Community, there's actually a
discussion going on right now about this and some good tips and advice from
some other members about how to condition them.
But I just have not-- I have not had a good experience with wholesale
dahlias. So I don't-- I don't buy them to try out all of the different
solutions that you can put them in. But just get them local, and they're
beautiful, and they hold well.
You still do want to keep them out of the sun, of course. But it's a much
easier time. All right. I think we're about done.
As always, I'll kind of take a step away and then come back and see if
there's anything glaring. There might be something you see in the camera
that you're like, oh, Kelly, you need to fix that. But right now, to
me-- of course, I'm close up to it and I've been looking at it so
much, looks good.
And these candles, I don't think are getting lit at the venue. So I'm going
to leave them where they are for now. But you might want, if you're going
to do this, you might want to get yourself some cylinders to pop them in so
that you have them covered if you'd like to do that.
They do take one that is a little bit bigger than what you would normally
get for a bouquet vase. So they don't slide down in those easy. You need to
So anyway, all right, well, that's the six-- that's the six-foot forest
floor table runner centerpiece. I hope you enjoyed watching it. I hope it
inspires you to think outside of the container and do something fun and
interesting for your next client. Thanks for watching.
Video: How to use succulents in arrangements
In this quick tip video about using succulents in an arrangement, Kelly
will show you a tip how to elongate the stem! Learn how to become a florist
and take floral design classes online with Team Flower. Here you can even
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flower arrangements in flower arranging videos.
I wanted to show you how to wire succulents. And by wire, I mean I'm gonna
stick a big bamboo skewer through it.
I like to pull off these little lower petals.
And then I just take my bamboo skewer and I line it up right there on the
side. And then I look for the stem tape that is the closest color to the
succulent that I'm using. And I just wrap it around like this.
Very, very simple.
For succulents that are really big, I like to poke a little whole in the
top of it and then put in some-- just a tiny little dab of Oasis wet
glue. Let it get sticky for about 10 seconds, and then I put my skewer in
that and tape down the stem just like I did with this one. So this is ready
to pop into a bouquet, or you can clip it off just like you would a flower
stem and pop it into your arrangement. I'm gonna do it one more time.
Clip as long as you can from the base of the plant. Take off the lower
And I'll just reuse this skewer that I already wrapped. Gotta get
[INAUDIBLE] of it.
And just tightly, firmly wrap it to your skewer.
That's it. Very easy.
And just because a succulent isn't completely perfect, doesn't mean you
can't use it. If part of these petals, if it was kind of one-sided and some
of these petals over here didn't grow quite right, you could just tug that
part in towards the back and then put those pieces that still looked really
pretty out as, like, a silhouette around the bottom of your container or
something. So you can always use the flowers. And use every little last bit
that you can.
Just be strategic.
So there you have it. Little succulent addition. Hope you enjoyed it, and
hope that encourages you to go try it for yourself. Have a good one.
Video: Step-by-step sculptural centerpiece
In this fall-inspired centerpiece tutorial video, Kelly pulls together an
arrangement using gomphrena, zinnias, foxglove, pokeweed, asiatic lilies,
hydrangea, and dahlias. Learn how to become a florist and take floral
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Hey there. I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower, and today I'm going to do a
little centerpiece demonstration for you using beautiful
peach, pink, white, orange flowers. I hope you enjoy it.
We're going to get started today with some pokeweed. I love using this in
the summer time. And we are going to use this to establish the shape of our
arrangement. So you can do this with any kind of flowers. You just have to
think through, what can I use that serves a similar purpose?
So you don't have to use pokeweed whenever you go and try this at home. You
can use something else that has a similar function.
It's really fun. Everybody's regions are so different that are here with us
on Team Flower, and it's fun to see what you guys are using in your neck of
the woods. And I would love to hear more about what you have in your yard.
I'm using a flower frog today, and I have it attached in there to my
compote dish with some epoxy. Now, it will not come out if you decide you
want to go that route. It's kind of a permanent thing. But I really like
to-- I really like to have them in there good and stuck.
OK, so that's our basic shape. Next we're going to work on covering some of
this area down in here, and then we're going to build it up with beautiful
flowers. I'm going to use some geranium leaves, and I'm going to use a
little technique called layering, where you simply layer the leaves one on
top of the next. And I'm going to work that back in and through the
arrangement to get a little bit of a line going.
Every time you put a flower in you have to think about, OK, where's the
next flower going to go that's going to balance that one out. So it doesn't
necessarily have to be the exact same flower that you use to balance
things, but you just need to kind of keep that in mind so that you don't
get lost along the way whenever you're making your arrangement.
So when you step back and evaluate regularly, you'll catch when things are
kind of going in a direction that you want to change or edit.
So just low in the arrangement, these little guys in there. And then I'm
going to do the same thing with some hydrangea.
You definitely don't want to miss this step of building the shape and
getting the shape to a place where you like, and then working on this
covering aspect is really important. So that gives a place for all the rest
of your beautiful flowers to shine.
I have two different kinds of hydrangea that I pulled, and I'll see which
one I like in here better. But they have different shapes, and so they can
be used in different ways. Like this one is more round, and this one really
lends itself to being able to be cut pretty low and tucked deep inside.
Sometimes hydrangea can be a little bit overwhelming because it's so large
and round. So I like to pull it apart in different sections, kind of use it
in this way. Also looks pretty as a mass grouping. Like a lot of hydrangeas
all in one place, I think is another way that you could use them.
I'm getting close to where I feel like I have an adequate amount of
coverage, and that I'm ready to start pulling this color from down here up
into the arrangement with some foxglove. This is called pink
dalmatian. It's really sweet variety.
And I'm going to use this to bring color higher in the arrangement. It also
reinforces the shape of the arrangement. And I love how it's going to act
as a transition flower, taking us from the peaches that we have-- or the
pinks that we have-- to some peachier tones.
It's little speckles in there are really sweet pink. And as I'm choosing
the flowers, I'm thinking about the shape that they naturally have. This
one would really lend itself to kind of going out this way. So that is
where I'm going to put it.
You don't want to be fighting the natural shape of the flowers or you'll
have a hard time getting everything where you'd like it to be. But if you
need to just zhuzh it a little bit, you can kind of go like this, soften
the stem-- stem fibers a little bit. It's especially helpful with things
Tulips are wonderful, aren't they? I cannot wait to have those back in the
spring. So many different varieties. Love them.
Next we're going to use zinnias to create a line. You could also use
ranunculus, but if you are in a situation where you need to have two
different options for a bride because you're working, maybe, at a different
price point, ranunculus of course are more expensive. These can range
anywhere from like $1.30 maybe to over $2 a stem, depending on the time of
And then there's zinnias which you can get from most cut flower farms. And
these are kind of one of those more, like, two or three for a dollar
flowers. But very similar as far as shape and kind of, the way that you
could use them. I really think that zinnias rival ranunculus in the
summer. I think they're so sweet. Absolutely love them. Would choose them
over ranunculus every time.
What we're going to do with these is create a little bit of a line in the
arrangement. And I'm just going to take notice of the size and the shading
on all of the ones that I have. These ones are a little bit more peach so
they'll look prettier together in a group. Hmm, these ones have more of a
pink and white tone, so those would look really pretty, like, next to some
pokeweed because it has those same tones in it,
Have some white. This might be pretty up there near the foxglove. There's a
little touch of white up there. This one coral piece that's really pretty
and bright. That might look pretty low in the arrangement next to something
peach. So we'll start there.
And I like to observe how they look from different angles because want to
put them in a place that really showcases their special shape and
Now what we're making is called an implied line. It's a connect the dots
kind of line. And that helps to guide your eye through the arrangement.
So you can start implied lines anyway that you like. They're really
fun. It's kind of the unscripted part about this, in these more organic
style arrangements. You can make up the path that you want them to go in
and decide based on how their stems fall and all those kinds of things.
This is a pretty strong vertical implied line right here. Not something
that I normally do, but I want to play with it a little bit today and see
where it goes.
There's my frog. [LAUGHS] So I like how this kind of comes down, and then
it pops back over and up to these ones and then around the side.
So again, you could do something very similar with the ranunculus if you
wanted to. I just wanted to have those here as a little example for you so
you could be thinking about it. And I have some dahlias.
It's good to work just one ingredient at a time. Helps you to focus and see
how things are falling sometimes when there's all these buckets of flowers
in front of you, and you're like, oh gosh, where do I even start? You just
need to get everything organized in the way that you're going to put it
into the arrangement. And then don't think another thing about it.
Start with what you're going to use to create your shape then what you're
going to use to cover, like we used the hydrangea to kind of cover the
bottom and the geranium leaves. Just put everything in order.
OK. I have another line going here. I really like lines. They keep
the-- sometimes the organic arrangements can start to look a little bit
messy, and the lines keep things organized. I really love, love, love, love
lines. Super, super important.
OK, are big star of the show is this Asiatic lily that I found from
Peterkort. They grow a lot of roses but I happened to see these, and I was
like, oh, please add a bunch of those to my box. So I'm excited to play
with these and see how they come together.
I think the coloring in them is so lovely. This really
just-- oh, rich, rich, brown red. And I love how that plays with the
richness of the insides of these zinnias. It's one of the reasons why I
wanted to choose those over the ranunculus today.
Mm, those look so pretty with the zinnias.
I think lilies get overlooked sometimes. We need to bring them
back. They're beautiful flowers.
I'm kind of wanting to work one in high. I'm going to try it and see how it
looks. Might be too much, might be awesome. You always have to give it a
whirl. And of course, beauty is one of those things that's a little bit
subjective. Some people might love it and think that it's awesome, and then
others are like, whoa, where'd that come from. So you have to decide-- you
have to decide what you love.
And that's what really makes your mark, and makes your work
unique. Everybody worries about, oh, what's my look? What's my look? It's
just naturally what you think is beautiful. That will become your look. So
you don't have to over think that a lot. Hopefully that takes some pressure
I'm going to leave it there for now. Something I like to do at the end of
the arrangements, just take a quick little iPhone picture of it. So maybe
I'll do that and see if I want to leave that in there or take that out. But
I'm OK with it for now.
Last thing I'm going to add is gomphrena. This is something that a lot of
the local flower farmers will grow. And you can dry it, so it does really
well as a cut. A lot of things that you can dry will do well as cuts, and
in boutonnieres and things like that need to be out of water.
These do have some wilty stems if they're cut at just the wrong time, so
just be cognizant of that and do a little test run if you wanted to use
these in boutonnieres or something like that. They're kind of like
zinnias. If they're cut just a little bit early, their stems can get floppy
and they don't hold as well.
The purpose of these little finish flower, what adds that little bit of
lightness to the arrangement. Some other things you could use with these
lilies, chocolate scabiosa or black cosmos would be pretty.
Now, we talked about that implied line. What this is doing in the
arrangement is an actual line. That's the two different kinds.
And I do like this little bit of negative space that I have going in
here. I kind of want one other thing that's up just a little bit higher so
that it's not at the same level. So let's see if we can get that, and if
not maybe we'll just pull that gomphrena and make it a little bit
shorter, and have that be the high point in the arrangement.
OK, I we're just about done. Add one more over here I think.
OK. As always, after you put something together it's a good idea just to
walk away from it for a few minutes and just check it. You might come back
and look at it and see something else that you want to just change a little
bit. So whenever you're going through and practicing this, just feel the
freedom to, at any point, walk away if you need to and come back. A lot of
times that gives us a lot of clarity.
So we'll just review the flowers real quick and the purposes of them in the
order that we put them in. First it was the pokeweed. And that served as
our shape. Then we put in some pink hydrangea, and that helped us cover the
base of our arrangement and also added a little bit of structure and
stability because it has all those different-- just the shape, you can put
flowers down through to help hold them hold them all in.
Then we added some geranium leaves to cover the bottom as well. And then
from that, we built up and we started using some zinnia-- or you could use
ranunculus-- to create an implied line. After that we went for the
dahlias. And we created another line, both on the front and the back, with
And then we added in some of these beautiful Asiatic lilies. And finished
it off with gomphrena. And I forgot the foxglove. That came after the
geranium. And that's-- I think this is called the dalmatian, peach
So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this little centerpiece tutorial
as much as I did. Get out there and keep moving forward one step at a
time. Happy to be a part of the process with you I'm Kelly Perry with Team
Flower. Have a good day.
Learning to Fly — Team Flower Workshop
<p>This summer I was on the coast, and I learned how to fly. What I learned is invaluable, and today I'd like to share it with you.</p><p>This is a long post, probably the longest I've written in a while, but I promise it's worth the read, and we all need to read more… and write more. It slows the mind down, and brings it to a tranquil place. Did you know the normal state of the human brain is tranquil? I read that in an old fashioned printed paperback book a few weeks ago.</p><p>So rewind — I'm driving to the coast, and this little line was impressed on my heart...</p><p><em>I'm teaching you to fly, so high, higher than a kite</em></p><p>Over and over again it came, along with a little tune. I quietly sang it for almost an hour on my drive. As I approached the island I had to wait at a drawbridge. It was here, as I watched several colorful kites fly in the breeze, that it occurred to me that I should actually learn how to fly.</p><p>I drove into town and there it was, a sign that said, "LEARN HOW TO FLY." It was a kite store. I thought about those kites on the bridge, and pulled in. Turns out they teach hang gliding classes on the dunes. I'll admit...my heart rate went up as I walked into that store. I'm adventurous, but being thousands of feet in the air does not sound appealing to me at all. Thankfully, I was informed I would just be a few feet off sand, with watchful eyes that would keep me happy and in one piece. Oh, and half of the experience would be in a classroom. I can do classrooms! Haha! I was assigned Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.</p>
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<p>I drove to the site, singing my little tune. I sat down in the classroom and within 60 seconds I knew exactly why I was there. "Flying is easy," he said. "I'm going to show you a target, you're going to keep your eyes on it and relax."</p><p><em>Keep your eyes on the target and relax</em></p><p>There were, of course, a few other little nuances to learn. Things like checking that you are connected to the glider (which really does all the work for you), balance and opening your arms really wide to the sky so you can land on your feet (which are additionally all great life lessons). But that part about keeping your eyes focused and relaxing — that sunk into my mind so fast and deep. "I'll never forget this," I thought. </p><p>So there I am, with my harness, helmet and $8 pink flowered Forever 21 "fun" (sun) glasses on the dunes of North Carolina and the instructor calls for the first flyer. No joke, every single person turns and looks at ME! I didn't know any of these people. </p>
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<p>So, off I go. </p><p>I got on the ground, latched myself into the glider, looked up at my instructor and asked for my target. He pointed out an island across the sound. "Keep your eyes on the target and relax, keep your eyes on the target and relax," I thought to myself. </p><p>Then he said something like, "We're going to stand up now, and I need you to run as fast as you can. You won't get very far. The glider will pick you up and carry you down the dune."</p><p>So I did, and I yelled "CLEAR" because that is what you do. He was right, I ran my little legs off for like 2 steps, then suddenly, I was in the air. I was, well, FLYING! When we got to the bottom he asked me what I did wrong. Haha! I thought I did a great job! I had no idea. "You need to relax more," he said.</p><p>Round two was better! "You know why that was awesome?" he said. "You were totally relaxed." Round three... the wind picked up, and I totally looked down! That really knocked my focus and in round four I lost it altogether. I tensed up as the wind picked up. I looked at the sand — even though I seriously thought I was doing everything right. It was eye opening. The fifth time was better, but let's just say I still have some work to do.</p> <p>The instructor gave me my "flight details." West/Southwest, 18-25 mph. The details of that are less important than what the man who I reported them to said. "Whoa, we don't see that around here very often. Usually the wind comes from the opposite direction. It's the easiest to get off the ground in, but the hardest to control." </p><p>I pondered all of this in my heart, and shortly after the experience, maybe even on the ride back, I can't remember, I felt the peace of the Holy Spirit wash over me about the 2016 Workshop. You see, the 2015 Workshop was a hard one for me. Don't misunderstand or assume — I loved that event and all the people who were a part of it, but I didn't keep my eye on the target and I didn't relax. There was too much on my plate, too many moving pieces. From this, I seriously considered pulling the 2016 Workshop off the calendar permanently. However, I know why I started it, and to me, that is more important than the possibility of something being hard. Laura is handling the details for me now. I'm doing it. I'm pouring all the love and dreams in my heart out again. I've got a map (well, maps) in my little house office with scribbles, thoughts and dreams all over them. I'm asking the Lord to draw each attendee to the Workshop, whether a mile down the road or the whole way around the world, just like he does with the monarch butterflies. Because it's time to fly. Light and easy. Focused and relaxed. </p><p>Before I close, I'll share a little bit about the images you'll see and touch on that monarch butterfly I mentioned...</p><p>This was our farewell dinner in 2015. This dinner was inspired by Team Flower. The table was dressed by faithful, kind flower friends while I helped attendees with their arrangements and fielded questions inside. </p><p>You'll see a small monarch butterfly attached to each plate. The butterfly represents each of us. We are small (in the grand scheme of things), fragile, but so strong. If you don't know about the monarchs, they are the largest known insect migration in the world. They travel thousands of miles, from Canada to Mexico each year. As they fly along they are mostly alone, but they bump into each other along the way. When they get to their magic mountain in Mexico they are all together, thousands of them, and it is spectacular — truly. </p><p>Monarch also means "king" or "queen." You are a leader. Not in a bossy pants kind of way, but in a serving, giving kind of way. Your sweetness sets a new industry standard.</p><p>So, to summarize, we're alone (physically), but we bump into each other and are together sometimes. And those times are so sweet. We're sensitive and fragile, which supports our ability to notice the world and create amazing things that speak louder and encourage the world more deeply than we ever could with words. We are strong, which helps our resolve. We are leaders. We are setting industry standards — sweetness, kindness, long-suffering, generosity. And...</p><p>We are learning how to fly, so high</p><p>Keep your eyes on the target, relax, and to that I'll add — enjoy the view!</p><p>I didn't think it could happen, but I'm gushing with excitement about the 2016 Workshop. I can't wait to meet you. I already planned your welcome and your send-off. It's going to be spectacular, just like that Mexican mountaintop.</p>
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<p>Photos: Holly Carlisle Photography // Location: North Carolina Arboretum // Linens: Enchantress in Silver Cloud by La Tavola // Catering: Savory Thyme Cafe // Chairs and China: Classic Event Rentals // Team: Emily of Kennedy Occasions, Deedie of Springvine, Marianne of RiverOaks, Ashley of Tinge and Holly of Rosegolden // Nikki from East West Vintage Rentals was a huge part of making this dinner come together, so special shout-out to her! </p><p>Inspired by Flight of the Butterflies. You have to see this film. Apparently the butterflies are underrated because I was in the theater with like 3 other people and I'm pretty sure I was the only one who cried their eyes out. Gosh, the beauty of people following their dreams moves me in a deep way. The man who discovered the mountain in Mexico worked his entire life with his wife on studying the monarchs. He started when he was little boy. It is so inspirational in several regards — a must see. </p>
Light as a Feather — Team Flower Workshop
<p>Deedie from Springvine led the setup on this and I love it. She makes me feel light when I'm with her, and since I was talking about how the burden we carry in life is light, it seemed appropriate for her to head this one up. </p><p>I went to a movie last weekend — <em>The Intern</em> with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. It's a wonderful movie, by the way. I naturally cried because she was following her dream and laughed because it was all just very sweet. When I think about it now, it's a great movie to see if you feel like I'm about to describe… but back to the reason for me mentioning it...</p><p>There is a very short and subtle line in the movie where Ben (Robert De Niro) is, with a quiet smile, sharing how his late wife "lived life like it was easy." Queue the lump in my throat and quiet tears. I thought, "I want that."</p>
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<p>Well, upon further reflection I realized, I have it. It's been with me all this time. Sometimes I operate out of that truth. Sometimes I don't. And therein lies the problem. We can't be double minded when it comes to truth. </p><p>See, entrepreneurship can run you ragged. You may find that there comes a moment where you want to quit, work at Kmart and eat a bunch of donuts. It's called burnout. It comes from doing too much, thinking too much, worrying too much. Balance leaves the body, and things get hazy. You're kind of cranky and critical, you don't even feel hunger anymore, and your real smile is lost. Maybe you're there. </p><p>Well, I have great news! It's not all over. You aren't quitting. You just need a break. You need to go see that movie and laugh. You need to decide to live life like it's light. Because, with a shift in perspective you'll find it is.</p>
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What a Wonderful World — Team Flower Workshop
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<p>Arrangement by RiverOaks</p>
<p>I came across the classic Louis Armstrong song, "What a Wonderful World" when I was working on some plans for the workshop. It hit me in a completely refreshing way and I knew I wanted it to be the first thing that greeted the attendees that morning (besides the Flower School Bus). </p><p>It struck me because, as I sat there, watching the YouTube rendition, he smiled harder and more honestly than anyone I've ever seen. Like, he knew it was a wonderful world. I couldn't shake his certainty, and soon it became mine. The perspective shifts and that smile... it inspired me. </p><p>The song was written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele. Both have really inspiring stories. George was on track to be a lawyer or doctor, but his love of music overrode those pursuits. He took a risk, and did the thing that wasn't "safe." I'm glad he did. Bob was hosting a radio show at 14 and started a record label at 17! You are never too young, or too middle-aged, or too old for that matter. I helped my first bride at 14. I intend to help my last one at 101. Age is irrelevant when it comes to encouraging the world.</p><p>As these smart, classy people, who inspire so much of what I do, finished their breakfast, I hopped up to play the song for them...</p>
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<span>“</span>I see trees of green, red roses, too,<br/>I see them bloom, for me and you<br/>And I think to myself<br/>What a wonderful world.<br/>I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,<br/>The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night<br/>And I think to myself<br/>What a wonderful world.<br/>The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,<br/>Are also on the faces of people going by.<br/>I see friends shaking hands, sayin’, “How do you do?”<br/>They’re really sayin’, “I love you.”<br/>I hear babies cryin’. I watch them grow.<br/>They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know<br/>And I think to myself<br/>What a wonderful world<br/>Yes, I think to myself<br/>What a wonderful world<span>”</span>
<figcaption class="source">— Louis Armstrong</figcaption>
</figure><p class="text-align-center">And then I asked them, what might life look like if your perspective shifted?</p><p>What if the flowers bloom for you?<br />What if babies crying brought hope for the future to mind?<br />What if you saw beautiful rainbows on the faces of strangers that walk by? Even the ones that have their attention fixed on a phone?</p><p>I thought it was both appropriate and ironic that the morning of this breakfast (that was supposed to be on the lawn with a garden backdrop) was moved inside because of a thunderstorm. "Well, Kelly, this is all about <em>perspective</em>," I thought to myself as I set the table in the new space. In that moment I quietly chose to smile and throw my arms open instead of hang on to my plan, and it felt good. And while everyone had a nice time and didn't know otherwise, the real victory of the morning was a quiet shift of perspective in my heart. </p>
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<p>Photos: Heather Payne Photography // Calligraphy: Leen Jean // Location: North Carolina Arboretum // Linens: Bubbly Ballet by La Tavola // Catering: Savory Thyme Cafe // Chairs and China: Classic Event Rentals // Team: Emily of Kennedy Occasions, Deedie of Springvine, Marianne of RiverOaks, Ashley of Tinge and Holly of Rosegolden</p><p>The piece that inspired the design: Floral Plates by Pottery Barn<br />The heart was inspired by: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong</p><p>Roses: Moscow by Peterkort</p>
Roots that Go Deep — Team Flower Workshop
<p>There is something I find immensely comforting about trees. Unlike the flowers that come and go, trees stay through all seasons. Their root systems are deep, withstanding the wild winds we get here in Boone when the seasons change. These systems allow them to stay green through long drought. They aren't easily persuaded by the hard times — they don't surrender or give up easily. They provide shade, shelter, and a home for the birds. So restful they are!</p><p>Each of these plates represents a beautiful soul, a soul that brings me the same kind of comfort and rest the trees do. Like the trees, they stay through all seasons. Their roots are deep. Their kindness keeps them green through drought. While nagging thoughts may come and tell them otherwise, a focused mind keeps them sure. And in those fleeting moments where focus is lost, there are lots of others in place to remind them.</p>
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<p>Team Flower Workshop friends who sat around this table with me — May your roots go down deep and may you enjoy the blossoms and fruit that follows.</p>
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<p>This dinner was held at the North Carolina Arboretum during our 2015 Workshop. Big thanks to Marianne at RiverOaks for sourcing the centerpieces and setting this beautiful table with our 2015 team [Emily of Kennedy Occasions, Deedie of Springvine, Marianne of RiverOaks, Ashley of Tinge and Holly of Rosegolden]. Holly Carlisle Photography took these pretty photos. Holly is so good at helping me remember what is good and treasured in life. Our dinner was prepared by Jo Dee, her husband and team at Savory Thyme Cafe. Chairs and tableware are from Classic Event Rentals. Linens are "Adam" in Natural from La Tavola Fine Linen. You can find the "Amber Frost" votives we used here at Jamali Garden. The "Farmer's Market" placemats that inspired the look all are here at Hester and Cook and the inspiration can be found in Ephesians 3:17.</p>
Video: Flowers for summer weddings
In this video Kelly will show you all the beautiful blooms that commonly
open in the summertime. Learn how to become a florist and take floral
design classes online with Team Flower. Here you can even learn tips on
flower gardening for beginners. We'll show you how to do flower
arrangements in flower arranging videos.
Stretching yourself is a good thing. Today, I decided to take some things
that I had in the studio and create an arrangement that was a different
shape, and definitely a different color palette than what I normally work
with. This arrangement I have been waiting-- I've been waiting really all
year for these turk cap's lilies to bloom. And this is one of the photos
that I have in our living room here at home. And it has one of those
beautiful lilies right here, and I always anticipate that coming out in
July each year.
Something that's native to the southeast United States, so if you're in one
of those states, keep your eyes peeled in woodland areas for these
beautiful things to pop up. And if you aren't, still keep your eyes
open. Some might have come and blown your way.
So this is a turk cap's lily. And I just wanted to use this opportunity to
show you a few of the different ingredients that you might like to use for
something that you have coming up in your future. So let's go through all
of the different things that we have in here.
So of course, the lilies, which have inspired it all. And then we have some
umbrella fern. And this is so great if you're trying to get a lot of volume
in an arrangement, but maybe working on a lower budget. This spreads out so
beautifully. You can use it as the big umbrella shape, or you could break
it off into smaller pieces and use it in boutonnieres or something smaller
if you wanted, as well.
We also have some really beautiful velvety geranium leaves here. Love
them. They come in all different sizes.
And right below this here, with these sweet little pink berries, after they
flower, but this is pokeweed, one of my favorite things to use in the
summer time. It grows on a lot of hillsides. And you'll probably find some
near you. So that's something that I really love to use in the summer
And here we have some basil, some flowering basil. And some lisianthus. And
this kind has a pretty purple and white stripe in it. And if you dig
closely and look back here in the arrangement, we're using some sweet
orange spray roses.
And this beautiful reaching flower right here is called
crocosmia. Hopefully I'm pronouncing that correctly. That's how they say it
here. Sometimes I've found that, in different regions, they call the
flowers different things, like for example I have some clematis is how I
grew up calling it, but in the south they call it clematis. So that's one
of the flowers we've got down in there.
I have some beautiful sphinx gold spray roses from Peterkort. Here, we have
some liatris. And let's see. This dark foliage that you see is called
ninebark. And this is a great thing to have in your garden. Grows up nice
and bushy, and you can keep cutting on it.
I have some foxglove here. This is the light lavender purple. I have a
piece of oak leaf hydrangea foliage. So that's fun to break off of the
hydrangea and just use the foliage. I have a piece of hellebore leaf
here, as well. A little bit of ivy, and some milk weed. And then right
here, this is called gomphrena. It's a fun little textural piece here.
And then lastly, I have some orange ranunculus that I had left from a
wedding last weekend that wasn't quite the right shade. So here it is. It
works beautifully with this Dutch-inspired arrangement.
So that's your little tour of Boone here in July. I hope that you enjoyed
it. And I hope it inspires you to go create some beautiful things with
whatever is blooming in your neck of the woods. Keep moving forward, one
step at a time.
Video: Patriotic arrangement using star-shaped flowers
Watch Kelly put together a unique patriotic-inspired arrangement using
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flower arranging videos.
[SINGING] Three cheers for the red, white and blue! Can you please include
that? Today we're going to make a patriotic centerpiece for-- perhaps you'd
like to have a party for the Fourth of July, or Memorial Day or any number
of American holidays. Perhaps a president's birthday. Perhaps you're taking
a trip to Washington, DC.
That's my favorite city, by the way. I just love going there and walking
the streets. I feel like it's very inspirational. I think I might go there
sometime and just make some flowers. So I'll invite you if I do.
Going to start by using elaeagnus, which is a type of wild olive. This
stuff grows-- the place where I've seen it the most was when I was in the
Outer Banks earlier this year. It was everywhere. And I am going to use
that to get my base set up.
To set up my base, I went a little bit out of order. But let me take this
out. So I like to go in a triangle just to get things started, with the
long, short and medium.
Then go back there and put one tall-- I'm creating space for the rest of
the ingredients to rest. Deciding if this is going to be a long and low or
have tall points. Just seeing where the ingredients take me.
Sometimes, I plan where I want to go first, and then pick the ingredients
based on that. And then sometimes, I do it the other way. I like to just
see where things end up.
So that's the nice thing about today because I can just choose, and take
you along with me. A nice refresher after you've been doing things that are
more scripted. Like if you have to decide what you're doing for a
wedding, or an event or something. Nice to just see what happens.
So that's where I am with my shape. In the back here, I'm going to add this
a little bit more in the back so that I can balance this out back
here. Just needed a little bit coming this way because it was leaning
forward. Pop that in there.
Next thing I'm going to do is go in here and cover this area with some
lower foliage. And I like this to be a different shade and also a different
shape when possible. So this is a little bit bigger, different texture.
This is celosia, a different kind. We had some peach in another
lesson. This is the red kind. And we're going to go right in here, pretty
low. And we're going to cover up this area in here where the bowl is and
prepare to add some flowers.
So I'm still going around in a little bit of a triangle, just to get
started. Then you can jump out and go crazy. Sometimes, if I have like a
lot of different greens I'm using, I like to use one kind of green on one
side and the one kind of green on the other side. But this whole way of
getting your base established I think's really important, regardless of
whether you're using the same ingredients again and again or you're using
the same one.
I want to take this a little bit high here to reach up and hang out with
that for a little bit. But had to go back down low and do the work of the
celosia, which is to cover up the base. You can see I'm just trimming from
the same piece several different pieces. And I'm talking away that piece
that I cut out in there deep inside the arrangement, so that you won't see
it. Let's do maybe three more pieces, just to get some good coverage down
Like that, like that. Just need to put a little bit more back here. I have
a little bit of an opening. Put some more in there. So that celosia, I'm
going to save a little bit in case I want to come back and add some more
The next thing I'm going to add is a flower that will cover the base of the
arrangements. So this is going to go after the celosia. It's going to go in
nice and low. This is a variety of hydrangea that blooms earlier in the
year up here.
So a lot of times, the temptation is to start going high with your
flowers. But you really want to keep these deep. They all have to do their
job, right? And you can bring some of them out longer if you wanted to. If
you wanted to show it off, you could bring it out more.
But the main reason why I chose these was for that purpose of coming in
low. So anyway, I have this one left over. I'm just going to keep it.
I might bring it out. Well, let's just do it, and then take it out later if
we need to. So we're just carrying the carpet out here a little bit.
Next, I'm going to add-- see, I'm having this thing where I can't decide
between these two. And I think it's cool to go with both of them, so I'm
going for it. We'll see where we end up.
This has a lot of different names, it's cute. Gooseneck. Sometimes
veronica's what you ask for wholesale. There's just a bunch of different
varieties. It's all pretty similar. Similar shape and everything, so gets
interchanged a lot.
And I'm going to use this to follow the main shape that I started. Take
some color out long. The purpose of this one is to reach. Everything has a
purpose. Each person has a purpose.
Each time the season. Foods have different purposes. Fun to think
about, how different everybody is. It's a good thing.
So these are my stripes. I'm going to add some stars in a little bit. I
just have one more. And I want to put it-- you can see, everything's out
far. And I want to add one that's a little bit closer in to the base.
Actually, let's put them back here. Perfect. Didn't like that place.
Then you go for the fox gloves next. These serve a similar purpose. But I
think I can mix them all right because they're two different sizes. So
similar shapes, and they both have many flowers on a stem. But since the
fox glove are really big and those are smaller, I think we can all work
together and be in a happy place.
Sometimes, if you're making something and it doesn't look right, check the
sizes and the shapes because you might be competing. That can throw you off
sometimes. I'm just going to focus this in on the left side of the
arrangement. Going to do something different on the other side.
This is nicotiana. I've seen this in a smaller size, which is actually what
I prefer. This is big, and honest to goodness, it is so hard to
manage. Just it's heavy, and how it sits is a little bit tough to
manage. So you just have to be careful with it.
But the other variety that I really like to use is just much smaller and it
droops over completely. And it's just really sweet and fun. I love it so
much. These are just a little bit heavier and harder to manage.
So just have to maybe edit them a little bit. Actually might just take that
off so I can plan where this bloom will go. So these are the stars in the
stars and stripes arrangement.
I was at Chick-fil-A a few days ago. My usual granny meals. And
anyway, Buster and I, we were eating our sandwich. And there was this
really sweet man. He was over there, and I was waiting on something.
And he said come over here and sit down. And so anyway, I went over and sat
down. And he told me all about how he served in the military
for-- well, between him, his son and his grandson, I think it was 93 years
combined. And it was really fun to listen to him and hear his story.
So I have stars in there. I'm going to put one more back here. See how I
don't have any there? Going to add that.
Now I have these red lilies. I think I'm going to add that in next so I can
get an idea how this wall will finish out. Just have one prize lily, so
don't cut too short. That's where that's going to go.
Oo, golly. Think I'm getting some bug bites. Another fun part of this time
of year. Those lousy mosquitoes.
All right, this is bee balm. Real fun one. This one grows-- oh, man.
My mom grew this in the yard growing up. And it blooms here in boon right
around the 4th of July along the parkway where we live. You just saw it out
So I'm going to make a little line down the back of my arrangement with
these. And I have one prized zinnia, so that'll be my little focal moment
over here. I'd love to have more than one or a bigger one. But sometimes
you got to work with what you got, so that's what we're doing. Fun.
This bothers me. It looks like you're just hanging out here because the
stem. So I'm going to just tuck it in to go more along that line that I
started out originally. That's a little bit better.
OK, my one zinnia. Going to tuck it in back here. I don't know, guys.
I wish I had a few more. I'm not going to go for it. This is just going to
be the back.
But see how they all are about a very similar size? Just looks weird. So
put that in a bud vase somewhere.
Have some blue to add in. This is delphinium. My friend Lee grows this.
You can get this pretty easily wholesale too. I think it's a really sweet
blue. It's hard to find a true blue in the flower world.
A lot of times, you've probably experienced the frustration of the
wholesaler sending you something that they said was blue but actually it
was very purple. Just hard to find true blues in the flower world very
often. But I think delphinium's a good one.
And then I have forget-me-nots today as well. We're going to not forget all
of the people who have served. And the families who've supported them and
have also served a great deal. So this one's for you guys.
And I was trying to keep the shapes of all the flowers whenever I was
setting up for this one to be-- I don't have a big, round peony or anything
in this arrangement. Well, it would be nice and it would look pretty. But I
wanted to keep everything stars, and fireworks and things like that.
So we have a little blue moment going on over there. And I'm going to
finish it off-- well, maybe. I might add some Queen Anne's. Queen Anne's
will probably be-- I'm just going to put one of those down in here since I
don't have more zinnias.
It'll be all right. Put a little trio of three of them back there. And
we'll punctuate the little line of three with one more there to balance
And then the last one, the forget-me-nots. I like to group these together
since they are so little, to put a little handful of them together. Put
them in as a team, this little group.
And while I'm here, getting bit by a lot of mosquitoes, I'll be happy to
tell you about my favorite mosquito repellent. It is by Burt's Bees, and
has a little green label on it. It smells good-- I don't mind the
smell-- and I get bit a lot. And it really works better than DEET or
anything like that on me.
So if you're one of those poor people that just gets eaten alive. Think I'm
going to regret this arrangement but not regret it. But I think I'm going
to be very itchy the next few days. Love you guys.
That's my patriotic arrangement. I'm going to put one more back here. Then
I'm going to call it a day and run for my life. There you have it. Wishing
you all the best, and lots of success [LAUGHS].
Video: Step-by-step summer bouquet
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Hi. I wanted to take you on a little flower tour of what's happening here
in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina in May. We're working with
some hydrangea foliage. And this will be really beautiful later this
summer, with lots of blossoms and blooms. And in the fall, it turns the
beautiful. It has little speckles of burgundy in it.
We have weigela here. One of my favorite flowers to work with because it
can act both as a green and as a little punch of color. We have lupine
This is something that is really well known here in the mountains. We have
a lot of this. A lot of this in the area is what you'll find growing
sometimes at grocery stores. And of course, in backyards and things like
I have some lady's mantle here today as well. I have a few ranunculus that
I had left from-- that I just decided I didn't like with what I was doing
for an event last week. So I have a few of those that I might
incorporate. Some ranunculus, I have some beautiful tree peonies from the
garden out front.
And then we have some poppies. And we actually still have tulips up in the
mountains since our season starts a little bit later than other
people's. And then I have some pretty fun little apples from my apple tree
out here in the backyard.
So there's the ingredients that we're going to be working with today. And
I'm just going to show you a little technique for doing a simple hand-tied
bouquet. But I also wanted to talk a little bit about efficiency as we go
So whenever you've got your studio set up, and you're working on an event
or a wedding, a lot of times with the bouquets, if you just jump into
making it without having a plan in place before you go ahead with it, they
can get really cumbersome. Because you're trying to strip a leaf here, and
trying to hold your bundle of flowers here.
So something that I really love to do is have someone help me strip all of
the leaves down to-- I'll just give them a little tutorial on where I'd
like the leaves to be stripped to. And then, I-- especially if I'm doing
several bouquets-- rather than having it all laid out on the table like
this-- which is just so that you can see what we're working with today-- I
just have it in little vases.
The ingredients for each bouquet would be in a vase. And they would just go
through, and whatever my instructions were-- three stems of the hydrangea
and three stems of the weigela and five stems of lupine. It would just will
be all arranged there.
So then that makes actually putting the bouquet together really, really
easy. And you can have another bucket on the side of just an extra
thing. Sp sometimes, these underrate pieces to all work together. So you
can trade out some pieces from maybe an extras bucket or something like
that, if you arrange.
Just a little thought to get you set up and going. But I like to hold my
bouquets, is just with a really open, loose grip here, like a C. And I'm
going to layer these hydrangea pieces in and a little bit of just a
triangular, tripod shape.
So you just have two on one side, one on the other side. So this is
normally my long piece. And then I have a medium piece and a shorter
piece. It's how I start them.
And then, I was a little gun shy to cut my weigela just because I wanted to
see how the pieces could form in my hand real quick. So that's one thing
that I did not prep in advance. But I think I'm just going to work with
this hear. And we might adjust it as we go along. But I'm going to go for
that one there.
And then, I'm going to clip this one. This is really one long piece. And
I'm going to clip it into two pieces. So there is a little bit of a shorter
piece. Just strip a few off of this to do a long piece.
Now I just strip these off of here. This would make a really sweet
boutonniere or corsage ingredients. So you could put a little vase there to
collect those pieces as you move along throughout your arrangements.
So I've got this one coming out to the side, this one here. And this one
I'm going to put in the back and up high so that I keep everything
balanced. Because I need to have room in here as well to place some
flowers. And next, I'm going to move from this-- the weigela has a really
bright, punchy pink that goes and fades to more of a light pink.
And I'm going to eventually get into incorporating a little bit of yellow
in here. So I'm going to start with my darkest lupine that just a hint of
yellow in it. Just hints of yellow, tiny little bit. I'm going find a spot
to layer that in. We'll go just about there.
And next, I'm going to put in a piece of lupine that is even just a shade
brighter than the one that I just put in. And it also has a hint of yellow
in it, but a little bit more than the one before. So we're just slowly and
gently introducing this next colored to the arrangement.
Next, we're going to go for yellow. I'm going to just look and see if any
of them have a slight pink hue to them. And that's how I'll be bridging
this gap. This one has just a tiny little touch.
So you can see how we've moved from dark to light. And now we're going to
really fill out this yellow here on the other side. And then, when I'm
trying to decide where I want to put something, I'm examining which way is
that naturally pointing and making the line of the arrangement go.
I've got this going here. I think it might be nice to try this to be an
upswing since we've been going down on the other side. It might be nice to
have this pop up.
And I'm about to add some lady's mantle that will help support this a
little bit better than it is right now. So this is a little bit of a
heavier ingredient. Probably should have put the lady's mantle in first to
support these since they're heavier.
So we'll just carry that color back through with two pieces of loop and
ruff. But I'm going to wait, and I might come back to those after I put a
few more things into the arrangement.
So next, the purpose of this lady's mantle, you can see how there's
different spikes. This one in particular has pretty sturdy stems. So what I
like to do with this is to place it pretty low in the arrangement as a
little bit of texture. But it's also adding some stability so that as I
continue to layer flowers in, they have something to catch on to and to be
So I'm working with five stems of this. If you're working with a lower
budget, you could maybe just do three stems. It just depends what the big
picture of what you're looking like is.
Have some in the front, and then working it back in this way. Again, going
to fade this one little piece that I have just in case if coming back, I
decide I want to add some more in. These ranunculus, I think these are
going to act as a little bit of an accent flower.
So again, I'm looking through and I'm seeing out of all other ranunculus
that I have, which one would be the best fit for the pallet in that
particular spot. Because you can see, some of these are real dark, and then
some are lighter. So what I would like to do is add a little grouping of
three of them here.
Paying attention to the size a little bit as well. Putting the things that
are the smallest at the top. This one has a little bit more purple as
opposed to pink. And this one has a little bit more pink. So I'm going to
swap that out.
And you want to have some void back there behind your flowers so that they
can really pop out and shine. So you don't want to put it here, how that's
on the same level. Put that up just a step above that.
Next, I'm going to go, and I'm going to pop one back in here. And this is
not acting so much as a beautiful element of the bouquet as much of it
stability element. I can feel that there's a little bit of movement back in
there. So I'm just putting that there to hold some things in place. I'll
turn around, and we'll work on the backside of it a little bit.
You can see, this is a great place for this ranunculus that was darker, and
just a little bit too much for this area of the arrangement. Back
here, that's a great little spot for that. It fits right in there with that
weigela. And then this one's slightly darker. Brings your eye up and a
little bit of depth.
And this one just a space filler as opposed to a [INAUDIBLE]. You just want
to think about what's the purpose of the flower that you're putting in
there. And you use the really beautiful flowers, the stars of the shows
higher in the arrangement. And then some of these other ones that aren't as
beautiful, you use lower in the arrangement.
Now back here, I feel like I'm lacking some ingredients in this area. So
it's great to save-- like I said, we saved this one piece of lady's
mantle. And that fills that in and takes care of that problem. I also feel
like this one piece of hydrangea greenery is in the way of where am I might
like to put a focal flower in the future. So I'm just going to tug that
out, and add that back in here to bridge the gap between the lady's mantle
and the end of this.
So I have these other ranunculus that are a little bit darker. But I think
I'm going to pause on putting those in for now. And I want to experiment
and see what these focal flowers could look like in here, and how I want
those to be presented. Now that's going to happen too, where something's
going to slide out of place. You can just gently coax it back in.
Something I'm going to do real quick is just to trim all of these because
those lupine stems are thick, and they're a little bit heavy. So whenever
they're rolling around down there, that can get them out of place a little
bit as well. So if you just keep this trimmed periodically, that will help
with that problem. And it'll also keep your hand in good shape so that it
doesn't tire out too quick.
I think it's very predictable to sink things right in this area. And you
can, and I think that that's pretty. And it's something that I like to do a
lot. But have you ever thought about putting some beautiful focal flowers
off to the side in framing the silhouette? Just another way to think about
it and look at it.
So we've got this movement carrying back here the largest peony, and
medium-sized peony and small peony. Oh my goodness. Look at
this. [GASPS] [LAUGHS] Oh wow. We'll just let him hang out.
Now on the backside here, we can still catch the color of these two. We
have this little stair step with the ranunculus that's really
beautiful, and I think will frame this peony really well. Just going to pop
that right down in there.
Now, I'm going just adjust this. I had it towards the outside. But I'm
going to pop this right through the backside of the arrangement. And to
make that just so that the orientation of the face is a little bit
To make that a little bit easier, you can trim the ends of your stems to be
a little like a nail so you can just pierce through there. So much easier
than struggling and forcing it. OK, so that again is carrying that line
back that way.
A few ingredients left. Poppies, I call it a little finishing flower. And
you can use them in different capacities, of course, but I like to use them
as a little finish. Something to float higher in the arrangement, just to
finish it off. And then I go back, and we're going to look at this base
area of the arrangement as well.
Now again, I'm just noticing the colors. Some have slightly peachier tones
to them, some more pink. So I'm just experimenting and seeing where would
that one best be showcased.
Think we have the dark pink side over here. That loop and how you're
carrying that. So I'd be privy to put over here in this area. You can wrap
them in among some other flowers to get it facing how you'd like it to
I might come back and pop those in at the very end, but I'm going to move
towards thinking about what's going on down here. So we have this exposed
branch, so I'm going to adjust the hydrangea foliage a little bit. And then
I'm going to add some tulips down in that area so we don't have anything
that isn't really beautiful being showcased at some point while it's being
carried. Just going to waterfall, I guess you could call it. I don't
know, I think I just made that up, maybe.
Put those in there. And then I'm going to pop it off with one up
here, higher. Let's look at it from this side. OK. So that carried the
tulips further back into the arrangement, rather than having it be flat.
And the last thing I wanted to do was finish it off with some of these cute
little apples down here, around the base. Hm, I don't feel like I need that
one. I like to give it a little shake. These things can get heavy in your
OK. I have some of these little peony leaves too left over. And these are
great-- flat leaves are great for framing areas down here at the base. Just
going to pop that in just down in there low.
I think I'm finished with that. What I might do at this point, if this was
a bride's bouquet, is just set this aside. And I would go work on something
else for a little while. Maybe I'd do like a boutonniere or two.
And then I would come back and look at it again because sometimes if you're
working and you're solving all of these problems. When you're putting an
arrangement together, you're solving a lot of little problems, like a
little puzzle piece. And sometimes stepping away from it just for a few
minutes, and coming back, get yourself some water, a little granola bar or
And then come back to it. You'll see things that you didn't necessarily see
whenever you're doing it first. So that's what I'm going to do right
now. I'm going to take a little break. Then I'll pop back in, and see if I
want to switch anything up.
So I've stepped away from the arrangement. And I've come back, and I've
quickly identified a few things that I wanted to switch up. So this is the
backside of the arrangement. And I was noticing that I lack some color
here. And I have an opportunity to carry this yellow a little bit further.
And I have these two stems of lupine left that we didn't use yet. And see
how that went from being maybe not a whole lot to-- then this just being
something that can pop in there and really finish that back section off so
it doesn't feel so empty.
So that was one of my quick little adjustment. It carries this line with
the lupine the whole way through, as opposed to just abbreviating that. And
then, the other thing I noticed is that I really wanted a finishing piece
back here as well. So I have this poppy that we didn't use that I'm going
to incorporate back here. And I'm going to use that hydrangea leaf frame
that little guy.
And then, the last thing that I noticed that I wanted to do is there's a
spot right in here that I feel could lend itself to if the bouquet is being
photographed from this side here. This little piece-- and I accidentally
tugged off one of its petals earlier today. And I thought I probably won't
use that-- but since we're tucking this down deep in here pretty low, we
can actually disguise that pedal is missing altogether. So a flower that
may have gone to waste otherwise can still add some beauty to the
arrangement. Even if it's just the yellow center and all the petals come
off, it's just a little pop of color happening down in there that I think
would be valuable.
Great. So I'm going to call that finished. The only thing we didn't use
were some of these were ranunculus, which were these pieces that we pulled
off of the weigela would make a really sweet coordinating boutonniere to go
with this. So sometimes with boutonnieres, I'll maybe order specifically
one thing. But I like to use pieces from everything else that I'm doing. It
helps it to all coordinate a little bit better.
I'm just taking the tape around the stems, going that way in one
direction. And then I'm going to go backwards with the tape for a
second. So that whenever I put my ribbon in here, I've got something to
grab onto. And this little poppy just needs to be supported. So I'm going
to wrap him behind the apples since he is falling down.
OK. A ribbon. This is just a simple satin ribbon from May Arts. It's
great, all-purpose ribbon. And before I get that on there, let's trim this
off a little bit lower. Feels like you're really trimming small. But the
point of the flowers is flowers, so we don't need a lot of stems going
So I've just folded that back, and then wrapping this around, just real
gently. I'm going to go ahead and cut this free. Just want to arrange it so
that it's smooth. If your stems are in the way or making it impossible for
it to be smooth, just situate things a little bit. And get it so you can
have a smooth stem wrap.
So right now, I'm on the backside of the bouquet. And I'm going to move
over to the front because I'm going to finish this off in the front. So I'm
going to put my thumb right here in the middle.
And I have this one little tail that's popping up. This is such an
easy, fast way to do a nice, tailored edge quickly. This gets hidden back
in here. And then right there, where your thumb is, you're just going to
pop a pin in there. And that grabs both the wrapping that you've done, and
that also grabs that second piece.
I might tug one more back in there, just to make sure that's really
secure. And then that just drapes down like that. And you didn't have to do
anything extra. It's just real fast and easy.
And now that I have this in my hand, I see where the ribbon's falling. I'm
going to cut these stems even shorter to their finished length. And if I'm
holding this in my hand, I just want a little bit popping down, don't need
much at all. Don't want to cut it so short that it's not balanced, and that
it's going to topple over on you whenever you pop it in the vase and travel
It's OK to keep it pretty short. And you may, if you're
traveling-- obviously, not today-- but I'm going to leave it a little bit
longer. And then do this final cut once you get to the event venue so that
there's a fresh cut on the flowers.
But I wanted you to see the end product as well. I'm just going to gently
lay this little guy down. And just give these ribbons a final snip.
These are Joyce Chen clippers, and they're really great multi-purpose. They
can go through wire. They can go through ribbon. They can go through the
plants, branches. All kinds of stuff. Fabulous, fabulous scissors. If they
get gunky, they're not good for ribbon.
All right. So that's it. That's our pink and yellow bouquet or tour of the
mountains in May. [LAUGHS] Have a good one.
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Video: Flowers for spring weddings
In this video Kelly will show you all the beautiful blooms that commonly
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Today I'm going to show you some wonderful flowers that you can use for
your next spring event. Some of these are just available in spring. Some
are available year round. We'll go through the list and I'll let you know
when these are usually available.
One of my favorites and a staple that I like to use in my events is called
the White Majolica spray rose. I love this because it easily transitions
from blush to cream. And a lot of times within the bunch you'll have a
variation of those shades.
So if you're working with a bride that loves blush, this is a great option
for a flower for her. If you need a spray rose that is a true white, you
might want to look at something like princess or snow roses.
What I love about White Majolicas is that they open really beautifully. And
you can just pluck away some of those inner petals and get that
great, beautiful, golden center if you would like.
These are available usually year round. They do have a pretty big spike in
price increase midsummer, whenever they're in really high demand. So that's
something you want to talk to your wholesaler about.
And maybe that's something that will affect you in your area. Maybe it's
not. But it's something that I've run into. So that's the White Majolica
These are combo roses. They're really unique color and I love them. There's
also a rose called camel that might be a great substitute if your
wholesaler isn't able to get combo roses.
I love these. As they open they just-- they're really beautiful and a
unique color that transitions well between a lot of different palates. So
this is kind of one of my staple flowers as well.
The last rose-- well, we have two more here. This one that we're working
with today is called the amnesia rose. It's a little bit lavender, a little
bit dusty pink. Has some green tones in here. So it's really great if
you're working with a muted palate.
And then another one that I think pairs so beautifully with White Majolicas
and also a quicksand rose is this champagne rose. How beautiful is
that? They have a lower pedal count so they open wide. And it's one of my
absolute favorite roses.
This is a standard rose. Every rose that you've seen here is a standard
rose. So they come with that standard price tag, which is great.
This is spirea. And one of my favorite greens. It's great to grow in your
yard if you have the space. It just grows wild and crazy. And you can cut
it and it grows back fairly fast.
So this is something that I get locally. You can also get it wholesale
sometimes as well. But just a really sweet texture to work with.
This is purple feather acacia. And it does have a tendency, and this is a
little bit, to wilt at the end. So make sure that you always have this in a
good water source.
This is kind of what it looks like when it first arrives. But once this
takes up some water and is really well-hydrated, this will perk back up a
But the color variance in it is really interesting and great. It kind of
goes from like a silvery tone, like that would pair well with seeded
eucalyptus. And it has this dark foliage, of course. And then some of it is
actually-- kind of has like a little bit of a yellow undertone in it. So I
think this is a really interesting foliage to use in projects.
This is blue Muscari. A really sweet flower that you'll commonly find in
gardens. Maybe your mom or grandma has grown it or something. This is
something that I really love and think of as a springtime thing.
If you are getting this locally, a little trick-- or you're growing it in
your garden. Down toward the base, if you just pull as opposed to clipping
it, you can get a little bit of a longer stem for these. Since these are
something that have a very short stem.
But these are available wholesale pretty frequently as well in the
spring. And that's just a spring thing. These are some Japanese Sweet
Pea. The color variations in them is really beautiful and nice.
And they smell absolutely fabulous. The scent just filled up the whole
studio when they arrived. I really love these.
This is called fruitalaria. And one of my very favorites. It comes in
several different varieties. So this is just one variety of fruitalaria
Here is another variety.
And they do have a little bit of an unpleasant scent, but it's not to the
extent that it would bother me. But it definitely is a difference between
the sweet peas in the fruitalarias as far as how they smell.
This is called leucadendron. And a lot of times, maybe you've seen this at
your wholesale. This is a very, very common wholesale plant. But you'll
probably see it looking a little something like this and maybe not all that
But you'll see, and if you read a little bit on our blog reflexing
flowers, you can just gently coax those to flip inside out. And you have a
really interesting flower to work with. And check out the color variation
on the inside.
This variety is called Safari Sunset. And I think it's a great substitution
for brides who might like the look of a magnolia. If they're open to
color, this is a direction-- it reminds me of that shape, and the
center, and everything.
These are viburnum berries. Very beautiful, and some of them almost look
iridescent in color. These are available locally and also through
This is ranunculus. One of the smaller varieties. And then here you have
some of the beautiful hybrid Japanese ranunculus that, in some cases, are
as big as a peony or a large faced flower. So those are two varieties of
ranunculus that are available in the spring.
This is an antique carnation. I really love the color variations in
here. And again, if they come to you and they're closed you can just gently
coax them open. I think these are a really, really lovely flower.
Here we have some anemones. These love it in the chill, in the cold. That's
something that you'll find in the winter as well as the spring.
This is some Japanese Lisianthus. A little bit more Japanese Sweet
Pea. Some tulips here. This is passion vine.
We have a little bit of Jasmine vine. It's normally blooming around this
time of year, you'll get it with the buds. But you can get it a lot of
times year round, just the foliage.
Here we have some olive. This is a really sturdy foliage, holds really
And then last but not least, my very favorite flower. And something that a
lot of people have commented, oh. It's all in your arrangement. Well it's
my very favorite. I have this beautiful foxglove.
So it's one of my favorite flowers and I grow a lot of it here in the
garden. This is coming in wholesale but that is another great flower. So
that, in my garden, it blooms from summer the whole way through the
fall. And the more you cut it, the more it pops up and keeps producing.
So those are just a few flowers that I wanted to share with you today. And
I hope that you enjoyed it and that it inspires you to create more
beautiful things for your brides.
Alumni Work Featured on Wedding Sparrow
<p>If you are new to flowers, it's easy to drool over pretty images and be intimidated and never start. Here at Team Flower we are all about putting intimidation in it's rightful place, under our feet, and we are ALL about starting! </p><p>Today I'm sharing a few behind-the-scenes images from the feature on <a target="_blank" href="http://weddingsparrow.co.uk/2015/03/30/best-spring-wedding-bouquets/">Wedding Sparrow</a>!</p>
<a href="https://www.teamflower.org/workshop-2017" class="sqs-block-button-element--medium sqs-block-button-element" target="_blank">Learn More about the Workshop</a>
<p>Remember, all those pretty bouquets came together one flower at a time!</p>
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<p>Images by Heather Payne Photography</p>
Daffodils and Forsythia : Anticipate new beginnings
<p>Today I'm sharing a fun and cheerful collaboration with Kaitlin from The School of Styling and Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography.</p><p>As we were planning for March, daffodils and forsythia were the first things that came to my mind. Daffodils are the first thing I see bloom in Boone. They speckle the hillsides, reminding us of new beginnings. </p><p>Forsythia is the second thing. I have a huge bush outside my dining room window. We moved here in the winter, so when we first moved here I wasn't sure what it was. I brought a clipping inside to see if I could force it to bloom — out came the happiest yellow flowers! Anticipation.</p>
<p>If you are new to flowers, you might enjoy knowing that forsythia is one of the most versatile plants to have in your yard! In winter they can be forced to bloom indoors (just clip and put in a vase of water), in early spring they put on a brilliant yellow show in the garden, in the summer their rich green leaves are a great addition to arrangements and in the fall the foliage turns the most beautiful shades of burgundy and plum before it surrenders to the cold. It holds in a vase for a long, long time because it produces roots when it's in water. You can also plant it (ivy is the same way). If you're looking to experiment with long lasting greens look for ones that grow roots when they are in a vase. </p><p>This spring as you see the daffodils and forsythia blooming along the road, anticipate new beginnings. Let go of the hard things and keep your eyes focused on everything good. </p>
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Winter Flower Inspiration with Flora & Ephemera
<p>Check out the gorgeous floral work of John Auger from Minnesota. John is taking part in our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.teamflower.org/online-modules">Team Flower Online</a> program! One of my favorites was when he found out this snowy shoot would appear on the front page of Style Me Pretty! He recently launched his business, Flora & Ephemera, using these beautiful images by Jake Anderson and we are so excited for this step in his journey! We hope it inspires you in yours. If you have any questions about the flowers feel free to reach out to John and introduce yourself. </p>
<p>See the full story on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/03/01/midwest-snowy-bridal-session/">Style Me Pretty</a>, and check out the full cast of contributors below:<br /><br />Photography: Jake Anderson | Florist: John Auger | Wedding Gown: Marchesa Notte | Hair: Leah Anderson | Paper Goods: Kindenshop | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Stylist: Emily Grace Designs | Venue: Private Residence</p>
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Shelter : A floral technique
<p>Today we are talking about a floral technique called sheltering. Simply put, it's a little covering, a place for the flowers to rest out of hypothetical sun or rain. If you think about it you'll notice it in nature. For some reason I keep picturing a happy little monkey in the jungle eating a banana under a giant leaf in the middle of a rain storm. It's a little bit like that...</p><p>I used it in a subtle way here, so you might not pick up on it at first glance. Maybe you will. Google "sheltering flowers" and you'll see more samples, ones with obviously large leaves hovering over small flowers protecting them like a big umbrella. </p><p>Like the delicate ranunculus, we all need shelter. We need a safe place to rest. There are seasons where we fly around like busy little bumble bees from one project to the next, ironically, too tired to notice these little bees and the full picture of what they actually do every day. Since the bumble bees are currently hibernating (5-15 centimeters below ground incase you're curious like I was), I'll share observations from my early morning barefoot walks in the garden last summer.</p>
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<p>The bumbles are late risers on most days, quietly curled up inside the foxglove petals that shelter them while they sleep. They look so comfortable nestled inside their little hammock, safe from rain. The breeze on the bells gently wakes them up each day, kind of like the church chimes that softly sing to me at 9 a.m. each morning. It's really sweet and mysterious, those foxgloves and bees. </p><p>Today I feel like I am supposed to tell you that this is a place where, like the bumblebee, you can curl up, be sheltered and rest. When you are refreshed, I believe you'll fly away and be shelter for others — your beautiful brides, family, friends and even strangers.</p><p>Like the big leaf for the monkey and the foxglove for the bees, you will be a covering. I believe you'll grow to be strong and tall, not so you can stand out and be the best (who needs that pressure anyway!), but so you can shelter. Another person will shoot up to cover you while you rest. Around and around the beautiful cycle goes. It's my heart's desire that you never lack any good thing, especially this.</p><p>Styling by Kaitlin Holland of The School of Styling / Photography by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography / Calligraphy by Alexa Leigh Design</p>
Video: How to make a boutonniere
Watch as Kelly puts together a boutonniere and explains the various methods
of wiring needed. She also shares tips about using ranunculus, color
combinations and more. Learn how to become a florist and take floral design
classes online with Team Flower. Here you can even learn tips on flower
gardening for beginners. We'll show you how to do flower arrangements in
flower arranging videos.
-So I have-- and I keep a little reference here whenever I buy new wire--
but this is a 20 gauge. Helps me remember what it is that I want so I can
refer back to it. And I just cut off some small sections here. I'm going to
fold that in half like a bobby pin.
I'm going to take my ranunculus, and I'm going to pull off anything that is
undesirable-- be a petal that got crushed or is facing the wrong way. And
I'm just going to snip that off. And some people will just use the stem of
their ranunculus for the boutonniere. They wouldn't wire it, and that's
another option, another thing that you can do. I prefer the wire because I
can have more control over how if faces.
Now this is the stem tape that I mentioned earlier. Whenever I'm choosing--
it comes in several different colors-- but whenever I'm choosing which to
use, I consider the flower that I'm using and I try to match as closely as
I can with the stem color of the flower. This makes it look most natural.
So get as close as you can up to the neck of the flower.
And I am just carrying that tape, stretching it out as I and twisting and
finishing that off. Now see, I'm taking that and I'm just going to tilt the
face of the flower forward. So now I have a wilder flower and a flower that
is cooperating with what I want to do with it. And I have some olive here
I'm going to lay in as a backdrop for it. Sometimes I put two pieces of
back and maybe one down in here, which I think too that the lapel goes off
to the right-hand side. So having a little flourish on the right side it's
And I'm going to add some berries for texture. And feel free-- like this
berry that's a really dark red. It is pulling out some of the color in that
ranunculus, but it's just not exactly where I want it to be. So I'm just
going to clip that off. And then I trim a few of these piece off here that
are lower. And that gives me some berries that can go high.
Then there's a few ways you can finish this off. I'm just going to show you
how to use stem tape to finish it off today. But you can use a thin tape
and wrap it the same way that we wrapped our bouquet if you like. Or I just
tie simple knots to cover my tape. so for a fancier wedding that might be
best. But when you wrap with stem tape I just clip off these thicker
branches on a little bit of an angle here.
And some people take that little wire that we had and they'll make a little
curler or flourish with it. I don't do that very often. But yeah, I pretty
much always dress them up with some ribbon.
So practice a few ways to experiment check out a few different ways that
you could do that. The oasis tape- you just wrap it around, wrap it back
around like we did with the bouquet and these lower stems here are exposed
and let's put that there. So now you have a cute little boutonniere that
you can photograph. And you make a little tray of wine or you could make a
tray of three or five is what I like to do. Now we're going to turn that
boutonniere into a flower crown.
Beyond Measure: Student work from the Team Flower Workshop
<p>In portfolio images from the 2014 <a target="_blank" href="https://www.teamflower.org/workshop">workshop</a> attendees, I can see the heart and passion of each of these women spilling off the petals of the flowers they thoughtfully chose and positioned. Each student worked from the same library of flowers, but each arrangement is so different from the next. This brings about questions like: Is there a right way to arrange flowers? Is there a wrong way? How do you measure beauty? Can you? Should you?</p><p>I remember sitting in an art classroom when I was in an elementary school. I was probably 7 or 8 years old. My girl scout troop met there to make crafts and eat “gorp” and talk about cookie quotas. You know, the things girl scouts do. We never collected bugs or went on hikes or slept in tents and I still don’t understand why. So naturally, I’m daydreaming during the meeting, noticing the art on the walls in the classroom. I distinctly remember a piece that resembled a person, but was very abstract. I didn’t understand it, and I didn’t particularly like it or think it was beautiful. This is my earliest recollection of measuring beauty.</p><p>I compare these two experiences, viewing these portfolio images and the abstract artwork, and I think about the contrast of how I felt then and how I feel now. I think about what I’ve quietly observed and noticed about myself, especially since I transitioned into the business of creativity. </p>
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<p>When I was an event planner I didn’t pay much attention to flower arrangements, but when I started doing flowers I did. I looked at blog after blog, image after image trying to put my finger on what was good and bad and right and wrong. And, to an extent, I think this is healthy and helps develop a design eye, but I got to a point where I felt sad about it. I was either sad because mine didn’t look like that or sad because I thought my taste was better, and in my heart I knew neither were right.</p><p>I awkwardly carried around this “measuring stick” on my hip. It was longer than my leg, bigger than I could manage, and it slowed me down. I don’t remember where I picked it up, but one day I realized it wasn’t mine to carry. When I laid it down something significant shifted in my heart. I'm thankful I don't have to be the measuring stick of the world. It takes a lot of pressure off. You don't have to be either.</p><p>Today I hear what sounds like a giant oak with tons of rotten roots creaking, snapping, gaining momentum, then finally crashing to the forest floor! It’s the sound of all our measuring sticks snapping, one… two… three…then thousands. Surrendered and broken, our measuring sticks are useful. There on the forest floor they turn to mulch. Mulch that invites new things to grow. With each day that passes we are surrounded by more and more flowers.</p><p>These images are just the beginning of the abundance we are about to experience as our harmful measuring sticks are surrendered and transformed into life-giving mulch.</p><p>Photography: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.heatherpaynephotography.com/">Heather Payne Photography</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.accentsfloraldesign.com/">Accents Floral Design</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://cargocollective.com/simonegebsatteldesign">Simone Gebsattel Design</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eventsbythedaysdesign.com/">The Day's Design</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wild-green-yonder.com/">Wild Green Yonder</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.philosophyflowers.com/">Philosophy Flowers</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.riveroakscharleston.com/">River Oaks Charleston</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stonehouseweddings.com/">Stone House Creative</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.springvinedesign.com/">Springvine Design </a>| Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.teamflower.org/alumni">Andraya Northrup</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.auntwillieswildflowers.com/">Aunt Willie's Wildflowers</a>| Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dimaurooriginals.com/">Dimauro Originals</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.backyard-blooms.com/">Backyard Blooms</a> | Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kennedyoccasions.com/">Kennedy Occasions</a>| Floral Design: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jonicamoorestudio.com/">Jonica Moore Studio</a> | Hair: <a target="_blank" href="http://haircut101.com/">Heather Rogers</a> | Event Host: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.teamflower.org/">Team Flower</a> | Handmade Frame Backdrop: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kathryngodwin.com/">Kathryn Godwin Of Studio Cultivate</a> | Location: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.whitefencefarmrentals.com/">White Fence Farm</a> | Makeup: <a target="_blank" href="http://haircut101.com/">Miah Zimmerman</a> | Model: <a target="_blank" href="http://arianaclare.com/">Ariana Clare</a> | Venue: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blueridgeforrent.com/">Family Lodge</a></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/little-black-book-blog/2015/02/11/vibrant-springtime-floral-inspiration/">Featured on Style Me Pretty</a></p>
Winter Flower Recipe
<p>Here's a flower recipe from one of our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.teamflower.org/online-modules">Team Flower Online</a> students, Jordyn! She took the challenge in our "Building and Sharing Your Portfolio" lesson and what beautiful results she has to share!</p><p>Jordyn used olive as her greenery base and accented the olive with privet berry branches. She used wax flower to create a place for her focal flowers (white and pink anemones) to rest. It's finished off with graceful stems of pink sweet pea. </p>
<p>Jordyn and I hope this inspires you to get your hands on some flowers this month! See more on her blog <a target="_blank" href="http://theprettylovelyblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/winter-florals.html">Pretty Lovely</a>.</p>
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Reflex: A floral technique
<p>This post is a collaboration with Kaitlin from The School of Styling and Marcie from Marcie Meredith Photography. Today I'm going to share a floral technique called "reflexing." See if you can guess which flower in this arrangement has been reflexed.</p><p>If your answer is tulips, you are correct! In the flower world, REFLEX means gently peeling back the petals of a flower. Everyone has their preferences, but I like to start at the base of the flower and "pop" the petals inside out. It works best if you've let the flowers age a little bit, and they should be at room temperature. These two things soften the petals and make them more flexible. If you try this with a freshly unpacked, cold, crisp flower you'll have poor results. It's one technique for speeding along the opening process if you're in a pinch! You can do this with lots of flowers. Below I've reflexed some spray roses for you. As you can see, a reflexed white spray rose could double for a gardenia at a fraction of the price.</p><p>Now, In the rest of the world REFLEX means an automatic reaction to something, not a purposeful action to make something more beautiful. You know, the doctor taps your knee with a hammer and your leg jumps, a car pulls out in front of you and you hit the brakes — Reflexes. </p>
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<p>What is your reflex when things go wrong with your flower business, or maybe something else you are facing? Give in, give up or give it all you've got? You think I'm about to tell you to give it all you've got don't you? Plot twist! I think there is a place for all three of these reflexes. Sometimes giving in or giving up is the smart thing to do. Often times these are little projects within your big dream. You peel back all the layers and at the center you find a bumble bee that's coming in for the sting — drop the project, pull the plug, and don't think about it for another minute — move on. But, if it's a challenge that's come up against your big dream, reflex like a kneecap at the doctor's office and kick! When you want to stay in bed and surrender, physically make a fist, and put that hand in the air! All of a sudden you'll find yourself leaping out of bed. You'll see your mental reflexes changing as your physical posture changes. When we are talking big dreams, give it all you've got.</p><p>Ingredients: tree ivy, fatsederna leaf, calathea leaves, silver dollar eucalyptus, hyacinth, amaryllis, paperwhites, tulips, spray roses, anemones, blackberries</p>
Fast Flower Video: Winter white
In this centerpiece time-lapse video, Kelly quickly pulls together a
centerpiece for your inspiration! Learn how to become a florist and take
floral design classes online with Team Flower. Here you can even learn tips
on flower gardening for beginners. We'll show you how to do flower
arrangements in flower arranging videos.
<p>I went skiing. I used to ski a lot — it was one of my favorite hobbies, but I haven’t skied since the day a car ran red and plowed into the side of my Nissan over four years ago. If I'm being honest with myself, I thought I never would again. But, the day after Christmas I felt like I should go. So, as I do when I get that prompt, I went. On the way out the door mom said goodbye with a nervous smile and I raised my fist to the sky and said,</p><h3 class="text-align-center">"I am going to go overcome some obstacles!"</h3>
<p>I'll admit, I was just as nervous as my mom. But as I strapped on my boots and clicked on my skis I felt a heaviness I didn't even realize was there being taken from me, and I moved towards the lift. It scooped us up and my sister Kayla and I zipped to the top. We started down the mountain, city sparkling with a peaceful Christmas afterglow, and with every turn my joy and freedom grew and grew! By the time I got to the bottom I was laughing my guts out! I forgot how much I loved it. Kayla looked at me and said, "you look so happy." I was.</p>
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Video: Using wire, foam, and frogs for arranging
Unsure which technique is the best for your upcoming project? Wire, foam or
frogs? Learn the pros and cons in this video. Learn how to become a florist
and take floral design classes online with Team Flower. Here you can even
learn tips on flower gardening for beginners. We'll show you how to do
flower arrangements in flower arranging videos.
Hello, and welcome to the first Team Flower webinar. Today, I'm going to be
sharing one of my core principles about arranging flowers. And that is that
there is more than one way to do it.
Think a lot of times, it's easy to, as you go through making your
arrangements and doing your business, to wonder if you're doing things the
right way or if that's what everyone else is doing. And I think what's
really important is to just shake all that off. And give yourself the
freedom and the opportunity to experiment with a lot of different
techniques because the more you experiment, the more you learn. And every
time you fail, it's a lesson learned. And every time you succeed, it moves
you forward. So I think it's really important just to forget about what
everyone else is doing, and to experiment for yourself.
Today, I'm going to show you three different ways that you can prep your
containers for your holiday center pieces or your next upcoming event. Each
of them has pros and cons, and we're going to talk about those. There are
certain situations where some are better-suited than others. And
perhaps, you're just using one right now. And maybe having these other
options in your pocket might be good and help propel you forward.
So the first one I'm going to show you is what I started out whenever I was
doing flowers, and I used chicken wire. You might be familiar with
this, and you might not be. And that's all right.
This is available at a craft store, like AC Moore. Or Michaels typically
carries this. And then they also have it at flower wholesale. If you have a
wholesale license, you can pick up a gigantic roll of this for about $50.
So chicken wire is fairly inexpensive. If you're trying to loosen your
arrangements up a little bit, it's a great way to do it because it allows
the flowers to fall naturally as you arrange. Sometimes when you arrange in
something like a floral foam, the flowers, they go in and they stay exactly
where you put them. And if you're trying to create a more loose or organic
look, using the chicken wire is a great thing because when you put the
flowers in, they're naturally going to fall the way that they want.
So let's go ahead. Jessie, send this over to this other computer. And we'll
take a look at how to go about doing the chicken wire.
So the key with arranging and chicken wire is not to use too much. I found
that if I have even just a little bit too much, it can be very bothersome
as I'm arranging. So what I like to do when I am deciding how much to use
is I will create a little cylinder like this. And I'll set it over the
container that I'm going to use. And see how that just covers from
Next, I fold it under. And this is a very technical florist term, but I
just smush it. And what we're trying to do here is mold the chicken wire
into the shape of the container that we're using. And our goal in doing
this is to create something that is fairly secure and that is really molded
so that we're not going to have this rocking back and forth.
The other thing, we want the flowers to have room, obviously, to go through
the chicken wire. And ideally, they would pass through maybe two to three
layers of the chicken wire. So I try to avoid things sticking straight up
like that because that can [INAUDIBLE] the flowers from going in.
So I like something about that. But again, just because I do it this way
doesn't mean it's the only way that you can do it. And you can experiment
further, even within chicken wire, just to see what your preferences are.
So next, I'm going to secure it was some waterproof tape. Some people like
to be extra secure, and they'll go back and forth three times on one
side. And again, it's a matter of preference. It's a matter of what you
find works best for you. So I secure it really well there. It's important
that your container is very dry anytime that you're working with this tape
so you get a nice, secure hold.
Now if you'd like to do a little bit of extra support, what you can do is
flip your container over, and you can put a little tape here. And do that
on all four sides. Some people just use tape as a base. And they would
create a grid going back and forth only using tape.
I, personally, it's a little time-intense for me. And I don't prefer to it
that way. But that's another thing you can do, especially if you're using a
So this is chicken wire. Then I would fill this with water. I would be very
careful to just keep it away from the tape. Ta-da!
Let's move on to flower frogs. I started using flower frogs because there
were a few things about chicken wire that I didn't like. And that was that
the arrangements were not traveling very well. And I was having trouble
whenever I would put things that were very heavy in my arrangements.
I like to use a lot of fruits, and apples, persimmons, grapes, things like
that. And when I was trying to get those into the chicken wire, a lot of
times it would maybe pull the chicken wire out on one side. I guess those
were the two main things that made me think what's another option that I
can have in my tool belt?
So the frogs, I really struggled with. And I hesitated using them for a
long time because they just felt intimidating. And I realized that I was
using frogs the wrong way, and that was the problem.
So once I figured out how to get everything situated properly, I've been
using them ever since and absolutely love it. It has the benefits of both
the chicken wire-- where the flowers have room to breathe and they're
laying more naturally-- and also the benefit that foam gives you-- is that
once you put it in there, it really doesn't move a whole lot. So it gives
you a little extra security there.
What I'm using here is called Cling. This is also available at a Hobby
Lobby or an AC Moore craft store. It might be under a different name, but
it's basically a really hardcore waterproof putty. Also available at flower
wholesalers and probably even on Amazon.
So the trick with the flower frogs is that you don't want it to release
once you start arranging your flowers. And trick with that is to get a
really great seal. So Jessie, right don't we switch over to this camera so
they can really see what I'm doing here. Maybe even zoom in a little
bit, if you can.
I'm going around the outside of the flower frog. And now I'm going to move
towards the underside. I do not want any water passing through this putty
and going underneath my flower frog. Because that is what is going to cause
that to release, and give you a big headache.
The flower frogs are tough with glass and porcelains. If something is very
slick to touch, you're just going to need to be extra careful if you're
working with a brass or something that-- it's not quite as slick. It's
going to be a little bit easier, and they're not going to release as
quick. But just takes a lot of putty to put this together.
Once I get in here, I might start doing a little bit of ribbon, so that I
don't have a gap. And some people-- like I said, everybody does this
different-- so some people don't go the whole way into the center. Some
people do. Really just experiment, and see what you like.
So now I'm going to go ahead and set that in the center of my bowl. And
you'll see, I have this little bit of extra, and that was on purpose. I'll
show you what that's for in a second.
So I take a towel, and I just put all of my weight on that frog. And
sometimes-- if it's a brand new piece that I'm doing-- I might step on it
and really, just with all might, get that in there really secure. So I test
it with my hands, make sure it's not going anywhere.
And then what I do, is with that little extra piece that I have, I roll
it. And feel down around here, and see where your gaps are. So I take
this, and I do an extra layer. I used to be a cake baker. So this, in a
way, reminds me of frosting my cakes, and making sure every little nook and
cranny was covered. So push all that down there really, really good.
Sometimes, some people like to use a hairdryer just to warm the putty up a
little bit, get it extra sticky. I think that's great. If your container is
at all damp, this will not work. So it's very important everything is very
dry. And a little bit more here.
I leave my frogs in my containers. When I buy a container, I buy a
frog. And that makes it very efficient. Because when you're in the middle
of doing weddings back-to-back-to-back, it's nice to be able just to come
home, pull the flowers out, rinse the containers out, put a little bleach
in them, and then just to jump right in and start over again.
So those are some perks of using the frog. Now some people combine using a
frog, and they'll put a layer of chicken wire over it. I prefer not
to. It's a little bit bothersome to me. Just it's tough to get the flowers
in there with all of those things in my way, I feel like.
So what I like to do instead is I work from the outside of the frog in. So
as I'm putting my heavier things-- my branches and my structural pieces in
first-- I'm going around the outside of the frog first. And in doing
that, I'm allowing space in the middle for things. So if you just
haphazardly put your flowers into a flower frog and you aren't thinking
about it, a lot of times with your stems, you're taking up all of this
valuable support system that you have. So it's important to work from the
outside in, to be very mindful of that.
Let's see, what else is important about frogs? Think those are the two main
things. Get it in there really tight and then work from the outside
in. Like I said, if you feel like you need a little bit of a safety blanket
or your transitioning from chicken wire to just using a frog, go ahead and
put a layer of chicken wire, put a grid of tape here. Just jump in and try
it without it.
These travel really well. I've had great success. I live in the
mountains, and every time I'm delivering a wedding, it's up one mountain
and down the other side. And sometimes on dirt roads.
And so, like I said with the chicken wire, I just had a lot of trouble with
things settling as I drove. But with the flower frogs, they seem to do
better, with things looking pretty close to how they looked wherever I left
the house. So I really appreciate that about the frog.
So one other thing. Another situation that I ran into and I was
like, ah, neither one of these things are working very well for me and I
need some other way to go about this was whenever I had a bride who was
maybe doing a smaller wedding. And she was picking her flowers up here at
the house. And she was using a less expensive disposable container that I
was just sending out the door with her, and then I was never seen again. I
didn't want to give her my frogs, but then I knew that when she got to her
venue, her flowers would settle a little bit. I didn't like that either for
So that's when I decided that I was going to go ahead and use the flower
foam in those situations. It's not something that I love because it's not
really earth-friendly and it's not great for the environment. Also, just
don't like the way that it smells. There's a lot of different reasons.
But there are some situations where it's the best thing to use for your
client. And you should know how to do this as well, I decided. So with the
flower foam, it is possible to do a really lovely loose arrangement in
foam. I've done it many, many times.
And the trick with it is just to give yourself some space. So this is a
really-- probably I need my-- I don't have a knife that I cut that I cut
Oasis with. I usually cut it with a wire, but I forgot to grab my little
wire holder whenever I came in here earlier. So you improvise.
Now, one of the problems and one of the hesitations I had when using foam
was that I didn't feel like the flowers lasted as long or held as well as
they did with the frogs and the chicken wire. And I still think that to be
true. But through experimentation, I have come up with what I believe is
another way to help the flowers last longer.
First thing, I soak my foam much longer than the package says. The Instant
Oasis should be good to go in 10 minutes, and I believe it. But I've tried
it, and I really didn't love my flower arrangements came out. So I've
decided that I like to soak overnight.
And then I also, once I get the foam situated in here, I will fill the
container still to the brim with water. And I've had a lot of successful
with that. The flowers still look good for quite a while after the event
And I'm pretty pleased with how it goes. It's a bummer, some things that
are more fragile or have a soft step just don't like to go into Oasis. And
having that water in the container as well is something that I found that
helps a little bit with that.
Oh man, [INAUDIBLE]. I need my wire. The whole studio is full of cameras
and lights, top to bottom, so I can't just run out there real quick and
Oh man, guys. Look at this. Woo wee!
So that's about the height that I like. Now that I've made a complete
mess, you'll be much more on top of things when you do this for your next
event. So I put the foam in here. And now I'm going take a pass at it with
Now I didn't take a pass at it with the tape for one of the weddings, the
first wedding that I tried this at. And the foam started floating and
rocking back and forth. It was fine when I was moving them just one at a
time. But when they were all in the box and rocking back and forth, my box
just went crazy on me and flowers were flying everywhere. So that was a
But anyway, this is what foam looks like. And then, fill this, of
course, up with water. And as you arrange, you just leave room.
You do want to start and do some foliage low and get this area
covered. That's a perk about the flower frog, is you don't really have any
area that you have to have covered. So you can do things that don't have as
many flowers in them.
But this is what that looks like. And another benefit of doing this is that
the client can simply pull the flowers out, put it into another container
if they want if you've decide that you're in a hurry one day. Sometimes
arranging in a frog or in chicken wire can take just a little bit
longer. Foam is very quick. You can just put everything in and nothing
really moves very much.
So if you were doing an event where you were going back to pick your
containers up and you went this route, I'd be very easy just to pull the
foam out and set those out on a table. Let them drip off a little bit. Then
people can take the full arrangement. So that's three ways to set up your
I think I got everything. Let me just double check. I think we covered most
of the pros and cons. I don't know that I mentioned this, but if you need
to get a frog out of a container that you've used, it's a little bit
challenging, but it can be done. And if you get a hair dryer and warm up
that putty, get it malleable. And then, take a screwdriver, and pull that
thing right out.
So those are the three different ways. So I hope that encourages you to try
new things. Before we go today, I'm going to go ahead and answer three of
the questions that you had written in. I'm sorry that I can't get to all of
them today. But let me just answer a few here.
So the first one. Ashley from Minnesota writes, what has been your biggest
success marketing-wise attracting local brides? I don't do fairs and I
don't pay for magazine advertising because I know that those things don't
work. I've tried them.
Yes, very smart. And I agree. From the very beginning, I talked to a
photographer friend who told me I don't pay for any advertising. And I
think that everyone's markets are a little bit different.
I think that some of the people that are watching have probably had success
with doing ads or doing bridal shows. I personally haven't. So I think that
the important thing is to know your market, and know what works in your
market. Again, using this principle of experimenting with a lot of
So personally, Ashely, what works for me is networking with like-minded
people who have a similar client that they're looking for. So I make
friends with not just people here in my immediate area, but inside my
region that have a similar aesthetic, and have similar goals and are going
the same place. And so I network with a lot of people. And some of my
favorite weddings and my strongest leads have come from those
relationships. And it's a lot of fun to do it that way.
So that is what I would recommend, Ashley from Minnesota. Do some research
in your area and find some people. Wedding planners are
great. Photographers. Just network with a lot of people.
And then I have Kersty from England. And she writes, what is your favorite
variety of rose? My is currently a majolica spray rose or the quicksand
rose. But I am enjoying learning new varieties all the time.
Well, Kersty, I think what I would like to recommend to you is the
champagne rose. And that rose looks very beautiful. It's like the tone
right in-between the white majolica rose and the quicksand rose. And it's a
slightly different size.
So if you're working on a blushing white wedding-- which is very popular
and oh so classic these days-- the champagne rose is a really great
option. It opens beautifully. It's one of the standard roses that I think
looks the closest to a garden rose. It's something that just popped right
out of the garden. So I love champagne.
And then, the last one, Rachel. She asks, what should I name my
business? That's a really tough and personal question. But let me tell you
my two thoughts on it.
Whenever you are choosing your business name, you can go in two different
directions. You can choose a name that isn't your name, and you can do a
doing business as Philosophy Flowers, or Buds and Blooms or whatever you
might like to call your business. And when you choose a name like
that, that has flowers in the name, it's a perk because it tells you what
the business does right off the bat.
But then it also limits you. So if you think that you might want to someday
add planning to your business or someday add coaching or some other aspect
of you-- maybe interior design or something like that-- sometimes it's nice
to be able to use your name because then, people still recognize your
name. And you can be constantly adding new products and services under that
name, and it's still pretty clear what you do.
So those are my two thoughts about it. Consider who's around you. Consider
what other people in your area what they're doing their businesses. Not
that you should follow suit because of that.
With me, whenever I chose Philosophy Flowers, one day I was on a walk. And
it just came to me, and everything about it felt right. Why I do what I do
is very important to me, so having philosophy in the name was a great pick
So those are the two views that I have. So just consider long-term what you
might like to do. If your name might be more effective then using something
I think that's all the questions that I had. Before I sign off, I wanted to
wish you a very Merry Christmas. And I wanted to share a little something
from my walk this afternoon that I picked up here in the woods. And this is
called-- oh, very messy-- this is called ground conifer. And this is an
evergreen vine that grows on the ground that you might like to go outs on a
woods walk, and just happened to notice and add it to some of your
My grandpa used to go out and pick this up out of the wood every
Christmas. And he would make these beautiful garlands over my
grandparents' door. And since I hadn't seen it in the wild-- at that
time, I was very young when that was taking place and going on-- when I
discovered it here in boon in my backyard on a little walk, I was really
pleased and excited.
So ground conifer or ground pine. It's called ground pine as well. And it
has a sweet little pine cone bloom that peaks out.
Well, I think that's all for now. Thanks again so much for joining me. I
hope that you learned something. And I hope that what you saw here today
will encourage you to take the next step.