April 2010

How many times in your life, do you have the opportunity to experience a mega moment? I can only think of a few times in my life where I’ve had to stop and pinch myself  just to see if it was really happening.  This past week was one of those amazing moments that I will never forget.  Things like this happen in the most amazing ways. In retrospect, I  had to look back and wonder how it all evolved over the week.   It was a scheduled big event, and people on our board were signed up to help and work throughout the week.  Some how I ended up being the one of the volunteer’s to help with the presentation.

How can you describe a woman who is a trend setter, an artist,  a person with such incredible energy  & talent that all she can offer you is the opportunity to strive to be the very best you can possibly be! I can’t think of anything else to say about this amazing woman!

Not only did I get to spend the day with the fabulous floral design artist Hitomi  Gilliam, her son Colin, who is a very creative photographer,  but in the process I was introduced to an amazing new line of tropical products from Green Point Nurseries in Hilo.  I had the pleasure of meeting Eric & his father Harold from Green Point Nurseries  &  I loved the joy that they experienced from watching the creative design process happen with their tropical product. I think I even heard Harold say that his next career is going to be as a floral designer like Hitomi, but don’t quote me on that! 🙂

Thanks to our local floral wholesaler Northwest who was so kind to offer the use of his facility to promote the Teleflora design show. Overall,  I think it was a huge success and an inspiration to all of the floral design professionals who attended.

Here are a few photos from the event, sorry I couldn’t have had time to photograph the event, I should have gotten one of the many amazing photographers to come take photo’s for the event.  Darn..to many things to do sometimes.

Anthurium Bouquet

Hitomi's wedding boquet using tropicals

More Bouquet Designs

My Bouquet with Hitomi

New Flower Wrap Treatment

A grand finish with Hitomi!


Lush Rainforest Bouquet

I love it when customer’s trust us and appreciate our designer’s talent!  One of my customer’s who loves to fish in the Olympic rain forest, called me Friday and asked us to make a rain forest arrangement with a little color and fragrance…hence the spring interpretation of the Washington rain forest.  When he picked it up, he commented that if he had drawn a photo of what he wanted, we could not have come any closer to capturing what he was envisioning.  It’s why he keeps coming back!   It’s what being a designer is all about!  Tamara used living plants in the arrangement, shook off the dirt, left the roots intact and we told the client they could try planting the plants in soil after the cut flower portion of the design dies.  The piece has berzillia berries, hyacinths, cymbidiums, sedums, ferns, roses and callas and pods. The moss and bark wire was wrapped around a cool rustic wood box, that my plant wholesaler has made locally by a retired gentleman. My wholesaler was telling me how these boxes are supplementing his income and I really love that!  His craftsmanship really shows in the wooden boxes, so it was a bit of a shame to cover it up with moss.  But the moss added a lot to this design, for this particular client.

The elusive and extremely rare Ghost orchid ( dendrophylax lindenii ) is blooming early this year.  Other common names include Palm Polly and White Frog Orchid.  You can see from the video why it’s called it a frog orchid. The orchid was  formerly classified under Polyrrhiza but has recently been moved to the genus Dendrophylax.

The Ghost orchid usually blooms between June and August with it’s peak blooming time arriving in July, but this year it was found to be blooming three months early.  The bloom was discovered March 26th, this year. It’s interesting to note that just about everything has been three months early this year. Strange!

This orchid is native to SW Florid, Cuba, Haiti, and there are only around 1000 of them in the world.  They are known to exist in Fakahatchee Strand in Florida.  This blog has some great photos and informative information about the preserve http://seejournal.wordpress.com/ The orchids are also found in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.

Habitat loss from logging in Fakahatchee Strand, and the digging of canal systems throughout South Florida,  have reduced orchid numbers.  Even though these orchids are endangered in the wild, poachers are still tempted by the idea of theft ( remember the orchid thief movie and book, this orchid was the subject in the book ) which has contributed to further damage of the species. The sad thing is that ghost orchids rarely survive being transplanted.  Since the ghost orchid is not self pollinating, it depends on only one species of insect, the giant sphinx moth for pollination. It is the only insect with a long enough proboscis since the orchid has about a five inch throat.  Go here for some awesome photos and informative info on wild orchids of Florida if you are interested in reading more.  http://www.flnativeorchids.com/natives_gallery/dendrophylax_lindenii.htm

This was an interesting video of an attempt to catch the sphinx moth pollinating the orchid..I thought it was a hummingbird! I’ve watched it twice and I still think it was a bird.  Can you imagine the thrill of infrared photography, and sitting,  waiting just to see what shows up in the dark!  This couple also have an interesting site with lots of information about the ghost orchid.

If I didn’t fear snakes and alligators so much, I would certainly be taking a trip to Florida to check this out!  I spent a few weeks camping in Florida, close to a lake no less and it was one of creepiest things I’ve ever done.  So many gators and snakes, I found myself not able to really relax and enjoy it.  Maybe since a trip to find this orchid would be on a board walk,  I could handle the swamp. Actually the more I think about it, I’m liking the pictures on the web just fine! 🙂