Choosing flowers in Season


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here are a few tips for getting the freshest and most beautiful flowers from your local florist.

  1. TRUST..the floral designer to do what they are trained to do.  Let your designer be inspired to bring out the natural beauty in each flower. Encourage them to be creative and design a unique bouquet for you.  Some of the worst bouquets come from trying to make flowers that look like a photo.  Photo’s should be used as a general guide for style, but NOT used to make an exact duplicate of an arrangement.   Flowers are art..so let your designer be an artist.  It’s what they love doing!  Floral designers love giving flowers a voice!
  2. Give your floral designer your general guidelines, the color palette, your style preferences, and any favorite flowers of the recipient, and your budget.  Remember that delivery and tax are always added on after the flower price, so make sure you clarify the bottom line.
  3.  Always ask what is FRESH and IN SEASON this week.  Flowers are grown by farmers and farming is seasonal.  Farming is dependent on weather, supply & demand, transportation issues. Flowers are grown all around the world, and there is nothing that adds stress for a florist more than having their roses stuck in the airport on Valentines week, due to a winter storm somewhere in the country.  Be flexible, have patience, and plan on ordering extra early to make sure you have choices and options. Remember it’s winter, and many types of flowers are not available in the winter, unless you are willing to pay for the OUT OF SEASON price.  Most florists are happy to order out of season flowers in for you, but you need to plan ahead in order to have it available when you want it.  Allow at least 10 days for your florist to bring in your “out of season flowers” for you.

Valentine's Day at the Studio

After midnight~looks a little overwhelming to me!

Pave~Modern & different

Wishing for a little wine time with these Seattle Chocolates!

Valentine's Day isn't just about roses at our Design Studio.

Okay...not one more place to put flowers any where in this shop!

There are no words to express my gratitude to our loyal customers! So many people placed pre-orders this year, which was  such a luxury for us, and it really helped with our planning.  In the end it was still chaotic with last minute flower orders and I felt bad that I sold out and couldn’t deliver any more flowers. We did deliver 10 times our normal daily volume. We worked over 32 hours in 2 days..it was crazy for the entire gang.  It takes a certain kind of personality to thrive on that kind of energy..and we have a fantastic team at Brittany’s.  We’re a  a big family!  Happy Valentine’s Day to me…I’m going off to soak my feet! :>)

Honestly,  I have to admit that I borrowed the saying  ” Have a Cool Yuletide”  from one of my customers!  It really made me smile today,  so I had to share it.  I hope she doesn’t mind.

I felt the need to stop tonight & just take a breather from the hectic pace that we are running at the studio. I wanted to share my blessings with everyone.

It’s the season when everyone I know gets to send their love, their thoughtfulness, and express their joy with the people they love & appreciate. I have to admit that sometimes during a holiday I feel a little touch of sadness at what I think I am missing out on.  When I have days where I barely have time to get a drink of water or eat during the day, it makes me stop and ask myself why I love being a florist,  but yet I still come back  to JOYFUL!

One of my customers asked me today if anyone ever sends me flowers during the holidays.  It really made me stop and think…..Life is different in a floral design studio this time of the year!  We are so busy and running at such a fast pace, that we do not even have time to shop for gifts for our children, our family, or our friends.  We have no time to do Christmas cards,(unless our friends want to receive them before Thanksgiving or before Valentines Day! :>) )  Most of us don’t have time to attend Christmas parties because we are busy designing beautiful flowers for the parties & celebrations that are going on with all of our friends & clients.  But I have to say that I have indeed been blessed many times with gifts from my customers and it has given me much JOY!

Now please don’t think I am complaining, because being a small business owner is a labor of love!  We love what we do, and we experience a lot of  JOY from sharing our talent and making people happy!

Our business brings us close to the circle of life in which we  share love, sadness & JOY. We share in our clients life events!  This week alone,  we were able to share a little in all of the things that life can present.  For each of us, the view of the season is different. There is of course, a ton of holiday cheer, but also for some a very sad suicide, or a natural death celebrating a loved ones very full & long life, a sudden loss of two people you loved,  the birth of a brand new life, a congratulations on a new successful business venture, a wedding, a birthday celebration, a sickness, happiness at a loved one  recovering  from an illness, an anniversary, a few apologies, and a couple of  “just because”  I love you dearly!  When I look at the scope of what we do…this covers a whole lot of life!

We are artists at heart and we love sharing the JOY  in your lives through  our flowers!  I wanted to take a minute and thank you all for this past year, all the blessings and support you have given us.  All of the JOYOUS moments you have shared with us are cherished & we appreciate you so much.  Have a wonderful holiday season,  & we hope you get to experience the same  JOY in doing all of the things you love!   Pass the JOY on!

 

Really excited to be participating in the upcoming Design Contest in September and then having the opportunity to relax at the BBQ,  California style of course!  Looking forward to mingling and spending the day with fellow florists, and sharing a whole lot of creative brainpower with our other floral industry professionals!  Skyline Flowers has been an exciting addition to the Seattle marketplace both for the consumer who are getting the benefit from the freshest flowers available and the floral business community who now have access to fresh California grown flowers as well.

A beautiful summery centerpiece

A lovely example of a bubble bowl done is summery flowers, roses, spray roses, stock, hydrangea, mock orange, berries.  Just perfect for the center of the table or a low coffee table.  I love summer! Flowers are everywhere! This centerpiece is around $150.00 but it is easy to customize our work to fit any budget.

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Looking forward to a California Style BBQ, and excited for the design show, which will be a huge opportunity for all of us in the floral industry to network, brainstorm, and plan for the upcoming wedding season!

The only thing I’m sad about, is that it is in going to rain cats & dogs!

Welcome to Seattle Skyline~ :>( sorry) but then again, you’re  getting the real welcome to Seattle.  Seattle Natives know how to  enjoy themselves immensely, in spite of the rain!  We just appreciate “GREEN”  which is the by product of “RAIN”! Which is the  by product of “GROWING”!

Looking forward to networking with all my fellow partners in the biz!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful bay windows in the Great Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fireplace in the Great Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The color palette, ivory, plum and green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spice up the palette with a little hot pink for the tables, and added a hot pink napkin to the table setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceremony area in the Great Room at the Clise Mansion.  Flowers were plum callas, cymbidium orchids, ivory roses, green hydrangea, freesia, ivory spray roses.

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