floral trends

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.

The new wave in Floral Design~

I totally want a pair of these~ I can’t think of any florist who couldn’t benefit from having a pair. We stand long hours on our feet..this would be awesome!  ( too funny! )

Beats the heck out of standing on concrete all day long!


With Valentines Day quickly approaching, it’s time to make sure that you are really ordering flowers from the person you think you are.   I encourage consumers to read this florist detective blog.  They have spent a lot of time researching in order to be able to provide information to consumers who want to avoid being scammed.  Who knew that something so lovely as flowers could become such a target for fraud.  Do your homework!

In the meantime here are a few sneak previews of a couple of our fun Valentines flower offerings.

Be Mine Bouquet

The Brides Bouquet, natural and organic in styling

This wedding has to go down as the quickest wedding we’ve ever planned! It was a tiny bit stressful for everyone, to have to plan it in just 4 days, but in the end it all came together beautifully!

I’ve always believed that everyone has a sense of style, and even if you think you don’t know what you want, When you see  ” IT” you know “IT”.  I think everyone is visual,  and that truly is the hardest part of my job.   I have to get the vision out of the bride  and into my brain. I heard that the flowers looked beautiful at the event, and that  The Act Theater which is a creative and cool venue, made it all perfect!

The Bridesmaids Bouquets

Lots of greenery and texture

Creme de la Creme Roses!

Kiwi, Tangerine, and Raisin wedding at Coulmbia Winery

Manzanita tree centerpieces with crystals and orchids and hanging votives

Pretty busy this week with weddings, weddings and more weddings!  A 50th Anniversary party, a corporate luncheon, and no end to wedding season, as brides keep coming for consultations.  Ready for a little a day of rest and relaxation, and gear up for next weeks wedding.

Trying to find the time to launch my new website, but that just isn’t happening any time soon I guess.  I hope to be launching our new site before the holidays.  Stay tuned for the date….

Inside the banquet room at Columbia Winery

Brides bouquet for a Blue Heron theme wedding

Trying to get the lighting right, not working to well~bridesmaids, were just a smaller version of the brides bouquet

Corsage & Bout for the Blue Heron theme wedding! love the feathers, the lavender, rosemary and pods~

Close up of the Brides bouquet

Yellow Calla Lily Bouquet










White Calla Lily Bouquet










The Wedding Party










yellow and white theme cake












Brides Bouquet












Cheery Sunny Bouquet










Thanks to my bride for sending the shots from her wedding, hope to find out who the photographer was, so I can post the credit to the shot here as well.  What a sunny and cheery wedding!

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