A few weeks ago I talked about how you can use succulents in events as a centerpiece, this week I would like to discuss how succulents are trending in wedding bouquet design and how these original bouquets are created. Lately the earthy, DIY, thrifty bride who looks has the beautiful lacy dress with the floral crown and the wavy hair and the natural fresh out of the garden look has become more and more popular. But how can you achieve that fresh out of the garden look with succulents? Easy have an all succulent bouquet at your wedding!
Hello everyone, this is a special article all about my experience at the Canada Blooms show in Toronto that’s running from March 14th-23rd of 2014 (so if the show hasn’t finished yet when you read this, get into your car, drive to the show, and spend the whole day in awe… trust me it’s pretty cool). Many people in the florist and horticulture industry from around the world attend and compete in the Canada Blooms, and for good reason, it’s fantastic! I attended the show with a good friend from my floral design program and the creator of Hiemstra Gardens… Matt Hiemstra.
I personally had a different experience than most people attending the Canada blooms show, because I volunteered for four hours in the floral design section. As most of the other people in my floral design class that were volunteering, we were placed on making sure people didn’t touch the exhibits. A job that no one enjoys doing except for myself because I’m bossy. On another note, the reason I was watching these exhibits was because they were so crazy looking that people couldn’t understand that they were actually real, so they had to touch them. Multiple times I wondered who some people’s mothers were.
Happy Floral Friday everyone! I wanted today’s article to talk about different types of events flowers may be used for. I realize that most people only buy flowers for their wedding, maybe their parent’s 25th /50th wedding anniversary party and maybe a large dinner party, but when that event rolls around and you have to order your flowers there’s a few things you need before you meet with your florist.
Literally the first thing you learn when you go to college for floral design is how to properly care for and handle floral produce (flowers, greens, moss). But if you don’t have this kind of instruction, how are you supposed to know how to make them last? Many flower shops do include a care tag along with the flowers but, since it’s often mixed in with advertising, it’s often thrown out. So next time you get flowers, check first to see if it’s there or attached to the packaging and if not, just follow these basic steps.
When you open your freshly made bouquet of flowers from your local florist there should be a tiny package of white powder (flower preservative), this is a mix of acidifier, biocide, and sugar. Many old wives tales have said you can use bleach, lemon juice, and even white vinegar as a substitute to flower preservative….but for the love of god please don’t! You will kill your flowers! However in a pinch you can use 7-up or sprite as a last resource for your flowers but only use 1/3 of a cup and make sure to stir or shake all the bubbles out of it!
Hello everyone, Happy Floral Friday! This week I’ve decided to talk about the colour combinations, flowers, and arrangements that make my toes curl and my nose wrinkle, and the few exceptions to my very biased opinion. I will be covering my views on Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus), roses, the colours red and white, the colour blue (in regards to flowers), and when floral design isn’t done right. Remember this is just my opinion on the things that I have seen and is in no means meant to offend!
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