How to become a great designer?. This may be easier than you think. If you guessed practice then you are only partially correct. The bigger picture is about listening ad learning. I found over my years at the stores, that people who watch and listen to the designers around them become the best designers. The desire to want to always do and be better with the mechanics of designing. I believe that creativity and floral designing can be taught if a person really wants to learn. You learn after almost two decades what works and what does not in design. What are good habits and what habits can turn bad. It is very easy to stay on top of this when learning when we appreciate where the suggestions for betterment will take us. And that place is the Great Designer. Even after all my years hear I still watch and learn new things. I am a sponge…still. These lessons come from new ideas and not just old ways. The ability to appreciate all lessons and be thankful for the opportunity to continue to learn is important if you want to be Great at Anything! So if you are new or experienced at any job, continue to be eager to always do better, learn new trick, watch others and listen. Be thankful for all those lessons that help you grow into a great designer and never think you are above it.
When you think of Your Local Florist I am sure you think of beautiful florals! But do you think of plants? If not you should. Your Local Florists offers many varieties of plants in all shapes and sizes. At Blooms we receive in various plants from different suppliers and we then begin to create. Larger plants we tend to keep as singles and plant in pretty containers with bows and a pop of color. This color may be a silk bud, butterfly pic, bird or fun seasonal pic of some variety. For smaller plants we combine them into a container to create what we call a dish garden. We then add some moss to the dirt and a pretty bow. These are nice because they offer lots of textures and different colored plants. Once the plants begin to grow they can be re-potted and continue to grow into bigger containers. Any plant can have some temporary color added by putting some cut fresh flowers in water tubes. Next time you need some greenery for your home or wish to send a lasting gift to a friend or a Funeral Service consider a plant. It also brings lots of Oxygen to it surroundings and can help purify air! Just another plus.
Nothing says summer quite like a brightly colored bouquet of flowers. A color palette that conjures up feelings of bare feet in green grass! To create such a display use a mixture of flowers and textures, just like you would see in Your garden. In the below picture, we have incorporated some sunflowers, green kale, liatrus, brightly colored carnations, alstromeria, solidago, wheat and a fun butterfly in a yellow clear vase . The design is compact but not roundy. It has some low lying flowers and “pokey outy” flowers – round flowers and linear flowers. In this design we did not use much greenery or filler, but just straight color! The focal point is the sunflower but the placement of the other blossoms make those stand out as well. So bring some summer inside with some fresh blossoms for those really hot days you want to stay cool inside but enjoy some those summer blossoms as well.
Nothing is more summertime then bright colored flowers! When creating a fun summertime bouquet for a party this season, consider a white basket filled with flowers that will bring summertime smiles. This basket designed by one of our talented designers inspires my post. It features some standard mixed ferns and lacy asparagus fern as the framework. The different types of florals make you think it came straight from the garden with bright orange gerberas, dark plum and yello carnations, summertime daisys in purples/yellows/whites, purple larkspur including the little shoots, pink mini carns and white roses. The topper is the addition of some hot pink flamingo straws that we got for $1 at the dollar store. This came about from a request from a customer to add a flamingo to a design. Next time you want a fun item in a display just ask Your Florist…you never know what inspiration might sprout from it!
It is Father’s Day this weekend and perhaps you are looking for something a bit different for Dad this year. Perhaps you have given a gift in the past or dinner. How about creating a real sense of celebration this year with some color! A bouquet of balloons in clear shades of blues, yellow, oranges, reds would be a great option with fun Mylar attached. Pair that with a colorful wicker basket of fruit and cheeses and you have a real feast for not only the eyes but the tummy as well. Your local Florist does not only deal in florals, but often can create displays with balloons and food. And what Dad does not like food? Once you have the basics continue creating a real fun vibe with ribbons and bows. However, don’t rule out flowers because lots of Dads truly love flowers and the sentiment behind it. So don’t forget about Dad this year and create a day that he will always remember. Something a little unsuspected and thoughtful with maybe a surprise delivery attached.
To tape/wire or glue that is the question. For a good majority of our years here at the Shop every corsage was wired and taped to create a corsage for the wrist. However, long ago shops began to use the gluing method. So last year for prom we did some research and got our technique down and began gluing our corsages that consist of small buds like spray roses, mini carns, daisys etc. This method has allowed us to work faster while creating corsages that are more delicate and less bulky. These particular corsages can have pre-prep such as bows attached to the wristlets and even greenery pre-adhered. Corsages are more upright and less long and flat. These options available on our Prom table are selected more often then the larger corsages. We do have occasion where Prom-goers wish to have a corsage with a full size rose with accent flowers. In this situation we still tape/wire blossoms together due to the weight of the rose. Either choice is appropriate and both will create a perfect accent for your special event. As a Florist the more delicate pieces are easier on the fingers and less laborious. One style is more of a current trend while the other is more traditional. Either way you go you want to be sure to include these artful creations to your ensemble Prom night.
It is that time of year that we head out to the garage and start digging out the pots! In a week and a half it will be Memorial Day and that means alot of physical hard labor around our shop. Each year we fill approximately 90 pots for customers who wish to decorate the graves of someone who they wish to remember this time of year. The majority of our pots are created with fresh product such as spikes, vinca and geranium plants. When heading out to the cemeteries we first have to get a handle on any root balls from the previous year and shake out all the viable dirt. We then discard the root and prepare the pot for fresh product strategically placing each item so the pot is balanced. This means blossoms facing outward all the way around the pot with a spike in the center and vinca evenly dispersed amongst the plants. Once everything is placed we can fill the gaps with a mixture of dirt/vermiculite/ peet moss. This display is very traditional and you will see many around the cemeteries for Memorial Day. Geraniums are a very hardy summer plant that can maintain dry, sunny conditions. However, we do water those pots weekly as requested by individual customers. There is alot of heart that goes into filling, along with muscle!