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Art Alive 2017

rotunda design by Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals

Mayesh Wholesale was proud to partner with Carlos of Green Fresh Florals and contribute part of the beautiful fresh floral product for this year’s Art Alive installation at the San Diego Museum of Art.

This Gala event, held every year, showcases the museum’s stunning art and architecture marrying the beauty of art with the beauty of floral design. The annual San Diego Museum of Art fundraiser features floral interpretations of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. Many area floral designers contributed their designs which helped bring over 12,000 visitors to witness the Museum’s floral transformation, raising more than $1.3 million! That money will benefit public programs and exhibitions.

Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Floral of Hillcrest designed and installed this year’s stunning rotunda display. An extravagant and rich color combination of vivid flowers from California and South America interpreted through Carlos’ vision, a “surrealist dream of sunrise and sunset”. Truly an immersive installation, Carlos’ creation began outside the Museum’s entrance and continued to the second-floor rotunda.

Franco, 42 is a third generation San Diego native who grew up in Paradise Hills and now lives in the College Area. This is his fourth time to design this installation for Art Alive and it was truly breathtaking.

We had the pleasure of sending one of our favorite cinematographers, Logan Martin of Talewind Visuals, to capture the installation of the surrealist dream of sunrise and sunset by Carlos and his team, as well as some of the other floral designs displayed at the event. Please sit back and enjoy the work of many artisans working together for this wonderful fundraising event!

(blog contributor: Shelley Anders)

Mornings with Mayesh Replay August 2017

Each month, I get together with some of my flower friends for our Mornings with Mayesh show to discuss the world of flowers. From general flower availability and flower care to marketing for your flower business and everything in between, you don’t want to miss this replay!

This month, I invited my friend and 2017 Mayesh Design Star, Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers to share with you about her experiences as a floral business owner and as a Mayesh Design Star!

Keep on scrolling down for the show notes that contains all of the questions, answers, and resources for your reference!

Post your questions or topics for the August’s show in the comments below. See you on September 12th at 7 am PST / 10 am EST which will be streamed live on Facebook only! (We are testing out a new way of doing the show).

 

SHOW NOTES

FLOWER QUESTIONS

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF FLOWERS?:

http://www.mayesh.com/flower-411-local-lisianthus-is-back/

  • Instead of talking about the horrible heat wave happening on the west coast, let’s talk about the cool stuff that’s coming into season now…
    • Fresh Chinese Lanterns
    • Grape Vine  -but limited quantity for a limited time
    • Hydrangea Lacecap- available import or drop ship
    • Hydrangea peegee – available via drop ship
    • Hops Strands
    • Lisianthus Local-back on
    • Raspberry (with thorns)
    • Sedum
    • Snowberry Import
    • Tree of heaven

 

FLOWER CARE & HANDLING

  • From Dolores Vlad: How can I keep white ranunculus, white garden roses and white Ohara bouquets from browning easily especially on hot summer days?
  • From Alicia Schwede, of Bella Fiori & Flirty Fleurs: I’d like to know more about the care and handling of Calathea leaves!! Used some for a wedding last week and half of them curled up and became crispy.
    • DAVE: All of these problems can be related back to proper hydration practices and knowing which flowers need special care. Water PH is always key and can be corrected simply by just adding your favorite flower food. You may also have high salt or chlorine content in your water. Salt buildup is the number one cause of browning petals and leaves yellowing & curling. Excess chlorine can also burn flowers. A simple hack is to buy distilled water and add your favorite flower food. The distilled water is void of salts and added chemicals and can drastically reduce those problems. It can even prevent black spots on stephanotis and gardenias. We never recommend boiling stems! Modern research has shown that this method can actually damage cellular structure in the stem reducing water uptake.
    • Shelley: White flowers generally show the most bruising of all the flowers. Most flowers will have some bruising but with white, they just show up easier because of the contrast on the petal. Take extra care not to over handle or press on the tops of your flowers when you are handling them. Remove any damaged petals or bruising you see early on because these will only get worse. If you find they are problematic for you in warmer months suggest doing a white on white look for your brides using creams, beiges and more tonal whites and not starker whites with hints of blush. There will be less obvious signs of bruising  
    • From April Ellsworth: Hellebores -These beauties are tricky! Any processing tips and tricks to avoid wilted and droopy flowers? I’ve tried dipping the stem into boiling water for 30 seconds and also searing the stems….but they still drooped. Because of this, I have avoided these but long to use them in arrangements. Is it possible that I got a “bad” bunch or are these just unreliable?
      • It’s very possible that you just received a bunch that was stressed or aged. Hellebores, when properly hydrated should last at least a week. There are some varieties that naturally curl over so selecting the right variety is important.  
      • My tried and true trick with fresh hellebores that are wilting is to re-cut them and put them in super hot water…not boiling but hot enough to steep tea in…works every time. If it doesn’t then usually like Dave says they are older or stressed. Hellebores are super long lasting some will even last weeks. I jokingly refer to them as zombie flowers some varieties they never die  

 

FLOWER BUSINESS

  • Susan: How much do you mark up hard goods? If a votive costs a dollar wholesale, what do you charge the customer?

 

FLOWER DESIGN

  • Kimberly: floral foam for bouquets in the summer- smart idea? How much longer could the flowers last with and without it?
    • Is this question regarding bridal bouquets or standard bouquets? Bouquet to me is always something hand tied or held in the hand that is why I ask.
    • Floral foam is technically supposed to make your floral arrangements last longer because it has a preservative in it, BUT fresh water and a few drops of bleach in a vase will do the trick just fine. Most important thing is to change the water daily and keep your vases super clean. The problem is getting your customers to do this. I always tell them if you would not want to drink it neither would your flowers.
    •  In lieu of using foam, try creating an armature out of chicken wire instead. By forming it into an “egg shape” you can submerge it into your vessel for added stability.

 

 

 

 

  • Kasey: Do you have a suggestion on where to find flower frogs and vases fairly inexpensive? I would like to sell arrangements but don’t want to spend too much on the vase and frog if I am going to part with it!
    • I typically don’t suggest flower frogs for daily work because of their expense for most florists. I think that most consumers do not appreciate them the way we do and will not re-use them. Unless you have a customer who continues to bring back the frog with their container repeatedly, then it’s worth it.
    • They have been around for centuries but mostly these were designed more for home use for hobbyists in the 1920’s -1950’s and for Japanese Ikebana style designs originally- not mass market delivery, but with the changes in the industry have become in vogue again.Very eco-friendly but pricey to use!
    • I love them I have a great collection of antique and glass ones, but for your delivery and event orders best to stick with florist netting/chicken wire it does the same thing and is more cost effective in the long run.
    • As you know, I’m an avid Googler of all things unknown! I found a ton on-line at places like amazon.com & Savon Crafts you could also try your local thrift shop or dollar store.

 

 

 

CHRISTY HULSEY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Before we get into Mayesh Design Star, tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got started in the flower industry?

Christine of Love In Bloom Floral Design wants to know if you are the sole owner?

I have another question from Christine of Love in Bloom … she says “I have a very small hand grip. Any tricks for hand tie bouquets, especially the garden style?”

How about your team? It looks like you’ve got a close-knit group of people working together in your shop!

I saw that you have a little garden by your studio from which you bring in fresh clippings everyday to design with. Can you tell me a little bit about that? When and why did you decide to begin growing some of your own flowers?

What is CHOF’s focus? More retail or do you also do weddings & events?

How would you describe CHOF’s design style?

After working with you all year, I know the answer to this, but I’m still going to ask … Which flower varieties are your favorites?

Let’s talk tools. What’s your favorite floral design tool?

Social media … I often hear from small business owners that they don’t have time to sit down and do social media. You seem to have made it a priority in your company and just recently helped one of our MDS design videos from July reach over 50,000 views in one month … which is a HUGE deal for us. Can you give us some tips on how you ensure Colonial House of Flowers stays on top of social media?

Time to talk Mayesh Design Star…. Why did you decide to enter last year’s contest? (here’s a link to find out more about this year’s contest)

What has been the most unexpected aspect of your Design Star journey so far?

What has been your most and least favorite parts about being a Mayesh Design Star?

One last question about MDS, do you have any advice for those who are considering entering the contest?

I hate to wrap up, but all good things must come to an end. Christy, do you have any thoughts that you would like to leave us with?

 

Marigold & Carnation Custom Garlands

Marigold and carnation garland

Did you see our Instagram Story a couple of weeks ago on Instagram? If not, here’s a recap that you don’t want to miss as it features custom garland and floral designs by Sarah Winward! Such a treat for your eyes! If you are in the market and have some custom floral needs for an event, be sure to reach out to us to see how we can help!

Mayesh created almost 1500 feet of garland with carnations and marigolds!

Marigold and carnation garland
Marigold and carnation garland

Question: How do you store and transport that large amount of garland?
Marigold and carnation garland

 

Answer: With rolling racks and by filling 25 very large Mayesh boxes!

Marigold and carnation garland

Marigold and carnation garland

 

Keep on scrolling and follow the path for more gorgeous shots of these custom garlands in action.Marigold and carnation garland aisle

Marigold and carnation garland chandelier

 

Garland floral chandeliers – yes, please!
Marigold and carnation garland chandlier

Marigold and carnation garland

Marigold and carnation garland

Marigold and carnation garland

 

Flower 411: Local Lisianthus is Back!

 

PRODUCT UPDATES – 8/4/17

 

Finished / Not Available

 

Allium- import finished, local drumstick only available

Artichoke Blooming

Asclepias Pods/ Mody Dick

Buddlea

Chamomile Cushion, chamomile yellow daisy

Delphinium – Light Pink

Deutzia

Festival Bush

Foxglove- all colors finished except Illumination

Geranium Rose and var rose are off crop for about one month

Godetia

Heather – white or pink

Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate

Kumquats

Lace Flower

Lepto

Lilac- finished import and local

Lily of the Valley- local finished, go import

Lupine

Matsumoto- Peach- only available from Japan

Mock orange

Nandina

Pieris Buds or Flower

Pokeweed

Poppy Matilda

Poppy oriental – Import finished

Poppy Icelandic

Riceflower

Spirea

Stock – light pink- off crop for a few weeks (blush is available as a substitute)

Super Bear Grass – discontinued

 

 

Just Starting

 

Chinese Lanterns

Grape Vine – but limited quantity for a limited time

Hydrangea Lacecap – available import or dropship

Hydrangea Peegee – available dropship

Hops Strands

Lisianthus Local – back on

Raspberry (with thorns)

Sedum

Snowberry Import

Tree of heaven

 

 

Limited

 

Agonis

Banksia

Chamomile/ Matricaria/Feverfew- yellow button

Cosmos – pinks and whites – extremely limited, almost finished

Cotinus Blooming- very limited (almost finished)- green foliage /champagne bloom only

Cottage Yarrow – white, peach, cream

Delphinium hybrid – White or pink

Eucalyptus Gunni

Eucalyptus Small leaf gunni

French Tulip- finished in holland, one local vendor has limited amounts & colors

Freesia Super- local

Fruiting branches – blueberry, blackberry all finishing within the week (may be some late blackberry available)

Ivy tree variegated

Jasmine vine w/Flower

Lisianthus Brown / Black / Peach – import

Magnolia tips (south) – just getting a few boxes

Nigella

Pampas Grass– super limited

Papyrus Lions Head- advance notice required

Poppy pods – finishing

Protea Local – assorted pinks limited – no called pinks and no whites of any kind

Protea King – white and pink (SUPER Limited)

Protea – white – finished locally, import only

Oregano Kents Beauty

Scabiosa – pink or white annual

Smilax – limited

Tulips – ending in Holland, local we are getting frilled and singles, a few doubles (NO WHITE) and a few parrots (NO WHITE)

 

Available

 

Ageratum Blue

Alchemilla Mollis – import

Allium – local drumstick only

Anemone- import – please put Anemone in Komet

Artichokes

Asclepias – local

Birds – import only

Bouvardia – very limited locally (not light pink) – import has all colors

Bupluerum

Calendula

Campanula – import

Clematis – local  (white limited) and Dutch (don’t grow white)

Cornflower

Cosmos Chocolate

Cotinus foliage, purple or green

Coxcomb- Import and local

Craspedia-local

Crocosmia Flower

Crocosmia Pods

Delph bella light blue or dark blue

Delph Waltz dark blue or light blue

Euc small leaf moon lagoon

Hybrid delph- dark blue, purple, light blue, lavender- local short 24-30” Tall

(white limited)- Tall only avail import and $$$$

Dianthus green ball or trick

Dahlias ~

  • Most Decorative Shape Dahlia colors are available
  • Ball shapes, good selection of colors. Availability is ok.
  • Ball shapes – need advance notice for large orders
  • Café Dahlia – flush is over

Oregon dahlias – not much available until end of August

Oregon dahlias – several other farms have product now

Echinacea pods

Echinops

Eremurus – import only

Eucomis

Euphorbia dog eye – local

Freesia – local finished, import only

Gerber

Gomphrena

Honey Suckle

Hydrangea – nice colors – Import & Local

Iris regular

Jasmine vine no flower

Kale

Leucadendron Jubilee Crown

Leucadendron Jester

Lily of the valley- import only, expensive

Lysmachia

Magnolia – local California

Millet – green and black upright, green and brown hanging

Ninebark- foliage only

Passion vine

Peony – *from Alaska available

Pepperberry Hanging

Protea- Protea Blushing Bride- import

Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) – orange and yellow-import

Ranunculus- import

Rose Hips Green

Rudbeckia

Scabiosa – local only

Scabiosa Pods – Local

Southern Smilax

Statice

Stephanotis

Strawflower

Sunflowe r- black center, green center, tinted red, ring of fire

Sunflower Mini 10st

Thryptomene/ Calycina – import

Trachelium local

Tweedia local

Veronica – Local and Import

Waxflower – local finished- go import- put in komet- purple and white only

Yarrow cottage – import and local

Yarrow tansy button

Yarrow yellow- local

Zinnia

 

 

Plentiful/ Flushing

 

Amaranthus Hanging – Red or Green

Amaranthus Upright Bronze

Bells

Bupleurum

Cranberry Viburnum Red

Dahlia

Green Mist

Queen Anne’s Lace White or Chocolate

Safflower orange

Snow on the mountain

Sunflower black center

 

 

Oregon Update

 

Summer flowers readily available in PDX – rudbeckia, strawflower, sunflower, amaranthus, grasses, celosia, zinnias, marigolds, chinese lanterns, lysimachia, veronica, yarrow, echinops, snowberry (little early still)

Portland heatwave may drastically change the availability listed above

Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style for a Retail Florist

Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style for a Retail Florist

In this episode, Christy shows 4 different price points for the garden style arrangement in a retail setting – a single bud vase, small, medium, and large designs. She also gives some insight on how she made her shop stand apart from other floral retailers in her area by finding her “purple cow”.

Featured product: eucalyptus, camellia, maiden hair fern, olive, Quicksand rose, fox glove, ranunculus, fever few, Bikini rose, Free Spirit rose, Juliet garden rose, tulips and godetia.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Roses: Rosaprima
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Ribbon: Offray

garden style arrangements for retail florists

Interview: Sarah Pappas of Fresh Cut Detroit

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

 

This week, we had our first ever farm Instagram takeover with the lovely Sarah Pappas of Fresh Cut Detroit. Sarah took us on a two-day flower adventure, telling the story of her Detroit based farm, introducing us to her crew, and sharing her philosophy on sustainable farming practices. Sometimes it can be easy to forget all of the blood, sweat, tears and love that go into each beautiful flower you see in our buckets, so we can’t thank Sarah enough for using our platform to share her knowledge and spread some flower love (and during American Flowers month, nonetheless!)

 

Though we learned a ton during the takeover, we still had more questions, so continue reading to get to know even more about Sarah & Fresh Cut Detroit!

 


 

Hi Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions so our followers can get to know a little more about your farm after this week’s takeover! To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and how Fresh Cut Detroit came to be?

Hi Mayesh, thanks for letting me take over your IG feed! I’m Sarah Pappas, the farmer & founder of Fresh Cut Detroit, a flower farm in the city of Detroit. I’ve been doing farming & gardening work in some shape or form for over ten years. I’m a hardworking, fun loving, compassionate, ambitious farmer. I value a give-and-take relationship with my land, my crops, and my crew.

I’ve had a lucky, interesting life that’s given me a world of experiences in farming & gardening, education & empowerment, community living & loving. Fresh Cut Detroit Flower Farm is the product of these experiences plus the vibrant, pulsing moment of time & space that is the city of Detroit’s urban agriculture movement. I wouldn’t trade this space & time for any other in the world.

 

Tell us a little bit about your operation – where are you located and how big is your farm? A little virtual tour!

Fresh Cut is ¼ acre on a corner at the edge of the historic residential neighborhood of Woodbridge. We’re a couple miles northwest of downtown Detroit, a short walk from the campus of Wayne State University. You can see our hoophouse from a block away, and as you approach you start to see the bright colors of the annuals in the west beds. Our farm dog Ruti will bark at you as you walk along the fence, under the big elm tree that keeps our house cool, and to the east beds where our earliest self-seeded annuals & biennials are planted. The east beds cozy up to a wild woodlot area where we forage crops like motherwort, dame’s rocket, and wild sweet peas.

 

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

 

Do you have a team helping you out at Fresh Cut Detroit?

I have a lot of people helping at the farm, thank goddess. This year, on our crew we have an assistant manager, a design/delivery person, 2 farm crew members, and 2 youth crew members. Detroit has a historic, thriving Urban Agriculture community and my skilled labor is hired from this pool of local people. My crew members have completed agricultural training programs through Earthworks Urban Farm, Detroit Black Community Food Security Farm, and Keep Growing Detroit, and volunteered at the Student Organic Farm at MSU.

 

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

 

While growing flowers and owning a small farm sounds like a fairy tale job to many, I’m sure not everyday is as glamorous as it appears! It’s hard work, but probably very rewarding as well. What gets you out of bed every morning and inspires you to keep going everyday?

You’re right, it’s absolutely not glamorous every minute, but a cute apron and big earrings can do a lot for this farmer’s outlook on the world.

Early in the morning, I love the special feeling of reviewing the field before a harvest. I feel proud of the beautiful array in front of me that I’ve helped bring into the world. What inspires me to keep going is my crew and my community. I’ve created something that other people care about, and that gets them paid and builds on their skills & interests. It’s a demanding, but such a compelling and rewarding life to be a flower farmer & small business owner.

 

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

 

How many flower varieties are you growing at any given moment?

About 200 varieties are growing at any given moment on the farm… we like to keep it diverse! We’re playing more and more each season with complimentary co-plantings to maximize our bed space – millet & sunflower, peony & centaurea, motherwort & monarda.

 

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

 

Here’s a toughie, but you knew it was coming! What is your favorite flower to grow? How about to design with, if different?

I’ve been a true blue #1 fan of snapdragons since I was a little kid. I remember my grandma showing me how they open their mouths to ROAR when you pinch the blossoms… plus, they’re great for planting multiple successions to keep them blooming all season long. They’re my favorite to grow, in that they’re totally indispensable.

As for my favorite flower for designing, since I make so many bouquets in-hand, having a good branchy base to start with is paramount. These days, having a nice strong Salvia ‘Cardonna’ to start with helps a bouquet come together quickly.

 

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

 

Tell us a little bit about your weekly bouquet service… it seems like a great way for you to get to flex your creative design muscles and get to play with all of your gorgeous blooms!

The weekly customers are the heart & soul of the business. Their support through 20 weeks of bouquet subscriptions gave us the foundation to establish a weekly harvest, design, & sales cycle even when we were starting out. Some have been with me for years, and their flower knowledge & design eye is off the charts. From each week’s harvest, we play, and each bouquet gets a flavor of its own – hot mamas, big sprawling clouds of grasses, cool delicate posies… It’s so fun!

 

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

Fresh Cut Detroit Mayesh Instagram Takeover

 

When we interviewed Michael over at Summer Dreams Farm, he told us a little bit about the flower farming scene in Michigan. It really seems to be a great community with lots of local growers popping up! Can you tell us a little more about what’s going on in the world of flowers in Michigan?

Absolutely. The Michigan Cut Flower Growers Coop has just begun, and it’s already cooking. The market runs every Wednesday morning out of Passionflower Sue’s studio in Ann Arbor. Cut flowers are a powerful, lucrative agricultural product and I’d love to see them continue to grow in prominence in the state of Michigan’s agricultural profile. In the near future, I see even more growth in partnerships between rural & urban growers.

 

Supporting local growers and educating people about what you have to offer is so important, and these days it seems like awareness is really spreading! Tell us a little bit about your experience and/or involvement with the American flower farming community.

My path to the American flower farming community ran its way through diverse organic vegetable production farms.  These farms are run out of passion, love, and a commitment to cultivating beauty & diversity that serves the innate strength & interdependent web of which we are a part.

 

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Fresh Cut Detroit

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions about your farm! One final question – is there any advice you would go back and tell yourself when you first started Fresh Cut Detroit, or that you would give to farmers just starting out?

Always value your time! Pay yourself. If you’re in  a business or farming arrangement where you’re being paid less than ideal, identify how you’re building equity & savings for your future self to cash in on when you’re ready to move forward. Invest in yourself through professional development, and take care of your body with good health, sleep, nutrition, and relaxation.

 

Professional photos by Emily Berger

 

 


 

 

To see the rest of the takeover images, head on over to our Instagram, and be sure to follow @freshcutdetroit as well to keep up with Sarah and the farm!

Mornings with Mayesh Replay July 2017

Each month, I get together with some of my flower friends for our Mornings with Mayesh show to discuss the world of flowers. From general flower availability and flower care to marketing for your flower business and everything in between, you don’t want to miss this replay!

This month we switched things up a bit by kicking off the show with my friend, Ryan O’Neil, of StemCounter, to talk about how to go from consult to booked!  Then we will move on to the rest of the show with Dave Tagge and Shelley Anders answering your flower questions.

Keep on scrolling down for the show notes that contains all of the questions, answers, and resources for your reference!

Post your questions or topics for the July’s show in the comments below and don’t forget to save your seat! See you on July 18th at 7 am PST / 10 am EST

 

SHOW NOTES

SPECIAL GUEST: RYAN O’NEIL OF STEMCOUNTER

FLOWER QUESTIONS

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF FLOWERS?:

  • This past weekend Chile had a huge snowstorm in the central region affecting their Helleborus Plantation directly and 70% of the production in one of their big Anemones Farms. The storm destroyed the farm that had most of the premium ranunculus crop as well. This was an unusual phenomenon in Chile, they have never experienced this type of crop damage due to cold weather. As information becomes available, we will update you as to what to expect moving forward with these crops.
  • Kumquats have been put on the agricultural hit list again, so they will not be available for a while
  • Local peonies are finished, Dutch are stored for a while now and Alaska should start soon but NOT a huge supply and they will be pricey.
  • Giant Allium and eremurus have finished locally but are available as an import from Holland
  • Local hydrangea and dahlias are in full swing, Dutch hydrangea are available also.
  • Dutch Lilies are hot right now and worth trying, we are running specials from the top 2 growers in Holland. They are price and size comparable to Oregon lilies but with some different unique varieties
  • Large local coxcomb is on strong and looking good.
  • Domestic lisianthus production is down. It has been affected by the heat and some hot colors like Brown and black are almost strictly Dutch now AND a bit expensive. We will be moving towards importing these as local production decreases.
  • Note: you can’t trust everything you see on Instagram. Sometimes growers and wholesalers post unusual items that are in extremely short supply so ask your wholesaler before selling something that you see on Instagram, it doesn’t mean it’s readily available.

FLOWER CARE & HANDLING

  • Two hydrangea questions are related:
    • Elaine: I have a really hard time with hydrangeas, I’ve tried submerging them when they arrive or at the time of arranging, I’ve tried Allium on the stems, watered it from the petals, you name it I’ve done it. Any other suggestions?
    • La’Wanda Marie Hines: Hi! ,What is the best way to keep a hydrangea lasting in a bouquet? Especially in a hand-tied bouquet?
      • Proper cold chain management and hydration with floral food before hand are crucial! In dry climates, it is common practice to submerge the heads in room temperature water for 20 minutes and up to an hour to firm up the heads. You can also accelerate water uptake in the stems by using a potato peeler and removing a few inches of the dermal tissue below the waterline, exposing more of the xylem. This will give you more surface for the uptake of the hydrating solution. Also, by leaving your hand tied bouquets stems longer, you can cut them just before presentation. Keep it in water as long as possible before your install. If you can, re-cut the stems and put the bouquet back in water between photo shoots, ceremony, and reception That will help add some longevity. Always have a few extra stems handy in the event you get a floral malfunction. Some florists will build a “backup” bouquet and switch it out mid event. You can also use an “eco sponge wrap” from Eco Fresh Bouquet to keep the stems hydrated.
  • Kasey: Also any tips on helping keep an arrangement fresh longer I would appreciate it mine tend to die fairly quickly, I cut the leaves so that they aren’t flower level.
    • Lack of proper flower conditioning is the number one cause of premature flower death. Without replenishing the sugars in the cut flowers & greens they will not perform properly. Bulb flowers need additional care as they are no longer receiving hormones from their corm, bulb or tuber. Another huge factor is cold chain management. By properly conditioning and storing your cut flowers they will be set up to resist the stresses that occur during the arranging process.
    • Same proper handling when you get them back to the shop…always make sure you are re-cutting the stems and allowing flowers to drink before you put them back in the cooler.

MARKETING NEWS

  • Facebook:
  • Instagram:
    • Did you know that you can also place ads in Instagram Stories? This isn’t new news as this was announced at the beginning of the year, but it is a great advertising tool especially since Instagram stories are so powerful.
    • Friends & followers can now reply to Instagram Stories with photos, videos, and Boomerangs, not just text!
    • Probably the most piece of social media news right now is that you can share a replay of your live videos to Stories. So once you stop broadcasting your live video, tap the share button at the bottom of the page. So easy and a great way to get more mileage out of your live videos if the content is relevant for more than the time you are live.

FLOWER BUSINESS 

FLOWER DESIGN

  • Lisa Ferguson: New fresh mechanical ideas for hanging installations.
    • Newer trends including gridding your ceiling space with wire and hanging ribbons or inverting flowers like snapdragons & delphiniums to create a textured false ceiling. You could also suspend geometrical armatures intertwined with flowers to create depth.
    • Funny I have been getting a lot of request for this very thing recently from my florists, specifically how to and how much to charge. I agree with Dave. Large hanging grids or ceilings of flowers are making a strong showing right now. This can be done with chicken wire attached to wooden frames or suspended styrofoam covered in moss and made into a wood frame, hung with silk (artificial flowers) mixed with real greenery to give it a fresh look. It’s a lighter weight alternative and can be made in advance.Almost all the large installs you see with what looks like wisteria or hanging with really full perfect line flowers are most likely artificial.
    • Large wire hoops suspended like chandeliers are still popular as are floating and hanging spheres and cages and dripping delicate flowers.
    • ZIg-zagging wires across the ceiling the draping greens across with lighting
    • Also elevating very high platforms on tables ceiling height and then draping florals downward is a great look
  • Denise M: What are the best pairings with white and blush colored Peonies for an outdoor, May wedding for both simple table arrangements and hand tied bouquets. Any tips or tricks in working with them?
    • My favorites are garden roses, why have one great fragrance when you can blend several. Texture is everything and garden roses provide not only great fragrance but also textural interest. Make sure to plan on receiving your peonies and garden roses with plenty of time to get them fully open!
    • I love garden roses also and definitely would use standards like Quicksand roses or Sahara, pale pink ranunculus, white, scabiosa and Mary Milton viburnum (when you can get it), mock orange, brown lisianthus. SO many pretties.I think nudes, and brown tone flowers bring the sweetness of the pinks down a bit.
  • Eunice: What are some tips you would give first-time florists, with no education?
    • The Floral Design Institute has online classes available. For more information see the accompanying link. https://www.floraldesigninstitute.com/distance-learning.html
    •  Find the very best quality or high-end shops in your area and ask to intern for them. Do anything! Process flowers, wash buckets, take orders, get to know your way around a flower shop or studio event florist. Everyone starts this way. Most shops will need the help and don’t have time to train so it’s a great way to get your foot in the door.Once there learn everything you can and study on your own as well.
    • Also, a good way to tell if this is for you, being a florist is hard work y’all!
    • Mayesh offers great instructional videos from our Present and Past design stars and there are tons of tutorials online.
    • At the same time take workshops and classes and one-on-one workshops with your favorite designers.  I offer a series of workshops at our Carlsbad location but not all of our locations do.
    • Some other great resources:

 

 

 

 

Mayesh Lonely Bouquet 2017 Recap

Mayesh Lonely Bouquet 2017

 

Last month, we held our fourth annual Mayesh Lonely Bouquet Design Day, inspired by the International Lonely Bouquet initiative. We invited customers at every branch to create a pretty little bouquet, add a “take me” tag (we love to see where they ended up!) and leave the flowers anywhere around town for an unsuspecting stranger to come across. From a Target shopping cart to a bench outside the local hospital, we had hundreds of bouquets scattered around the country. It’s such a simple way to spread joy and happiness, and is one of our absolutely favorite days of the year!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event and helped make the day of someone who needed it! Being surrounded by flowers every day, it’s so easy to forget just how special flowers can make someone feel, and the smiles they can put on a stranger’s face.

To find out where they ended up, check out #MayeshLonelyBouquet on Instagram!

 


 

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Charlotte Workshop Feature: Old South Vintage Rentals

 

Even though it feels our Houston workshop was just yesterday, we have another one coming up in less than a week! We are so excited to be hosting our Charlotte workshop at the beautiful Historic Rural Hill barn in Huntersville, NC, which will be the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous furnishings that will be provided from local company Old South Vintage Rentals.

If you’re from North Carolina and surrounding areas, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Samantha and her company, and if not, you’re missing out! Old South has a fabulous inventory of larger scale pieces with enough variety to fit whatever aesthetic your event may have.

So let’s learn a little bit more about Samantha and Old South Vintage Rentals, shall we?

 

MDS Workshop Sponsor Old South Vintage Rentals

 

Old South Vintage Rentals, L.L.C.  is the first vintage & boutique rental company serving the Carolinas, established in 2012. OSVR is centrally located in Lincolnton, NC to be convenient to the areas they frequent most – Asheville, Charlotte, Boone/Blowing Rock, Highlands, Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston Salem, NC as well as Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston SC.

 

OSVR was founded by Samantha Campbell Mason, better known as “Sam”, a born hunter of antiques and boutique props and vintage admirer. Much time has been spent and many towns have been traveled to by Sam and her husband, Cody, to add only the most unique and sought after pieces to their curated collection. Sam loves designing, creating, and crafting & Cody is a master craftsmen, so no matter what your needs are for your special event or photography session you can be sure to adore what this dynamic duo will bring to the vintage adorned table.

 

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To keep up with Sam and be the first to see what’s new at OSVR, be sure to follow them on Instagram, and stay tuned for some gorgeous images of their furniture at our Charlotte workshop!

Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style Bridal Bouquet

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In this episode of Mayesh Design Star, Christy teaches us how to make a bridal bouquet in the freeform garden style. She also shows come cool techniques for keeping your bouquet in place without losing its shape.This beautiful bouquet also doubles as a centerpiece for the sweetheart table. So charming!

Featured product: Russian olive, camellia leaf, protea, White Ohara garden rose, Juliet garden rose, Cafe Late rose, explosion grass, white spray rose, Putumayo carnation, Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, tulips, scabiosa pods, white scabiosa and blush peony.

Container: Gatsby from Accent Decor
Supplies used: rubber bands and zip ties.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Flowers: Rosaprima, Sande Flowers
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorEco Fresh BouquetOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Ribbon: Silk & Willow

 

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