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Mornings with Mayesh: October 2017

October Mornings with Mayesh

Each month, Yvonne gets together with some of her 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, Jenn Sanchez of Jenn Sanchez Design, joined us to share with you about finding your creative voice, color & texture, social media for your biz and so much more!

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






  • Fall is in full bloom! So many beautiful colors and textures becoming available so I’ll just pick a few of my faves…
  • Ornamental Peppers on the stem: These fun flower fashionistas come in shades of green fading to red, orange & yellow… they can even turn to shades of aubergine to black. Although they look tempting, it is not advisable to eat ornamental peppers.
  • Pumpkin tree is here! Its genus is Solanum Aethiopicum and it is actually a type of ornamental eggplant and is a related to the potato & tomato family of nightshade.
  • Rose hips are coming in steadily. These are the fruit of the rose plant and are high in vitamin C for you outdoor survivalists.
  • Sedum has started its color transition from pink to a bronze color, perfect for your fall arrangements. It is in the crassula family and is a relative to kalanchoes and other succulent plants.
  • Check out our blog for the complete list and as always, talk to your sales rep about all the cool seasonal stuff available now!
  • Melinda: Is there a good source for a year-round availability table on seasonal product??
  • During last month’s show, Sylvia asked what are we importing from Chile?
    • Because of Chile’s diverse geography both tropical and mountainous, they are able to produce an array of fresh seasonal flowers. They are known for their mass production of Carnations, chrysanthemums & alstroemeria. But, they also produce high end and novelty flowers. For instance, peonies are available from October through February, ranunculus and anemones are available from August through October and these are just a few examples of the on-trend flowers produced there when they are not available domestically. They are also known for beautiful tropical foliages such as calathea, ti leaf & palm leaves as well as tropical flowers like anthurium, heliconia & ginger.
  • Lee: Begonia Leaves – how do I prep them to keep them fresh? I love their look but they wilt so easily! Thanks!
    • Heather Cook from our purchasing department just started procuring these from an Oregon grower for us. She says the key is that they are stabilized immediately when cut by the grower. They do best in plain water with no floral food. The sugar in floral food can actually clog the stems. There are literally thousands of varieties of begonias. But, the ones harvested for foliage are usually the rhizomatous or cane stemmed varieties and are very sensitive to water sitting on the leaf surface. They are usually covered in small hairs that hold water and can cause botrytis to form. Iron cross begonia pictured below is one of the truly unique begonia foliages that we carry. Begonia foliage comes in a stunning array of colors and patterns perfect for fall.begonia leaves


  • Courtney: When buying a floral refrigerator for the first time, what do you recommend? Looking for something not crazy expensive but something big enough for at least the personals for a wedding to be refrigerated. Is there anywhere else to look beside craigslist and eBay? do you recommend buying something new so you can get a warranty? It’s hard to know what to buy since they are all pricey. I guess just wondering if there are any other options before buying it.
    • First I’d check with your local Mayesh branch, we hear a lot of inside info from our clients and most locations have an information board for clients to leave help wanted and for sale flyers etcetera. You could also try Facebook marketplace  or any number of online shopping websites. Google search could be your next best friend!
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  • Question from Courtney: I was wondering what the best mechanics are when using bigger and heavier items like Pampas grass to go around an arch or Chuppah (all the way around.) Basically heavier things that you can’t really use oasis with. If there’s an easier way than attaching each stem individually that would be amazing. We’ve been seeing a lot of the pampas grass going all the way around arches and with  a lot of pampas grass (super wide taking up a lot of space.) Curious how to get that to stay on and how to have it fan out by using multiple stems to cover a lot of space.
    • Paddle wire, zip ties or even duct tape will work! You can tube stems of more fragile flowers if need be. Just remember to finish your work by covering your mechanics with flowers, foliage or moss.
    • Eco Fresh Bouquet wraps:
  • Question from Courtney: How to get signage decor like with garlands or just greenery and some flowers to stay on acrylic signs, wooden signs (i hear people staple them,) and other materials would be interesting to know how to get it to stay and look droopy (like they all do on Pinterest.)
    • Pinterest is an awesome tool for sharing but not always reliable for representing reality. You could try using dried, preserved or “everlasting” florals. The industry is starting to fabricate some real life like replicas and most vendors will ship nationwide. Check out The French Bee, a Phoenix favorite for life-like artificial florals.  If you are a purist at heart and only fresh materials will do, choose hardy foliages like lemon leaf or camelia for your base and refresh the florals as needed. Using a “cold glue” like Oasis floral adhesive is the best way to avoid color changes in live products that can occur with hot glue. You could also try Oasis U-glu dashes, a two-sided floral adhesive medium. Oasis products website:
  • Question from Courtney: A wrist corsage tutorial would be awesome. There are so many ways to make them so it would be great to find the most simple and efficient way.
  • From Carie: HELP!  I always use a bouquet holder for my bridal bouquets and cover the handle with stems for a faux hand tied.  Do you have any tips for using sunflowers in a bouquet holder???  



  • Instagram is making changes!
    • IG Stories is coming to your desktop – I don’t have it yet, but I cannot wait for this to happen.
    • Audio is on autoplay for Instagram videos – you can toggle it on or off during your Instagram session. So it turns it off when you leave the session and you will have to tap on and it will remain on during your session unless you tap off. This does not affect IG Stories. Pretty fun!
    • Did you hear that IG is testing a new layout of your grid? As we all know, currently the layout on your profile is 3 pictures across each row, but soon it is possible that we will have 4 images per row. For many creatives that carefully curate or post extra large images with the smaller pictures, this will shift things off a bit.
    • The last bit of IG news, is that users are seeing filters for your live videos. Do you have it? Have you used it?

Ok, so I’m very excited for our next guest. Jenn Sanchez is a super talented designer with a background in oil painting having been drawn to Dutch Masters still life vignettes as well as modern conceptual art. She has focused on the art of floral design and loves to recreate natural environments with flowers and foliage. Today, Jenn is going to talk a little bit about her journey, her design philosophy and about how she uses tools like Instagram to grow her business. Welcome, Jenn!


  • Welcome, Jenn! First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your floral design business?
  • Can you share your philosophy on how to find your creative voice and sticking to it?
    • No one knows exactly who they are at all times and what they want, and that’s ok. But you have to know who your brand is. Who your audience is.
    • The importance of being authentic, finding and staying true to your vision
    • The importance of embracing failure, you cannot succeed until you accept mistakes will happen but the risk is worth the reward. I was always (am still) afraid of failing but more afraid of not even trying.
    • The importance of being resilient, not allowing failure, comparison, or harsh critics bring you down.
  • How do you use color and texture?
    • My aesthetic, why I am so drawn to color. I think any artistic expression should make you feel something and color does that so well.
    • Transitioning color by grouping like tones, took me time to realize this (also a sidetone of using those designers that inspire you to educate yourself. If you like a photo on Instagram or a magazine, ask yourself “why”. This is how I learned about color blocking).
    • Using interesting texture, challenge yourself. Buy one bunch of something you are nervous to use and see how you like it. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  • Jenn, you have quite the following on Instagram, has this helped your business grow?
  • Do you use other social media platforms?
  • Other tools:
  • Do you take your own pictures and do you have any pointers for our listeners on how to put their best foot forward with photographs?
  • Yvonne: Jenn, tell us where we can find out more about you and what you are up to:



If you think of new questions, you can post them in the comments below.

Be sure to mark your calendar for November 7th at 10 am EST.


Other resources that were mentioned during the show:

Floristas del Mundo is a flower group in Spanish and English:




Art in Full Bloom 2017

Art in Full Bloom - Crazy Daisy



NOVEMBER 10, 2017
4PM – 9PM

3950 WEST DIABLO #B11, LAS VEGAS, NV 89118


This year’s theme – CRAZY DAISY “A Neon Celebration of Colors” will be dedicated to AFAN – the HIV / AIDS community and their talents within the art and floral industries. Artists and designers will be asked to focus on the uses of electric colors in their art and floral designs. Attendees are encouraged to participate with flamboyant costumes and revelry.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN works to reduce HIV infection through prevention education to eliminate fear, prejudice and the stigma associated with the disease. AFAN is committed to a system that nurtures personal growth and dignity of persons served, which is emphasized during orientation, ongoing staff training and the culture of our organization.

Attendees are asked to make a donation to selected charity upon entrance, buy art, raffles, and bid at the silent auction.

Art in Full Bloom is a FREE event started as a simple open house for Mayesh Wholesale Florist and has grown into an eclectic mix of flora, art and fun! Local artists are asked to exhibit with opportunities to sell their art. In addition, local floral designers are asked to create a floral design to accent/complement the art piece. There will also be featured Floral Fantasy designs, a student competition, raffles, silent auction and fabulous noshes & libations.

Hope to see you there!!




If you are a local artist or florist and are interested in participating in this year's event, get more information here:

Stemcounter: An Answer to your Business Organization Prayers



At Mayesh, we value the importance of helping our customers grow their businesses and providing resources to improve their business practices. When it comes to ordering, we all know how hard it can be to keep everything organized and get orders in on time, which is why we have been partnering with Stemcounter to help you become more efficient and make the business side of things less painful. And if we’re being honest, a streamlined ordering process is a win-win for both of us!

Let’s face it… we’ve all been up way too late putting together a wholesale list because we ran out of hours, right?

Stemcounter was built to solve that. In Stemcounter, you can build out your recipes and your wholesale list automatically generates. As one florist said it, “In 2.5 minutes you can do what used to take 4 hours of work!”

Not only that, you can create beautiful proposals super quickly with drag-and-drop from Pinterest functionality. Clients can view, sign, and pay from the same link. It’s made for florists by florists. And the coolest part? You have access to Mayesh’s flower photo library directly in the software! Interest in more info? Check it out here.




MDS Portland Workshop Vendor Feature: Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine


After a busy start to the year, we’ve taken a little break from our MDS workshop tour to enjoy the summer. But as this season comes to a close and we enter the fall season, we’re gearing up for our next workshop in Portland in October!

One of our favorite parts about this tour has been the diversity in venues, and how each space has really been a representation of its city. Our venue in Portland is no different, so we’re excited to share a little bit about Union/Pine, a true reflection of the Pacific Northwest.

The evolution of Union/Pine and how it came to be is a special story, and we can’t wait to be a part of its story in just two short months!




MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine


The 10,000 square foot warehouse we now call Union/Pine was built in 1960, designed by the remarkable Margaret Fritsch, who was the first female architect in the State of Oregon. The building served as a storage facility for the Volunteers of America for its first 30 years, and shifted between a few other businesses throughout the 90’s before the main floor became a sign shop. The 2nd floor on the other hand came into the loving hands of Todd Fadel, who converted it into the legendary all-ages venue, Meow Meow. Hosting a slew of local and traveling talent from Death Cab and Modest Mouse to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Meow Meow was the go-to spot for countless teens and twenty-somethings for a handful of super fun years until they were forced to move locations and eventually close their doors.


MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine


After another few years getting tossed around, 525 SE Pine was worse for the wear. A terribly leaky roof created massive puddles upstairs, rendering it completely uninhabitable. The sign shop crew had built rooms and cubicles throughout the main floor and covered them in sawdust and stuff for 20 years, and along the way, reinforced the rickety plexiglass windows with big wood doors, blocking out nearly all natural light. The exterior was a dingy white with rotting wood framing and stucco badly in need of repair when the building went up for sale in 2011. One Spring afternoon, Patrick Triato, a fresh transplant from Ohio, rode by on his way to work at his product design firm, and he fell in love.

Patrick inked a deal days later that countless architects and developers had passed on because it was “too much work”, and the building was officially his. Now all he had to do was to power through the remodel, and find a roommate to help pay the rent.

Meanwhile, Summer Killingsworth was hunting for a live/work loft, and answered a vague Craigslist ad for a place in Central SE. When she set eyes on it the next day, something bigger than a cool home started brewing as they began scheming an idea for an art gallery and event space that they hoped would serve as a hub for the Portland creative community. The list to get the place in shape was miles long, so Summer and Patrick got straight to work.


MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine


After demolishing all the walls and taking down all the fluorescent lights, they tackled the bar, using pallets they foraged from the neighborhood. The list continued to grow as evenings and weekends were spent lowering the ‘sunken’ living room floor, building the stage, replacing the windows, fixing up the bathrooms, building the rolling doors, and painting every square inch while they fine-tuned their business plan. Work parties turned into rooftop parties, as their amazing friends rallied to support their crazy project.


MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine


Brainstorming names for their venture on a rare weekend outside, they came up with “Union” as a word that symbolized joining people together, which was at the heart of the business. Looking for a word to compliment, “Pine” popped out, and it clicked. It wasn’t until months later that they discovered that the cross street (Grand/MLK) was once Union Street – adding a very cool element of destiny to the tale.


MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

Once they had a name, the rest fell into line. The calendar was booking up, the parties were a blast, and the roommates were tired and happy. 

Many lists, and 4 years later, Summer and Patrick were married.



So there you have it! A beautiful space with a story to match. If you’re in the Portland area, don’t miss your chance at signing up for our workshop on October 17th. Hope to see you there!



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).





  • 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



  • 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  



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



  • 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 & Savon Crafts you could also try your local thrift shop or dollar store.





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?


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

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






  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.
    •  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:





Live Chat Replay: Kristin Banta


Hopefully, you didn’t miss yesterday’s live chat with Kristin Banta. If you did, do not despair, as we have the replay below for you, along with a list of questions that were covered. She was amazing! Kristin is so easy to talk to, but most importantly she is passionate about what she does and loves to share her wisdom when it comes to branding, event design, color, clients and so much more! My kind of person! Please watch and share with your fellow flower & event friends!




  • How did you start your brand?
  • How has your brand evolved over time?
  • What do you think are the most important parts about developing a consistent brand to reach your target clients? And who is your target client? When filming the Wedding Party you had said that your minimum is $150,000 and you have done as large as $1,000,000…. is this still true today?
  • Can you explain what your initial consultation/planning process is like when you first meet a new client or couple, and how you determine if you want to work with them?
  • How much influence do you have on the event design, and how do you help steer your clients in certain directions so that you can have the creative license to put on the best event possible?
  • In today’s world of Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media outlets, clients & brides often come to the table with a set idea on what they want. How do you push them to be unique and think beyond what might be “on trend” at that point in time?
  • I know you’re not afraid of color, which is so refreshing! Tell us a bit about your process when asked to design around a color or theme?
  • What do you think of this year’s Pantone Color of the Year?
  • How important do you think the color of the year actually is? Do you find it to be accurate and an inspiration in your designs throughout the year?
  • I like your “there is no rules” mantra … what are some of your favorite rules to break?


  • Chris Clark: I’ve heard you speak several times about your philosophy of “narrative” designing. When does the budget conversation happen in that process?
  • Carol Mason of Romp Events: We are receiving so many requests for garlands (along the aisle, on the table tops, etc.) which greenery has a long shelf life to provide us a longer work time before the day of?
  • Marcela Bogado Dhar: Living walls are starting to be a requested for corporate events and weddings. Any suggestions on cost budgeting for us?
  • Regina: Is there a specific software package you suggest for doing presentations and combining pictures?
  • Wireaccents: How did you become an event designer? What is trending at the moment? And what are you forecasting for 2018 trends?
  • Theweddingladyindy: Have you had a client that was not overjoyed with her work? If yes, how do you react to a client not totally overwhelmed?
  • Avalorendesign: What trends have you set that others are following?

Mornings with Mayesh Replay June 2017

Each month, Yvonne and Dave get together for their 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 month’s replay! Keep on scrolling down for the show notes that contains all of the quesitons, 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





  • Big thank you to Billy in our Los Angeles purchasing hub for putting together our flower 411 list posted now on the Mayesh blog.
  • Some items are ending such as, bearded iris, columbine, Hellebores, lilac, blooming jasmine vine and spirea.
  • Some items are very limited like chamomile, cafe dahlias, lupine, mock orange & most protea varieties excluding pincushions.
  • Here are a few locally grown summer blooms available right now, blooming artichokes grown in Arizona, Coral Sunset Peonies (a relative of Coral Charm), Snowmound Spirea. These are all in stock right now but won’t be around for long!
  • For a full list of what’s coming and what’s going, check out our blog.
  • Also, I wanted to mention the product featured in this month’s design video, Southern Smilax, as we have been receiving a bunch of questions about it.
    • It is available year round with the exception of the following months
      • April – spotty availability
      • May and June – absolutely not available
      • July – spotty availability
  • From Adona: Do all Mayesh centers carry a large variety of flowers? I’m in California and I am relatively close to 3 branches but don’t know if one would have more in stock than others…
    • We have an awesome group of individuals in our central purchasing team that finds all the unique flowers and greens that we carry, and we source them from all over the world. Each branch also has it’s own purchasing agent on site to merchandise their location with the things that make the most sense to their client base.  Every branch has the ability to special order just about anything you need so if you aren’t seeing what you want in inventory,  just ask your sales rep to order it for you.
  • From Amanda: is there any way to see pricing on different garlands without having to call in or email?
    • With logistics playing a large role in flower pricing, it is really hard to post these on a national level. Always consult with a sales rep about any pricing questions. If you’re planning on shipping from one of our national shipping hubs, they can give you a landed cost, that is your flower price including the freight to transport it to your destination.
  • Which breed of roses lasts the longest and how can you prolong their life to make your arrangements last longer?
    • Most hybrid tea roses have been genetically modified to eliminate fragrance which in turn extends their lifespan. The more fragrant a flower is, the shorter its lifespan. This is true with all flowers. To get the longest life out of your roses, we have posted a care and handling guide for you on our blog.
  • Raynelle Mcneil: Ordering flowers can be a bit tricky when you need specific color and variety. Where is the best source to select both color hue and variety for ordering flowers?
    • Mayesh has an extensive online flower library to help you select the perfect choices for your event. It’s always nice to have a photo to refer to when talking about color. Another method is to bring in a fabric color swatch, or email your inspiration board to your sales rep.
    • This type of question comes up often and we did a blog post about it a long time ago so long that I can’t find it, but I remember the key point to the article was to use fruits and vegetables, something that is universal and constant to help describe color and to ensure that who you are trying to communicate to understands the color that you are looking for.
  • Heidi: How do you handle quality control of your flowers for events? Is there one person who takes charge of this?
    • Our entire staff is trained in this process. First of all,  your pre-book flower have all been special ordered in fresh, just for your event. We inspect all flowers at the time we receive them looking for blemishes or other problems. Each rep is responsible for quality checking their assembled orders before they are packed. This includes checking that the colors work well together and no items are missing. We never use old product! We condition all of our flowers in a commercial grade low sugar holding solution to start hydrating but not opening the blooms. fragile flowers are individually wrapped and stored in buckets in our cooler until you pick them up or we deliver them to you.



  • Instagram news: just broke over 700 million followers about a month ago with 100 million coming on just within the last 4 months! Much of the growth can be attributed to IG Stories. The 100 million that just came on only knows IG with IG Stories. There are 3 places that marketers need to focus on:
    • the feed
    • IG Live
    • IG Stories – have fun with filters, add personality & style, and sometimes branding.
      • Can add clickable hashtags and location!
      • If you have a public page, your stories are now searchable by hashtags and locations.
      • If you do stories, you can show in who can be suggested based on the activity of your followers.
      • More ways people can find you and bring more people to see your IG page.
      • p.s. if you want more people to follow you double check that your business page is public, not private.
      • There is a new REWIND video feature that you can add to your stories
      • A really cool eraser feature – take a photo, overlays a solid color over the entire photo, tap on the writing tool
  • 1.2 billion use Messenger every month; there are 100,000 active bots;
  • Pinterest
    • Pinterest ads or promoted pins are going to show up if someone clicks on the show me more circle on the pin, you will see promoted pins. You don’t have to do anything, they will show up if your image is visually similar.
      • Be careful with your images. Lifestyle images may convert better, for Pinterest thought it might be better to have a picture of just your product and is very good quality.
    • Pinterest is doing something similar when you click on a Pin and the images that show below that are “more like this” will also include promoted pins.
    • Metrics – you can see metrics on individual pins by click on the graph button – you’ll see total engagement, closeups, click to a website and saves.
  • Google Lens in your camera
    • You can just open up your camera, point it at a business, and Google lens knows the name of the business and will tell you the rating for it and sometimes even purchase items from the business. No need to open up any other app. This is just your camera. Groundbreaking stuff.
  • Google Photos – you can tell what pictures to share with who automatically. If there are pictures of flowers, you can share with co-workers, but photos of your baby you can set up to share with your family member.
  • Facebook
    • You can see the number of saves on your posts (someone can save to read or reference later). And for Facebook ads, you can create an audience based on people who have saved your posts or your page.
    • You can choose 5 featured pictures for your business page soon.


  • From Tanya Costigan Events: I’m new to floral and Mayesh (registered with you after attending the Intrigued Conference) and pricing for my clients is something I need guidance on. How do I figure what pricing to pass along to my clients? (flowers, markup, design, etc.)
    • The industry average is 3 to 3-½ times markup on fresh product with 15-20% labor.  Wedding, corsage, and any handwork is usually a 5 times markup and hardgood costs are usually doubled after your freight has been added.
  • From Courtlynn Noack: I’m new to the industry + pretty young. How long after being in business should I wait to raise my prices?
    • Being competitive with pricing is important but you should set standards that make sense with your own business model. For instance, artists working out of their homes have far less overhead costs and can translate that to savings for their clients but you want to “pay yourself” for all that creative labor involved. Network with other florists and ask what works for them or take some small business management classes or seminars to put things into perspective.
  • From Shelby: I’m familiar with the normal industry standard of marking up product but I’m curious about Labor. For instance, setting a price as a freelance designer. How do you figure out your worth/how much to charge per hour?
    • In most cases, they are going to tell you what they can afford to pay you, but it opens up a dialogue for you to negotiation with them. From years of talking with florists and making recommendations, I can tell you that if they like your work ethic, they are going to pay you well enough to keep you on their roster.
    • Our Miami branch often sources freelance designers for destination events and the branch manger said that the average rate is $25 per hour. I also found a post on Flirty Fleurs and the people who answered the question said usually between $15 and $25.
  • From Hannah Hunt: New to wedding floral business. I have been getting inquiries via my website where the bride asks for prices. Once I suggest a face to face or phone consultation to determine specifics so I can give them a quote, they do not respond. Is this normal? Are price seekers to be expected? How do florists handle this step?
    • Timely response is always key to any inquiry. Most brides are already shopping your competition to find the best value but may commit to the speediest most confident responses.  It’s a double edge sword if you post pricing online. You could put pre-packaged pricing on your website that would appeal to some brides but that could limit your options for larger more interesting events or scare away smaller unique clients.
    • Here’s what our Floral Forum designers had to say that relates to this topic:


  • Katalin Green: Random .. almost off topic… who did Beyoncé flower piece for your baby 👶🏼 shoot?
    • ***This is still Unconfirmed*** Awol Erizku is a multimedia Artist and possibly the photographer & floral set designer.
  • From Carie Youngers: How do you make a graduation podium piece not look like a funeral spray?
    • Stay away from the funeral palm leaves! Try using large tropical leaves like monstera as your base. Create the illusion of size with branches and fill in with fun seasonal flowers.
  • From @tylerawolf – I’m having a hard time knowing what greenery to choose. could you talk about that
    • First, I’d pop into a Mayesh branch and check out the seasonal availability. You can also snoop the internet for creative inspiration. Designing is really about setting yourself apart from the other guy by developing your own brand. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little, there are tons of fascinating ways to create your own style.
    • Don’t be afraid to talk to your rep about your needs. Let them know the look you are going for and they can help steer you in the right direction. If you are a bit like me and don’t really want to have a conversation with someone until you do a little research, then check out our foliages in our Flower Library.
  • From @obcessedwithflowers – How do you make a cost effective flower wall?
    • First, you need to determine if you are going to salvage it after the event or dumpster it. Using a base of moss or branches that can be reused is a good first step. You can spread the initial cost of the fabrication across every subsequent “rental”. Buying bulk from is another way to save money on all of your large purchases.
    • We did a flower wall video with Beth O’Reilly a couple of years ago that used minimal flowers to help with cost.
  • From Raynelle McNeil: What the best technique to do a floral wall with flowers or greenery. Is it water tubes or oasis backing with chicken wire?
    • There are a few ways to do it. Oasis makes a product called floral foam tiles  that are lighter and have shallower dimension to keep weight down. If you are loading your wall with heavier flowers you may want to add chicken wire for added stability. Water tubing is also a great way to fabricate a wall. You can go as crazy as you want and mix various methods as needed.
  • We did a flower wall challenge at our branches around the same time and we used Oasis floral foam tiles and we have pictures and materials that we used to build the wall. Check it out:
    • From Phyllis: I have to make a hand tied hydrangea bouquet, which I have never done. I have heard the flowers don’t hold up well. Any suggestions?
      • It’s true, hydrangeas can be fussy. They don’t like the heat of summer or being out of water for long periods. When selecting your hydrangea, check that the blooms feel firm and slightly leathery to the touch. The mini green variety holds up well, they are cut at a slightly “prematurely” stage and very hardy. Antique varieties also hold up very well and can be dried and still retain much of their color. The key with any flower is to properly hydrate and use the right floral food. Pampered flowers always perform better!
    • From Lynn Cioffi: How do I keep a hydrangea wedding bouquet perfect for the day of the wedding?
      • 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.
    • From Trista Rose Miller: How do you keep hydrangeas looking fresh in tall centerpiece designs?   I typically have some heads start to fade in flower foam within 18 or so hours, even with proper conditioning, good use of the foam, finishing products (Crowning Glory), etc.  Would water tube picks be a better choice?
      • Yes! Floral foam is great for a lot of uses but it can slow the uptake of water in hydrangeas and they drink a lot of water! You can keep them happy by creating a 1 to 2-inch void under the foam making sure the stems go all the way through to the unobstructed water source.  Water tubing is good short term, but still need frequent refilling.
  • From Rebecca Butler: How do you do the mechanics of flowers on this arch? To secure them?? 
    • This look can be constructed using two Oasis foam cages, wired or taped onto the floral arch. Flowers are inserted to extend from each focal point and wrapped around the armature. Additional blooms are given the illusion of floating by being hung using monofilament fishing line.
  • From Shelby: Dusty Miller in bouquets! More often than not, the product comes in super short. What are some tips and tricks for using in bridal bouquets?
    • We import beautiful long stem dusty miller from South America and it is available pretty much all year round. Ask your local Mayesh branch to special order it in for your next event!
    • Speaking of extra long or extra anything … be sure to talk to your rep about our Mayesh Luxe Blooms – this is the high-end product that we are able to source for you. We can carry some of it in our everyday inventory, but often product needs to be special ordered. You can get more information on our website:


Live Chat with Kristin Banta

live chat with Kristin Banta

Guys, I’m super excited about our next live chat!! You don’t even know how excited and I will admit, a little nervous! Join me as I chat live with Kristin Banta, the founder and Creative Director of Kristin Banta Events on June 13 at 4 pm EST / 1 pm PST!

If you have ever had questions for those designers you may have seen on TV or those who are behind the luxe events you see in magazines, then this is a must attend and must participate event!

KBE’s work has received many awards and has been featured on the Hallmark Channel, Bravo, Style Network, TNT, SYFY, Food Network, Fox, NBC, and in countless publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Weddings, Los Angeles Times, Life & Style, LA Confidential, Frontiers Magazine, The Knot, Inside Weddings, Southern Living, Real Simple Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Brides, and Punk Rock Confidential. I posted a quick profile video for KBE below to get to know our speaker a little bit more.

So, what do you want to know? From branding to event design and everything in between, we want to hear what you want to watch (or if you are like me, listen to). Send us your questions for Kristin and we will try to address as many as possible in an hour!

You can use the comment box below, or send any questions you’d love to hear during our chat to

See you Tuesday June 13th @ 4 PM EST / 1 PM PST



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