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Mayesh Luxe Blooms: Phalaenopsis from Holland

Mayesh Luxe Blooms: Phalaenopsis from Holland

Take a quick tour to see how our Dutch Phalaenopsis Orchid is grown, graded and packaged before you receive it. These wholesale flowers truly embody the definition of Mayesh Luxe Blooms.

Mayesh offers the standard sized stem, but if you order from your rep with advanced notice, we will be able to source 15+ or 20+ bloom stems! Lead times are generally 7-10 days and 1 month respectively.

Flower 411: October

 

PRODUCT UPDATES – 9/28/17

 

Finished / Not Available

 

California product is starting to dwindle down in availability. We will be moving to more import.

 

Acorns

Artichoke Blooming

Birch Victorian – comes back in late November

Blackberries – vines available but no fruit

Buddlea – will return in October

Chamomile Cushion, chamomile yellow daisy

Chestnuts

Clematis – local

Cosmos- pinks and whites

Cotinus Blooming

Delphinium Belladonna Light Pink

Delphinium Belladonna White

Echinops

Euphorbia Dog Eye

Festival Bush

Fruiting branches – blueberry

Garnet Kings/ Peter Johns- Grower went out of business

Heather – white or pink

Honey Suckle

Hops

Hydrangea lacecap white

Kumquats – restricted movement by the Department of Agriculture

Lace Flower

Lupine

Marguerite daisy

Oregano Kents Beauty

Pieris Japonica

Peony – finished

Pineapple – all sizes

Pokeweed

Poppy pods

Poppy Matilda

Poppy oriental

Poppy Icelandic- no poppy of any type available

Rain Tree pods

Riceflower – locally, no white, pink is barely 14” tall

Shasta Daisy

Snowberry

Spirea

Stephanotis Vines

Sunflower chocolate

Sunflower Teddy bear

Yarrow tansy button

 

 

Limited

 

Agonis-$$$$$

Anemone Japanese (local) – pink

Artichokes – all size and colors

Aster Matsumoto – all colors

Banksia- orange only

Chamomile/ Matricaria/feverfew- white daisy only available – no buttons

Chinese lanterns “Fresh “ ending soon

Cottage Yarrow- white, peach, cream

Dahlias- Burgundy – supply is limited

Dahlias – White- both decorative & ball- heavy demand but supply is a little limited

Delph Belladonna light blue- extremely limited

Delph hybrid all colors, especially white

Diablo Nine Bark

Eucomis- portland- expensive

Eucalyptus Gunni

Eucalyptus Small leaf

French Tulip- finished in Holland, only one local vendor limited amounts and colors

Freesia Super- local

Fruiting branches blackberry/ raspberry

Foxglove- all colors very limited  white & htp finished… limited Illumination

Gardenias

Gomphrena White

Hydrangea Peegee/lime light green only

Larkspur – almost non existent for a few weeks – all colors

Matsumoto-all colors- no white or yellow and Peach

Nigella

Papyrus Lions Head- advance notice required

Pampas Grass- large orders-advance notice required

Protea King white – SUPER Limited

Protea Waratah

Protea white – finished locally

Scabiosa white annual – Scabiosa black, burgundy, perennial white

Smilax

Strawflower- white, light pink and peach

Sunflower- Bi Colors

Sweet Pea- Dutch only, limited color selection

Tulips- if you do not see it listed below- it is not available

Tulips- Local- Single Bloom- (white, purple, light pink, yellow, orange, yel/red bi color) double lavender, super parrot.

Tulips-Dutch- Single Bloom ( Black, Hot Pink, Pink, Red) Double Bloom ( Carnival De Nice, Cream, Purple, Dark Pink, Pink ) Parrot (Orange Bi color, Red, Salmon, Super Parrot) Frilled (Queensland)

Viburnum berry- black- import only

 

 

Available

 

Alchemilla Mollis – import

Allium- import only (dutch)

Amaranthus- upright bronze- CA or Portland

Anemone- import

Asclepias- local and import  (orange is limited)

Bear Grass Super

Berzillia

Birds- import only

Bouvardia- very limited locally (no light pink grown in usa)- go import (has all colors)

Bupluerum

Calendula

Campanula- import only $$$$$

Celosia Feather- import and local

Clematis- Import only- no White

Cosmos Chocolate

Cotinus foliage, purple only

Coxcomb- Import and local

Craspedia-local

Crocosmia Flower- import

Crocosmia Pods- import only

Delph bella dark blue

Dianthus Green trick or Green Ball- Import

Dahlias ~  Most Decorative Shape Dahlia colors are available but limited

Ball shapes,  colors limited, but still available

Ball shapes- burg and white limited

Café available

Dinner Plate- limited colors…a little hit and miss

Oregon dahlias – Swan Island will not be available this year

Echinacea pods

Eremurus- import only

Fall leaves are in between, showing some color but not quite there, best choice is vine maple or viburnum foliage for color

Gomphrena available in 8 colors- Portland- white is limited

Grass 5ft Zebra or Miscanthus- Portland

Freesia-local finished, import only

Hydrangea Local going to Antique

Hydrangea lacecap- only available in green/antique

Hydrangea Peegee- green only

Iris regular – no light blue

Jasmine vine no flower

Lisianthus

Lily of the valley- import only $$$$

Lysmachia- import

Magnolia-local California and southern

Millet-green and black upright, green hanging

Ninebark

Orlaya

Ornithogalum- white, yellow orange- Import

Ornithogalum Arabicum- Portland

Passion vine

Persimmons

Phlox- import

Pieris- Bud-form pieris in good supply, still tight bud, no flowers until January

Pin Oak is bright green, no fall color

Pomegranates- Large only

Privett- green berries only

Protea local asst pinks limited

Protea Pink Ice

Protea- Protea Blushing Bride- import

Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) orange -import

Ranunculus- import

Red Rover Disbuds

Rose Hips -Green, red

Scabiosa

Scabiosa Pods- Local

Scented Geranium- CA or Portland

Sedum- Oregon is finished , down to Califonia

Southern Smilax

Statice

Stephanotis

Strawflower, good supply on fall colors, white pink peach very limited

Sunflower- black center, green center, tinted red

Thryptomene/ Calycina- Import

Trachelium local and Import

Tweedia local

Veronica- Local and Import

Waxflower- local finished- go import

Woodland oats show fall color (copper colored)

Yarrow yellow- local

Mayesh Cooler Picks | Fall

 

It’s officially fall and we’re excited for all of the rich color palettes to come! Check out our first set of autumn #MayeshCoolerPicks!

 


 

 

LINEN + BLUSH

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks September

top | pink tulips, white ball dahlias, blush snowberries
middle | Blushing Bride protea, pink scabiosa, white nerines
bottom | pink ranunculus, white tulips, pink cottage yarrow

 

 

CANTALOUPE

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Fall September

top | peach ranunculus, Sahara spray rose, peach statice
middle | Golden Mustard rose, Pompeii gerberas, Combo rose
bottom | Zelmira lillies, Antigua spray rose, Bushing Parasol spray rose

 

 

ROSEWOOD PINK

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Fall September

top | brown lisianthus, garden spray rose Eden Romantica, burgundy upright amaranthus
middle | Pompeii gerberas, chocolate sunflowers, Queen red lime zinnias
bottom | Laevis Brunia, Lege Sport carnations, Diablo ninebark

 

 

SHADES OF PURPLE

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks September

top | pink chiffon clematis, chocolate ranunculus, lavender gomphrena
middle |purple hellebores, antique purple hydrangea, Reiman clematis
bottom | lavender phlox, burgundy dahlia, lavender double tulip

 

Flower 411: Dahlias in Full Force

Flower 411 August

 

PRODUCT UPDATES – 8/29/17

 

Finished / Not Available

 
Allium – import finished, local drumstick only available

Artichoke Blooming

Bells – Dyed red – nobody is dying them right now

Buddlea – returning in October

Chamomile Cushion – chamomile yellow daisy

Cotinus Blooming

Delphinium Belladonna Light Pink

Delphinium Belladonna White

Festival Bush

Fruiting branches – blueberry

Heather – white or pink

Kiss me Over the Garden Gate

Kumquats restricted movement by the Department of Agriculture

Lace Flower

Lupine

Matsumoto- Peach

Peony – finished

Pineapple – all sizes

Pokeweed

Poppy pods

Poppy Matilda

Poppy oriental

Poppy Icelandic – no poppy of any type available

Riceflower

Shasta Daisy

Spirea

Super Bear Grass – grower discontinued this item

Viburnum berry- blue, black

 

Just Starting

 

Pieris Japonica

Rose Hips – red/orange

Sedum Pink

Snowberry – Local

Ornamental Peppers

Pumpkins on a stick

 

 

Plentiful/ Flushing

 

Assorted wild grasses

Green Mist

Millet hanging green and upright black or green

Pincushion Protea

Queen Anne’s Lace – White or Chocolate

Safflower – orange

Safari Sunset

Snow on the Mountain

Sunflower black center

 

 

Limited

 

Agonis

Banksia – orange only

Chamomile / Matricaria / Feverfew – yellow button

Cosmos – pinks and whites – extremely limited / almost finished

Cottage Yarrow- white, peach, cream – go import

Delphinium hybrid White

Delphinium Belladonna light blue – extremely limited

Dianthus green ball or trick

Echinops

Eucalyptus Gunni

Eucalyptus Small leaf

French Tulip – finished in Holland / only one local vendor – limited amounts and colors

Freesia Super – local

Fruiting branches – blackberry / raspberry

Foxglove – all colors very limited

Gardenias

Gomphrena White

Honey Suckle

Jasmine vine with Flower

Lilac – White color only, bunches grade only – import only

Nigella

Papyrus Lions Head – advance notice required

Pampas Grass – large orders – advance notice required

Pieris Flower

Protea King white (SUPER Limited)

Protea white – finished locally, import only

Oregano Kents Beauty

Scabiosa white annual

Smilax – limited

Strawflower – white, light pink and peach – all three are very limited

Sweet Pea – Dutch only – limited color selection

Tulips – only single bloom tulips available locally for the next two weeks

-Our local vendor is gapping on frilled, double and parrots for 2 weeks

Yarrow cottage- import and local

 

 

Available

 

Ageratum Blue

Alchemilla Mollis – import

Allium – local drumstick only

Anemone- import

Artichokes – baby red limited

Asclepias – local and import

Atriplex – red and green

Berzillia – green and red available

Birds – import only

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

Bupluerum

Calendula

Campanula- import only

Celosia Feather – import and local

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

Cornflower

Cosmos Chocolate

Cotinus foliage – purple only

Coxcomb – Import and local

Craspedia – local

Crocosmia Flower – import

Crocosmia Pods – import

Delphinium – Bella dark blue

Eucalyptus – small leaf moon lagoon

Hybrid delph- dark blue, purple, light blue, lavender, mauve- local short 24-30” Tall (white limited)- Tall only available import

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 available
  • Dinner Plate- White, Lavender, Orange, Burgundy available only

Oregon dahlias – Swan Island will start the last week of September

Echinacea pods

Eremurus – import only

Eucomis – local

Freesia-local finished, import only

Hops – 2 weeks left

Hydrangea – Nice solid Colors – Import & Local starting to go antique

Iris regular – no light blue

Jasmine vine – no flower

Lisianthus – Dark Brown/ Black/ Peach – now local

Lily of the valley- import only Lysmachia- import

Magnolia – local California

Millet – green and black upright, green hanging

Ninebark – foliage only

Passion vine

Persimmons

Pomegranates – Large only

Protea – local assorted pinks limited

Protea Pink Ice

Protea – Protea Blushing Bride- import

Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum)orange and yellow – import

Ranunculus- import

Rose Hips -Green, red

Scabiosa

Scabiosa Pods- Local

Southern Smilax

Statice

Stephanotis

Sunflower – black center, green center, tinted red, bi-color

Thryptomene/ Calycina- Import

Trachelium local and Import

Tweedia local

Veronica – Local and Import

Waxflower – local finished- go import

Yarrow tansy button

Yarrow yellow – local

Zinnia – white, peach, bi colors limited

Mayesh Cooler Picks | Late Summer

 

We’re loving these late summer #MayeshCoolerPicks! Which is your favorite?
 


 

BLUSHY IVORY

 
 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer August

top | Moonstone garden rose, Romeo garden rose, Blushing Bride protea
middle | white cosmos, Café au Lait Dahlias, white clematis
bottom | Lizzy carnations, White pieris, Blush Clooney ranunculus

 

 

LAVENDER

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer August

top | pink clematis, lavender gomphrena, blush Clooney ranunculus
middle | Dutch lavender clematis, pink strawflower, lavender hellebores
bottom | Lizzy carnations, White pieris, Blush Clooney ranunculus

 

 

PEACHY PINK

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer August

top | antique pink hydrangea, Helios garden rose, blush dahlias
middle | Shimmer garden rose, antique garden spray rose, peach ranunculus
bottom | pinky clematis, Caramel Antike garden rose, Faith Rose

 

 

DEEP SUNSET

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer August

top | peach ranunculus, brown lisianthus, Coral Passion calla lilies
middle | Fruiting raspberries, Queen red lime zinnias, antique coral celosia
bottom | Australian pine, burgundy upright amaranthus, peach statice

 

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?

 

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

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 Cooler Picks | Summer

 

We’re kicking off summer with a fresh set of #MayeshCoolerPicks! You can find them on Pinterest as well to save these juicy color palettes to your own inspiration boards.

 


 

PEACH

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Peach

top | Helios garden rose, gold gerrondo, ilse spray rose
middle | Garden Treasure peony, peach dahlia, gold bearded iris
bottom | cinnamon rose, Caramel Antike garden rose, peach ranunculus

 

 

LAVENDER

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Lavender

top | blush scabiosa, lavender frilly tulips, blush ball dahlias
middle | mauve astrantia, pink + white clematis, lavender ranunculus
bottom | picotee ranunculus, lavender lilac, allium siculum

 

 

MULBERRY

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Mulberry

top | dark red scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, burgundy astilbe
middle | Diablo ninebark, red charm peony, chocolate dahlia
bottom | burgundy ranunculus, plum foliage, burgundy upright amaranthus

 

 

PALE PINK

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Pale Pink

top | Moonstone garden spray rose, white muscari, pink lilac
middle | white clematis, blush anemones, white scabiosa
bottom | blush hyacinth, white sweet peas, pink mondial rose

Flower 411: Lisianthus, Scabiosa & More

 

PRODUCT UPDATES – 6/26/17

 

Finished / Not Available

 

Bells Dyed Red- no growers, dying right now

Camelia- Oregon is off crop- only available in CA

Delphinium Light Pink

Deutzia

English Lavender- nice big bunches finished

Eucalyptus Seeded Naked

Geranium Rose and var rose are off crop for about 1 month

Grevelia Flowers off crop for 2-3 weeks

Lace Flower

Lepto

Lilac- finished import and local

Lily of the Valley- local finished – go import

Lupine

Mock Orange

Nagi

Nandina

Magnolia- going through a new growth phase

Peony – Local

Poppy Oriental- Import finished

Safflower

Spirea

Viburnum all

 

Limited

 

Anemone- Local finished, import (Super LIMITED) just starting

Banksia

Cotinus Blooming – limited, just starting

Delph hybrid White or pink

Edelweiss- sub for flannel flower-import

Eucalyptus Gunni

Eucalyptus Small leaf bonsai, parvafolia, moon lagoon

Festival Bush

Flannel Flower- only one import grower

French Tulip – finished in Holland, only one local vendor – limited amounts and colors

Grape Vine

Grass Explosion

Ivy tree variegated

Jasmine

Kiss me over the Garden Gate

Kumquats

Larkspur- very limited especially white

Lisianthus – Brown and Black

Poppy pods – finishing

Poppy Matilda white – short season

Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) -orange and yellow-transitioning from local to Import

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

Ranunculus– Dutch ended, extremely limited locally and import SA starting very slowly.

Smilax – limited

Thryptomene/ Calycina- import limited

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

 

Just Starting

 

Amaranthus – upright Gold- only one vendor

Artichoke Blue Flowering

Astilbe Local

Celosia Feather- green and orange

Echinacea pods

Helenium

Heliopsis

Hydrangea Local – just starting – not all colors available

Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Lysmachia

Marigolds – orange

Nigella local

Protea Blushing Bride- import- very limited – pink only

Rudbeckia

Safflower

Tritona

Viburnum berry green

 

Available

 

Alchemilla Mollis – local

Agapanthus – Local

Allium – Giant local

Allium Bullit – Local

Allium – all sizes import

Artichokes

Birds – available locally

Blooming Artichokes

Bouvardia- very limited locally

Bupluerum

Campanula – local

Chamomile/ Matricaria/feverfew

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

Cornflower

Cotinus foliage – purple or green

Coxcomb- Import only

Craspedia – local

Delphinium Bella – light blue or dark blue

Delphinium Waltz – dark blue or light blue

Hybrid delphinium – dark blue, purple, light blue, lavender

Dianthus green ball

DAHLIAS 

• Most decorative colors are available

• Dahlia Ball shapes, not all colors yet, but a fair selection

• White ball is still extremely limited

• Dinner Plates are coming on

Echinops – import only

English Lavender- small local bunches

Euphorbia dog eye – local

Eremurus – Local

Freesia – local finished, import only

Freesia Super- local

Gerber

Honey Suckle

Hydrangea Nice Colors-Import & Local

Iris regular

Kale

Leucadendron Jubilee crown

Leucadendron Jester

Lily of the valley- import only $$$$

Nigella

Ninebark- foliage only

Ornithogalum dubium yellow, orange- import

Ornithogalum dubium white- local

Passion vine

PEONIES

• Local – are finished

• Dutch – stored but should still have good shippable stuff for a couple of weeks

• Coral done (not worth the risk)

• Canada Quebec – has a few pink and white that are still fresh cut

• Alaska – starts mid July

Pepperberry Hanging– foliage only right now

Pieris Buds

Poppies

Scabiosa- local only

Scabiosa Pods- Local

Southern Smilax

Statice

Stephanotis

Stephanotis mega box 250 ct

Sunflower- black center, green center, teddy bear, tinted red, ring of fire

Sunflower Mini 10st

Trachelium – local

Tweedia – local

Veronica- Local and Import

Waxflower – local finished- go import

Yarrow cottage – import and local

Yarrow yellow – local

Zinnia – Just starting

 

Plentiful/ Flushing

 

Amaranthus hanging or upright (red or green)

Bells

Dahlia

Dahlia Café Au Lait

Green Mist

Lisianthus

Queen Anne’s Lace white or Chocolate

Scabiosa Local

Snow on the mountain

Sunflower

 

Coming Soon

 

Crocosmia – Local

Hydrangea Lacecap/Quick Fire hyd starting, Limelight/peegee will start soon

Kent’s Beauty oregano starting soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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