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.
If you follow us on Instagram, then there is a very good chance that you have seen #mymayeshpull‘s in our feed. If you are still wondering what a My Mayesh Pull is, then we are here to help. My Mayesh Pulls are orders that are hand selected by one of our event experts – basically, we do the work for you! Our up-to-date experts find you the most beautiful, fresh product based on your budget, color palette, and event concept. They also take into account your likes and dislikes before sending you a picture for your approval before the order goes out.
Here’s how it works:
If you are interested in ordering your own Mayesh pull, then head on over to our SHOP page and you will see the button for our order form.
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??
We put together our monthly product lists into one document for your reference. It will be a valuable tool for our customers. Here’s the link:
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.
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 https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace or any number of online shopping websites. Google search could be your next best friend!
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.
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. http://www.thefrenchbee.com/ 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: https://oasisfloralproducts.com/
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.
Check out these past videos in which our Mayesh Design Stars demonstrate a few easy ways to design write corsages:
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???
Another question from Courtney: Do people have a lot of luck with Pinterest ad sales? What’s the best way to use that?
First, I am not a Pinterest superuser, but I can definitely help get you started. First things first, you have to get set up on Pinterest and set up a business page. If you are just getting started with Pinterest – here are some great tips from one of my favorite social media sites, Social Media Examiner.
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!
JENN SANCHEZ INTERVIEW
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?
Welcome to our second installment of Mayesh Floral Design in Spanish! In this installment, Veronica Cicero of Anthology Co. (Miami, FL) explains her technique and process in designing an elegant and fragrant white bridal bouquet. With the focal flower being Gardenias complimented by Stephanotis vine, we wish we could share the fragrance of this bouquet.
Bienvenidos a nuestra segunda presentación de Mayesh Floral Design en español! En este video Veronica Cicero de Anthology Co. explica su técnica y proceso en el diseño de un elegante y fragante ramo de novia blanco. Con la flor focal siendo gardenias complementada con la vid Stephanotis. ¡Nos gustaría poder compartir la fragancia de este ramo con ustedes!
Gardenia blooms – La flor de gardenia
Gardenia foliage – Las hojas de gardenia
Stephanotis vine – La parra de Stephanotis
Scabiosa pod – La vaina de scabiosa
Jasmine – La parra de Jazmin
Eucharis Lily – Lirio de Eucaris
In October’s Mayesh Design Star video, Christy Hulsey is joined by Whitney Downs of Whitewood Events to explain the benefits of working with a stylist. Creating a relationship can save so much time in the creative process, which ultimately saves you money as well! See what Christly looks for in a stylist and what Whitney looks for in a florist to execute a perfectly curated wedding or event.
In this episode of Mayesh Design Star, Christy Hulsey shows us how to make a grand, large-scale altar piece in her signature free form style using the Majesty vase from Accent Decor. The design highlights seasonal luxe rose varieties from Rosaprima. The bonus is that the design is done in such a way to make transport easy!
Featured product: Foraged branches, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, wisteria,
poke berries, passion vine, king protea, peach amaryllis, Ohara garden rose, Quicksand rose, Juliet garden rose (David Austin), Putumayo carnation, white ranunculus, Cafe Au Lait dahlia, white mini tulips, luminaria and pampas grass.
Materials used: Oasis netting, water tubes and the Majesty vase from Accent Decor.
¡Estamos emocionados para revelar nuestro primer video de diseño floral de Mayesh en español! La talentosa Veronica Cicero de Anthology Co. en Miami, Florida nos ayudó con tres videos. En la primera instalación, Veronica explica su proceso de diseño de un arreglo de compota de verano tardío. Disfruten y por favor compartan con sus amigos florales que hablan español.
Dahlia “Café au Lait”
Rose “Café Latte”
Helecho Otoño Dorado
SPANISH DESIGN VIDEO: LATE SUMMER COMPOTE ARRANGEMENT
We are very excited to unveil Mayesh floral design videos in Spanish! The very talented floral designer, Veronica Cicero of Anthology Co. in Miami, Florida was so kind to help us out and we shot 3 videos. In the premier installment, Veronica explains her process in designing a late summer compote arrangement. Enjoy and please share this news with your Spanish speaking floral friends.
Hydrangea paniculata “Tardiva”
Fruiting Immature Blackberries
Hellebore Double Ellen Pink
Dahlia “Café au Lait”
Rose “Café Latte”
Fern Autumn Gold
This Gala event, held every year, showcases the museum’s stunning art and architecture marrying the beauty of art with the beauty of floral design. The annual San Diego Museum of Art fundraiser features floral interpretations of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. Many area floral designers contributed their designs which helped bring over 12,000 visitors to witness the Museum’s floral transformation, raising more than $1.3 million! That money will benefit public programs and exhibitions.
Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Floral of Hillcrest designed and installed this year’s stunning rotunda display. An extravagant and rich color combination of vivid flowers from California and South America interpreted through Carlos’ vision, a “surrealist dream of sunrise and sunset”. Truly an immersive installation, Carlos’ creation began outside the Museum’s entrance and continued to the second-floor rotunda.
Franco, 42 is a third generation San Diego native who grew up in Paradise Hills and now lives in the College Area. This is his fourth time to design this installation for Art Alive and it was truly breathtaking.
We had the pleasure of sending one of our favorite cinematographers, Logan Martin of Talewind Visuals, to capture the installation of the surrealist dream of sunrise and sunset by Carlos and his team, as well as some of the other floral designs displayed at the event. Please sit back and enjoy the work of many artisans working together for this wonderful fundraising event!
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
Lisianthus Local-back on
Raspberry (with thorns)
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
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 amazon.com & 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?
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.