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Mornings with Mayesh: Alison Ellis Talks Pricing

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Alison Ellis of Real Flower Business joined us on Mornings with Mayesh to discuss all things pricing.

Alison is a floral designer & educator that teaches florists how to embrace the business side of the business so they can make more money and take control of their future. She’s been working in the floral industry for 25 years; after spending 8 years training in half a dozen flowers shops, she opened a home-based floral business in 2002, which focuses almost exclusively on weddings. After this show be sure to visit which contains Alison’s business tips & teachings.

Some of the topics that were covered during the show included whether or not you should set a minimum for weddings, how to change your pricing as it grows, how to ensure you are not undercharging clients, marking up high-end flowers, how to price out large installations, and more.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for April 16th for our next show – Dave & Shelley will be back helping to answer your flower questions.

I hope you enjoy this episode! Let us know your thoughts about pricing in the comments.


Here is the podcast replay, video, and show notes:



  1. Should we set a minimum on weddings? I’ve done both ways. (@thewildfloweraz)
  1. Do you price anything different with a hand tied vs a vase arrangement? (@karen_mrk7)
  1. Best way to start and change it as your business grows! (@lovelyhuman14)
  1. How to make sure you’re not undercharging your clients (@pierredomedesigns)
  1. How to charge clients appropriately (@pierredomedesigns)
  1. Do you mark up high-end flowers like peonies the same as you do a carnation to keep your margins? If you do, how do you use peonies and ranunculus in everyday arrangements? Sparingly? (@atlasfindings)
  1. Should you charge a different markup on rentals, vases, and labor?


  2. One question that we get often on pricing is how do you price out larger designs, like installations, arches or the large 8 foot tall flower hoops?




– Good morning everyone, Yvonne here. And I am so excited to bring you another Mornings With Mayesh, April 2nd 2019, can you believe it guys? Happy April. And I’m super excited because I have a very special guest with me, Alison Ellis, she’s gonna be coming on in a few minutes to talk about pricing questions. If you don’t know Alison she is from Real Flower Business and she has a lot of Real Flower Business knowledge that she wants to share with you guys, so super stoked. I’m gonna give everyone a few minutes to come on in, say good morning, good morning from Just Floral, thank you for joining me. And Penny, you guys are amazing, thank you literally for being here every time I go live, I love you guys. I feel like if you don’t show up I don’t know what I’m gonna do. And while everyone is coming in and saying morning and letting me know where you guys are from, and also please share, yes, that would be amazing, thank you Penny. Good morning Hailey. I’m just gonna go through a few housekeeping things, alright guys. So just keep on saying hello, if you have comments or questions make sure you post those in the comments section, I’ll be going through those as I’m talking with Alison and going over your questions, I’m sure we will have some time for that, so very exciting, that’s like my favorite part giving all the live back-and-forth. Also if you aren’t able to stay for the whole show, or you just can’t make it at all and your listening later, thank you, but we will be hosting the replay on YouTube. The replay will be available immediately on Facebook, it takes a couple of minutes for it all to process. And then we also turned the show into a podcast, so if you are into podcasts and you like to listen and exercise or design flowers, you can listen to us while you’re designing flowers, that is available for you as well, and that will be up on our blog. So that will happen in a couple of days. So keep a lookout for that. Also I wanted to make sure that you guys know about our Mayesh Design Starflower Workshop Tour. So we have three more dates left, May, August and November. And we are gonna be hitting up Nashville, Austin and Columbus. So very cool, we have Sean Strong, we have gotten really great reviews. So I do do surveys and things like that at the workshop, because while we are there in person, it’s always I think scary for people to give us real feedback face-to-face. So I always send that survey so that way people can send out their honest opinions, and we definitely are getting high marks across the board. So I promise if you are on the fence, you’re not sure what you want to do, take the jump, take the leap, invest in yourself, do something outside of your bubble, get to know some people. Travel, because I know a lot of people travel. Build up your portfolio because you get amazing professional pictures from our amazing photographer Nicole Cleary, and then obviously get to work with Sean Strong who’s amazing. So we will post the link for that, you can go and take a peek at that, let’s see where do I do this at, because I’m doing this all on my own today. There we go, I did it, yay. Also I wanted to let you know about Quito, so if you are on the live and you know that I was out of the country a couple of weeks ago, and it was literally the most amazing experience I’ve had in my life, and a really long time, besides having my babies and all of that. Work life right. And so I just wanted to make sure that you guys know about this, it’s gonna be published in Florist Review. Am I allowed to say that early, I don’t know, I just did. So super excited about that, and we’re just gonna be putting all the videos and photos out, it’s not out yet, all of our professional things that Nicole did and Logan from Tailwind Visuals, he’s amazing too, an amazing storyteller. And just excited to share this story with you guys. And also I just want to make sure that you guys know about it, because people were crying because they were so happy, and so we know a lot of our students who came to Quito with us are gonna be going to the next one. We are working out those details as we speak. I will hopefully be publishing something soon, but if you want to be one of the first people to know about our next international workshop, be sure that you go and visit our website, if you go to the MDS workshop dash Quito link, and I’m gonna post that for you as well, there will be a form so that where you can fill it out and be put on our wait list type of deal, and then I will send out an email to you guys, after I send out an email to all of the people that went to Quito first. So they are number ones, and then our form will be number two, and then I will let the world know about it after that. So cool. And Desi is here, good morning Desi. She’s gonna be helping me post links and things like that going forward, thank you Desi. Everyone say good morning to her, hello. She’s behind the scenes helping me stay sane while we’re doing this live show, so I don’t hit any wrong buttons. Also make sure you save the date for April 16th, that will be our next regular format show, I will be back with David Shelley answering your flower questions. Alright guys. Let’s see who else is here? Good morning Katie Lee, good morning Jennifer, hi guys. Shelley from Maine, hi Shelley. Shelley is one of the amazing people that went to Quito with us, and thank you for joining us Shelley. I have Tracey from Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events, hi Tracey, that’s a mouthful right. Good morning Hailey, and Amy from Grosse Pointe. Awesome, I love having you guys. So if you’re just joining me, welcome guys, I’m Yvonne Ashton, here with Mornings with Mayesh. Today I have a very special guest, Alison Ellis of Real Flower Business whose gonna be answering all your questions about flower pricing, super super exciting. If you don’t know anything about Alison, she is a floral designer and an educator, she is huge in education. That’s one of her passions, if you watch anything on her Facebook group you can just see it oozes out of her pause. And she loves to teach florists how to embrace the business side of our business so that they can take more money and take control of their future, which I love, and obviously we need strong florists for a strong industry. She’s been working in the flower industry for 24 years, it might be 25 now I think. 25 years. After spending eight years training at half a dozen flower shops, she’s opened her own home-based floral business in 2002 which focuses mostly on weddings. So after this show make sure you visit and that’ll contain all of Allison’s business tips and techniques, so let me bring her on. Good morning Alison.

– Hi good morning, can you see the top of my head?

– I can.

– Alright.

– Beautiful.

– Thanks so much for having me this morning, I’m so psyched.

– Yeah I just realized I used my intro from the last time, I always recycle things.

– Recycling is good.

– And 25 years is a big deal though, congratulations.

– It is, I started when I was two, and I’ve been doing it ever since.

– Awesome. There are a lot of people that start when they’re two, my husband used to ride his big wheels through flower wholesalers.

– Yeah, I started when I was 16 actually, and never left, it was really something that I fell in love with right away, and I feel like there’s two types of florists out there, there’s the florist who just loves flowers so much, and then there are the florists who are business oriented and they could do any business, it doesn’t really matter to them what type of business. I’m definitely a florist at heart, kind of floral designer, that’s who I am.

– I love it, I love it. So let’s kick things off with just an easy question, and just tell us what you’ve been up to in the past year, because that’s the last time you were on the show.

– I know, I like it, we should have an April, it’s like our anniversary show. What have I been up to in the past year, that’s a big question. Time flies by so fast, but I took a couple of notes, what I’ve been up to is weddings, teaching, I was honored to teach at a chapel designer workshop last May and I was invited to teach down in Rhode Island in December, so while I do all my teaching online, it was so exciting to get to have that interaction in person. So that’s what I have my sights on, I’d love to do some more of that. But I’ve been doing some one on one coaching and strategy sessions with florists who were interested in taking a course, but didn’t know what course. So I was doing these free strategy sessions where we were talking for 1/2 hour about their business and getting them into the right course, and that was working at so well, because then it’s not just me being like here is my website where I sell stuff for florists. It was like, what do you need, and how can I help you. It helps focus you in. You know this as someone who has specialized in marketing. It’s about the customer, and so the more we talk to the customer, the clearer we are. So I really feel like I spent the last year talking to my customers and figuring out what they really needed from me, and then making more freebies and more resources for them, lots of content creation.

– I love it.

– Blogging, blogging, blogging, you know?

– Yeah, and that’s my jam, I love all the content that you created, so powerful for everyone.

– So appreciate that, because you put it out there, and as you know you don’t always hear how many people are seeing it and liking it, they look at it but they don’t acknowledge it. So it’s always so appreciated when someone does acknowledge. I’m gonna call out Dee, she’s on this live chat, I can see her over here on my Facebook. Dee thank you so much for sending me a message the other day, she was like, your font is too small on your emails. Boom, I was like, you know what, you’re right. There are little things like that are huge. I’ve been increasing the font on my emails for the past week.

– That’s awesome. I feel like with our content I can tell when we do downloads, like the gated content and what’s popular and things like that, just based off that. But our regular content, it is sometimes difficult, it’s not always a science like everyone makes it seem like, it really isn’t. But I do find that anything that’s controversial, we always hear from people. So it’s fun to do things like that on purpose, if you know people are gonna get riled up about it. Yeah, we’re gonna hear from people.

– Yeah, get them out of their seats. Because you can create something, like I’ll create something, like this is so good, people are gonna love this, and then it’s kinda crookedly, and then you create something just on a whim, and I created something I posted a few weeks ago, or January, it’s been shared 400 times, like what’s happening here, that never happens. So you just never can tell. That’s why we just do what we can, do our work.

– Exactly, exactly. I love it. Alright, so we’re gonna start off with our first question from the wildflower easy, these are questions that we sourced from our Instagram question post story which is always fun. And they want to know should we set a minimum on weddings, I’ve done both ways.

– That’s always a really really valid question from any floral designer. And the real honest answer is it depends. So it depends on a lot of things, where you are in your business for example. If you’re busy enough where you can turn customers away, setting a minimum is a good strategy. Because if you’re getting too many inquiries coming in and you’re finding you have a lot of lower budget clients that are trying to get in the door, setting a minimum helps to weed out people that are not a good fit and set that bar. You must be this tall to ride the ride, and that’s just what it comes down to. This is my standard of the work that I do. And that can work really well for people. And then you have to decide do I publish my minimum on my website. So there are a lot of things that go into not just setting the minimum, but then how do we communicate that minimum to the potential customer. So I like to do everything, like I was just saying, customized. I think it’s really important to look at the individual. So I’ve been in business for 17 years on my own, I’m entering my 18th season. So what did I do last year? I finished season 17 of my business, which is like snaps right? And what I find interesting, because I have my Facebook group, there’s about 7000 florists in there right now from all around the world, and I asked just two questions just before you get in. What’s your ability level, are you aspiring or have you been doing this, and sometimes people have been florists for 40 years, or they’ve been florists, maybe they’ve been florists for five years, and it’s so fascinating to me to see how people will identify themselves. I’ve been in business for 40 years and I’d say I’m aspiring. Versus someone who is like, I’ve been in business for three years, I’d say I’m experienced.

– Right.

– And that is often how it goes. The longer you have been in business, the more humble you can be about how much more you have to learn. And the newer you are, when you’re in business for three years or five years, you’re like look, I’ve been in business for five years, and let me tell you everything that you need to do. You haven’t been tested in five years yet, you know what I mean? Five years is great, and it’s a hump in your business where if you make to your five in your business, you should be celebrating and tooting your own horn, that you have been in business for five years. three to five years is that threshold. But when you’re in business for five years your minimum is gonna be different, or your thought process on the minimum is gonna be different than someone who’s been in business for 40 years. And again, it’s gonna depend. The person who’s been in business for 40 years, may have a really strict minimum, or they may have no minimum at all. So it’s based on your experience and what your market can bear. So if you’re in an area for example where you do tons of high end weddings, having a $5000 minimum might be just perfect for you. Publishing on your website might make perfect sense. But for me personally where I am, I’m in Vermont, we do destination weddings mostly, meaning people come here. I don’t travel, people are like, how do you do that? I am like, they come to me. So they come here, and their budget could be a huge gap. I’ve had some weddings that are $2500 really small, like really small weddings, nothing fancy. Then I have an $8000 in June that’s like all the bells and whistles and more, more, more. So if I put on my website I have a $3000 minimum, I’m missing out on that $2500 super sweet gig that I booked, and for my $8000 customer, they might be thinking hmm, is this $3000 florist gonna get what I’m looking for here. So when I used to publish my minimum on my website, which I did for years, finally you have to get brave, there’s a moment where your brave, and you’re like, I’m doing it, I’m doing it, I’m setting a minimum. That’s it, I’m doing it. And it takes bravery, and you have to talk yourself into it right? You have to talk yourself into I’m gonna set the minimum, I’m really gonna do it, I’m really gonna tell them, I’m gonna do it now, here I go, I’m hitting publish, and now my website says I have a $1500 minimum. That was my first minimum. Then it went up to 3500 or something. So finally it got to a point where my $3500 minimum was significantly below the average spent that people when they made a purchase with me. So here I have on my website $3500 minimum but my average sale is higher than that. Why is my minimum 3500? So it was a moment of reckoning, of realizing this is arbitrary, this number does not pertain to you, the person inquiring to me, this is just a number I’m throwing out there, just throwing to the wall and see if it sticks. So there is a change, there is an ebb and flow in business, so sometimes you should have an idea. I always put it this way, if you don’t have a set minimum, we don’t leave the door for less than 3500 at least have minimums on each of your itemized pieces, so your bridal bouquet start at X, your centerpieces start at X, your installations start at X, so at least when you’re putting together the pieces and presenting a budget to somebody There is a rhyme or reason for why they should be expected to spend this minimum. And the way I do it as I present it as a custom minimum, I say for your event this is the minimum that would be requested. And one of the smartest things I do if I do say so myself, is I missed that minimum on every single client proposal right in the payment terms, so before they accept the proposal, before we do anything They see right there this is what the minimum is for your event, so they know that they can’t fall below that. They can lose three bridesmaids, but you still have a $4000 minimum. You can have half as many guests, but you still have to have a 4000 minimum for me to block off my day or my weekend for you. So we have to set our rules and then we have to change the rules, and that’s my really really long answer too, should you set a minimum.

– That is great and I actually love the idea of a custom minimum. And honestly for me personally I get really frustrated when I’m on websites and I’m just trying to figure out what I like and what I don’t like, but then I have no idea how much anything costs. I get frustrated especially when it’s my first time dealing with something and I’m trying to get information and everyone has it all blocked and you’ve got to call, and I don’t like talking to people so I don’t want to call you, I just want to figure things out on my own first. So I think that’s a really great way to get started and have a happy medium, and not scare too many people off, but still give them enough information, I think that’s really cool.

– So you still set the boundary, there is still a minimum and it’s not like I’m just saying to them, so for example, I might send out a quote to somebody for $8000 but only request a $4000 minimum, because I don’t really need them to spend $8000, I just need them to be in it with me for this much. And if they want to spend more than that, great. But then there are other times where I met sent out a quote for $3000 and the minimum is 3000, like I’m not falling below this. So it just makes it really clear, makes the communication clear, and it’s that custom interaction, they feel my value because they see that they get an email from me, usually we have a conversation, not always though right, because that inquiry form that they sent to me I do my vetting through that. So I can tell do I need to present my minimum to this person before we go any further, or are there enough clues in everything that they have answered here that I can tell they’re gonna spend what I need to make this worthwhile and just hop round to the phone consultation. But we are not meeting in person, they are not taking a ton of my time before an absolute minimum purchase is established. Always.

– Good stuff. Alright, next question is from Karen MRK7, she wants to know do you price anything differently with a hand tied versus a vase arrangement, I’m thinking she’s probably trying to get a do you price it differently based off of the labor intensiveness of whatever you are designing.

Mayesh Design Star: Hanging Installation


In the fourth episode of our 2019 Design Star video series, Shean Strong creates a hanging installation in the corner of a room, using foraged vines & branches as his base and a variety of fresh flowers! 







Leo Frilly Edge Tulips
Minoan Orange Butterfly Ranunculus
Finger Acacia
Seastar Fern
White Pieris Japonica White
Eucalyptus Stuartiana
Papaver Hybrid Icelandic Poppies Hybrid






Host: Shean Strong – Shean Strong

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions

Photographer: Shauna Veasey Photography 


Shean & Yvonne went live on Facebook for the premiere of this video, and you can catch their Q&A recap here!

Mornings with Mayesh: March 2019

Mornings with Mayesh: March 2019

For March’s Mornings with Mayesh, Yvonne, Shelley & Dave answer your burning questions …. related to flowers, of course. Some topics that are covered in this episode are anemones, King protea, garlands, dusty miller, how to handle brides that want to provide their own flowers, and more.
Mark your calendars for April 2nd for our next show with special guest, Alison Ellis of Real Flower Business answering your flower pricing questions.
I hope you can join us and keep on sending in your floral questions!

Here is the podcast replay, video, and show notes:












  • Jen & Jesse: Trends for the new year




      • Pampas grass ceremony circles, bleached & preserved fillers & foliages, earth tone dyed flowers.    


      • Dried trends, boho weddings, Joshua tree look, seeing a lot more color, tropical


    • Tropical theme
    • Yazmine Cortez, 1/15, FB: What’s a good dusty blush rose??




          There are quite a few varieties in varying gradients of blush to light pink. Some of my faves In standard roses are: Esther, Nena, Jessika, Faith, Pink Mondial & Sweet Akito,  In garden roses it’s Keira, Pink O’hara, Charity, Tsumugi & Wedding Spirit, and In spray roses Star blush, Sweet Sensation & Royal Porcellina.


      • Shelley: I really love Madre la Perla and Sweet Escimo 


    • Sharlet Driggs, 1/15, FB: Which months will be best for anemones?




      • Anemones are grown all over the world and are readily available most of the year with the exception of July & August when production dips very low. A great sub is micro gerberas. 


    • Penny Stone, 1/15, FB: White king protea. Fabulous blooms!! Terribly expensive wholesale! Alternative??




        • There is nothing on earth as cool as a white king protea and subbing for these is difficult. When in season, white kale makes a great sub… but it isn’t available year round either. We are starting to import many bleached flowers and foliages from Holland and one of these might make a great impression as an alternative. Some of the bleached white products offered now are ferns, palm leaves, poppy pods, amaranthus & fillers like eryngium, gyp, misty & riceflower.


      • From Shelley: you could always use a queen protea and tint it white with design master spray or any of the white proteas like owl or white mink or white knight. The other option is to use a silk or artificial stem. Sometimes these can be just as expensive but if you have to have it..especially when they are out of season..this is a good choice.  


    • Jill Mohn, 1/15, FB: I have a bride this summer looking at a showy piece using Monstera leaves but they are expensive. Can you suggest an alternative?




      • Large aralia leaf is inexpensive but much smaller in size. Birds of Paradise leaves have a taller linear look. Hala leaf is another tall linear foliage. We import these greens from places like Costa Rica & Hawaii. So, unless you have a secret local source for Monstera leaves, there are lots of freight costs involved in shipping. Another option would be to invest in artificial Monstera leaves that can be reused. 


    • Kirsten Gordon, 1/16, Email: A question I would like to talk about is what flowers that can be obtained in America are good choices for spring summer and fall weddings and if we chose two or three focus flowers how we would mix these with more commonly known flowers like hydrangeas or roses. In other words, how do we best play up the stars of each season?




      • Talk to us, we’re always excited to tell you what’s hot in our cooler! There are so many options its mind boggling and impossible to list everything here… the best advice is to check out our 12-month flower availability list and try to plan around what we have listed. My disclaimer is always to double check with your sales rep closer to your event in case there are any problems with the production of a particular item.  


  • Kirsten Gordon, 1/16, Email: Another question I would like to hear about is for you to talk about the different types of garlands that you make and different options. I have a lot of brides asking about using greenery because they either want that look or they perceive that it is cheaper than using flowers. Need to go past the basic eucalyptus.




    • Garlands are a fantastic way to make a statement for any event BUT they are extremely labor intensive and even with the most frugal selection of foliage are still not “cheap”. To cut cost, start with something big & bulky yet affordable like lemon leaf or silver dollar euc. You can add bits of textural interest later with more expensive greens.  I can tell you from experience that hand wiring garlands can be a lesson in humility. If they aren’t fabricated correctly they will fail and gap in sections. They are extremely difficult to repair at a moment’s notice during installation. Having Mayesh manufacture you garlands by our experienced garland machine operators will provide a super strong, reliable base.  


  • Monica, 1/16, email: How is the floral industry evolving and working to keep up with the standards of improved environmental and health impact through our products? (Supplies and cut flowers). In other words, what changes are being made to reduce the health risks of working with commercially grown/cut flowers and the supplies like foam, etc?




      • There have been many positive strides in the global floral community over the past 30 years to improve agricultural sustainability. At Mayesh we do our part by purchasing from Veriflora, Florverde & Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. These farms follow strict guidelines for sustainable agriculture production. Some of these practices include biological pest controls, composting, water reclamation, safe storage and handling of agricultural chemicals, proper land management that supports healthy regional habitat. Sustainability also ensures growers adhere to fair labor practices for their employees providing better wages, a safer workplace, and resources like medical and daycare.


    • I try to teach my floral design students to use chicken wire instead of floral foam as much as possible. I am a big advocate of going green in this industry and having as small a carbon footprint as possible. Composting, using recyclable containers and supplies are ways that you can help. Always recycle plastic and cardboard.




    • Jeanette: What if any are your thoughts on Oasis solution 360, where no cutting the stems when processing is directed?




      • From Shelley: We use this here at our location and it works very well. We have been using it for over a year and have not had any issues with product in general. There are a few flowers that we still cut just to be on the safe side because they are delicate ( astilbe for example) But over all we love it. It’s also great because we can re-use the water several times and it can also be reactivated.   


    • Is Chocolate cosmos edible?




      • As good as chocolate cosmos smell, it is still not advisable to eat them. According to Gardeners World magazine, they have no measurable toxicity. However, most commercial flower farms use some form of pesticide during production, SO, If it is not USDA certified for human consumption… please don’t eat them! We do carry USDA certified organic edible flowers, please contact a Mayesh rep for their availability. 


    • Kelley: I would love to know the typical lifespan on Dusty Miller and how to keep it looking great in bouquets and arrangements. I feel like mine gets droopy so quickly and its very finicky.




      • In Phoenix, we import our Dusty miller from an Ecuadorian grower almost all year round. It has a remarkably long vase life, up to a week or more. Of course, these commercially grown varieties are selected for their strong traits and last longer than if they are foraged from your garden. In my experience, the lacier leaf varieties tend to be a little more fragile than rounded leaf varieties. When hydrating dusty miller, make sure to avoid submerging their short stems too deep or dripping water on the tops of the leaves. Their fuzzy surface tends to hold moisture that can activate botrytis spores on the leaves and cause bacteria to form in the water quickly. Using the recommended dose of flower food, recutting stems & changing the water frequently ensures they stay hydrated and firmed up. 


  • Winnie, 1/16, email: I would like to know how do you keep Dusty Miller fresh and how do you revive it and make sure it looks good the day of the wedding. Appreciate the help.




    • Dusty miller has tiny little hairy filaments all over the stems and leaves called trichomes. These hairs act as a deterrent for frost damage, insects attack and lessen dehydration from transpiration. But their fur coats can become breeding grounds for stem clogging bacteria while submerged during the hydration process. Try gently scraping these off of the part of the stems that will be submerged. Hydrate them in a shallow level of fresh solution instead of a deep plunge. Recut stems and replace the solution every day or two.




  • Linda Sims, 1/15, FB: How do you handle Brides who say they have their own materials for their flowers but wants you to design them?




      • From Shelley: Well it depends on what they are talking about. A few blooms from their garden? That may be sentimental to them but address the fact that they may wilt. They have their own containers? Make sure they are waterproof and you are contractually, clearly not responsible for them.


    • If they have all of their own flowers ( why aren’t they getting the flowers from you btw?) their best friends dad’s in the wholesale business, yada yada…charge a substantial design fee and charge for everything you do including delivery and installation, mileage, van, rentals, extra designers or gas etc..You are not doing them a favor…it’s your business and you don’t want to pay for their wedding.




– Hi everyone, welcome to our March 19 Mornings with Mayesh show. I am Yvonne Ashton, the director of marketing here at Mayesh and I am here today with Shelley Anders and Dave Tagge to answer your flower questions. Love doing this show, I get to meet people as I travel and just meet everyone that does watch the show. So I just wanted to thank you. Gonna give everyone a couple of minutes to come on in. And just say hello and where you’re from. That would be great, hi guys and hi Penny. Penny is one of our viewers that joins us pretty much every single time so we appreciate people like Penny, thank you. Good morning, Tanya, while people are coming in and saying good morning I just wanted to mention that we have Desi in our control room. Good morning Desi, she’s gonna be posting our links for us and just kind of helping us stay all organized. And hopefully this show goes smoothly. Speaking of, I do wanna bring up that it is raining today here in sunny South Florida and my electricity has been flickering. It’s done it three times, it hasn’t officially gone out so if the show does happen to go down, I promise I will be on as soon as the electricity goes back. But because the account is through me, there is a possibility that the whole show will stop. So if that happens I promise we will be back on as quickly as my electricity goes back on, which’ll hopefully be immediately. Okay so that’s out of the way. So keep on saying good morning, hi Herman. Good morning Jamie from Portland, Leah from Memphis, good morning guys. I have another Jamie from, hold on it just moved, Adrian, Michigan and we have Jennifer Bleakley, she’s saying good morning Yvonne and crew. Again she’s one of our lovely people that is with us every single Mornings with Mayesh. Thank you so much, so keep on, Lucy from the UK, hey Lucy! I love it when people are coming in and watching from all different parts of the world. That’s just amazing to me, love social media because of that. So as we are going through the show if you have any questions while we’re talking, we will try our best to answer them. You go ahead and post them in the comments below and also while we’re at it if you can, while we’re watching, just on our Facebook page say that you wanna be notified anytime we go live, that would be awesome as well. I think there’s a little bell, or something you can say I wanna be notified. And that way you’ll never miss a show when we go live if you’re on Facebook. Alright guys, I also wanted to let you know that today’s show is brought to you by our Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop Tour, yay! We have three dates left for 2019. We have a date coming up in May, May 20 and 21, after Mother’s Day. It’s an all levels class in Nashville. We’ll be hitting up Austin in August with the masterclass. And in November we will be finishing up in Columbus, Ohio with an all levels class. I do wanna make mention that my website is on word press and it recently had a big change on the back end of things and it kinda broke a few things. One of those things is being our ticket sales. So you might go on and try and buy a ticket and it is broken right now, I am working on getting that fixed hopefully in the next couple of days. But I have to rely on outside resources to get that done. I am very very sorry that this is happening. It’s very frustrating and as soon as it is fixed and ready to go I will definitely let you guys know. I’ll let the world know, I promise. But we will share the link so that way you can check that out. We have Jennifer from Chicago, good morning. Penny said she shared it, thank you Penny for sharing our video, love it. I also wanted to talk quickly about Quito. We had a workshop there, not last week but the week before my team was there, Shelley came with us, we had Holly, Sue, and Veronica too, amazing designers who did a workshop. We did a farm tour and we also went to old town Quito and we played tourists for a little bit. But anyhow it was truly magical. I knew it would be, right, how could it not be. But honestly so many things could have gone wrong because we were importing a lot of things into Ecuador for the show, a lot of our supplies and some flowers from Holland. We obviously had beautiful roses and summer flowers from the Ecuadorian area. But it just turned out to be magical. The people were amazing, the Hacienda Cusin, if you just wanna vacation, Hacienda Cusin is freaking amazing, the food was awesome, the rooms are so cute, we had fireplaces. They’re not fancy rooms by any means. But they’re comfortable and cozy and just the people and the atmosphere is just to die for so check them out. Even if you don’t wanna come with me at a workshop. That’s okay, but definitely check out Hacienda Cusin. And wait until you see the images that I get from Nicole. We posted some for Instagram, but I’m a big believer in the pros. So we brought Nicole Cleary to take photos. We brought Logan from Tailwind Visuals to do the story telling video piece of it. So when those things come out, you guys are gonna die, gonna absolutely die. So anyhow, I’m bringing this up because it did sell out and I think we’re gonna continue to do this. We have two more years we’re already starting to plan right now, so hopefully in the next little bit I will have more details for 2020. Can you believe we’re talking about 2020? It’s going to be, I think, a very popular destination and I’m pretty sure that it’ll sell out very very quickly. Not to mention many of the people that went to Quito want to do this next trip with us. And they definitely have the inside scoop ’cause they got to hang out with me and my team for a whole entire week. We definitely had a lot of bonding and talking about the next trip that we’re going to be planning. So if you wanna go, you will need to be on a wait list ’cause we are gonna send out the official details to our students, our past students and then we’ll send it out to the wait list. And then I will send it out to the world. Again we’ll probably only have like 20 to 24 spots. And you don’t wanna miss it ’cause it will be amazing if you’re able to go. Penny says I’m doing another show at a Hacienda here. Oh very cool, yep so fun, I love it. Okay also I wanna make sure that you mark your guys’ calendars for our next shows. So April 2nd, I have my special guest Alison Ellis. She’s gonna be on with me talking about pricing. She has a bunch of questions from her last live price talk that she did which was really cool. So she’s gonna talk about those questions that she didn’t get to and then answer your guys’ questions as well. So I’ll send something out specifically for her to get your guys’ questions. But if you guys do have questions in the comments, maybe just write Alison so that way I know you want her to answer those questions, cool? Alright and then also mark your calendars for April 16th, that will be our regular scheduled show with Dave and Shelley. Alright guys, so let me bring on Dave and Shelley. And we will get started, hi Dave, hi Shelley.

– Good morning Yvonne, how are you?

– I am good, thank you, I’m good because my electricity’s still on so that makes me happy. Yes and Shelley I couldn’t hear you just that second. Nope I can’t hear you, I know! Wait, for some reason, I don’t know. We have issues with Shelley’s things. Nope, I can’t hear you, so maybe, sorry guys, maybe do a refresh, I don’t know. I’m not sure what to do about this. We always have technical difficulties. Alright so she’s gonna figure that out. While Shelley is figuring that out, guys, we are going to have Dave show you some pretty flowers. So Dave what did you bring today to show us?

– Yeah I brought a few things. Pieris is just starting in Oregon and consequently it’s also happening in Holland. So this is the Dutch, if I can get it out of the bucket here. And it’s looking pretty amazing right now.

– Can you hear me, okay.

– Oh hey Shelley.

– Hi, sorry.

– We couldn’t hear you yet. No it’s all good, so this is the Dutch Pieris. It’s in gorgeous, full blooms. Oregon is, like I just said, just starting so we got a little bit of pink in this week. And that is gonna be hot right now. So grab it while it’s here.

– Yeah people go crazy over the pieris when it starts.

– So pretty.

– Yeah, it’s too bad it’s not available year round. Here’s an oddity that we’re getting from South America. This is Chilean grown snow berry and it is gorgeous right now.

– Wow that’s beautiful.

– So thank you South America for growing some of this novelty stuff for us. We’re gonna talk about anemones during the show today, but these caught my eye this morning. These are some doubles that are California grown and they’re just amazing, all those petals in there.

– Those are so cool, I don’t think I’ve ever seen double anemones.

– Those are from our local guy here near Carlsbad.

– Very cool.

– Well thank you Shelley.

– We decided to share.

– I like to know the origin of my stuff, too which is cool, here’s some Japanese astilbe and this is died and I am told that they actually inject the die into the soil and that the plant takes the die through the roots. For whatever reason it does not die the foliage, just the bloom heads but isn’t that a cool navy blue color?

– Yeah.

– Very cool.

– So many died flowers now and you know, a few years ago I was so not into them and it’s kinda hard to not fall in love with this little trend that’s going on.

– They’re fun.

– Last but not least, tulips, it’s spring. The Dutch grow a whole bunch of really cool stuff. This one has been in our cooler the last few weeks and although it is extremely pricey, it’s moving very well, this is called Leo.

– So cool.

– It’s a fringe, but it’s a fringe on steroids. I don’t know if you can actually see how crazy cool that is.

– They look like flames.

– Yeah, they do exactly look like flames. They’re just so vibrant and pretty. So many tulips right now guys. They’re popping in Holland so get ’em while they’re hot. That’s all I got today.

– Thanks Dave.

– So pretty, well it is spring and it’s daffodil season, so one of my favorite times of the year so I’ve got some daffodils to show you guys. This is a very beautiful variety, if you can see that, it has a white with the pink center. Really pretty novelty daffodil, great for wedding work. I’m sorry, I think this is, I forgot the name of it. It’s not Johann Strauss ’cause that one’s the orange. But I’ll find out the name of it.

– I wanna say pink perfection.

– Oh pink charm maybe.

– Pink charm, okay.

– Thank you Lisa, here’s standard, beautiful garden variety daffodils. Ours are so luscious right now. And the doubles, the double bloom ones, they’re so pretty.

– Oh I love it.

– And then there’s the narcissist style varieties of the little mini ones, see those.

– So cute!

– They’re cuteand then the white which normally we see around the Christmas time. The paper whites, they’re forced, but really pretty for spring, I love them. Because it’s spring, I thought I’d showcase some classic spring flowers, these are forget-me-nots. Beautiful, pretty blue, everyone’s favorite lily of the valley, so beautiful. That’s my birth flower by the way.

– I love it.

– We’ve been showing a lot of the died sweet peas, but just the classic, beautiful, regular sweet peas. These are also Japanese, we haven’t got a lot of local ones yet but they’re just so precious. And so pretty for this time of year. And then this locally grown pennycress. So when you get this from Holland it’s quite expensive. But here we’re getting it in right now and it’s very pretty and it kinda will bloom out little white flowers. This is a nice filler to use. It’s not really a greenery, it’s a flower or sort of a cross between I guess. Very pretty and then one dramatic thing to show you. We have some really beautiful giant nerine clooney ranunculus, they’re so dark I don’t know if you can see them on the screen.

– Yeah I can see them.

– Gorgeous.

– Yep looks good.

– So it’s that time of year for gorgeous ranunculus, anenomes, spring flowers, daffodils, tulips and all those fun things. We’re really excited for all the stuff coming in right now.

– Thanks Shelley.

– You’re welcome.

– And we just recently published a New Flower 411 so if you want updates directly from our Mayesh purchasing department, they know what’s going on in the world of flowers ’cause that’s their job and they’re good at it so check that out. We’ll post a link for that so you guys can go and see our March Flower 411. Now it’s time for our first question. Comes from Jen and Jesse and I feel like we can talk about this next couple of shows, but I wanted to see what you guys are seeing in terms of trends for the new year. And even Shelley before you talk about what you’re seeing, I’d also love for everyone else as well to let us know what you guys are seeing in your neck of the woods as well because while there’s, I feel like, some national things going on, there’s always different things happening in everyone’s different regions. So Dave, Shelley, what are you guys seeing right now?

– Yeah, pampas grass ceremony circles seem to be all over IG right now. As well as the bleached and preserved foliages and fillers. So those things are everywhere. I know we’ve been featuring these at all of our locations but the earth tone dyed brownies. These are the anemones but we’ve got tulips and a bunch of other stuff that they’re dying right now have just really blown up as far as the trend. And like I said, dyed flowers, who knew, but here they are.

– Yeah the dried trend is really big here in California. The boho wedding look here, the Joshua tree look, all the textures and fillers and things that you see with drieds have been still going strong. And this year it’s been, I think, the epic of that with the drieds. California tends to set the trends for the rest of the United States so you may not see that progressing over the country until maybe next year but they’re going strong here. I also am seeing a lot more color. I know when we were in Quito at the workshop, Sue and Holly did vibrant colors, you know this year coral’s the Pantone color of the year, but I really felt like they did a really great job showcasing that and I think people are gonna start moving away from so much nude and natural. I mean that’s still gonna always be popular and probably the most requested for brides. But once you start seeing that color hit this year, you’ll see it next year in trends even bigger. I think people are getting tired of seeing the same palette all the time. So citrusy bride, tropical, fruity tones. And tropical foliage is used more, a mixture of exotic and tropical flowers with standard garden style flowers too, that sort of tropical Hawaiian sort of feel will kind of come on as well. So those are the things we’re seeing here.

– Yeah and I definitely wanna second the tropical theme. I’m seeing it showing up even in design of interiors and things like that. Monstera wallpapers and pillows and things like that. And then I just saw on a Facebook group a groom walking down the aisle in a tropical printed suit. So that’s a lot for me, but you know, there are brides and grooms out there that love it, take it to that level.

– I think people are looking for just out of the box ideas now, I mean, we’ve been so aesthetically tasteful and beautiful for so long, I think people want to see kinda shocking things or brighter colors or things that they just don’t fit the wedding mold anymore. You know we see that with Birch Floral doing some crazy colors and things and I think that’s gonna hit in the next two years. We’re gonna kinda move away from this pretty aesthetic.

– Yeah, and we have a big designer that comes down to the Miami area. He’s from New York and he’s been here for a couple weeks now and he did a huge event and my husband went foraging for him and just got a bunch of dead palm fronds and just–

– Weird, yep.

– Yep and he used that and it looked freaking amazing so yeah the tropical, kinda big patterns, the bright colors and strong lines is definitely a thing now so definitely look out for that.

– Yeah we have a lot of people asking us to dry palm and palmetto fronds right now. It’s pretty interesting.

– And luckily around here they’re pretty easy to find ’cause they’re just dropped dead all over your yard. So you just gotta cut them down. Very cool, so Jen and Jesse, I love that question. It’s definitely one of my favorite questions for the show and with that, if you want a mug, make sure you send me your, yep thanks Dave. If you want that mug, that super cute Mornings with Mayesh mug, shoot me over your address and we’ll send you one, so thanks Jen and Jesse! Okay our next question comes from Yazmine. She says what’s a good dusty blush rose, guys?

– There are quite a few varieties in varying gradients of blush to light pink. I’ll list a few of my favorites and then Shelley you can kick in. There’s Esther, Nena, Jessika, Faith, Pink Mondial and Sweet Akito, those are all standard roses. In garden roses Keira, Pink O’hara, White O’hara, Charity, Tsumugi, and Wedding Spirit are some of the really nice blushy, kinda dusty pink tones. In spray roses, you’re a little bit more limited. There’s Star Blush, Sweet Sensation, and a new one we’ve been carrying here. It’s not really a new variety, but new for our market is Royal Porcelina which is really pretty light blushy pink.

– Yeah for dusty rose is a hard one too ’cause it’s not always a lighter pink. It’s kind of a mid tone pink so you can think of like a geraldine or a romantic antique. There’s also modular perla, I like those, sweet eskimo, so it’s, and there’s one that we saw when we were down at Greenrose, I don’t know if it was hot carpe diem or, I can’t remember the name of it. I’ll look it up and put it on our list, but I thought wow that’s a good dusty blush or dusty rose ’cause dusty rose can be kind of hard. It needs, I think that’s what the designer’s asking. Sometimes it’s a little hard to find that good mid tone pink that’s not Barbie pink, not pastel pink, not baby pink. But those are some of my favorites.

– You can look on your handy Greenrose

– Oh yeah I have that.

– Card thing which I really think this is cool, guys. Do you see this, so this is from, we did go visit Greenrose which was amazing by the way. You guys really missed out, but they gave everyone these, they’re like paint chips but with roses on them so it was pretty cool. So we can check that out for you while we’re talking. I wouldn’t know what to look for so I’ll let Shelley do that. It would take me probably forever to figure it out. Let’s see Penny, I just wanted to put this up here. Penny Stone there’s a lisianthus that’s spot on for a dusty rose color.

– Yeah there is.

– Do you know the name of that by any chance?

– I know the name of that variety, but it is like a true, dusty rose kinda can be, some people will call dusty rose mauve too. Mauve, dusty rose kinda have the, mauve has a little more purple undertone. Dusty rose is a little more red undertone. But yeah, there is mhmm. It’s an elusive color.

– And then of course, hi Brad! Brad just was celebrating his birthday, so happy birthday Bradley!

– Hi Bradley.

– And if you guys don’t know he’s from Design Master and he Just for Flowers can help shift and blend when you’re in a pinch, shameless plug. I like shameless plugs though, it’s all good. I mean that’s why you’re up here, thank you Brad. Thank for tuning in, too. Tanya says, how do I get one? You want one of these bad boys I’m assuming. I don’t know, I’ll talk to Greenrose and see if I can get some of these. And maybe I then can give them away as well. So I think that would be kinda cool ’cause I feel like people would love these. But I’m imagining that these are pretty pricey to produce. So I probably can’t get a ton of them, but I will see what I can do, sound good? Let me see, okay how do I get away. Alright there we go, alright time to, oh and before I move on to the next question, we do have a really cool rose guide for you guys. And Desi put the link in the comments below. So you guys can check that out and I will put that on the screen too just so you guys can see. If you go to, and then /rose-guide you guys can check that out. Cool beans, alright, moving on.

– Hi Nancy, Nancy’s in our comments.

– Hi Nancy, Nancy came to Quito with us. We love Nancy, she’s so sweet and her hubby. Okay Sharlet wants to know, which months are best for anemones.

– So anemones are grown all over the world and are readily available almost all year round with the exception of July and August when the production dips really low. So I had a great thought, we’re carrying these micro gerberas and they’re coming out of Canada right now. You can’t get a true blue or purple like an anemone but they do come in an array of other colors and they’re about the same size with a little black center.

– They’re cute!

– Yeah they’re adorable, I mean look at how small those are. They’re tiny, you could do a boutonniere out of that. They’re just adorbs, so anyway I wanted to bring that up as a possible sub for an anemone.

– Yeah anemones are a spring flower so they’re available naturally from December on through this time of year. We have local growers right now growing the most beautiful anemones, they’re huge. So I shoulda actually showed you guys some anemones. But we have really pretty anemones right now. So it’s this time of year, you can get them year round but just remember they’re gonna be itty bitty and not always the nicest.

– Good to know, guys, our next question is from Penny. She wants to know about white king protea. They’re very very expensive wholesale and she wants to know if there’s any alternatives for this fabulous bloom.

– Yeah there’s nothing as cool on earth as a white king protea, that’s true. But subbing for those are really difficult. When in season, this white kale is a really good sub. It takes up a lot of space like a king protea, but this isn’t available year round either. So we’re starting to import all these bleached flowers and foliages from Holland and one of the ways that you can make a great impression would be with some of that as an alternative. There’s palm leaves, poppy pods, amaranthus they’re doing all the bleaching with so you could get a similar effect.

– Good to know, Shelley you have any thoughts on this?

– Yeah you can also use queen protea when they’re not, when the king are not in season. You can tint them with our favorite design master and kind of recreate that look. There’s also white owl, white mink proteas if your bride just wants something that’s kind of big and showy and textural and is interesting looking like a protea. You can also find artificial ones if you really have to have it and they’re out of season. An artificial flower, a well-made artificial flower tucked in with fresh products is sometimes virtually impossible to tell it’s not the real thing. And you can also take dried protea that you’ve dried and take the petals off and actually add it to an artificial to recreate the texture of it. So you gotta get creative sometimes. The true season for king proteas I believe is January, believe it or not. But they’re very hard to get and they’re very limited. So it’s not, even when we do get them, we only get a handful per branch. It’s not like you can order 100 white king proteas and have them, it’s difficult. So they’re hard to get sometimes.

– Yeah and I think this would be the reason why they are expensive and hard to get because they take two years to produce one bloom.

– One plant takes two years to produce, yep right Sylvia.

– Yeah thanks Sylvia, that’s crazy to me. It really, you know, in going back, I’m still stuck in Quito, my head is still there. But just learning and hearing, you know as wholesalers we do get to learn about the growing process probably a little bit more than other people, but it’s just still amazing to see the people and the time and the effort it takes to create one bloom of anything. And just a rose and what they go through and going to Valen Fleur and they’re talking about their breeding process and how many varieties they go through to find the next new best thing that want to produce for you guys. So it’s just always mind-boggling to me and people kinda forget that when we’re on our day to day.

– Yeah I have a total new appreciation for, I mean I already did appreciate, but just seeing how these growers are producing and growing product for us and the lengths they go to and how many hands pass just to produce one flower. It’s really an amazing process that we should respect.

– Yeah and it’s not like this automated thing. I feel like with, I don’t know, with Siri and Alexa everything’s so automated and it’s done immediately, that’s not our industry. The people are planting these things by hand and picking them by hand and there’s experts for each individual variety so that they know how to cut it and get it done quickly. Everything’s done by hand so it’s again just really amazing artisan community that we are very lucky to be a part of. Alright let’s see our next question is from Jill, she says I have a bride this summer looking for a showy piece using Monstera leaves but again they’re expensive, can you suggest an alternative?

– I brought some aralia leaf, it doesn’t come in sizes quite as large as the bigger monstera, but I mean you can fill up some space with that. There’s a lot of other tropical options, but they’re gonna have a different shape and a different look like birds of paradise leaves for instance, they’re taller and linear as is hola leaf. We import these from places like Costa Rica and Hawaii so unless you have a secret local source for monstera leaf, there’s a lot of freight cost involved in shipping them to us. Another option would be, circling back to what Shelley just said would be to invest in some artificial monstera leaves that you can reuse over and over again.

– Yeah you can even custom paint artificial product to get a more realistic look. If they look a little flat, you can touch them with acrylic paint. And a lot of people are just straight painting them anyway, solid white or gold or whatever. And once you paint something it’s very hard to tell whether it’s real or not. But yeah Dave’s suggestions are great. Aralia’s wonderful to use as well. It doesn’t quite have the same pow as monstera, so you just have to start, I think when brides want that kinda stuff, you just have to explain to them that’s why it looks so amazing, and that’s why it costs as much as it does ’cause it is an unusual plant. Unusual to get as well and slow growing.

– Yeah or you can move down to somewhere like here where they’ll grow in your backyard.

– Exactly.

– In California it grows pretty well, I’ve had luck growing them in pots so if you can do that, but it takes a while to get those big leaves, those big daddies.

– Yeah very good, very good. Okay Kirsten Gordon says, a question I would to talk about is what flowers can be obtained in America that are good choices for spring, summer, and fall weddings and if we choose two or three focus flowers how we would mix these in more commonly known flowers like hydrangea and roses. In other words, how do we best play up the stars of each season?

– Pick up the phone, call us, talk to us. We’re always excited to tell you what’s hot in our coolers. There’s so many options it’s mind-boggling. And impossible to list all the combinations here. Best advice check out our 12 month flower availability list. Try to plan around what we have listed. My disclaimer would be always double check with your sales rep closer to your event in case there’s problems with production of a particular item. Things do unexpectedly come and go out of season sometimes.

– Yeah, if you stick with your season, like California grows a lot of local product, tulips, anemones, ranunculus, so all those spring and summer flowers, we have dahlias in the summertime and through the late fall. So focus on those items to showcase your spring and then you can mix with other more common flowers. It’s kind of a melting pot right now of all different kinds of design styles anyways. So if you want it to look springy, then you wanna choose classic spring flowers like we just showed you. So summer flowers are more like dahlias, roses, gladiolas are even a summer flower. So look at what kind of overall style you’re trying to do then mix those other flower in to give you some balance and keep your cost down.

– Good advice, and our flower guide is awesome. It is our availability list put together in one handy dandy guide, but as Dave said, and just like with our flower library that’s available or any other resource that anyone else provides, all that has to be taken with a grain of salt because we’re dealing with mother nature, we’re dealing with logistics and all that crazy stuff. So it really affects what the actual data’s going to be for your real event date. Alright guys, good stuff though Kirsten, thank you for the question and you have another question. She said I would like to hear about the different types of garland that we make and different options, she has a lot of brides asking about using greenery because they either want that look or perceive that it is cheaper than using flowers. Need to go past the basic eucalyptus garlands. Guys, what do you got to say?

– Yeah garland’s are a fantastic way to make a statement for any event, but they’re extremely labor intensive and even with the most frugal selection of foliage they’re still not really cheap to fabricate. To cut your cost you can start with something big and bulky yet affordable, lemon leaf or silver dollar euc or anything that’s cheap and in season and then add bits of textural interest later with some more expensive greens. I can tell you from personal experience, from hand wiring with paddle wire and string, making garlands can be a lesson in humility. If they’re not fabricated correctly, they will fail and they gap in sections which makes them extremely difficult to repair at a moment’s notice when you’re doing an installation. So having Mayesh manufacture your garlands by one of our experienced garland machine operators will provide you a super strong, reliable base. Shameless plug.

– Love shameless plugs, yes and so Ryan says does Mayesh do pre-built garlands? I should know this, hi Ryan by the way from Curry. We love Curry and we love Ryan. Yes, we do produce garlands, custom garlands based off of request and that will be another guide that I’m working on with my team. It’s in our funnel of things that we need to get done for you guys so we’ll definitely get more information out. But is there anything that you guys wanted to, like how does that work, do you guys wanna talk a little bit about that?

– Go ahead, Shelley.

– Well we have someone make them in house for us and then also our Riverside location custom makes them for all of our branches. And I don’t know why brides think that greenery garlands are cheap to do. They always think that’s a cheaper option and it’s not. They’re labor intensive to make, they take a lot of product so it’s up to you as a florist to let people know that that’s actually not an inexpensive option. It can give you a different look than doing a floral, but then by the time you add flowers to a garland which most brides also ask for, it can be quite expensive to do. And it’s labor intensive, like Dave said, to make the garlands then they have to add flowers to them and do all that and there’s not a cheap option. You can make garlands out of any greenery pretty much. There’s some that are gonna be more tender and go down faster. Another option is if you need to do it inexpensively, is just to lay greenery down the center of a table to give a garland effect and that takes less product, but that’s still labor intensive to do that as well. But yeah you can order them from our branches.

– Yep and then, I love, again, Huntress Florals saying we only made our own garland once and then after that they ordered it.

– It’s a lot of work, it takes time to do.

– Yep, time and money, gotta love it. Okay so Monica, we’re moving on to the next question. She says how is the floral industry evolving and working to keep up with the standards of improved environmental and health impact through our products, supplies and cut flowers, in other words, what changes are being made to reduce health risks of working with commercially grown cut flowers and supplies like foam, etc?

– There have been many positive strides in the global floral community over the past 30 years to improve agricultural sustainability. At Mayesh we do our own little part by purchasing from Veriflora, Florverde and Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. These farms follow strict guidelines for sustainable agricultural production. Some of these practices include biological pest control, composting, water reclamation, safe storage, and education of handling the chemicals, proper land management that supports healthy regional habitat. Sustainability also ensures growers adhere to fair labor practices for their employees which provide better wages, a safer workplace, and resources like medical and daycare.

– Yep, things have changed quite a bit over the last 20 to 30 years. You guys know I’m a big proponent of having as much of a low carbon footprint for our industry as possible. We were very excited when we visited Greenrose and how their practices fall in line with that. Their farm was impeccable, their employees were well treated, it was a really great experience and it was a good experience for all of our florists that went to see how the changes have been made. And this provides income and livelihood for these people in Ecuador that before didn’t really make very much money or the farms didn’t really take care of them like they should have, that has changed a lot. And I was really pleased, I think we all kinda had a really good experience there with that. And I think as a florist there’s a lot of things you can do. Composting your product is one thing instead of just throwing it out in the trash. Recycling all your cardboard, plastic brads, rubber bands, anything that comes in in your packaging make sure that you’re separating and recycling that properly. I’m a big fan of using chicken wire or poultry wire or florist Oasis net instead of using Oasis or I should say floral foam. If you can use less floral foam, that’s always better as well. It’s not always necessary to use that. It’s got its uses but there’s ways that you can use less of that, I teach that in my classes. Recycling or using up cycled containers, repurposing containers, using things that you can get back and reuse again. Those are all very important things that you can do and using plants and materials that can be repurposed for the bride or your customer in arrangements, that’s always nice. So it’s a lot of things that you can do to be more environmentally friendly. But I think the floral industry is finally taking notice that you as consumers are talking about this and this is important to you now.

– Yeah, and going back to Greenrose, too. They also provide a lot of jobs for women where other companies don’t traditionally hire women in South America so that was cool. And then they had just installed a really cool water system to help recycle all of their water.

– Yeah that was cool.

– Did you get to hear about that? I was kind of on the outside, did you wanna talk like two seconds about that?

– They had a huge pond that, they have a facility where they’re taking their water and they’re recycling and reusing it to water their farm which is amazing. So they’re cleaning up their own waste that they’re using and reusing it there at the farm level. And they are taking those steps. It’s not something that they were required to do, I believe. I think that was something that they decided to do to be more environmentally friendly. It was very nice to see that. We’ve all heard these horror stories about the South American farms and how their employees are treated, the pesticides and all that, and yes there are still pesticides being used. Unfortunately American consumers want blemish free product and an organic product is an ugly product. If you look at organic apples or flowers that are grown, I mean we have American grown flowers too, they’re not perfectly grown because we have this level that we want our product to look. You want a perfectly shiny apple, that is not organic so we have to sort of lessen our expectation of what we want out of the product I think, if you don’t want it blemish free. You’re going to have to use these pesticides and chemicals to keep that from happening. But they’re doing a lot to help that. And I was very pleased to see that as well.

– Yeah if you don’t mind bug bites and ugly shaped things and stuff like that, then–

– That’s nature, folks.

– And there are designers that love that, like Christi’s one of those designers where if something came in and there was, you know, it was organic and there was bug bites on it she was all about it, she was like it makes it look like it’s from my garden. I like that look.

– It’s natural, yeah. Natural, but we are, sometimes, a hermetically sealed people and we want everything perfect and pristine so flowers are not. If you grow your own flowers you know how there’s something charming about a rose petal that has a little hole in it where a little whatever chewed through its leaf. I mean it’s just charming.

– Yep, Penny has a question on here it says does anyone use frogs anymore? And yes people do use frogs, Veronica who is our other designer for Quito, does a lot of our Spanish videos, she has a whole collection of frogs and we gave frogs to all of our attendees too and we have done, Kayley last year did a design video using a flower frog. So she loves frogs as well, so everyone else that’s watching, do you guys use frogs? And then Shelley did you wanna talk a little bit about that, I see you shaking your head.

– Yeah frogs are wonderful to use and we’ve talked about them on the show before. They are an expense for a lot of florists so some people shy away from using them, but if you, say you have a client that you always do her weekly arrangement for, you could use a flower frog in conjunction with chicken wire and both those things are great for an armature in your design and you get that back and recycle it every week instead of throwing out a block of Oasis every week. So it’s a wonderful product to use. They’re very easy to use and they’re not hard. I think one thing most florists don’t know, they need to use stick-em, the floral clay to attach it to the bottom of a container. So if you’re using the same container over and over again. But for weddings and things like that, they can be a little cost-prohibitive and sometimes not necessary, but they’re wonderful to use. I use them all the time, I collect them actually. I have a whole collection of them.

– Yeah, so do Veronica, you can walk in her studio and she’s got a big giant drawer of them, it’s really cool. And then Linda wants to know can floral foam be reused, I don’t think so.

– No it cannot, once it’s been saturated, you can keep adding water to it to rehydrate it, but if it dries out it cannot be resaturated. It just doesn’t work very well.

– Yep exactly, okay good stuff. We’re gonna move on to the next question from Jeanette. She says what are your thoughts on Oasis solution 360 where no cutting of the stems is necessary for processing?

– We actually use that in our branch here. It’s saved us a ton on labor so what that product is is a super hydrator and it keeps bacteria levels very low. You can actually have dry packed flowers out of the box and just stick them right in the water. And I, as a florist, thought what! That is not gonna work, I was like how can that even work? I was scared I have to say, but it works great and we use it here. There’s a couple of flowers it doesn’t work well with. I think it’s gerberas and sunflowers. And if you’re in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to recut the stems anyway, put it in, that water is fantastic, it helps the flowers live longer. You can even reactivate it, the company sells tablets so it’s also eco-friendly. You can reuse that water, put the tablets in it and it cleans the water and it’s reusable. The guy from the company told me that it was also safe to drink, but I don’t think I’d wanna do that. ‘Cause we here at Carlsbad were not able to, at our old location, were not able to pour water down the drains ’cause it goes out into the ocean here through the system here. And he said it was perfectly safe to do that. So I’d have to research that a little bit more to be sure but it’s supposed to be very safe for the environment as well. And it does work well and I love it. And I always tell my girls when they pick, or my florists when they pick up here, if they use buckets from us to keep the water in it and reuse it in their arrangements for processing, not to toss it out.

– Yeah, Laura Kellogg says what was that product? And we’re talking about the Oasis 360 solution. Hopefully Desi can find a link and we can share the link for that solution.

– I think it’s also called DE Express as well. We get it in huge drums and there’s machines that, by the way, one of our customers has a outdoor stand, you can attach it to your water unit. So it comes in small drums and big drums and there’s a system that goes with it. And what it does is it mixes with your actual water and then you pour it out through the hose. So you have to mix it with water. If you do use that, but everyone in my shops uses it. It saves a ton of labor.

– Good stuff, and labor is time and time is money.

– That’s right.

– Alright, next question and I’m not sure who this is from so I’m sorry guys. Chocolate cosmos, is it edible?

– Well as good as they smell, it’s still not advisable to eat them. According to Gardeners World magazine, they have no measurable toxicity. However most commercial flower farms use some form of pesticide during production so if it’s not a USDA certified for human consumption, please don’t eat them. Here I have actual chocolate cosmos and the normal red cosmos and these are coming out in Japan right now, yeah they’re gorg. We do carry USDA certified organic edible flowers. For more information you’re gonna have to contact your rep on that, I believe we have a minimum we have to bring in so it’s a little bit prohibitive. And they can be a little bit pricey. But they are available if you have a need for them.

– Very cool, yeah so don’t eat the flowers even if they smell really good. And again it ties into what we already talked about with the pesticides and stuff like that. Alright, good stuff, our next question is from Kelley. She wants to know about the typical lifespan of Dusty Miller and how to keep good looking in her bouquets and arrangements, she feels like hers get droopy quickly and it’s very finicky. What do you guys have to offer for Kelley?

– In Phoenix, we import our Dusty Miller from an Ecuadorian grower almost all year round production on this stuff. Here’s a bunch just so you can see how big it is. So this has a really remarkably long vase life. It lasts up to a week or more. These are a variety that have been selected and hybridized so that they have the strong traits and I think they last a lot longer than stuff that you might forage from your garden. In my experience, the lacier leaves tend to be a little bit more fragile than these roundier leaf varieties. I don’t know if that’s your experience too, Shelley. There’s some things that we do when we’re hydrating Dusty Miller that can help and that’s avoid, let’s see here. Sorry I lost my place, avoid submerging their stems too deep or dripping water onto their leaves. The fuzzy surface tends to hold moisture and can activate botrytis spores and cause bacteria to form in the water quickly. Using the recommended flower food and dosage on that, recut the stems, and change the water frequently. That’ll ensure that they stay hydrated and firmed up.

– Yeah I also like the bel fiore, the Ecuadorian product as well. It holds up really well, it seems to be bred to be a little stronger. It is more expensive, it can be almost double the cost of local Dusty Miller, but it’s worth it if you end up throwing out a lot of Dusty Miller. I sometimes think it’s cut too early. That seems to be a lot of the problem with it. It doesn’t have very strong leaves. Sometimes it comes in fresh and it’s just wilty looking. But Dave’s right, the fuzziness of it, the way that that leaf is, it can get all kinds of problems with spores and don’t drip water on it, like Dave said. That’s probably one of the things that causes it to get, you notice the change of the color of the leaf. But recutting always, putting in warm water will always help perk things up. It could be an issue of it not being hydrated enough or being out of water for too long, so you can try that, but ask your Mayesh rep about the premium Dusty Miller if you still have a lot of issues with it, especially if you’re in a hot climate. That one seems to hold up very well.

– Good stuff, and Winnie has a similar question about Dusty Miller, she wanted to know how do you revive it and make sure it looks good the day of the wedding, do you guys have any tips for Winnie and Kelley probably as well?

– Yeah so Dusty Miller has tiny little hairy filaments all over the stems and leaves and these are called trichomes. They act as a deterrent for frost damage, insect attack, and they lessen the dehydration from the transpiration process. But those furry little coats can become the breeding ground for stem clogging bacteria, especially when they’re submerged during the hydration process. So try gently scraping some of the fur off of the part of the stem that’s gonna be submerged is one tip. Hydrate them in a shallow level of fresh solution instead of a deep plunge, recut your stems and replace the solution every day or two.

– Yeah and clean buckets, we can’t say that enough. Make sure your buckets are clean, no bacteria. They seem to be more susceptible to that so that’s always a good tip. Wash your buckets out with chlorine once or twice a week if you can, at least once a week.

– Good stuff, good thank guys. Not that I wanna mention another wholesale florist, but they just had a show and they had a designer there that said to spray the back of the leaf with matte white paint and it helps them keep from going limp. Never tried it but we’re going to. And if Bradley’s here, I’d be curious to know if he’s heard of something like that. So there you go, thanks Leroy French Flowers. I’m hoping I pronounced that correctly. Oh and then David, hey David, he is watching. David Dahlson from our Miami location and he says bees love those hairs to make their hives.

– Oh cool.

– He always has little known facts about our flowers and things so that’s very cool, thanks David. Alright guys, on to our next question from Linda. She says how do you handle brides who say they have their own materials for their flowers but they want you to design them? What do you guys do and while Shelley is talking about this I would love to know what you guys do who are watching ’cause I know this comes up every now and then.

– I think as a florist I got this question at least once a year from a bride. If I get my flowers wholesale will you design them for me? If I bring my containers will you arrange in them for me? You have to be very careful here and tread lightly because you have to control your product yourself and there’s no telling what happened with the product before it gets to you. So if you decide to do this, you gotta have a lot of rules and parameters in place and also I would be very careful about maybe posting that work that you do with whatever they bring in ’cause who knows what it will look like. It depends on what they’re talking about, there may be a bride who has some sentimental attachment to the roses in her garden and she just wants you to incorporate it into something. That’s fine, if you wanna use, if they want you to use their containers for example, make sure you preview and see those way ahead of time and you approve them that they’re waterproof, that they’re usable. You can have a bride who you think is talking about a container that’s this big and then she brings it in and it’s this big, can you see me? So you know, make sure that you approve everything, that you go over it, you’re not responsible, blah blah blah blah blah, write it in your contract. I wouldn’t do it personally because there’s just no way to control that. If you do that though and you use all of their product and you’re a smaller florist and you’re trying to just get some experience, make sure you charge a substantial design fee. They can’t think because they’re getting the flowers wholesale that it’s gonna be cheaper for them. What I mean by that is you have to value your time and your experience. If she wants to do it expensively, then she should do it herself, or get her friends to help her. If she’s coming to you as a designer, then you should be charging your rate, your fees for everything, delivery, set up, the van, you have to itemize it all and then present her with a cost. And it may be that it’s better for her just to have you do it yourself. And why isn’t she having you do it? So you have to explain to them and not shoot them down, but explain to them why it’s important to have a professional handle the wedding from beginning to end. You know the product better, you know the amounts to order, you know the color palette. She may bring you all this stuff and it’s not the right amount. You’re gonna actually do double work trying to figure out what she has to what you can work with and do and the numbers are not gonna work for you. So I would avoid this, this is a DIY bride who’s just trying to get out on the cheap, usually. Or friends, as we were just talking about this last night in a class. As a florist you always have all these friends who want to have you do their wedding for them and you still have to charge for your time so that’s my advice on that, I hope that you think about it and make sure that’s something that you wanna do for your business.

– Good stuff, yeah we have, let’s see, lots of people have some thoughts on here. Tracy says containers maybe, flowers no way. Now we have incorporated something from Grandma’s yard which is cute. Trista says we an exclusivity policy. We provide all stems, we do all flowers at our weddings. Also, pre approve all containers they provide.

– Great Trista, that’s great.

– Let’s see, I have told brides that want me to design with their own flowers based on the same reasons you said. I also have them bring in containers a month before the event, so yeah that’s good, good stuff Susan.

– It’s really important about the containers too, because you may quote them one price and that container is not gonna work for what you quoted in your original budget. I would, if they actually are thinking that in the beginning and you’re having that conversation with them, I would say bring me in what you’re thinking about and let’s see if it’s gonna work with your budget. Because even at that point you are gonna have to renegotiate with them on the price of the centerpiece if it’s not the right container. So that’s all stuff that it’s just, be preemptive from the beginning. Control your business from the beginning.

– I have like one more minute, so let me see if I can find a question. Texanna, what rose still has the strongest scent? And I heard that the trend is smaller wedding bouquets because of the recent royal weddings. What do you guys have to say? Strongest scent rose and small wedding bouquets.

– Vitality, it’s a garden rose, and patience. Both of those have super high fragrance. A lot of standard roses don’t have a lot of fragrance. Fragrance is bred out of roses, they have to lose something to get a longer shelf life on the flower. And a flower uses a lot of its carbs in fragrance. So the vitality garden rose which, it’s probably one of the strongest smelling. I don’t know, Dave, if you have a favorite, but on standard roses there’s not any that have a super strong scent. There are some that are scented, but not super strong.

– Yeah, I think my favorite, fragrance wise, would be patience, it’s pretty strong.

– Patience, yeah. Yeah vitality and patience are about similar. Vitality doesn’t always look really pretty in the package but it opens up really gorgeous. And then on the question about the trend on smaller bridal bouquets, you will see that, it’s gonna take about a year. Because what happens is people have to get requests for that and then photo shoots are done and then all that stuff has to get published and then it shows up a year later and then brides start seeing it and then that’s when they go oh that’s cool and beautiful, I think I wanna do that. So it’ll take a year or two to go through the whole system of how things get done. You may start having some brides come in who say they want that look. But that look was so small and tight, it’s still not for everyone, but it will start. You’ll start seeing that trend where things will start shrinking back to not that compact ball we used to have, but a lot more controlled arrangements. But you’ll see that trend, everything kinda goes out and back in on floral design.

– Yep good stuff, thank guys. I’m not gonna kick you off ’cause you know, we’re at the end of the show. I don’t have anything extra to add.

– Your electricity didn’t go off and I didn’t have any technical glitches, yay!

– I know, yay! So that’s a wrap on today’s Mornings with Mayesh. Thank you everyone for joining us. Make sure you mark your calendars for April 2nd. We’re gonna be back with Alison Ellis and then April 16th I will be back with Shelley and Dave. And I hope you guys can join us. Keep on sending in your floral questions. Thank you for joining us, I will see you guys soon. Have a rocking day, bye everyone. Thanks Dave and Shelley.

– Bye everybody. Thank you.

– Bye!

– Bye!

Foam-Free Floral Arch


In this episode of A Minute With Mayesh we discuss techniques for creating a completely foam-free floral arch. Don’t forget to tune in to Mornings With Mayesh every month, and check out past episodes here!






Mayesh Design Star: Foam vs. Wire

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

In the third episode of our 2019 Design Star video series, Shean Strong demonstrates the differences between using floral foam and floral netting (chicken wire) for a centerpiece arrangement by creating one of each!







Amazing Miami Clematis, Garden Rose Helios Romantica, Citrine Gem Garden Spray Rose, Cappuccino Ranunculus, Grass, Sanguisorba, grapes




Amazing Miami Clematis, Coral Charm peonies, Miyabi Garden Rose, Apricot Parrot Tulips, Peach Ranunculus, Grass, grapes



Host: Shean Strong, Shean Strong

Videographer: Alan Black Shauna Veasey Photography

Photographer: Shauna Veasey Photography



March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways

March Design Star Video Tutorial Centerpiece Two-Ways


Hey you guys it’s me Shean Strong, your 2019 Mayesh design star. And today we’re doing all things centerpiece. Now we’re gonna be two separate centerpieces and they’re both gonna be the exact same. But I’m gonna be doing one with chicken wire and one with Oasis. Now I think it’s important to know how to do arrangements with both of these things. There’re gonna be times where we need to use Oasis, and there’s gonna be time where we need to use chicken wire. So we’re gonna work together and we’re gonna build something that’s gonna be the exact same arrangement, that’s gonna be absolutely beautiful for you and your guests to enjoy. All right so first things first, when you guys start designing, if we’re gonna be using our Oasis you need to make sure that you’ve already kinda mapped it out in the correct size for your actual vessel. I already have this Oasis right here that has been soaked. So we’re gonna place this into our vessel. We want to make sure that the flowers have plenty of water to drink. Then we’re gonna be using our floral tape. This is gonna be an easy way to secure your Oasis into your vessel. This is helpful because whenever you’re transporting these things whether you’re doin’ it for a venue, or if you’re gonna be having them on your own personal table, it’s nice just to have some security there. Now I like to make sure that I have the most space possible whenever I’m designing, so I like to pinch the corners of this tape. That way I can make sure that I’m getting the most space possible in my vessel. Now you’re good to go. This is secure and we’re gonna begin flowering. Now a lot of the times whenever I’m designing, I usually like to start flower first and I know that’s complete opposite of what a lot of other people like to do. But this time I’m gonna do something a little bit different for me, which is goin’ to be using our greens first. The greens are gonna be nice because it’s goin to allow us to build the shape for our design. So right now we have this beautiful clematis. It has this very very pretty purple color. And this is such a nice whimsical kind of shape, so it’s gonna be nice to be able to place this in here into the Oasis and begin building our design. Now the thing about Oasis when you’re using it, you gotta’ be rather intentional when you’re placing items. Because what happens is once you poke a hole in this, that hole does fill itself back up. You’re gonna need to make sure you’re being really really intentional with your placement. So if you have one thing here, try not to take this out. Because it’s already secure in the actual vessel. So what you wanna do is kinda just play around with the different shapes. So if you have a beautiful piece of clematis this, if you want something kind of cascading down, play around with it outside of the actual centerpiece, before you place into the actual Oasis. So we’re gonna start building this out. Make sure you give a nice angled cut. And I’m gonna start building out this direction. So you can kinda see the shape that’s already taking place with our arrangement. We have this high point up here, we have a lower point down here. We wanna kinda build some in between. I like to make sure that there’s gonna be a line that your eye’s gonna follow. So we have this high point moving all the way back down. Now we’re gonna keep building that with our clematis. And this is gonna give us like I said our base shape, and it’s gonna be a wonderful filler to also give some great texture, some great depth, and give us that really beautiful garden feel. Now clematis, this has been provided by Mayesh. And it’s one these beautiful flowers that’s really really delicate, but also has a lot of substance to it. So you can see kinda where we’re going with this. Now I want you guys to be able to shoot me your Instagram messages, and let me know your arrangements. After we do all this, I’d love to be able to see what are designing with and how this is kinda translating to something you guys are using at your own house. So I’m gonna begin design this direction. I’m gonna start turnin’ it around. That way I can see what the forward facing is gonna be, the side face is gonna be, the back face all that stuff, so we can get all these beautiful angles from each and every side. So we’re gonna keep adding in our clematis. ‘Cause this is goin to create the shape of our actual arrangement. Now we wanna have a little bit of negative space right over here, but we also wanna kinda fill this in up front. Also in the back and on the sides. Now it’s really important when you’re designing, to kind of consider the color palette that you’re working in. When you look at the color wheel, you can have red and green, you’ll have purple and yellow, and you’ll have orange and blue, which are your complimentary colors. And it’s always nice to pair those colors ’cause they’re easy on the eye. So once you know those rules, you’re able to kinda tweak them a little bit. If you had just purple and yellow, you can go into more of like a eggplant, and citron kind of color. Or if you have a red and a green, you can go into more of a copper, and you can start into more of a sage kind of color palette. And whenever you’re playin’ around with your blues and oranges, you can also add in colors that are gonna be like teal and very very deep rust color. So you’re able to play around with these colors, once you kind of know your color theory. So again we’re just kinda building this out, I just placed this one right in here in front. I wanna create some depth, so I wanna have a lot of things comin’ out towards you. Things growing up, things goin behind. And I wanna make sure that there’s gonna be lots of movement taking place in the actual arrangement. So when we’re building out our arrangement, we wanna make sure that all of the Oasis is gonna be covered. You don’t have to necessarily use it with your greenery, but you can definitely add bits and pieces into your arrangement. We broke off a little piece there, and we’re just gonna start tucking it in. Again we wanna have those quiet moments right through here, and we can have some more louder statement pieces up top. So we’re just breaking off pieces of our clematis, and we’re just beginning to build out. And whenever you have those big impactful flowers, it’s these quiet little delicate ones that really create shape and movement for your actual arrangement. So as you can see we kind of have a front, we kind of have a side, we kind of have a back. This would be something that we could do as like a statement piece in where, a smaller statement piece of course. So again starting to just build everything out, and we’re getting the shape confirmed. We can see the direction that we’re going, a lot of the times when I’m designing I do a asymmetrical design. Again I wanna have a line that’s followed like with your eye. So we have a high point we have a low point, and we have these little pieces in between, that are creating that depth that we talked about in our previous video. Don’t negate these small little pieces right here. I do make sure that I’m cutting off these little nubs, because nobody wants to see that like jarring out of their arrangement. But we do wanna see something a little bit smoother, that way we can fill in with some more greens. And that way it can almost can look a little bit more complete. There we go, cuttin’ that bad boy off, and just building it out. You can just see how that’s already beginning to fill the back, and it’s creating that depth that we want in our actual arrangement. Awesome we’re getting there. This clematis is absolutely beautiful. I love being able to work with these small delicate kind of flowers to fill out as the main source for my designs. Now as you can see our arrangement is completely done. We have our, well it’s not completely done. We have our greens taking place in this. So what we wanna do is make sure that we have everything kinda following this line. This high point moving all the way down to this very beautiful point down here. All right now I wanna incorporate some fruit into the arrangement. I always think adding an element of fruit is almost a bit surprising for your client. So when they see that they’re just kind of intrigued in what’s goin on and they get to engage the flowers a little bit more. It also adds this kind of like this old world romance vibe to everything that we’re doing. Now what we’re gonna do, ’cause we’re gonna take our grapes, and we’re gonna take our flower picks, and all you’re gonna do is just wrap these around the stem of the grapes. So you can literally see it just hanging up like this. We’re gonna secure this off by making sure that we wrap the wire all the way around the stem of our grapes. So there you go. So when we place this into our arrangement, we wanna make sure that we’re placing it in pretty high, like pretty high in the middle ground of the actual Oasis. So that way this is gonna cascade beautifully into one of the corners. I’ll place it in and then I’ll show you guys what I did. Good thing about grapes is they’re gonna last outside of Oasis or water because they’re grapes. They don’t need to be anywhere else other than out. So there we go we got this beautiful cascade already happening right there. And again you can see how your eye is literally being drawn down the whole entire side. Your able to kind of mirror this and do some on this other side as well. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just a personal preference. So we’re gonna start adding in our flowers. Like I said once we have the grapes already integrated into the Oasis it’s gonna be really easy to start adding in you flowers at this point. So since we’re working with purples, I like the idea of working with yellow as well. Again they’re complimentary colors, so they’re gonna work beautifully together. So here we see one of these beautiful yellow roses. And once these things kind of open up, they just have this really beautiful color to them. And you can already see how that’s gonna look so incredible against that purple. Okay, so you can see we have our grapes cascading out of our arrangement, which absolutely look beautiful with this purple. Now again, when we refer back to the color wheel, we can add yellow into our purple arrangement, because they’re complimentary colors. So we’re able to kinda tuck some beautiful yellows down in there and they’re really gonna highlight the purple color in the arrangement. So I’m gonna put one in, then I’ll show you guys what I’m doing. So again when you’re dealing with Oasis, you wanna make sure that you’re pretty intentional. So don’t worry about putting the flower stem immediately into the Oasis. You can play around with it a little bit. You kinda see where you want it to be placed. If you want here, if you want it over there, you want it down low. I would be really really intentional with where you’re doing this. That way your Oasis does not fall apart. So again we have one rose right over there. I like to keep things kind of in groups. When flowers are growing naturally, they’re gonna be growing kinda together. We talked about that in our previous video, about having that kind of staggered effect. So when we have a group of roses over here, it’s gonna really compliment the arrangement as a whole. So I’m gonna tuck some more of these bad boys in there, and we’ll be good to go. I’ll design a little bit right here, and then I’m goin to show you guys what I’m doin. Now again if you guys ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I know a lot of you guys follow me on Instagram, and you guys are welcome to use me as a resource for color palettes or for design ideas, or if you’re needing help with something. I have no problem assisting where I can. All right, so here we go. So we have this staggered kind of effect. Again it’s a line that’s bein’ built right there, we’re working in groups of three. And I wanna be able to kind of incorporate a couple more over here. I think having this sharp line is kind of intrusive for the eye, so we’re kind of build up this direction and build out this direction as well. And that’s gonna really kinda compliment the shape of this bowl, it’s gonna highlight the fruit over here and also highlight this high point. So I’m gonna design a little bit more, and then I’m gonna show you guys our product. So now that we have all of our roses into our arrangement, we’re gonna start softening them up. Oftentimes when you see a rose, it’s just really kind of intrusive for the eyes, we wanna make sure to have something a little bit softer around it. That’s why spray roses are such a good choice to kind of pair with your roses. So kind of in this blank little area over here, we’re gonna tuck some in pretty deep. We’re also gonna do some back over here. And we’re just kind of play around with them and kind of add a little bit more depth to the arrangement. So the good thing about working with spray roses is they automatically have that layering effect that we have. So if you look at all the roses that we have here, they’re all in there own separate plane. There’s not gonna be one that’s gonna be on the same plane as the other one and that’s gonna help create some depth, and that’s gonna allow you to have a great photograph for your client. So we’re tucking in spray roses, making sure that they’re goin in pretty deep. We wanna make sure all that Oasis is covered. Now again with the Oasis, we’re making sure that we are being rather intentional with how we are placing our flowers. You don’t want to keep pulling things in and out of the Oasis because it’s gonna break, and it’s no longer gonna be secure for your arrangement. So again just kinda eyeball it, see where you want things to go, and start playin’ around with it. That’s gonna really help you be rather intentional with your design. All right so I think we enough spray roses in there right now. So we’re gonna be using the variegated ranunculus. Now this a beautiful beautiful flower, and you can see the purple striping already taking place in the actual flower. I like to be a little bit more whimsical and wild with our ranunculus. These are such a show-stopping kind of flower they can stand by themselves. So I think having one kind of up here just like rogue ranunculus, I’m all about that. Just a personal choice something you don’t necessarily have to do, if you don’t do it I will judge you. I’m just joking I won’t judge you guys. We can already see how this is bringing some life and some depth to the arrangement by having another high point over here. Because everything else is so low it’s nice to have something just so your eye can bounce to. Tucking in our ranunculus, I typically try to do at least three of them together, otherwise it ends up looking like eyeballs and we don’t want like your arrangement staring back at you. That’s just a little creepy in my opinion. I’m gonna tuck in a couple more of these flowers into the arrangement. Again, to kind of have that push and pull effect. By having something kind of coming out at you, something kind of jarring in your face in a good way. Not necessarily in a bad way. All right so I went ahead and added in some grass. Again, just to create that engagement where people are almost having to peer through to see what kind of flowers are taking place. One final touch, we’re gonna have this cool texture right over here and this is just going to highlight our roses that we have, and just pull some of the darker colors that we have goin’ on. So you can see how this is elongated up over here, and we’re gonna have some falling throughout over this direction as well. All right so we’re gonna have these guys kind of cascading through the arrangement. Again, we want to make sure that the eye is following a beautiful line. That’s gonna really help just kinda create this beautiful flow in your flowers. And by adding just these subtle little textures right here, it’s bringing out these little bits of color and these poplar color that are taking place through your arrangement. Now I’m gonna make the exact same arrangement, and it’s gonna be in chicken wire. And I’m gonna show you guys the differences and talk a little bit about how to work in chicken wire as opposed to Oasis. all right you guys so we already had our centerpiece with our Oasis, now we’re gonna be working with chicken wire. Now what I like about chicken wire is it’s recyclable. So not only are you able to reuse this actual piece again, but it’s also gonna be able to be recycled into something else later on. So right now we wanna make sure that we cut our chicken wire to the size of our vessel. You wanna make sure you have a couple inches over the actual lip ’cause that’s gonna really help you whenever we start folding this into two separate pieces. So right now I have these two corners, and I’m gonna take this side and this side and connect them together. Now this is imperative because you wanna make sure that these are really really secure in here. You can just take the wire that’s kinda already hanging off of this chicken wire, and just kinda tuck these pieces in. You wanna create this like cannoli-like shape right here. Now it’s nice to have this double layer because when we start putting our centerpieces together, it’s gonna be easy for the flower to hold onto itself. And if this just goes into one simple spot, the flower’s gonna lay flat. But if there’s two pieces for it to go into it’s gonna hold itself a little more. I promise it will work. So let’s see, we have this cannoli-like shape, we’re gonna tuck these corners in together, and it’s gonna create a pillow. So what’s gonna happen is we’re just taking these bits of wire right here, and we’re just kind of tucking this in to itself, just to keep it secure. Same exact thing on this top part. So again tucking it in, it’s gonna create this pillow-like shape, and it’s gonna be beneficial for you in just a moment. So here we go. Now this is gonna be still a little too big for your actual centerpiece. So this is why we’re gonna tuck in these corners and just kind of morph it into the shape that we need it to be. all right so we’re just morphing this into the shape that it needs to be. Then we’re just gonna place it into our vessel like so, and make sure that it fits nice and snug. All right now that our chicken wire is in our vessel we wanna make sure that we secure it with some tape. Now this is very important because we wanna make sure that this is not gonna have a lot of movement whenever we’re using it for our designs. So we’re just gonna tape it down and we’re gonna do four sections. Okay one two, then we’re gonna do, another here three, and four. Now again, make sure whenever you guys are done with your arrangements that you’re removing this tape. We don’t want this to be seen for anybody to take a photo of, of them to see it. Doesn’t really look that professional. But this right here is pretty secure. So what we’re gonna begin doing right now is adding in our clematis, and kind of building our shape out. Here we go. All right so now that we have our chicken wire into our vessel, we’re gonna go ahead and start building it our with our clematis. Now I love working with clematis ’cause it has such a beautiful shape to it. Now a lot of times whenever we’re designing, we like to cut these little like nibs off. I like keeping them on when I’m working with chicken wire because it allows me kinda put that in the chicken wire, in not only the first layer but the second layer. And it allows me almost have a lock and key effect. So that way whenever I lock this in here, it’s gonna stay a little bit more secure, as opposed to just having a straight stem. So there we go, we’re gonna start building this out with our clematis. Now make sure when you guys are adding in something like clematis, make sure you guys are beginning to build your shape with the actual green. That way you’re able to kinda see where you’re gonna placing your flowers, and it’s gonna give you kind of the direction that you’re gonna be going. Again I want you guys to have fun with this. Make sure you guys are just being creative in your designs. It doesn’t have to be the exact same as every other arrangement, you can play around with it a little bit. So again just starting to build these things out, creating height in one section, and gonna start cascading on this side. So the same thing that we did with the Oasis arrangement, having one side a little bit higher, having the eye kind of follow all the way down. So you can see what’s taking place in this actual arrangement. make sure you guys are always givin’ a fresh snip every single time you guys are placing one of the flowers into your centerpiece. What happens is those stems tend to oxidize really quickly. So we wanna make sure that we are getting fresh water straight up to those beautiful blooms. All right so here we go, we’re gonna start greening this thing out. So now that we have all this greened out we’re gonna go ahead and add our fruit in the same way we did with our Oasis. I like to be able to add it in now because if we are adding in the flowers, we gotta work around a lot of materials. So the same way that we’re gonna be adding in the fruit with the Oasis, we’re gonna be using these floral picks. Now these are a wonderful resource because they’re gonna be able to tuck down easily into the chicken wire. Now you gotta kinda maneuver them a little bit and kind of just force them into that little area and kind of like find a little groove that they’re gonna be secure. so I’m gonna go ahead and do this up front, and then I’ll show you guys what the finished product is gonna look like. Make sure whenever you guys are wrapping your pick around the fruit, make sure you find a location that’s gonna be pretty secure. So like right there, that’s a good area that you guys can have the actual fruit hanging on this pick. And we’re just gonna wrap this wire around, and that’s gonna create some security for your fruit to fall into your chicken wire. All right so now that we have our fruit into our arrangement we’re gonna go and start adding in our flowers. Now we’re gonna be using Coral Charm Peonies. Now this is one of my favorite peonies because even though it’s super bright right now, it’s gonna fade into this beautiful buttercream kind of color. Which I think is gonna be absolutely beautiful paired with this lilac that we have from this clematis. So we’re gonna go ahead and give a cut on this, and we’re gonna start placing it. Now I like being able to have some taller moments, and some smaller moments so we’re gonna have an impactful moment over on this little side over here. Now peonies are statement flowers, so they’re definitely gonna be show-stoppers. So by adding them into your arrangement, your automatically going to have this beautiful, kind of eye-catching arrangement. So when you’re placing these, make sure that you’re doing so where they’re gonna be not necessarily grouped together, but they’re gonna have their own little moment where you can accentuate them with other flowers. I’m already liking the way it’s looking it’s looking great. All right so if you guys have ever followed me along on my Instagram, you guys know that I use pretty muted colors. And again these peonies are gonna start fading out to a more muted palette. But I think what better opportunity to work with some beautiful bright colors, than working with Mayesh right now. Now we’re gonna go ahead and add in our roses. Now these roses are from Alexandra Farms, they’re absolutely beautiful. They remind me a lot of Distant Drums, which I think that kind of color variation is very similar to those. Now what I love about working with Alexandra Farms is not only do they partner with Mayesh, but they give you this little sticker that let’s you know who picked your actual roses. So Maria, thank you so very much for these, I think they’re absolutely beautiful. All right so now that we have our flowers kind of bloomed out, we have this whole like blooming thing happening right now, I think it looks absolutely incredible. We’re gonna start adding in some gesture. Now a way we can do that is add in some more height, and these tulips right here are gonna be just the thing to kind of give us that little punch. So we’re gonna start tapping these into the arrangement, and we’re gonna start adding some up here, kind of having some through the middle, kind of having some cascade down with these fruit. Depending on how you actually place them in the arrangement, will truly determine how they’re going to fall. You can either have them up here for a gestural moment, or you can have something kind of cascading down this direction and they’re gonna fall beautifully well. So tulips are a great necessity if you’re looking for anything up high or down low. We’re gonna go ahead and begin adding these in, and we’re gonna create some beautiful moments with this. so again we’re making sure that we’re just doing a really sharp cut and we’re just gonna place this into our chicken wire. Now what I like about the chicken wire, is we’re able to kinda just feel around and make sure that these are gonna be placed where we want them to go. So there we go, I’m liking that right now. We have this beautiful gesture happening right up here. We have it kinda transitioning over here, we’re gonna have this cascading through this little area and down from the front as well. So we’re gonna go ahead and get started with this, and I’ll show you guys what that looks like. All right so now that we have our arrangement practically done we’re gonna add a little bit more moments of gesture. So ranunculus are a great flower for that. You can see right here that they just have this really pretty petal count on them. And by adding them into the arrangement it’s almost like they flutter on top of it. So it’s gonna add a really really cool shape to your actual arrangement. I don’t want to have anything to compete with this high point over here, so I’m gonna do something a little bit over here. That way again there’s a little bit of definition between the flowers that are happening on this side and this side, but there’s also some space between these over here. Now again this is a chicken wire arrangement, so these things are holding up pretty nicely in this actual arrangement. I’m not having too much trouble having to work around anything. So if this is something that you guys are interested in doing definitely give it a shot. I try to work when I’m using ranunculus to use at least three of them. If you end up just using two of them, they start looking like eyeballs looking at you, and we don’t really want that. We don’t want your arrangement looking at you, we want you to look at the arrangement. So by having three of them kind of together, it’s gonna break up that, that little eye look it can create. All right, awesome. Ranunculus are also great because they’re gonna create that depth that you guys are gonna be wanting in your arrangement. It’s gonna really help not only give some height, but it’s also gonna create a depth for you guys. That way you can have some push and pull effect with your long stems and your ranunculus. all right so this is my arrangement. I am going to add one finishing touch. You guys know I love my grasses, and it’s just gonna add that fun little element inside the arrangement again, to make your audience kind of engage with the actual flowers. So by tucking them in it’s almost as if they’re gotta kind of peer through, to see what kind of flowers you’re actually using. And again, just tucking this directly into my flowers. Little bits here and there. Really simple just to add that engagement. Now when your flowers are completely done and they’re placed on the table, you wanna make sure that you take this tape right here, and you tuck it into the actual arrangement. Your flowers aren’t gonna be goin anywhere, so they don’t need to be moving anymore. So you just tuck that in and it’s gonna make sure that your arrangement is completely finished. All right you guys, so this is the final product. I hope you guys enjoyed watching this video. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, you guys can definitely leave your comments down below and I’ll try to respond to them. You can also shoot me a direct message on Instagram and I would love to see what you guys create. Again these flowers are courtesy of Mayesh, and we’re here in Park Studio. Cannot wait to see what you guys design. So shoot me over your images, and I’ll see you guys at our next workshop. Thanks so much.

Are Wire Services Worth It?


In this episode of A Minute With Mayesh we discuss wire services, and whether or not your business should be utilizing them.


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Getting Customers to Re-Order


In this episode of A Minute With Mayesh we discuss best practices to ensure online customers re-order from your business. Don’t forget to tune in to our live episodes each month, and check out past episodes here!





Marketing to Get Clients


In this episode of A Minute With Mayesh we discuss how to use marketing efforts to bring in new clients. Check out the full video, and find other great content from past episodes here!




Arranging with Color


In this episode of A Minute With Mayesh we discuss how to choose colors in floral arranging that coordinate and create depth and interest. Watch on for our tips and tricks, and check out past episodes of the show here!






Mayesh Design Star: Indoor Meadow Tutorial


In the second episode of our 2019 Design Star video series, Shean Strong creates an “indoor meadow” installation, once again using a combination of fresh and dried florals. This is a type of design is great for indoor, outdoors, around chairs or other furniture that will create a beautiful visual effect for your clients, brides, and photographers.





Foraged Mock Pampas Grass, Bleached White Amaranthus, Sanguisorba, Leucothe, Gerbera Spider White with Black Center, Peony Red Charm, Peony Henry Bockstoce, Bleached Bunny Tail Grass, Wendy Spray Rose, Dried White Strawflower



Host: Shean Strong, Shean Strong

Videographer & Photographer: Shauna Veasey Photography




Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial

Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial

Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial

Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial

Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial

Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial

Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial

Mayesh Design Star Shean Strong Indoor Meadow Tutorial


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