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Mornings with Mayesh: March 2018

Mornings with Mayesh March 2018 with Jodi Duncan

We covered some great topics during March’s Mornings with Mayesh show. During Part I, Dave and I talk about some of the amazing products that are available now and answered your flower questions. The discussion included: reviewing some regular roses that are similar to garden roses, ideas for good corsage/boutonniere flowers, thoughts on hardgood investments for budding businesses, sources for large containers, how to attract luxury brides, ads in Instagram Stories, and Youtube updates.

For the second half of the show (Part II), Jodi Duncan, of Jodi Duncan Designs and Socialjodi, joined me to chat about her thoughts on social media with a focus on how to get started, content ideas, and what social platforms you need to make sure you are utilizing. Enjoy and keep on scrolling down for the show notes.


Here is the podcast replays – Part I and Part II:






    • From Gaye: What are your favorite “regular” roses that open up nicely to look similar to the expensive garden roses?  Any tricks of the trade when substituting? I know at the end of the day, there ARE no substitutes really!!
      • Hi Gaye, Great question! Actually yes, you can create this look with just about any nice standard rose that has a high petal count and opens nicely. I demonstrate a technique in my workshops on how to do this and I can show you guys here too. The standard white rose Polo opens up really nicely like a garden rose and so does Playa Blanca. Shimmer is another favorite of mine. The trick is to get your roses opening up ahead of time and gently use your fingers to relax them more.Also removing the center petals and exposing the filament, anther and seed grains gives that illusion as well. This is an excellent trick for wedding and event work and yes the roses will hold up.
        Polo Rose

        Polo Rose

        Shimmer Rose

        Shimmer Rose

        Playa Blanca Rose

        Playa Blanca Rose

        Peach Finesse Rose

        Peach Finesse Rose


    • What is exciting in the world of flowers?
      • When we think spring, we usually envision pastels and girly colors but there are so many cool spring flowers in the on-trend muted tones available now.
      • Butterfly ranunculus are gaining huge popularity. It is unique in having a having a lower petal count than the typical varieties we know. A more open aperture reveals the dark center and can somewhat resemble an anemone though come in a much larger range of bright and muted colors. Their petals are slightly reflective giving them a silky shimmer.
      • Tulips are always a spring favorite. I remember their little leaves poking out from the snow at the end of winter in Indiana and looking forward to warmer weather. Their fragrance always brings me back to my childhood in my mother’s garden. This variety is a Dutch grown black parrot. I love the dark moody aubergine tone and the scalloped texture of the petals.
      • My next superstars of spring season are the Fritillaria: I have 3 uniquely different varieties to show you, all imported from Holland via the Aalsmeer auction…
        • First is Fritillaria Meleagris. This varieties latin name is derived from Dicebox & spotted Guinea fowl and It is native to Europe. They have dainty little bell-shaped flowers born on short stems perfect for tucking into bridal work or short bud vases.
        • Second is Fritillaria Persica. This variety is native to Persia thus the latin Persica. It comes in shades of purple to greenish brown and this variety is fairly hardy.
        • The third variety is Fritillaria Imperialis also known as the skunk lily due to its pungent aroma. It is said that planting these in your garden will repel moles and mice. Folklore around this plant says that they were growing near Christ’s crucifixion and to this day still hang their heads in sorrow.
      • Check out these giant kale varieties grown in California. This giant cruciferous rosette is related to the cabbage family and loves this time of year for the cool nights and warm sunny days. It’s even kinda cool when they bolt out and get this oblong shape.
      • Peach Lisianthus from Japan… words just cannot do justice to this baby…
      • Lisianthus is native to the Southwest United States through Mexico to South America and is commonly known as Prairie Gentian.
      • Not a typical spring flower, I just wanted to share this moody, muted carnation variety called copper extasis
      • Last item comes to us from Chile. These blackberries add the perfect amount of texture and are cut at a young green stage to maximize vase life. This finger-friendly variety is thornless and has long sturdy stems for your designs.



  • From Gaye: What are good flowers to use for corsages and boutonnières that will last a long time out of water, other than the usual suspects of spray roses, eryngium, waxflower, etc? I was surprised to see bracelets and bouts made with ranunculus and just wonder if there are some favorite “soft” flowers that last a long time out of water.  I like to make them up a day ahead…I loved the dog collar Kaylee made from sweet peas, that would be a beautiful crown. I’m guessing that would need to be made the morning of the event?
    • Almost any flower can be wired and made into a corsage true. As we know some flowers hold up better than others. Ranuncs actually are great for corsage work because of their high petal count and timeless garden look. Hellebores, nigella blooms, scabiosa blooms, blushing bride protea, strawflower, hyacinth and nerine blooms are all great and more unusual softer looking alternatives. Delicate flowers like sweet peas need to be definitely made the day of and spritzed with a floral sealer like Crowning Glory or similar. It essentially keeps the flower from transpiring as quickly. Most flowers hold up about 2 hours out of the water. You can get almost 7 with a product like Crowning Glory. If you want to see how this product works check out a post done Alicia of Flirty Fleurs. Alicia did a test on some notoriously difficult flowers out of the water and the results are impressive. It’s an OG product that has been around for years and I think every florist should learn how to utilize. Oasis brand makes a Foliage spray sealer as well.



  • From Sarah: Started my business for 4 months. Work out of my home. Do you think it is worth investing in a lot of hard goods? rentals and have a wide variety. Obviously close to my style?
    • Hi Sarah, Congrats on your new business! I would start slowly and build up your inventory based on your needs right now. I would also create a business plan and decide who your bride is what kind of market you are in first.Do you want to get into props and rentals as part of your business? Remember everything you buy for one wedding needs to make sense for future weddings or events. Props like Large urns, stands or columns which are usually a safe bet are things you can feel confident to invest in and know you will probably use repeatedly. Often centerpiece containers can vary bride to bride so you either can decide on 2 or 3 styles that you offer and leave it at that( a wide variety is not necessary) or you can end up amassing a collection of vessels you may only use once or twice. I think it’s best to begin curating your look and stay conservative initially. As a side note: It’s also a plus if you can sell the container with the design too. So many people like to take the florals home after an event.It’s often a challenge for florists at the end of the evening to get their containers back without destroying the flowers. This is why it’s always a good idea to use a liner that you can lift out of the original rental during strike.
  • From Gaye: What are good sources for large containers to be used for ceremonies? Statement pieces that don’t break the bank?
    • Hi Gaye, This has always been challenging for florists. You need something that looks elegant and weathered but not too heavy, waterproof with a deep enough bowl to hold the proper sized mache container that doesn’t cost a bazillion dollars. There are many companies that make urns and the trick is finding the perfect ones. Besides our usual wholesale floral suppliers like San Diego Wholesale or Floral Supply Syndicate my go to’s has always been Lowes or Home Depot for large outdoor garden urns. These are usually very sturdy are made out of faux stone material and are waterproof.  Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn and any home decor company Like Park Hill Collection (one of my favorite companies) as well.
  • From Rebecca: I’d love to get more higher-end bride’s who are not on such a budget. Any tips?
    • Hi Rebecca, What I am hearing is that you would like to attract higher-end brides.  There is an old saying “ Wealth attracts Wealth”  If you want to appeal to this kind of bride then that is the kind of business you need to be projecting. Are you yourself High-end? How have you curated your brand? What kind of work does your portfolio show? A lot of DYI or low budget weddings are not going to bowl over potential high-end clients.What is your minimum? Do you say yes and take every wedding that comes your way? Learning to say no to the wrong work for you is saying yes to the work you want. Target your focus to working with vendors who only work with high-end brides themselves. You will have to work hard to break into these types of circles. You have to think like the wealthy think.  It’s possible you may have to rebrand yourself and overhaul the look or work you are currently doing.Burn this word into your brain: Luxury. There is nothing cheap or budget-friendly about it. And another thing to remember, this is a very small part of the overall wedding market so you have to really have to take a laser focus to your approach here and make sure that you become the Luxury Vendor these brides want to talk to.  Make sure this is actually want you want, because working in this upper echelon of the bridal market is a whole different world.



  • Ads in Instagram Stories
    • I’ve been stressing the importance of utilizing IG Stories and their latest biz blog post had some very interesting tidbits.
      • “As more than 300 million active Instagram accounts around the world watch and create Stories every day,2 Instagram Stories is becoming an increasingly powerful way for brands to stand out and inspire action.”
    • Quote from OpenTable: “Our Instagram Stories campaigns have proven to be some of our highest ROI campaigns to date, while also driving a significant volume of reservations. This ad format not only delivers performance but also effectively engages our best customers with crave-worthy content.”
  • Youtube adds new live streaming tools and features.
    • when you watch the replay later, the comments replay as well in conjunction so that you feel like you are watching live.
    • Youtube offers a live auto-captioning to live videos.
    • Adding new metrics –
      • unique viewers – can take a look at this number vs. how many subscribers you have, which videos that you have posted that your current unique videos are into and then keep on hitting hard there.

So I don’t have time for other questions today because I am bringing on our special guest. 



Part II

Ok, it is time for our special guest, Jodi Duncan, of SocialJodi. Welcome Jodi!



  • Before we get started, tell us a bit about yourself.
    • I’ve been hanging around flowers since I was seven. So that’s 40 years…more than 3/4 of my life! I have way too much I still want to do and there are way too many people that I still want to help. Creativity is my oxygen. That process has given me longevity & passion that is sustainable. I think with the integration of AI and VR, the touchy/feely side of artesian creativity will be more important than ever. I am super intuitive & curious. I am also easily bored. In the past year, I got bored telling my own story (which is what every entrepreneur really does whether they recognize it or not….) and after the success with helping my Design Master account achieve some of their goals, it became clear I was pretty good at it.  I developed Socialjodi as a social media consulting agency to scale my ability to help other people with social media because it’s not going away. It’s going to get bigger and more important. I’m a practitioner. I’m doing it. I have case studies and things I have learned and applied that have gotten powerful results. I have accounts ranging from huge corporations to not for profits to small startups. I’m not just somebody that signed up for a few webinars and decided to start teaching this, although I do love a good webinar! I am in the trenches. I’m not removed from the process. I’m living it too. We are doing a live webinar on my Socialjodi facebook page at the end of the month where we are going to explore these things, so you can check us out there for more info.
  • Question from Jessica: I would like to hear from other floral artists on their favorite way to capture their work. I have a nice digital camera with DSLR but I feel like my images don’t capture my designs well and soI’m constantly trying to get the professional’s images hoping they were able to capture it.
  • What advice do you have for our viewers who want to get started in social media but aren’t sure where to start?  
    • JUST START. Don’t overthink it.  Get people to know, like and trust you. If you can’t create content because you think you have nothing to say (a LIE) then just document others content, and give them credit. If you don’t have confidence in your ability to DO, then DOCUMENT. Ask permission to use their content and give them credit. Social media is SOCIAL. People make the mistake of thinking is technical. IT IS NOT. I’d rather train your spunky 70-year-old meemaw on social media than your 27-year-old tech genius. Tech people are usually not very socially intuitive. Give me the person with the best personality…they will be your best person for your social media.  Social media is not a tech function. It’s a marketing function. People who misunderstand this make a huge mistake. It drives me ABSOLUTELY CRAZY. And it is shockingly common.
  • Do you think that all content that is shared by a business needs to be professionally created?
    • Depends on the content. If it is graphic design, fonts, logos than YES.  If it’s not, it at least needs to LOOK like it was professionally created.  There are lots of apps that make that possible. Weird design, blurry graphics and comic sans fonts are NOT ok. Bad design that is hard to read and has too much info, weird clip art, and no focal emphasis is a mess. It’s hard to overlook bad design in an industry that is aesthetically based. And there is no excuse for it.

      For video, there is a place for the polished and the precious. But keep in mind that society today understands reality TV. And most understand Snapchat. It’s not either or, but both. And if you can only do one, do the raw, shot from your phone.  Unless its just horrible, viewers will look past the imperfections. Engagement is more important than perfection. If you can tell a good story, your audience will love you no matter what.
  • Speaking of content – besides sharing pictures of finished work, which is probably the #1 piece of content that is easy for florists to create & share – what other content ideas do you think could work well? For example, what would be good video subject matter for florists to produce?
    • Cooler tours are awesome. Shop tours. Venue tours. Just quick videos on your phone. The quicker the better.  Goldfish have a 7-second attention span. Humans are 6 seconds. Keep it brief. Facebook LOVES video content that originated on their platform.

      The Mayesh rack pulls are perfect example of behind the scenes and telling a story. Or…how about pulling together elements of a tablescape? Walk them through the process…boxes arriving, piles of stems from processing, 24 hours of hydration. Behind the scenes. Transparency. The stuff that is white noise to us is fascinating to others. We are blinded to the magic of what we do. We take it for granted.
  • What social media platforms do you think is most important to florists?
    • Instagram, Facebook. Pinterest. BUT for the record, I think they are all important…it’s like asking me which child is my favorite.  It depends on the long game, of where you want to go, who you want to influence, where you are on the spectrum of social media. Beginners need to focus on Instagram & Facebook. People who have a good grasp on those 3 and are engaging consistently seriously need to look into youtube and podcasts and livestream. Instagram is HOT HOT HOT.
  • What social media platform do you think isn’t too important now, but will be important in a few years?
    • Podcasts. It’s time arbitrage. You can listen while driving, cooking, taking a shower, working out.  It’s efficient. It makes you smarter. It’s a win-win. If you aren’t listening to podcasts & subscribed to them, you should be. There are some brilliant people putting out amazing content. Go learn. It is an investment in yourself. Never stop learning.
  • Not related to flowers, what are you obsessed with right this minute?
    • Spring. Because I want to landscape my yard & finish the final stage of our construction/renovation project.  I want my yard to look like a dreamscape on the prairie. We have several acres with a large pond. I am beyond ready to get in the dirt and plant and groom and turn it into a sanctuary. I want to plant a few things to cut from along the way! Dahlias, peonies, hydrangea, cool foliages and branches too.
  • Find out more about Socialjodi at!



If you think of new questions, you can post them in the comments here or use the contact form to send them to Yvonne. 

Be sure to mark you calendar for April 10th at 10 am EST.

Mayesh Design Star: Floral Dog Collar

Mayesh Design Star: Floral Dog Collar

It has been some time since we showed our furry friends some love. This month’s floral design video remedies that as Ruby, Kaylee Young’s adorable pug joins in on the fun. Watch and learn how Kaylee creates a beautiful sweet pea dog collar, which can also double as a floral crown perfect for weddings and other celebrations. Be sure to watch until the end so that you can witness Ruby expertly model her custom-made collar!

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer/Photographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals

Note: please be aware that some flowers are poisonous to dogs and that you need to do your research before selecting your blooms.


Mornings with Mayesh: February 2018

Mornings with Mayesh: February 2018

During February’s Mornings with Mayesh show, we discussed some of the moment’s hottest flowers, how you can stay on top of new varieties, Tweedia care & handling, how to open peonies, best practices for preparing for a major holiday (like Valentine’s Day), how much to budget for advertising, what’s new with Instagram, and more along with chatting with our special guest, Eddie Zaratsian, of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design! Keep on scrolling for the show notes. 

Here is the podcast replay:




Today our featured flowers are beautiful blooms imported from Japan and Italy!


Japanese flowers are gorgeous, on trend and in all of our Mayesh locations from December through May each year!

From giant sweet peas to unique ranunculus varieties to super tall gloriosa. No one does wow factor like our friends in Osaka Japan. The Naniwa flower Auction has quickly become a powerhouse of unique flowers with an incredible range of variety, And talk about vase life… We vase tested some of the giant sweet peas & gloriosas and they lasted well over a week and a half, that’s downright amazing for such fragile flowers.

Check out some of these photos of Japanese grown flowers:





And from our friends in Italy, check out these Giant Icelandic poppies and Giant tiger striped anemones available right now:


Pricing on our exclusive Luxe blooms can fluctuate so make sure to ask your Mayesh rep when ordering!





  • From Morgan: What is the best way to stay on top of new varieties coming to market and current flower lists available by month?
    • Morgan, your timing is impeccable, because we just recently launched our Seasonal Product Availability guide! This document contains 12 months worth of availability lists in one single document. Visit the link to download the guide today. It’s great to use for your consultations, planning, and a great reference for onboarding new employees. But remember, that this is to be used as a guide only as we deal with Mother Nature and availabilities forever changing.
    • As for keeping up with new varieties, just having a great relationship with your Mayesh rep would be my advice. And have a conversation with them to let them know that knowing about the newer products is very important to you. Also, follow along on our blog and Instagram because we try to help keep everyone updated.



    • From Jayme: My question is about Tweedia care. It has milky sap. Should it be processed separately? Will it affect the water in arrangements and shorten the life of other flowers? Is it toxic? What about other milky sapped flowers and vines. I use Tweedia a lot so I want to use it properly. Thanks!
      • Tweedia aka Oxypetalum Caeruleum is a relative of the milkweed or asclepideacea family. It is a beautiful flower but the milky sap is mildly toxic to humans and animals if ingested. It has also been noted to cause skin irritation or dermatitis for some people. As with any flowers that secrete sap, they should be processed and stored separately from other flowers until utilized in your design work. The sap can clog stems of other sensitive flowers and shorten their vase life.
      • There are mixed results with this but you can also cauterize the stems with a flame much like you do with poinsettias. This helps seal them so they don’t continue to leak there sap. Also cutting them and the rinsing them in very hot water works as well. Just keep in mind they don’t hold up out of water for as long as other flowers do.
    • From Roxanne: What are your tips for opening peonies with tight buds and anemones?
      • Peonies: The key here is to receive them well in advance of your event. A single bunch of peonies can have buds in different stages of development so they are going to need time and patience to stage for your event. Start out by hydrating them at room temperature. Remove all foliage under the water line and use a floral food intended for bulb flowers. As your buds begin to open move them into the cooler to slow development.
      • My advice is to only purchase peonies in season as well. Any other time of the year they are just too underdeveloped.
      • Anemones are nyctinastic or sensitive to light and will open better under bright lights. You can follow the same hydrating directions as peonies moving open blooms to your cooler to keep in stacis. They tend to open quite quickly at room temperature.
    • From Susanne: I recently used some tulips in a design. Is there any way to prevent them from drooping?
      • Tulips are phototropic by nature and will continue to stretch and grow towards any light source. Some say you can rotate your vases daily to keep them from flopping over in one direction or place them directly under a bright light so that they grow upwards instead. By nature, there is really no way to keep them from this behavior but if you cut them short in your arrangements it can help compensate for the natural growth and movement that will occur.
      • I agree I almost always plan to use them with the idea that they will move in the design so I either cut them shorter or play up the fact that they will naturally droop. some designers I have worked with have cut a small slit in the neck of the stem or have put a penny in the bottom of the vase apparently this helps straighten them out. Also allowing them to grow towards the light first and then arranging them later helps.


  • From Susanne: I also had some kangaroo paw and the pods seemed to “wrinkle”. Is that an indicator of aging or sensitivity to cool weather(40-50) degrees inside the building?
    • Anigozanthos or Kangaroo paw are prone to dehydration as the hairy stems create a lot of surface area for transpiration to occur. Try using a quick dip solution before hydrating in your favorite floral food. Your kangaroo paw should last 7 to 10 days in your floral cooler if hydrated properly.





  • From Carie: Just curious how other small flower shops handle the valentine craziness.  How soon do they start their designing, both water-based and foam based designs?  
    • It is usually a good idea to prep all containers and vases at least a week in advance with tape, foam and chicken wire, can also make your ribbons, prep cards get all hard good ready. You can begin greening rose vases and containers 3-5 days in advance. If you have the cooler space you can also pre-design your floral designs as well up to 5 days in advance as long as you take care to change the water and are using hardier flowers like carns, lilies, roses etc..Florist know thy flower! Some are more delicate than others. It is also great to have a separate room with table set up and mapped out with days of the week for deliveries. to help you stay organized with your orders.A lot of florists even rent a large refrigerated semi truck to handle the extra volume of orders, but you can easily work 2-3 days ahead.



  • From Marsha: How do I decide how much of my budget should be spent on advertising if the majority of my bookings come from referrals from brides and venues?
    • The most common figure is 10 % of sales factoring in how much rent you pay. If you are in a choice location the thinking goes you may not need as much of an advertising budget because you are more “seen” If you already have good word of mouth and have a comfortable amount of business you may want to adjust that number. If you work from home and are just starting out you may want to up that number.
    • What Shelley just shared is a good rule of thumb to get started, but I can tell you although we are a different type of company than you, I do not spend 10%. My approach since I’ve helped build our marketing team from the ground up would be considered a little bit backward. This is a very simplified breakdown of the approach that I took:
      • look at what you want to accomplish.
      • what you plan to do to accomplish your goals – live events, inbound marketing, social media, print, direct mail, web, etc …
        • what do you think your ROI will be for each one?
        • don’t forget to figure out a way to measure your results.
      • look at the costs of the different avenues you can take to realize your goals, and look at what you can afford to spend.
      • You may need to pare down your plan or beef it up depending on what your research comes back with, but if you have to scale back some of your plans, you already have an idea of what you want to add to your marketing and sales funnel.







  • First, before we dive into anything tell us a bit about yourself and your businesses?
  • Looking through your website, I see that you offer some things that are a bit different than your regular flower design … the Floral Subscriptions and Shop the Video.
    • Can you talk about how these offerings have peeked consumer interested and how successful both of these campaigns are?
  • Having gone through several dips in the market and still has remaining relevant – do you have any advice for the rest of us on how to ride the economic waves?
  • What are your suggestions for how to think out of the box?
  • What trends do you see happening in flowers right now?
  • A question from Carie: I would like to know what Eddie’s go to floral design is.
  • What is your most memorable event you have been apart of?
  • Lastly, after all of this talk about flowers, tell me something that you are obsessed with that isn’t flower related??

Here are the questions that we didn’t have time to get to during the show, but Eddie answered afterward:

  • Javier: How do you staff for larger events?
    • We have a full team but bring in free lance florists as needed.
  • Lita Alfaro Delacruz: Do you use freelance floral designers and if so how do you find them?
    • Yes, word of mouth, people reach out to us.
  • Bita Barzi: Are your classes gears towards florist or general public ?
    • I am a florist. – My teaching method/ skills are made to be understood by all hobbyist and professionals.
  • Jennifer Bleakley: Hi Eddie…What aspects of the floral biz are your fave and least fave?
    • Favorite would be the design aspect. Least favorite is the trash of it all. By that I mean the foliage and stems that aren’t used in the final piece.
  • Sharon Babic: Would you teach on line?
    • Absolutely! We currently have a YouTube channel that is teaching based. We have been looking at other methods of teaching online.

If you think of new questions, you can post them in the comments here or use the contact form to send them to Yvonne. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for March 13th at 10 am EST. See you soon!

Mayesh Design Star: Collaborating with a Stylist

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In this episode of our 2018 Design Star video series, Kaylee & Ales Savenok of Kae & Ales Creative Direction & Styling discuss the relationship between florists and stylists and how to effectively work together and design a beautiful table focusing on simple yet intentional elements using Kaylee’s pin frog centerpiece from our January video.

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography
Venue: The Portland Studio

Featured Products: begonia leaf, peonies, white anthurium, tuberose, white muscari, nerve plant, majolica spray roses, freesia, ranunculus, hellebores, and scabiosa.



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Mornings with Mayesh: January 2018

January 2018 Mornings with Mayesh

Here’s the replay of January’s Mornings with Mayesh featuring answers to YOUR flower questions and a Q&A with Ryan O’Neill  from Curate! Keep on scrolling if you are looking for the show notes. Enjoy and post your questions for next month’s show in the comments below!

Also, I have exciting news. You can now listen to our Mornings with Mayesh show in a podcast format!!






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  • This is one of my favorite times of the year because we import some of the most beautiful flowers in the world from Japan. Located in Osaka, the Naniwa flower auction provides some of the most stunning varieties to the world flower market.
  • Their sweet peas are out of this world, cut with super long stems that are full of blooms. Amazing, fragrant and extra sturdy for a long vase life. A classic in any Ikebana arrangement is the Gloriosa lily. It really is a stand-alone flower!
  • Some of the coolest varieties of Ranunculus are available from Japan this time of year…
  • Also very hot right now is lisianthus: Here we are showcasing Black Pearl, Arena red and Roseanne Brown.
  • Now for some show and tell with my fave Valentines day rose varieties:
    • Ashley is one of my favorite garden roses. It has a deep saturated pink color and opens to a wide aperture. It is a pompon shaped rose with a slightly four quartered center. What it lacks in old-fashioned garden rose fragrance it excels in extremely long lasting vase life (up to 12 days).
    • Ballet is a strong long lasting pink with gorgeous scalloped petals and a long vase life.
    • Cherry O is A large-headed hot pink with a high petal count. It opens to a very large aperture that grabs your attention.
    • Keira is a subtle blush cupped rosette with a strong garden rose fragrance. Beautiful for not only bridal work but also in high-end Valentine’s arrangements.This muted beauty is reminiscent of the old-fashioned cabbage roses. It has a dusty pink to peach tone that compliments a more modern design color palette.
    • Another muted color, Yves Piaget crosses modern color with the beauty of old-fashioned peony shaped roses. It is highly fragrant and fades to a pinky mauve.




  • From Rachel: What is the most effective way to tint a flower that has petals that spread and overlap, like a Gerber daisy so that there are no white spots after tinting with design masters.
    • Almost all multi-petal blooms need a little gentle manipulation in order to get the paint evenly distributed. You can do this with your finger by gently ruffling the petals as you lightly spray in layers. Or use a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) if you don’t want to get oils from your finger on the petals. You can also use a chenille stem as a paintbrush or an actual paintbrush dipped in design master paint that you spray into a dish. This works really well with metallic paints too.
    • We have experimented a little with stem absorption dyes here in Phoenix. They are extremely messy and seem to work best on flowers that have not been hydrated. Timing is tricky, the instructions on the jars give a suggested time but depending on the flower, it can need more time drinking the dye. Best advice, do this outside if you can!





  • From Tricia: What is the average margin for wedding florals? I’ve found myself pricing based on competitors prices bs what I actually purchase. Hasn’t worked out well
    • Well first things first, Bravo for realizing that you can’t run your business based on what everyone else is charging or doing for that matter. When you stop doing that and base your pricing on what YOU need to do to make a living and a profit you will be one step ahead of your peers. It’s disheartening to realize when it’s all said and done, you are barely making minimum wage on that gorgeous wedding you just put your heart and soul into. So make sure you take the time to really figure out what you need to make to make a living.
      There is no set industry standard. Everyone’s market is different. What there is is a general pricing markup:
      3-4x mark up on fresh flowers unless you are doing seriously huge events (100Kplus)
      2x on hard goods, 20-40% added labor and additional charges for delivery and set-up
      5x markup on bridal hand work ie corsages and bouts and heavy labor items.
  • From our last Mornings with Mayesh: How should you handle plagiarizing florists? Another local florist is using other designers work to fill their portfolio (in their storefront advertising). The knot is slowly acting, after I contacted some of the original designers but they aren’t doing much.
    • This is such a bummer I am sorry this happened to you.
      It used to be popular for photographers to watermark their photos to make sure they got protect their work. Now that everyone’s a photographer and anyone can screenshot an image it’s very difficult to always know the source of one’s work. The florist that is doing this kind of behavior is a heinous one to be sure. What a rotten little tulip! Well, clearly she thinks highly of their work and wants to pass it off as her own. So they could be flattered -flattered and PO’d.
      I think taking a screenshot of the work and submitting it to the publication and contacting the florist and asking them to remove their images is the first step and you sound like you have done that. Also, it would be a good idea for all florists to copyright their images as well. Unfortunately, when you post on IG you are only protected on IG they will remove anything that has been plagiarized. But once it leaves their site you are on your own.I know a few florists this has happened to and they have publicly “shamed” the other florist on Social Media. Just tread lightly here that it doesn’t backfire in your face. Most of your followers know your work and will spot a fake a mile away. Handle things like this with integrity and grace and you will come out shining.



  • Facebook updated its news feed algorithm that will affect your business page!
    • From the article, one part that should interest all of you:
    • What does this mean for Pages and public content?
    • Because space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we’ll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses.
    • As we make these updates, Pages may see their reach, video watch time and referral traffic decrease. The impact will vary from Page to Page, driven by factors including the type of content they produce and how people interact with it.
    • What does this mean for pages? We will see declines in reach, video watch time, referral traffic, etc. If you create posts that no one reacts to or you post too much every day, you will be greatly affected by this change. One of the social media gurus that I keep up with is going to recommend to his team to completely stop posting links to their blog and focus on entertaining and engaging content, like this video show.
    • Why is this happening? Because Facebook is running out of room in the news feed.
    • If you are a fan of Mayesh, then go to your feed and ask to see our page first – that way you can see our posts still.
    • This change has not happened yet but will be rolled out in the next few weeks. So you have time to re-strategize how to make Facebook work for your business.
    • Get more information here:
  • Instagram is still pumping us their messaging. You can send live videos in Instagram Direct Messages.
    This is more for if you are broadcasting live, then ask your viewers to invite their friends to watch with them.



  • How do you determine if rentals are profitable?
  • How do you respond when they ask for a discount?
  • How do you price when you have no idea what the pricing of flowers will be at that point? (This is a double-edged question. Half of the florists stem count up front and half stem count about 2 weeks before the wedding)
  • We always think we’re going to stick with our plan but then get on site and start adding more product to make the arrangements more beautiful. Then we look at each other and say, “We’ll just add these costs to the marketing budget.” How do we get back on track?

Tell us more where our viewers can find out more about StemCounter?

If you think of new questions, you can post them in the comments below. See you on February 20th for our next show!

Mayesh Phoenix Partnership with Gompers

Mayesh Phoenix Gompers


As many of you know, giving back and partnering with charitable organizations is a big priority for Mayesh. From our Art in Full Bloom event in Las Vegas with AFAN, to our yearly Lonely Bouquet Day, to toy drives and adopting families over the holidays, there’s nothing we love more than helping those in need.

And that is no different for our Phoenix branch. Mayesh Phoenix has been partnering with Gompers for the past two years, a local organization that works with people with disabilities to help develop innovative opportunities, and assist these individuals in achieving their highest level of independence in the community. Mayesh Phoenix employs two of these individuals, Jeff and Eric, to do warehouse work, help in the cooler and clean buckets. They have been with us for almost two years, and according to Phoenix team member Krista Hamas, they “truly are our happiest employees who have become such a valuable part of our staff.” Now let’s get to know them a little better!





Mayesh Phoenix Gompers


My name is Eric, I am 33 years old. I have been with Mayesh Phoenix for 2 years now. My main jobs are maintaining the bucket line and keeping our location super clean. I work with Mayesh Phoenix through an organization called Gompers Az. Their mission is to empower disabled individuals and help them find jobs within the workplace. The very best part of working at Mayesh is that I make my own money, and that I get to smell the flowers everyday. Francisco Mora has been teaching me to make garland. I love it here. In my spare time I love to workout and watch the Power Rangers on TV.





Mayesh Phoenix Gompers


My name is Jeffrey. I am 35 years old and have been with Mayesh for over 2 years now, Along with Eric, my main responsibilities are maintaining the bucket line and keeping the warehouse clean. I love coming to work everyday because I get to see my friends, and I get to talk to people. I am very active and in my spare time I love to play soccer, swim, go bowling and go to church.



We hope you enjoyed getting to know Eric & Jeff a bit more… now check out this beautiful video Gompers created to take a peek into the different programs they work with… stick around until the end, Mayesh makes an appearance near the end!


Mayesh Design Star: Floral Pin Frog & Compote Arrangement

Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video January


We are proud to officially introduce you to our 2018 Mayesh Design Star, Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay! In her first episode of our 2018 Design Star video series, Kaylee demonstrates how she creates one of her signature centerpieces using a glass compote and a pin frog.


Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video





Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video

Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video

Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video

Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video

Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video

Mayesh Design Star Floral Design Video


Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay

Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals

Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography

Venue: The Portland Studio


Featured Products: begonia leaf, peonies, white anthurium, tuberose, white muscari, nerve plant, majolica spray roses, freesia, ranunculus, hellebores, and scabiosa


Mornings with Mayesh: December 2017

Mornings with Mayesh replay

Here’s the replay of December’s Mornings with Mayesh featuring answers to YOUR flower questions and a Q&A with our 2018 Mayesh Design Star, Kaylee Young of Flourish! Also, be sure to watch to get an EXCLUSIVE discount promo code to use toward your 2018 MDS workshop tickets! Keep on scrolling if you are looking for the show notes. Enjoy and post your questions for next month’s show in the comments below!






  • Happy holidays everyone! Christmas can get boring with the same color palette and evergreen scheme but there are ways to make it sparkle! Here are a few ideas for some higher end flowers and foliages.
  • Euphorbia fulgens is available now and can bring a modern flair to your arrangements. It is tall and has a dramatic arch that adds visual interest & movement and it comes in the familiar red and white seasonal colors. A relative to the poinsettia family, it bleeds that trademark milky sap. Make sure to wash your hands after handling this product as the sap is slightly toxic.
  • Ranunculus are in good production from Holland and we are seeing a lot of the fancier Clooney and pom pon varieties returning to our inventories. Since these are sold on the auction in Aalsmeer, pricing can fluctuate and some *in demand colors are a little pricey. Always consult your Mayesh rep about pricing when procuring novelty flowers.
  • Amaryllis are more stylish than ever and make a gorgeous focal point in any arrangement. New varieties are showing up every year in crazy cool variegated patterns, unusual colors and some with multiple petals. My favorite is the green Valley variety, they fade to an almost perfect match to the Mayesh logo color.
  • What about greens you say? Well, there are lots of novelty alternatives to your standard Christmas greens being supplied by our friends in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Why not try some Blue Spruce or gold Cryptomeria instead? Using novelty and unusual colored Christmas greens allow you to move out of the standard color palettes and create your own unique holiday style.

  • As always, visit our website to see the complete list of seasonal availability!
  • Question from Cari: I just was curious about this.  When I go to my local wholesaler and walk around the cooler, how can I tell which flowers are the freshest?  Is there a secret code?  Thanks!
    • First off, we only use the freshest flowers for filling pre-orders. By pre-ordering in advance you are guaranteeing that your order is being filled with only the freshest flowers! During our busy seasons, we encourage that you place pre-books 2 weeks or more in advance. If you choose to come in and shop our inventory, just ask your rep which flowers are the best! We stage our shipments as they arrive early in the week so it’s easy for our crew to pull pre-book orders and reserve those flowers for deliveries. If you are a regular walk-in client it’s easy to spot which ones are the freshest. Once a week we sort through our open inventory and eliminate anything that looks like it’s ready to perish. Then everything gets consolidated and merchandised. If ever in doubt, just ask your rep!



  • What’s the best trick for keeping cut flowers as long as possible? I’ve been using pennies lately. Thanks!
    • There are many aspects to maintaining healthy flowers but we will cover the basics of temperature, food, and handling:
      1. First and foremost is proper cold chain management. Flowers don’t like temperature fluctuations and by maintaining a constant temperature between 36 & 42 degrees you are keeping them in stasis which greatly extends their shelf life.
      2. Use the right kind and amount of floral food. Know which flowers need a bulb food formula and which will take a standard solution. MORE IS NOT BETTER! Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
      3. Always cut your stems at an angle with a sharp, clean implement. This helps with the uptake of water by not blocking the stem uptake. Don’t let water sit on the surface of leaves or petals as this can activate botrytis spores which are present on all flowers and greens. Keep your stems stored loosely in your buckets so that air can flow through them.
    • Keep your water and vases clean! I cannot stress this one enough. I always say if you would want to drink the water neither do your flowers. It is very important to change your water daily and keep it crystal clear-that means there are no bacteria clogging up the stems. This is the number one reason most flowers die prematurely. Gunky gross water is a sign that YOU are not properly handling your flowers and that they have been left to sit like that too long.
      Adding a few drops of bleach will keep your bacteria growth down. Keep those buckets and vessels clean. Residue can create more bacteria growth.
  • Question from Susan: Are magnolia leaves best stored in or out of water?
    • You definitely can leave them in water, they hold up well as a cut stem. You can also use glycerin to treat them (there are instructions online) to help preserve the leaves. Magnolia leaves will curl slightly as they dry in arrangements or in a garland. They can be stored for years if well cared for. You can also use a foliage sealant on them.
    • In Phoenix, we have a fairly quick turnover of greens. We dry store many of our sturdier greens in giant Rubbermaid storage tubs with locking lids. The bins keep the foliage from dehydrating and they can last up to a couple weeks before needing hydration.



  • Question from Carrie: I have been designing for 17 years.  I feel like I put out really classy high-end arrangements and then for some reason I feel like I have never put together a flower arrangement and I struggle and work to bring it back up to my standards.  Sometimes it just never gets there.  The arrangement is ok, but does not have that wow factor.  Do other florists ever feel this way, and if so how do they get their mojo back.  Where do they go for inspiration?
    • This is actually a quite common phenomenon with floral designers and artists. Most of us go through periods when we feel really on fire and then, at other times like, we feel like we just got out of basic training and are all thumbs. I myself went through a period of burn out every 4-5 years as a designer and needed a recharge every so often.  The hardest part of being a florist maybe seeing yourself confidently and assertively. You must really know who you are, what your brand is and learn to curate that well. All florists feel insecure about their work.Take time to reinvent yourself if you need to, or take classes on design that are out of the box for you. Network with other florists( a wonderful thing I see happening with our younger florists), even doing a swap-the-shop trade once in awhile and see yourself from another florists friend perspective.We can all learn from each other…even those who think they “know it all” as designers. Staying relevant means staying fresh and looking at the world with open eyes.
  • Question from Erica: Please show us how to make the large 7ft floral hoops and how to prop it up.
    • There is a tutorial from our Mayesh design star Christy Griner on this one.
    • And we talked in more detail on how to go about creating the base on your own if you are so inclined. You can watch the reply here:
  • Can you do a tutorial on a wildflower wedding bouquet?
    • I would be happy too! I see a new video design series in my future! I also teach workshops here in Carlsbad. I will try to put together a video for this and other bridal bouquets if y’all are interested.
  • Pantone just announced the color of the year to be Ultraviolet💜. It’s a great color, and I would like to see Mayesh’s approach to designing with it.
    • We will see if we can make that happen!



  • Question from Jayme: What does an average floral/wedding shop look forward to when purchasing from you versus other suppliers? I’m just starting out after a long career in a non-artistic but rewarding occupation. I have always worked with flowers but was mostly self-taught until I took a course last year. To gain experience I think I should intern and not necessarily take more courses, but more hands-on experience. I don’t want to run a full bridal business, but perhaps freelancing, photoshoots, events. Is interning a good idea? How do you go about finding a place to do this? I’m not sure other designers would hire someone with as little commercial experience on my resume. How do you even go about getting freelance jobs? Is it all word of mouth?I do love workshops and the skills and networking they provide. I don’t want to work in a shop. Any thoughts from your experts?
    • To address your first question: Mayesh specializing in working with wedding and event florists and designers. We carry an extensive collection of unusual and high-end flowers from around the world. We also have dedicated sales reps who are assigned to each of our customers. Those sales reps are like your eyes and ears in our warehouse. They can alert you ahead of time to the best products available as soon as they know about them.
    • We also do something unique in the industry called a My Mayesh Pull were we custom pull orders for you based on your color palette and budget. Check out our IG for more examples of this.
    • In regard to your other questions: the best way to get started in this business is either interning with studio and event florist and shops who specialize in wedding work. I would also work in a regular brick and mortar flower shop too because the floral business is very diverse and complex and there really is so much to learn. It is an art form but mechanics and certain skills must be learned to bring that art to life.
    • There are many online videos as well.Aside from our own which are top notch, look for European produced as well. European designers are trained very well and must pay special attention to proper mechanics.
    • It takes years of practice to not only hone your skills but your confidence as well. But if you are naturally artistic, good with color and proportions, good at accounting and business, marketing etc… and are ready for the hard work and grit it takes to be a florist you can fake it til you make it- well until you do! Best of luck to you 🙂
    • At Mayesh, you get sales reps who know all the trendy flowers, colors, and design techniques. You also get our epic customer service. We want you to be completely satisfied with your experience with us! My customers are my extended family and I want them to be proud enough of the services I provide that they recommend me to all their florist friends.




  • Question from Rebecca: My website doesn’t pull up on a smartphone looking like it looks on a computer. Is it worth it to invest the money to redo my website so it’s smartphone compatible?
    • My two cents: absolutely-most consumers will leave your site within seconds if they can’t pull it up on their smartphone. You can’t get that attention back. And make it user-friendly…they will leave if it doesn’t work well either.
    • Yes, yes and yes! I recently redesigned the Mayesh website and it was imperative that our new site was responsive – meaning that it adjusts itself based on the size of the browser – from a full-size monitor to a mobile device. Studies show time and again that user experience is critical to them actually staying on your site, so this is one component to that. It needs to be fully functioning on smartphones.
  • Instagram news – can you tell this is my favorite news to share?
    • Instagram Stories highlights on your profile page:
    • This is old news apparently and dates back to August/September but I’m just seeing it on my end for the last couple of weeks – but you can watch IG stories on your desktop!



  • So you were first trained in a more traditional flower shop, and then learned from some studio designers like Tinge… how did both of these educational experiences influence your mechanics and design style? Do you think it’s a combination of the two?
  • What is your design philosophy / where do you draw inspiration?
  • Tell us a little bit about your mood boarding process and how it helps you as a designer…
  • What is your hope for each attendee to walk away with at the end of each MDS workshop?



Now we have a few announcements regarding our workshop. First, we finally can announce the Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop ticket giveaway …. drumroll please …. the winner is Flower Girls in Thibodaux, Louisiana. You will receive a free US workshop ticket or you can apply that amount to our international workshop ticket!! Congratulations!

Next, we have a very special promotional code just for our Mornings with Mayesh viewers as a thank you for tuning in each month. Watch the video to get the code!


If you have any questions for next month’s show, be sure to post them in the comments below or send them via our contact page!

Happy holidays and have a wonderful New Year!!

2017 Mayesh Design Star Bloopers

MDS Bloopers

Christy always says “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!” and in this case, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be absolutely adorable! Here are some bloopers from our year of filming the 2017 Mayesh Design Star video series with Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers. Shout out to Justin Peay for catching all the silliness behind the scenes!

Photo: Nicole Clarey Photography
Video: Justin Peay Productions

Mayesh Design Star: Unexpected Holiday Floral Arrangement

MDS: Unexpected Holiday Arrangement

In the last episode of her Mayesh Design Star series, Christy shows us two different holiday arrangements that focus on unexpected flowers for this special time of year. We all love seasonal flowers but here are some different and interesting alternatives this season.

We would like to thank Christy and her team at Colonial House of Flowers for an amazing year as the Mayesh Design Star. We would also like to thank Justin Peay of Justin Peay Productions for making a beautiful video series for 2017. You are all incredible!

Featured Products
Red arrangement: Freedom rose, Matador rose, burgundy dahlia, celosia, fiddlehead (aka monkey tail aka fern shoot), China fir, cedar, magnolia leaves, jasmine vine, mini cymbidium, and ranunculus.

White arrangement: cedar, huckleberry, silver dollar eucalyptus, jasmine vine, white anemones, white ranunculus, bunny tail, Wendy spray rose, viburnum berries and astilbe.

Materials used: Lida vase by Accent Decor (red arrangement), Chelsea vase by Accent Decor (white arrangement) and Oasis wire netting.



MDS: Unexpected Holiday Arrangement

MDS: Unexpected Holiday Arrangement MDS: Unexpected Holiday Arrangement MDS: Unexpected Holiday Arrangement MDS: Unexpected Holiday Arrangement


Host: Christy Hulsey,  Colonial House of Flowers
CHOF Team: Kaitlyn Baxter, Amanda Currier, Lanier Hays, Taylor Ellen
Styling: Whitney Downs, Whitewood Events
WE Team: Erica Cleary, Ashley Stalvey
Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Floral Supplies: Accent DecorOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Napkins and Runners: Alanah Textiles
Table Linen: BBJ Linen
Plates: R. Wood Studios
Studio Space: Roxie Remley Fine Arts Building
Hair & makeup: Jessica Belfry, Hustle & Blow Dry Bar

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