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Mayesh en Español: Centro de mesa en Dulces Colores Pasteles

Mayesh in Spanish


En este episodio de Mayesh Floral Design en español, Veronica Cicero de Anthology Co., crea un lujoso arreglo en colores pastel. Los pasteles no son solo para la primavera o la Pascua. ¡Los pasteles están de moda y puede usar esta paleta de colores y diseño en cualquier época del año! ¡Esperamos que te sientas inspirado!



In this episode of Mayesh Floral Design in Spanish, Veronica Cicero of Anthology Co,, creates a lush pastel arrangement. Pastels aren’t just for the Spring or Easter. Pastels are on trend and you can use this color palette and design any time of the year! We hope you feel inspired!


Videographer: Talewind Visuals


Mornings with Mayesh: June 2018

During June’s Mornings with Mayesh episode, Yvonne & Dave discuss the world of flowers. See a great selection of flowers that are available now and learn more about some great large blooms that are available each month. In addition, they answer some great audience questions like what are good subs for eucalyptus, providing an overview of how grading works, explaining why we stream on Facebook, how to update your category listing for Instagram to “florist”, and much more. Also, be sure to watch/listen to the entire show because at the end, Yvonne will discuss Instagram’s algorithm and what it means for you. Enjoy and don’t forget to send in your questions for our next show on July 10th!


Here is the podcast replay, video and show notes:



  • Fresh flowers straight from our cooler today and here is the link to latest flower 411:
  • Roxanne G Boerke: I’m based in Chicago. What is one go to large bloom by season? ie peonies for spring
    • Here are a few seasonal ideas for larger focal flowers by season:
      • Summer: Dahlias (Dave’s pick), Anthurium, Artichokes, Buddleia, Calla Lilies, China Mums, Eremurus, Eucomis, Gerberas, Giant Alliums, Giant Coxcomb Celosia, Giant Poppies, Ginger, Heliconia, Liles, Phalaenopsis stems, Protea, sunflowers.
      • Fall:  Chrysanthemum disbuds (Dave’s pick), Amaryllis, Anthuriums, Calla lilies, Cotton on the stem, Dahlias, Gerberas, Ginger, Giant Coxcomb Celosia, Heliconia, Kale, Lilies, Marigolds, Phalaenopsis stems, Peonies, Protea, Sunflowers.
      • Winter: Amaryllis (Dave’s pick), Anthurium, Calla Lilies, Cymbidium stems, Gerberas,  Giant Gloriosa from Japan, Giant Ranunculus from Japan, Ginger, Heliconia, Kale, Liles, Phalaenopsis stems, Peonies, Protea, Vanda stems.
      • Spring: Anthuriums (Dave’s pick), Artichokes, Banksias, Calla lilies, Giant Coxcomb Celosia, China Mums, French Tulips, Gerberas, Ginger, Heliconia, Kale, Lilies, Peonies, Phalaenopsis stems, Protea, Sunflowers & Vanda stems.
  • Don’t forget to check out our Mayesh Floral Meme Instagram Challenge that is happening right now:
  • Here’s the link to our Flower Guide:
    • Be sure to download our ultimate flower guide. it is 12 month of flower availability lists in 1 handy document! It great to use for consultations, planning product palettes and for new employees to reference.
  • Kelly: What are some good subs for Euc?
    • Bay Laurel, olive foliage, purple acacia foliage, grevillea foliage, green nandina, nagi, camelia. Please be aware that from around late April through early June a lot of these greens start their new growth cycle and are too tender to cut. Eucalyptus can have brown to purple soft tips that wilt very quickly but due to their enormous demand, they are being harvested in this delicate state anyway.
  • Kelly: I’m having trouble understanding quality tiers on product and how to request higher grades on certain items. Can you explain?
    • Grading is used to indicate the stage at which a flower is cut (aka it’s open-ness) or to indicate the stem length (which in some cases will translate to a larger bloom head).  For instance, carnations are graded by “standard, select and fancy” which translates to short, medium & long stem length. Alstroemeria is graded by fancy, select and super select meaning short, medium & long stem length. Learning the dialogue used with different flowers will help you navigate the ordering process. Roses are graded by centimeters for their stem length.
    • Mayesh is known for our higher end “Luxe Blooms” procurement. We pride ourselves on carrying the best of the best.
    • Mayesh reps know their clients well and accommodate you based on your personal preferences and needs. For instance, most of our wedding and event clients only want the best! Tall sturdy stems, large blooms, in vogue colors and varieties and we are experts at making your installations truly magical.
    • We also offer more economical choices by keeping a well-stocked online inventory in our Mayesh market. On Mayesh market, you are buying full boxes of flowers so there is a bulk purchase discount on the cost. The quality is still excellent but geared more towards the frugal buyer by utilizing growers from all over the globe.
    • We are able to quickly assemble a purchase order “quote” with our best guess on pricing that can be e-mailed for your approval. This ensures you are in budget and are able to make alterations before the product is in transit. This saves everyone money in the long run by reducing excess inventory.
    • Always discuss the particulars with your sales rep including budget. We work hard to get you exactly what you need!



  • Heather: Why do you stream on FB instead of YouTube?
    • Mainly because I use for this show, which gives me features that I need and BeLive connects to Facebook. Another reason, though, is that I find our community on Facebook to be more engaging with live content than on YouTube.
  • Charlene: How do you change your category listing for Facebook and Instagram?
    • Charlene saw that we are listed as a “Florist” and wants to know how to get that for her pages, right now her profile says “Artist”.
    • Instagram instructions state: “…if you want to change the category that appears on your Instagram business profile, you’ll need to update the category from the Facebook Page associated with your business.”
    • But that may not work for you and if it doesn’t try the following:
      • Reset your Instagram to a private account. Select the category you want on Facebook, like Florist (which is not listed in IG’s categories for some reason) and then switched your Instagram account back to a business profile and that should do the trick.
    • I sent Charlene the instructions, and here was her response “It worked! thank you so much for taking the time to help a stranger. I really appreciate it.”
  • Instagram Algorithm – With 800+ million users the newest algorithm allows you to see 90% of your friends posts and spend more time on the app according to the stats.
    • Post link:
    • IG reveal how their algorithm works and I thought it would be informative to review the main points.
      • Interest – IG predicts what you will care about based on rankings of what matters to you.
        • as you may know, if you watched past shows, is that I have dogs that includes a sharpei puppy, so I follow some doggie & sharpei pages and their posts always show up in my feed.
      • Timeliness or Recency – you will see posts that were created that day over posts created last week.
      • Relationship – how close are you to someone. For example, if you comment on someone’s post or if you are tagged in photos – Instagram will use relationships to figure out what to show you.
    • These are the 3 factors and nothing really surprising. It makes sense, but good to know. And beyond these factors, they use:
      • Frequency – how often you go into IG and figure out the best posts to show you since your last visit.
      • Following – the more people you follow the wider the breadth of people and pages IG will be using to pick from which means you will see less of any specific author. It’s common sense, but something to keep in mind and this is something that I feel like hinders me from being able to keep up with some designers that I like to follow.
      • Usage – how long are you spending on IG will affect what IG will show you – if you are on longer then IG will have to dive deeper to show you more content.
    • IG also revealed some myth busters!
      • IG does not hide posts in your feed – if you keep on scrolling you will eventually see everything from everyone you follow and get to the end. Has anyone seen “the end of the feed”?
      • Feeds do not favor photos or videos, but rather what you engage with the most. So if you watch lots of videos, then they will show you more videos.
        • Brands should have a good mix of both because your followers will have different preferences.
      • Also, IG doesn’t favor authors who use Stories, Lives, and other special features. But just because it doesn’t affect the newsfeed algorithm, there are still benefits to use the features to engage with your audience.
      • IG doesn’t give preference to business accounts or personal accounts. Just have the right account for your purpose – if you have a business then for me, it makes sense to have a business account.
      • A few months ago, I saw a bunch of content created around shadowbanning, but I never saw it happen or experienced it myself, but according to IG, shadowbanning is not a real thing. So use as many hashtags as you want, but again be smart, don’t be spammy, and make sure they relate to your posts. That is just good business.


If you think of new questions for our next show, 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 July 10th at 10 am EST for the next Mornings with Mayesh – see you soon!


Mayesh Design Star: Styling A Cake


Utilizing small and delicate flowers, Kaylee Young demonstrates how she likes to style a cake featuring double tulips, sage, and a beautiful cake from Brandy’s All City Sweets. Kaylee’s goal is to enhance the beauty of the cake, not overwhelm it, by incorporating an asymmetrical and airy style.

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Flower Sponsor: Tuning
Cake: Brandy’s All City Sweets
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography


After watching the video, keep scrolling for all of the gorgeous pictures – perfect for pinning!

Note: If you are concerned about the flower stems in the frosting, you can use edible flowers, flowers that aren’t sprayed with chemicals, use water tubes, or you can wrap the stems with Floratape Stem Wrap and then cut straws to insert the stems as well.



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Mornings with Mayesh: Florists to the Field

Mornings with Mayesh: Florists to the Field

Watch the replay of our LIVE show, Mornings with Mayesh, as we answering your flower questions with my flower friends, Dave Tagge, Ryan O’Neil from Curate – formerly Stemcounter, and Jodi Duncan from SocialJodi. We covered some of Dave’s favorite flowers that are available now, how to handle accounting for your floral business, easy wrist corsage techniques, paying for ads on social media, and reposting other people’s images on your social media pages.

Also, we interviewed our special guests, Greg Campbell and Erick New, co-owners of Garden District, about their brand new book, Florists To The Field.


Here is the podcast replay:





  • Latest flower 411
  • Dave showing some of his favorite flowers that are available right now



  • From Claire: I am new at Floral arranging. I started a little more than two years ago. The most difficult for me has been making wrist corsages. It’s agony for me. Yet it looks so easy when I watch others do it. Do you have a simple way to make a wrist corsage? The most difficult of it is attaching the flowers to the wristband.


  • From Tarrah: What do successful shops do for accounting?  Being an artist, primarily, accounting is not my strong suit; and I’m sure that problem is common among shop owners.  Especially for smaller shops where the owner may be designing some or most of the time.
    • Ryan O’Neil from Curate gave advice on how to think about and handle accounting for florists.


  • From Jen: I would love to hear what social media platforms florists are paying to be on. Facebook boosting, ads, etc, Instagram, and google. What kind of monthly budget makes sense. What’s recommended? Do florists do their own social media or use a company?
  • From Jaclyn: What is best practice for reposting someone else’s images from Instagram? I noticed y’all do so on the company IG; do y’all comment and ask permission, etc?


Part II


Garden District co-owners Greg Campbell and Erick New

Garden District co-owners Greg Campbell and Erick New have a partnership of boundless creativity with an anything-can-be-done attitude, and they have navigated the vibrant labyrinth of floriculture together for 25 years.

The florists operate in tandem as architect and engineer, exchanging roles as needed. Greg is the architect—a persistent, alert perfectionist—while Erick is the engineer—a methodical strategist always prepping for the next step.

Be it a skyscraping installation or an unobtrusive centerpiece, they weave flowers and greenery into textural structures that bring people together for every imaginable occasion.

Their most recent project was publishing their new book, Florists to the Field, and I’m very excited to have them on chat all about it.

Welcome, Greg and Erick!

Before we dive into the excitement of the book, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you both ended up in the flower industry?

  • We both fell into the industry as young men- I don’t think either of us would say “florist” as our profession if asked in High School. We were lucky enough to have been hired by a gentleman named John Hoover who revolutionized the floral market in our area

How did Garden District come to be? And how did you come up with that name? (I love it, by the way!)

  • Our original location was in an area of town called Central Gardens and we were close to another neighborhood named Chickasaw Gardens. Combine this with our affection for New Orleans and we came up with Garden District.

Last question before we get to the book because we can’t interview a florist without asking… favorite flowers?

  • Greg-muscari; Erick- lily of the valley

Okay so… why now? What inspired you two to take on creating and publishing Florists to the Fields?

  • it all started with us planning a photo shoot at a relatively new flower farmer we know in Mississippi. She was flush with flowers during the hot days of summer when the demand was low. We had a free weekend so we suggested a photo shoot to promote the farm’s bounty. While discussing how we would decorate the barn, our friend, the caterer Elizabeth Heiskell suggested having a dinner in the venue and turning this into an actual event. The ticket sales ended up benefiting the grower and we are proud to report that the farmer is in her third year of production. We were then approached by Southerly Media about the possibility of a book which would chronicle our visits to farms that provide products for our shop and create events at each facility using only their product. The farms determined how to use the party-one a fundraiser, another a surprise birthday party for the matriarch, another a “thank you” for clients. 18 months later, 12 farms in our area, across the country and afar, and we have the book!

Florists to the Field

Who is your intended audience, and what do you hope they gain from reading your book?

  • We are hoping the book appeals to a range of individuals. There is the person that gravitates to books with images of pretty flowers. There is also the customer that is interested in entertaining. Since each chapter tells the story of each farm- the history, their production, the owners- we feel the book would be of interest to others in our industry. Since these operations are a vital part of the 25-year history of Garden District, we hope the book could be helpful to other floral companies.

Tell us about the different people you collaborated with to write this book and your experience with them?

  • Our publisher, Southerly Media- we could not have done this without their guidance. Our writer, Christian Owen, whose words brought each chapter together.  We can’t say enough about our principal photographer, Sarah Bell. We did not have the luxury of shooting in a controlled environment like a studio. We were in fields, barns, sheds, in the rain, sun, cold and Sarah not only endured sometimes less than ideal situations but produced gorgeous images.

What was your favorite part of the whole process?

  • Connecting with the farms. In this day and age of emails, electronic billing, FedEx, et it is nice to interact with these people we have developed relationships with over the years.

Garden District co-owners Greg Campbell and Erick New - authors of Florists to the Field

I heard you have an exciting event that you are part of happening in September – do you want to tell us a little more about the event and what you guys have planned for it?


Where can everyone find out more about you and your book?

 You can grab your own copy of the book by following this link:



If you think of new questions for our next show, 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 June 12th at 10 am EST for the next Mornings with Mayesh – see you soon!


Mornings with Mayesh: Mood Boards & Debra Prinzing

Mornings with Mayesh

During Part I of this episode of Mornings with Mayesh, I demonstrated our custom Canva mood board templates that we created just for you. I review a very basic overview on how to update the templates with your business logo, inspiration text, images, and flower pictures. This easy to use app is great because you just need to upload your picture files or use the built-in stock photos. Another favorite tool that you can use to grab images, figure out color hex codes, and more, is SnagIt and I will give you a brief overview of how to use it.

To save a copy of the three inspiration boards to your own Canva account, click here.

For the second half of the show (Part II), our special guest, Debra Prinzing of SLOW Flowers, joined us. Watch or listen to learn more about Slow Flowers, American Flowers Week, the Slow Flower Summit and so much more. If you are interested in flower farming or just want to understand more about our the evolution of our industry, then you don’t want to miss this in-depth conversation.


Here is the podcast replay for Part II of the show. Part I is so visual that a podcast would not have made sense.







  • Demo Canva mood boards.
    • NOTE: I realized after the live demo that you cannot use our design as a template directly from Canva, so I created live links for you to use and create a copy of the templates to your Canva account. Please visit the following link to get the links emailed to you:
  • We recently just published 3 mood board templates created specifically for you and your floral business.
  • These mood boards/inspiration boards/vision boards are perfect for planning flowers for weddings, corporate events, baby showers and everything else in between.
  • Another tool that my team loves, SnagIt


Today, we have a special and talented guest, Debra Prinzing. You may know Debra, as she is the creator of, which is a free directory that helps consumers find florists, designers, studios and farms that supply American grown flowers. But did you know that she is also an award-winning author and speaker? Debra has written 10 books, contributes to many top publications, and is a wonderful speaker as you will soon see and someone that inspires me in my own floral career!

Here is her favorite quote is from Beverley Nichols, “…surely, if you are privileged to own a plot of earth, it is your duty, both to God and man, to make it beautiful.”

  1. Do you want me to start by telling everyone about what is SLOW FLOWERS?
  2. How did you become so obsessed about local, seasonal and sustainable flowers in the first place?
  3. What have you seen in terms of changing consumer attitudes about local and American grown flowers?
  4. What have you seen in terms in terms of changing focus on product sourcing among florists, retailers, wedding/event designers?
  5. What kind of metrics back up these conclusions?
  6. You’ve published an annual Slow Flowers forecast each January for the past four years. How do you track trends and/or predictions that influence the Slow Flowers community?
  7. Are you looking for suggestions? How can people share their ideas/predictions with you?
  8. You produce a lot of content — from your podcast and blog to print and digital stories for Florists’ Review. Tell us about your floral journalism? What gets you excited about writing or interviewing someone for a story?
  9. You have two big events coming up in late June. Tell us about American Flowers Week first — what is it and how can people get involved?
  10. What are you most excited about with this year’s American Flowers Week?
  11. Last year you started the Slow Flowers SUMMIT — tell us what that is?
  12. Who are some of your guests — and what’s got you excited about the event?
  13. How can people get involved in Slow Flowers? Where can they plug in?
  14.  Are you a floral designer yourself?
  15. Tell me something that you are obsessed with right now that is floral related?

Where can we go to find out more information about Slow Flowers and your other projects that you have going on?


if you think of new questions for our next show, 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 May 29th at 10 am EST for the next Mornings with Mayesh featuring special guests, Greg Campbell and Erick New, co-owners of Garden District who traveled to specialty farms throughout the U.S. and abroad to create, Florists to the Field, a stunning coffee table book that was recently published.

Mayesh Design Star: Hand-Tied Bouquet

Mayesh Design Star: Hand-tied Bouquet


For the month of May, Kaylee Young demonstrates how she designs her hand-tied bridal bouquet, featuring flowers from Holex, that has a flowing round shape, filled with interesting textures and beautiful color. Kaylee places flowers at different depths to add dimension then finishes the bouquet by cutting the stems very short and adding some gorgeous silk ribbon.

Featured flowers: lilac, Fritillaria persica, Fritillaria meleagris, Dutch ranunculus, sweet peas, Cappucino roses, spirea, butterfly ranunculus.

Bouquet recipe:

  • 8 Stems spirea
  • 4 stems ranunculus
  • 4 stems butterfly ranunculus
  • 5 Cappuccino roses
  • 2 stems Fritillaria persica
  • 5 stems white sweet pea
  • 3 stems little Fritillaria meleagris
  • 3 stems double white tulip
  • 5 stems of foraged foliage

Note: the Japanese spirea is not available now, but we do have spirea sourced from Oregon. Butterfly ranunculus also went out of season.

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Flower Sponsor: Holex
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography
Model: Autumn Johnson


After watching the video, keep scrolling for all of the gorgeous pictures – perfect for pinning!





Mayesh Design Star: Hand-tied Bouquet

Mayesh Design Star: Hand-tied Bouquet

Mayesh Design Star: Hand-tied Bouquet

Mayesh Design Star: Hand-tied Bouquet

Mayesh Design Star: Hand-tied Bouquet

Mayesh Design Star: Hand-tied Bouquet



Mornings with Mayesh: April 24

Mornings with Mayesh

If you missed the live show be sure to watch the April 24th Mornings with Mayesh replay either via video or podcast! I spoke with my special guest, Gretchen Sell, of DESIGN MASTER color tool, about tips on color shifting, how to reduce your waste, the 3 styles of Design Master color and their attributes – Translucent, Transparent, and Opaque – and more. See you for our next show on May 15th!

Gretchen holds a Horticulture degree and her 38-year floral career has encompassed floral retail, wholesale, design education, and product development.

Today she is the Creative Director for Design Master® color tool, inc. and promotes the use of color in both the floral and craft industries.  She has presented two AIFD Symposium programs on color, is a member of the Color Marketing Group and researches and consults on color trends.

She has a wealth of knowledge to share with you and I’m so happy to have her on today’s show!


Here are the podcast replay:






Question: Newer florists listening today probably have seen your products in our supply departments but maybe don’t know… What do Design Master Products do?

Color is such a huge part of floral design.  As creatives, you understand the power of color to set the mood or stir the emotions. Mayesh rack pulls are a great example of how drawn we are to color.  I’d venture to say they are probably one of your more popular Instagram posts!

Well, sometimes in the day to day of designing you find that you don’t have the color that best fits your needs.  And you need a solution fast. Design Master offers a variety of Color Tools to help solve those problems. Whether needing to change the color of a container, accessory ribbon or even Fresh Flowers…  Our color sprays change color of so many items and change them FAST.

Design Master was developed specifically to meet the unique needs of the professional florist.  We’ve been an industry partner for 55 years! …We get what type of products you work with and the deadlines you work in.  That’s why we have a diversity of color styles and quick drying products.

Today’s conversation will focus more on changing blossom color.


Question: Some listeners would wonder Why would you paint flowers?

I know, Mother Nature provides such an extensive palette of beautiful blossoms.  It can feel unnecessary and even sacrilegious! Consider though, every morning women across the globe enhance their beautiful, natural faces with makeup…  All in efforts to put their best forward. Coloring flowers is similar.

Concealing a blemish or shifting a color to enhance your design palette affords you opportunities to put your best forward too!  – Say you have Casablanca Lilies with slight bruising. As pricier flowers, your bottom line can’t afford them tossed aside. Design Master can help hide blemishes with a misting of Flat White to make them useable.

With as much curating and planning you do, some flowers don’t arrive exactly the color desired.  Design Master may help you shift that color to what you need. – It may be difficult to recolor bunches and bunches of blossoms but shifting the color of a couple, or even a few blossoms for her bouquet could satisfy a bride’s desire.

How you apply color all depends on what you are trying to achieve or your creative expression.  Paint can be used to color blossoms in a decidedly fantasy look which is a trending art direction or finessed to look natural.


Question: Does spraying fresh flowers shorten their life?

No.  The coating will help reduce moisture evaporation from the petals, acting similar to an anti-transpirant.  The longevity of the blossom sprayed depends on its condition when the color is applied. The color does not shorten the life.


Question: Do you spray flowers the same way you paint a vase?

No.  (description of the safe application method)


Question: Can spray paint from the hardware store be used on flowers?

No.  Hardware store types of paints use a different formula system and are NOT safe to use on fresh floral product.


Question: Design Master has a few different color products, what are the differences?

Discussion of our 3 Color Styles:

  • Translucent
  • Transparent
  • Opaque

When would you use the different types of color?

(Will review uses /benefits for the 3 types)


Question: Do you have any Tips for Color Shifting?  (will show color wheel)

Will cover:

  • Monochromatic direction
  • Analogous direction


Don’t forget about Shifting Foliage color!  With trend emphasis on foliage, this can be a dynamic technique a foraged style bouquet… explain.


Question: As I remember, you have some Flower & Foliage Care Products that can prove useful, would you tell us how those can help us?

  • Foliage Sealer: extends the life of greenery… again perfect for those arranged out of water.  Think hoops, chandeliers, etc. Its NEW natural sheen pairs great with gathered stylings. Also, a good treatment for fresh-cut sprengeri varieties to reduce shattering. (Apply when fresh – if excess shedding has begun it’s difficult to prevent more)
  • Clear Life: is our clear anti-desiccant that is particularly useful on blossoms arranged out of water… body flowers, cake flowers, chandeliers, etc.
  • Petal Proofer: Reduces shattering of mums and similar blossoms.  With the gaining popularity of new mum varieties, this is a perfect item to help reduce waste.


Other Tips:

  • Customize or Revitalize rental times for reuse at a minimal cost.
  • Ribbon sprayed with Design Master has frequently rescued florists who ran out of selected color.  Satin and Sheers both color nicely with any of the sprays.


Where can we go to find out more information about Design Master?


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 May 15th at 10 am EST for our next Mornings with Mayesh. See you soon!



The Mayesh Experience

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Mornings with Mayesh: April 2018

Mornings with Mayesh: April 2018

We covered some great content during Aprils’s Mornings with Mayesh show. During Part I, Dave, Shelley, and I talk about some of the amazing products that are available now and answered your flower questions. The discussion included: exciting filler flowers, Flannel Flower, using Pieris Japonica in bouquets, greens/pods for boho weddings, attaching/installing flowers to a tree, tools to help book wedding clients, and more.

For the second half of the show (Part II), our special guest, Alison Ellis of Real Flower Business, joined us to discuss minimums – how to set them, when to raise them & more. Enjoy and keep on scrolling down for the show notes.


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






What is exciting in the world of flowers?

  • Latest flower 411:
  • Monthly availability list: 
  • It’s a heat wave out there! And we’ve got some hot stuff to show you today!
  • Domestic Snowball viburnum from Oregon has arrived and is in Mayesh coolers across the country. A big fluffy fun filler or focal flower BUT it won’t be around long so grab it while it’s hot!
  • Californian Boronia has just come into season and it is truly a super fragrant pop of hot pink color that everyone loves.
  • Giant coxcomb celosia from Holland is back in abundance and comes in all the bright jewel tones we love. Just look at the size of these guys.
  • Domestic Lilac is making it’s short but sweet debut available now from California and will bloom its way north along the west coast for the next few weeks.
  • Dicentra or Bleeding hearts are Dutch Imports right now but look at how cute this is…
  • From Penny – What are some new awesome different fillers that is not gyp??
    • It is easy to get in a rut using the same flowers as fillers but there are a lot of options both old and new available now.
    • Some old fave’s are asters like solidago and montecasino but thanks to growers hybridizing larger varieties we have these giant mardi gras asters and golden glory solidago which look like they are on steroids.
    • Check out this twist on queen annes lace, chocolate lace, it goes from cream to mauve to brown tones.
    • When you think of snowberries you usually think fall BUT these beauties are seasonal in Chile and being imported to us right now.
    • Astilbe is super popular right now, as is astrantia. Both are delicate with a feminine vibe that goes perfectly in wedding work.
    • California riceflower is blooming now and a perfect pop of color.
    • Last but not least, Thlaspi aka Penny Crest… I thought I’d finish with this cool textural Penny Crest to thank Penny for asking some great questions for the show this week! A relative to the Mustard family, it was introduced to the United states in the 1700’s and is found in almost every state.
    •  I also love Boronia heather, wax flower calycinia and eriosteman and pieris japonica.
  • From Penny – We are losing our gerbera daisy growers to another crop…. is the future of the gerbera going to be all imports??? 
    • It’s not just gerberas! Our ever-evolving political climate is making it more and more difficult for some local growers to stay lucrative without changing their business models. It is unfortunate that a lot of what used to be domestic crops are now being grown in other countries where the overhead is lower. The plus side is a more consistent year-round supply and a huge increase in novelty colors and varieties for our market in the USA.
  • From Jayme: My question is regarding Flannel flower, does Mayesh ever have them? Do they import from Australia?
    • DAVE: Flannel flower or Actinotus is available sporadically throughout the year. Mayesh imports this flower from Japan via the Naniwa flower auction starting in early December through Early May. Last year it was also sourced through the Dutch auction in Aalsmeer in May & June then again in September & October. As with any novelty flowers, Flannel flowers availability is inconsistent making them a true gem when they are available.
    • Shelley: Fun fact: this flower is also known as Edelweiss and is native to Austria…if you remember The Sound of Music this is the little flower the song references..Woops I stand corrected. Flannel flower: Acitnotus helianthi are Flannel Flower or sometimes called Australian Edelweiss is a different genus than Austrian Edelweiss which is Leontopodium. My apologies for the misinformation! We are getting that now and it is coming from Japan.


    • From Kristina: Do you know how Pieris Japonica holds up in bouquets and is it available right now?
      • Dave: Pieris goes in and out of season depending on country of origin throughout the year. They tend to shed once the blooms are fully open. A cool use for these is when they are harvested in bud form eliminating the shedding effect. Their natural blooming season varies from year to year based on weather & temperature. This year we saw good production February through April. It will gap for a bit and then we will start to get it in budded form from New Zealand around June. Sporadic production will continue July through October.
      • Shelley: yes it does and it is a beautiful textural accent.



  • From Penny: Are you finding more different greens/pods for trending boho weddings??
    • Shelley: yes, actually drieds have made a big comeback for weddings and we are seeing more of our florists buy product to save and dry. Seed pods from Eucalyptus, scabiosa pods, even dried poppy pods. Tumbleweeds, dried palm branches and lots of unusual seed pods like old man’s beard are fun alternatives
  • From Rebecca: What are your tips for doing flower application directly on an element like a tree?
    • Shelley: First of all, always make sure you have permission from the venue to decorate the tree. I find doing the least invasive techniques work the best.Hanging a garland by using zip ties or using a decorative ribbon to hand a wreath or cage also works. you should never nail into a tree unless the venue already has one in place



  • From Summer: What are your favorite “tools” for booking potential bridal clients?  
    • Shelley: Nothing beats good word of mouth and referrals but sometimes that just doesn’t get you enough business when you are new. I always connect with venues and send an arrangement and card and ask for an appointment with the banquet manager. Let them know you are interested in their business. Churches are also a good place to get your foot in the door. Most have a preferred vendors list. I good church coordinator on your side can net you a ton of referrals. As always you will have to put yourself out there as there is competition in your demographic. But being persistent will pay off. Asked to be invited to any meet and greets or bridal shows that these venues may have.If you already have spoken to a bride and would like to book her business, ALWAYS answer emails and follow up quickly with a proposal. I have booked many weddings just because I followed through with the client and showed them I wanted their business. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from brides who made their first appointment with me just because I responded to their initial inquiry…so many florists have auto-response set emails or don’t reply at all. If you want the business, show them! And while we are on the subject of auto-response emails like” thank you for your inquiry but we are currently out working on a wedding or we are traveling” or whatever your excuse is, and you are just too busy to is a little frustrating to potential clients. Get thee an assistant or intern to promptly respond to emails. You will come off as professional and on it! This is so refreshing to a bride, especially when she has received several of these replies already.  this alone may be a deciding factor for her..because she knows you are attentive from the get-go and won’t be receiving these the entire time you are working with her.
    • Yvonne:


Part II



Alison Ellis 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 24 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.

Alison’s business tips & teachings can be found at, which is listed in the top 40 of the “Best Flower Blogs on the Planet”. She’s been featured on and is currently a regular business contributor to Florists’ Review Magazine.

She has a wealth of knowledge to share with you and I’m so happy to have her on today’s show!


  • Questions from Arbella: I know you got started with several restaurant accounts. How did that work? Did you have 2 sets of bud vases that you would just switch out? Or did you design on site during times the restaurant wasn’t open? And do you have any tips on how you built those relationships?
  • Question from Carie: Lately I have had more brides wanting me to do a mock-up of their wedding flowers so they will be able to see what they will look like prior to the wedding.  When I tell them that I charge for this service they are appalled and decide against it. I haven’t lost any clients over this yet, but wondered how other florists handle these type of people and are there florists out there that do this for free??  
  • Why should florists set a minimum?
  • If they’re just starting out, should you start with a minimum?
  • How do you determine what you minimum should be?
  • When should you raise your minimum?
  • Should you post your minimum on your website?


Where can everyone find out more about you and Real Flower business?


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 April 24th at 10 am EST for a special Mornings with Mayesh featuring Gretchen Sell from Design Master.



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Mayesh in Spanish: Mediterranean Arrangement

Spanish Design Video: Mediterranean Arrangement


En este episodio de Mayesh Floral Design en español, Veronica Cicero de Anthology Co., crea un exuberante arreglo inspirado en el Mediterráneo. Usando una mezcla de lo usual y lo inusual, aprendemos a crear un arreglo de urna usando una alternativa a la espuma floral. ¡Esperamos que disfrutes!

In this episode of Mayesh Floral Design en español, Veronica Cicero of Anthology Co., creates a lush arrangement inspired by the Mediterranean. Using a mix of usual and unusual, we learn to create an urn arrangement using an alternative to floral foam. We hope you enjoy!

Video & Photography: Talewind Visuals

Mayesh Design Star: Ceremony Arch

Mayesh Design Star: Ceremony Arch


Featuring Japanese flowers from Naniwa Flower Auction, Kaylee designs a beautiful floral arch. The structure is created using a lovely arch from Danner & Soli, which she attached foam cages using zip ties before placing the flowers into place. Archways are perfect for setting the tone of a truly romantic wedding ceremony and this design surely accomplishes that in spades!

Featured flowers: spirea, ranunculus, butterfly ranunculus, acacia foliage, eucalyptus, and roses.

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Flower Sponsor: Naniwa Flower Auction
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography
Arch: Danner & Soli
Model: Autumn Johnson

Here are the products/quantities used — aka, the flower recipe:

  • 8 bunch acacia foliage
  • 40 stems spray rose
  • 70 stems spirea
  • 3 bunches eucalyptus
  • 20 stems sweet pea
  • 10 stems tulips
  • 10 stem cappuccino roses
  • 50 stem quicksand roses
  • 2 bunches (40 stems) Japanese Ranunculus

This is how much product it took to cover the front half of the arch, so if Kaylee was creating this same arch for a wedding, she would use double the amount of product to make sure that it was completely covered all the way around.

Also, this arch took Kaylee 3 hours to make by herself. However, if she was designing a similar arch for a wedding, she would have people helping, and would expect to get it done in under 2 hours.

After watching the video, keep scrolling for all of the gorgeous pictures – perfect for pinning!



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