Posts Tagged “flowers”
Here’s the latest wholesale flower information from our Mayesh purchasing team! Enjoy!
Anemones- import readily available
Artichokes – steady availability
Artichokes Baby –steady availability
Bells of Ireland- production going down
Bouvardia- Local white is very limited
Buddleia – purple only limited
Calla Mini- Peach limited, some colors only available in shorter lengths
Celosia Coxcomb-green is import only
Celosia Feather-available limited color
Clematis large flower-Local – white limited colors ok
Clematis small flower-import
Clover/Gomphrena- Lavender, Red, Pink, Purple, White
Cosmos-White and Pink- N/A nobody is growing it
Cosmos new color (burgundy)-very limited
Cotinus foliage- available
Cotinus Blooming (smoke bush)-finished
Crocosmia flower-orange only-only a week or so left
Crocosmia Pods- availble
Cymbidiums- good numbers
Cymbidium Minis – good numbers
Delph White- almost impossible to get
Delph Hybrid- limited
Echinops- almost finished
Euphorbia- Dog Eye Antique-available limited
Euphorbia- Snow on the mountain-available
Foxglove Illumination- limited
Gardenia Foliage available but just covering standing orders
Hops- on through 1rst-2nd week of September
Honeysuckle pre order, limited
Hydrangea Lacecap-going to antique
Hydrangea Local – moving from solid colors to antique
Hydrangea solid color-dutch
Hydrangea Peegee- white almost finished
Iris Blue- readily available
Iris Colors- limited
Jasmine- foliage only no flowers
Kale – available
Larkspur- production going down
Lisianthus- Peach, Lavender, Bi-Pink are more limited, Blush and Green extremely limited
Nicotiana -not available
Nigella Flower- finished
Nigella pods- limited
Passion vine – coral and lavender pre order
Piers Japonica- flowers just starting
Pitt- Italian very limited
Poppy Hybrid- off crop
Poppies Icelandic-off crop
Poppy white or red-not available
Protea- King Pink- import
Protea-King White limited
Protea pincushion- readily available import
Protea- Pinks- available starting locally
Protea- Whites limited
Pokeweed- Almost finished
Queen Annes Lace – good numbers
Queen Annes Lace- Chocolate-available
Queen Annes Lace-Neopolitan- limited
Ranunculus- import readily available
Raspberries-sub black berries- finished
Riceflower – scarce
Scabiosa White- very limited
Sedum- green available finished soon, pink just starting
Smilax- Southern – in season now
Snowberry- white starting next week locally, pink starting locally
Statice Sinuata- purple available, colors extremely limited
Statice tissue- gapping for a week
Stock- production very low
Sunflower-Chocolate-not available/sub bi color, mahogany and ring of fire available
Sweet pea-very limited
Trachelium- local limited
Trachelium green -import
Tulips- Double- only cream/pale yellow and orange princess available and extremely limited
Tulips- French- off crop for a few weeks
Tulips-Frilled- only white, extremely limited and tiny heads
Tulips- Parrot- extremely limited- have been getting lavender, red, white, webers, bright
Tulips-Regular- import starting, local very low production
Viburnum Berry Blue- almost finished
Viburnum berry Red- available
Yarrow button/ tansy-available
Yarrow Cottage-very limited
Zinnia- extremely limited
As many of you probably know, last week The Little Branch took over our Instagram for a few days! They shared some of their favorite designs and events with our followers and continued to inspire our community with their beautiful work. We hope you enjoyed their takeover as much as we did, and if you were curious and wanting to find out more about the lovely ladies behind the photos, you’re in luck! We asked Meg a few questions to get a deeper look into The Little Branch. Enjoy!
So tell us a little bit about who The Little Branch is, and how you got started in the flower industry.
The Little Branch was started by Annie and I eight years ago. At that time, a lot of our friends were getting married and realized that they weren’t finding what they were looking for as far as floral design so we decided to do it ourselves. It kind of snowballed from there, one friend to another, then a friend of a friend and before we knew it, we were doing multiple events a month.
Photo by @brdsofafeather
Working with friends always sounds amazing, but I can imagine it can get tough at times! How has it been for the two of you?
Actually it has been so easy for us! Eight years in and we are still great friends and are currently working on a new business venture together.
How would you describe The Little Branch’s style?
Our style is very organic and natural. We love working with heavy greenery and lots of texture and we are super sticklers when it comes to colors and hues. Nothing drives us crazy more than colors that just don’t work well together.
Photo by @hazelnutphoto
What trends do you see happening in wedding flowers right now?
Ha! It’s so funny, because when the trends first start you think “oh, what a great idea, I can’t wait for this wedding!” Then by the end of the season you are begging to do something different! This year we have seen a lot of neutral color schemes, garlands and a lot of mixed metallics, brass/copper.
Photo by @love_is_a_big_deal
Okay, I won’t ask what your favorite flowers are, because that’s a really hard question! Instead, which varieties are you really excited about this season or upcoming seasons?
I absolutely LOVE the product that comes from Japan. Their Ranunculus are out of control. I also love to see new varieties of roses.
Let’s talk tools. Favorite florist tool, and favorite social media app for marketing yourself?
My favorite tool would be chicken wire and twist ties. You can work a lot of magic with those. Especially when building arches. As far as social media, we rely on Instagram. I love being able to take photos in the studio or on site and be able to show our followers what we are doing as the day progresses.
I noticed that you offer some workshops! In the DIY culture that we live in today, they must be super popular. What are your workshops all about?
We are only able to offer a few classes a year during the off season Jan-Mar. Each workshop is different, we’ve done ombre, bouquets, hair wreaths, modern, garden organic and wood box arrangements. Each workshop is two hours long and we go over all the different types of florals and greens, discuss proper processing and then on to actual arrangement construction. We switch up working with tape, foam, hand tie etc. so yeah, each class teaches a different technique.
What is your favorite or most memorable event you guys have done flowers for?
I don’t think we have an all time favorite. There are always a few really fun weddings each year. We are lucky enough to get some really cool clients that have some fantastic ideas/themes and we just run with it.
What is one piece of advice you’d like to go back and tell yourselves during your first year of designing?
Work smarter not harder!
Photo by @love_is_a_big_deal
Photo by Diane McGregor
Thanks again to Meg and Annie for letting us take a peek into their world, and be sure to follow them on Instagram, @thelittlebranch! Stay tuned for more fun interviews and takeovers with some fabulous designers!
Featured product: Topaz rose, Pink Floyd rose and Hot Party rose.
Photo by @kychellephoto
We’re super excited for this interview (for many reasons), but mainly because we have admired this designer’s work and influence on the flower industry for the past few years. It has been so fun to follow her journey, from a small, young florist to hitting it big and becoming one of the most sought after wedding floral designers out there. You have most likely heard of Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers in Salt Lake City, UT, and we were able to catch up with her and find out what’s been going on since our last interview in 2011!
So it’s been four years since Sabrina interviewed you, and in that time, a lot has changed for you! Can you tell us a little bit about how your business has grown since then?
Everything has changed! When Sabrina interviewed me I was in my first real year of business and I was still finding my style, my clients, and getting used to the wild floral and event world.
Since then I think I have narrowed in on who I am, what my style is, and I have found “my client”. I made my way through a few years of just making lots of beautiful flowers and sending them off to events that weren’t really that interesting to me. Since then, I’ve worked to find clients that are hiring me to make flowers for their events that also match the aesthetic of my flowers. I feel so grateful to finally have clients who are hiring me for my look, and trusting me to do what I think is best. It feels so wonderful. I actually cried four years ago (around the time of my last interview) while I was sitting in a meeting with a future client ( I played it off like I had something in my eye) when she was telling me how she wanted her flowers to look. I was so overwhelmed with joy that this bride was verbalizing to me how she wanted her wedding to look and feel, and trusting me to interpret and execute that, rather than sending me a Pinterest board and asking me to copy it. I cried with joy because I felt like I had finally been hired by someone who was hiring me to be creative, and that is why I was attracted to working in flowers in the first place.
I travel for most of my events now, and I love that. I love working in different environments and with different materials as I travel.
Photo by @heathernan
Photo by @kateosborne
Photo by @heathernan
Going off the last question, how has your design style evolved over the years?
I think my style is constantly evolving, and that is what keeps this job alive to me. I love that the seasons change and bring with them new flowers, textures, and color combinations. I take most of my inspiration from the individual blooms that are in season, and the environment that will be their final destination. Since I have been traveling for most of my work I think my style has picked up pieces from everywhere I’ve been. I have always loved greenery, and seem to always be incorporating more of it and smaller more textural flowers into my work.
Being a destination-wedding florist, you must have traveled to some pretty incredible places! What have been your favorite wedding destinations?
Before I worked in flowers I made traveling a priority in my life, and I spent all the time I could out exploring the world. I am so happy that my job has brought me to a point where I can combine two of these things that I love so much. Ireland and Thailand are probably tied for my favorites so far. Ireland was incredible because I was there in the fall and we caught all of the foliage in its most colorful stage. It was my personal heaven to be able to use so much colorful foliage!
Thailand was incredible too! Though most of my flowers were imported, I used all local and mostly foraged foliage from the small isolated peninsula in the South of Thailand that I was working on. It was incredible to watch ordinary roses and tulips take on a jungle look by mixing in the local foliage.
And of course, working in California is always amazing because there are so many wonderful resources for flowers, and I don’t have to have them shipped!
Photo by @kellylenard
You have recently added workshops to the mix! Tell us a little bit about those, and why you decided to expand to the educational side of things.
Teaching gives me new life, and makes me see things in that simple, beautiful way that I did when I first started working with flowers. I love the energy in the room when students are really loving their work. I feel like I am at a point where I do have a lot of knowledge I can share, and I love sharing it. I love keeping in touch with students and seeing what they do with their style and business after we meet. In general, I feel like teaching flowers spreads happiness, and I love that. It is a nice contrast to the quick paced and stressful event world.
Photos by @kychellephoto
So I won’t ask what your favorite flower is since we already know it is the Indian paint brush (unless that has changed?) Instead, what flowers are your favorites to work with and why?
I do love indian paint brush! (Of course I love a flower that doesn’t last well as a cut and isn’t cultivated in the floral world!) I love spring blooms Foxglove, Hellebore, Fritillaria, Allium Sicilum, etc. I love the small, intricate bell shaped blooms. I love the texture that they give to arrangements. A garden rose is nice and luscious, but I love indulging in all the small stuff and experimenting with mixing them together and still making strong focal points.
Photo by @kateosborne
What trends do you see surfacing in wedding flowers right now?
Wild and natural looking is definitely front stage right now. People are wanting more moody color palettes instead of the really soft, subdued stuff everyone was into for a while. And last but not least, installations! People want stuff hanging everywhere.
Photo by @jon_upchurch
I loved your story about the bees! With your busy floral life, are you still tending to your backyard beehive and making wild honey?
Yes! It doesn’t take that long to “keep” bees. They pretty much take care of themselves, but I check on them every week or so and then harvesting takes some time. In the late summer we harvest honey if we are lucky. It is such a wonderful thing! The honey tastes like all of the flora that was blooming with the pollen and nectar were collected and I love being able to taste my surroundings. It is a whole different way to experience flowers.
And last but not least, knowing what you know today, what would you tell your younger self, as you were just starting out and beginning your floral adventure?
I have really enjoyed my flower journey, and am really grateful for how smooth it has been. From the beginning of it until now has been a very organic process. It felt a lot like a tornado that I was sort of thrown into, not knowing what I was doing, but it was a beautiful tornado!
I do wish I would have photographed more of my work. Sometimes I send a really beautiful piece away, and never get photos of it. That hurts! I wish I had just made the time to photograph them so that they could live on forever.
I would have also been more selective about the work I took in the first few years. In the beginning you have to take work because it is work, and not necessarily because you love it. But, I found that work I did not love drained me of my creative spirit, and being able to use that creative spirit is the whole reason I got into this. The second I started being more picky about the work I was taking, was when my business took off in the direction I wanted it to. If I had valued my own time a bit sooner I think I would have saved myself many exhausting jobs that did nothing for my love of flowers or bettering my business.
We hope you enjoyed our follow-up interview with Sarah, and that you followed along with her Instagram takeover on our page!
Here’s the latest information from our Mayesh purchasing team! Enjoy!
Local aggies – only available in blue from one vendor
Allium Giant – Finished
Anemone – VERY LIMITED!!!
Artichoke burgundy – small and large off crop for a few weeks
Astilbe – available from Portland
Blackberries – available from Portland
Buddlea – crop is quarantined for now
Cornflower – Limited, no Pink
Cranberry Viburnum- available from Oregon
Crocosmia – available from Portland
Dahlias are starting in Oregon and after this weekend – they should be in full production (100 degree weekend). Also readily available from California
Hybrid Delph – white limited, light blue extremely limited
Eremurus – Finished
French Tulips – limited and pricey
Gardenia Foliage – still limited
Gunni euc – still limited, getting small amounts
Hydrangea local – coming on hot pink, purple, blue
Iris – White and Light Blue extremely limited
Ixia – Finished
White kale locally – it’s getting too hot so they are staying green
LLV – quality issues from Canadian source.price going back up, from local WENU and Dutch
Lysmachia – available from Portland
Moc Orange – finished
Peonies – Starting in Alaska
Protea – still south Africa only
Ranunculus Local is pretty much done except locally, import is just starting-very very limited
Smilax – production starting to ramp back up, still limited
Southern smilax – just starting
Local Spray Roses – EXTREMELY LIMITED!!!
Tulips – Limited to basic colors. White, purple, red, yellow,orange and hot pink. Light pink is very limited.
Tulips Double – extremely limited the only colors I have see infrequently are Upstar (blush), Montreaux (cream/pale yellow) and orange princess (orange)
Tulips Frilled – extremely limited the only colors I have seen infrequently are Honeymoon (white)- may be able to get 100 to 200 stems a week if lucky.
Tulips Parrots – extremely limited the only colors I have seen infrequently are flaming, bright (red with yellow tip), Rebel white and Libretto.
Viburnum berry – blue is finished
Here’s the latest information from our Mayesh purchasing team! They are such a wealth of knowledge and hope that you enjoy the latest Mayesh Flower 411!
Peony: coral and a little hot pink available the very beginning of April. All peonies beginning next week will be Dutch.
Japan: Ranunculus and sweet peas ended earlier than normal due to warm weather.
- Spirea – we will have a few next week and than gap for 2.
- Long cherry – is done after next week and med we will have for 2 more weeks.
- Forsythia – has 3 more weeks.
- Viburnum – is still green house grown but very nice.
- Camellia – has 2 more weeks and will not make it for Mothers Day.
Italy: we are trying some high-end Ranunculus from Italy to hopefully fill the void from Japan, the shipment of genestra arriving this weekend is the last.
- Cafe au Lait dahlias – VERY LIMITED !!!
- Smilax – limited, we are trying to pick up from KITA, but his production is not as big
- Eriostemon – limited supply
- PROTEA Pink Ice/other pinks/white protea – are finishing.
- Orange banksia – still ok
- Local Bells – looking good again
- Star of Bethlehem – all limited, white, orange, yellow
- Dubium – all limited, white, orange, yellow
- Lisianthus – is starting to come back on with good production locally with white, pink, purple, lavender; yellow and light pink limited; peach and bi-colors are very limited
Amaranthus Upright- very Limited
Chamomile- whites available, yellow limited
Delphinium Belladonna dark and light blue – good production on both
Delphinium Belladonna white – nobody in California grows this
Delphinium Hybrid – starting production
Delphinium Dark blue, purple, lavender – coming on
Delphinium Light blue – limited
Delphinium White – is very limited
Dianthus Green Trick or Green Ball – plentiful, large and lovely
Hypericum Foliage (midnight glow) – finished until the Fall
Iris – plentiful, all colors
Jasmine – not flowering, green vine
Kumquats – finished
Larkspur – plentiful, all colors
Leucadendron Safari – limited and turning green
Oriental Lily Yellow, Yellow Bi-Color and Peach – very very limited
Lily Starfighter – purchasing spoke to two major growers of Starfighter Liles in the US. The news is that Starfighter bulbs are very hard to find and they are switching over to newer varieties similar to Starfighter. The other new varieties they are growing as back-ups are Charming, Dynamite, Starship and Currie. A few smaller vendors will still carry small amounts of Starfighters.
Passion vine with fruit – on for about a month
Queen Anne’s Lace – starting to come back on, starting out it is at a tight cut point
Ranuncula local – still getting them, but hot weather is limiting the production.
Ranuncula Hybrid – same as local ranuncula
Snaps – plentiful, all colors
Statice – plentiful; white and pink limited; yellow and peach very limited
Sterling range – finished
Stock – plentiful, all colors
I am kicking off this Flower 411 with five descriptions of some of the beautiful blooms that you will see around right now at your local Mayesh provided by Charity of LA Shipping. After learning a bit more about the highlighted flowers, Billy from purchasing put together a list of what flowers are done, hard to get, and bountiful. Enjoy!
Charity Auswater garden rose: deliciously feminine pink hue with a frilly green center. Best for events because it does have a short shelf life. If the green center is not for you can simply cut out the green center with a pair of scissors.
Japanese lisianthus: has all usable bloom with no wasted unopened blooms and buds. Grown with so much passion, our growers allow the flower time to mature on the plant before it is even cut. This cutting stage allows for the blooms to be so full and lush.
Lilac: to maximize output, Dutch farmers cultivate each bush for seven years, strengthening its branches with constant pruning until it’s a compact shrub with numerous stems. At that point, farmers cut the stems, bunch them, and sell them, while the bush is given a year of rest before it’s expected to produce another round of blooms. If properly trimmed and cared for, a lilac shrub can give flowers for a hundred years. The lilac is a forcing shrub — it can be made to produce flowers ahead of its natural season. Aalsmeer is most famous for its flower auction, but the area also holds the distinction of being the cut-lilac capital of the world, in part thanks to the super fertile soil dredged up in its canals and lakes.
Clematis: Ready for the taking now, this is an American grown crop and we source from a family owned grower! We supply 20 different varieties that includes bi-colors, singles and doubles! The vines are tacked to a 42 inch pole daily to give Mayesh customers nice long stems for their floral design. Care and handling is just a vase of water stored in a cooler set at 36 degrees. This flower can last up to three weeks with every bunch as consistent as the next bunch.
Tulip season is pretty much year round ranging from local to import crops through the year.
- Acacia Bagged
- Blushing Bride Protea
- Delphinium Bella or Waltz White
- Privett Black Berried
- Viburnum Tinus
- Astilbe- Japan Only
- Carnations- White
- Dahlias especially Burgundy and Café
- Delphinium Bella or Waltz Dark Blue
- Delphinium Bella or Waltz Light Blue- extremely limited
- Delphinium Hybrid
- Papyrus Lionshead– gapping
- Protea –Pinks
- Protea- White- very limited
- Queen Annes Lace
- Dianthus green ball or trick
- French Tulips
Was limited, but now we are seeing better production
- Mini Sunflowers
- Blooming branches- Cherry
- Blooming branches- Peach
- Blooming branches- Redbud
- Peony- (import)-still small headed
- Sterling Range Heather
We are all in full Valentine’s Day mode, but I wanted to give you a quick run-down on what is going on in the world of flowers!
First, please note that the California grown products are in short supply due to the winter season and have high prices. Now that the not-so-fun news is out of the way, let’s check out what new flowers are available to spice up your shop coolers!
- Clematis (assorted colors only) – US grown
- Water Lillies (assorted colors only) – imported
- Novelty Orchid box – US grown
- Viburnum Tinus
Daffodils- varieties below (imported)
- Solid Yellow many varieties
- Dick Wilden
- Wedding Bell
- Pink Charm
- Las Vegas
- Johnas Strauss
- Ice Follies
- Grand Soleil Dor
Novelty Parrot Tulip-varieties below (imported)
- Secret Parrot
- Mysterious Parrot
Want to know what is happening in the world of wholesale flowers in terms of what is available, what is starting up, what is coming to an end? Then keep on reading because I have a whole laundry list of products just for you! Have any questions for our purchasing team? Let me know in the comments below!
- Acacia Mimosa Bagged: available now
- Amaranthus hanging : Limited
- Amaranthus Upright : Very limited
- Anemone California: Local production is starting to go up
- Artichokes ( Full size and Mini): frost has damaged the crop, both Green and Burgundy will be off crop for a few weeks
- Bird of Paradise California: just starting
- Blooming Branches: Forsythia and Quince white and pink: available now
- Bupleurum: Limited
- China Mum California: off crop for January
- Chocoloate Cosmos: Limited
- Dahlia: winter production, basic colors, no novelties, and no dinner plates.
- Delphinium Belladonna: Dark Blue –limited, Light Blue-very limited, White-not available
- Delphinium Hybrid: Just starting, limited
- Flowering Jasmine: starting in about a week
- French Tulips: coming soon-limited colors available white, red, peach490
- Freesia: Super available, regular CA production is coming on
- Gladiolas: No straight colors available for at least a month, only assorted or solid white available
- Green Mist- Limited
- Hellebores California: should be starting in about 2-3 weeks
- Kumquats on a branch: starting now
- Larkspur: White very limited, Purple and Pink seeing better numbers
- Lisianthus: Limited
- Oregon Tulips- available now
- Peony: Very Very Very Limited, can’t guarantee colors
- Protea Pincushion: Orange available in better numbers now
- Protea-Pinks: limited
- Protea King: Not available
- Pussy Wiilow: Just Started
- Queen Annes Lace- very very limited
- Ranunculus California: Local production is starting to go up
- Riceflower: very very limited, only import
- Scabiosa: Burgundy crop froze off crop at the moment, White limited, other colors available
- Statice: White, Purple available, other colors limited
- Stephanotis- Very limited
- Stock: LimitedTrachelium: limited
- Tweedia : very very limited
- Waxflower California: Just starting
- White Anemone California: limited numbers but will see increase in numbers soon