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I am no stranger to a trade show. This month I got the opportunity to go to the World Floral Expo right here in Los Angeles. Not only was this show in my city, it was unlike any show I have been to in the past. I am used to going to wedding and event trade shows but this was all about flowers. Growers from both California and South America as well as the rest of the world, come out and display the cream of their crop. It was really cool to walk the tradeshow floor and see nothing but stunning flowers wall to wall. This was also a great opportunity to meet some of the growers we work with. You see the names on the boxes and on the sleeves of bunches but to meet someone face to face and have the chance to have a conversation and learn about their product was very interesting. I got to hear how certain farms produce their product as well as the little things that separate their product from the rest. It could be something as little as a different mineral in the soil that could make the color more vibrant or a slight temperature change to bump up production. It’s crazy to think how the tiniest detail can change something so much and create such a different product.
Enough about the show, lets get to what we really want, pictures!
Guest Blogger: David Dahlson
World Wide Web
Increasingly, there is a burgeoning movement in the USA of growers, florists and consumers who are calling for local flowers grown in a sustainable manner. There are at least two on-line forums where domestic growers, retailers and consumers can communicate as well as buy and sell “local” flowers.
In a parallel world, there is an explosion of visual information in the virtual on-line world at sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook, where consumers also congregate to find their inspiration for all things floral. As a consequence, floral professionals have to field requests for Peonies in August, Ranunculus in July and Anemones in September. Indeed, Black and White “Panda” Anemones seem to popular no matter what season it is.
Obviously, the bride-to-be who bounces into a consultation with a Pinterest board full of Anemones and Snowball Viburnum in September, presents a quandary to the designer who wants to focus on local bounty, who wants to use sustainable flowers grown within 50 miles, who maybe wants to buy only US grown items. There are a lucky few who operate in temperate states of the US or in California who can do this for much of the year. But, for most designers it is hardly practical for most of the year, and in many parts of the USA, well, nigh impossible.
So if you need Ranunculus and Anemones during these summer months, and your mission statement does not limit you to flowers grown within a 50 mile radius, then we now have them at Mayesh Wholesale Florist.
They are winter flowers, and they are grown sustainably and conscientiously by small farmers in Chile where it is winter: beautiful, dainty and fresh, with glowing colors and illuminating hues.
Guest Blogger: David Dahlson
Last night was the last large load to go out for Valentine’s Day 2013. From hence forward the roses move to various destinations in the USA where it will be the turn of wholesalers, distributors and their clients to work the long hours. My work with regard to the holiday is pretty much done. Yesterday and today I spent visiting two distinct aspects of Ecuador; the old and traditional as well as the new and modern, which I shall write about in the next few days. I also went to a few farms, and was particularly struck by one plantation that is growing Eryngium Alpinum and Ranunculus.
The Eryngium is a new hybrid that has very stout stems, with upwards of four flowers per stem. When the flower is mature it displays a remarkably strong, deep indigo blue inflorescence with deeply cut ornamental bracts. According to the grower the vase life is excellent, with up to two weeks in the vase after it is received by the florist. Eryngium is originally an Alpine flower grown at fairly high altitudes, and in this environment in Ecuador where they are grown outdoors, the plants look very healthy. The flower is also very attractive in an immature state with green flowers and bracts that are lighter green striped with an almost white hue in the middle of the bract. This product looks very appealing and Mayesh should be seeing some samples some time in March.
At this same farm, they are also producing Ranunculus which also look like an attractive product and they will have year round production. They use bulbs imported from Biancheri in San Remo, Italy, and the flowers that I saw in the greenhouse show promise of being a very useful item for the USA markets especially when the Californian growers are done for the season. The color palette is broad, but largely focused on pastel colors, as well as red, purple and hot pink. These will be available as the California season comes to a close in April.
At this farm, the grower showed me some new rose varieties that had an interesting twist: Most of the modern rose varieties used for cut flowers are developed by breeders located predominantly in Holland and Germany, however an Ecuadorian breeder called Santiago Brown has started breeding roses in Ecuador. So far the roses that I have seen are not that striking, although they seem to be very strong. One that is pictured here called “Nina”, is a superior upgrade to the old Red Unique, with very long stems. It is currently very popular in Russia.
So there it is, another holiday passing by, and I am none the younger for it. However, I think I may be a little wiser and that is a good thing. Certainly, I have found it useful to keep an open mind on all things that cross my path. In closing this post, it seems poignantly appropriate to end with an image of the tractor hauling Mayesh’s roses to the airport, a truck that the owner has aptly named “Seductor” or in English “Seducer”!!