Floral Friday

Floral Friday: Viburnum

Hello and welcome to Floral Friday! Today I am talking about the beautiful green flower viburnum.

viburnum_snowballI continually get brides that confuse hydrangea and viburnum, they do look very much alike. Hydrangea has a much larger head and has larger leaves. Viburnum ( in the fresh cut industry) comes only in green, hydrangea comes in a multitude of colors.

Viburnum’s season starts in January and goes through spring. It’s on the expensive side but it doesn’t take much to add beauty to any arrangement. It’s a flower with woody stems so I was taught to smash the ends of the stem after cutting to ensure that the flower drinks properly.

viburnumbouquetCheck out this gorgeous bouquet from Brides.com I love the mix with roses and stephanotis.


Warm regards,


Floral Friday: Chocolate Cosmos


Cosmos Atrosanguineus

*Availability- June, July, August, September and October

*Colors- Burgundy (chocolate brownish)

*Characteristics- Small 1-2″ daisy-like blossoms with a textured center on thin, leafless 12-18″ stems.

*Meaning- Decadence; Modesty; Associated with 2nd wedding anniversary

Ah……..Chocolate Cosmos, truly the only flower in the world that really does smell like chocolate. I am so crazy about chocolate, I just had to have this flower for my wedding. The only problem, I got married at the end of November and it’s season ends around the beginning of October. I did think for a second that maybe we should change our wedding date, crazy huh?

chocolatecosmosbouquetCheck out this fantastic bouquet from Soulflowers of San Fransisco made with chocolate cosmos, calla lilies and feathers.

Chocolate cosmos is a relatively small and delicate flower that works so well alone or as an accent combined with other flowers.

chocolatecosmosminiHere it is alone from Country Living, cute idea for a junior bridesmaid or flower girl (love it mixed with pink).

wreathor here it is mixed in with dahlias and with lighter and brighter colors (it’s so fantastic with bright green). This photo is from one of my favorite floral blogs The Treasured Petal in California, her work is amazing.

Thanks for stopping by….

Warm regards,


Floral Friday: Hydrangea

Welcome to Floral Friday, today I am talking about the ever so beautiful and fluffy flower hydrangea.


Hydrangea is so wonderful to work with, it fills large spaces so beautifully and is always such a gorgeous addition to any arrangement. I often like to create a bridal bouquet with hydrangea as a base, then I pull all other flowers through the hydrangea. In this way the hydrangea is everywhere in the bouquet and the other flowers just pop with their colors.

One of my wholesalers pointed out something for me years ago- look at the prefix of the word hydrangea and you will find hydra (to hydrate). Boy is this ever true, hydrangea loves and needs to be in water to survive. When doing bouquets with hydrangea I often adivise the use of a bouquet holder, this simply allows the hydrangea to keep drinking throughout the day and evening so that it lasts much longer for you.

101_2418Hydrangea from the bucket…….

101_2552into the cake………well not really into, the pastry chef put extra frosting inside those layers to hold the hydrangea in place for me. This is a picture from a wedding I did last weekend, I will post the photographers photos soon, this was such a beautiful wedding to work on.

101_2290In this photo I used white hydrangea as a base, isn’t it so fluffy!

Hydrangea comes in white, green, blue, purple, pink and multi-colored. The multi-colored Hydrangea is seasonal and tends to be much more expensive because its’ production is low.

Have great weekend and I will see you back on Monday for all the latest wedding trends. P.S. My season is starting to come to an end here in Phoenix so join me as I travel to California at the end of May to do three fantastic weddings with my incredibly talented sister from Petals by Candy.

Warm regards,


Floral Friday: Phalaenopsis Orchids

Welcome to Floral Friday! Today I’m talking about the oh so beautiful phalaenopsis orchid.

picture-5The phalaenopsis orchids I am talking about today are the common ones that we use in the fresh cut industry. Most of these orchids are available year round because they’re grown in greenhouses where the environment is ideal for them (around 65-70 degrees with a lot of humidity). So this is the reason that we associate Hawaii with orchids- they love the climate.

picture-6photo credit- Rebecca Bouck Photography Here is a boutonniere that I did for a wedding at the fabulous Royal Palms resort this past fall.

The phalaenopsis orchid comes in a wide variety of colors but the most common colors that we see at the wholesalers are white and a purplish pink. Orchids in general are so fantastic for me to work with here in Phoenix because they do so well in the heat. And with temperatures heating up over 100 degrees this weekend, I am always looking to work with flowers that will cooperate and be happy.

When using phalaenopsis orchids you can choose to individually wire them or use the entire stem (they come on a stalk with multiple blooms).

picture-7Check out this amazing centerpiece from Martha Stewart. How pretty would this be for a wedding…

Thanks for stopping by! See you Monday for the latest trends in the wedding industry.

Warm regards,


Floral Friday: Cymbidium Orchids

Hello and welcome to Floral Friday, today I am talking about the tropical flower cymbidium orchid.


I would like to start by introducing you to my best kept secret, Mario Scalia (12 years in the biz).

101_2436Mario is my main man when it comes to buying and ordering wholesale flowers. He works at one of my favorite places to buy wholesale, Dougherties on 3rd Ave and Roosevelt here in Phoenix, Arizona. The quality of flowers that they carry are exceptional! And they are one of the very few that carries my all time favorites, Eufloria roses. Building a relationship with a wholesaler is SO important in my business. He is my life-line between grower and wholesaler. He keeps me posted on changes related to weather, season and just about anything else related to flowers around the entire world. Most important to me, he keeps me posted on the status of my orders- he alerts me of color issues, my flowers might be coming in a day earlier or later, the flowers might be smaller or larger because of the time of year, etc etc. Communication is so important, I believe, because honesty is really the best policy.

I’ve asked Mario to talk to me a little bit about cymbidium orchids and here is what he said “We have three main growers that we work with that are in New Zealand, Holland and domestically in California. We get flowers from New Zealand in our fall, from California in the spring and from Holland year round.”


Here is one of my beautiful brides Andrea from this spring with yellow cymbidium orchids in her bridal bouquet.

Mario also told me that cymbidium orchids come in white, pink, yellow, gold, chocolate, burgundy, orange and green. There are variations of grades, they either come 6-7 blooms on a stalk or 12-15 blooms on a stalk.


Here they are being individually wired for centerpieces and bouquets.


Also check out miniature cymbidium orchids, they are so cute and tiny. This bouquet has burgundy miniature cymbidiums and came from Lindsay Docherty Photography. She’s in Pennsylvania, check out her photographs and blog, they are both amazing.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Warm regards,


Floral Friday: Mokara Orchid

Hello and welcome to my Floral Friday series. This week and several weeks to follow I will be talking about orchids. I am going to keep it simple and only talk about the common orchids that we use in the fresh cut floral industry because there are endless amounts of orchid species to talk about. Today I am focusing on one of my favorites- the Mokara orchid.

The Mokara orchid comes on a stalk about 12 inches long, it can be used as is or it’s flowers can be picked and individually wired for boutinneres or as an accent to an arrangement. I would say that the average size of an individual Mokara bloom is about 1 1/2 inches.


One of the best places for me to get my wholesale orchids are from a national company called Mayesh. It’s important in the business of flowers to build great relationships with your wholesalers and one great relationship I have built is with Sue Wood from their Phoenix, AZ location- talk about a wealth of knowledge! On all things floral, just ask Sue. So today I had a talk with Sue about Mokara orchids, here’s what she had to say about color variety, “mokara orchids come in orange, yellow, gold, purple, shades of red, white (has purple polka dots) and pink. But let me elaborate on pink, it’s not really a true pink, it has a strong purple hue to it so you almost have to call it lavender. The variety “Calipso” would be the closest thing to a hot pink you can find.” I have ordered Calipso as a hot pink before and Sue was right, it was more purple then pink. So this is when the handy dandy floral spray comes in- something I will talk about in another post.


This is an orchid field in Singapore. Sue says that “Mokara orchids are either grown in orchid fields or in hot houses were conditions are ideal. Inside these hot houses it’s the perfect setting for them to flourish, they have perfect venhilation and just the right amount of humidity.”


They are then graded by length and size.

Sue told me that the largest exporters of Mokara orchids are Thialand, Singapore and Thaiwan and two of her growers are Amy’s Orchids and Talk Taiwan Orchids. Talk Taiwan Orchids has some really interesting and unusual varieties that are bi-color.


Here is a true yellow variety that I used for a wedding at the beginning of April, it’s called “Full Moon”. One thing to mention also, these orchids were not put in the cooler and sat in my studio for 4 days at about 72 degrees and were so happy and looked great. The cold cold temperature of my cooler is just too much for them and they could possibly freeze if left in there too long.


Here they are in a beautiful mix of hydrangea, tulips, freesia, bluporum and cymbidium orchids.

Please join me next week when I will be talking about cymbidium orchids.

Warm regards,


Floral Friday: Lavender

Hi and welcome to Floral Friday, today I am talking about the oh so french flower Lavender.


The smell is so wonderful and really does make me feel like I want to take a nap (so relaxing). The color is so soft and delicate- lavender with a blue hue to it.

The life of an event florist- it’s 11pm on a Friday night, the height of wedding season and what am I doing? flowers of course. I waited to blog for Floral Friday (it is still Friday for another hour) until I had my bridal bouquet done for tomorrow because it had lavender in it and I wanted to share a picture of it with you.


It has a combination of dried lavender


fresh lavender


and lavender foliage mixed with lavender roses and purple sweet peas.


I don’t get much call for fresh lavender for weddings and as I have been putting this wedding together I have wondered why. It is so beautiful! I will gather photos from the photographer and do a bragspot on this wedding for sure.

I found this great information on lavender from Wikipedia- “The most common “true” species in cultivation is the Common Lavender Lavandula angustifolia (formerly L. officinalis). A wide range of cultivars can be found. Other commonly grown ornamental species are L. stoechas, L. dentata, and L. multifida.

Lavandula intermedia” or “Lavendin” is the most cultivated species for commercial use, since its flowers are bigger and the plants are easier to harvest, but Lavendin oil is regarded to be of a lower quality.

Lavenders are widely grown in gardens. Flower spikes are used for dried flower arrangements. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in potpourris. Dried and sealed in pouches, they are placed among stored items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance and as a deterrent to moths. The plant is also grown commercially for extraction of lavender oil from the flowers. This oil is used as an antiseptic and for aromatherapy. Lavender is also used extensively as herbal filler inside Sachets used freshen linens and discourage moths from closets and drawers. Dried lavender flowers have also become recently popular used as confetti for tossing after a wedding.”


check out these natural lavender bouts, I can’t wait to see it altogether.

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Floral Friday: Gerber Daisy

The gerber daisy is one of my favorite whimsical flowers, it’s ideal for a more casual look.


They come in so many different colors- white, cream, light yellow to bright yellow, peach to bright orange, bright red to dark burgundy and light pink to bright pink. When ordering them you can also specify whether you would like the center to be black or light.


This is a common way they are shipped. Usually by the time I get a hold of them they are somewhat dehydrated and their necks are very weak. At this point I pull them from the box, dip them in an acid solution and then place them in water with floral conditioner (food) in it. I have to be very careful when they are weak not to let them hang over the side of a bucket because once they start drinking water and firming up, their necks are permanently stuck in whatever position they have been placed in. One way to deal with this is to pull chicken wire over the top of the bucket, then drop your daisies into the water and let the chicken wire hold up their heads. In an arrangement they either need to be wired or gerber sleeves need to be placed on them because their heads are so heavy they can droop quickly.


Cute idea for a glass container.


This was a centerpiece I did for a wedding last fall at Circle Bar Ranch with the ever-so talented wedding planner Cicely of Life Design Events. It’s featured in the current issue of Arizona Bride, check out the full article.

Warm regards,