From home decor to fashion and especially weddings, succulents with their unique textures and bold forms have quickly become the hottest new trend. These durable little plants are easy to care for and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Keep reading to see some of the latest surprising succulent trends this season!
A new season means new opportunities to decorate. Add a floral centerpiece to your dining room table and a few fall flower arrangements around the living room and it will feel like you have redecorated your home! Here are some easy ways to incorporate beautiful fall flowers and the shades of the season into your home decorations.
Bring innovative design and breathtaking views to your wedding day with the use of suspended and hanging flowers. This dramatic wedding trend can instantly add depth and elegance to an outdoor or indoor space. Find ideas for your wedding venue with these inspirational images. Remember to save the pictures you like so your florist can make your vision come to life!
This beautiful photo shows how hanging flowers can give your space an intimate feeling.
Photo by: Mod Wedding
Every job requires some type of tool. A writer needs a pen and paper (or laptop). An artist needs a brush and paint. A florist also needs a specific set of tools. This not only makes life easier, but allows for the proper care of the flowers.
Have you ever tried to cut flower stems and ended up with a horrible mess? Florists avoid this and are able to have nice clean cuts because they use specific cutters. Knives, shears, scissors, and wire cutters are all used. Each one has a different job and serves a unique purpose. Knives and floral shears are used to cut stems. They allow for a clean cut without damaging the stem. Scissors are usually saved for ribbon and wire cutters are used for…wire.
There are also several ways florists are able to make arrangements stay exactly how they want them. Floral foam, wire, tape, and glue are just a few examples. Several flower stems can be taped together to create a fuller look. Foam can be soaked in water, allowing the flowers to last longer after they are placed. Wire adds stability, and can also be used to create a unique look in the design.
Creating beautiful flower arrangements is tough work. There are many elements of design that are applied. These tools help florists make sure your arrangement is perfect. Only at your local florist will you find beautifully hand-designed arrangements. Find a florist near you to order some fresh flowers today!
Launched in the fall of 2008 out of Gwyneth Paltrow’s kitchen, Goop was originally conceived as a weekly e-mail newsletter. Now it has transformed into a popular website where readers can find suggestions about where to shop, eat, and stay from a trusted friend—not from an anonymous, crowd-sourced recommendation engine.
Goop publishes articles about the best florists across the country and even overseas. Lotus Designs, a FSN member, made their list of the top six florists in Boston, MA. Goop praised this flower shop for their inherent talent in floral design.
Visit Goop’s website to see the full article.
Lotus Designs is a neighborhood shop located in Boston’s South End. They welcome walk-ins and deliver all over town (about a 20-mile radius from the store) provided your flower order is a minimum of $60-plus. And you can place orders online, too. Their cut-off for same-day delivery is 3pm. Lotus Designs carries a little bit of everything but they specialize in fresh cut flowers and orchids. They also do weddings and events.
David, a dedicated and loyal Lotus Designs customer spoke highly about his experiences saying, “I always order my flowers from your shop. My wife is always completely thrilled with the beauty of your arrangements and she is a pretty avid gardener. The quality of the arrangements is outstanding.”
At Flower Shop Network we love to see our florists recognized for their dedication to superior design and quality. Congratulations and keep up the hard work!
Ready for the new year? We are too! Time for new adventures, new ideas, and more reasons to celebrate with flowers! Here is an article about 2016 floral inspiration from our friends at SAF’s blog, aboutflowersblog.com.
Old Rituals and New Beginnings
by J. Robbin Yelverton
Celebrations are used to mark significant dates and occasions and New Year’s Eve is certainly no new face to the party! In fact, the celebration of Winter Solstice and the beginning of the New Year is one of the oldest. For most Westerners, that day of celebration has evolved and moved from the original December 21 to the beginning of the Gregorian calendar, January 1st. Other cultures celebrate the New Year on various dates, however, with all the diversity, there are some underlying themes. The New Year is seen as a time to set things straight, wash the slate, out with the old and in with the new, and reflection and renewal.
In recognition of the many symbols and rituals used to usher in the New Year, this arrangement has been carefully and thoughtfully created. A golden long and narrow rectangular container serves as the base of the design to represent the prosperity of the New Year…
To read the full article click the link below! And don’t forget to ask your local florist for an amazing arrangement to start your new year off right!
As visual designers, it’s no surprise that we want our shops to draw the eye. Mos of us depend on our visually appealing store front window displays and the pictures of our designs that show off our skills on social media.
Customers are instantly invited in by design, and what better way to showcase your floral abilities than with unique displays from Mannequin Madness.
Judi Henderson, owner of Mannequin Madness, turned an idea into a business when she found mannequins on Craigslist.
Quickly, her business of selling, renting and repurposing used mannequins turned from an inventory of 50 to 500. What’s unique about Henderson’s business is her use of mannequins as decorative pieces in floral arrangements and even as Christmas trees.
“Many florists use my products for floral centerpieces, holiday arrangements, and fashion forward flower displays,” Henderson said.
Henderson believes that a shop’s display is an important aspect of a flower shop in order to draw customers into a sale.
“Displays catch attention which then turn to high impulse purchases,” she said. “Florists are competing with online all the time, this makes them unique. Your window is a 24-hour ad.”
From heads to torsos to full forms, Mannequin Madness has everything a florist needs to create a truly original work of art for their storefront.
Whether it’s a holiday tree dress display or an arrangement on a mannequin for a modern affair, look no further than Mannequin Madness!
At Flower Shop Network, we love our members and we wanted to take a little time today to tell you that we are blown away by all the art you share with us on our blog and Facebook page. Keep doing what you do because local florists ROCK!
Pictures starting from top left going clockwise:
Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop from North Salem, IN
Oak Bay Flower Shop Ltd. from Victoria, BC
Jocelyn’s Floral Inc. from Cedar City, UT
Oran’s Flower Shop from Kingston, TN
Petals in Thyme from Wasaga, ON
A&A Floral Arts from Chicago, IL
We often get stories from our florists about special arrangements they create for their customers. One unique arrangement created by the folks at City Trading Post in Winona, Mississippi has intrigued the community and showcases how this florist commemorates a fellow neighbor.
James H. “Doobie” Palmertree was the owner of the Palmertree Fence Company and passed away in early January. Known throughout the community, Linda Montague, owner of City Trading Post, knew she had to create something special when his family approached her for a funeral arrangement.
According to Linda, her flowershop is known for doing personalized arrangements and this order was no different. But there was one problem–Linda was away at a conference.
“I was in Alabama at a show and my son, who works on the pipeline, took the call,” Linda said. “He said, ‘Ma, I think I can handle this.'”
Curtis Montague helped his mother create a chainsaw 3D arrangement. For this creation he used styrofoam, pipe cleaners, a PVC pipe, and an actual blade cover donated by a local small engine repair shop that knew Palmertree. The shop created both a chainsaw arrangement and a picket fence arrangement for Palemertree’s funeral service.
The Montague family is no stranger to Linda’s flowershop business. Both her sons, who work on the pipeline, have been known to help around the shop every now and then. Linda’s daughter also helps out by decorating the windows and running the Facebook page.
City Trading Post has created many unique arrangements, like the chainsaw, for customers. From a pack of Juicy Fruit Gum to football jerseys made of flowers, this flower shop has done it all and is always looking for a new challenge.
City Trading Post enjoys showcasing their artistic abilities, but the ultimate goal, according to Linda, is to create something that represents the loved one and can bring the family together.
This 2015, we are making some changes to our blog and Facebook page, starting with the Friday Florist Recap. Don’t worry, we will be bringing new and exciting posts that will get you involved! It’s been so much fun seeing all the completely different designs every day. We hope you enjoy these final favorites and keep a look out for new posts on our Facebook and Blog!
Gorgeous wedding bouquets by Oran’s Flower Shop in Kingston, TN
Whimsical bridal bouquet by Swannanoa Flower Shop in Swannanoa, NC
Whimsical bridal bouquet by Swannanoa Flower Shop in Swannanoa, NC
Sunny wedding bouquet by Oran’s Flower Shop in Kingston, TN
Beautiful arrangement by Petals in Thyme in Wasaga Beach, ON
Lantern design by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem, IN
Cheerful arrangement by Sweet Briar Flower Shop in Galway, NY
Playful marsala arrangement by Petals in Thyme in Wasaga Beach, ON
A customer favorite arrangement with gift by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Sweet arrangement by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem, IN
Beautiful party flowers by Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Co. in Princeton, NJ
Romantic floral basket by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Baby basket arrangement by Front Porch Creations Florist in Crawfordville, FL
Exquisite design by Sweet Briar Flower Shop in Galway, NY
Close up of gorgeous arrangement by Petals In Thyme in Wasaga Beach, ON
Cute butterfly accent arrangement by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem, IN
Stylish urn arrangement by Front Porch Creations Florist in Crawfordville, FL
Sweet bouquet by Sweet Briar Flower Shop in Galway, NY
Festive birthday arrangement by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Spongebob spray by Front Porch Creations Florist in Crawfordville, FL
Tropical design by Hobby Hill Florist in Sebring, FL
Premium spring basket by Central Square Florist in Cambridge, MA
Enchanting arrangement by Petals in Thyme in Wasaga Beach, ON
Get well soon floral bucket by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Rose arrangement with a forever rose keepsake by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Cheerful arrangement by Swannanoa Flower Shop in Swannanoa, NC
Cheerful arrangement by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem, IN
Bright and colorful arrangement by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Sweet baby arrangement by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Whimsical arrangement by Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts in Chandler, TX
Pretty in pinks arrangement by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Gorgeous floral wreath by Hobby Hill Florist in Sebring, FL
Delightful plant arrangement by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Fun spring arrangement by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Gorgeous orchid arrangement by Oak Bay Flower Shop Ltd. in Victoria, BC
Beautiful bonnet floral arrangement by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Timeless arrangement by Sweet Briar Flower Shop in Galway, NY
Two charming arrangements by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Lovely arrangement by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Colorful arrangement by Sweet Briar Flower Shop in Galway, NY
Over 4 feet tall silk showcase piece by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Blooming basket arrangement by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Robbie Burns day design by Petals in Thyme in Wasaga Beach, ON
Sweet floral spray by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem, IN
Colorful standing spray by A New Beginning Florist in Moore, OK
Timeless arrangement by Lexi Lu’s Flower Shop and Gifts in Lewistown, MO
Exquisite standing arrangement by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem, IN
Beautiful arrangement by Sweet Briar Flower Shop in Galway, NY
Elegant standing spray by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Elegant Standing Spray by Lexi Lu’s Flower Shop and Gifts in Lewistown, MO
Fantastic design by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem, IN
Charming arrangement by Wilma’s Flowers in Jasper, AL
Exquisite standing spray by Swannanoa Flower Shop in Swannanoa, NC
Lovely sympathy spray by Lexi Lu’s Flower Shop and Gifts in Lewistown, MO
Dear friend easel spray by Michele’s Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX
Charming arrangement by Oran’s Flower Shop in Kingston, TN
Beautiful floral spray with owl accent by Garden Gate Gift and Flower Shop in North Salem
Beautiful casket spray by Swannanoa Flower Shop in Swannanoa, NC
Elegant sympathy wreath by Oak Bay Flower Shop Ltd. in Victoria, BC
Elegant Spray by Oran’s Flower Shop in Kingston, TN
Grapevine wreath sympathy spray by Swannanoa Flower Shop in Swannanoa, NC
Thank you to everyone who submitted! We hope you had as much fun designing and submitting your photos as we did looking at each creative design. Be sure to like us on Facebook and check back with the Bloomin’ Blog for new and exciting posts that you can get involved it!