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Floral Trends: Enhancing Wellness

As interior designer Kelli Ellis puts it, “with so many sources of stress these days, we all need to find ways to chase away worries and blues at home.” This is where fresh flowers come into play! They are gorgeous to see and instantly uplift our mood. So, if you want to elevate the energy and feel of your sacred space (home), get you some flowers!

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FLORAL TRENDS: Inspiring Conversation


In this second video created by the Society of American Florists, Interior Designer Kelli Ellis and Color Trend Expert Mark Woodman, talk about the power of flowers to inspire conversations. Blooms don’t just brighten up a room with their stunning colors and natural beauty, they also are a wonderful topic of conversation.

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FLORAL TRENDS: Creating First Impressions

In this video created by the Society of American Florists, Color Trend Expert Mark Woodman and Interior Designer Kelli Ellis, talk about the impact flowers have when trying to establish a good image for your brand and company. Whether we want to accept it or not, experience and excellent work ethic, unfortunately, isn’t everything. We now live in a world where color and eye-catching displays or marketing pieces draw people’s attention more than the actual content. It sparks interest. The same goes for your work environment.

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40,000 Roses at the Tony Awards!

Were you able to tune in to the Tony Awards this past weekend? We were pleasantly surprised, to say the least, to see a flower wall be the focal point at the red carpet, especially during #RoseMonth! It definitely was a great way to kick off an unforgettable night for the Broadway industry!

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2018 Wedding Floral Trends

This article originally appeared on www.weddingandpartynetwork.com.

The last several years for wedding flowers have been dominated by flower crowns, pinks and blushes, and a more natural aesthetic for bridal bouquets. For 2018, some of these trends are hanging around, others are evolving, and some we are likely to see less and less of. Boutonnieres are also getting a makeover for 2018. [Read more…]

All the Rage: Floral Culinary

Bring the garden to your kitchen this season! Switch up your normal cooking routine by trying some of our favorite fresh flower recipes. Cooking with flowers has been around for decades but has become very popular over the last few years. There are even several cookbooks specifically for floral culinary. These fun recipes are guaranteed to take your cooking (and your taste buds) to a whole new level.

A few popular edible flowers are: lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, lilac, Nasturtiums, chives and basil.

Start creating meals that look as delicious as they taste with these fun edible flower recipes.

Blooming Popsicles
Flower popsicles are the perfect summer treat. Not only are they beautiful but they come packed with natural flavor. Have fun getting creative with your flower choice and enjoy your tasty creation!

Find this recipe and more beautiful photos on Honestly Yum’s site.

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Bloom Trends: What The Kale?

Kale has become quite popular in the “Health and Wellness” world, but did you know that it is also a rising star in the flower world too? This yummy veggie is turning heads in flower arrangements and wedding bouquets! We talked to Debbie Green of The Cottage at Queen Creek in Queen Creek, Arizona to give us the details!

Here is a pretty kale flower in an arrangement. Photo courtesy of The Cottage at Queen Creek.

Here is a pretty kale flower in an arrangement. Photo courtesy of The Cottage at Queen Creek.

This pretty bloom, Green says, is so popular because it is a big focal flower. Unlike hydrangeas, who are difficult to work with, Kale holds up no matter what!

“It’s beautiful year round,” Green said. “It comes in a variety of colors like purple, white, and deep greens.”

Green says she always suggests Kale to her brides because of how versatile and easy it is to work with. “I always suggest it to them and once they see it, they are blown away that this veggie can look so beautiful!”

Don’t knock it until you see it! The hues of purple really make this flower pop and, hey, maybe you can have it as a snack after the wedding!

Fall Flower Foliage

It’s October and our friends at the Society of American Florists know the best in fall flowers! Here is a great article coming from SAF’s blog, aboutflowersblog.com.

Fall is a Great Time for Fun, Foliage…and Flowers
by Brian Wheat

I’m blessed to live in an area of the country with four distinct seasons, where the trees and shrubs begin to notice the changing temperatures; their shadows grow longer, their leaves preparing for the inevitable change that’s lurking just around the corner. Across the country, fun-times abound with autumn festivals of pumpkins, hot apple cider and hayrides for many families’ weekend destination. A longstanding tradition of loading up the kids in the car and heading off to a farmer’s field to pick the perfect pumpkins and to make jack-o’-lanterns, connecting with Mother Nature and respecting her bounty. Fall is a time to be thankful, to reflect and show your appreciation by planting and by giving flowers.

Some wonderful traditional fall flowers to plant are the hardy garden mums with their palette of classic autumn hues of golds, yellows, bronze, purples and orange.


To read the full article and check out the other fall floral trends, click the link below!

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Fall Flower Trends

We are finally in the autumn season and our friends at the Society of American Florists have put together an article describing this year’s fall flower trends! We wanted to share this great article coming from SAF’s blog, aboutflowersblog.com.

Fall Flower Trends
by Leanne Kesler

The seasons are changing … the hot and dry days of summer are cooling. Mother Nature has her paintbrush at work adding vibrant color to the woodlands. Florists, too, are embracing the changing seasons. The traditional favorites, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, berries and late harvest garden roses are abundant. Add to this the new and fabulous floral treasures of thornless blackberries, textural celosia, autumn-hued orchids and exotic pincushion protea, and you have found the delights of the season. Colors for autumn 2015 are rich and lustrous. Fire hues of red, orange and yellow are updated with sophisticated touches of metallic copper, gold and silver.

Chrysanthemums bloom in fabulous autumn hues. Creative design pairs the traditional bloom with trendy metallics. These are certainly not your mother’s chrysanthemums.

To read the full article and check out the other fall floral trends, click the link below!

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Florists: How To Translate 2013 Trends To Floral Designs

“There’s no point looking at design trends, no one in my area cares.” I never want to hear any of you florists say this! If you care, then there is a point. When your designs capture the imagination and creativity of your audience, they will care and crave your work. How? Just keep reading…

How To Translate Current Trends To Floral Designs

First grab a notebook! Next you need to explore what trends are happening now. This is the fun part! Using the internet, Pinterest, magazines or anything else, you should start by collecting inspirations. These resources don’t have to have anything to do with flowers, they can deal with fashion, homemaking, hairstyles or even fingernail art!

Creating A Trends Inspiration Notebook (or Pinboard?)

Art deco designs by Crossroads Florist, Mahwah NJThese examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to collecting inspiration. Create your own process. You might choose to paste collages into your notebook, or if you’re more artsy, sketch them out. Take it a step further and use watercolors to remember the exact hues. If you’re more tech-savvy, consider making a Pinboard for your trendspiration.

Here are a few examples:

Fashion: Look for fashion interesting color or texture combinations. Jot down in your notebook what you like and what you don’t like. List any flowers you can think of that are available in the colors used. Take notes of any interesting shapes that may be used, such as a bow placement or collar style. Is the skirt long or short? How can you make this all come together in flowers?

Homemaking: When you look at a beautifully styled room, what inspiration can you draw from it in flowers? What style is being used? Is it modern, eclectic, sophisticated, high style, etc? What colors or patterns can you translate into flowers? For example: a room’s overall color is a blue with an accent wall covered in a chunky patterned wallpaper. Your floral design could be all blue with a blue vase and a contrasting patterned ribbon accent. Be sure to jot down everything that stands out to you in the room. You may even divide the room into sections of inspiration. It’s all about you!

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