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Mini Workshop

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There have been so many fun opportunities for us to expand our skills and learn new techniques for everything from growing to designing lately, and we love it!  Earlier this month, one of Trisha's good friends and a fellow Lancaster County floral designer, Kate of Forte Florals, came to the barn to give us a mini training session on some tips she had just learned at a Floret Flowers workshop. It was such a refreshing morning doing what we all love most, playing with flowers! IMG_1411

The style Kate was showing us has a more free flowing, natural, and loose look that we are all starting to fall in love with. She walked us through several basic steps for creating a beautiful bridal bouquet composed of so many varieties of greens and blooms all complimenting each other perfectly.

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1. Establish your shape by making an X with two stems of greens. 2. Build your foundation using a variety of greens. 3. Add airy elements, keeping your grip loose and turning your bouquet in all directions. Consider standing in front of a mirror to be able to see the bunch from the back or having a friend hold your bouquet while you continue to add greens. 4. Thread in color. 5. Finish with delicate accents, letting each unique flower and green take it's place. 6. Tie and fluff. Consider using a long ribbon with two colors that accent the bouquet appropriately.

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A couple points that stood out to us from the day that we hope to incorporate into our work in the future...

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    Use a large variety of greens to establish the base of the bouquet. We were amazed at how great Kate's bouquet looked before there were even any flowers in it! (See photo to the right)

  • Prepare all of your greens and flowers before you start creating by stripping each stem ahead of time. This way you can hold the bouquet with one hand and weave in new stems with your free hand without having to worry about picking leaves off.
  • While creating, don't be afraid to hold the bouquet loosely and let things fall out as you go, the bouquet will take a more natural shape if you aren't gripping too tightly.

 

 

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Pink and Snowy White Wedding

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This post takes us back to one of the coldest months of Winter 2015. Stephen and Jenni got married on a beautiful snowy day in February and we were so happy to add a touch of spring warmth to their winter wonderland. One challenge with this wedding was just making sure the flowers didn't freeze from the below zero temperatures outside. The floral cooler in the barn that usually keeps the flowers fresh and protected from the heat actually acted as a heater this time to keep these beauties alive.  Spring peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and succulents all wrapped together with dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus gave this wedding a lovely touch of warmth and color. We hope you enjoy these photos captured by Optika Photography.  

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Pretty Peonies

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Today we are going to focus on the beautiful pink and white blooms you may have noticed showing up left and right in gardens and arrangements since the middle of may. Peonies are very popular for wedding bouquets because of their round delicate faces. We can't wait to use the ones we have set aside for some weddings coming up soon and have already crafted these pretty yellow and white arrangements for a rehearsal dinner. image1 (1)

Peonies are perennial plants that come in many varieties with different shades of color and sizes of flower. They can thrive year after year without very much care over the winter. You can expect to see the peony plants starting to grow in April and blooming from the beginning of spring through summer, depending on the type of plant.  Ours bloom from the middle of May and continue into June. Here are a few tips for planting, harvesting, and keeping your peonies as fresh as possible after they're cut:

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  • Peonies should be planted at the end of summer, before the first autumn frost. Plant the roots about 2 inches below the ground with the eyes facing toward the surface.
  • It is best to cut peonies in the morning or the evening when the temperatures are not as intense. If you cut your blooms in the middle of the day, the plant may be stressed from the heat and your flowers won’t last as long.
  • For peony flowers that last for a week or more, cut the blooms when the bud is soft and just beginning to open. You can gently squeeze the bud to see if it is soft and ready or still hard and tight.
  • Whether you are enjoying a bouquet on your kitchen table or keeping your peonies fresh in a cooler, remember to change their water every other day and trim the end of the stem at an angle so they can absorb as much water as they need.

 

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We have a cooler FULL of peonies at the barn at Trisha's Flowers and you are welcome to call ahead and have us put some aside for you or stop by and pick out your favorite ones! The peony season isn't long so come and get them before its too late!