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Big Love

I hope I am not giving away my age too badly, but I was a floral designer for almost 20 years. Valentines Day was always the biggest holiday.

I can’t believe that this year, I was sitting on the beach instead of stripping rose thorns, I used to work 24/7 at this time of year, instead I am enjoying the sunshine 24/7.

I hope that everyone, exhausted floral designers included, has a very Happy Valentines Day. If you want to see some of the arrangements I designed last year, you can here.


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I Honestly Love You

Happy (belated) Valentines Day, a floral designers worst nightmare. The day when your own loved ones get no love! I made it though and am out on the other side!

Five years ago, the owner of the flower shop decided NOT to sell roses on Valentines Day.

                                     Just say No!

There had been a freeze in Ecuador where 99% of our roses come from, and the quality was not there. Actually I have seen the quality of roses at Valentines Day declining over the twenty years that I have been a florist. There is just too much demand for one day.

OMG, how would this work.

The first year was difficult. You would have a customer either call or come in to order a dozen red roses. Then you would have to go into your spiel. But by the end of it, they agreed (probably mostly to get away from you). But every year after that it was easier. Mostly the sender would rave on about how happy their wife/partner had been the previous year, and gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted.

A few peoples wanted vases.

But, 99.9% of our customers were looking for a bouquet.

Whether romantic,

or vibrant,

My fav, all white and green,

tropical colours,


and soft pastel.

Another year, done and dusted!

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Holiday Magic!

This is a very busy time of year for me. A lot of companies seem to all have their Christmas parties the middle of December. And a lot of people are looking for gifts as well.

As promised, here are a few things we have been working on.

These are Goldcrest Cypress.

A mix of amaryllis, paperwhites and cypress.

Helleborus are starting to be sold as a blooming potted plant at Christmas for the first time this year. Here it is planted with the cypress.

Here they are planted by themselves. I hope that my Secret Santa gives me one of these.

Paperwhites, cypress, stephanotis hoops and frosty ferns have pinecones nestled in a bed of moss.

A vase arrangement of cymbidium orchids, magnolia, bc cedar, pine cones and oregonia.

Now some flower arrangements. Amaryllis and leucadendron with a few paperwhites, commercial mums and gold pinecones.


The same flowers as the arrangement above,  but with roses instead of mums.

An arrangement to go with the centerpieces above. This is for the bar.

A centerpiece.

A very tall arrangement needed for a Christmas party. We used cello in the base to raise the flowers up. Add water, and it looks like ice.

We will often use a large leaf to line a vase, this hides the water (if it gets murky) and is a different look from just a clear vase.

Another party waits to be delivered. One more week to go…..

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Floral Fantasy: Celosia

What is this?

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Doesn’t it look  like an underwater creature, but velvety.

Here is another shot.

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And here it is used in a bouquet.

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Celosia is a great annual that we are using a lot of lately. It is locally field grown, we start getting in the shop around the first of August and it will go until there is frost. We get two different varities of celosia, the feather (looks like a feather) and the cockscomb, which is my favourite.  Customers are always inquiring what kind of flower this is, they are amazed by the velvety texture.

 The shop is looking very pink these days.

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And as always, lovely!

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Turkey, Lurkey

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, or I guess that would just be the Canadians! Eat, drink and be merry, (how many cliches can I come up with).

I hope that every one has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


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 Just a little eye candy for you.  The shop was looking particulary yellow.

Last week when we were making Thanksgiving centerpieces, I took a few pictures for you to see.

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We call these long and low, great for a rectangular table.

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Fruit is great in arrangements, especially for a “harvest” holiday.

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Or you can do a round arrangement.

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And everyone loves sunflowers.

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Floral Fantasy: Dahlias

I love dahlias. At this tine of year, dahlias are going into every arrangement that I make at the flower shop.

A: As we try to be very seasonal, they are the new flower in season.

B: They are huge and cheap, two words that floral designers love to hear.

C: So many yummy colours and shapes.

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This arrangement has two sizes of very, very, pale yellow dahlias, and a creamy rose. I love monochromatic arrangements. These are actually old flowers from the store and this is in my kitchen at Kilbourne Grove.

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This is a really lovely one, the flash of the camera really changed the colour. It is a very dark red, almost black, very velvety looking.

 It is such a shame the season is so short. We buy these at the Food Terminal from a local grower. They are not available until late summer and will end with the first frost.

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Floral Fantasy: Sunflowers, Part II

A lot of sunflowers at the shop lately.

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The shop looking gorgeous.

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A sunflower arrangement.

We have a longer season for sunflowers than we do for dahlias. We can buy imported sunflowers, but they are always more expensive. Sometimes, it the petals on the sunflower are wilted, or spotty, I will pull off all the petals, just leaving the seedhead in the middle. People are always surprised, and tell me they never would have thought of that!

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