Still Waiting…

Well I must admit that although it is the end of April, and listening to the gentle hummmm of my furnace is a little disappointing ( I really thought the windows might be open by now), I did have a busy weekend playing in glorious spring flowers. Which always helps to lift my spirits.

Here is a sample of one of the bouquets that went out this morning. The vibrant orange tulips, soft asparagus fern, and creamy yellow double stock will start off your morning in the right way.

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Thanks Mom!

I hope that you all were able to spoil your Mom’s this past Sunday. Most florists do not get to celebrate Mother’s Day in the traditional way, since most of us do end up working, but it is definitely fun to get to make bouquets to spoil other Mom’s. This year I had to be a little more realistic with my work load, since this was the first major holiday since my son was born. I decided to offer my clients a limited choice of the style of bouquet since I still have baby brain, and the creative juices are just starting to flow again. They still turned out to be luscious and beautiful, well at least I think so.

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A Little Love and a Blowtorch

Today I thought I would share my first major project, that launched me into the floral design career. You see at design school we cover all the basics that florists need to know, from bows to wiring flowers. Then of course comes the budgeting and the ever important aspect of listening. Yes there is a class, and tests on listening, which actually is the most important part when dealing with your clientele. You need to listen to them describe their dream verbally and turn it into a physical reality which if you are not listening, will lead to a very unhappy client. Of course now a days most people come prepared with pictures to help guide the inspiration.

Every so often a designer is given a “gift”, and by gift I mean the words :” I trust you , and I know that you will make it look beautiful.” Our final project when graduating  tapped into these words except there was no client. The pieces were were to be exhibited at the Montreal Botanical Gardens for their 2011 Rendez-vous Horticole. We were given a budget and told to basically go nuts.

The piece needed to meet certain design elements, as well as incorporate food in some way, since that was the theme of the agriculture exhibition.

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My Friend Genvieve Blais and I worked as a team on the project and here was the beginning of our idea, a tree stump that was so nicely dragged all the way from Ontario. With a lot of love, we removed all the superficial roots keeping only the major branches and root systems, scrubbed, hosed, and once dried busted out the blow torch. Much to our delight we noticed while blowtorching on my driveway, and getting some rather odd looks from my neighbors, that the wood was becoming more and more red, with a slightly glazed appearance. The theme of the project was Renaissance, or the Re-birth. The idea was that even after a natural disaster event, such as a forest fire, that nature will always find a way to start over. We wanted to keep the flowers bright and colourful to maintain a strong contrast with the trunk, and with regards to the food aspect we chose artichokes to represent new blooms.

So here it is….

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With our design skill let loose, we created our first masterpiece. We were very proud of how it turned out, more beautiful then we could have ever imagined. The best part  was that the public seemed to agree, seeing as it won the people’s choice award at the exposition that year.

A piece like this is truly unique, and I am still anxiously awaiting to incorporate such a piece into a beautiful outdoor event that could perhaps perk up the card table, gift table or even bar depending on the event of course.

January Pick Me Up

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I have a wonderful client, who has an amazing boss who loves anything and everything when it comes to orchids in her flowers.It is her birthday this week and bouquet was needed. She is a fairly modern woman when it comes to her taste, but with floral design taking a turn in the more natural garden style i thought i would try to converge these two worlds in her bouquet today. I will only hear the verdict tomorrow, but I am hoping she will love it, and if not, then i will willingly sacrifice myself and accept it, and give her a more  modern structure which is also very beautiful.

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