Life in the studio is never dull. Its really all about the flowers, and not all flowers are created equal.
“Today, flowers are sent to funerals for a number of reasons. First, they are a means of expression. It is often difficult for those mourning a death to put feelings into words. Flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy and respect. They are a means of sharing the burden of grief, and they represent community support for the bereaved.
Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty, which adds to the dignity and consolation of the funeral service. Following the service, the bereaved are left with an indelible impression, or “memory picture” of the funeral. The more comforting the memory picture, the more easily it is recalled by the bereaved and the more vivid is the reinforcement of the reality of loss. Flowers do not wither and die in the mind of the bereaved; they are recalled time and again as indelible memories. Conversely, those who have attended service where there were no flowers, have expressed the feeling that something was missing, that the funeral was depressing.
Flowers also have a spiritual significance. They are symbolic not only of love and sympathy, but also of eternity and immortality. The fleeting life of flowers attests to the transitory life of man. There is profound symbolism in the very fact that flowers do not last forever.
Finally, flowers are not only for the living. They are also for the dead. Americans traditionally have expressed their respect for the deceased by sending flowers, which honors the dead and console the living.” Credit information from the Sympathy Flower Shop.
Wedding bouquets date back to our Ancient Greek, Roman and Celtic periods who wore garlands of fragrant herbs and spices including dill, rosemary, myrtle and garlic. The thinking behind this mixture would ward of evil spirits. It also has been said that bathing was done yearly and using the fragrant herbs well, you know where Im going with it. As advances were made in history, so were bouquets and replacing many of the herbs were done with fresh flowers.
At buttercup fields, our most popular bouquet is a hand tied bouquet. This is a bouquet that is artfully arranged with layering flower stems diagonally around a central point. We also incorporate this style into presentation bouquets (a bouquet that lays in your arms), round bouquets (where we use a holder with foam and place flowers equally around to form a half round – no hand tied techniques), nosegays (a few flowers and greens), and the traditional cascade (which flows downward like a waterfall).
When you come to Buttercup Fields to discuss bouquets. We request to see a picture of your wedding dress and bridesmaids dress, pictures of flowers and other bouquets that you like. At the end of our meeting we all have that understanding of what your wedding flowers will be. We have our share of herbs in many of our bouquets. The brides determine that. Our flowers are all purchased from local growers and wholesalers.
I can hear the birds sing, the snow is melting, and this past Friday was the first day of spring. I have been getting orders from my clients saying “spring flowers please”. Anything bright and pretty! Just today when I delivered a bouquet of my favorite spring flowers, I could tell the receiver was delighted and excited at the same time. She was walking by and heard her name when I announced who the arrangement was for. She took the box as she was smiling, held tightly onto the box as she walked away gazing at the flowers. I certainly am ready to have these flowers and colors in my cooler. A few of my favorites are Lily, Hydrangea, Tulips, Gerbera, Stock, Bells of Ireland, Anemone, Ranunculus. Flowers that fill-in space in the vase; yellow or lime green button mums, wax flower and my favorite this time of year Boronia Heather. I always use a mixture of greens if it’s Salal, Pittosporum, Bonsi or seeded eucalyptus and I never tire of looped bear grass. Branches and Pussy willows are always a nice addition. If you want something to last a couple of weeks right now you might want to consider Potted blubs and blooming plants. Consider Hyacinth or tulip pots or Kalacoe (which is hardy and comes in many colors), Azala or begonia. This is the season of renew. Little bits as I call them, could be a bird nest made out of angle hair, with or without almost real looking eggs, or even larger duck like eggs. Butterflies floating through the flowers in the vase and maybe a lady bug resting on a petal or on a stick with a bit of moss. Don’t forget the ribbon too. Ribbon with its variety of color and patterns can bring the whole look together. Enjoy your spring!
Container gardens don’t need to stop when the weather turns cooler. It’s time to change out your containers for the winter. Materials start arriving in Minnesota the first part of November and are designed by the end of November. The short window of this is due to the weather, and the weather it isn’t forgiving. I have seen containers the second week of November to be frozen solid. The only solution is to pour hot water into these pots, and then chip away the dirt. I start my season by looking at my clients containers and where they will be positioned outside their home. You must take into consideration the facing of the sun and how protected the containers will be. This home is protected from the wind and sun. This client has tall containers. I start my design with curly willow, dogwood and birch branches (that I painted white.) The rest of the base consists of shortie tree tops. At this point the design is starting with cedar and pine boughs, making sure to flair out for the fullness. Adding into spaces left from the boughs are red eucalyptus, and red sedum. I like to add pepperberrys that drape at the bottom of the greens. To top off the design I included pomegranate branches. Notice how lovely the large pomegranate fruit nests into the front of the design. I adore the look of garland. It can be used in many ways. I like to buy garland in 25 foot lengths. I have purchased longer lengths, and I end up frustrated with unwinding and adjusting. The best type of garland I have found is the western cedar. It is a combination of greens and it’s really the most beautiful. Sometimes I end up adding extra materials to the garland once it’s hung. Ultimately the garland and the pots need to have a common look, and the fuller, the most beautiful they are.