"Happy Alien" - Calceolaria Uniflora
"Flying Duck Orchid" - Caleana Major
Your turn, what do you think of these unusual flowers?
"Happy Alien" - Calceolaria Uniflora
"Flying Duck Orchid" - Caleana Major
Your turn, what do you think of these unusual flowers?
I used to hate sunflowers. When we opened Fly Me To The Moon I wouldn't even buy them for the shop. But, then customers began asking for them so I had to start carrying them.
Here's what I hated about sunflowers:
1) They were over-sized, looked cartoonish and weighed a ton a lot.
2) The contrast between the dark brown center and the bright yellow petals was too strong.
3) They were usually poorly arranged with flowers they had no business being with.
4) There was just nothing elegant about them.
But, then when I opened an Instagram account for the shop, I began to see sunflowers in a whole new light. All those artisitic shots of sunflowers gave me a diferent perspective.
So here's why I like sunflowers now:
1) Sunflowers are inexpensive. You can get a bunch of them without breaking the bank.
2) Sunflowers last quite a long time. They last well over a week if you give them basic care.
3) You don't need a lot of sunflowers to make a statement. A single sunflower in a vase makes a powerful statement. The more, the merrier.
4) They look great when casually arranged by themselves. No need to get fancy. Just cut them and place them in a vase. And whatever you do, please don't add baby's breath.
5) Sunflowers come in several different varieties
Doug Kalal - The Teddy Bear Sunflower
Gravy Lessons - Velvet Queen or Chocolate Sunflower
6) When the yellow petals start falling off, pull off the rest of them and you have a sunflower with a whole new look.
Flower Glossary: Sunflower - Design Sponge
How to Make A Sunflower Arrangement - Martha Stewart
If you never liked sunflowers, I hope this post will encourage you to give them a second chance.
It was a dahlia sort of a Monday morning in the New York City flower district today.
There were lovely dahlias everywhere you looked.
Not sure if these are cafe au lait dahlias or blush, but I do know they're gorgeous.
Even the plain white dahlias were stunning.
I bought these dahlias for the shop. There were so many to choose from, but these will go well with the lovely deep purple roses, chrysanthemums and carnations we have on hand.
So if you're like me, and still grieving over peonies, consider the lovely dahlia which comes in many varieties.
Can't decide which bridesmaid bouquet to choose?
Why not have your bridesmaids carry different bouquets?
If you're a creative type and are looking to distinguish your wedding from others, you may want to consider having your bridesmaids carry different bouquets.
Most brides opt to have matching bouquets and dresses in the same colors. But when it comes to your wedding, you get to do things your way.
Will it cost more to have your bridesmaids carry different bouquets?
It might. If your budget is tight, having to buy lots of different flowers that may not be used elsewhere in your wedding can add up. But, if you choose nice inexpensive flowers in the right colors it might work.
Most of my brides at Fly Me To The Moon Florists want a pretty uniform look among their bridesmaids. They may wear different dresses or shoes of the same color or tone. Their hair can be up or down. But almost always, the bridesmaids bouquets must match. But they don't have to.
7 Tips For Choosing Mismatched Bridesmaid Bouquets
1. Use bouquets of different flowers in a single color. I like this, because a single color unifies the look. Monochromatic bouquets are always beautiful especially if you use a lot of interesting textures. Not all flowers come in all colors though. So do your research before you select your color.
2. Try matching the shoes and bouquets. This works, because all of the women are wearing the same color. I absolutely love this whimsical idea. Even though a variety of flower colors are used, the matching shoes make it unique, but classic. If you look at this photo in 20 years, you won't be saying to yourself, "What the heck were they thinking?"
3. Use different color bouquets and dresses. In my opinion, this look is a bit harder to pull off, but not impossible. Though each bouquet needs to complement each dress, all the different dresses and bouquets need to go together.You want everything to look intentional and cohesive. Not like a big hodge podge of color, unless of course, that's the look you were going for.
4. Keep the color palette simple. Use one, two, but no more than 3 colors in the flowers and dresses. Using different shades of one or two colors can look quite sopisticated.
5. Keep bouquets small to medium in size. This will prevent any of the colors from being too overwhelming.
6. Select dresses in the same color, but in different styles.
7. Use only a few types of flowers and arrange them in different ways.
I love when brides get creative. My job is to keep it elegant and within the budget. I guess that's what makes floral design so interesting!
You can see bridal bouquets:
To see even more wedding bouquets check out my pinterest boards here.
Would you use a mix of bouquets for a wedding?
On my way to the shop this morning, I came across a bunch of old flowers sticking out of a garbage bag. Then I thought, "Why do fresh flowers have to last forever?"
Where in the world did we get that expectation? That in order for real flowers to be of any value they should never die. Why?
When the magnolia trees burst into pale pink blossoms as if by magic near the edge of winter, we might wish they'd last longer. But then, what would be our sign that spring was on the way?
When you have a great meal, see a rainbow after a storm, or for me, hear Claire de Lune, I thoroughly enjoy it for as long as it lasts, then it's over. But that's okay, because I can play that tune again and again and again if I want.
See another breathtaking sunset or go back to that restaurant and have that same meal. But, if you had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday, I wonder if it would retain that magic. Stop being quite as special as it once was.
That's how I wish we'd all feel about flowers. A thing to be enjoyed in the moment, for however long that moment lasts.
Jamali Floral and Garden Supplies, a store in the New York City flower district, sells just about everything you need for a special event. Think Platinum Weddings.
I visited the store one rainy day and thought I'd share my trip with you. My pictures don't show every single category of the items they sell, so please don't blame me if I miss something.
They carry a selection of faux foliage and flowers. I guess these would come in handy if you were making a display you needed to last for a long time. Otherwise, fresh flowers and foliage would probably be cheaper. They have nice boxwood foliage in little pots. Perfect for a desk or lined up down the center of a table as a deconstructed centerpiece.
If it's sparkle you want, you've come to the right place. They've got sparkle galore. Chandeliers, candelabras, vases, bowls, votive holders, hanging spheres, etc. They also have amazing lights to enhance centerpieces and other displays.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen these gorgeous lanterns. I love the intricate detail on them. You can place a candle inside or if you're feeling adventurous, a small plant or floral arrangement.
Jamali carries a nice selection of vases from the very small to the rather large. You''ll find vases of all kinds made from different types of materials. Think glass, wood, metal, acrylic, ceramic or resin. They also sell the French metal buckets we use at the shop. You can see more of their vases here.
If you need baskets, shells, drift wood, rocks, stones, feathers or other natural items, Jamali has them. Glass beads and other decorative objects to place at the bottom of a vase can be found there as well.
Big Bird's somewhat daintier and pink cousins are waitng for you to stop by. These bad boys are pretty big. Jamaili is always on top of the latest trends. If it's on the runways or in the design magazines, it's at Jamali
If you're having an over the top special event, here's where you'll find all your fancy vessels. They come in gold, silver, copper, bronze, shiny or matte finishes. Just add flowers, and water of course.
Here are just some of the candle holders Jamali has in stock. By the way, if you find something there you really like, you'd better buy it soon, because it will proabably be gone by the time you get back. That goes for most things they sell. People come in and buy in huge quantities. And here's a tip: they may not get any more for a very long time.
Jamali doesn't usually carry lamps, but these were so cool I thought I'd let you see them. If you were doing a Moraccan themed party or design for a room these lamps would be perfect. They have lots of products related to a variety of themes.
Been looking for a peacock feather wreath? They have it. Or at least they did when I took this picture.
I have a little secret for you. Well two actually: 1) I love ribbon 2) If you need googobs of ribbon, try your local flower district stores first. Ribbon at Jamali is kind of expensive, but Central Floral Supply at 40 West 28th Street has great prices on double-sided satin ribbon. Tell Bruce, Mimi sent you.
You can buy fancy colored wires, raffia and all kinds of trendy floral design supplies at Jamali. If you're making floral bouquets for weddings, you can get everything you need here except for the fresh flowers that is.
I found these cute hanging bulb vases here. I know I've seen DIY tutorials on how to make them, but if that's not your thing, relax, they've got you covered.
So if you're looking for inspiration for a special event or need to buy floral design supplies, Jamali is worth a visit. They're located at 149 W. 28th Street in New York City. You can also check out their website.
Where do you find your inspiration when you're decorating for special events?
Why Fake Flowers?
Some people prefer fake flowers, because they require little or no care, don't die and never go out of season.
Image: Pany Floral Corp
Even though we don't sell fake flowers at Fly Me To The Moon, I admit, even I have some at my house. I live in an apartment in New York City, where it's hot all year long unless the air conditioner is on. Not the best conditions for keeping fresh flowers alive.
But let's face it. There are good fake flowers and bad ones.
I know. I know. I'm not supposed to call them fake. Some people call them artificial. Others refer to them as silk, though they aren't. You can call them faux flowers if that makes you happy. And the floral industry gets a kick out of calling them permanent botanicals.
But, no matter what you call them, there's really no reason for them to look fake anymore. Here's how to keep people guessing:
12 Tips For Fooling People With Fake Flowers
1. Research fresh flowers. Before you can buy good-looking fake flowers you need to know what real ones look like. Visit a florist or look at images of real flowers online. Be sure to check out the leaves. Each flower has its own leaf shape. Makers of fake flowers blow it on this point all the time. By the way, different types of flowers don't all grow on one stem either. I'm just saying.
Image: Pany Floral Corp.
2. Choose flowers in realistic colors. Look for fake flowers in natural colors. There are no black lilies or roses in nature. No neon blue flowers either. If you're creating flower arrangements for a cutting edge special event, then go ahead and play with color. But, if you want those unrealistic colors to match your sofa they may look nice, but they won'r look natural. Which is fine, if that's the look you're going for.
3. Invest in good quality fake flowers. Realistic fake flowers aren't cheap. But they will look a thousand times better than cheaper ones for years to come.
4. Buy great looking inexpensive fake flowers. If you can't afford expensive ones, buy those that look like them. Visit a store that sells high-end fake flowers and study them. What makes them look real? Notice that they're never shiny. How do they display them? Pottery Barn is a good place to get ideas on how to incorporate fake flowers into your space.
5. Avoid weird details. Some fake roses have plastic water droplets on them. You can just peel these off. Others have little baby's breath type growths. Remove these too. Flower manufacturers think these things make the fake flowers look prettier. They're wrong.
6. Beware of super thick stems. Bunches of fake flowers are wired individually then enclosed in thick plastic to create one giant stem. You get lots of flowers for the price of one. Hide those stems in a vase you can't see through.
Image: Welcome Haven
7. Divide and multiply. Just because your fake flowers may come in a bunch doesn't mean they have to stay that way. Separate bunches of them into different vases. Use wire cutters to cut the stems. If you use your good scissors, they won't be good anymore. An inexpensive pair of wire cutters should do the job. Learn how to make flower pens out of fake flowers here.
Image: Pottery Barn
8. Go monochromatic. Find one fake flower you like. Buy lots of them in the same color. Place them in a clear glass vase with the stems arranged in an orderly design. I think this is one of the most stylish ways to display them.
Image: Doryn Wallach
9. Limit your color palette. Decide on a color scheme. To achieve an elegant look, use no more than 2 or 3 colors. Those colors should relate well to each other. If one flower is mostly pink, but has a hint of green and white use those colors to complement the first flower. Using 25,000 different colors will make your fake flower arrangement look all over the place. Focus on a few colors for the best result.
10. Dust them. If you don't keep dust off your fake flowers, they'll look an awful lot like fake flowers. Real flowers don't get dusty! Unless you're one of those who bring your fresh flowers home, put them in a vase and allow them to die in place without a single bit of care.
11. Add fake flowers to real flower arrangements. If there are real flowers that are too expensive or not in season for a special event, replace those with high quality fake ones. If you follow the tips above, few will even notice.
12. Just add water. Some people add water to their fake flower arrangements in clear vases to give the illusion that they are real.
So those are my 12 tips for fooling people with fresh flowers.
Articles on faux flowers:
Not Your Grandmother's Centerpiece: Five Fresh Ways To Use Faux Flowers - Apartment Therapy
Why Faux Flowers Are Really Chic - The Wall Street Journal
Image: Fly Me To The Moon
Actually, at Fly Me To The Moon Florists, we have the opposite problem. People have the illusion that our real flowers are fake. Either they think they're too pretty to be real or they've never seen them before. Not a bad problem to have I think.
What tips do you have for working with permanent botanicals fake flowers to make them look real? let me know in the comments below.
It's finally feeling like spring here in New York. Wondering what to do with all those spring flowers you're seeing for sale almost everywhere?
Don't worry. I've got you covered. Below you'll find links to great posts about info on spring flowers you may not know, ways to arrange them, how to make your own bouquet, and how to display them in different ways.
6 Ways To Say Hello To Spring With Flowers
How to Care For Cut Daffodils - First Come Flowers
Oh yeah, and by the way, the picture of the flowers was not taken here in New York. It's from a cool houseware/cafe in Australia. They're actually re-doing their website now, but the link under the picture will take you to an article about them or you can visit the Armchair Collective Facebok page here.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
I love posting on different topics, but I thought I'd share a few pictures of some of the floral design work I do at Fly Me To The Moon. If you like them, please feel free to pin away!
5 Fly Me To The Moon Flower Arrangements
Flower Arrangement 1. I love the drama hanging amaranthus adds to a flower arrangement. I used blue hydrangea, yellow spray roses, craspedia (the little ball shaped things), and football mums. The green spider mums always add a touch of freshness to a flower arrangement I think.
Flower Arrangement 2. No, I don't actually use hanging amaranthus in all my flower arrangements, even though I love it. Yellow, pink and green are great colors to help lift a one's spirits. There's a yellow pin cushion protea at the top of the flower arrangement. Having a mix of textures is part of the Fly Me To The Moon Florists look.
Flower Arrangement 3. Blue, green and purple is a color palette we use quite a bit. When you ask for blue flowers in an arrangement, there won't be a royal blue rose in sight. We stick to hydrangeas and the various shades of delphinium. There are other blue seasonal flowers, but these tend to be our staples. The purple flower which you might think is a rose is actually lisianthus.
Flower Arrangement 4. I created this tropical flower arrangement for a corporate dinner. Our client does large events several times a year and always wants something a little different. This exotic flower arrangement includes two types of heliconia, red ginger, a miniature pineapple, pin cushion protea and several different kinds of tropical foliage.
Flower Arrangement 5. This arrangement was designed for a first wedding anniversary celebration. Each centerpiece was different and had to have a fireworky kind of look. We used lots of steel grass and willow to get that effect.
I hoped you enjoyed seeing some of our flower arrangements. You can see more of our floral design work here.
Did you pin any of the flower arrangements? Which one?
Spring is finally here! Your favorite flowers will soon be blooming in your neighborhood.
But while you're waiting, why not create your own spring flowers out of paper?
5 Spring Paper Flower Tutorials
1. Crepe and Watercolor Flower Tutorial - Lucy Akins, over at her stunningly beautiful blog, Craftberry Bush, has created an amazing tutorial with great pictures on how to make a flower that looks like a peony to me.
2. How to Make A Paper Flower Daffodil - Brittany Watson Jepsen, over at her delightful blog, The House That Lars Built, has an incredible tutorial on how to make a paper daffodil, which is one of the first flowers of spring.
3. Make A Paper Easter Lily - Lia Griffith, a master paper flower maker, in my humble opinion, has a wonderful step-by-step tutoral on how to make paper Easter lilies to use for gift wrapping or display on her blog, Lia Griffith.
Which paper flower would you use for a party?