>CIRCUS ROSES FOR SHOCK TRAUMA GALA

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We recently had the pleasure once again of working with the incredible team of PW Feats. We love these guys. Not only are they professional and creative, they’re a lot of fun, too. These guys don’t just manage an event, they bring in all the bells and whistles that turn it into something really special, even spectacular. From gorgeous fantasy weddings to amazing corporate events, PW Feats has let us ride on their awesome shirt tails since we first opened two years ago.

Last weekend we worked with them on the florals for a Gala for Shock Trauma that was held at the Baltimore Convention Center. The centerpieces were simple bubble bowls filled with gorgeous Circus Roses. This is a fabuloous rose because it blows wide open right away but continues to last for a week or more. The more it opens the more it reveals its vibrancy. It’s a stunner. We did 270 centerpieces and each bowl had roughly 14 roses in it–do the math. We had more than 2300 of these beautiful roses in our studio. They were everywhere…

 I couldn’t have been more proud of our team. Every single piece was beautiful. You always worry when you’re doing a lot of a single design. It’s easy to get tired and adopt that “it’s good enough” attitude. But our team of Debbie, Susie, Sharon and Kristen never let up and they took ownership of each and every piece they turned out.

 The result was 270 perfectly gorgeous bowls of Circus Roses that we packed up, delivered to the Convention Center,  and set up.  Imagine these flowers on black tablecloths–270 of them. I love when it all comes together and the client is thrilled with the final look. Thanks, PW Feats, for once again letting us be part of your vision!

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>BOB, THE STUDIO LUSH

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We just couldn’t stand it. As many of you know, The Floral Studio is home to Jack, our free-roaming rabbit, and Bob, our adorable fat cat. Yes, that’s right–Bob cat and Jack rabbit. The two of them live at the studio, roam free 24-7, and have apparently become very good friends. It’s a pretty relaxing place and Bob loves to find a patch of sun on the workroom floor and sprawl–belly up. Well, we just couldn’t resist. We had to set up this photo.
What a lush…

>Cherry Blossom Weddings

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It’s Cherry Blossom time again and we’re gearing up for a cherry blossom wedding at The Peabody Library this Saturday. Last year we did a beautiful wedding with these gorgeous blossoming branches and I just had to go back and look at the photographs again for a little inspiration.

Jennifer McMenamin was the photographer at this beautiful wedding last spring and the pictures of Sylvia and Tim’s wedding are among our favorites. The Floral Studio has been lucky to have collaborated with Jennifer on many weddings in the last two years and she has never disappointed. We think her work is stunning and has a way of getting at the heart of the moment.

Right now we have hundreds of Cherry Blossom branches soaking in buckets around the studio and on our deck. We’re coaxing these blossoms and the timing is always tricky, but we expect to produce another magical Cherry Blossom wedding on Saturday!

If you should decide to try and force branches at home, you might want to try Quince. It has a pretty pink-salmon color that’s a little unusual.  It doesn’t actually bloom in clusters like most cherry varieties, and the stems are a little stiffer, but it does have a similar flower blossom and it will last a bit longer than Cherry.

Start forcing stems by cutting them from the trees or bushes, trimming some of the smaller stragglers towards the bottom of the branches (to force the energy into the buds further up the stem) and then setting them in warm to hot water for an hour. It will jump-start the process. Pick stems that have small buds just starting. They don’t need to be open, or even peeking color, but you’ll have more luck if the buds are starting to swell. Stay away from branches that have already bloomed unless you want a very short-lived arrangement. Once the energy has gone into the bloom, the branches are a little less hearty for cutting.

“Spirea” or “Bridal Wreath” forces nicely, too. It’s a shrub with vine-like branches that bloom a little later in the spring and produce clusters of small white flowers. Dogwood is a little tougher to get going, but it is stucturally gorgeous once it blooms on some of those gnarled branches. Most fruit trees can be forced and that includes apple blossom, orange blossom, and flowering pear tree.  And many flowering vines are extremely cooperative and can be forced in the very dead of winter. Forsythia is a great choice for  an explosion of sunny yellow in the dead of winter.

Nothing says spring in Baltimore like blooming trees (and lacrosse sticks). Can’t wait for Saturday!