It’s amazing what people can do given LOTS of flowers, time, and a patriotic spirit! Just in time for July 4th– a beautiful flag created from seedlings in the Vandenburg Air Force Base area near Lompoc, California.
The flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide. It utilizes the official dimensions of our country’s flag. It has the distinction of being the first floral flag that has five pointed stars. Each star is 24 feet in diameter and each stripe is 30 feet wide.
So how many flowers did it take for this creation? It is estimated that there are over 2 million flowers, many of which are white Larkspur.
In this same area, there are reportedly over 9 miles of flower fields that extend to the Pacific Ocean.
Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer is the name of the world’s premier fresh flower and plant auction and distribution house located on the outskirts of Amsterdam. It is also the fourth largest building in the world. Nineteen million fresh flowers are auctioned every day from this site which covers 247 acres. You can visit Aalsmeer and see it in action from a catwalk that traverses the warehouse. You will see tons and tons of flowers in every shape and hue, a highly efficient logistical system including the use of Segways for getting flowers destined for a particular buyer from Point A (purchase point) to Point B (distribution area), the auction rooms where the flower buying process has become increasingly more computerized, and quality control/testing areas.
Flowers sold during the daily auctions at Aalsmeer are grown in a variety of countries, including: Kenya, Cambodia, Ecuador, and other European countries. The flowers that are purchased there are destined mainly for Russia, China, Japan and some to the United States.
The flowers pictured below represent a very small portion of the total number of flowers in the Aalsmeer warehouse on any given day. Aalsmeer is open to the public. It’s a fascinating experience to take the self-guided tour!
My husband and I strolled through Keukenhof Gardens outside of Amsterdam this past spring. It is a magnificent venue for all things floral. In addition to numerous outside displays of crocuses, tulips, and daffodils, they boast five pavilions full of exhibits which typically feature one type of flower, e.g. orchids, tulips, roses, etc.
This picture of a fellow visitor with a bunch of jaunty yellow daffodils stuck in her backpack captured my imagination and camera.
More images from the Gardens to follow soon. . .
Please enjoy a leisurely reading of the April 2013 edition of my eNewsletter.
I’d like to share a super easy floral design just in time for Easter that is great for all of you do-it-yourselfers!
Use a tall container, 10″ or higher. Add tepid water and preservative. Purchase flowering branches (quince, forsythia or cherry blossom will all work). Arrange them in the vase, cutting the ends off to a length that you find most appealing. Keep it cherry blossom-simple or add a few other flowers as I did with the hydrangea. Decorate your branches with colorful, artificial eggs hung from ribbons. (Michael’s or JoAnn’s have lots of these items at this time of year.)
Pat yourself on the back and enjoy!
This is an amazing picture of a field of daffodils that a friend sent me. I don’t know where it was taken, unfortunately.
It does prove my description earlier of daffodils as “bold and bright”!
Nothing quite says springtime like daffodils! Their yellow is SO bright and bold. They’re definitely seasonal, so you need to get them in the next couple of months or hold your peace for the another year! They are not expensive, but you’ll achieve a more satisfying arrangement if you buy 2 to 3 bunches. Watch Trader Joe’s for tons of daffodils lying flat in a box. I haven’t seen them yet, but soon! If they have a bit of yellow showing, they WILL open. Just re-cut the stems, add a touch of sugar or floral preservative and place in tepid water. Replace and re-cut stems every other day or so to improve longevity. You should get a minimum of 5 days of vase life, but daffodils are not as long-lasting as some other flowers.
I bet the daffodils will put a broad smile on your face!
I hope you will enjoy our January Newsletter!
I was asked to create a fresh flower arrangement for a couple in the South Bay who had just become the proud parents of a baby girl.
I mixed pink (of course!) lisianthus with white cymbidium orchids with a burgundy throat, and pink peonies into a lush mostly monochromatic design. The peonies looked vibrant and full. Ti leaves variegated with pink and green were submerged in the vase and covered the stems.
The parents were delighted with the gift, and the client was very pleased.
Beach Cities Blooms always sends a picture of the finished arrangement to a client ordering for someone else. They appreciate the value add!
Thanksgiving is over; Christmas is upon us. The holiday spirit continues!
Here’s a festive idea for a decorative design for a kitchen center island or family room credenza or sideboard.
Find a large wooden or other decorative bowl. Fill it with a variety of fresh and faux fruits, such as: pomegranates, mangoes, persimmons, oranges, apples, walnuts and pecans, cinnamon sticks, artifiical artichokes and quince slices, etc. One design element that adds a lot of punch is to stud the oranges with whole cloves (They smell good, too.) You can also add smaller fresh flowers in water tubes that are hidden below the fruit. Let your imagination run!
Add more splashes of color with gold or silver spray paint, glitter and/or fake snow.
Encircle your composition with fresh evergreens; the fragrance of pine really captures the season.
Relax and enjoy!