Tag: Flowers

a moment to savour – Hacienda Sarria photo shoot

November 14, 2014

This photo shoot at the Hacienda Sarria In Kitchener, Ontario was full of awesomeness!   Every detail was inspired by a recent summer trip to Portugal by the coordinator of the event, Lynzie Kent. Lynzie, owner of Love by Lynzie Weddings and Events in Toronto,…

a moment to savour – hope spring holiday home tour

November 7, 2014

The 13th annual Holiday Tour of Homes for HopeSpring kicks off the holiday season tonight and tomorrow. Every year, professional decorators and interior and exterior florists and garden centres from the Waterloo Region gather to donate their time, energy and artistic skill to transform…

pretty petals – white carnations

October 30, 2014

We love carnations.  There.  We said it!  Never thought the day would come, but we have  fallen for these simple, timeless flowers.  Carnations are not just your grandmother’s flower anymore!  These flowers are a delight to work with because they look incredible clumped together,…

pretty petals – paphiopedilum orchids

October 23, 2014

We are pretty smitten in the studio this week.  We are featuring a type of orchid that we have never had the pleasure of having – paphiopedilum, or more commonly known as the lady slipper orchid.  This particular kind of paphiopedilum is an exotic…

a moment to savour – flower crown workshop

October 17, 2014

The Living Fresh Flower School taught its first ever flower crown workshop last Friday.  It was a sold out event!  We had such a wonderful night with this keen group of ladies.  Although wiring and taping is a skill that takes much practice, our…

pretty petals – blueberry rose

October 9, 2014

The only thing that would make this rose called blueberry any better were if it smelled like blueberries!  This rose is divine.  It has beautiful frilly petals and lots of them.  It has a vase life of up to 10 days – until blueberry…

pretty petals – geraldine rose

October 2, 2014

Let us introduce you to one of our favourite pink roses called Geraldine.  Geraldine is a South American grown light pink  rose with green guard petals.  It is  classified as a medium sized rose with a bloom size of approximately 6 cm when fully…

pretty petals – autumn joy sedum

September 25, 2014

This beauty is in full flower everywhere in Southern Ontario right now!  Sedum “autumn joy” is one of the most prolific of all the fall bloomers.  There are so many things about sedum that makes it a great flower to have in the garden….

pretty petals – cafe au lait dahlias

September 18, 2014

Dahlias are magical flowers, but oh my, you haven’t experienced real beauty until you hold a cafe au lait dahlia in your hands!  These over sized blooms are magnificent.  Often referred to as dinner plate dahlias, the cafe au lait can grow as big…

a moment to savour – langdon hall wedding

September 12, 2014

There is a reason why Langdon Hall has been chosen year after year as one of the top restaurants, spas, and wedding facilities in Canada – it is gorgeous! We had the pleasure of setting up an outdoor wedding there this week! It was…

european hand-tied bouquet class

September 10, 2014

It’s just one week away! Join the Living Fresh Flower School and learn how to make an impressive European style hand-tied bouquet. Our hands-on class will teach you the proper techniques to create a stunning arrangement of beautiful flowers that will stand all by…

pretty petals – succulents

September 4, 2014

Succulents have been all the rage in bridal work for the last few years. We thought we would feature some of these lovelies on our blog today. They are a fun addition to a bridal bouquet, floral arrangement or boutonniere. We enjoy the way…

pretty petals – turtle rose

August 28, 2014

Let me introduce you to a rose that we have recently discovered called “turtle”.  Not the prettiest of names for a rose – in fact, it is somewhat nonsensical if you ask me since there is no such thing as a bright yellow turtle…

Wedding Flowers – Gambrel Barn in Milton

August 18, 2014

All images by Diana Marie Photography We love seeing our flowers adorning a stunning bride and groom on the happiest day of their lives! And Jessica and Daniel’s wedding was that and so much more.  Their day was simple but incredibly gorgeous! They were married…

pretty petals – liatris

August 14, 2014

Liatris is a prolific perennial that grows abundantly in our Southern Ontario climate.  Commonly known as gayfeather, the liatris comes in two different colours:  purple and white.  The white is definitely my favourite of the two colours, but it is rarely grown for the floral…

pretty petals – poppy pods

August 7, 2014

Poppies are a magnificent flower.  But did you know that in the floral industry we enjoy a poppy once it has gone to seed as well?  These goofy looking pods are a neat way to add interest to a floral design.  We use them…

Cover Girl – Canadian Florist

July 26, 2014

  Never in my life have I ever wished to be a cover girl but Canadian Florist Magazine decided to throw my smiling face on the cover of their July/August 2014 issue! They also selected me as one of the top 10 florists under 40 for…

a moment to savour – summer school

July 25, 2014

The Living Fresh Flower School taught its first ever summer school session this week.  We had a blast!  Our talented group of ladies were full of energy. They designed their hearts out all week long! We couldn’t be more proud of the progress that…

pretty petals – shasta daisies

July 24, 2014

Shasta daisies are plentiful in the perennial gardens of Ontario right now. The expression “fresh as a daisy” is certainly applicable in this case – the crisp white blossoms of the shasta daisy livens up any garden. Shasta daisies are an excellent choice if…

pretty petals – thlapsia

July 17, 2014

Let us introduce you to thlapsia, commonly known as green bell or penny cress. It’s a newcomer to the the floral industry. We like to think of it as the new baby’s breath!  It is a delicate, filler flower that serves the dual purpose…

pretty petals – prickly pear cactus

July 10, 2014

Apparently Peelee Island isn’t the only place in Ontario where Prickly Pear Cactus can thrive!  I have a glorious patch of this southern Ontario rarity right in my own backyard.  I am truly amazed every year when it bounces back after our long, harsh,…

pretty petals – lupins

July 3, 2014

Lupins are one of those flowers that have been made famous from pictures. Perhaps you have seen images such as the one below – pictures like this one just make me want to grow lupins in my garden.  I also get the itch to…

pretty petals – protea

June 26, 2014

Not many people outside the floral industry are familiar with the protea.  It is an over sized flower indigenous to South Africa.  It is said that the protea was named after the Greek god Proteus.  Proteus had the ability to change his form at…

pretty petals – primrose

June 19, 2014

Primula vulgaris, commonlyknows as primrose, has about 24 different varieties.  Most are perennials, but there are some annual varieties too.  The type of potted primrose that we sell in the studio is an annual variety.  Each spring/ early summer, we look forward to bringing…

pretty petals – forget me nots

June 12, 2014

We are smitten with this tiny flower right now. Forget-me-nots have a fun way of popping up randomly in the garden. To many people, this adorable blue flower is invasive; but to us,they are a florist’s delight. With the popularity for blue flowers on…

a moment to savour – mobile flower school

May 30, 2014

As each week draws to a close its good for the soul to recapture some of the wonderful moments that lead you to the week’s end. It is essential not to take the little things for granted – celebrate their awesomeness through a weekly…

pretty petals – gypsophila

May 29, 2014

Gypsophila is most commonly known as baby’s breath.  And believe it or not it comes from the carnation family.  This poor little flower gets a bad rap.  People have come to hate baby’s breath because of the “old fashioned” stigma attached to it.  Yes,…

pretty petals – allium

May 22, 2014

Did you know that allium is Latin for the word garlic? From the monocot genus, allium come from the same family as edible garlic, onions, leeks and chives. There are hundreds of species of the monocot genus, but only about a dozen are grown…

pretty petals – cappuccino ranunculus

May 15, 2014

Any ranunculus is a good ranunculus!  We have featured many varieties of this flower over the years on our blog, but have never shown off the cappuccino kind.  Isn’t it pretty? This delicate tissue-like flower has the same dainty qualities as all its brothers…

Happy Mother’s Day and Contest Winner

May 11, 2014

Wishing our Mom’s and all the Mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s day! We hope your day was filled with lots of love from your sweet children and that you were spoiled with beautiful flowers. To celebrate Mother’s Day we held our Win Flowers…

pretty petals – coral charm peonies

May 8, 2014

Because the season for peonies is such a short one, this flower is a coveted one.  And although we are partial to all peonies, we have a particular love for paeonia coral charm. This peony is one of the earlier bloomers and is a…

a moment to savour – Ludwig!

April 4, 2014

As each week draws to a close its good for the soul to recapture some of the wonderful moments that lead you to the week’s end.  It is essential not to take the little things for granted – celebrate their awesomeness through a weekly…

Wedding Flowers – Prisz + Deo | Bellamere Winery

March 31, 2014

(All images by Diana Marie Photography) In just three short months, Priszcilla and Deonisie planned their beautiful, rustic, fall wedding at Bellamere Winery in London, Ontario.  We were so excited for this wedding as our dear friends; Diana and James from Diana Marie Photography were photographing the couple’s…

a moment to savour – Canada Blooms

March 28, 2014

As each week draws to a close its good for the soul to recapture some of the wonderful moments that lead you to the week’s end.  It is essential not to take the little things for granted – celebrate their awesomeness through a weekly…

Wedding Flowers – Margaret + Jeremy | Cambridge Mill

February 18, 2014

(All images by the very talented Nikki Mills) Margaret and Jeremy were married on Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Church in Guelph. Their wedding reception was held at the beautiful Cambridge Mill. Their special day was captured by Toronto photographer Nikki Mills….

valentine’s 2014 is in 7 days!!

February 7, 2014

Lush garden flowers from Living Fresh to say “I love you”.  Contact the studio and arrange to have something beautiful custom designed for that special someone. Red Mason Jar Garden Bouquet $40 (small) $70 (medium) $100 (large) Hand-tied Bouquet 12 Premium roses, lush greenery &…

pretty petals – cloni ranunculus

November 21, 2013

This week was an exciting one for us at the flower market in Toronto! We wandered in to the “new arrivals” section at FlueraMetz only to discover something completely magical – cloni ranunculus or pon pon ranunculus. We have never seen anything quite like…

pretty petals – phalaenopsis orchids

October 10, 2013

Orchids orchids and orchids! This type of flower used to be synonymous with the rich and the royal. They were once only available to the affluent societies. Importation of these rare beauties from the various parts of Asia used to come with a hefty…

pretty petals – gladiola

October 3, 2013

Welcome to week twenty-two of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – crockery inkwell

October 2, 2013

For our Fresh and Renewed post today we have another Aberfoyle Antique Market find, a crockery inkwell. The moment I spied this little gem I had visions of a mini flower arrangements full of texture and large blooms. I’m sad to report that the…

pretty petals – colchicum

September 26, 2013

Welcome to week twenty-one of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – waxed paper yogurt cup

September 24, 2013

This past Sunday, Deb and I took a little road trip to the Aberfoyle Antique Market to search for some props for an upcoming project, as well as to find containers to repurpose for vases for this weekly column. We had a lot of…

pretty petals – amaranthus

September 19, 2013

Welcome to week twenty of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – hydrangea

September 12, 2013

Welcome to week nineteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – antique glass bottles

September 10, 2013

I started collecting antique glass bottles back in my scuba diving days. A friend of mine got me into scrounge diving for bottles and we would spend hours underwater searching under rocks and in muck up to our elbows for glass bottles. All the…

pretty petals – blushing bride protea

September 5, 2013

Welcome to week eighteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – canadian honey tin

September 4, 2013

Old vintage tins are very popular, I started collecting them a few months back and have already shared a one Fresh and Renewed post using them as a vase. You can find that posts here. For today’s post I used a vintage Canadian Honey…

pretty petals – cosmos

August 29, 2013

Welcome to week seventeen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – queen anne’s lace

August 22, 2013

Welcome to week sixteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

white, peach, emerald green wedding flowers

August 16, 2013

We just adore emerald green. When Chrystal and Mark approached us in the spring to talk about the flowers for their wedding on Friday, July 26, 2013, we were so excited to hear about their colour scheme of white, peach and emerald green with a hint…

pretty petals – zinnias

August 15, 2013

Welcome to week fifteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – vintage pyrex mug

August 13, 2013

Last week was super busy and my focus was 100% on weddings and flower studio, so that left no time for blogging, sorry! I hope things will be back on track this week. For today’s Fresh and Renewed I wanted to share with you…

pretty petals – dahlias

August 8, 2013

Welcome to week fourteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – astrantia

August 1, 2013

Welcome to week thirteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

purple and white flowers for a cambridge mill wedding

July 31, 2013

Natalie and Ryan were married on Friday, July 12th, 2013 at the beautiful Cambridge Mill. Natalie requested a mixed bouquet of flowers in various shades of purple with a hint of pink and ivory. For her bouquet we selected Purple Allium, Ocean Song Roses, Purple…

pretty petals – freesia

July 25, 2013

Welcome to week twelve of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – terracotta wine cooler

July 23, 2013

Since starting this Fresh and Renewed column I have been on the search for new vessels to repurpose into vases, for today’s post I found a old terracotta wine cooler that was the prefect size for creating a large arrangement for an outdoor party…

pretty petals – cobra lily

July 18, 2013

Welcome to week eleven of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – recycled glass oil bottle

July 16, 2013

There are so many vessels and containers in our kitchens that can be repurposed into vases; have a good look at the items you are considering discarding as they could become beautiful flower vases. For today’s Fresh and Renewed flower post I found a…

pretty petals – bachelor’s button

July 11, 2013

Welcome to week ten of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – nellie’s laundry soda tin

July 9, 2013

For today’s Fresh and Renewed post we bring you something new, a cool laundry soda tin from Nellie’s All Natural. Deb, my amazing sidekick and partner in floral chaos, brought in this tin so it could be reused for floral arranging fun! Although it…

garden party flower class

July 6, 2013

The Flower School’s annual Garden Party flower class was held on June 27, 2013. The studio was jam packed full of fresh garden flowers ready for our 7 lovely students to arrange into a trio of mason jars. It was such a delightful evening…

pretty petals – clematis

July 4, 2013

Welcome to week nine of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

fresh and renewed – antique muffin tins

July 2, 2013

Our Fresh and Renewed column is all about inspiring you to find new purposes for very day objects, old and new, that would normally be discarded, stored in a cupboard or thrown out.  And we found the perfect objects for today’s post while thrifting at…

engagement mini session giveaway winner

July 1, 2013

We have a winner for our blog giveaway… Congratulations to bride-to-be Yildiz Dervish! Yildiz has won an engagement session with Stephanie Canada Photography, a $150 print credit plus a fresh hand-tied bouquet for her photo shoot from us at Living Fresh Flower Studio and School!…

pretty petals – stock

June 27, 2013

Welcome to week 8 of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

Fresh and Renewed – Betty Anne Peanut Crunch Tin

June 25, 2013

I have recently started collecting tin containers for arranging flowers in. While out thrifting I was pleasantly surprised to happen upon a Vintage turquoise Betty Anne Peanut Crunch Tin; pleasantly surprised by the fact that the tin had the name Betty Anne on it…

pretty petals – anemones

June 20, 2013

Welcome to week seven of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

fresh and renewed – vintage keiller milk glass jars

June 18, 2013

This week’s Fresh and Renewed vintage James Keiller and Son marmalade jars are coming to you all they way from Dundee, Scotland. Keiller’s marmalade was first produced in Scotland in 1797 and by the late 19th century their preserves were shipped all over the world. They are believed to be…

engagement photo shoot and flower bouquet giveaway

June 17, 2013

Boy, Oh boy, do we have an awesome giveaway for all the local brides and grooms out there! Our photographer friend, Stephanie of Stephanie Canada Photography, has offered up a Engagement Mini Photo Session for one of you to win! Plus, she is giving…

pretty petals – peony

June 13, 2013

Welcome to week six of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

pretty petals – ranunculus

June 6, 2013

Welcome to week five of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – lilacs

May 30, 2013

Welcome to week four of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

fresh and renewed – monschau mustard jar

May 28, 2013

Whenever we visit Germany, we always try to squeeze in a trip to Monschau, a charming little village in the Eifel region of western Germany. The narrow, cobblestone streets are lined with 300 year old half-timbered houses and, the entrance to the village is gated; you need a residence pass…

pretty petals – medinilla

May 23, 2013

Welcome to week three of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – poppies

May 16, 2013

Welcome to week two of our column entitled ‘Pretty Petals’.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

fresh and renewed – bonne maman jam jar

May 7, 2013

As you all know I adore arranging flowers. Well did you know that whenever I can I love to design flowers in everyday containers, especially food and drink vessels? Well, to challenge my creativity I have been plotting a new blog column, something that would…

mother’s day – send flowers

Orchids, Lavender, Fresh Herbs, Hibiscus and Medinillia are just a few of the pretty things we have in the studio for this Mother’s Day along with buckets and buckets of fresh cut flowers.  Our custom made fresh flower hand-tied bouquets always leave loved ones…

wedding flower wednesdays – purple and yellow

May 1, 2013

Back in November we had the pleasure of creating wedding flowers for an extremely wonderful couple, Erin and Aaron. These love birds were married on Saturday, November 3rd 2012 in Downtown Kitchener at the Walper Hotel; a historic boutique hotel build in 1893. The…