Wednesday’s Flowers – Forest of Flowers

April 6, 2011

After a wonderfully inspiring evening watching Per Benjamin arrange flowers for a group of design hungry florists at Hofland, I found myself needing to try something different.  I aspire to transform wire the way he does but that will have to wait for another day.

While at the design show, I spent some time admiring a beautiful display of flowers by Esmeralda Farms.   They are a leader in the floral industry, based out of Miami Florida.  Their offerings include some very unique varieties and cultivators of common florist flowers and some very cool painted and dyed flowers.

Well after the show they gave all the flowers away and I came home with the following:

  • Rice Flower – Painted Yellow
  • Liatris Calillepsis
  • Achillea – Painted Brown
  • Gypsophila `Fun Time Ultra’ – Painted pink
  • Limonium – Painted Green

More free flowers!!  I love free flowers.  Since three of the five bunches of flowers were fillers flowers I wanted to create a design that used them but was not full of large groupings of fillers.  I believe that is you use too much filler in an arrangement you can break the look and make it stuffy and traditional.

After some thought, I came up with the idea of creating a small scale forest.  I hunted down some different sized rocks, grab a white platter from my china cabinet and a block of Oasis and went to work with the flowers listed above.

Here is my little forest of flowers:

Off to Toronto today to do some sourcing for a new project I’m working on with a very talented friend.  More about that soon as we are still in the planning process but cannot wait to share with you the news!  Happy Wednesday.

Oh, I should wish my Dad a very Happy Birthday today!