Photo by Jenny Hill

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cattleya Orchids!

Cattleya orchids - absolutely stunning! You don't see them often anymore, but at one time the cattleya was the most elegant and romantic wedding flower. These were grown by Peterkort Roses and beautifully arranged by Lois at The Garden Path. Congratulations to Nicole the bride! Beautiful choice for your wedding bouquet.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I Love the Portland Flower Market

Early to rise on Flower Market day! I like to leave early enough to miss the traffic and be back to the shop in time for morning deliveries. The flower market always inspires me - and today the sales staff at Billingsley Wholesale gave me the (unofficial) award for prettiest selections of the day. I can't wait to start creating beautiful wedding arrangements out of them! Check in later this week to see what we do with the pretty red flowers I bought today.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Amazing Lace

Here's one more dried flower arrangement. This one, created by Dena, was inspired by the beautiful Queen Anne's Lace - perfectly dried along with the blue hydrangea in silica gel. This piece is being donated to the Give A Little Foundation, a local foundation supporting local people with small grants to help them get back on their feet. Their fundraiser "Amazing Lace" is September 18 and 19 at McMinnville's historic First Baptist Church.
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Friday, September 3, 2010

I Love Dried Flowers

I love working with dried flowers! I love the smell; I love the textures and variety; I love the colors. They are definitely getting harder to find though. Some of these were dried by us and some were purchased from the wholesale market. I think they are not as in-fashion as they once were so fewer places are carrying them. And they really are not "everlasting". They deteriorate over time - especially when pawed through on market shelves!
This piece is on its way to a private dining nook at McMenamin's Hotel Oregon. The McMenamins establishments are always a bit quirky, so being "in-fashion" is not necessarily their cup of tea (or more precisely their glass of Terminator ale).
Just as a side note: my first flower shop was located in the Hotel Oregon in the pre-McMenamins days. I loved being downtown, but I also love my present busy site. And McMenamins has infused a whole new energy into downtown McMinnville. It's a win/win!
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