Autumn Arrangement

While it may be Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere,  Autumn is coming to the Southern Hemisphere.

This is an arrangement for all of our readers down South. {Photograph by Annabella Charles Photography}

Recipe:

Banksia, Magnolia Grandiflora Fruit, David Austin Juliet Garden Rose, Echinacea (Coneflower) in Orange,

Acorn on the Branch, , Crabapple on the Branch, Bougainvillea, Dahlia, Tulip, and Waxflower.autumnpost

Romantic Garden Rose Bouquet

Simple bouquet recipes can be just as effective as varieties. This romantic rose bouquet was primarily garden roses and spray garden roses in a bundle surrounded by Magnolia leaves (which have a velvety tobacco colored underside).

The handle was wrapped in silk ribbon and styled by Kristin at Everbloom Designs. Lovely photographs by Annabella Charles Photography.

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We Love: The 50 Mile Bouquet {Book and Blog}

The 50 Mile Bouquet is a journey alongside author Debra Prinzing and photographer David E. Perry in their documentary of growers who don’t follow the modern unhealthy methods of mass flower production. These stories and photos give hope to those of us who feel torn to be a part of such a business that is seemingly about nature and beauty, yet unknown to many consumers, leaving a giant footprint of pollution by both pesticides and fuels. After reading this we are  inspired to reach out to local vendors more and even try a hand at producing some of the goods ourselves when possible; as this book is all about possibilities and creating a new normal for floristry and floral farming in America. The 50 Mile Bouquet will open your eyes to what floral resources are best used close by and are far more responsible than taking the “cost” of air shipped products for granted. The 50 Mile Bouquet Website

Debra Prinzing’s Books

David E. Perry’s Blog: A Photographer’s Garden

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We Love: Dogwood {a flowering tree}

Flowering Dogwood trees are truly magnificent. We love them so much they are a part of the Haute Horticulture logo.

There exist a few common varieties that all put on a spectacular flower show in the Spring. The white, pink, and red varieties are all a member of the flowering North American Dogwood group Cornus Florida and each has the distinct four rounded bracts (what people commonly see as flower petals). The group of Asian Dogwoods has pointed bracts and blooms only creamy white flowers a little later in the Spring. These Kousa Dogwoods (Cornus Kousa) are often referred to as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese Dogwood Trees. Most of these tree variteites, and many others are available through the Arbor Day Foundation for a very fair price to plant in your own yard, which is exactly what we plan to do this Spring.

Last year we got together with Annabella Charles Photography, Everbloom Designs, with dresses from Barefoot Bride (worn by model Alicia) and Linens from Studio 1524.  We created a lovely inspiration photo session paying homage to the Dogwood. We waited until the branches were perfectly in bloom and assembled a team of quite a few behind the scenes favors in the form of: the location (a private residence), monogramming (K. Young), cake making,  and lovely paper goods by the talented Natalie Chang. We fused style elements that could be incorporated into a garden party or wedding complete with hair accessories by Kristin of Everbloom Designs. The result was just as we had hoped and even made a prompt appearance in The Wedding Chicks Blog. Now a year later, we yearn to work with those branches again and hope they make their debut soon!

Photography: Annabella Charles

Fabric Flowers and Styling : Everbloom Designs

Ring pillows/ hair and Mua : Tasha Rick

Cake and Petite fours : Cindy DeBoard

Stationary and Calligraphy : Natalie Chang

linens : Studio1524

Dresses provided by : The Barefoot Bride

Model : Alicia Nash with ETA

 

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The Cheery Cherries {Using Fruit in Bouquets}

1cherry 2cherry 3cherry 4cherry There is nothing more delicious than using berries and various edible fruits in bouquets, but what is truly safe and what is fantasy? We have worked a great deal with fruits and unusual bouquet content recent years and here is the true advice we have to give customers and aspiring floral designers alike. When it comes to bridal bouquets these are our 7 best tips to avoid complications and gain peace of mind:

1) If you are using real fruit with clear juices make sure it is under-ripe and very hard.

2) If you wire fruits that are larger and heavier the test is simple, if you hold the wire only and the fruit does not stand erect, the gague is not heavy enough or the fruit needs more wires through it. You can also combine wooden picks but make sure the fruit is anchored with some wire or the fruit may fall off the pick alone when the bouquet is held upside down (which does happen).

3) If you use real fruits it is safest to nest them into the flowers so that they are not on the outside of the bouquet where they can get bruised or start to weep.

4) Never use real fruits with extremely dark juices. It may look appealing in magazines (yes we have published a few ourselves) but the secret is that there are some very convincing faux fruits and veggies out there,  and no floral designer or bride should have to worry about this when there are lightweight fauxs that can be tucked (wired) into the bouquet. Make sure the client understands that these concerns are for clothing safety and the reason a real plum is probably not ideal for a bouquet; give them the truth about the risks of real fruits and vegetables and they will respect you for thinking ahead.

5) Peppers and fruits like Mangos can be very irritating to skin and eyes if the oils come off onto the designer’s hands or onto the client’s hands. The best thing to do is use faux or very small ornamentals that are grown specifically for arrangements. It may seem tempting to use that cute little jalapeno pepper from the garden, but it could potentially get an irritant all over everything that it touches.

6) Be smart, if you aren’t going to be there to watch over the bouquet for the entire ceremony and reception and all photographs, then our best advice is play it safe rather than risk disaster. There are so many usable low risk berries and ornamentals to use and the options are getting better each year with the demand. If you must go outside the box, practice and see how well the fruit holds up outside the cooler and in a bouquet for a day.

7) Be creative! If the customer needs a certain color or look, there are probably alternatives that can be used instead. For example, Hypericum berries look a lot like little strawberries when used with strawberry foliage and not bunched together.

All photos by Annabella Charles Photography

Photo Shoot seen in Mag Rouge

Magnolia Rouge: A Styled Shoot {Jan 2013 Issue}

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We have been honored to be included in nearly every issue of Mag Rouge and now Magnolia Rouge Magazine. This is from the January 2013 issue. The use of antique golds, flatware, and vintage wallpaper mixed with the flowers, succulents, and berries to form a tapestry of textures and pastels. Styled by Kristin Wolter of Everbloom Designs and photographed by Annabella Charles.

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We Love: The Book Bringing Nature Home {Flowers by Nicolette Owen}

 The book Bringing Nature Home : Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature with designs and by Nicolette Owen and photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo is a delight for flower enthusaists as well as designers who crave examples of modern natural arrangements in a beautiful home setting. The arrangements may seem simple, but the placements of the seasonal branches and garden treasures are designed to pay homage to the beauty of each flower. We are so excited to see a rise in popularity of the natural flower arranging and this beautiful book definitely has a respected place on our shelves!

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Pastel Seaside Inspired Bouquet

This cheerful pastel bouquet is so soft and lovely in velvety mints, peaches, and buttery yellows. We found it in our archives and decided  to share. The  By the Sea theme was part of a bouquet photo shoot collaboration with Annabella Charles Photography, Everbloom Designs, and Natalie Chang.seabouquet1 seabouquet2

Publications and Blogs

Untitled-2We here at Haute Horticulture are so grateful for all of the features both in print and online. We are thrilled and honored when someone shares what we have created {alongside some other very talented vendors}. Our belief is that inspiration is important and our passion is making it with our own hands to then be enjoyed and photographed. When publcations showcase our work, the world gets to see what we see; which is a lot of amazing things.

Thank you to all of the talented editors, bloggers, designers, and graphic artists who weave our vignettes/events into their lovely tapestries.

Flowerwheel {The Website}

Click Here to see what the talk is all about! We have an amazing app and you can try it for free

or just skip a small latte and buy this guide with nearly 700 amazing flowers on your apple device forever!

{Flowerwheel App also  has a cute little Demo Video }

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