A Trip to the Wholesale Florist

A trip to the wholesale florist always gets my flower arranging juices flowing and yesterday was no exception…

a trip to the wholesale florist

there’s something about stepping into the chiller on a hot summer day that is quite satisfying – especially when the most glorious peonies are there to greet you…

a trip to the wholesale florist

a friend and I met to order flowers for an upcoming engagement party…

a trip to the wholesale florist

the abundance of floral choices almost makes my head spin…

a trip to the wholesale florist

I love arranging flowers for any reason but a celebration for a friend’s daughter is a most special reason for planning and ordering and finally arranging…

a trip to the wholesale florist

All of that thinking about flower arranging took me back to my visit to The Newport Flower Show and I thought you might like to see some of the fabulous arrangements that were in the competition there.

One Class was American Wedding Gown…peerless

 instructions were to create a cascade design of peerless style to celebrate Jackie Kennedy’s wedding

this one was my favorite…

Newport Flower Show

it was also favored by the judges and won the blue ribbon…

Newport Flower Show

another Class was American Bridesmaid…strapless

 instructions were to design a free-form bouquet to complement a strapless gown that today’s bridesmaid would be happy to carry…

Newport Flower Show

 yet another Class was American Wedding Cakes…breathless

participants were instructed to create a design using the pave technique inspired by cake designer Sylvia Wienstock that will leave any wedding guest breathless…

Newport Flower Show

I loved this one and it took second place…

Newport Flower Show

The judge’s comment was that the pave technique was not apparent in the design.

I loved the “cake” that took first place too…

Newport Flower Show

amazing, right?…

Newport Flower Show

Newport Flower Show

how are you keeping cool?…

dog in cooler

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  1. The Jackie K. wedding inspired arrangment was lovely. Funny story about peonies…I had beautiful peonie bushes at our first house…upon the first sign of buds our first spring, I noticed ants all over the buds, before asking someone more knowledgable, I decided to eradicate the ant invasion…the peonies never bloomed that year. I later told my neighbor about the ant invasion and she looked at me disapprovingly …”You killed the buds when you killed the ants.”
    I left the ants to do the work for the next 11 years…goreous peonies followed.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Oh I love that! I can remember being concerned about the ants myself before I knew what was going on. I’m hoping that I’ll have better luck with my peonies now that I have raised beds for planting. It probably just doesn’t get cold enough here for them to perform like they do for you but I do have friends whose plants way outperform mine so my fingers are crossed! So happy for you that you have gorgeous peonies!