Names: Ginger, Red Ginger, Ostrich plume, Pink Cone Ginger
Colors: Red, pink, white, yellow depending on variety
Season: Available year-round
Meaning: Typically, the red ginger is symbolic of strength, but can be also used to stand for passion, love and strong bonds.
Yes, this is the same plant family, Zingiberaceae, from which we get the spices ginger, cardamon, and turmeric. As such, it has been an important part of trade in Indo-Malaysian countries since before the early Greeks and Romans, who later developed a taste for these flavors.
These striking plants are native to Malaysia, but are also grown in other tropical locales such as Hawaii, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico, among others. It is the national flower of Samoa where it is called teuila. Red ginger can also be grown in South Florida because of the mild winters and high humidity there. Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant, but be careful when planting it outside because it tends to spread.
The ginger flower is actually a small white bloom that appears at the top of the red bract.
Wikipedia, http://kalanitropicals.com, http://flowerinfo.org/ginger-flowers
The Hidden Value in Hiring a Professional Florist
Beautiful photographs for years to come
I have heard from several clients that they “don’t want to spend a lot on flowers because they are just going to die”. One could argue that nothing from the big day is going to last except the vows you make to your one and only. The food will be eaten, the DJ will stop playing, the linens and tableware will go back to the rental company from whence they came and the venue will not let you move in. Yes, the flowers will die. However, the myriad of pictures taken at your wedding will remain for decades to come, and I am willing to bet the flower farm that at least half of those pictures will have your flowers in them! For something so prominent, you want designs that are thoughtful and well executed by a trained professional. After all, in those glossy magazine spreads that are so inspiring, they used professional floral designers.
Countless hours saved
You really don’t have the time! I have worked on more than 100 weddings and one thing I have learned is that the entire bridal party and family is unbelievably busy in the days just before the wedding, and that’s without floral designing thrown in the mix. Pinterest, that blessing wrapped up in a curse, can make things seem so easy, but creating beautiful works of floral art takes time. Although the flowers are just one part of your big day, there is a lot of planning, number crunching and physical labor that goes into that art. From the creation of recipes, to the sourcing of flowers, flower containers and other goods or props that happen months and weeks in advance, there is also the time spent prepping and arranging the flowers, not to mention, delivering, setting up and cleaning up the arrangements at the end of the night.
Insider knowledge may save the day…and your sanity
Balance, scale and proportion…balance, scale, proportion: a trained designer’s mantra guides them in creating pieces that fit you, your bridal party, your tables and your venue perfectly. Professional floral designers also have the advantage of access to professional publications, local and online florist groups, wholesale to-the-trade shopping and on-the-job experience. Experience which may well swoop in to save the day. For instance, when the wind keeps knocking over arrangements, a professional will have a solution. When somebody’s corsage, boutonniere or bouquet has a mishap, a professional will have the tools and expertise to fix it on the spot. When you suddenly notice a favorite aunt didn’t get a corsage, a professional can make one up right there. A professional will also have scissors to cut off scratchy labels or forgotten tags.
This is the first Strelitzia Floral Design Studio Flower Fact Entry.
I'm starting with my favorite and my business name sake:
Names: Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae, Crane flower
Colors: red, orange, yellow, blue to deep blue all in one bloom
Season: Available year-round
Meaning: Strelitzia flowers symbolize joyfulness, magnificence and exciting and wonderful anticipation. What a great flower to have at your wedding!
A native to South Africa, the Bird of Paradise plant was brought to Britain in 1773 by the director of the Kew Royal Gardens, Sir Joseph Banks. He named the flower Strelitzia in honor of George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte Sophia, who was also the Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Reginae means queen.
The Strelitzia was formerly classified as a relative of the banana due to the shape of the plant’s leaves.
The flower must be opened by hand when purchased as a cut flower.
www.kew.org , www.theflowerexpert.com and http://www.superfloralretailing.com
The Floral Designer Next Door: Don’t risk missing out on a talented wedding floral designer because of his or her location
I can’t argue that wedding businesses that have a flashy, professionally designed and maintained website, an adorable delivery van with bright company logo, an elaborate booth at a wedding show and a high-style boutique from which to do business aren’t attractive. They are often dazzling and inspiring to couples planning a wedding.
As a consumer myself, I like to window shop at stores boasting gorgeous window displays, well designed fixtures and upscale products. However, at such fine-looking establishments, rarely can I afford what inspires me, nor can I get the quantity that I would like. I always leave feeling like I have settled for less.
If you are overlooking a wedding floral designer because his or her location is not in Swank City (or not in a shop at all) or they don’t have a mind-blowing website, you may be missing out on some of the best floral designers in your area. You may also be settling for less and missing out on a really great deal.
All of those fabulous business accoutrements cost a pretty penny, and in some cases lots of pretty pennies. Some expenses can be absorbed and written off as the cost of doing business or a least written off for tax purposes. However, most of those expenses are passed to you, intrepid wedding consumer. Sure, you’ll be able to get gorgeous flowers for your wedding, but you can get that much and more from a designer with more humble business accessories, including working out of a home.
Imagine having to pay for two of everything: two rents, two utility bills, two internet packages, two vehicles, etc... Throw in marketing expenses, like that flashy website or the elaborate booth at the wedding show, and the cost really adds up! Without all the sparkling trappings, a floral designer can charge less because they need less to make ends meet. I know of several very talented and highly-rated floral designers that even work out of their homes!
Don’t miss out on your area’s hidden gems. They’re out there! If you don’t know them by name, go to any well-known wedding planning website and scroll past the big flashy ads. You may find your perfect floral match waiting just a few lines further down.
Isn’t it gloriously thrilling to peruse the glossy pages of the latest wedding magazine or browse HD pictures online? The possibilities swirling about with giddy excitement cause your eyes to glaze over in rapture. You can absolutely see yourself twirling merrily in that gorgeous, shimmery dress with that fantastic bouquet as the sun gently filters through the sprawling oak tree nearby! It all really is picture perfect.
As with every picture, there are unknown things going on behind the scenes. The scrumptious, overflowing bouquet that will be “just perfect” with your dress and sends you, once again, sinking languorously into a tantalizing daydream of your big day has a very dark secret - It’s high price tag.
Understandably, many people have no frame of reference when it comes to floral design prices. Those may be a little higher than you would think. In order to obtain that picture perfect look, without the aid of Photoshop (which you won’t have as you walk down the aisle), you need plenty of extra flowers!
Those gorgeous, billowing peonies come in bunches of five, but frequently two to three won’t open up in time. Those unmistakable David Austin garden roses are subject to the same fate. Sometimes several are also brown or spotty right out of the package. Not to mention, those flowers are some of most expensive from the start.
So, how much does that bouquet cost? In many cases, with the billowy peonies and exquisite garden roses, the cost can start at $300.00 for that seemingly simple bouquet from that dreamy picture.
There is hope, however! Your florist can approximate the look you are dreaming of by using fewer blooms and creating a smaller bouquet and substituting a few less expensive blooms for some of the pricier ones.
It may not be THAT bouquet in the window, but it can still mesh perfectly with that halcyon dream of your sumptuous wedding day.