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Inspiration comes from the most unusual places! August 21, 2013

Filed under: Floral Design Inspiration,Recycling and Eco-Friendly Floristry — godsgardentreasures @ 9:42 pm

So here is how it goes. I took myself out to lunch on my day off and decided to try a new place, Spokes on Southern. I had no idea they have an outdoor patio with a pond and ducks and turtles just beyond and lo and behold today it’s cloudy and cool enough that I can sit outside! ! Bonus!


And then with a creative menu to boot! Selected their three cheese grilled cheese with basil, pear and turkey, on gluten free bun. As I was pondering their limited menu and yet all the customizing options, the inspiration came for updating our ordering website with a more limited initial selection and yet a myriad of customizing options! What do you think?

Well the ducks just walked up and they are quacking their approval!



The story of how asparagus can take you far! April 20, 2013

Green Centerpiece - Kristi Murphy photo Lauren Conrad blog

Recently, Kristi Murphy, of SaucyPants fame, requested a floral arrangement for their photo shoot of a St. Patrick’s Day beer-tasting for a Lauren Conrad blog post. Since they were working at The Farm at South Mountain, I incorporated kale, asparagus, and rosemary along with green bells of ireland, white anemone, and other green and white flowers.

I decided to also create a second arrangement for Your Life A to Z as our weekly delivery for the show, including the asparagus, rosemary, kale, and green and white flowers. It just so happened that Gabe from Il Tocco, was one of the guest chef’s that week.

Fast forward to mid-April, and the Culinary Festival preparations. Gabe decided that it was either create a centerpiece for Best of Fest himself, or to cook the steak.  He remembered our creative food-inspired floral arrangement, and called us. And so we had the honor of creating Cream, green and veggie centerpiecethe centerpieces for him for the festival. We used Sahara roses, stock, hydrangea, two kinds of kale, rosemary, and yes, the asparagus, even adding in rutabagas and parsnips!

Moral of the story – let asparagus take you there! Or: Be yourself, be creative, be passionate, and the people who love what you love will find you!

I am so grateful, encouraged – Thank you for listening!


Green flowers… For St Patrick’s day and beyond March 15, 2013

Here are a few recent arrangements for your inspiration! The first 2 are available in our shop today as seen on Channel 3’s Your life A  to Z this week.


Bells of Ireland are manipulated into swirls, and Green Hydrangea and it’s own foliage provide the base. Pussy Willows with suspended ‘bells’ provide graceful height.


Green Hydrangea and Green Anthos Mums make a splash in a beautiful glass vase with swirled colors.

And at Old Main at Asu a few weeks ago. Enjoy!

Green hydrangea and hanging amaranthus provide a stunning base for purple orchids, tulips and other green and purple flowers. Photo by Jill Lauren Photography.

Green hydrangea and hanging amaranthus provide a stunning base for purple orchids, tulips and other green and purple flowers. Photo by Jill Lauren Photography.


More Floral Design Inspiration February 18, 2013

More Floral Design Inspiration

As we prepared for a client’s open house (a graphic and web design company), we encountered these round magnetic boards on their walls – they cried out to be played with for the event!

So grateful when clients let us play….


Finding Inspiration January 2, 2013

I have had a wonderful week with family in snowy West Virginia, and enjoyed re-connecting with three points of inspiration in my life. Thought I would share them with you:


1. This picture of garden roses – I was sharing pictures on my phone with my Mom, and as I came across the garden roses, I was reminded of why I do why I do: because flowers are so amazing! And I love the new varieties!


2. Trees and branches: Some people think they ate sticks, that they look dead. I love the endless shapes and forms that branches take as they grow. And seeing them in winter without leaves and with snow highlighting them is wonderful!

3. My 2-year old nephew! The warm, open heart of a child, so accepting, so curious and eager to learn is heart-changing.

So my next question to myself is: how do I get more of each in my life?

What inspires you, and what are you going to do to get more?


The story behind the flowers September 19, 2012

The event: Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce networking event
The venue: the new Cityscape Hotel Palomar
The Palomar has a clean, modern aesthetic, and their overall design theme is ‘Art in Motion’

Centerpieces were requested for low cocktail tables with black linens.
Here are the pieces we created, 10 tables requested, and inky 8 were set up, so they also got podium flowers and registration flowers!






Tell us about your event on our Facebook page or call us at 480.603.7673 to set up an event consultation. Click here to place an order for your personal or corporate floral gift


Flower arrangements – on delivery, should they look stunning in pictures OR last longer in the home? September 5, 2012

While editing our website today,  I updated the text on a couple of arrangements where our picture is featured instead of floral photos we were provided by the website provider. Here is the text that accompanied:  “Bright colors bring smiles, creativity brings the ‘Wow’ factor, and the long-lasting flowers make a lasting impression as they are surprised each day at the changing design. Designed with lasting impact in mind, this arrangement is typically delivered with the lilies mostly in the bud stage, so the recipient has the delight of watching the blooms open at their home or office!”

While updating our website, I realized this is a perfect blog post. Short, to the point, and yet sharing our perspective and the way we think about flowers, and the dilemma we face sometimes with flower pictures online.

Lily Surprise Floral Arrangement

Lily Surprise Floral Arrangement

Why is this even an issue? (Or what do you mean it won’t look exactly like the picture?)

This is an issue with Lily arrangements, and Asiatic and Oriental Lilies particularly. They are cut with the buds fully closed, and they open nicely once they are given a fresh cut.  We want our clients to enjoy the flowers as long as possible, so sometimes they are sent out to the home with just a few open blooms, or mostly closed blooms, like the bouquet at right.

Asiatic Lily and Roses in whites and pinks

Asiatic Lily and Roses in whites and pinks

Many floral pictures show the lilies almost all fully open, like the picture at left.

This makes the bouquet look awesome in the pictures, and yet, with the blooms mostly open, the bouquet will not last as long, losing up to 50-70% of the time of enjoyment in the home.

So which do you prefer?

And we realize the preference may depend on the occasion. For a floral arrangement going to a celebration of life service, or a party, you want the open lilies and other flowers because of the visual impact at the event. When the flowers are going to the home, to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, there is more flexibility.

We’d like to know – do you think about this when you see a bouquet online where the flowers are all completely open?