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FDS Spring Newsletter!

Welcome to the Spring Addition of the Flower Design School Newsletter

 

Dear Blossoms,

We just want to say one thing – Hurray for Spring!

I’m sure just like you you’ve had enough of the cold, wet and windy weather we’ve been experiencing in Perth the last couple of weeks and months. Whilst its great for the plants and our dams I have so missed visiting our glorious beaches and NOT shivering in bed!

Lucky for us it looks like the sun is back out and it’s a simply wonderful time to get out and about, perhaps do some spring cleaning and of course, do some more floristry!

If that tickles your fancy please read on 🙂

Flower of the Month: Irises

irisesIrises go back to ancient times in Egypt where they were immortalised in drawings as symbols of the renewal of life. This lovely flower is named after the Greek messenger of the gods, Iris, who was said to have golden wings and to travel on a rainbow. “Iris” means “rainbow” in Greek, fittingly representing the many colours of the iris flower.

Where the Story Begins …

The worldwide success story of the iris probably began in 1479 B.C., when King Thutmose III of Egypt had conquered Syria, where Irises grew in great profusion. Thutmose immortalized Irises in sculptures at the Temple of Amon at Karnak, as well as in the gardens of Egypt. That is where their story begins.

DID YOU KNOW? 

The word for Iris comes from the Greek word meaning “rainbow”.

 

Upcoming Classes:

To celebrate Spring, September and October are busy with workshops and courses. It’s time to get out of the house and play with some beautiful flowers!

Also this month we have started doing Kids Birthday Party workshops catering for up to 10 kids of ages 6 and over.

If you have an upcoming birthday or celebrations feel free to call us and book us in!

Upcoming Classes:

Fun with Flowers Workshop Sunday 23rd Sept. 10am -12pm
Kids Flower Workshop at FDS : Friday 28th Sep. 10am -11 am
Introduction to Floristry Workshop Saturday 6th October 10am – 4 pm
Arbour Workshop Sunday 14th Oct. 9am -1.30pm

Click on the images to book in your class or workshop!

5 Fun Facts About Flowers You Probably Didn’t Know

5 Fun Facts About Flowers You Probably Didn’t Know

5 Fun Facts About Flowers You Probably Didn’t Know

Flowers aren’t just nice to look at and wonderful to smell, they’re pretty interesting too! Here are 5 fun facts about flowers that you probably haven’t heard!

Keyword(s): facts about flowers

When you think of flowers, you probably think about celebrating graduations, a birthday or a baby being born. You probably went to a grocery store, picked out the most aesthetically pleasing bouquet and went on your merry way.

While flowers are beautiful and pleasing to look at, they are also really interesting. When it comes to flowers, there’s more than meets the eye (or petal).

Here are five facts about flowers that you probably didn’t know!

1. The Classic Rose

It only makes sense to start our five facts about flowers with a fact about the rose! Did you know that the rose actually has a pretty big family that consists of more than just flowers? The rose is actually related to apples, raspberries, nectarines, plums, almonds and a few other fruits.

2. Sunflower Power

Here’s a quick math question for you. If someone gives you a bouquet of six sunflowers, how many flowers do you have? Did you say six? You’d be right and wrong!

Most people don’t know that sunflowers are actually composed of tons of tiny little flowers known as “florets.”

It’s safe to say that sunflowers have a ton of little secrets! But some secrets aren’t so little. The tallest sunflower to date was 30 feet tall!

3. Tulip Mania

Did you know that at one time in history tulips were the fourth largest export in the Netherlands? During the late 17th century, tulips were being sold for 10 times the average salary of a skilled craftsman!

So what made tulips so desirable during that time? In short, patriotism and people’s never-ending desire to have the most popular thing at that time. The Dutch didn’t have tulips until the 1650’s.

The flower quickly became synonymous with lavish Dutch life. Painters quickly picked up the up-and-coming trend of tulips and depicted them in a lot of work of the time.

The wealthy and upper class were the ones with access to view the art which meant that the tulip quickly became the icon of the wealthy. They were even rarer due to their short lifespan of 3-7 days.

For about 10 years, the tulip was more valuable than gold! This makes sense because the rarer the object the more valuable.

4. Betcha Didn’t Know This about Broccoli!

Would you be shocked if I told you you’ve been eating flowers since you were a kid and you didn’t even know it? Well, you have!

Broccoli is in the brassica family that is technically considered a flower. This family also includes cauliflower and cabbage.

5. Language and Facts about Flowers

Centuries ago, it was understood that the color and type of flower symbolized or meant something to the person receiving the flowers. The rose, depending on the color, can mean anything from friendship to love.

To name a few, the Begonia means “deep-thinking” and the Daisy symbolizes “innocence”.

Wrapping Up our Flower Facts

There are tons of fun facts about flowers to be learned! Aside from decoration and a sign of affection and condolence, flowers have been a staple in our global society since the beginning of time.

If you’re interested in floristry, you can even take your knowledge even further with classes on flowers and how to arrange them. The next time you see a bouquet or give one to a friend or family, you can tell them these facts about flowers!

Rose Color Meanings: From Red to White and Everything In-Between

Rose Color Meanings: From Red to White and Everything In-Between

Rose Color Meanings

Buying a bouquet? Here’s what you need to know about rose color meanings. With so many to choose from, there’s bound to be a rose for any occasion!

Keyword(s): rose color meanings

The flower business is one of the steadiest industries in the world, holding steady near $35 billion a year.

That’s because flowers are appropriate for almost every occasion, romantic, friendly, or congratulatory. You can even buy roses for a friend on their birthday, so long as the rose color meanings reflect your intentions.

For years, quality florists have grown (and lower quality florists have dyed) a virtual rainbow of different roses in every color.

Each color has a different association. Read on to learn some more about rose color meanings.

Here are the top five:

Yellow Roses

Some people have mixed feelings on yellow roses. They have a history of being given to someone who is celebrating a positive event.

In other cases, yellow roses are given to ensure someone that feelings are not romantic.

Give them to someone who you view as a friend. If this is explicitly known, a yellow rose is nothing controversial. If your friend knows you are sincerely happy for them, then there’s nothing to worry about.

Yellow roses can be given to someone who is in the hospital for a minor procedure or be given to someone you’re apologizing to.

Give a bouquet of yellow roses with this in mind.

However, yellow roses can be added to a bouquet for some extra accent. Try one of our classes to learn more about building a mixed bouquet with yellow roses.

Red Roses

These are the most obvious and loaded of all the rose colors. They mean a deep and true feeling of love. You should only give them to someone who knows how you feel and who feels the same.

Avoid giving them to someone whose feelings you’re unsure of unless this is your big moment of courtship. Don’t be upset if you’re feelings aren’t reciprocated. Red roses are a grand gesture.

Blue Roses

Dark blue roses have an interesting literary history as symbolizing the unattainable. They symbolize royalty, mysteriousness, and great worth.

Quality blue roses can be hard to find and so when you give them, know that you’re telling the receiver that they’re very special. Give them to someone who is enchanting and mysterious. The most qualified candidates will know who they are.

White Roses

White roses symbolize a sense of purity. They send a message of friendship with a hint of romance.

Giving white roses can show someone that you care or that you’re celebrating their new beginning. Perhaps that new beginning can include you, the giver.

Pink Roses

A pink rose can come in a variety of shades. The lighter the shade, the less intense the meaning is communicated.

A soft pink rose says that you feel romantic feelings toward them. Giving pink roses to someone you have romantic feelings for holds less intensity than red roses.

The deeper the shade, the stronger the passion.

They can also be a gift between parents and children to show love. Give pink flowers on the opening night of your friend’s big stage debut or art show.

Rose Color Meanings Are Flexible

The nature of your relationship to the recipient of your roses will determine what they actually mean. Be sure that you’re communicating your intention clearly.

If you’re ready to get some roses for someone, contact us today.

 

How To Become A Florist

 

Do you love floral design? Do you see yourself working in an industry that makes people smile, serving customers and creating splendid floral creations? Perhaps the floristry industry is for you!

To become a florist you do need more than just a casual interest; you will need a mix of floral industry experience, floristry training and the right attitude. The right attitude is not only desired it’s essential.

Florists view their work  as a vocation, it comes from a deep centred love of the craft, the materials and the industry. While having formal post-secondary training is advantageous it is not typically necessary but it can certainly help develop the necessary skills, competencies and knowledge.

If you want to become a florist you may first want to ask yourself WHY you want to become one, to get to a deeper reason. Like any future career path it will involve a commitment of time, energy and finances. So before you do so you’ll want to make sure it’s a good fit for skills, current interests and personality traits.

If you want to learn more about your personality traits here is a free personal trait quiz (it’s scarily accurate!).

Overall can you say YES to these questions?

  • Do you enjoy learning about design?
  • Do you have a keen interest in floral design?
  • Can you work nimbley and skilfully with hands on crafting?
  • Do you have an interest in career field that offers the possibility of self-employment?
  • Are you are willing to learn all aspects of the floral industry

If you answered YES to most of the questions and you’re interested in a career as a florist but don’t know where to start, this florist career guide will teach you just about everything you need to get started.

Sympathy Flowers Shouldn’t Be A Worry… Here Are A Few Tips

Here are a few of my observations and thoughts when it comes to Bereavement Floral Designing: 

 

Firstly, I would like to use this wonderful sentiment by Michael Reuschenbach as my introduction to this topic.

He writes: ”Let’s admit it! We have neglected the area of sympathy floristry for a long time!”

and “The palette of possibilities should be explored and new beginnings considered.

The consciousness  for nature and romance should be rekindled and flowers and feelings united in harmony.”

 

Traditional Flowers for Bereavements vary quite a bit from country to country, but in Europe and Australia, where I spent most of my time as a florist, I have noted that there definitely is a general tendency toward a few flower types.

In particular, the Lilies, Roses and Chrysanthemums are the most commonly used and asked for.

The rose standing for love and beauty, the lilies have a fragrance, that can really sweeten the space with its oriental aroma, the chrysanthemum having a place of endurance and solidity.

Amongst these, there is a few more types that are used rather frequently:

Calla or Arum Lillies (again, the lasting aspect and elegance, and simplicity are the main factors here)

Carnations are also a very liked floral addition to arrangements for sympathy, as they have a softness to them that really is quite comforting.

The materials chosen really should resonate with the personality of the deceased.

One has to be open to the suggestions or special wishes of the next of kin.

 

The Colour spectrum is traditionally kept quite neutral.

Whites and Greens seem to dominate the ‘sympathy arena’ but my personal experience has shown, that many a time, the florist chooses to listen to the individuals requests when it comes to choice of colour.

Also the softer tones, all pastels for instance creme, pale or blush pinks, mauve and soft apricot are very often amongst the favourites, as they resonate with calm and gentleness and can really soothe the soul.

Everyone has different opinions and ever so often do the colours pop brightly and cheerfully to reflect the personality and happy nature of the deceased.

Flower arrangements for the closest loved ones can be one of the most meaningful assignments any florist could ever carry out.

The mostly Dreaded Card Message: 

 

What to write in a Sympathy card really depends of how well we knew the departed.

Whether we were close to the family or we are the closest relative to the perished.

Here are a few examples, I found comforting and suitable:

 

We hope these flowers express what our words never will

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Please accept these flowers and hear the words we are not able to speak

With love to you and your family

May these flowers remind you of our loving thoughts and prayers

 

Longer Messages could be:

 

Please know that we are thinking of you and your family during this time of sorrow

Flowers and prayers go out for our dear — that left us too soon

We don’t know how to ease your pain, but we hope that these flowers remind you of the beauty of life that your —- still wants you to see

May these flowers in some small way express the sympathy and sadness we feel for you during this difficult time.

May these flowers bring some comfort during this difficult time

Though words, however gentle, cannot take your loss away, still may these flowers sent in sympathy help comfort you today

As stated above, some of these traditions vary from Country to Country and it is therefore advisable to not jump to any conclusions when ask to deliver a sympathy flower arrangement.

 

Yes, we could do the “one size fits all” thing and create a somewhat non-intrusive, neutral coloured design that blends in with the rest, OR we could ask the right questions and rather INDIVIDUALISE the design, by looking at heritage, personality and preferences the passed-on person had.

 

I for one, think that the floristry Industry needs to have individualised designs to suit each person they are dealing with and not make the mistake to just create yet another ‘off the mill’ arrangement that doesn’t reflect the needs of the customers 100%.

 

Parts of transcript is also found on these two blogs from Urban Flower

http://blog.urbanflower.com.au/2011/08/sending-sympathy-flowers-what-about.html

http://blog.urbanflower.com.au/2014/09/choosing-right-funeral-flowers-for-your.html

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My warmest regards,

Iris

Considering Changing Career? Consider A New Life In Floristry

Flower Design School is a private floristry training provider in Perth. Classes are student-focussed, and each student receives one-on-one attention throughout the process. Courses and workshops are available for everyone from beginners to experienced florists looking to hone their craft.

European Master Florist and Principal at Flower Design School Iris Pich was instilled with an early love for the beauty of nature growing up around flowers in her father’s nursery. ‘I grew up making little flower bouquets and helping stripping and bunching all sorts of wonderful flowers, ready for the wholesale markets.’

After finishing school, her dad encouraged her to take up floristry and Iris has never looked back.

She loves the hands-on nature of the work and the freedom from being stuck behind a desk all day, relishing the chance to show off her creativity with the new plants and flowers that come with each passing season.

Surrounded by the subtle aroma of fresh florals, the appeal of changing careers to become a florist may be clear for some. Iris advises hopeful florists not to underestimate the amount of knowledge and skill that is required to truly be an expert florist.

As she says, ‘It is a trade profession after all and it does need to be explored and learnt properly.’ Iris recommends getting as much training as possible from someone who is experienced in the industry to ensure that you have all the tools you need to get started.

Take your time to understand the flowers and other materials you will be working with so that you can appreciate how they all work together.

Learn More

If you’re passionate about floristry and you want to learn the core skills to be ready to tackle floristry as a career, in a workplace or in your own business we recommend you check out our Industry Ready courses or contact during normal office hours.

Floristry as a Career

I can tell you that becoming and being a florist can be an exciting and challenging career. Like any other industry, it welcomes all ages and backgrounds and consists of people primarily passionate about being around flowers and willing to explore all aspects of the profession.

Besides being able to make a beautiful arrangement, you must be a reasonably quick worker, be sociable and have a pleasant and helpful manner because you’re constantly dealing with the public.

As we know, flowers touch people’s emotions. For example, customers who order funeral tributes are the relatives or friends of the deceased and since they’re emotionally vulnerable, as a florist, you will need to be sympathetic and understanding.

But we also have the privilege of sharing people’s most intimate moments of joy, such as when a bride-to-be selects her bouquet for the most important day of her life or when a proud father comes in to order an arrangement for his wife to celebrate their newest addition.

However, floristry is not all glamorous. There is a lot of hard work and long hours involved and our duties of maintaining a flower shop includes:

  • Unpacking stock as it comes in
  • Conditioning flowers and watering plants
  • Pricing merchandise and displaying it attractively
  • Attending to customers
  • Answering the phone
  • Completing orders and creating designs
  • Ensuring the shop is constantly tidy & presentable
  • Keeping book work up to date

And the list continues…

Working in a Florist Shop

Because of how busy it gets, you will need to be able to work efficiently. A typical day could include creating ten wreaths, several arrangements and posies. Sometimes these will need to be created, along with other customer’s demands while they wait.

Basic run-down of a good employee:

  • Has common sense
  • Positive attitude
  • Honest
  • Willing to help run the business
  • Takes initiative
  • Trustworthy
  • Has the employer’s interest at hand

Applying for a position in a Florist Shop

You must:

  • Be well groomed
  • Polite
  • Enthusiastic
  • Have references/report cards from previous positions
  • Bring samples/photographs of your own floral designs

Commonly, the florist will ask you to make up an arrangement, posy or sheaf. For that, you must:

  • Choose suitable flowers and foliage
  • Create a design in approximately 15-20 minutes

Don’t worry if you’re feeling nervous.

By nature, florists are understanding individuals. It’s better to be nervous than have an undesirable “know it all” attitude.

A few years ago, a position was open in a florist shop in Perth for a junior and a young woman out of 40 applicants got the job because she was the most capable of creating attractive floral designs in the quickest amount of time. The young woman also was kind and during the interview said, “I am very impressed with your shop and I would love to have the opportunity to work for you”.

An employer would much rather a person who shows that they want the position in preference to someone who is indifferent.

This is something we discuss in our Industry Ready courses.

Owning your own shop

 

The idea of creating your own shop and business can be tempting, however you should be fully aware of all the facts before making it a reality.

How to decide if you are the right type of person to create a floristry business

Advantages

  • You will feel fulfilment in being involved in such a creative industry
  • If you run it successfully, it’s more financially rewarding than working for wages.
  • Feeling secure
  • Never a dull moment
  • Meet new, interesting people through directly dealing with the public and that can lead into lasting friendships
  • Can become a secure life-long career.

Disadvantages (You will find it helpful to do this questionnaire)

Because running a shop is a lot of hard work and involves long hours, do you have the time and energy to run it? Yes No
Do you have enough funds to start it? Yes No
Are you self-motivated and disciplined to organise and prioritise? Yes No
Are you a reasonably quick worker? Yes No
When problems arise, do you quickly come up with solutions? Yes No
If you have family, do you have someone you can rely on to look after the kids? Yes No


To stand a good chance in the floristry business, you should honestly be able to answer “yes” to most of the questions.

When you decide to give it a fair shot, do remember this: How successful you are in Floristry, like anything in life, will depend on how much time and effort you’re prepared to put in.

If you’re passionate about floristry and you want to learn the core skills to be ready to tackle floristry as a career, in a workplace or in your own business we recommend you check out our Industry Ready courses or contact during normal office hours.

Top 50+ Flower Meanings

Did you know that there is a language of flowers?  In Victorian times meanings were associated with flowers and it was important to send the right flower for the right occasion. This was mainly done because at that time the species of flowers available was limited. Today this has all changed with imports of flowers worldwide. But it is still fun to know what the true meanings of some of the popular flowers are.

Alstroemeria aspiring
Amaryllis dramatic
Anemone fragile
Apple Blossom promise
Aster contentment
Azalea abundance
Baby’s Breath festivity
Bachelor Button anticipation
Begonia deep thoughts
Black-Eyed Susan encouragement
Camellia graciousness
Carnations: Varies depending upon color
pink gratitude
red flashy
striped refusal
white remembrance
yellow cheerful
Chrysanthemum
bronze excitement
white truth
red sharing
yellow secret admirer
Cosmos peaceful
Crocus foresight
Daffodil chivalry
Delphinium boldness
Daisy innocence
Freesia spirited
Forget-Me-Not remember me forever
Gardenia joy
Geranium comfort
Ginger proud
Gladiolus strength of character
Heather solitude
Hibiscus delicate beauty
Holly domestic happiness
Hyacinth sincerity
Hydrangea perseverance
Iris inspiration
Ivy fidelity
Jasmine grace and elegance
Larkspur beautiful spirit
Lavender distrust
Lilac first love
Lilies
Calla regal
Casablanca celebration
Day enthusiasm
Stargazer ambition
Lisianthus calming
Magnolia dignity
Marigold desire for riches
Nasturtium patriotism
Orange Blossom fertility
Orchid delicate beauty
Pansy loving thoughts
Passion flower passion
Peony healing
Poppy consolation
Queen Anne’s Lace delicate femininity
Ranunculus radiant
Rhododendron beware
Roses
pink friendship
red passionate love
red & white unity
white purity
yellow zealous
Snapdragon presumptuous
Star of Bethlehem hope
Stephanotis good luck
Statice success
Sunflower adoration
Sweetpea shyness
Tuberose pleasure
Tulips
pink caring
purple royalty
red declaration of love
white forgiveness
yellow hopelessly in love
Violet faithfulness
Wisteria steadfast
Yarrow good health
Zinnia thoughts of friends

The above are the basic meanings of flowers but some of these can be further sub-divided again.

Let’s take the popular rose as an example.

The actual shade and colour of the rose can mean something different as can how many roses you send to the person.

Red roses mean love, respect, courage and beauty. A dark red rose signifies unconscious beauty. While a single rose of any color means ‘I love you’. Two roses which are entwined is meant to ask the question ‘Will you Marry Me?’.

Yellow roses mean friendship, joy, gladness, welcome and remember me. A yellow rose with a red tip means ‘falling in love with you’.

Sending someone six roses signifies the need to be loved and cherished. While sending eleven roses tells a person that they are deeply loved indeed. Thirteen roses shows that you have a secret admirer.

White roses are known as bridal roses, while a white rosebud depicts girl hood. Black roses are associated with death and blue roses depict the impossible or unattainable. If you receive a thornless rose this means the sender loved you at first sight.

The world of flower meanings is huge and if you have any trouble speaking your feelings out loud then it is time for you to start sending more flowers.

meaning of rosesIf you’d like to learn more about roses and the meaning of flowers make sure you sign up for our upcoming 6 Week Bridal Basics course.

Or perhaps have some fun with flowers in our mothers day themed Fun with Flowers workshop. Join today with your mum or your daughter and receive a free gift pack valued at over $30. Check out Fun with Flowers Here.

Easy Floristry Decorating Tips

One of the easiest ways to brighten up your home is by decorating with flowers and plant materials.

If you have a garden then plant flowers which you can cut and bring indoors. By planting flowers that bloom all season long you can easily decorate with them until the frost hits in autumn.

Creating Bouquet Arrangements

Top floral designers are experimenting with creating tiered bouquets for your home and you can easily accomplish this too. All you need for your tiered bouquet are two glass bowls which can be stacked on top of each other. Then simply fill with a mixture of small and large seasonal flowers.  For example in the spring you can mix pansies and nemesia or forget me nots and use larger flowers such as columbine and violas.

First start by stacking your pedestal bowl on top of the larger one and then add water to both bowls. Use smaller blossoms for the base of the bowls and press the stems into the water. Then take your larger blossoms and cut the stems so they fit inside the bowl, simply insert these blossoms throughout your flower bouquet.

If you don’t have a pedestal type bowl you can use small individual glass bowls and place them around your home. If you are having dinner guests you could place small flower arrangements at their place setting.

To add a flare to your floral arrangements don’t forget to use some of the leaves which grow with your flowers. Peonies look wonderful floating in a small bowl of water. To keep the Peony above the water place a small ball of bubble wrap underneath it for support. Use grasses or leaves to add a touch of green to the bowl.

You probably have a variety of grasses growing in your garden and these can be used to make your dinner settings stand out. Simply use a grass such as maiden grass of about 12 inches long and tie around your cutlery and fasten with a knot. To add color to your setting pick a small handful of buttercups or daises and tie them into a bouquet as well.

Maiden grass dries extremely well and will keep for up to one year so you can easily reuse them over and over again. If you find the grass is getting a little brittle then spray very lightly with a little hair gel. Works wonderfully!

Decorating with flowers doesn’t have to be expensive. Try looking around your garden and use what you see growing. Hosta leaves help add a wonderful touch of green to indoor flower arrangements too.

If you’d like to learn how create floral arrangements like a professional check out our upcoming courses including a 4 week Bridal Basics course or perhaps have a fabulous time arranging your very own design in our 2-hour workshop “Fun with Flowers”. Enrol today !

Short Video Interview By Tracy

Thanks Tracey for conducting this short interview with me and what Flower Design School offers!

Tracey is one of my treasured floristry students and personal tuition clients. I’ve been helping her take her Floristry to the next level and also helping her with some floristry competition work.

Her entry looks amazing! Here’s her video on youtube.

Here’s the video interview she did with me!

 

Thanks Tracey!