Friday, May 17, 2013


Monochromatic bouquets are a great option for any celebration. There are so many hues and tints available in all colors of flowers and greenery. The options are endless. We are teaching a class in monochromatic design tomorrow and have created a pin board on Pinterest as a supplement to the class. 
Different flowers in the same hue can grace a table in separate vases.

Two types of Protea, pnk spray roses and Brunia berries make up this pink design.

Green roses, hydrangea and succulent blooms offer a unique design to a bridal bouquet.

Orange roses, spray roses and Dahlias are gorgeous in this monochromatic bouquet.





Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Designing with Citrus and Cut Flowers: Green and Yellow Floral Theme

Roses, Hypericum berries, Galax, Solidaster and cut Limes make up this cheerful and rustic floral design. Learn how to preserve cut citrus for floral designs in our class at The Huntington Library on February 2, 2013.

Want to learn the ins and outs of how to design with cut citrus inside a vase or within a floral design like this one shown above? Come to our citrus floral design class this Saturday, February 2, 2013 at The Huntington Library in San Marino. Sign up today!


Monday, January 21, 2013

Orange Flowers Dominate 2013 President Obama Inaugural Luncheon Symbolizing Fusion

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While watching coverage of today'2013 Inaugural Luncheon, which followed the swearing-in of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, we noticed the the flowers used in the centerpiece designs were predominantly orange. 

"Orange is the color of fusion, conversation and spirituality."

Orange Ranunculus blooms were used in the 2013 floral designs for the President's Inaugural Luncheon
held at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2013.

While we are sure the color was used to accent the copper and bronze tones of Statuary Hall (Kit was a Capitol Hill intern for Tom Daschle while she was a senior in High School, so she used to walk the halls of the historic building), we wondered if the attendees of the luncheon knew that the color orange inspires "fusion of thought." According to one of our favorite garden books, Feng Shui in the Garden by Nancilee Wydra, orange is the color of fusion, conversation and spirituality (try to picture Tibetan monks in their saffron-colored robes).

Orange flowers inspire fusion of thought and promotes conversation.
The color orange discourages individuality, isolation and insecurity. We are sure the florist who designed the arrangements for the historic luncheon, Jack Lucky Floral Design of Alexandria, Virginia, was aware of this significant symbolism and let's also hope it helps Congress continue to work with the White House in the coming months to  move forward.

See more about the floral designs for the inaugural luncheon from WUSA9 News in Washington which were displayed inside silver cachepots, and featured an old- fashioned Rose called “Free Spirit,” which ranges in color from apricot to orange with flecks of coral to rose and orange Ranunculus blooms.

Work with orange Garden Roses (Peach Finesse pictured above) in a floral design
workshop with Flower Duet at The Huntington Library on April 20, 2013.

Flower Duet will teach a class on how to create a loose hand-tied floral design like the one pictured above using orange Garden Roses on April 20, 2013 at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Find more information to make your reservation for the class.

Ranunculus flowers are abundantly available in the spring, but we now seem them year-round. Garden roses are making appearances year-round as well, with many more showing up throughout summer.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year Wedding Flowers

Here are some shots of floral designs we created for a recent wedding we did in Costa Mesa - just after Christmas. The theme was Winter Wonderland and we used lots and lots of Baby's Breath! Learn more about this new trend in Baby's Breath Weddings in our January Newsletter. Due in your inbox on January 1st. Sign up for our free floral design trend newsletter today!
Mother of the bride Posy - complete with "trendy" Baby's Breath!
Mother of the bride Posy - complete with "trendy" Baby's Breath! 
Callas, lavender Lisianthus, Spray Roses, Dusty Miller, Misty Blue and White Hydrangea get accented by Baby's Breath.
Detail from a bridesmaid bouquet from the same Winter Wonderland wedding. Callas, lavender Lisianthus, Spray Roses, Dusty Miller, Misty Blue and White Hydrangea get accented by Baby's Breath.

Delivery Flowers
Bouquets, Posies, Corsages and Boutonnieres are ready to be delivered. Photo taken in our floral design studio.

Grandmother Corsage
Grandmother corsage with Brunia berries, spray roses, Baby's Breath and Misty Blue.


Saturday, June 30, 2012

July 4th Flower Ideas

Go ahead and use a red container with blue and white flowers for your July 4th party. Pictured here are succulent rosettes with blue hydrangea and white lisianthus.

Here is a closeup of the "red" echeveria succulent rosette. You can have certain succulents turn red if you refrain from watering them or keep the in a pot that is too small. Over the short term, you won't do much damage to the plant an it creates a neat effect.


Here is a very simple idea for July 4th floral decoration. We took about 15 stems of very open white carnations and did a small hand-tied design and secured the stems with a rubber band. Then, we cut the stems very short in order to fit into the short blue pail. Finally, we placed it on a red napkin to create the final "red, white and blue" floral design for our July 4th party!

Happy July 4th! For more ideas from Flower Duet for your 4th of July celebration, head over to our Pinterest board at: pinterest.com/flowerduetla.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sunflowers are like mini suns radiating glowing warmth. Kind of like your Mom! I mixed a few with some succulents and daisy mums last week to honor our the room moms in my son's school. The long vase life of these two flowers are a good match with the succulents. The room moms are sure to remember their year with the 2nd grade, as the succulents should last a very long time!

Monday, June 18, 2012

St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Wedding with Hydrangeas and Orchids

On June 2nd, I set up a wedding on my own in Dana Point at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. What a gorgeous location!!!! 

As you can see, the floral theme included hydrangea and orchids. This gazebo in the botanical garden on the resort property was over 7 feet high, so I had to bring my own ladder to attach my floral decorations to the structure. This was tough to install on my own, but I have a few florist tricks up my sleeve!

Some advice for you new floral designers: Be sure to call ahead to the catering manager and find out if you need to bring your own ladder and where you can park. These resorts are HUGE! There were a lot of logistics involved with this wedding, so be prepared! Enjoy the photos of the ceremony location and the wine cellar reception location.