Here at Beautiful Blooms by Jen we like to stay on the cutting edge of trends and education so we took a road trip to one of our wholesale houses. For those who do not know, wholesale houses are pretty much a florist’s candy shop. They have everything there from vases, decor, and fresh flowers. Since it was my first trip to one as the newest employee at BBBJ, my favorite was touring through the cooler. There were flowers that I recognized, but in colors that I never knew were available. Here are some of the highlights just from the cooler alone!

Nice bright yellow/orange to shake up the darker fall arrangements!

Nice bright yellow and orange to shake up a darker fall arrangement!

Soft pink tulips with dusty blue/green may hint to spring but still cold like winter.

Soft pink tulips with dusty blue/green may hint to spring, but still cold like winter.

We use hydrangea all the time for weddings but is this not just the greatest color combo of green and pink!

We use hydrangea all the time for weddings but is this not just a great color combo of green and pink?

I love the shades of deep purple to help punch up the color of fall arrangements.

I love the shades of deep purple to help punch up the color of fall arrangements.

Yellow berries for fall and red berries for winter, or just all year long!

Yellow berries for fall and red berries for winter, or just all year long!

Fresh devilry of not only deep fall colors but also iconic fall flowers.

Fresh delivery of not only deep fall colors, but also iconic fall flowers.

I love Calla Lilies and I can not chose which color I love the most!

I love calla lilies and I cannot choose which color I love the most!

I just love the wide assortment of fillers and the colors they are available in.

I just love the wide assortment of fillers and the colors they are available in.

I know that was a lot of photos, what can I say I live behind the camera! Sorry about the photo quality on some of these, that is the downside to spending too much time in a cooler!

After the tour of the cooler we spent some time wandering the vast aisles of everything you could ever think of! There were vase’s in all colors, sizes, and shapes. Rows dedicated to different types and colors of ribbon. Everything a florist could ever need or want!

We also watched a design show focusing on the upcoming fall season and a transition to winter arrangements. They had the most impressive silk flowers that I have ever seen.  They looked so real! My favorite part of the demonstration was watching the florist create arrangements on the spot just for us. I couldn’t believe how fast they designed! Definitely something I need to work on.

Wholesale houses are a business to business organization, sadly the public can not just go in and purchase items. But stop in to Beautiful Blooms by Jen and see our new items! We were inspired by the arrangements we viewed and are ready to create a masterpiece just for you!

~Kristi

Can’t wait to experience a wedding on New Year’s Eve! It’s going be cool with all the glitter and monochromatic white. Can’t wait to see the final product!
White Roses

White Roses

White peonies

White peonies

White Hydrangea

White Hydrangea

White gerbera mini and white spray roses

White gerbera mini and white spray roses

 

 

 

 

Lots of beautiful flowers for lots of beautiful brides! Can’t wait to get started on it all!

Kari's purple carnations and green hypericum berrries

Kari's purple lisianthus and hot pink germinis

Kari's pink and Sarah's white sweet peas

Jayne's purple sea foam statice and deep purple calla lilies

Jayne's purple dendrobium orchids

Sarah's white and blush peonies

Sarah's blush roses

Resa's orange roses

Resa's orange calla liles

Sarah K's yellow roses

Sarah K's yellow and white freesia

Make Your Own Wreath! Call 419-517-8821 to save your spot. Only 8 spots available per class.

The first class is on Sunday April 1st at 3pm and costs $25 which includes all materials and instruction.- Create your own grapevine wreath!

The second class is on Tuesday April 3rd at 6pm and we will be creating spring centerpieces.  It will be perfect for your Easter table!  Only $35 provides you with all materials and instruction.

In the third class we will create a square vased arrangement.  Very modern and fun!  The class is on Sunday April 15th at 3pm and costs $35 which includes materials and instruction.

The Daisy girl scouts from Maplewood Elementary came for a tour of Beautiful Blooms by Jen last Friday.  We had so much fun and were so excited that they brought us Girl Scout cookies!  If any other troops are interested, there are multiple badges we can help the scouts get!  Please call 419-517-8821 to schedule your visit!

On Tuesday, I went to the First Congregational Church on Collingwood to meet the ladies in the group Out and About.  I had so much fun teaching them about flowers and design and they had such great questions!  They even stumped me when they asked what is the craziest thing someone has ever asked me to design! I’m still thinking on that one!

If you are interested in having me come speak to your group, just let us know! Now that I’m not teaching on a daily basis I love the opportunity!

I’ve been subbing a lot at Southview for their Horticulture teacher this year because it’s the class I taught for my first 2 years of teaching and so I’m the perfect option for a sub! Now that I’m not teaching anymore I’ve really been enjoying teaching when I want to!  While I’ve been subbing there has been a lot of interest in flowers.  I’ve been helping to train the Floriculture team which will compete at Districts and States this year in FFA’s Floriculture Career Development Event.

They will take a general knowledge written exam, judge placing classes, identify cut flowers, foliages, flowering potted plants, foliage plants, bedding plants, vegetables and herbs.  They will also either design a bud vase, corsage, foil and bow a potted plant or plant cuttings.  In the past 5 years, I have coached two teams to 1st in the state!  I’m so excited to see how hard the team has been working without me.  When I showed up Saturday morning there were 9 students in studying! Couldn’t believe it!

From In Style- January 2012

Every order placed from 1/27-February 8th will be entered to win this fabulous gift basket from Attitudes- A Salon.  The winner will get this basket sent with their Valentine’s Order. What an awesome surprise for the recipient!  Place your Valentine’s Day order Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 10-2 by phone at 419-517-8821 or order online anytime at beautifulbloomsbyjen.com

 

Thank you so much for Attitudes for donating this gift basket. When you go to Attitudes you can enter to win a dozen roses from Beautiful Blooms by Jen!

 

 

 

 

Our boxes for the Mayesh floral design contest came in Friday and I wanted to share. We are creating our masterpieces on today!  I can’t wait to see what we all come up with!

Green Dianthus, Lily Grass, Ivy and Curly Willow

Box 2: Assorted Succulents

Box 2: Pink Roses

Lambs Ear

Box 1- We received two of these because two of us will be using it. This picture is of the ginger, equisetum and ti leaves.

Box 1: White dendrobium orchids and burgundy mini cymbidium orchids

Box 1- 2nd box- Orange mokara orchids, burgundy mini cymbidium orchids. It also included the umbrella fern (like picture below) and white mini callas.

Box 1: Umbrella Fern and Pink Mini Callas