Frederique’s Choice Partnership When we see something exceptional here at Flowerbud.com, we go for it, which is how we’ve been able to obtain such great partnerships throughout the years — first with our small group of sustainable flower farms, then with artisans like Kathy Davis, and now with the fashion (and flower!) icon, Frederique van der Wal. Who is Frederique van der Wal? If you aren’t already familiar with Frederique Van Der Wal, now is the time to get to know her! This darling of Holland has lived a life in “full bloom,” first working in the fashion world and now running her own flower company, Frederique’s Choice. This professional shift followed her lifelong obsession with flowers, as she was raised in Holland where flower appreciation and inspiration is a way of life. She hosted a television show on the Discovery Channel (The Invisible Journey with Frederique) all about the journey flowers, and in 2005 the Dutch government actually named a Lily after her.
New Offering! Pincushion Protea Bouquet Things are getting exciting around here! We are proud to offer a new Pincushion bouquet , grown by our friends, Resendiz Brothers Farm! This lovely springtime protea is known as Leucospermum–commonly called “Pincushion” for its unique shape. Its shape is only made better by its brilliant array of colors in red, orange, peach, and yellow hues. These overnight flowers are native to South Africa, but the pincushions we offer were hybridized by the University of Hawai‘i’s Protea Research Project on Maui. They have been working on new and improved cultivars of pincushions since the 1970s, with aim to improve color and vase life which resulted in a gorgeous rainbow of varieties. Resendiz Brothers Farm grows them in the hills of San Diego, a perfect environment for these heat-loving overnight flowers. Pincushions are noted for their spirally arranged leaves and dense inflorescences in bright colors. One of my favorites of these overnight f
Peonies Are Coming! (May 17th!) Peonies are the darlings of the floral world through and through. For centuries their full, rounded heads and lush, boundless petals been cherished across the world, symbolizing honor, prosperity, romance, and more. Peonies are abundant, luxurious, full of old-world charm, AND fairly easy to care for, which has made them popular choices as wedding flowers, romantic gifts, or as a sweet present to oneself. The King of Flowers Peonies have long been traditional floral symbols of Eastern Culture, with different varieties gaining nicknames such as “The King of Flowers” and “The Prime Minister of Flowers.” Clearly, peonies were held in high regard, which is why they were declared the national flower by the 1903 Qing Dynasty of China as well as government of India in 1957. They have long been considered official wedding flowers of the 12th anniversary, and have also been making huge waves with brides-to-be as their wedding flowers of choice.
Peonies! After a week in Arcata, CA at home office, I popped up to St. Paul, OR to check in with Patti, who grows our amazing Peonies. Patti’s farm is family run, and is literally, in her backyard, and I love to visit. Patti is always so welcoming, and the farm is always buzzing with friends and family. Last Saturday I was greeted by her sweet Granddaughter, who was spending the day running around the farm, along with the family dogs. Molly, the chocolate lab likes to bring gifts …last time it was a mouse! As many of you know, the Pacific Northwest has had extreme temperatures this past winter, causing a slow start for Peonies. We usually have them in time for Mother’s Day, so we are hoping for a few days of warm weather and sunshine so that is possible again this year. Fingers crossed our Peony season will start on May 10th, we will keep you posted by email and social media posts. -Marcy
New York City Last month, Flowerbud participated in a media event in New York City, one of my favorites cities to visit.Of course, New York in early spring isn’t the most conducive weather to see Tulips and Iris blooming, so I had to get creative and turn my hotel room in a greenhouse! Check out my hotel room the evening before the event! After the event I decided to check out the local flower scene. First on my list was the flowers and produce at Union Square Park. I’ve seen a lot of flowers in my 20 years in the industry, but I was still amazed at the quality of flowers offered at the market. The Oriental Lilies were enormous, still in buds – I really enjoy seeing folks appreciate the product in bud form, and enjoying up to 2 weeks of watching these amazing flowers blossom into full bloom. The cut branch blossoms were lovely – and no one could resist – everyone was carrying a bunch or 2. Quince, Forythia and Peach Blooms filled the market. Then I was of
Mother s Day Bouquets Mother’s Day is just 10 days away, and will be here before you know it. There are plenty of great gifts you can get for your mother this year to show her how much you care about her, but it’s hard to go wrong with a bouquet of flowers from Flowerbud.com.We have a wide selection of farm-fresh flowers and bouquets for any occasion, so you can be certain to find an arrangement that would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Celebrating Mother’s Day and the Spring Season Since Mother’s Day falls in the middle of May, our floral arrangements will work perfectly as a celebration of your mother as well as the spring season. This is part of the reason why flowers such as daisies, roses and tulips often make it into our Mother’s Day bouquets. All of these are known for being perfect spring flowers, and since they all come in different colors, they can work with practically any Mother’s Day bouquet or floral arrangement. Other fantastic flowers which can be a part of a Moth
Mother’s Day Flower Ideas This year, Mother’s Day is May 14th, and if you’re looking for thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, nothing beats farm fresh flowers on this special day. Your mother has played a huge part in who you are today, so show her how much you appreciate her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Flowerbud.com. Flowerbud.com has a great selection of flowers available, and they can all be conveniently shipped to Mom overnight. The arrangement you choose ultimately is up to you, but we have some suggestions for Mother’s Day flowers you might find useful. Roses Roses come in a wide variety of colors that can all convey different meanings. A bouquet of roses that have already bloomed can be a message of gratitude, which is definitely appropriate for showing your mother how much you appreciate all that she’s done for you. White roses signify reverence or purity, while dark pink roses are used to show gratitude. Gerbera Daisies Gerbera daisies have a lovely cheerful