Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 38

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                                                                                                                                                        image via Dilly Lily

Question:

Which floral supplies can you not live without?


Answers:

1. Cutting tools: pruning knife and hand pruner, and a good pair of scissors to cut ribbons (and only ribbons!)

2. Structure: chicken wire and kenzan

3. Binding: green cotton wire, natural raffia and all sorts of ribbons…

4. Tape: Green floral tape and green PVC tape

-Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)

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Supplies I could not live without include waterproof tape, pipe cleaners [I use them to secure bouquets before adding ribbon! They're great when you are holding the bouquet in one hand and only have one other hand to wrap and tie up that bad boy!].  I also really love my hot glue gun and, of course, Oasis cold glue!

-Liz Rusnac (Liz Rusnac Floral Design)

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My Dorothy Biddle clippers are absolutely indispensable; they are smaller than most garden clippers (so are great for my small hands) but still heavy duty. I use them in the garden and the studio and LOVE THEM. I also couldn't do with out my old leather holster for my clippers. I find aprons are a bit more awkward for holding clippers. I'm longing for a leather or heavy canvas holster that could hold my iphone and clippers (any leads, please let me know!). Beyond that, a few high quality floral frogs (Dorothy Biddle has some good ones), and green floral tape for tying bouquets.

-Clare Day (Clare Day Flowers)

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I carry a huge supply bag to all my events that is filled to the brim with everything you could imagine from hammers to floral gum to electrical tape to cover hopefully any floral 'emergency' situation.  But the one supply I absolutely could not live without are my Dorothy Biddle floral clippers, they are my absolute favorite and are as sharp as when I got them 10 years ago!

-Elisabeth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design Studio)

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At Planet Flowers we are never far from a decent pair of secateurs, ribbon scissors, a hot glue gun and the ever useful elastic band!

-Gemma Bain (Planet Flowers)

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I could not live without my Suwada secateurs made from the highest quality Japanese stainless steel. I bought them at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show for around £100 and they have been one of my best ever investments. I also could not live without 15cm and 30cm orchid tubes from Fleurametz which allow me to use single heads of cymbidium and phalaenopsis orchids in my event and wedding designs. 

-Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers)

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Scissors, glue, tape, and wire. Glue is essential. You can fix just about any emergency with floral adhesive glue.

-Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers)


Thanks Holly, Nick, Gemma, Elisabeth, Clare, Liz and Laetitia!


We’ll leave you with a few designs from Floresie

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Have a great Wednesday!

 

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