Why it's important to celebrate success

It’s really easy to get bogged down, and the result is that we forget to celebrate our successes. We’re always looking and thinking ahead to the next wedding, the next event, the next field to weed, the next prospective client meeting that we want to book, and the next accountant meeting. While I don’t think this is a bad thing, it means that we frequently forget to stop and smell the roses — literally!

How to Become a Florist Full-Time

Sylvia recently left corporate employment to run her flower business full-time. It was a not an overnight decision but rather a steady two-year transition from doing flowers part-time alongside her “real” job. While she doesn't have all the answers, she learned a lot along the way that she shares in this article.

Video: Amaryllis Centerpiece

Amaryllis are one of my favorite flowers to use in design work, but the thick stems can get in the way for some types of design work. In this video I’ll be demonstrating how to overcome this challenge and create an arrangement perfect for a holiday gathering!

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  - Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower and today  we're gonna make a centerpiece using amaryllis. 

 This can be a tough one to use in arrangements sometimes  because the stems are so long and they can be very fragile  but I wanted to take some time to show you a few tips  that you can use to do some  great arrangements with amaryllis. 

 With the holidays coming up, they're a beautiful flower  to use in holiday arrangements,  so I thought it would be fun to show you. 

 So we're gonna get started. 

 The container that I'm using today has a few little  brass screws, so I've sealed those off with silicone. 

 And then I have a block of soaked Oasis in here. 

 And the Oasis is important for the amaryllis  and the technique that I'm gonna show you for that,  so I really prefer to use that as opposed to wire  or flower frogs, just specifically for this  and I'll explain a little bit later. 

 So I have the Oasis in here and then I have it taped in  and I also have the container filled with water. 

 And that I have found really helps keep the flowers  fresher longer, because whenever you're using flower frog,  they get the maximum water absorption. 

 And I just have found that sometimes with Oasis  the flowers don't last quite as long as they do  in clean, fresh water, so I like to fill the container  still even so with water, just to make sure that that is  completely soaked all of the time,  and that helps with longevity a little bit. 

 So we're gonna get started with,  this is called rose sumac and this is what I'm gonna use  to establish the general shape of the arrangement,  and kinda where I'm headed with things. 

 And then we are gonna, after we add some of this,  then we're going to add some pittosporum. 

 And I love what you'll see here, the importance of  having these specific ingredients,  it's not important that you have them. 

 You just need things that have a similar quality about them. 

 So the rose sumac is branchy and has a nice shape to it  and the pittosporum has some branchier,  or not branchy, just full full flower. 

 So that helps with coverage quite a lot. 

 So that's why I've chosen those two things. 

 So you're just looking for similar shapes. 

 I'm gonna use about five pieces of this,  and these three you can see are out further,  and then I wanna move these ones in. 

 Well, I wanna round out the back first  but use these in a little bit more  as opposed to very outside of the container. 

 So you can see how we have a nice dimension going there  on the front and the back. 

 And this piece is just a little bit too much for where  I'd like to put it, so I'm just gonna do a little trimming. 

 Okay, I like to, I always like save a little piece  just in case if I see later that there's a place  where I'd like to use that. 

 So now with the pittosporum, I'm going to  just add some more fullness into these areas. 

 So I'm just kind of following the sumac,  and then what I like about pittosporum is it has  several opportunities here to use the same stem  multiple times, so I'm just clipping right above  each of these groups of leaves, and then these are so  great to go nice and low in the arrangement. 

 And you cover up that exposed cut that you made  since it's nice and low. 

 Whoops. 

 That one clipped itself for me. 

 Okay, we'll leave a few of those,  and next I'm gonna add some pepper berry. 

 You can see some of it that came in the bundle  is bright red and some is just a green. 

 So if it's important to you to have one or the other  you might wanna just check with your wholesaler and see  what stage it's in, or if it's in the stage where  you could get either one (laughs). 

 Actually, I think I'm gonna wait to add this  until I get a few more things in here. 

 Same thing with this willow eucalyptus. 

 Next I have some carnations. 

 I think these are great to use low in the arrangement. 

 And a dark color, it draws your eye in and gives the  arrangement some depth. 

 And if your carnation comes and it's all tight  and wound up like this, you can just kinda massage  this section of it and fluff out the flower. 

 And as I put these in here, I'm just thinking about  putting them in at different heights. 

 I want everything to be pretty low,  but I don't want it to be one dimensional. 

 I don't want it to be so tight in there either that I  can't get my other stems into the arrangement. 

 Next I'm gonna follow that with some roses. 

 And these are also gonna go nice and low in the arrangement. 

 This just adds another shape and another size to this layer. 

 And I'm gonna start working these roses up,  out of this base line, just a little bit. 

 Just one step up. 

 And I'm gonna check in here on the side of my arrangement  as well, 'cause I want there to be a little bit  of that color popping through over there. 

 And this Lazy Susan is so helpful to keep you working around  the arrangement rather than really focusing in on one side  and then it becoming unbalanced  which is something that you wanna avoid. 

 Just clipped out a little piece of that rose sumac  that I felt like was in my way and obstructing the line  a little bit, so feel free as you go along just to  clip things out that you feel like aren't working for you. 

 Next I have some of this beautiful striped foliage. 

 Gosh this is my new favorite thing,  and I wish I knew what it was called. 

 I'll have to look that up and put it in the email for you. 

 But I went to go look for the little tag  and it seems that I tossed it out. 

 This is a house plant from just Lowe's hardware. 

 Sometimes I like to pop in there and see what kind of  interesting house plants they have, just so I have  some kind of interesting foliage on hand  if I'm in a pinch or on the fly or  just putting something together. 

 It's a way that you can really take things from  ordinary to extraordinary by just having one of those  really special ingredients. 

 So what do we have in here? 

 We have three wholesale ingredients that most people  frown up, we have roses, carnations, this pittosporum. 

 But with the addition of the rose sumac, which is  interesting and textural, and then this leaf,  it really elevates it to another place and I think that  you don't need to get too hung up on, you know,  my wholesaler doesn't have all that much to choose from  or that's interesting, but really all you need is that one  thing and you can find one thing. 

 You never get real far when you're always wishing  that you were somewhere else or that you had something else. 

 You really have to be content with what's in your space  and make it work. 

 Okay, so I'm layering these in. 

 These are what I would call a framing flower. 

 And I love to use those to set off some of the  larger focal flowers in the arrangement. 

 So I've layered those in there with that in mind,  just areas that I'd like to have those focal flowers. 

 Next I'm gonna take, these are, believe it or not,  these are Quicksand roses. 

 They look like Saharas. 

 I think they were maybe just, I don't know,  cut a little bit earlier or just from a different grower. 

 I'm not sure, but they are definitely not the blushy pink  that were anticipated but they look really lovely  with amaryllis, so no worries there. 

 I have a few there. 

 I'm gonna balance it out with a few over here. 

 We've gotta lot of contrast between this cream and the red  but we are gonna bridge the gap using the amaryllis  here that we have, 'cause you can see how these are,  this is what I would call a transition flower. 

 And you can see how this has both the red and the cream  and it blends those two pieces together so beautifully. 

 Transition flowers are very important. 

 Wake up, little guy. 

 (blows)  Okay. 

 Okay, so the moment you've been waiting for, the amaryllis. 

 Got some cotton balls that I soaked with water. 

 And I'm going to take the cotton ball and  put it in the stem of the amaryllis. 

 This makes a funny noise, wait for it. 

 (squishes)  Uh, kinda gross (laughs). 

 And then I'm gonna clip the amaryllis stem  to the place where it would hit the base of the floral foam. 

 So it's hydrated by the cotton, but it  has the stem that can just easily pop right into that foam  and be a very stable and secure hold,  which is what we're after. 

 Amaryllis I would recommend purchasing. 

 The stems always come in better if you purchase them by the  box, and boxes have about 15 to 18 stems in them normally. 

 But it's tough whenever the wholesaler, you know,  if you just need a few and those are shipped to you,  they just sometimes the stems get cracked and you  have a hard time with those. 

 Now these are huge, so what I'm gonna do  is clip out a few flowers here. 

 I actually think that I like  how this little group here looks. 

 Just these two little ones. 

 I think we need to get it even shorter. 

 There we go. 

 And then some of these small ones that we tugged off  we can set low in the arrangement. 

 Pop those right into the foam. 

 Let's leave these guys out for now. 

 Okay, next I'm gonna go in with some of these  white Majolica spray roses. 

 Just kinda catch everything up to speed. 

 Let's just build this out one more layer. 

 And don't be shy to clip off some of the pieces of the  spray roses if it's too full or getting in your way. 

 If that's not the look that you're going for,  you can just clip those out. 

 Kinda like we did with the amaryllis so that it was  the puzzle pieces is what we needed  to fit into that particular spot. 

 And I have a few peachy spray roses. 

 I'm just gonna add those in. 

 Look how those connect with the amaryllis. 

 See like this right here, like this is  too much for me personally. 

 So I'm just gonna tug those out for now. 

 I just wanna open that up and leave some more room  for some of these other beautiful flowers to go. 

 I have these romantique antique garden roses. 

 These are gonna start low in the arrangement,  and then I'm gonna bring that pink color out. 

 Not real pleased with this bunch that I got. 

 They aren't opening as nice as they have sometimes. 

 With roses sometimes they open really beautifully  and then sometimes they don't, and a lot of people think  that it's something that they did, that it's their fault  that it's not opening, or whatever, but actually  a lot of times it's when the flower was cut. 

 Maybe it was cut just a little bit too early,  or just stressed in shipping, I mean there's so many  things that happen in the lives of these flowers  before they ever get near you, and so you could  do the same thing over and over again in terms of  how you treat them whenever they arrive to you  but if you're getting different results,  there's something else at play. 

 So just keep that in mind and don't get too  ruffled up that you're doing something wrong. 

 They just like clean water and fresh cuts,  little bit of food. 

 Okay. 

 And then let's leave these guys out for now. 

 Let's just see, these are Prince Jardinier,  really really pretty garden roses, and they smell amazing. 

 Those last ones were O'Hara's. 

 They're pretty Barbie pink. 

 I don't love love them for what I'm doing right now  but they're okay, they'll work okay. 

 But I like how these look with the romantique antiques. 

 I got them as a transition flower to go between the two  and they do, I mean, there are these really outside petals  that have, if we can get a close-up of this,  the really dark romantique antique pink and they have  that little touch of burgundy on the ends of them  and they have some of these lighter pink petals  and then a medium pink. 

 But the tone is just slightly off for me. 

 But sometimes you have to work with slightly off and  that's okay. 

 Nobody but you probably notices. 

 These just open so beautifully. 

 I just love, love, love. 

 And you have to give 'em time to open. 

 Really do. 

 They need about four days to get looking really pretty. 

 Sometimes even a week. 

 Okay, so we just have that focal point anchored,  pretty centered there. 

 And I think we need one more in here  but I'm not sure if I wanna put it... 

 Just wanna see how that affects the other side. 

 Okay, I like that. 

 It carries this line throughout the center  of the arrangement, which I like. 

 You know, what I don't like what's happening now  can be solved with a little bit of greenery,  and it's just that there's not softness between these layers  so I wanna add some of that in with this willow. 

 Actually, let's use some berries for that. 

 I'm gonna do a little bit of willow here on the sides  to soften this area. 

 And this is willow eucalyptus, just not like a willow tree. 

 Okay, and then let's see. 

 I think the answer might be some of these berries. 

 So you can snip that off and have a different size. 

 The nice thing too about this Oasis water mix that I like  is that if you do have something that doesn't do  well in Oasis and really needs to be in the water  you have both options right there at your fingertips,  which is great. 

 Oh, and I forgot to put my pomegranates in. 

 We can go back in and do that easy enough. 

 Another ingredient I love to soften up the flowers  once they're in, is ivy. 

 You can use jasmine or other kinds of vines as well. 

 And I just like to wrap this kind of  around the different flowers. 

 Okay. 

 And pomegranates. 

 I really like the silhouette of how the front of this is  looking with this low. 

 I like how that looks quite a lot. 

 So I think I'm gonna put these actually on the side over  here with these burgundy roses. 

 And I just like, when I'm doing fruits,  I like pairs of them. 

 And one that's a little bit smaller than the other. 

 I think that that helps. 

 (hums)  A few little ranunculus here that  could be sweet up this area. 

 And then some scabiosa which are fun for  a little bit of movement up higher. 

 We need to put something low in here. 

 I don't like how that just is open,  so I'm gonna tuck one of these down in there pretty deep. 

 Same with this guy here. 

 He's gonna, if we can get a close up of this,  I had just like an exposed branch cutting here  so I'm just kind of tidy that up. 

 Okay. 

 I think we are done. 

 Let me clear this off so you can get a good look at the  finished piece and I wish you all the best as you're  working on your flower arrangements and putting some  beautiful things together for your clients. 

 So it was great to have you with us today  and I hope you enjoyed this lesson. 

Unique Flower Gift Ideas

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Interview: Gabriela of La Musa de las Flores

In this episode of the Team Flower Podcast Gabriela shares her floral design process and her gardening philosophy. You'll learn about her favorite flowers, including dahlias, phlox and petunias. Learn how she protects her flowers from heavy Mexico rains and thrives in her event work in an unpredictable market.

Arrangement How-to in Flower Magazine

This garden arrangement tutorial was recently featured in Flower Magazine. I'm happy to bring this feature to you — celebrating the present moment with flowers! See, garden flowers are just around for short spurts in time.  Peonies are amazing in May, usually making a grand flush across the country around Mother's Day (or if you live in the mountains like me, mid June).  Foxgloves wave their tiny bells and forget-me-nots rise from creek bed in front of our home in the summer.  Poppies pop and surrender in what seems like an instant.  

Video: Rose Petals - Pricing and Ordering

Learn how to be prepared the next time a client asks you for a rose-covered pathway for their ceremony. In this video we'll show you our favorite type of rose for pathways, how to calculate how many you will need and how to price for these types of projects.

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Do you have an aisle filled with petals in a proposal that you're working for in the future? If so, todays' quick tip is for you. Hi. My name is Kelly Perry with Team Flower. And today we're going to talk about how many roses you need to order for your aisle, so you know how much you need to charge for the aisle on your proposal. 

Today I'm working with white Mondial roses, and I've chosen this variety because it has a high petal count. You can use any type of rose that has a high petal count. It comes in a color that you need. I would definitely recommend sticking with a standard rose, and if you need to have a lot of petals, check out the box slots to see if you can get a good deal on petals for your event. 

Let's talk a little bit about how to shuck the rose petal. You'll hear it here, Crunch. Whenever I'm doing this I do it in a little bit of a round motion like this. All in the wrist. Because sometimes it's important to keep the rose petals together. So what I love about this is if you are in a situation where the petals, instead of them being down the aisle, are they're going to be tossed on the bride and groom. 

You could set one of these little rose buds on the end of each seat. They can pick it up and when it's time to toss, they're ready to go. So that is just a quick way that you can pull the petals off. And then, whenever I'm thinking about scattering the petals down the aisle, really what you need to know is how many square feet you're aisle going to be. 

So you can find that out after your final guest count has come in. And on your proposal that you're quoting for before the event, just put the exact amount of square feet that that quoted a will cover. A lot of times our present the options to my clients who are doing petal aisles, a light, medium, and heavy dusting of petals. 

Because when it comes to charging for the petals, I charge the same amount that I would if that flower is actually going into an arrangement. So if we pretend, just to keep it easy, that this rose cost $1, that would cost $3 in an aisle, just like it would cost $3 if it's in an arrangement. I still process it, transport it, and place it. 

In some cases, this whole process of taking the petals off and then actually scattering them can sometimes take a little bit longer. So that's just something to keep in mind. You don't have to charge less for petals, although ultimately, that's up to you. 

So these are the three options. But for today's demonstration, I've actually done two heavier dustings of petals. So what you're looking at here is one rose, so that's $3 a square foot. Two roses, $6 a square foot. Three roses, is $9 a square foot. Four roses, $12 a square foot. And then, five roses, $15 a square foot. 

This is a great way if you're in a consultation and you're trying to decide, if the bride is deciding between one or two, you can just bring a few roses that you have maybe left over in the studio or even that you would grab at the grocery store, so that you can help them actually see visually what you're looking at in terms of thickness if that's something that they need to see. Sometimes they don't and that's fine too. You can just show it in a little photo. 

So that's what I have for you today. Thanks so much for tuning in and and being a part of Team Flower. 

Encouragement for today

Excellent isn’t a word we use much today. Let’s bring it back. Let’s develop eyes to see it. Let’s cut through the cloud of this lens called perfectionism and recognize the excellent work being done around us every day. Let’s call it out in others. Let’s call it out in ourselves. Let’s focus our attention on the excellent and praiseworthy things. Life is too short to do it any other way…

Interview: Carly of The Flower Chef

Carly Cylinder is a author of The Flower Chef and a florist working in three major cities, primarily for national brands. You'll quickly feel welcome as you listen. Carly's openness and transparency invites you into her life right from the get-go. In this episode, you'll learn about designing for the camera, how she went from waitressing to working for major brands in three locations, and what it's like to start her business in NYC.

Interview: Jardine Botanic Floral Styling

In this episode of the Team Flower Podcast, Australian based florist Jardine Hansen shares what it was like and what she learned from moving her flower business to a new place. Kelly and Jardine also talked about looking for a wave of personal creative inspiration, plants in Tasmania, the importance of bees and much more.

Video: Centerpiece design quick tips

Join Kelly as she goes through a free 4-part quick tip video series on designing a centerpiece. She discusses designing for a table, using the lines principle of design, and shows the ingredient use and purpose. Watch these completely free video lessons.

 

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Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower, and I'm here to show you a few quick tips for designing on a narrow rectangular table. If you have a client that wants a long, full, lush, centerpiece, or you're doing a styled shoot and they want something larger, it can be a little bit tricky to fit all of the things on your table that you need to, cups, glasses, flatware, plates, and you, of course, want it to be beautiful, but you also want it to be practical for your guests. I think that's really, really important. 

So, I have just a few tips for you if you're wanting to go in this long and lush direction. The first one is to use a centerpiece container that has a little bit of height to it. So, maybe you're doing a bowl, but it has a little pedestal and then the bowl is on top. What you're looking at right now is pretty low. There's no pedestal on this bowl. It's just a bowl with a small little lip at the bottom. And what we're running into problem wise with this, is that the flowers are kind of just invading this space. There's not enough distance between the plates and the flowers. 

So, we want to create a little bit more space. And I'll show you the difference that it makes just to add a little lift underneath your arrangement. So, now you can see there's a considerably larger amount of room between the plate and the flowers, and so the guests can easily access their dinner, and cups and things like that fit in a little bit better. The next tip that I have for you, is to do a little mock setup before your event and before you start designing. So, if this is for a wedding, just set up a table similar. If you're working with an event planner, or cater, or whatever, just ask the dimensions of the plates that will be used. 

You want to be mindful of chargers. Sometimes, you know, you'll get there and oops, surprise! There's chargers, and on a narrow 30-inch table, you cannot fit chargers end to end, and then also, you know, really large centerpiece. So, that's something to consider during the design process when you're working with your client. If they mention charger, you have to kind of ding, ding, ding, remember. It's going to be difficult to fit all that on the table. So, you can set up in your studio, just a quick little-- maybe with a little pop-up eight foot or six foot table, whatever they're using, or round six foot table, just to get an idea of what you're looking at. 

If you don't have those tables, you could do a little visit to the venue if that's practical for you, and you could kind of chart out and set it up, and see what dimensions your flower arrangement should be. So, that way you know if you control your greenery out a little bit more, if you need to tuck it in more. But the most important part with these narrow, long tables, is this section right here. You want this to be pretty narrow. So, tip one, you know, popping it up a little bit higher, tip two, having a little mock setup table. Now, what's great about this, is you're making your first arrangement, you can sort of, examine how the cup-- the cups are kind of the thing that, a lot of times, will get in your way. 

So, if you have the height and width of the cups and you can set that up, you can sort of trim out of your arrangement, little pieces that are interfering with the guest access to those elements of the table. So, this particular pokeweed berry is touching the glass, and I just want to get that out of there, so that it's comfortable for my guests. So, just a small adjustment-- maybe we get rid of this leaf as well-- it makes a big difference, and that'll save you a little bit of time whenever you go to set everything up. It helps the event planner or the caterer be able to access those things easily. 

You don't want to be the florist that always has flowers in the way of other people's jobs, and just practicality is important. So, those are my two quick tips for you. Get the level up, and then set up your little mock table, and that'll help you get an idea of the general size that you need to go for. And then you can also clip things out before your arrangements head out the door, just a little bit of quality control to help you make things a little faster on event set up day. I hope you enjoyed this little video, and if you'd like to see more, you can visit teamflower.org/free. I'm Kelly Perry, thanks for watching. 

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Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower. And I am back with a little flower recipe for you. This might be a great option for a bride who would like something that has just a little hint of fall in the air but is still nice and summery. 

It's late August here in the mountains. And I think that these colors are really just telling of the season and the time of year that it is. We have some of these pinks, and we've paired them with some-- just a real rich orange that just has that little bit of a knod to fall, which is fun. 

So the leaves have started changing colors. And this color palette just reminds us where we are in the season. So I just wanted to go through and tell you a little bit about each of these ingredients. You might find a way to work them into your garden, or into an arrangement that you have coming up soon. 

So the first arrangement that we're going to start out with is pokeweed. It's this right here. And it has little pink and green berries. 

Later in the year, they turn into a very dark purple. Once they hit that stage, I don't use them in arrangements anymore because they stain pretty bad. So I just like to avoid that liability. 

But whenever they're at this stage, they're really, really great to use. This is something that just grows wild. And it's weedy here in Boone, so it's easy to come across and a great way to fill an arrangement. And next, we have some snapdragons here-- these little pink guys. And I love how they pull the color out wide into the arrangement. 

These little orange guys here called gomphrena. And they come in a carmine pink and white lavender. So there's a lot of fun color options with these. They have just really nice texture and just that little knod that you can use as a finishing piece. 

I'm quite a bit of lisianthus in this arrangement. This variety has a nice dark burgundy center, which I love how it just captures what's going on with these queen redline zinnias-- one of my favorite zinnias. and then I have the burnt orange dahlias deep in the arrangement here. 

And if we flip over, I just have one other variety of dahlias that we pulled from Darlanna Besecker's farm, Hope Valley Gardens. So here is another variety, that dahlia. And then I missed our little base in here. 

If you look in real deep, there's some limelight hydrangea and then, also, some sedum. So that is my little quick flower recipe for you. Hope you enjoyed it. And if you'd like to see more videos like this, you can visit teamflower.org/free. See you soon. 

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Hi, I'm Kelly Perry. And I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about one of my favorite design principles, and it is, lines. It's never fun to stand in lines and wait. But it is so fun to see lines in your arrangements. 

There's two different kinds of lines we're going to talk about today. One is actual and one is implied. As you can imagine from the definition, an actual line is what the stem creates. It is a line that you follow with your eyes. So you can see it right here in this little piece of gomphrena. 

Implied lines are like connect the dots lines. Maybe if you think about a starry night, all the different constellations and how we use those stars to connect the dots and to create a picture in our mind, that is what an implied line would be like. So I just wanted to show you how I used flowers in this arrangement to create some lines. 

So of course, we just talked about the gomphrena and how we have this little bit of line here. I love to use maybe ranunculus, or things that have a little bit of a curvy stem or some interesting stems that can add some interest to the arrangement. This one's pretty straightforward. But we have some nice curve lines going on with the implied line. 

So let's talk about the first one that's probably most obvious in this arrangement, and it is the zinnias. These are queen red limes. We start our line right down in here. And you can see they're at different levels and the direction that their faces are pointing are a little bit different to add some interest. 

So we have one here, here, here, here, and here. So this is one of our implied lines. Now, the next one we're going to talk about is the line that is formed with these burnt orange dahlias. So it starts down in here, and it pops its way up. 

So here is another implied line. Another one would be here with this lisianthus. We're going this way. 

And this one's more horizontal as opposed to curved like these ones were. And I'll flip the arrangement around. You can use different flowers to create the lines on different sides of your arrangements if you want to add some interest and variety in the flowers to your arrangements. 

So in this one we have dahlia's going in a little line like this. And then, lisianthus, again, we're using to go here. And then over here. 

The great thing about lines is they guide your eye through the arrangement, and they invite you to keep looking deeper. So that is what I'd encourage you to do today. Consider how to add some lines to your arrangement, and always be thinking about how you can think deeper. 

Hope you enjoyed this lesson. If you'd like to see more, you can visit teamflower.org/free. Thanks for watching. 

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Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower. And I wanted to do a little bit of a different take on a tutorial. A lot of times, we see the arrangements come together step by step, but when we actually look at them in real life, in a photo, they're already completed. And it's like, wow. How did they get there? 

So I wanted to have a completed arrangement for you today. And I would like to pull it apart piece by piece. I'm going to go backwards, I'm going to show you the last thing that I put in. We're going to just slowly work our way out until all we have remaining is our container. So this will be a really fun one. I hope you enjoy it. 

The ingredient that we're going to start with is this gomphrina, up here. So, I'm just going to start pulling it out in the order that I put it in. I like to use this as the final little bit of movement in the arrangement. So, you can take a little snapshot in your mind and see how removing this ingredient changes it. You could still do something like this if you had a bride who wanted something maybe just a little bit more tailored, less sculptural. Just deleting this one ingredient gives you a more tailored look. 

Next, I'm going to pull out some of the focal flowers that I was working with. And, back here, they were the dahlias So the dahlias are going to come out and I'll show you what it looks like without those dahlias in there. And then on the other side of the arrangement, we were working with zinnias as the focal. And you can see them right here. So I'm just going to tug those out. And then I'm going to go in and pull out the lisianthus So you can take just a quick little peek of what that looks like without those dahlias and without the zinnias. And I'll start pulling out the lisianthus Everything comes together one step at a time, no matter what it is. Flowers, cakes, books-- just a series of steps. Homes. All of those things. 

So, it might seem like a daunting task at first, but as you just start deconstructing it and thinking about it a little bit differently, it becomes, in a way, a little bit more attainable. Which is fun. So if I get overwhelmed, I kind of like to step back and think about all the steps it took to get there. 

OK. Next, I'm going to pull out the burnt orange dahlias, here. And now I'm really getting down to the base material of the arrangement. These ones that I've been pulling out-- the dahlias and the lisianthus-- I would consider the accent flower. So, those are gone. Next I'm going to pull out the snapdragons. These were used to carry color to the sides of the arrangements. Missed a zinnia. 

And now, we're left with the pokeweed, which creates the shape. And, then, the hydrangea and the sedum, which creates the grid that we can layer all the other flowers into. If you find that flowers move around on you a lot, especially with bouquets, this might be the ingredient that you're missing. Something like this, the flowers can really latch into. Because just the overlapping stems, I think, isn't quite enough sometimes. So I think it's helpful to have a flower, a structural flower, in there, as well. 

So out comes the hydrangea. Now you're starting to be able to see the flower foam that it was arranged in. And, of course, with these, the purpose is to cover up that base or that structure, whatever you're using. Whether it's a frog or chicken wire or the foam. Each of those things has pros and cons to them. And you can learn more about those on the free page at Team Flower, where we go through the three different ways that you can set up an arrangement. So if you're curious about the different kinds, and pros and cons, and when to use what, you might consider watching that and chiming in with a few comments. 

So, out comes the serum. And, then, all we have remaining is the pokeweed, which is what created our shape and our general-- how big we were going to get and how wide and deep. So I'll pull that out, too. And a lot of times, with this-- I'll leave this one in here, I guess-- some of these shorter pieces go in second. And I will use the longer pieces too. Those ones will go in first, to get the general shape established. And, then, these act both as a shape and then also as cover. And one little piece of spirea that I put in here. 

So, there you have it. The deconstructed table arrangement. This isn't a very pretty way to end a tutorial, but it was pretty when started. So, anyway, I hope you enjoyed that. And hope that that helps you and inspires you to take the next step with your business. If you'd like to see more free videos like this, you can hop on TeamFlower.org/free. And hop on our mailing list, you'll be notified as soon as new videos are released. Thanks for watching. Have a great day. 

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