Archives for April 2010

My Fair Lady – A Mothers’ Day Gift

Our Mothers’ Day collection had to have something pink and pretty. Our designers scoured the magazines, suppliers’ websites and gift shows to find just the right containers. Samples were ordered and tested. Flowers were tried in different combinations. Finally, the two finished products were chosen to be photographed. Here is My Fair Lady 1: The […]

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Floral Demonstration at Strate’s

We had a pleasant time at the Christian Women’s Club this past Wednesday. It is a group that meets monthly at Strate’s Restaurant in Etobicoke. Susan and Lynn took our show on the road! Armed with our beautiful Spring 2010 flyers and samples of the bouquets, we presented a 20 minute demonstration of floral how-to’s […]

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Design Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Cathy Hillen-Rulloda of Avante Gardens Florals in Anaheim, CA! She is the winner of the March Madness Floral Design competition featured on Real Florists Blog. What a fun contest it was! You can read Adam’s gracious post conceding defeat at the Belvedere Flowers blog. Congratulations to both finalists!

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A Unique Mother’s Day Gift

The Junction is a lively, artistic neighbourhood. We’re glad to support local artist Cathy Thorne of Everyday People Cartoons. Cathy has produced a book of cartoons about women that has had us chuckling! The books retail for $12 each. We highly recommend them as a great little gift for Mothers’ Day. To go with your […]

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A Celebration of Cherry Blossoms

Walking through High Park Monday night, I found crowds of people enjoying the cherry blossoms. They are just beautiful! With the sun just setting, photographers were finding opportunities for some lovely images. One young lady had her arms wrapped around the tree trunk as the sun shone in her face and reflected through the cherry […]

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Ranunculus – The Dazzling Buttercup

We were able to get some gorgeous Ranunculus this week. These lovelies are from Holland. We have enjoyed watching them open and develop the last few days. The green centre grows larger, especially on the orange ones. Doing a little research, we found that they are native to Asia, and are based on the name […]

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Battle of the Flower Designers – Final Round

You have got to check this out! Who knew flower design could be so much fun? The gloves are off (or in Adam’s case, ON) and our two finalists have posted their most competitive work yet. It’s floral art – these designers have pushed themselves to be creative and competent. They have met the demands […]

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Spring Specials Photoshoot

We were off to the photography studio yesterday. Nine arrangements were photographed by Derek with Shastyna acting as stylist. It’s always in interesting procedure. Derek is careful to use lighting (balanced with mirrors and umbrellas) to show the arrangement at its best. The shoot takes the best part of a day to complete – but […]

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Battle of the Flower Designers

Here is a fun contest that we’ve neglected to let you know about. It’s a kind of March Madness for flower people. Started at FlowerChat, a community of real florists, it’s a three stage competition. Round One is complete, and Round Two can be seen on the Real Florists Blog. The winners of Round Two […]

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Preview of Mothers Day flowers

Preparations are underway for our Spring & Summer 2010 catalogue. Stay tuned for the newest Martin’s Exclusives! Here is Shastyna finessing one design: Off to the photographer soon. Once the photos are ours, we’ll post them here!

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