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YourLily Book Giveaway!

 

Van Den Bos – Tiny Epic

 

Jhon, lily grower and photographer, created Yourlily to inspire and promote the beauty, versatility and variety that lily’s provided to the world, Yourlily is continuing to grow and get better with each release.

Designed by Geertje Stienstra Sponsored by: ~ Floral Fundamentals ~ Van Den BosiBulb

 

Now on it’s third published book, Yourlily has taken us throughout holland, showing us the beauty of lily’s in wedding, everyday, sympathy and many more inspirational design styles.

Designed by Geertje Stienstra Sponsored by: ~ Floral Fundamentals ~ Van Den BosiBulb

Yourlily has shown us the beauty of lily’s in beautiful locations such as Scotland, St. Petersburg and Miami breathtaking scenery and communities.

Jhon presenting Lily Beelen the framed cover illustration from ‘lili wil bloeien’.

Floral.today was super lucky to meet Jhon and Yourlily at the Dutch Lily Days. Jhon seemed to always be the brightness in the room and could always be found with a smile on his face. Yourlily is his baby and the passion he shares with us is inspirational.

Jhon reading his new creation ‘lili wil bloeien’ to the gathered media and Dutch Lily Day colleagues.

Yourlily kindly gifted you our followers four fresh your lily books to win! Check out how to win one below!!

 

How To Win:
 2 Ways to Win
August 28th Contest Ends

Must be following
 
Floral.Today
iBulb
YourLily

or

Tag everyone below in your favorite lily design photo!

Floral.Today
iBulb
YourLily

 

 

Thank you to YourLily for filling our industry with beauty and inspiration and iBulb for giving Floral.today the amazing opportunity of attending Dutch Lily Days.

 

Stay tuned as we share more about iBulb and Dutch Lily Days in the coming weeks!

 

Till next time,

Industry Events, Products

Dutch Lily Days Here We Come!

Floral.today has been asked to be part of the press trip covering Dutch Lily Days, happening June 6-9, 2017!

We couldn’t be more excited to make our way through the beautiful Netherlands, seeing what some of the top dutch lily breeders and exporters have been working on to expand the beautiful lily sector of our industry.

All the information about Dutch Lily Days can be found at their website along with the 13 lily companies participating or you can click on the brochure below for more info.

Dutch Lily Days Brochure

The promoters of Dutch Lily Days will be taking us on a 3 day floral adventure to see 13 major lily breeders and exporters. The group of press will get to experience all the new varieties that the companies have to offer, while also being educated on the growth and continual expansion of lily development in the Netherlands.

Keep an eye on all the Floral.today social media as June rolls along to experience our adventure with all the new varieties and innovations that the Netherland lily market is creating for you!

Thank you for inviting Floral.today along, we can’t wait to share all the lily fun with our followers.

Till next time,

Extra, Feature Designer, Floral Companies, Floral Couture, Industry Events, Products

A Floral Farewell to 2016!

As we end another year here at Floral.today we ask ourselves, 2016 how did you escape us so quickly? Floral.today will reflect over the month some of our floral high’s and lows of 2016, we welcome you to share how your year went and what you hope for in 2017.

This post will be short as we share just a quick taste of what’s coming in December!

 

Inspiring Floral Designs of 2016

– Our top floral design picks from 2016 strongly taking us into 2017! –

 

Designers That Flourished Throughout 2016

– They took our breath away with their design skill, confidence, and overall greatness leaving a mark in 2016! –

 

Make sure to share with Floral.today everything about your floral 2016 as we work through the holiday season!

Till December,

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And The Winner Is…..

Our Follower Appreciation Book Giveaway Winner Is…..

Fabian Salcedo

F2 Floral Design

Austin, Tx

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Fabian has won an autographed copy of
BCFLBook
A FRESH LOOK AT JUDGING FLORAL DESIGN
BY HITOMI GILLIAM AIFD AND KATHY WHALEN AIFD

 

 

Congratulations to Fabian and thank you for your support. To all those that participated in the giveaway, we thank you and we look forward to doing giveaways in the future!

Huge thank you again for taking us past the 1500 follower mark, Floral.today looks forward to our exciting floral filled future.

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Floral Companies, Products

A Day With Cananvalle Roses!

Very few things are as exciting as receiving boxes of roses to play with and it only makes it better when they are some of the best roses you have ever seen or used.

Cananvalley Flowers has been setting a premium with their roses since 1986, having some of the most beautiful colors and highest quality roses available on the market.

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Floral.today was gladly sent a very large range of what the Cananvalle Roses farm had to offer from well known roses such as ‘Amsterdam’ to the more unique and specialized ‘Sweet Green’. With all but one of the roses staying firm and prefect for more than 2 weeks, including their died varieties, you can see the care and time that they have put into their roses to provide you the florist with the utmost perfect rose.

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Cananvalle has also recently taken part in the Quality Flowers Club, offering it members amazing deals on sample boxes ranging from 100 stems up to 400 stems and also running a fun new contest on the Flower Buzz Facebook group.

 All INFORMATION ON Cananvalley FLowers, The Quality Flowers Club and the ongoing contest can found below!
Here are just a few things we did with our roses sent to us by the ever gracious Cananvalle.

 

Peach/Pink Wall Hang

Created with a combination of:

‘Faith’ – Purple/Pink upon opening

‘Jessika’ – Pink

‘Tiffany’ – Peach

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Unique Design Styles
Formal Vertical Design

The AIFD Guide to Floral Design, Design Styles, Page 191 – “a tall, narrow floral  in which the predominant LINE(S) are elongated and PERPENDICULAR to the PLANE of the horizon or the surface upon which the arrangement is placed. A vertical design typically  extends just barely, or not at all, beyond the width of the CONTAINER.”

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Diagonal Design

The AIFD Guide to Floral Design, Design Styles, Page 190 – “a three-sided COMPOSITION in which the primary AXIS lies on a slant of approximately 45-degrees.”

‘Mondial’ – Variegated Grey and White

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Horizontal DEsign

The AIFD Guide to Floral Design, Design Styles, Page 190 -“a COMPOSITION in which the predominant LINE(S) are low and PARALLEL to the PLANE of the horizon or the surface upon which the arrangement is placed.

‘Sweet Green’ – Vibrant Yellow with Green Tips

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Modified Two Dozen Roses
Fan Design

The AIFD Guide to Floral Design, Design Styles, Page 190 – a three-sided, semi-circular, RADIATING COMPOSITION in which LINES emerge from a central FOCAL POINT, like spokes from the hub of a wheel.

‘Freedom’– Long Lasting Red Rose

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Cananvalle Flowers

Contact Information:

Website ~ www.cananvalle.com
Email ~ sales@cananvalle.com
Phone ~ +593 (0)2 2457 621 - 2


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Quality Flowers Club “Quality Flowers Club is working hard to benefit the florists with excellent products and promotional deals. We are here looking out for you, the florist!” “Quality Flowers Club is a new company developed to provide florists in the United States with beautiful flowers at a great price! Our promise is to scour the globe in search of the best deals and product we can offer to our members.”

 

Contact Information: Website ~ qualityflowers.club Phone ~ 717-442-3158 Facebook Cananvalle Special! 11107174_1612196669019153_6141170737986401312_n

 


Flower Buzz Contest!
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Sponsored by Joe Colvin of Florist Mercantile Company & Quality Flowers Club and Caro Lopez of Cananvalle Flowers.

How to Win:
Whomever brings the most new members to the Flower Buzz Facebook Page by sharing and inviting friends to the group by Nov 1st.

Prize:
First Place -- 600 Long Stemmed Red Roses (70-90cm)(or ASSORTED ROSES, WINNER'S CHOICE)
Second Place -- 200 Long Stemmed Red Roses! (or ASSORTED ROSES, WINNER'S CHOICE)


Rules and Regulations:
*All members of the Flower Buzz Facebook Group may enter.
*Must be a Member of the Flower Buzz Facebook Group.

Thank you so much to Joe Colvin of  Quality Flower Club for introducing Floral.today to Cananvalle Flowers and all the wonderful products that they provide to the floral industry. Make sure to check out all the links above to see all the great things happening at the Quality Flower Club and the great colors and varieties available at Cananvalle Flowers.

 

Check back here Monday for to see how to win a signed copy of A Fresh Look At Judging Floral Design, A Guide for Judges, Designers, Teachers, Mentors and Host BY Hitomi Gilliam AIFD AND Kathy Whalen AIFD!

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Floral Companies, Floral Education Month, Industry Events, Products

Top 3 Floral Education Month Book Picks!

 

Floral.today does realize that there are so many amazing floral design books that inspire and teach out there but these are our top 3 educational book picks of right now in no particular order. What floral books have helped teach you and lead you to be a better designer?

Share with us in the comments Below your top 3 favorite floral book for Floral Education Month!

A Fresh Look At Judging Floral Design, A Guide for Judges, Designers, Teachers, Mentors and Host

by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and Kathy Whalen AIFD

Image Property of HITOMI GILLIAM AIFD AND KATHY WHALEN AIFD

Acculades

2014 Winner of Two Gold Medals

Best Education Book – Independent publisher

Best Reference book – Independent publisher

2014 Silver Medal

Best Professional/technical book – Independent publisher

Image Property of HITOMI GILLIAM AIFD AND KATHY WHALEN AIFD

WHAT KIND OF BOOK IS THE BOOK IS A Fresh Look At Judging Floral Design, A Guide for Judges, Designers, Teachers, Mentors and Host?

A Fresh Look At Judging Floral Design is a book that fills a void in publishing on the topic of floral design and judging. It’s been 50 + years since a new work solely dedicated to design and judging design has been published in the United States. The book is a reference book that has many “workbook-like” features, and thus is unique. Many around the globe are also using it as a textbook.

For years Elements and Principles of Design have been at the core of teaching design. A Fresh Look At Judging reinforces that foundation, and expands design knowledge by providing new opportunities for analyzing and understanding floral design from the judge’s, teacher’s and designer’s perspectives. Among the topics people are excited about is the introduction of tangible and aesthetic standards, bringing greater clarity and more logical analysis to designing and judging. – Kathy Whalen AIFD

Image Property of HITOMI GILLIAM AIFD AND KATHY WHALEN AIFD Image Property of HITOMI GILLIAM AIFD AND KATHY WHALEN AIFD

Image Property of HITOMI GILLIAM AIFD AND KATHY WHALEN AIFD


A Fresh Look At Judging Floral Design, A Guide for Judges, Designers, Teachers, Mentors and Host


Contact Information:

Book Website: JudgingFloralDesign.com
Email: aFreshLook@JudgingFloralDesign.com
Facebook: A Fresh Look at Judging Floral Design

Purchase
$ 99.95 +shipping & tax

Certified Florist Manual

Photo Property of Michigan Floral Association

What’s a Certified Florist?

“Your Michigan Floral Association has created an exciting certification program for retail florists called the Certified Florist (CF for short). In this program, a Certified Florist is one who both possesses professional expertise and passes a certification process.” – Michigan Floral Association

Benefits 
Retail Florist Shop Owners

Become your area’s most respected florist.
Learn the best current practices from recognized floral professionals.
Great advertising tool for your flower shop.
Freshen up on design skills.
Learn the latest design trends.
Use the accreditation’s logo and advertising tools to build credibility with your community.
Great networking opportunity.

Retail Florist Employees

Build your skills.
Make yourself more valuable to your employer.
Job Security.

Free-lance Designers

Keep up on current trends.
Great networking opportunity.
Learn the best current practices from recognized floral professionals.
Freshen up on design skills.

Floristry Students

Build your skills.
Make yourself more employable in the industry.

Party and Event Designers

Keep up on current trends.
Great networking opportunity.
Learn the best current practices from recognized floral professionals.
Freshen up on design skills.


Certified Florist Manual

Contact Information:

Website: Certified Florist Manual
Email: cindy@michiganfloral.org
Phone:Phone: (517) 575-0110

Purchase
$399.95 ~ All Inclusive

NEOTROPICA: HAWAII FLOWER & PLANT GUIDE

by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Lois Hiranga AIFD, & Colin Gilliam

Photo Property of Design358

What will you find in NEOTROPICA: HAWAII FLOWER & PLANT GUIDE

“The softback is illustrated with four-color photos taken on location in Hawaii and offers valuable info on product nomenclature, availability and seasonality.With a pictorial catalog format, the guide is organized into “cut” and “plant” products and by commodity groups.

Readers will find 180 varieties of orchids, 120 anthuriums, 108 assorted tropicals, 90 proteas, 90 types of foliage, 36 green plants, 20 bromeliads and a dozen leis.” ~ Hawaii Tropical Flower Council


NEOTROPICA: HAWAII FLOWER & PLANT GUIDE

Contact Information:

Website: NEOTROPICA: HAWAII FLOWER & PLANT GUIDE
Email: info@design358.com

Purchase
$15.00 +shipping

What books inspire you or have helped make you a better floral designer? Share with us below in the comments or on our Floral.today social media!

Till Next Time,

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Feature Designer, Floral Education Month, Products

Doug Bates CFD, Wire Technique Magician

 

What’s Floral Education Month without learning some awesome techniques and sharpening our floral knowledge?

The One and Only Doug Bates CFD

The One and Only Doug Bates CFD

Floral.today found you someone who inspires us with not just his wonderful floral design skills, but his trend setting wire work, Mr. Doug Bates CFD. Here are two of Doug’s most recent videos on a multi-wire weaving technique that is great for boutonnieres, corsages and adorning arrangements. So enjoy and make sure to not only leave Doug your comments, but to also share the videos with all your friends and colleagues.

YOU CAN FIND ALL THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR Doug and what events he will be at, located at the end of the article.
Wire Technique With Doug Bates CFD

Wire Techniques With Doug Bates CFD – Boutonniere Base

Photo Property of Doug Bates CFD

Photo Property of Doug Bates CFD

So what did you think? We appreciate and thank Doug for being a floral trendsetter and look forward to the bright future he has in our industry.

Doug Bates CFD

Website: www.designsbyvogts.com
Phone: (269) 651-1000

Social Media

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
Youtube

 

Make sure to check Doug out at this years AIFD Symposium in Denver where he will be inducted into AIFD and will be presenting for Fitz Designs. You can also see his beautiful work at this year’s Nature’s Creative Edge in Fruitport, MI. Again make sure to go show Doug some love as he continues to bring amazing skill and trend setting design to our industry.

See you back here on Friday where we will have The UK School of Floristry,

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Feature Designer, Floral Companies, Products

First Jewels|Joseph Massie

 

I’ve always had soft spot for Snowdrops, they’re unashamedly my favorite Spring blossom. Always blooming first, ahead of Crocus, Narcissi, Primroses and latent Hyacinth, and aside from possessing a personal significance to me,  they’re at once humble and delicate, yet strong and bold. 

 
Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

This Spring I spent some time creating a selection of delicate floral jewels, fundamentally to portray an expression of the delicacy and sublimity of Spring.  In early January, I purchased one hundred Snowdrop plants (Galanthus) and nurtured them carefully from shoots through to delicate blossoms, whilst working simultaneously on the delicate structures for the jewelry bases. In this art series, I’ve combined the Snowdrops with a collection of other early Spring finds – dried seed heads, grey grasses, cracked Lunaria seeds and a spent snail shell collide alongside fragmented elements of early Spring gems.
 
Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

All the pieces lasted for just twenty four hours ~ a fragile, yet appropriate time frame for this project, and afterwards, the remaining Snowdrop plants were donated to local care homes.  
 
Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Photo Property of Joseph Massie

Early Spring always feels so precious to me ~ something precious, something to be treasured. I hope that ‘First Jewels’ does this time justice.
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Floral Companies, Industry Events, Products

Floral Fantasy Comes To Life

Floral.today had such a wonderful time at the Great Lakes Floral Expo this past weekend presented by the Michigan Floral Association.

Thank you to Michigan Floral Association and Conference Chairman Brian Bak for presenting “FLORAL FANTASY – Seek • Explore • Discover” this year. From stage shows to contests this year brought out some amazing designing and sparks of excitement that the industry is always looking for and thrives off.

OSTC SW Girls

Garrett with the OSTC-SE Girls

Congratulations to Brian Bak and the conference board on such a successful year, we look forward to “Together We Bloom”, GLFE, March 4, 5, 6, 2016 presented by Kevin Adamo.

For all those that missed this years expo it was amazing. Unfortunately do to technical difficulties we didn’t get photo’s ourselves but a bunch of our followers and friends have shared their photo’s with floral.today so we can bring just a tiny bit of the experience to you.

Floral.today gladly chaired the awards banquet and tablescape contest this year and want to thank all those that participated. Big thanks to our sponsors Syndicate Sales and Illinois Willows for the great containers and product along with all the volunteers that had a hand in this years “Night of Fantasy” Banquet.

Floral.today Tall Designs - GLFE Banquet 2015

Tall Designs – ‘Red Curly Willow’ – Illinois Willows , ‘Modonna Dendrobium’ – Amy’s Orchids, Hanging Amaranthus, Sheet Moss

GLFE 2015 Banquet

Tall Designs -‘Red Curly Willow’ – Illinois Willows, “Modonna Dendrobium” Amy’s Orchids, Hanging Amaranthus, Sheet Moss

GLFE 2015 Banquet

OSTC-SE Students setting up the GLFE 2015 Banquet

GLFE 2015 Banquet

Short Design – Chrysanthemums, Steel Grass, Sheet Moss, 8″x8″x4″ Syndicate Sales Weathered Brown Container

GLFE 2015 Banquet

Short Design ~ ‘Red Curly Willow’ – Illinois Willows, Hanging Amaranthus, Green Roses, 8″x8″x4″ Syndicate Sales Weathered Brown Container

GLFE 2015 Cocktail

OSTC-SE Student Sadie working on cocktail designs

GLFE 2015 Banquet

OSTC-SE Students and Garrett working on details

GLFE 2015 Banquet

OSTC-SE Students working on Oasis Flat Cane loops

GLFE 2015 Banquet

OSTC-SE Student Mariah working on Oasis Flat Wire details

GLFE 2015 Banquet

OSTC-SE Student Nicole working on Oasis Flat Wire detail

2015 Tablescape Contest Winners

Events by Ludemas 2015 MFA Piece

First Place – Team Events by Ludemas

 

Doug Bates CFD, CF 2015 GLFE Tablescape

Second Place – Doug Bates CFD, CF, Designs By Vogts Floral and Gifts

Doug Bates CFD, CF 2015 GLFE Tablescape

Second Place – Doug Bates CFD, CF, Designs By Vogts Floral and Gifts (Design Detail)

 

3rd Place Not Pictured – Team Country Lane Flowers

Random Expo Pictures

GLFE 2015 Academy Winner

2015 Academy Winner – Doug Bates CFD, CF, Design By Vogts Floral and Gifts

2015 GLFE Academy Winner

2015 Academy Winner – Doug Bates CFD, CF, Design By Vogts Floral and Gifts

 

2015 GLFE Student Design Contest

Teresa Cytlak CF reviewing student competition pieces with each student category competitor.

Certified Florist Showcase

Certified Florist Showcase Design – Angela Christie CF of Flowers from Natures Garden

Parties That Pop! with Jody McLeod sponsored by Syndicate Sales

Parties That Pop! with Jody McLeod sponsored by Syndicate Sales

Parties That Pop! with Jody McLeod sponsored by Syndicate Sales

Parties That Pop! with Jody McLeod sponsored by Syndicate Sales

Get read for next years Great Lakes Floral Expo “Together We Bloom”, March 4, 5, 6, 2016!

What floral shows conferences or classes have you attended lately? Make sure to share with Floral.today all your fun floral activities and adventures on all our social media.

 

We are ‘Off To The Emerald City’ at the Illinois State Floral Conference next, so stay tuned for all the fun we have there,

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Floral Companies, Industry Events, Products

Florist Mercantile Company Website Has Launched!

Get over to the new Florist Mercantile Company website and see all the amazing floral vase sleeves they have to offer!

Check out this link for everything new and exciting!

Click Here

While you’re at the Florist Mercantile Company new website make sure to check out all their sparkly, glittery, and shiny Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves they have to offer as the fashion world has spoken and sparkle is the must have this year. Check out some of what Floral.today has seen from these collections and then make sure to add them to your shops offerings for your consumers.

Florist Mercantile Company - Diamond Cut Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

Florist Mercantile Company – Diamond Cut Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

From Zuhair Murad Spring Summer Collection to Chanel we are seeing a great variety of sparkle happening in high-end fashion design this year, so why not grab some of these great Florist Mercantile Company Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves and stay on top of trends.

Florist Mercantile Company - Event Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

Florist Mercantile Company – Event Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2015 Couture An Evocation of Water

Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2015 Couture An Evocation of Water ( Photo property of SENATUS net)

Florist Mercantile Company - Event 1 Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

Florist Mercantile Company – Event 1 Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

Chanel Spring/Summer 2015 (Video Property of Chanel)

Florist Mercantile Company - Mixed Glitter, Holographic & Metal Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

Florist Mercantile Company – Mixed Glitter, Holographic & Metal Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves

 

Go check out Florist Mercantile Company’s new website and tell them what you think!

**Giveaway**

For those that subscribe to or like any of  the Florist  Mercantile or Floral.today social media pages you will be entered into a drawing to receive either pre-wrapped Florist Mercantile Company vases and/or mixed Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves. The winners must be located in the US or Canada. The winner will be chosen with a random picker at Random.org to keep the drawing fair.


Like or Subscribe to at least 2 of the links below to be entered to receive a prize.

Florist Mercantile Company
Youtube Channel
Facebook Page
Pinterest Page

Floral.Today
Youtube Channel
Facebook Page
Twitter

 

**Florist Mercantile Vase Wrap Design Contest**

Right now if you visit the Florist to Florist Facebook Group, they are hosting the Florist Mercantile Vase Wrap Design Contest with a prize of $500 dollars and 100 Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves. Check out all the details to enter for a chance to win the $500 dollars and those 100 Florist Mercantile Company Shrink Wrap Decorative Vase Sleeves. Come show us your skills!

Available Positions at Florist Mercantile Company

All inquires can contact Florist Mercantile Company on their Facebook or at their New Website!

4 Regional Directors

Multiple Reps for Each State

Also Looking For Distributors

Thanks for joining us this #FloralFriday and we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day week next week!

Till Next Time,

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