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POSTED IN: Spring Wedding

In this blustery winter weather, it’s refreshing to see these photos from last spring!  Spring wedding flowers offer up delightful blooms such as peonies, ranunculus, anemones, tulips, narcissus…  And I love flowering branches of all types: lilac, forsythia, cherry blossoms, crabapple, quince, and snowball viburnum, to name a few.  Admittedly, a couple of these weddings […]

We were just thrilled to be a part of an amazing creative team of Indie Wed vendors who contributed to this styled photo shoot of Geometric Wedding Inspiration on 100 Layer Cake’s blog.  Thanks to Kelly at Indie Wed for inviting Pollen to be a part of it!  And thanks to Amanda Megan Miller Photography […]

Yesterday, Pollen held its first ever workshop at Pollen’s studio, located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.  Exclusive to Pollen clients (and a sidekick), students learned the basics of floral design, with an emphasis on working with farmers market flowers. After some instruction and demonstration (and mimosas and bloody marys), the students designed their own arrangements.  I […]

POSTED IN: Winter Wedding

Wow…  I’m so honored to have participated in another winter Indie Wed (year 3!).  I had an especially good time this year.  I got to catch up with a few past clients, see a few current clients, and meet potential future clients! I was excited to meet some vendors with whom I have been hoping […]

POSTED IN: Flower Profiles

I just love fall weddings.  Mostly because of the fall wedding flowers available, of course!  I’m a big fan of berries and branches, and fall is a perfect season to include fruits, berries, and branches in floral arrangements.  This post, I’ll focus on non-flowers. Ornamental Peppers (Capsicum annuum) Ornamental peppers are more diverse than you […]

POSTED IN: Flower Profiles

Well, just in the nick of time, I’m getting in a September flower availability post!  I love fall, and I especially love the berries that become available in fall.  Here are some of the locally grown flowers that I’ve been seeing and using this September: Zinnias Tuberose Eucalyptus Asters Snapdragons Gomphrena Asclepias Celosia Gladiolus Dahlias […]

POSTED IN: General

In my last post I wrote about some of my favorite locally grown flowers available in Augus, like celosia and dahlias.  On a trip to the farmers market last week, I spotted not only dahlias and celosia, but also sunflowers, lisianthus, zinnias, snapdragons, lilies, amaranth, gomphrena, asters, and delphinium. Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflora) I’m a big […]

POSTED IN: General

I love using locally grown, seasonal flowers.  Not only are they more affordable than imported flowers, but they are better for the environment, too!  Since they don’t need to be transported thousands of miles to get to market, locally grown flowers have a much smaller carbon footprint than imported flowers. I’ve been looking and looking […]

POSTED IN: Cut Flower Care

Whether you picked up a bunch of flowers at the grocery store or you were delivered a hand-tied bouquet by a florist, following a few simple guidelines to care for your flowers will insure you get the longest life out of them. 1.  Strip the stems. Remove from the stems any foliage that will be […]

POSTED IN: Flower Profiles

Short profile of the allium plant, available locally in late spring and summer as a cut flower.

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