April 30, 2012

What Does A Year Look Like For Florists.

This is how a year in the life of a florists goes by....
January starts a new year with all the excitement of preparing for Valentine's Day and Wedding Season and everything else the year holds. January also is our downtime and relaxing after a very busy Christmas Decorating season. We are tired of Jingle Bells, Decking the Halls and all things Red and Gold.
 Once February hits we get into the Love of all things Spring since we tend to get in the first of the tulips, hyacinth and other beautiful Spring flowers. Valentine's Day brings in some business and often times produces brides to-be.  March is also a month where we get to take a few deep breaths before we hit April and May which is the first lap of Wedding Season. Our brides so far this year have had wonderful taste! They know what they want and make sure every detail is perfect for their big day! Check out some of the photos from this past weekends weddings! So much color!

June is the traditional wedding month and 2012 will have many June brides for the Lisa Foster Crew! We can't wait to see the professional photos from this years weddings.  July and August also produce many weddings (not as many as June).  Leading into the fall September and October we as florists start looking forward to the jewel tones of fall weddings and all things harvest. Wheat stalks, pumpkins as centerpieces and sticks all over the place. It may surprise you to know that we sometimes have as many October weddings as June weddings. October in East Tennessee is probably the most beautiful month with all of the colors God provides in nature! Not to mention the crisp fall air and the urge to grab some hot apple cider that has everyone in a festive-fall mood! 
To finish off the year in November and December most of the crew stays out of the shop decorating homes for Christmas. It's a change of pace and is almost an everyday all day endeavor to make Christmas perfect and beautiful. Tons of bow fluffing and light hanging! It's a lot of fun seeing everyone's Christmas decor and creating memories with all of the shop girls. After that it's back to the Start Line with January!
It seems each year seems to fly by so quickly but we have such great times with each other doing what we love to do... take beautiful flowers and create beautiful arrangements.

April 10, 2012

Elizabeth Miller Wedding - Smithview Pavilion

All of us at Lisa Foster Floral Design just love when girls do things a little different and show off unique style through their weddings! Elizabeth Miller was one of those brides who knew what she wanted and went for it. Every detail of her wedding was well thought out and executed. The ceremony and reception took place at the Smithview Pavilion in Maryville, Tennessee.  A beautiful setting for their vintage-tea party inspired wedding. We love everything that went into the seating chart, cake "table" and pretty much every other detail you could think of. 
The colors worked perfectly and the flowers she wanted to use are some of our favorites! She is one of our girls this year who wanted shades of peach and ivory with touches of ... you guessed it, turquoise! Thankfully, Elizabeth knew how to use the turquoise throughout her wedding with the girls dresses, paper for banners and the backdrop for their photo booth. We will stop rambling on and let you enjoy the photos! Once again JOPHOTO has captured every perfect wedding moment! Great job and keep up the wonderful-amazing-beautiful work.      

April 6, 2012

Weekend Flower Planting

T . G . I . Flowers, as the weekdays have dwindled into the beloved weekend here are a few ideas of how you can cure your cabin fever and give your tired lawn a facelift!
With the warm weather we've had lately it's a good time to get your hands dirty. Stop by your local nursery and pick up some plants, mulch and a cute pair of gardening gloves (who says getting dirty can't be cute!)
Here are some good ideas of what to pick up and plant this weekend.
First, why not plant some rose bushes! Roses will be in bloom soon and who wouldn't love to stop and smell them? Cut them from the yard and use them in your home! We recommend buying plants from a trusted and local nursery or online greenhouse where they take care of their plants. Something to look for in any plant is the roots and leaves. 
Ask yourself these important questions; are the leaves healthy looking and are the roots established well? If the leaves show signs of spots, yellowing, or brown crunchy areas move on to a healthier looking one. Sounds pretty simple right?! 
Word to the wise... avoid buying plants from the grocery store! Not that they don't care about the flowers but plants aren't their specialty and main priority.  
Plants that are good to plant this time of year would be fruit trees or other flowering trees (dogwoods!). You could be just a few months away from having your own apples! Mmmm apple pie from your backyard orchard! 
Want to plant some Tennessee native plants? Luckily the TVA has a portion of their website that you can browse either the scientific or the common names of local plant life. This might help with knowing what to look for and what would do well in your yard.  A few examples that we love are; bleeding hearts, hydrangeas, viburnum and various kinds of ferns. There are a ton of flowers, green plants and trees listed on the TVA website. Another positive for buying at a local nursery is they will educate you on what would do well and how much water and sun are required for each plant.  
Sounds like a fun Saturday morning to me! Whatever you decide to do this weekend we hope you have a fun and safe one. Enjoy the fresh air and hopefully sunshine. 
Lisa and Abbi Foster planting flowers
 Bleeding Heart
 Cinnamon Fern

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