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Flower Files: Rosa 'Amnesia'

Name: Rosa ‘Amnesia’
Fragrance: None
Color: Taupe Brown to Light Lavender
Availability: Year Round
Hails from: South America

This flower is incredibly versatile and looks great with so many different color combinations.

Autumn Festival at Terrain

We'll be helping our friends at Terrain celebrate the Autumn harvest this weekend! We'll have bunches & bunches of locally farmed flowers designed in our signature style for sale along with our always elegant vase designs. We'll also be demonstrating how we make our unique and unusual floral crowns & hairpieces.  

Be sure to come by Terrain this Saturday from 12-4 to celebrate this favorite of seasons. See you there!

Flower Files: Andromeda

Name: Andromeda Polifolia
Nickname: Japanese Pieris, Bog Rosemary, Lily of the Valley Shrub
Hails from: Washington, Oregon and also parts of Asia & Northern Europe
Fragrance:  light herbal Turn ons: Peat moss, Bogs, Long walks in the rain
Turn offs: Lacebugs & Nematodes Favorite Music: Grunge of course!
Little known fact: I am often confused with Lily of the Valley and Bleeding Hearts

Flower Files: Passion Vine

Name: Passiflora Caerulea
Nickname: Blue Passion Flower, Common Passion Flower
Hometown: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay (national flower) & Uruguay
Fragrance: Strong Floral Turn ons: humid climate and tall trees for me to climb
Turn offs: too much water & not enough sun
Little known fact: butterflies are very attracted to me

Flower Files: Banksia

Name: Banksia Prionotes
Nickname: Acorn Banksia, Orange Banksia
Hometown: Western Australia
Fragrance: None
Turn ons: tropical climate, fresh water, dry air
Turn offs: refrigeration and insects Favorite band: Midnight Oil
Little known fact: I can grow up to 30 ft tall

Brides Magazine

We were so excited to see the new issue of Brides MagazineSullivan Owen designs are featured twice and our fun classes at Philadelphia Flower School are also featured!

I loved doing these designs for the gorgeous Hollywood Regency shoot. Love that cake!

One of our gorgeous centerpieces was featured with other Philadelphia vendors. Photo by Lorraine Daley.

Philadelphia Flower School was highlighted as a fun bachelorette idea. Check out our upcoming classes here.

Around the Studio

It’s time again for another Around the Studio post! We’re coming off a few really busy weeks, here's a bit of what's been going on... This past weekend I participated in The Modern Bride event at Busybee and cohosted by Swig. The event featured carefully selected vendors in all aspects of the bridal industry and we were so happy to participate. I designed several pieces for the event but these two were by far the most popular with the brides who attended.  These earthy but edgy pieces would suit a variety of wedding styles.

We’ve had a ton of deliveries in the Philadelphia Metro area and the color stories ranged from cheerful and wild to simple and understated.  We work hard to find the most beautiful fresh flowers and unexpected details like this gorgeous blueberry branch and the results are happy clients and excellent reviews.

This week we are preparing for all of the weddings we have in the upcoming Fall season. Organizing vases, finalizing flower orders and all that glamorous stuff. Our ribbon drawers were getting out of control but fortunately I found this amazing antique apothecary cabinet recently and now it’s displaying some of the vast ribbon collection which is sure to continue to grow.

We hosted a really fun class at Philadelphia Flower School last week, you can read more about it here.

And finally I had a lunch meeting with an up & coming model and his mom Andrea , Puppy Potty Training Master and owner of Walkies, the best pet care service in Philly and South Jersey. Lasagna may be modeling for us sometime soon. Here he is giving me his best Blue Steel…

Chef's Dinner for PAWS

On Monday June 27 forty of the area’s top chefs gathered for the 7th Annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS. This wonderful event raised over $230,000 for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and was such a great time for both attendees and the chefs! Sullivan Owen floral & event design was asked to participate in this prestigious event and we were lucky enough to design for two of the superstar chefs!

We designed a custom table linen and two large floral designs for Delilah’s. The bold juicy colors and wild designs were the perfect complement to the delicious appetizers prepared by Chef Stuart Pellegrino.  There were brightly colored orchids scattered on the table to finish the design off. Delilah’s is a world renowned gentlemen’s club and steakhouse so it was important that we capture both the style and beauty that Delilah’s is known for.  We got a ton of compliments on the table design and had so much fun working on it!

Sullivan Owen floral & event design was asked to participate in this prestigious event and we were lucky enough to design for two of the superstar chefs!

We also designed a dinner table for Chef Quincy Logan of Union Trust-Philadelphia’s Steakhouse. If you haven’t eaten at Union Trust you should hurry up and make a reservation because Quincy is immensely talented and the restaurant boasts stunning architecture and interior design. Housed in a the former Federal Reserve Bank for the Union during the Civil War the restaurant has been both meticulously restored as well as updated for an unparalleled dining experience.

I was fortunate to be fed an “inspirational” dinner before designing the Union Trust table and I LOVED everything I ate at the restaurant. Quincy uses ingredients grown in our local area, even some of the steaks come from a local farm and so we decided to use only locally grown ingredients in our design. We used organic and locally grown flowers, herbs and wheat grass from Bucks County, Lancaster and New Jersey. We featured locally grown veggies as part of the design and even used local beeswax for our custom made candles. The concept of the design was a modern take on the local and organic movement.  The table came out beautifully and I’m proud that my inspiration came from the exceptional food Union Trust is known for and that we used locally grown ingredients!

We loved participating in such a worthwhile event for an important cause.  You can learn about the many ways you can help PAWS here.

PAWS Preview

Just dropping by with a quick post since we are zooming around the studio and singing at the top of our lungs while finishing a bunch of designs to take over to the Union League for the 7th Annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS.  This is a fabulous event for such a wonderful cause, we were super excited to be asked to participate!

We’re providing florals and décor for several of the chef’s stations but  for now here’s a sneak peek of some of the gorgeous blooms that will be making an appearance tonight…

Flower Love Shoot

Crazy beautiful flowers in the studio these days so I had a love shoot with some of them before they were out the door on their way to happy clients!

Around the Studio

It’s been so busy around the studio we have lots of stuff to share.

We have some really gorgeous flowers in the studio this week, we had several orders over the weekend and today we just finished a series of corporate thank you gifts heading out tomorrow.  Our white and green palette is still going strong but with the addition of some really lovely ivory shades and tons of great texture from lime green coxcomb, that’s the brain looking one along with nigella, single petal spray roses and big fat tree peony.

Last week I met with the ladies of Two Little Birds Planning just to get to know each other. If you are in need of Wedding planning and coordination, check them out.

We also got our fabulous new energy efficient walk in cooler, of course it’s already loaded up with blooms for this week. It’s so big, we might have staff meetings in there during the summer.

This weekend we had a little team outing to the Art Star Craft Bazaar, an annual event for artists and crafters down at Penn’s Landing. Despite the rain, it was a great time and I picked up several pieces for the studio.

I bought three photos from James Singewald, his photos are simply stunning. He takes photos of Philadelphia and Baltimore.  I loved his work and hope to get more.  I love Philadelphia and any art associated with the city. I plan on hanging these 3 together.

I bought two pieces from Mikel Robinson. His mixed media pieces were pretty popular while I was at his booth and I was happy to get these two pieces.

I also bought this fun print from local favorites Two Paperdolls. They do fabulous work especially with wedding invitations suites so check them out.  With my love for Philly I couldn’t resist this beautiful take on the Love sculpture in Love Park.

Anemone

Anemones continue to be a favorite around our studio. We will soon have to say goodbye to this insanely gorgeous flower. It’s harvest season runs from December to April. Anemones are at their peak in February much to the disappointment of brides who desire it for their summer weddings.

There are about 120 species of anemones in the Ranunculaceae family. Colors can range from shades of red, pink, purple, blue, and our favorite, white. What makes this flower so striking is the dark black centers, though some varieties have a pale green center.

Anemones are cut when they are still closed and will open when exposed to heat and light. They are highly phototropic and will continue to bend and grow even after they are cut and arranged.

I love their ruffled foliage reminds me of a well accessorized woman, it's the perfect complement to their subtly shaded petals. Here are some beauty shots to ogle...

image above by Lorraine Daley

image above by Lorraine Daley

image above by Lorraine Daley

Free Flower Monday

Who wants free flowers?

All you have to do is ‘like’ Sullivan Owen on Facebook and leave a comment on the contest post.  The winner will be chosen at random on Friday at 12 Noon and will receive a free $75 floral arrangement delivered within the Philly Metro area on Monday. You can even send it to someone you love as long as they are in the area.

Click here to Like us

If you like us already, just leave a comment on the Facebook contest post. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page so check back!

*We know it's pretty but the flower arrangement pictured is not a representation of the free arrangement, we promise you'll love it though*

Made in Japan

Since Japan is on everyone's mind, I thought we would highlight some of the amazing flowers grown in Japan.  The country and specifically the southernmost islands grow some of the most unbelievable blooms found in the world. These flowers are so well cared for and raised with such love, each bloom is truly perfect. The Japanese Sweet Pea, Gloriosa Lilies and Ranunculus are out of this world gorgeous and a favorite of ours at Sullivan Owen.

This week we have some of the amazing Japanese Scabiosa, these are new varieties this year.

Enaga Purple reminds me of a ballet tutu, these are up to 3 inches across. They have a strong "Spring" fragrance which some people love, others not so much.

Green Puree  is a really interesting texture when added to bouquets. It is a petite little flower.

If you are planning on donating to Japan’s Earthquake Relief, check out http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to confirm your charity is legit.

Philadelphia Flower School

We had our first class at Philadelphia Flower School last Thursday night. It was cold and rainy but our friends made it out for this invitation only class.

In return for wading through puddles, students worked with over 25 varieties of flowers and foliage to make beautiful compositions in a glass pedestal vase. Class begins with a run through of all the materials available to work with. We teach a bit about each flower or foliage, let students examine them and take in the scent and share any special care notes for handling the blooms.

Then I did a demo of two arrangements in very different color palettes.

Students were then unleashed on the bevy of blooms to choose their favorites for their composition.

After working up an appetite designing their compositions, students snacked on local cheeses, veggies and an assortment of gluten free, vegan baked treats from Sweet Freedom Bakery and capped the night off with a champagne toast.

All the beautiful designs were so unique and looked so pretty wrapped in our handmade packaging, everyone took home a vial of our Cut Flower Elixir as well.

You can find out more about the many different classes we feature here or by clicking "classes" below, we look forward to seeing you soon!