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How to Make an Astilbe Wedding Bouquet

Monday, January 12, 2015 10:55:38 AM America/Chicago

In this video, see how Russ and Heidy create an Astilbe Wedding Bouquet and learn how you can create one yourself!Read More
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How to Make a Corsage

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:22:57 AM America/Chicago

Welcome to another show of Russ on Flowers. I'm your host, Russ. We're back at JJC with Professor T, our new addition. Today we're going to be talking about corsage work and boutonniere work. This is a common question we get from customers so we decided to post a video about it.

How to Make a Corsage

Video Transcription

Russ Phillip: Welcome to another show of Russ on Flowers. I'm your host, Russ. We're back at JJC with Professor T, our new addition. Today we're going to be talking about corsage work and boutonniere work.

Professor T: This is a real simple one, Russ. What we did is we took three coordinating mini-carnations that matched our little corsage. I have a small, kind of a medium, kind of a large, and I'm going to do the same thing. Start with my small, stair step the next one over, and then my third one will be placed at that binding point that we were talking about earlier. It's kind of a 3-step...

Russ Phillip: Tiered.

Professor T: ...little tiered, little design here. While I'm hanging on to it I'm going to add a couple of pieces of Italian ruscus to the base. That's a nasty piece. Okay. You want perfect on it because they're viewed up close. You want to make sure you're always using perfect foliage, perfect flowers, nothing with bruises. We'll tape this on real quick. A little bit of baby's breath down at the bottom. See, some people when they make these, they make a mistake. They put big...

Russ Phillip: Globs, yeah.

Professor T: ...globs of baby's breath and it looks terrible on there.

Russ Phillip: Yeah.

Professor T: Big globs of it. It's an accent flower. It's in the group of flowers known as accent flowers. Little. Small, tiny little sprigs. Little.

Russ Phillip: Little, tiny, right on. You don't have to wire the Italian ruscus.

Professor T: I never wire the foliage. I never wire baby's breath or any accent materials...

Russ Phillip: Right.

Professor T: ...that go in there. We're going to do the same treatment.

Russ Phillip: Extremely time consuming.

Professor T: Take off the stem, the extra little stem. You know, it has to match, coordinate, so we're going to add some bling. At this time, I'm going to leave the wire on and I'm just going to add a couple of these cute little rhinestones. We have rhinestones.

Russ Phillip: We glued the other ones. We don't need to glue these, right?

Professor T: No. We're just going to wire them.

Russ Phillip: Not when you're doing boot work. Just wire it in.

Professor T: Wire them in.

Russ Phillip: Tape them.

Professor T: Tape it.

Russ Phillip: Binding point.

Professor T: We need our artificial foliage and then we're going to finish off. We're going to backdrop this with our silk ivy leaves. On the tiny boutonnieres I use three, again, around that binding point.

Russ Phillip: What are some other leaves you can put on there? You love the silk leaves.

Professor T: I love the silk leaves. I love them as a finishing.

Russ Phillip: Because they're easy to work with?

Professor T: Yeah, and they hide my mechanics, and they also prevent the foliage or the flowers from staining anybody's clothing, which they could get angry if you mess up their dance outfit. I'm going to cut this off. Whenever I cut off a stem, I want to make sure I re-tape over that cut end so that it's, again, not snagging anybody's outfit.

Russ Phillip: You're no slob, right.

Professor T: Very simple to make, quick to make, and appropriate for weddings or for dances or if you do it yourselfer are relatively easy to put together.

Russ Phillip: Some great work done. Now we're moving on to the favorite part of our show, flowers that look like people. I'm going to hand this off to you, Professor T.

Professor T: Beautiful, absolutely beautiful, yellow pansy looking flower.

Russ Phillip: Cheese.

Professor T: The lovely moustache...

Russ Phillip: Pansy. Cheese. You know I had to do it to you, brother.

We're moving on to our Q and A. In France, what flower is associated with death? Debra from Oregon.

Professor T: No idea.

Russ Phillip: Chrysanthemums.

Professor T: That's good.

Russ Phillip: Right. Russ, how to preserve a corsage? It's Thomas in Minnesota. Long term preserve or short term preserve? Short term, it's refrigeration, right. I mean keeping it refrigerated. If they're talking about preserve, preserve...

Professor T: Yeah, right. Preserve, preserve is freeze dried, and not a lot of people own freeze dry machines. They would have to take this corsage apart. These flowers can be freeze dried, saved forever, and they would look identical. The problem is by the end of the night, they are so well worn and wilted.

Russ Phillip: Right.

Professor T: I don't know if that's always the best choice. You can take it apart. You can let it air dry. But, not all flowers hold their color, not all flowers dry well.

Russ Phillip: Right.

Professor T: Really, just buy a new one next time, buy a new one.

Russ Phillip: Russ, what does a purple rose symbolize? Jennifer from Colorado.

Professor T: I have no idea.

Russ Phillip: Enchantment. We get a lot of questions like that all the time, what different flowers mean, colors mean. It's crazy. Russ, what is the official state flower of Kentucky? Susan in Texas. Again, it's goldenrod. That's kind of typical of some of the emails that we get.

Professor T: Interesting.

Russ Phillip: To summarize our show, corsages, boutonniere work. We did a lot of stuff with mini-carnations, daisies, some bling, bling. We got some million star gyp.

Stay tuned for other episodes and other shows coming with Professor T. We're going to be out here more often. Thanks for coming to the show. We'll see you next time.

Professor T: Thanks.

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How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:13:44 PM America/Chicago

Hi Everyone! In today's video we are going to talk about how to keep flowers fresh after they have been cut. This is a common question we get here at Russ Wholesale Flowers, so I thought I would make a video for you covering this topic!

How to Keep Flowers Fresh Video


Hi welcome to another show of Russ On Flowers, I'm your host Russ. Today we're going to talk about processing your flowers when they come in before an event. Okay, a lot of you guys are asking all these questions about when you should you receive your flowers, when is the best time of the week to receive. Right now I can tell you the earlier the better. The stuff that we are shipping is so fresh, I just got off the phone with this lady, and she said "If I got my flowers on Thursday, I'm getting all roses" she's buying 800 roses, and she said "If I get them on Thursday, will they last until Sunday?" Let me tell you, typically the roses that we receive and the ones that we ship if you do a test, they'll last up to about three weeks. Change the water every third day, and keep them in a decent environment without a heater blowing on them, three weeks ladies. So that's the deal with that.

So we're talking about processing, okay? When your flowers come in, you need to cut them, and put them in water, hydration helps them live, okay? No water, no live, all right? So when the flowers come in and I'm going to talk a little bit about Carnations, and Larkspurs, and Asters, and I got some Mini Carnations here, and I'm not really sure why, I have TB [SP] here, but we'll put that off to the side okay?

I always use buckets kind of relative to the size of the flowers, it helps, because if you take smaller flowers and you put them in buckets with larger flowers, typically if you put them in buckets that are tall, and then you're using taller flowers, and you're putting them in you might forget that the flowers are in there so you're jamming other flowers on top of the smaller. So I use relative buckets for size of the flowers.

When you get your flowers, lukewarm water, what would that be room temperature of course. So there inches up okay? Three inches up. Take your flowers either with a pruning shears, and or a knife, scissors don't work, a lot of these stems will break your scissors, and it doesn't make a lot of sense. Take your pruning shears, cut them about an inch up off the stem, take the rubber band off. I typically, if you have a lot of bunches of the same type of flowers, will put them in the water with the sleeves on. Once all the flowers are in the bucket, take the sleeves off so they have a chance to breath, and then open.

Biggest show for your event is your open flowers; our stuff will come in extremely tight. These are like medium tight, okay? Typically they'll come in, in bud form, and if you get them on a Thursday, they won't be open for a Saturday event, right?

Consideration, Lily's the same thing, get your Lily's in early okay? So again with the Carnations, I put them in a taller bucket, supports the stem more, so you if you could see in my bucket again three inches of water in here, and then just cut the base. It's easiest if you have pruning shear because you can get through it kind of fast rather than, I mean you can buzz it with a knife too, but okay? Rubber band off, and then plop them in your water, then take your sleeve off okay? Same thing with the Asters, cut an inch okay? Got stuff flying all over the place, and then you just drop them in right.

Keep them hydrated until you use them, and make sure you're hydrating along the way. So the Larkspur, another longer flower that would support like a taller bucket okay? Cut an inch off, take the rubber band off, these babies are bad and long, love them.

Oh you like the color of my hands? Did you notice? I was in the Mr. Illinois this weekend, and that is tanner, uh yeah, you're supposed to use gloves, I didn't. So anyway that's it for today's show, remember hydrate your flowers when you get them, and if you have any questions, hit us at Russ Wholesale Thanks for coming, enjoy your day, keep it real, see you next time.

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How to Make a Rose Boutonniere Video

Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:26:55 AM America/Chicago

About This Video

Russ is here to keep it real and give you a really quick lesson on how you can create a rose boutonniere yourself. Don't mind his weird hand color, as he just returned from a bodybuilding show. Yes...he is a bodybuilder and giving advice on flowers! But back to the rose boutonniere, as long as you can ignore his hand color, you will get a great lesson. He goes over the floral glue to use, the wire and even the tape. You can use this for any flower or even silks.

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