It's been so warm this week in San Francisco. When I get home from work, I immediately walk to our back sliding glass door and roll it open to let in the fresh air and check out our dried up backyard. The grass has gotten crunchy, but our succulents are happy and sending up flowers.
I often fantasize about spending evenings getting pruny under the starts in an imaginary hot-tub on our backdeck. Being that we have neighbors on top of us in all directions, I'm not sure we could get away with it. A girl can dream though. A few days ago 3 porch farm in Georgia posted this pic below and I immediately filed it away in my "future" backyard file.
These warm days also create a few logistical challenges for a florist, whose livelihood depends on keeping cut flowers fresh and perky. Heat can destroy a vased arrangement pretty quickly. Some of the ways this has worked into my day-to-day and future plans are as follows:
COOLER - We don't need one at our South San Francisco Studio (cool mornings and nights and buying-to-order keep our flowers freshhh). If I were to build a cooler, I'd use a coolbot, insulation, and washable walls to make for easy cleaning.
SHIPPING - I pack our overnight deliveries with ice packs and wrap the stems in hydrating mesh. Here's a first for me - last week I CHECKED 160 steps of Zoe's coral Chantilly Snapdragons with my luggage on a plane to Ohio. I wrapped them in ecofresh, swaddled them in newspaper and sealed them in a long cardboard box and just about every stem turned out to be useable (!)
REFRIGERATED TRUCK - Something I dream about. There are places that will retrofit your truck or van to be refrigerated. I recently learned that a trick for keeping flowers cool onsite at a desert locale is to rent a refrigerated truck, build Ikea shelves in it on site, and let it run overnight (the refrigeration can run with the truck parked). This tip gleaned from Katie learned from Kristen (of Moon Canyon).
BOUTONNIERES - Honestly, these are becoming the bane of my existence. Not because they've been an utter failure, but because these wee little guys are a bit time consuming and the thing I stress most about getting wilty. I try to make these the DAY of an event, because I like to wire most of the flowers which makes them sturdier, but also means they won't take up any more water after you've tied them off with pretty ribbon.
And now cool cats (that's all I've got in as far as segues go!), a quick photo recap from my workshop with Lennie at her B-Side Farm last week. It was a blast! All pictures taken by the amiable Roger Elliott of Sonoma based Roger Elliott Photography.