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Poppy Parfaits

Amy Arnold

"If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?"   -Steve Jobs

This is what I did yesterday after reading that. I got out my precious gold vase I've been saving for flowers worthy of it and didn't waste anymore time saving it.

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I've spent the last two days obsessively researching Steve Jobs. He sure was a character but his story inspired me to be more than who I planned to be yesterday. Thanks, Steve.

Flower Crown Workshop: Join us April 18th

Amy Arnold

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I am excited to announce that Dear Lizzy's Liz has invited me to team up with her for a floral crown workshop for you next month! Picture turning bright spring blooms into a gorgeous head piece. We'll also snap photos and make a tag to remember the fun night! It’s the girls’ night out you've been needing so badly! Come and get your craft on with us!

When: FRIDAY, APRIL 18th at 5:30 pm in Provo, Utah.
Location: Startup Building (560 S. 100 W., Provo)

We will have everything perfectly packaged there for you including all the tools you’ll need. Plus, treats and drinks of course! So bring your cute self… Invite your sister, mother, girlfriend, and daughter too for a much needed girls’ night!

**The cost is just $35 per kit.
If it’s a mother/daughter duo,  2 kits for $55. After the crowns are finished we will take professional photos and have some supplies to make a tag to take home to remember this magical night! Space and supplies are limited so reserve your spot.
**we got some sponsors so there’s a lower price!

Buy tickets here!

Midway Ice Castles

Amy Arnold

At a time now when inspiration shoots are a dime a dozen, I choose my shoots very carefully. When McKenzie asked me to join her team for this shoot at the ice castles I didn't have to think twice! I mean an ice castle?! It's other worldly! Not to mention in a few short weeks it would be gone, melted into our memory. For the shoot I wanted a bouquet that would match the simple continuity of the castle that rises into a giant wonder. Enter the composite rose!

Composite rose is the term for ripping petals off dozens of roses and gluing them back together to make one giant rose. It's a daunting and time consuming project. I had tried it once before and the rose turned out too flat. FAIL. Which I recently learned is just the First Attempt In Learning. With that first attempt under my belt and some creative engineering I crafted a bouquet holder that would give me added depth. Success!

The group of ladies that worked on this project were phenomenal! I had never met them before and the scene they brought together created pictures that I'll treasure forever. See all involved listed below.

Model: Brinnan Schill | Photographer: McKenzie Deakins | Dress: The Perfect Dress

Hair: Jenna Pinegar | Makeup: Bourne Exquisite

Fresh Living Feature

Amy Arnold

Last week I did a little feature on Channel 2's Fresh Living. We talked about the language of flowers, what certain Valentine bouquets mean, and ended the segment making a single rose bouquet. Being on TV was a fun new experience!  You can see the video here.

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Bulgarian Rose Oil: Lesson Learned


I stumbled upon this video about Bulgarian rose oil production the other week. It made me think about how little I know about the production of many things that are part of my daily life. And if it weren't for the "Made in China" tag I wouldn't know where anything came from either.

I am even subject to this with flowers, my own art medium. I can't tell you how many times I have opened bundles of daisies, roses, lilies, snapdragons etc. and not even looked to see where they were grown. Those flowers started somewhere, by someone and wouldn't it enrich the bouquet I create with them if I knew that back story?

Bleu Favorites: Floret Flower Farm


I am pretty smitten with Floret Flower Farm. Erin Benzakein has truly inspired me with her Skagit Valley flowers! Her picked from the fields bridal bouquets are the most beautiful I have ever seen. She includes so many varieties of flowers that I can't get in my flower markets.

I have spent many nights now devouring the archives of her flower journal. The pictures of farm life give me goose bumps and make me so excited for the future. She also keeps it real and reminds me that farming is hard work and I get worried. Really worried. 

Enjoy just a few more pictures before heading over to read Erin's farm journal. It's a must read for any flower enthusiast. You'll fall in love with Erin, her family, and their flower farm!

Photos via Floret Flower Farm

Flower Farm: The New Adventure


Exciting news! We are starting a little flower farm to grow our own flowers! I am really nervous to announce it because we will probably fail but we're preparing to turn that failure into success. I have always wanted to have a cutting flower garden but busyness with school has always kept me from it. 

When I started making plans for the garden this winter I was in the midst of bridal consultations and started to get tired of hearing that I wouldn't be able to get a certain flower from my flower wholesaler or that lilies of the valley cost $30 for a tiny bunch! Seriously?! That's when thoughts like, "Maybe I should grown my own" started entering my head and with a little encouragement from family and friends the thoughts are becoming reality. 

I yearn for more creative freedom with my flower arrangements and want a stronger connection with the flowers I arrange. I want to know what they look like as they grow, how they smell in a natural environment, and what struggles they face. I want to experience the true miracles that flowers are.
Here are some pictures of the 1.6 acres of our land that will become the flower farm. There are some existing raised beds that will be filled with perennials and the rest will be converted to rows of annuals. We aren't going to farm the whole thing- that would be taking on too much! Just a few hundred foot rows to get our feet wet.

My first day on the farm I pulled up hundreds of feet of drip line. The drip line is left over from a garden that my family planted with my grandparents when I was 13. We spent a lot of time at the "lot" that summer. My brothers and I very disparagingly called it the "lot" as we thought it was our parents means for torturing us. I think the flower farm needs a name, The Flower Lot has a nice ring don't you think? Any of you have ideas for names?

As I have been weeding, stirring dirt, and preparing beds in the last weeks I have enjoyed the calming effects of gardening. The first day I listened to Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons and have since enjoyed listening to nature's iPod i.e. the birds chirping, dancing leaves in the wind, and airplanes taking off from Provo airport.

The garden is a wide open space for me to think about Bleu Wednesday. The hours conquering weeds and shoveling heavy dirt have given me the courage to go forward with another project we have in the works that has presented some difficulties. Green growth is starting to appear, reminding me that after a harsh winter plants emerge strong and triumphant. We too can rise from our adversities to achieve victory! Here's to new growth and adventures this spring! I look forward to sharing ours with all of you!


Macy's Flower Show: The Painted Garden


The Macy's flower shows opened Sunday in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. This year's exhibitions celebrate the vibrant spirit of South Asia (expect D.C. which is a Cherry Blossom show). The flowers featured include water lilies, orchids, bougainvillea, fuchsia, azaleas, cyclamen, dianthus, caladium, and jasmine. Love the sound of that! Each day the shows will feature a different main display bouquet designed by well known floral designers. New York's line up includes Jane Packer! 

Here in Utah we're not near any of the shows but I found some pictures of the show in Minneapolis. Enjoy the small glimpse and the Macy's website is featuring some really cute petal grams you can send! I sent blooming "I Love You"'s to my mom and grandmas!

Photos via Twin Cities

Bleu Favorites: Easter


Welcome Monday! Said no one ever. We're already looking forward to this weekend and the Easter holiday. You have six days to plan for food, baskets, eggs and the perfect table setting. Overwhelmed? We're here to help with the table! Check out the cute ideas on our Easter pin board.

Feast Your Eyes Friday: Georgianna Lane


You've made it to Friday! This week I stumbled upon photographer Georgianna Lane. Her flower photography is the best I've seen! Granted she is great friends with Floret Flower Farm owner Erin and has a pretty great supply of flowers to shoot, but still! (More about Floret next week!) I think what I like most about Georgianna is that she styles the flowers in her shoots. She arranges the flowers, shoots them, takes them apart and does it all again over and over. I've always thought creativity in one art leads to creativity in another art and she is proving my theory right. Enjoy these spring daffodils and see more of Georgianna's photography on her website! Be warned- I've spent many hours looking through the archives!

Photos via Georgianna Lane

Keukenhof: Spring is Here


Keukenhof gardens open today! A sure sign that Spring has sprung. There's nothing I'd rather be doing than hopping on a plane to Holland and taking in the most beautiful garden in the world. But I guess pictures and videos will have to tide me over until that day comes. Enjoy these sneak previews and a little history of the garden below!
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"Where Keukenhof is situated now, was a hunting area in the 15th century. Herbs for the kitchen of the castle of Jacoba van Beieren were also collected here; hence the name Keukenhof. 
The current park was a section of the sizeable estate of Slot Teylingen, with beautiful untamed bushes and dunes. After the decease of Jacoba van Beieren Keukenhof fell into the hands of rich merchant families. Baron and baroness Van Pallandt invited landscape architects J.D. and L.P. Zocher, designers of the Amsterdam Vondelpark, to make a design for the garden around the castle. This design, in the English landscape style, has always been the basis of Keukenhof.

At the moment the estate belongs to a Foundation. On the initiative of the Lisse mayor of that time and a number of leading flower bulb growers and exporters, an open air flower exhibition was organised here for the first time in 1949. This expanded to an annually recurring event that has always drawn great numbers of visitors from all over the world. This is how Keukenhof became the park that we now know.
The park is 32 hectares wide and has 15 kilometres of foothpath. Keukenhof has surprises in store for visitors of all ages. Be sure to bring your camera along on this unique experience. The park is filled with blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs. At Keukenhof you can gain inspiration and relax in the beautiful surroundings!"

All Around The Daffodils


Here's a cute Easter song about Daffodils to play with kids!

All around the daffodils
One, two, three,
If you want to find a friend,
Just choose me!
Children stand in a circle and hold hands up high to form arches. One child  is chosen to hold a small bunch of daffodils, and starts to weave in and out of the windows. As the words ‘just choose me!’ are sung, the first child takes the hand of whoever is the closest, and then the two children carry on going in and out of the windows. The song is repeated until all the children are holding hands in a long snake and an adult makes a bridge against the wall which they all go under for the last time.
Watch the video to hear the tune:

March's Flower: Daffodil


The Daffodil aka Jonquil aka Narcissus is March's birth flower. The trumpet shaped flower means friendship and domestic happiness. It is the official flower of Wales and is said to be poisonous if eaten. Beware!

American Meadows describes the origin of the daffodil:

"The tragic love story of Narcissus and Echo. Remember Narcissus? Know people who are narcissistic? It all flows from the famous Greek myth about Narcissus, a handsome youth, who was granted his great good looks by the Gods. But as in most myths, there was a catch. His beauty was permanent and he was immortal, as long as he never viewed his own reflection. Once, while Narcissus was hunting in the woods, a nubile wood nymph named Echo saw him from her hiding place behind a tree. He was so handsome, she fell desperately in love, but Narcissus spurned her. She was so devastated by his rejection that she wept and wailed, and was ultimately consumed by her love. She pined so that soon all that was left of her was her voice. The prophecy of her name had come true. But the Gods were not pleased. The goddess, Nemesis, heard about poor Echo, and lured Narcissus to a shimmering lake. There in his vain state, he was unable to resist gazing at his own reflection, and fell in love with himself! As he gazed, the divine penalty took effect, and he simply faded away. In his place sprang up the golden flower that bears his name today. Now you know how Daffodils came to be, and also why psychologists warn vain patients about the “Narcissus complex.”

Image via  American Meadows

Flower Science: Flowers' Neon Sign


New research published by Bristol University's Professor Daniel Robert suggests that flowers have their own equivalent of a neon sign. Neon sign? Flowers? What do they have to do with each other you may ask. Hang with us here a minute.

Flowers must work much as advertising execs to attract pollinators. We already know that they use strong fragrances and attractive colors in their advertising but Roberts has found that they also communicate with bees through electrical signals. The signal aids bees in deciphering between a recently visited flower and a not visited flower that is full of nectar. Professor Roberts says, "The last thing a flower wants is to attract a bee and then fail to provide nectar: a lesson in honest advertising since bees are good learners and would soon lose interest in such an unrewarding flower." Read much more about this exciting discovery here.

Images via Bristol University

These pictures show geranium, clematis, and gerbera flowers before and after application of charged powder paint. The powder paint reveals the shape of the electrical field.