Sep 11, 2014: What florists really do…

Before I began working with Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor I lived in the state of mind that all of the gorgeous things at weddings just magically appeared there, as if the couple’s love was producing fairy dust at such a rapid rate and voila! Hello centerpieces, photo backdrops, floral garlands, place settings… Oh how wrong I was!

I got schooled on my very first Saturday.  A day I thought would be perfectly acceptable to wear a dress and a day that I assumed couldn’t possibly last longer than 3 or 4 hours. A day that turned into a 12 hour day that left me drenched in sweat and a day that half of Barton Creek Resort most definitely caught a sad glimpse of my granny panties.

Someone is climbing that 40 foot ladder, not to mention dragging it around the venue. Someone’s back is aching from lifting 20 50-pound boxes of hydrangea, or buckets filled with water and garden roses, or a 100 pound box of stone urn centerpieces. A florists hands, hair, and clothes may be stained gold or white or glow-in-the-dark from spray paint, not to mention they may be just a tiny bit high from the fumes. A florists fingers are bleeding from tying 2000 ribbon cuttings to a rope to create a photo backdrop, or from a 20-man bridal party’s boutonnieres. There’s a florist somewhere setting his or her alarm for 1am to tear down the wedding they were already on their feet for 10+ hours setting up. Rain or shine or an outdoor Texas wedding in August, we are doing it all and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Aug 12, 2014: Succulents love apathy

Doesn’t everyone just love a good succulent arrangement and their abundant possibilities?  I don’t think I will ever be over the trending of these low maintenance little cuties. Succulents will also always hold my favor due to the fact that I’m actually decent at taking care of the little guys. Not to toot my own horn, but toot, toot!

 

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A lovely arrangement created in-house from leftovers

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… And 8 weeks later

 

 

Who would have thought a snow-bound Colorado native would be able to take care of her cacti garden better than her Texas desert dwelling pals? Here are my tips to keep your succulents alive and well…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Care less:  I so often hear the greatest of gardeners tell me succulents just aren’t their thing. I think I can directly correlate this to the fact that they haven’t let go of the nurturing gardener mentality. Since I have never had that nurturing mentality I have an edge. When it comes to succulent care, care less. You went on vacation for two weeks and forgot to water?  No need to panic. Your succulents won’t mind nearly as much as your cat. In the summer it’s good to experiment with watering. An example of a watering pattern that might work for you this summer is to start at once a week misting, OR (felt the need to emphasize OR as opposed to “and”) once bi-weekly soaking, and then cutting back as you get into the winter months to watering only once every 4 to 8 weeks.

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Don’t let your roots rot:  Be certain your succulents soil has the ability to dry out between waterings. A well draining soil is key to your little garden’s success. You can purchase succulent/cactus soil bags at any gardening center or you can get creative and mix your own soils or any other drainage system that works for you.

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A rock and soil blend is an attractive and well draining combo.

Watch your leaves:  They will tell you exactly what they need. Big fluffy or full leaves on a succulent mean they don’t need as much water. Some species will start to sag or droop when it’s time to water. Over watering kills these little guys, so if you’re in doubt leave it out. Keep in mind while succulents love the sun, they are prone to sun burn in the direct heat of the summer. Brown tips and leaves mean they would prefer just a tiny bit less sun exposure throughout the day. If your succulent starts to grow really tall or “stretch” leaving gaps between leaves, it means they have gone searching for sun and need better exposure. Lastly, if you’ve got some rot or dried leaves slowly taking over a plant nip it in the bud, so to speak. Removing the damage can help stop the slow spread and give your plant the chance to restore it’s former glory. Only the strong survive.

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Wendee and Melony admiring these monsters!

Get creative:  Once you have finally stopped caring and your succulents have finally begun thriving then you can start pursuing those cute vertical planters, and propagated pallet gardens you found on Pinterest. You’re got a succulent garden that just won’t quit!

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These surely made a great wedding souvenir to a lucky succulent loving couple!