24 January 2011

say it with flowers this saturday

announcing the work it winter workshop!
saturday, january 29th, 12pm

remember when i wrote that i'm working on some things?  well, this year, kat flower brings you flower arranging classes!

focusing on seasonal flowers, during this class, i will teach you the basic principles and techniques of designing with flowers.  and you'll take your arrangement home to show off, making you the envy of people everywhere.

cost is $135 {includes materials, instruction and champers} and the class is limited to five students.

email me at kathleen at katflower[dot]com to register or for more information.  and feel free to share with friends that might be interested...

i'm excited, aren't you?!
 
p.s. many thanks to lindsay from sips from straw for hosting.  {artwork by jessica hische}

19 January 2011

bloom japan, the louboutins of the flower world

i braved the cold, icy rain and yesterday's general sucky weather to see bloom japan's flowers, on display at the japan society.  why?  because they're worth it.  allow me to school y'all on japanese flowers -- they are IN. SANE. LY beautiful, in every sense.  put it like this: when i'm at market and i see a exquisitely gorgeous bunch of ranunculus, sweet peas, lisianthus, radish roses or scabiosa and i think 'wow, i've never seen such large fill-in-the-blank flower' or 'omg, that color is cra-a-zy, i HAVE to buy them', no doubt that bunch of flowers is from the land of the rising sun.  then you ask for the price and you get your feelings hurt...they're the dearest of them all.  check them out.

peony
camellia
sweetpea
spirea
 ranunculus.  have you ever?
gloriosa lily
i dare say that i've never seen blue astilbe.
roses.  the greens ones are radish roses
scabiosa
a ridiculous amount of sweet peas
scabiosa bouquets.  or as one of my wholesalers said, 'the $600 bouquet. wholesale.'
ranunculus topiaries
why are they so expensive?  well, for one, they are high, high quality, like damn near perfect.  as their brochure states, "...flowers and plants are cultivated thanks to the persistent and perfectionist nature of the japanese, creating an excellent flow for producing excellent products."  and shoot, they're also being shipped all the way from japan.  that's a lot of travel and tariff.

lisianthus
dahlia
cattleya orchid
japanese cultivators take more than three years to produce some of their orchids.  to promote an orchid's bloom, they carry the plants to a hillside with high altitude.  the cultivators then have to make multiple trips throughout the day to monitor the "mountain raising".  these efforts are why japanese orchids are held in such high regard.

and so concludes my lesson on japanese flowers.  thanks for playing kids.

18 January 2011

sunshine on a cloudy and rainy day

it's raining, it's pouring and there are many mounds of dirty snow in new york.  plus it's cold.  but in the spirit of warmer days to come, i thought i'd share some more images of my work for sunday suppers.  can't you feel the sunshine?  {photos by karen mordechai for sunday suppers}

14 January 2011

real wedding

anika and justin.  one of my gorgeous fall couples.  check out the stunning images of their classic new york wedding on the bride's cafe.  
{photos by yosra el-essawy}