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This week on the Flowers of Colombia, we explore the Reliability behind the Flowers of Colombia and the dedication to doing it right! 

An important concept behind the Flowers of Colombia is the strong dedication to the flowers, but also to the quality, availability and care & handling shown by everyone in the flower production chain. 

Meet Eli Perez from Rosamina, who proved sceptics wrong when he discovered a way to grow protea and luecodendron year round in Colombia. Eli is dedicated to offering a year round reliable source for protea, luecodendron and more. 

I also visit Pablo Bazzani of Plazoleta, where they grow and ship the “Perfection” Brands. Plazoleta has created specific varieties of Alstroemeria (featured this week) that emulate the Brand…and are even referred to as “Perfection” rather the variety! It’s a true testament to the dedication of the Flower Farmers of Colombia to create a product that excels in every way!

You’ll also hear from my lifelong friend Jim Kaplan of Chrysal who talks about the way they worked with Plazoleta to insure world class care and handling that would support the “Perfection” Brand.

This show is centered around the dedication of the entire flower culture in Colombia to be a reliable leader in the Flower Industry. I also speak with Augusto Solano from Asocolflores who provides insight into the Mission of Colombia Flowers and how they strive to work well and compliment other flowers offered locally in the USA!

Whether you need 10 stems, 10 bunches or 100 bunches…Colombia continues to provide year round reliable flower resources for America and the World! 

To learn more about The Flowers of Colombia… follow them on Facebook – here! 

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This week, I’m creating a bi-level arrangement created with one of my Favorite Flowers…Carnations!

Kelly and I were excited to get a chance to visit Ayura in Bogota Colombia- last October- and get to see Millions of Carnations growing in the fields. We also got to see Jose’s Draft Horses and visit with the people that grow so many colorful varieties… 

I’ve included TWO of my Favorite FernTrust foliage varieties in this week’s project too… Tree Fern and Ruscus. Both of these amazing growers, Ayura and FernTrust, are located in the perfect climate for growing the BEST Carnations and Foliage. Climate is so important…and the dedication of these farms and their people help us have the flowers and foliage we want – All Year Long! 

These two arrangements work in tandem for great effect… and are accented with Ribbon from www.theribbonroll.com and finished with Chrysal Professional Glory!

To learn more about Ayura- check out our Flowers of Colombia Documentary on uBloom.com –  https://ubloom.com/flowers/video/flowers-of-colombia-series/  and Learn More about FernTrust- in our Florida Fresh Documentary-  https://ubloom.com/blog/2013/05/26/the-florida-fresh-foliage-and-flower-tour-visits-ferntrust/ 

To purchase ribbon visit www.theribbonroll.com 

To purchase Chrysal Products including Chrysal Professional Glory, visit www.uBloom.com/BuyChrysal 

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This week, I add another flower lesson to our Fast and Easy Flower Series…teaching you how to arrange flowers in flower foam!

I teach tips for soaking Flower Foam and techniques for creating a long lasting arrangement with accurate placement.

Flower Foam is a great way to create an arrangement with shorter stems and it allows us the opportunity to use less flowers because we can place them exactly where we want them.

Flower Foam is specifically designed to share water from the foam to the flowers…and that is why it works so well for making arrangements. 

This simple video will give you fast and easy steps for creating a flower arrangement for your next dinner party or everyday! 

Check out our growing series of Fast and Easy Flower Lessons on the uBloom Website at https://ubloom.com/flowers/video/fast-easy-flower-lessons/

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Announcing the “Crafted Trend” from the uBloom Trend Synthesis 2018…

Personal experiences are the driving motivation of the next generation and that mindset is reflected in the trend “CRAFTED”. They may be creating a memory with family on a special night (with flowers for the party), learning how to embroider from an aunt, or gathering with friends to give it a go brewing beer at home- experiential is the goal! Appeal to this mindset…focus on quality, enjoyment and even DIY Advice.

The feature Foliage for Crafter is Milky Way from FernTrust. This elongated dark green foliage is flecked with variegation… hold the stars in your hand with “Milky Way”!See the complete collection of FernTrust folaige at www.FernTrust.com

An entire collection of “Crafted” themed ribbon has been curated from Reliant Ribbon. Check out all their offerings in ribbon at www.ReliantRibbon.com 

Many of the textural flower items used in the Crafted bouquet are part of the Texture Collection from Ocean View Flowers. Find out more and see their entire American Grown Collection at www.OceanViewFlowers.com 

Color is a major driving force in all of the uBloom Trends for 2018. The color palette for each of the trends is curated from Design Master Color Tool. See colorful creative ideas for using color and see their entire color palette at www.Dmcolor.com 

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This week, we expand the “Wedding Flowers your Way” lesson collection with a video showing how to create a Pomander Ball – using the Gala® Bouquet Holder!

You can purchase the Gala® Bouquet Holder and Chrysal Flower Nutrient Products in our uBloom Store! www.uBloom.com/store

In addition, this lesson includes adding flowers to a Teddy Bear for a creative take on a Ring Bearer option for the wedding ceremony.

Each project is created step by step with handy tips, tricks and techniques. Additional Flower Lessons are available in our Premium Video Categories…for Fast and Easy Flowers, Forever Flowers and Wedding Flowers Your Way!

Enjoy these two creative projects that allow you to create Wedding Flowers your Way!

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This week on the Flowers of Colombia- learn about the FlorVerde Certification Process for the Flowers of Colombia!

Meet Ximena Franco- the Director of the FlorVerde Certification Program- and learn the process behind the FlorVerde Certification.

FlorVerde maintains the highest standards for both Environmental and Social Sustainable programs in Colombia. Farms work to implement and improve their standards to obtain- and use the FlorVerde Certification.

Many Farms throughout Colombia- maintain and exceed the standards of FlorVerde- to provide best practices on Environmental and Social Sustainability. Sustainability has become the standard for Colombia Farms- and they are dedicated to the FlorVerde Certification for both their flowers and their workers.

These programs insure the flowers we buy with the FlorVerde Seal protect the flowers and the environment and provide benefits and safety to the farms, workers and their families.

Learn more about FlorVerde on their website at http://www.florverde.org/.

Join me as we explore the Culture of Sustainability with the People of Colombia!

To learn more about The Flowers of Colombia… follow them on Facebook – here!

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This week on Fun With Flowers and J, I’m expanding our Forever Flower Lesson Series with a centerpiece created from Permanent Hydrangea, Lisianthus, Orchids and Ivy…in a decorative basket.

This lesson teaches you step by step tips and techniques for creating your own centerpiece using Permanent Flowers. Forever Flowers can replicate fresh flowers and be used as carefree decorative accessories for years to come…

Use these simple tips and tricks to create your own Forever Flower Centerpiece…for yourself, your home, office or even for a friend!

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This week on Fun With Flowers and J, we’re honoring viewer requests…and creating Flowers to Wear using Reliant Ribbon, Jewelry and Sequin Trim. We’ll be creating a glued corsage and boutonniere featuring Succulents, Seeded Eucalyptus and Antigua Spray Roses from Eufloria Flowers. 

Reliant Ribbons carries all the accessories for creating beautiful flower jewelry including Rhinestone Bracelets, Glitter Ribbon and Sequins… 

I create the corsage and boutonniere in real time using cold adhesive and craft wire. It’s a simple technique that anyone can replicate and it’s beautiful thanks to the Ribbons, Bows and Trims from Reliant! 

See their entire line at www.ReliantRibbon.com – or ask your representative to see the entire line of accessories and trims for flowers to wear! 

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This week on Fun with Flowers and J, I add to my Fast and Easy Flower Series… with projects for 1 or 2 Flowers. 

I love including flowers in entertaining or for decorating…and using a single flower or two is an easy way to make something Fast and Easy!

Check out the other Fast and Easy Flower Lessons on uBloom.com: https://ubloom.com/flowers/video/fast-easy-flower-lessons/

It’s a great way to include flowers in your life everyday, in every way…Let’s Celebrate a Life in Bloom! 

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This week on the Flowers of Colombia, we continue to explore the Colombian Culture of Sustainability.

Sustainability has been a priority for decades in Colombia, especially when it comes to the social programs and their investment in the people. This week, we travel to several farms to see the social programs and speak with the people about their involvement.

The programs and practices have improved the lives of thousands of people…and each farm has developed specific programs and practices to continue to improve the well-being of the people that care for their flowers.

It was a pleasure and delight to see these programs in action and speak with the people that benefit. You can see for yourself how the Flowers of Colombia continue to enrich and bring improvements to everyone involved. 

Colombia is truly passionate about their Culture of Sustainability. This videos shares a few of the programs that are provided to continue to improve the lives of the people behind the flowers of Colombia!

Join me as we explore the Culture of Sustainability with the People of Colombia!

To learn more about The Flowers of Colombia… follow them on Facebook – here! 

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