Yesterday a group of us local flower friends got together for what we are calling our “flower friends” get togethers, (we have yet to come up with a more creative name!). We spent the whole day playing with flowers and talking shop together. We met like this for the first time this past summer when Kelly invited us to join her on her flower farm for an afternoon of friendly floral fun. I can’t believe how much time has passed since then and it made me realize how far behind I am in sharing so much of what has been happening around here!

So many blogs and instagram feeds show a floral designer/small business owner’s life to be a beautiful and glamorous lifestyle full of nothing but prettiness and perfect shots of a laid back life.

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The reality, (around here at least), is that among the beautiful blooms and pretty photos is a whole lotta hard hard work that takes lots and lots of time. We love working with flowers more than anything but it is still work. Quite a small percentage of our time is spent making the things that you see on instagram. A lot of it is spent processing product, paperwork, and all the responsibilities that come with running a business. So, there isn’t always the time to share everything here, as much as we would like to! But, here we are. Even if it’s few and far between…

So, before I can share what we did yesterday, I need to go back and share what we did last summer!

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Having this group of flower friends is so encouraging in an industry that can often be competitive and isolating. Instead of competing we have chosen to collaborate. We all still have our own businesses and even serve the same clientele but have decided to support and celebrate eachother’s successes, to build each other up, and to share our common passion for flowers.

It was such a treat to visit Kelly’s farm and we are so grateful to be able to offer her locally grown flowers to our clients during the local growing season!

I can’t wait to show you what we did yesterday too!

A huge thank you to Holly Gilson for the beautiful photographs featured in this post.

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