We can, however, take a tour of the San Francisco flower market for some inspiration, a candy store of gorgeous flowers to inspire even the most jaded designer. The ruby reds of cockscomb (Celosia cristata left) and amaranthus (A. caudautus) add amazing texture to holiday designs.
New to me was this variety of pin-cushion protea, Leucospermum what? It has fleshier ‘styles’ (those are the ‘pins’) than its more familiar cousin. Doesn’t it look like a tropical chrysanthemum? Google can lead you to everything you need to know (and more) about these protea.
Ferns, all in a row, in sleeves to keep them humid and moist are lined up from left: several varieties of maidenhair, Adiantum; tree fern, Cyatheales; umbrella fern, Sticherus cunninghamii. I’ve never seen such a variety offered for sale thus I’ve never used them. Wouldn’t they make a lovely bridal bouquet for a country wedding?
Tropicals like these make the East Coast floral designer’s heart beat faster. Imagine being able to just choose rather than ordering and having to pay no matter what condition it is in! The pink and purple banana flowers, center, are flanked by helaconia, left, and Birds of Paradise, right.