To market, to market…

San Francisco flower marketBeing a temporarily one-handed flower flinger means that for over three weeks there haven’t been any flowers flung in the house or in my hands.

AmaranthWe 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.

Ruby proteaNew 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.

Fresh artichokesImpeccable ornamental artichokes come in two colors.

Ferns in a rowFerns, 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?

Rainbow of callasMini callas, Zantedeschia rehmannii, are the most versatile and long lasting in a designer’s arsenal of favorite blooms.  Aren’t these colors striking?  Imagine choosing from such variety!

GardeniasGardenias by the pound!!  This is, hands down, my most favorite fragrance.

Mossy branchesFollowers know my obsession with ‘lichen logs’ from my woods.  These branches are in a class by themselves.

HydrangeaJust unloaded and still on the cart, hydrangeas in all their multi-hued glory.

Loads of tropicalsTropicals 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.

Birds and bananaMoving to the right, stunning deep red helaconia, startlingly juxtaposed  against the rich burgundy of smokebush, Cotinus coggygria.

Autumn medleyAmazingly, most of this post was photographed at just one dealer, Brennan Street!!!  Here is an autumn medley just begging to be created.  Bay area flower flingers, you ARE lucky.



About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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