Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Family Affair

I kind of went back in time, to my childhood and then to my young adulthood.  After attending my Garden Study Group luncheon we were transported over to the ultimate in the neighborhood flower shop, the Phillip Flower Shop Warehouse.

Cooling lockers for all of the arrangements that are ready to be delivered.

Buckets of fresh flowers just waiting for the designer.

Flowers come into the warehouse from all over the world.

When I was a little girl I used to watch the Lee Phillip show on Chicago television, but what I didn't know is that her family owned a flower shop.  She began this show because of flowers in 1952, won sixteen Emmy Awards and moved to California in the late 1980's and into a home that was once owned by Cary Grant.  She and her husband William Bell began writing Emmy Award winning soap operas like the Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Another World, The Young And The Restless and The Bold And The Beautiful.

Glitter and crystals are really in this year in the florist business!

This little arrangement is going to one of the retail stores, price $75.00.

Boxes of Christmas decor to add to arrangements.

Orchids are another popular plant for inclusion in arrangements

The little flower shop remained run by her brother and now run by her very extended family of children and grandchildren.  It is no longer the little shop around the corner but a huge  conglomerate of suburban shops and designer warehouses located in Chicago and the suburbs.

Weddings are a big part of the business with samples made for the wedding parties to preview before ordering.

I think it is wonderful that the bride and groom can actually see what the bouquets are going to look like.  I picked my flowers out of a book of photos!

Most of the wedding bouquets are held like posies but there are still some old-fashioned cascading bouquets.

The fun part of the day was getting to choose flowers and greenery to make our own arrangements.

We all got to make our own arrangements.

This is my arrangement, looking at all kinds of things I could have done differently, but it is lovely sitting on my coffee table!


Beth said...

Such beautiful color! I loved looking at all the floral bouquets. I used to work in a florist shop and do some floral design. Your bouquet is so pretty, Eileen. The tulips remind me of spring!
Hugs, Beth

Zoey said...

What a bright cheerful arrangement. Love it!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl I am too jealous of you having such a wonderful time there PLUS making up your own bouquet ? You are so lucky to see and breath in that fresh flower air there .. it amazed me watching the shop clerks in Holland hand tie extraordinary bouquets in record time .. Holland had flower shops every where in each little town and city .. my most favourite one came from our Dutch neighbors (while we lived there) .. white and different degrees of green .. it was astoundingly beautiful : )
And you are right .. any indoor "gardening" we do does not count ! LOL

Larry said...

It's all so very beautiful, but of course, those orchids really get my blood moving! Larry

Lona said...

Look at all of that eye candy. You must have been in flower heaven. LOL! Such beautiful arrangements. I am really loving the arrangement with the vase with the long stem with the flower showing in the stem. How pretty. Thanks for the color for today.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beth,

I am sitting here right now looking at the tulips that are opening up, so lovely.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joy,

You must have been in heaven seeing all of those beautiful flowers.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


The orchids were beautiful, so many blooms. Mine are just starting to bloom now after almost a year.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

I think what you are talking about is the Belladona Delphinium that they said are so adaptable to arrangements.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Eileen, your bouquet is very elegant! Thank you for such cheerful, bright, happy post!
(P.S. I heard, long ago, that beladonna delphinium causes a headache. Maybe, modern hybrids are different.)
Stay warm there! We had good snowfall today.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous florals Eileen! I loved hearing the history, also!

joey said...

Lovely arrangement ... looks like fun a fun time, Eileen!

Betty819 said...

Eileen, you manage to go on the best tours and when you add in a bit of history lesson, that makes the tour/event seem even more inviting. I bet it was cold inside that warehouse; I couldn't take that but know it is necessary to keep the flowers remaining fresh.

Thanks for sharing this with us. You always make your post so special!

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Eileen, What a fun afternoon you must have had with your fellow garden club members. Lee Phillip sounds like a very interesting woman. Your arrangement with the brightly colored tulips turned out beautifully.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Tatyana,

It makes sense because belladona was used as an anesthetic, also poisonous. Luckily it is enclosed in glass.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Betty,

The warehouse itself was warm but the plant coolers were quite chilly.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lee Phillip is still alive and well in California.