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March, 29 2019

The PickUp 2.1

Tags: The PickUp, Sat@LoCoFlo, Open Studio

You know when the next version comes out and it's worse? This isn't that.

The PickUp is now available on Saturdays! That's it. A minor update. Nothing new to learn. No new user interface. All your fave features are still here. Just more PickUp!

But, I don't want to undersell 2.1. It's turnt! The Saturday PickUp is during Sat@LoCoFlo. Get yo Blacksauce. Chill at the studio. Make an arrangement with your PickUp or enhance your bouquet with some extra.

That's right. I said turnt.

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February, 26 2019

The Fourth Annual Bloom Battle is ON!

Tags: Bloom Battle

We’re so excited to announce Bloom Battle: LoCoFlo’s fourth annual amateur floral design competition! If you’ve ever taken a class at Local Color Flowers or you love dabbling in design at home, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and creativity.

How it Works!

Bloom Battle is a two day event:

  • April 5th 2019 - Design and Instagram Famous voting
  • April 6th 2019 - Public Display, Judging and Glory

How to Participate

  1. Be a contestant. Registration is required. Space is limited.
  2. Be an online fan: Enter your Likes among the three Instagram Famous finalists April 5 2019 from 10:30PM to April 6 2019 11:30AM.
  3. Be a fan in person: View all arrangements at our studio on April 6 2019 8:00AM - 12:00PM and vote for your favorite. Most votes wins People’s Choice prize. Stick around for the announcement of winners.

Prizes

  • Instagram Famous: LoCoFlo staff will select three centerpieces for online voting! Online voting is open between 10:30PM on April 5 2019 and 11:30AM on April 6 2019. Most likes wins. Prize: A LoCoFlo cap and $25 LoCoFlo gift card
  • People’s Choice: The centerpiece that receives the most votes by visitors to the studio (three votes per visitor) on Saturday morning 8:00AM-12:00PM wins! Prize: One of our favorite floral design books and a $50 LoCoFlo gift card
  • Judges Selections Celebrity judges will evaluate entries based on vessel choice, use of color, texture and composition.
  • All contestants take home their arrangements at the end of the event. (everyone wins!)

The Rules

  • All centerpieces must be created at Local Color Flowers’ Studio on Friday night, April 5 2019 between 7:00PM and 9:00PM.
  • All centerpieces must be created using the flowers/foliage/branches provided by Local Color Flowers. The use of other flowers gathered from outside the studio whether forged or bought is not permitted.
  • The use of floral foam or Oasis is prohibited.
  • No wagering.
  • Amateurs only! No professional or former professional designers permitted.
  • Only registered contestants will be permitted in the studio for Friday night’s design night.
  • Vase opening may not be larger than five inches in diameter. Contestants are encouraged to use their own vases, Vases are available for purchase. All vases must be approved for entry.
  • All challenges will be reviewed by video in New York.

The Celebrity Judges

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February, 22 2019

Lady Buggin'

Tags: Bugs

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January, 25 2019

Buying Imported Flowers Will Send You Straight to Forking Hell!

Tags: So Local, Hilarious

Finally! Definitive proof that buying imported flowers is the worst thing in the world. LoCoFlo has known this for years (ICYMI, we only use locally grown flowers), but Michael has it all laid out.

In episode 10 of season 3 titled "The Book of Dougs" (mild spoilers ahead), Tahani, who is trying to get into the good place, laments: "There are so many unintended consequences of well-intentioned actions, it feels like a game you can't win."

(Some background if you haven't seen The Good Place: It is an awesome tv show about the afterlife. A point system of humans' actions throughout their lives determine if they are worthy of spending eternity in the good place.)

Michael realizes Tahani is on to something. He pulls out the Book of Dougs, containing the point tally for people named Doug throughout human history. He finds a Doug from several hundred years ago and, with a flick of his wrist, displays an image of the file in the air (Michael is not human):

“In 1534, Douglass Wynegarr of Hawkhurst, England, gave his grandmother roses for her birthday. He picked them himself, walked them over to her, she was happy — boom, 135 points,”

Michael then flips forward to a Doug just a few years ago in our own backyard:

“In 2009, Doug Ewing of Scaggsville, Maryland, also gave his grandmother a dozen roses, but he lost four points. Why? Because he ordered roses using a cell phone that was made in a sweatshop. The flowers were grown with toxic pesticides, picked by exploited migrant workers, delivered from thousands of miles away — which created a massive carbon footprint — and his money went to a billionaire racist CEO who sends his female employees pictures of his genitals."

What the fork? Doug Ewing could possibly avoid eternal damnation by simply choosing local flowers. Is it completely his fault? How could he know all of the repercussions? Micheal proves Tahani's premise. He realizes "everyday the world gets a little more complicated and being a good person gets a little harder."

Ugh! Just keep it simple - join us in the good place with local flowers.

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January, 05 2019

Do You Ootheca?

Tags: Bugs

We have a pretty sweet terrarium in our kitchen at the LoCoFlo Studio. Our friend Irene picked it up on the side of the road a few years ago. It has showcased many wedding dioramas featuring calacas (Mexican skeletons) and has been home to several pupae (totally Kafkaesque - majorly).

This winter, some new tenants moved into the terrarium: The Oothecae (check out the pronunciation). Ootheca are egg cases where baby praying mantises gestate.

These nut-like cocoons frequently hitch a ride on evergreen branches that come into the shop - especially arborvitae. Anytime we see them, We clip them off and store them in our terrarium until Jess can remember to bring them to Bloomhouse. (Praying mantises are good for flower farms: They eat bugs that are harmful to flowers.)

Brittney was the first on the staff to identify the oothecae, and (because she's weird) had the word "ootheca" as part of her normal vocabulary. However, she mispronounced it saying "oo-oo" like a monkey. Or like ululate, which I did after learning more about the little time-bombs I thought were benignly hanging out in our kitchen..

When LoCoFlo MVP Kira told me the warmth of the shop might trick the baby mantises to hatch early, I had a mini freak-out. After some quick math (5 oothecae x 200 baby praying mantises per ootheca = LoCoFlo shop disaster) I threatened Jess with Trumpian revenge if she did not transport the oothecae to her farm before they exploded:

Gross!

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