I recently started going to the floral supplier early in the morning to see what they’ve gotten in fresh. We get great stuff when we buy over the phone, but when I’m there in person, I discover varieties of flowers I didn’t know they had, unusual greens, and funky branches and twigs, not to mention vases. The orange ‘Voodoo roses’, orange tulips and rusty yarrow all caught my attention, and I picked them out to complement the other flowers I already knew were in the cooler. When it comes to making custom floral designs, nothing can take the place of hand-selecting materials that look amazing and you know are super-fresh.