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Video: True Blue Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, February 18, 2020
“Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.”

Blue permanent botanicals have long caught the eye, inviting exploration and inspiring bold arrangement possibilities. In this quick video, Tom Bowling AIFD, PFCI anticipates that blue is only going to grow more dominant in the upcoming seasons – and introduces a handsome collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to help you build up your collection of resources. 

Pioneer's gorgeous True Blue Collection spans a range of vibrant hues from delicate French blue to rich and dramatic navy. Tom demonstrates the capabilities of the True Blue Collection with a quick and easy sample arrangement. 

Tom begins with the beautiful Winona compote. Before inserting the dry floral foam, he offers a convenient piece of advice that floral designers can use throughout all kinds of projects. He first lines the compote with ordinary cellophane tape so that he can anchor the foam to the bottom with glue without damaging the integrity of the container. 

He begins the arrangement with creamy white silk hydrangeas, snipping pieces from the bush to make individual insertions. He slips the silk foliage upward toward the top a bit with each one to create a fuller and more voluminous presentation while also concealing the foam block below. 

You may also notice that Tom bends each stem toward itself before inserting. This useful hairpin technique ensures a strong and stable insertion every time.

After placing the white silk hydrangeas around the edges, he begins repeating the process with the silk hydrangea in brilliant navy. He is mindful when placing these – they are so vibrant and powerful on their own. When he notices that two blues are positioned somewhat near one another, he moves on to another white selection to insert in between.

This is where the silk cabbage rose comes in. He uses this chalk color to break up the blues and uses the rounded forms to provide variation between permanent botanical shapes. He places a few looped down over the edges, bending the silk flower back upward to mimic the way flowers bend upward toward the light in nature. 

Tom moves and rotates the container as he works to ensure physical and visual balance all the way around. 

Next, Tom chooses a selection of artificial lamb's ear, noting how the greyish hue works as a fantastic melding color – always a useful way to bridge the gap when strong contrasts are involved. In this case, the texture and form also play important roles for their variation, a soft contrast to the round shapes and smooth textures throughout. 

Offering a quick piece of advice, Tom mentions that glue can be used to make the lamb's ear insertions a little sturdier. Those who repeat this process many times may start to notice small strings of glue looped over the arrangement. He suggests using a heat gun to melt those little strings away quickly and effectively.

Tom's final insertions consist of light French blue baby silk ranunculus, a selection with a delicate profile that really shouts "springtime". He clips pieces away from the bush format, positioning each individual insertion to create depth and visual interest. He wants the eye to dance throughout the composition. 

The result is a bright and playful permanent botanical arrangement that shows off the versatility of the True Blue Collection from Pioneer. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find each of the wholesale silk flowers used in this video demonstration – and so many more.   

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#PWR2090CHK Cabbage Rose Bush
#PWR2610FRBL Mini Ranunculus Bush
#PWH2085CHK Hydrangea Bush
#PWH2085NV Hydrangea Bush
#PWL2816GR Lambs Ear Bush
#72740-00 Winona Compote

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Video: Sophisticated Serenity Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for color palette inspiration to guide your spring and summer permanent botanical projects? 

The gorgeous Sophisticated Serenity collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale includes a range of hues specially selected to reflect wedding and event work trend forecasts – a soft yet lively collection sure to serve as an anchor throughout upcoming seasons. 

You can see a range of interesting garden-type silk flowers represented in the Sophisticated Serenity line. Tom Bowling AIFD PFCI introduces a number of these as he walks through a sample arrangement in this quick demonstration video. 

Tom begins with a pleasantly formal container – the Fiona compote from Pioneer. This piece is outfitted with a block of dry floral foam. His first insertion is gorgeous silk hydrangea in a pale blush pink, a true go-to permanent botanical. 

As he slides the artificial foliage toward the top of the flower, Tom explains that he will not be using much moss or other covering because the foliage serves as such an effective way to obscure the arrangement mechanics. He mentions that can easily pin a little moss in place later if needed. 

Tom's next addition is the gorgeous silk cabbage rose in one of his favorite Sophisticated Serenity hues, ivory pink. On closer inspection you can see that ivory pink is neither ivory nor pink, but a nice subtle middle ground that works well as a bridge between other popular hues. 

He pushes up the artificial foliage on these as well. You will notice that he employs a simple technique to make some of the silk cabbage rose insertions "spill" over the edge of the compote. He does this by creating a sweeping bend in the stem, then turning the silk blossom to face upward again. 

The next insertions are in the gorgeous thistle colorway, another new addition introduced with the Sophisticated Serenity collection. 

He moves on to the versatile ranunculus, using both the large and small sections to fill out the composition. To bolster that thistle color profile, he then sprinkles a bit of silk mini ranunculus throughout, building layers of dimension and depth within the composition. 

The final addition is a bit of artificial ornamental grass, exceptionally popular in event work and interior work. Tom suggests using this as if adding spice to a recipe – you don't want to overpower the composition but simply want to enhance it. He uses this to break up the traditional rounded forms and create strong visual interest.

If the artificial grass looks too strong, you can easily trim or thin it out. 

Ready to start experimenting with these attractive new colors? Check out the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to explore the Sophisticated Serenity collection, along with other distinctive ranges sure to come in handy over the spring and summer seasons. 

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Video: Relaxing Silk Flower Petals

Amy Lombardo - Friday, January 10, 2020
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for a quick and uncomplicated way to relax your permanent botanicals when they look too tight and compact? 

Wholesale permanent botanicals are often shipped very tightly to minimize packaging. But that means the product often arrives a bit scrunched together, not quite as natural as they looked prior to shipping. 

The good news? There are so many easy remedies to get those materials back into their intended shape. Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI shares one of his favorite techniques in this quick video. The only thing you need is a simple heat gun – the kind you likely already own for shrink wrap packaging, also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Tom has found that hairdryers often don't produce enough heat, but standard heat guns provide that extra oomph. Tom notes that a little experimentation may be needed to grow accustomed to the upgrade in power over a hair dryer. You don't want to get close enough to singe the silk petals, but you do want to get close enough to relax the plastic material that binds the arrangement together. 

Once you determine the best distance and warm the plastic enough, you'll be able to easily massage the silk petals and stems to open those shapes into a more natural arrangement. You can direct the heat from the back as well as the front, emphasizing thicker areas that may need more attention.

This process can be repeated with the artificial foliage as needed. With only a few seconds with a heat gun, you can relax those freshly packed artificial botanicals with a ready-to-display natural look that proves so important to every arrangement. 

Keep that heat gun handy for all your permanent botanical shipments – or invest in one from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale if you don't have one already. Ditch the freshly unpacked look and let Pioneer help you make sure every arrangement looks freshly picked instead.  

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HG-001 Heat Gun, 1500 Watt

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Video: Adding Succulents to Bouquets 2

Amy Lombardo - Monday, December 23, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

It's practically impossible to open a shelter magazine without seeing the succulent trend in action – page after page, succulent after succulent. But the trend hasn't stopped there. Floral design professionals are now seeing wedding customers asking to integrate on-trend succulents into centerpieces, boutonnieres, and even bouquets. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI uses this video to demonstrate an intriguing way to infuse a bouquet with a touch of artificial succulent style.

He begins with the artificial desert rose succulent pick from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. On its own, this artificial succulent is handsome and stately – a selection that immediately catches the eye. For the chosen bouquet composition, the color would make a spectacular complement. 

But as Tom points out, this substantial artificial succulent might be a little too heavy for this specific application. His solution is quick and easy, and readily applies to a wide variety of other artificial succulent picks on the market today. 

Tom takes a moment to split the outer casing on the stem and divides the artificial desert rose succulent into thirds. He adds his own stems – left over from previous projects – and adds them to each section. Now he can add these artificial succulent sections into the bouquet individually, rather than as one large placement.

Spreading out the artificial succulent sections not only balances the bouquet visually, but it also distributes the physical weight better as well. 

Next, Tom does the same thing with a selection of wholesale artificial rosemary from Pioneer. He trims the sprigs apart and attaches more leftover stems with floral tape but notes that you could easily use wire instead of stems if none are available. He mentions the importance of using the tape to cover any wire ends that may be exposed. Now you can add the artificial rosemary in singles or doubles or however you want. 

The artificial desert rose succulent brings sophisticated color, while the silk rosemary enhances the profile with a loose airy look. Together, these selections enhance the texture profile tremendously. Simple additions like this can take a bouquet from traditional to on-trend – and with the value maximizing tips Tom shows here, you can do so without a significant hit to the budget.

You can find the wholesale artificial desert rose succulent and artificial rosemary plant highlighted here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer can help you stay stocked up on timeless traditional staples, and help you keep your selection fresh with on-trend must-have selections.

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PWS1067BUGR Desert Rose Succulent Pick, 10.5", Dia.: 3", Burgundy/Green
PWS2642GR Rosemary Plant, x12, 17", Green

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Video: Victoria Eucalyptus Collection 2

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for a wholesale permanent botanical series with versatile widespread appeal? Tom bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI introduces one possible solution in this quick video. Highlighted is the silk silver dollar eucalyptus range from the Victoria Collection, which Tom introduces with a few useful hints.

The beautiful Victoria Collection silk eucalyptus – as Tom points out – is made using a silk screen technique, giving it incredible depth of detail and dimension.

Victoria silk silver dollar eucalyptus is available in three forms. These are the wreath, the garland, and the bush. Tom suggests taking advantage of all three to build a collection to demonstrate the capabilities of the silk eucalyptus aesthetic and to give customers a diverse palette to draw from. He takes a moment to touch on the potential of each format. 

Tom begins with the garland. The silk eucalyptus garland makes a fantastic runner, easily stretching down the table. These could be anchored in place with some dry foam to create a base for building visual interest areas. Of course, the silk garland could also be used as a vertical piece as well.

The pick, or small spray, can be taken apart and dissected as Tom points out. He loves how the grey tone so easily melds with other colors. The silk silver dollar eucalyptus can be that bridge element that really blends other colors together for a harmonious look.

Tom covers the silk eucalyptus wreath last. While many people look and think “this goes on the wall” or “this goes on the door”, Tom offers a reminder about how powerful these wreaths can be as a centerpiece. You could use the silk eucalyptus wreath by itself, accessorized with some votive candles or silk flowers, or you could place a piece of statuary in the center. 

When it comes to permanent botanical wreaths like this one, Tom suggests buying more than just one – buying multiples allows you to highlight the many ways to display them. Show one as a wall piece, another as a centerpiece, and have some available for customers to accessorize on their own. 

You can find all these Victoria Collection silk eucalyptus formats available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with so many other wholesale silk flowers and accessories to make them your own. 

Shop the complete Victoria Eucalyptus Collection here.

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PWW1120GYGR “Victoria” Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Wreath, 22”, Leaves: 1.5-3”, Gray/Green
PWG1121GYGR “Victoria” Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland, 50”, Leaves: 2-3”, Gray/Green
PWE1094GYGR “Victoria” Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush, x6, 22”, Leaves: 2-3”, Gray/Green (item has sold out)

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Video: Hanging Philo Branch & Orchid

Amy Lombardo - Monday, December 02, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

One of many bold and exciting selections from the “It’s a Jungle in Here” collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, the artificial philodendron selloum offers instant drama for a variety of permanent botanical applications. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI takes a few moments to demonstrate an innovative way to use this versatile foliage in this walkthrough video. He begins by pointing out the growing popularity of hanging centerpieces, a trend that is especially picking up speed in event work. 

With just two elements, Tom creates a sample suspension design you can quickly and easily customize for your own needs.

First, Tom starts with the impressive 52” artificial philo from Pioneer. This demonstration will also involve three silk phalaenopsis orchid stems (also from Pioneer) in brilliant orchid purple. 

Tom gathers the wholesale silk orchids in the center, then secures them to the artificial philo with bind wire. He ties them in place right at the desired anchor point – where the arrangement will be suspended.

This dramatic pop of color really brings character and visual interest to the piece. Of course, it would be easy to swap out the silk orchids to suit a different theme. The artificial philo branch pairs well with a wide variety of color and texture complements. 

While Tom notes that you do not have to do anything to the end of the artificial philo stem, he does give it a quick curl for this demonstration. He does this by simply wrapping the flexible stem around his finger. The curled stem is a little more visually interesting than the straight one, an enhancement to the line interest that helps to capture the eye. 

You can see as Tom hangs the resulting composition that it takes on a smooth and elegant umbrella shape, a lovely draping effect that draws the eye across the arrangement with a sweeping motion. 

The finished composition, and other suspended arrangements like it, can be a fantastic way to make a statement – especially in a venue with a high ceiling. Lofty ceilings can dampen the visual impact of low centerpieces when decorations are kept to a single level. All that unused vertical space is a blank canvas worth utilizing. 

Walking into a tall venue and seeing this type of suspended arrangement, hanging at multiple points and grouped together, would be sure to create a magnificent presentation and a striking first impression. 

You can find the artificial philo branch and the silk orchids used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – along with a diverse variety of other wholesale artificial foliage and silk flower options. Let Pioneer help you create spectacular arrangements suited to any venue or event. 

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PWPV09 Selloum Philo Branch, 52”, Green
PWO1111OD Phalaenopsis Orchid Stem, 29”, Flower Dia. 3-4”, Orchid

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Video: Glacial Garden Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, November 25, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you excited to start building up your collection of winter-themed permanent botanicals? Winter can be a season of magnificent beauty and high spirits – but for designers, winter is marked not by the snowfall but by the schedule pages packed with events and obligations. 

Tom bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI introduces a few time-saving permanent botanical products in this quick video. 

The gorgeous Glacial Garden Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale captures that winter feeling with luminous frost over silk flowers and artificial foliage, those mainstays of the winter season that clients are always looking for.

Tom begins by introducing the wreath. He notes the pre-attached artificial pinecones, the realistic snowy berries, the warm and welcoming silk ranunculus – and of course, all of it coated with a fine layer of that beautiful seasonal frost effect. 

With this artificial pine wreath, you can go right from package to display just after a few simple adjustments to bring out the volume. Or, as Tom notes, you can go even further and add a little bit of ribbon trim for a customized look. This piece is a versatile canvas for accessories.

Tom focuses his attention on the spray format next. It has all the same materials mixed in, great for display on its own or with your own creative additions. 

This brings Tom to the swag. This piece comes with artificial twig backing to serve as a sturdy base. It can go on the wall, on the door, above the door… the list goes on. 

But as Tom demonstrates, the swag is also a fantastic candidate for centerpiece work. He pulls out a wooden box filled with blocks of dry floral foam as an example. Tom explains how you can use hairpins to secure the swag to the box, then build upward if desired using additional materials and trim – but the genius of this piece is that half the work is already done for you.

Get inspired with the Glacial Garden Collection! Save time, money, and effort with these helpful compositions you can use on their own or as building blocks to create the whimsical winter arrangements your clients crave. 

You can find the Glacial Garden supplies highlighted in this video all readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – along with a spectrum of silk flowers, artificial foliage, wholesale ribbon, and winter-themed accessories to help you get the season off to a productive start.  

Shop the complete Glacial Garden Collection here.

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#PWW4201WHGR Pine, Ranunculus, Berries & Pine Cone Wreath, 24”, White/Green
PWS4202WHGR Pine, Ranunculus, Berries & Pine Cone Swag, 32”, White/Green
PWMX4200WHGR Mixed Pine, Ranunculus, Berries & Pine Cone Spray, 30”, White/Green
64845-01 “Woodland” Rectangular Planter, 12x4x4”, Whitewash

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Video: Succulent Design in Elephant Planter

Amy Lombardo - Monday, November 11, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this video, floral designer Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI takes a few moments to discuss the enduring succulent trend. Tom begins by mentioning its widespread effect – open any type of shelter magazine or interior design magazine, and you are sure to find succulents somewhere in the pages. Succulents are even holding strong in wedding work! 

Tom cautions that fresh is a limited medium in this regard. That extra TLC factor has an immediate effect on the bottom line without providing much aesthetic benefit over the quality permanent botanical options available today.

Keeping this in mind, Tom creates a playful demonstration arrangement using wholesale artificial succulents from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

He starts with a charming elephant container, also available from Pioneer. Tom mentions that this lighthearted selection holds a fun millennial type of millennial aesthetic – a fitting choice considering how strongly succulent designs appeal to the millennial market in general. 

Tom prepares the container with a small block of dry floral foam. His first insertion is the artificial ruffled succulent pick in burgundy and green. He trims a pair of picks and places them to one side of the container. 

Next, Tom adds the artificial pencil succulent in muted green gray. This handsome pick fills out the center with tremendous volume. 

You will notice that Tom’s choices encompass a range of textures, shapes, and color. Just like with any other permanent botanical arrangement, artificial succulent designs require just as much attention to grouping and variation to create compositions that really pop. 

Artificial rosette picks are next, carrying the burgundy palette over to the other side of the container for balance. Tom adds a dash of bright green artificial echeveria as the final addition – a standout selection he tucks into the back. 

The result really brings the gold elephant container to life. 

You can find each of the wholesale artificial succulents used in this demonstration available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. With the succulent trend holding strong, it pays to be prepared for that next customer or client who can’t get enough of these fascinating selections. 

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PWS2643BUGR Ruffled Succulent Pick, 6”, Dia.: 4.5”, Burgundy/Green
PWS1612BU Rosette Succulent Pick, x5, 7”, Dia.: 1”, Burgundy
PWS1065GR Echeveria Pick, 6”, Dia.: 3.75”, Green
CC7334GRGY Pencil Succulent Pick, 7.5”, Dia.: 7”, Green/Gray
75200-00 “Ezzie” Elephant Pot, 8.25x4.25”, Gold

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Video: Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus

Amy Lombardo - Monday, November 04, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for an artificial foliage option that offers a unique sense of variation? In this video, Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI introduces a spectacular silk eucalyptus sure to inspire fresh ideas for your project. 

Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus is a brilliantly detailed silk eucalyptus product available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Tom takes a moment to walk through a few of the features that really set this permanent botanical apart from the rest. 

Tom describes the reasons he admires this collection. He begins with the wreath, applauding its fantastic shape and sense of detail. The seeds really make this silk eucalyptus wreath stand out – adding so much texture and depth for impactful visual interest. And as Tom points out, those who look closely can even see a fine “frost” of mica. 

This iced effect is even more pronounced after Tom adjusts the positioning of the silk foliage. Tom notes how important it is to take the time to really open and adjust materials after they come out of the package – a smart way to double the volume of wholesale silk foliage to get twice the value for the money.

Next, Tom moves on to the Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus Bush. This silk eucalyptus bush can be placed into a small container as it stands, or the twelve stems can be separated for individual use. Tom describes this as another way to get the most value from a selection, making it easier to adjust your budget according to how many projects you can complete with just one artificial bush.

One feature Tom really likes about this artificial eucalyptus bush is the adjustability of the silk foliage. If you need the leaves closer to the top you can slide them up. Or if you want to create negative space, you can customize the silk leaves as desired. 

You can find both options – the foliage and the wreath – available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let the Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus collection bring another dimension of texture and color to your next permanent botanical arrangement.

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PWE4150GR Adelaide "Iced" Eucalyptus Bush, x12, 22", Green
PWW4151GR Adelaide "Iced" Eucalyptus Wreath, 24", Leaves: 3-4", Green

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Video: Grand Manor Collection - Centerpieces

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this video, Tom Bowling introduces a grand permanent botanical centerpiece concept that offers versatile functionality – especially for event work. Elevated centerpieces provide several distinct benefits worth considering for your next project.

The example centerpiece Tom shows off here is inspired by the Grand Manor Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

One of the first things you might notice about this centerpiece is how rich and elegant the colors are – the antique pink of the silk wisteria, the muted green of the artificial eucalyptus, the deep burgundy of the silk small petal hydrangea. These beautiful Grand Manor permanent botanicals are a fantastic complement to the brass stand that supports them. 

Tom goes on to explain a little bit more about the stand, a tall candelabra. To create this centerpiece, Tom attached a Pioneer Imports & Wholesale wreath (silk rose, silk dahlia, and silk peony) to the arms of the candelabra with a few short lengths of wire, then built up from there.

This gives the centerpiece an elevated and suspended look. Tom takes a moment to describe why this elevated approach is so useful. 

First, Tom mentions one of the most common complaints about centerpieces at events – the flowers sometimes get in the way of conversation. Elevated permanent botanical centerpieces like this one keeps that "conversation level" of the table clear and open so guests can communicate, while still offering the beauty of an impressive centerpiece overhead. 

Other types of events can benefit from this technique as well. Tom describes buffets as one example. In this situation, the silk flowers are set right at eye level while leaving the table below clear and open. 

You can find the permanent botanical supplies used in this example centerpiece available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – from the Grand Manor Collection silk flowers and incredible wholesale wreath to a variety of other options in a diverse array of versatile colorways. 

Shop the complete Grand Manor Collection here.

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PWW3421PUPK Rose, Dahlia & Peony Wreath, 22", Flower Dia.: 2-4", Purple/Pink
PWW2322ATPK Wisteria Bush, x9, 19", Antique Pink
PWG3107CR Pampas Grass Bush, x5, 35", Cream
PWE1096GR Eucalyptus Bush, x8, 22", Green
PWH2139BU Small Petal Hydrangea Bush, x5, 20", Flower Dia.: 6", Burgundy

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