Mornings with Mayesh: Susan Mcleary

Mornings with Mayesh: Susan Mcleary

Our February 4th Mornings with Mayesh featuring Sue Mcleary, aka Passionflower Sue, was fantastic despite a few technical difficulties! We talked about her new book, The Art of Wearable Flowers, as well as design tips for wearable flowers, flower inspiration, hydration chambers, and so much more!

If you tune in and enjoy our show, I would love for you to share this video with your flower friends or leave a comment below - if you have time for both then even better!

Mark your calendars for February 18th for our next show with Ryan O'Neil of Curate and keep on sending in your floral questions! Thanks for watching!

Here are the video, podcast replay, and show notes:






  • To get started, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and your flower story?

  • How did you become known as Passionflower Sue?



  • What inspired you to take on creating and publishing, The Art of Wearable Flowers?

  • Who is your intended audience, and what do you hope they gain from your book?

  • In foreword, written by Debra Prinzing, she shares a quote about your philosophy when it comes to sharing ideas… “It feels so much better when you let your creativity out into the world. I believe that if you do this, more will return to you. If you hold it in, you’re holding so tight that you can’t absorb new information.” I remember having this conversation with you in Quito last year -- I think this is why so many people love you and your work -- can you expand on this a bit?

  • What was your favorite part of the whole book creation process?

  • With so many amazing designs - if you had to choose a favorite from the book, which would it be?

  • Where can everyone find out more about you and your book?



  • During our Quito workshop, you told all of the students that you had a list of reliable products that you use for your designs that do not have a water source. You sent that list over and we created a beautiful guide that anyone can download. Visit our educational downloads page to find this and so many other helpful guides.
  • When you focused more on wedding work, what resources did you use to help inspire which flowers you would use?
  • Mayesh workshops

    • We teamed up with Sue Mcleary for 2 amazing workshops here in the states and 1 lifetime experience in The Netherlands :



  • @blushpetalsflowers: Describe yourself in 3 words.

  • Lori: What is the best way to tell your clients to care for their body flowers necklaces wrist corsages when they’re made out of succulents?

  • @carolasfloraldesigns: Do you use body tape for some of your corsages?


  • From @summy4 - I would like to approach a few local businesses about selling my designs as a way to give me a little more flexibility with my schedule but still being accessible to the public. I would of course provide the display cooler and serving it to keep product fresh. What is an appropriate percentage to offer to them in return?

  • @fionaryan.bloom: Any tips on getting ranunculus to behave in floral foam (i.e. not collapse and faint like a diva)?


  • Pearl: For proteas, do you have to cut and wire?  When making them into a bouquet. If not, then when adding other flowers I heard they do not want flower food.  So what are your best suggestions?  




  • Favorite flower?
  • Favorite color?
  • Coffee or tea?
  • Who do you admire the most?
  • Are you a morning or night person?
  • What is your favorite hobby?
  • What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  • What is one of your weird quirks?
  • What is your favorite song?
  • Are you a dog or cat person?
  • What is success? 




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