If you’d asked me a few months ago what I felt was missing from the reality television landscape I wouldn’t have hesitated with my response: a competitive floristry show.
I believed this was a far-flung dream until about a month ago when my partner commandeered control of our Chromecast and surprise-streamed the HBO Max show Full Bloom. After bingeing the first season, there was no question about watching Season 2. This is where Arizona-based florist and wedding planner Melissa Tinajero comes in. I was immediately hooked, rooting for Tinajero as she created a colorful miniature bouquet with a nail polish bottle base and told the story of adopting an eleven-year-old with her wife.
Tinajero also caught my attention because she’s a plus-size woman absolutely killing it on television: a rarity in a body-shaming media landscape. The finale for the show’s second season aired earlier this month, and I got the chance to speak with Tinajero about flowers, her experience on the show, and her business, Moelleux Events.