Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The beleaguered carnation

One of the vendors at the Boston Flower Exchange who grew up accompanying his florist grandmother to the market, wistfully told me about the 'early days' when growers in Massachusetts would bring in buckets of carnations and the whole market smelled of clove.

Smelled of clove.  Can you imagine?  Maybe the local nursery will be selling Pinks and one can purloin that deep scent of clove by dropping one's face into the plant for a moment of joy.  Or spray on Etro's Dianthus, or Caron's Ballodgia.

So what happened to those almost mythical days of scent?   I'm afraid it was the penchant for the lasting power of the poor carnation who still gives her all in FTD coffee cups and stands in the hot sun at the cemetery, forgotten and holding out long after the Oasis dries out in the funeral basket.

Yes, the carnation is making a comeback in high-end, beautifully arranged vases by floral designers who know how to use them.  She is a beauty, even without scent.

But, customers who ask 'please no carnations' are justified in their dislike of them by their experience of how they've been used in the past.




I'm going to grow them next year and give customers an old fashioned fragrance experience that will last long…but not too long.  Who knows?  Maybe someday they'll again be as beloved as the sweet pea .

Friday, June 19, 2015

Organic bouquet


Request for all organic bouquet.  Thanks to Five Fork Farms for the beautiful peonies and the Icelandic poppies.  From my garden: Goat's Beard and Sally Holmes roses.  Feral Blueberries.  

As the Summer heats up Five Fork will keep us stocked with organic product.  As for my garden:  we'll see .

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day blog hopping

I spent the good part of my holiday morning grazing through Blog Land, tracing my steps back from one blog to the blog that sent me to that one and on and on for the better part of two hours, and what I discovered was a lot of Blogger Mea Culpas for not blogging much.  And this brings me to my rather extended absence from my own blog, with explanation rather than apologies.  (I was inspired by Jane at  
http://seenandsaid.blogspot.com/ who recently posted after declaring the end of her blogging).

I won't blame Instagram, but as I am a visual person I must say that posting photos with few words suits me very well, not to mention all the other pics I enjoy hourly.

I do however have plenty to report on a daily basis but it isn't always shop related and since this blog is my attempt at staying on top of Social Media for the business, I wonder if prospective brides will care much for dog and rabbit photos if they're looking for centerpieces and bouquets.   I have managed a sort of hybrid relationship to my blog, posting the Personal (knee operations) and the Professional.
Truth is, the Personal is engaging me more these days but I fear it won't necessarily engage brides and prospective clients looking for a new florist.

Maybe using the blog like a big Instagram could be the ticket.  At least until I start my Personal blog and write about Lucretius and Virgil and The Georgics and being accused of misusing one of my favorite words: Latifundia.

In the meantime.


Pink Wisteria in my garden


House flowers delivered today



Mock up bouquet last week


Good dog Addie


Photo of a photo








Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring in the shop

It's easy to get discouraged these days while it's still winter in March.  But hope does exist at the flower market where Spring flowers are coming in from California, Italy, France and Japan and they're here in our little shop now, waiting for winter weary folks to discover them.





Many condolences and get-wells this week.  We should all be given Survivors Bouquets for making it through this winter - next week: 50 degrees!






Monday, February 9, 2015

A little whine

I was prepared to go to the shop this morning but then I remembered the parking ban and my driver Lee having to shovel out his car in Watertown to find no where to park in Somerville and Lizzie's car stuck in her drive way by her neighbor's car, and the slow running or broken train system, not to mention digging myself out and sliding down the the road to the market.

But I won't show you woeful photos of the snow banks to further depress my readers here in New England.  Rather, I'll try and perk us all up with some Spring pics and the beautifully packaged and labeled sweet pea paks I received from Floret last week.



Hopefully, they'll grow into something like these:


photographed by our friend Andy Ryan


Our Valentine's Day window display


And more Spring; it will come!  






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentine's Day: flowers at the table.

To the delight of many restaurants in Boston, Valentine's Day falls on Saturday this year.  Instead of deliveirng flowers to dowtown businesses during the work day, we send them to restaurants.

This is romantic.  This is nailing it.

Our display will be overflowing with sweet pea from Japan, jasmine from California, local anemones, ranunculus from France and Japan, sunflowers, garden roses, tulips, lisianthus from Japan and we'll have some red roses too.

Sweet cash and carry ball jars will be for sale as well as wrapped bouquets to go, all made carefully and lovingly by us, for you!


Does your Valentine prefer yellow or purple or orange?  We'll have flowers in every palette. Call or come in and place your order for pick up or delivery.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blogger friends, roses and Valentine's Day

One of the unforeseen benefits of starting a blog has been the surprise of friendships with 

men and women around the world. I've met four of them in person.



One such friend lives near Boston.  If you aren't familiar with Country Weekend, check it 

out.  Jen travels lovingly, reads voraciously, paints, writes and shares all of it with us.



She gifted me with a piece from a painting series she's been working on: a rose against a 

blue background. 



Last week I saw a David Austin rose called Carey that could have been the model for Jen's 

painting.


It's a big, blowzy cupped roses that I'd never seen before and it's on my order list for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is on Saturday this year.  February 14th. 

Thank you Jen - who would have imagined I'd find a rose almost as lovely as yours!