Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just a little post

Before the day is really done. Photos tomorrow of Hellebore plants we're installing Saturday. So pretty!
Snowing again and raw outside. The trees, though are turning that lovely soft red just before they green out. Thinking of Chaucer. " April is the cruelest month". Waiting,waiting for Spring.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

QWI-ETTE today

But going off to plant up the first urns of the season!  Here's the sweet pea!

Wish you could smell them!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

If only I'd had a camera....

The best missed photo op ever today of ZuZu dragging the toilet brush (it's new) from behind the commode and hoisting and tossing it toward the stairs.

  But here's an old photo of her peeking into her ex husband's house.

And here she is inching toward us.

Sweet peas from Japan tomorrow!

Monday, March 28, 2011

On another note for Monday!

Ta da!!!!!!!!!

flowers in the house

It's Flowers in the House Monday!! Gillian and I both took home flowers this weekend.

Gillian's house:  I love the colors!

My house:

Pruned roses on Sunday, cleared out the perennial beds and was daunted by the number of branches that need to be cleared away as a result of the winter storms. Fertilizing next.

Another week begins!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

At the shop today

Meeting with three brides , otherwise pretty quiet.  The cactus flower is ripening!

We should have an open flower for Monday.

These are little French advertising fans I couldn't-not-buy for the shop.

Except for having more sunlight, it could just as well be February 1st here today.  It's barely over 32 degrees.

Friday, March 25, 2011

the shop today

David Austin Darcy garden rose.

Miranda smells amazing!

Sheep made by Tilla at Mudflat.  If you ever imagined making pottery, check out Mudflat in Somerville.
Someday I'll be proud enough of a piece to display it in the shop.  Right now, I keep my efforts at home for cereal and coffee - very useful, if not beautiful.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Miss Figgy and Georgette

A year ago, we brought in a little fig tree and sold it to a couple who, it turned out, traveled a lot and brought the fig back to us to care for during their 'month' away.  The month turned into four months and when they returned the fig had sprouted many new leaves and was thriving.  They left her here to go traveling again, so we named her Miss Figgy and I think we're keeping her.

First leaf sprouting and baby fig after a brief basement hibernation during Valentine's Day.
This was two weeks ago.

Today!  Isn't she gorgeous!

It's time to introduce Georgette, our youngest rabbit. Beautiful but wild as a .....

Very pretty, but totally impossible.

Snow today, but Spring WILL come.  I'm pretty sure.  Sort of sure.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Orchid cactus! More snow tonight. holy manoli.

A row of these at the market today in full bloom.  I knew I'd knock the flowers off getting them into the truck, so played it safe and chose the one in bud.  More photos to come as she unfolds.

Snow tonight and snow showers for the rest of the week.  Creeeeeeeping toward Spring.

 O!  and RCN?  Called for the third time and ready to switch providers when some genius came up with the idea that my modem needed re-booting and guess what?  The phones are working now.  Only five days worth of getting marketing calls on my cell phone at 8:00 at night and taking home the cc machine.
'nuff said.  I'm happy to be re-connected to the world!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jaimie and Joshua at Upstairs on the Square

Jaimie and Joshua's wedding at Upstairs on the Square is featured in the current issue of

Our pal Andy Ryan shot photos for us during the set up.  These are his pics!

Monday, March 21, 2011

slow cold and snowy

It's snowing and blowing sideways so it must be March.  Our phone is still out. Gillian took the credit card machine home to process all the charges since Friday. Jeez.

Last summer's passion flower growing across the shop's transom window. I know I'll be complaining about the heat in August. Still....

The only guy in the shop

Betsy picked these up today.

We're in the new issue of Boston Bride. Photos tomorrow!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Sold lots of sweet pea and the beautiful Gloriosa Lily today. I'll be tallying up and donating on Wednesday.

 RCN phone and cc machine are down due to an explosion in a manhole in Massachusetts: two days. Had calls routed to my Iphone:  a client called this evening while I was in Harvard Book Store looking
for books on French flower paintings.  How to take an order with only a credit card in my pocket?  Turned out fine.  Still...why does it take two days to fix a phone line?  And no books on 19thc. French flower painting.   But, here's something beautiful to look at!

                                                    Daisy Grace Moon Face

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Two day Spring exhale!!

Today in the sixties.. almost seventy tomorrow.  Sandal weather for me.  Alas, this weekend is back to the forties, but right now...bliss.

Free Spirit rose and she smells good too.

Grape hyacinth growing out of  moss in a Mason jar.  Thank you Miss Pickering!

Sweet peas from Japan.  These are the most beautiful sweet peas available right now.  They're tall and deeply fragrant in heirloom varieties like this one.  The growers of these remarkable sweet peas (and other amazing flowers) were not in the vicinity of the earthquake and tsunami, but the whole country is suffering from lack of power and transportation difficulties.  Fifty percent of sales for all Japanese flowers sold here will go to Shelter Box at

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shop and flowers


Lady slippers in a wedding mock-up.

Blossfeldt sitting on a chair.

O.K. this is an old one, but aren't those anemones  so...........

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Introducing Violet. A bridesmaid's bouquet

Violet is our oldest rabbit.

She is a bold and confident rabbit and a little fat in this photo which was taken a few years ago.  She recently trespassed on the two bonded girls and got her butt kicked in a big way: lots of stitches and neck shaving, so I'd say this photo shows her at her best inspite of the plumpness.

A controlled autumn bouquet of dahlias, calla lilies, hydrangea and roses.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A tip for brides and what I found among the icelandic poppies

We're seeing lots of brides lately.  I'd like to share some tips I've gleaned over the years. Today's comes from Louis Miller at LMD Floral in New York City.  His photo and my paraphrase:

Guest restroom trays should look like this, not filled with a travel size pharmacy of what-ifs.  Suggestions
for a beautiful and useful tray include:
A good quality candle:  Tatine's Wild Honeysuckle, Saipua's Cedarwood, Geodesis Tuberose.
A bottle of light fragrance like 4711.
Individual packs of Advil or Aspirin.
Lots of heavy, folded paper towels.
A nice handsoap.
Armenian papers and matches.
And, of course, fragrant flowers.

Try to find pretty wrappings and bottles for your items.

And look at the genetic surprise among the Icelandic poppies!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Home and Hortense

The farmers declaration: my fantasy
Home to blog today as I had some difficulty with log-on yesterday.  Sitting in the kitchen with hot lemon water, looking out at the many fallen branches from our wild winter.  The wind is up again, but not as cold.

About ten years ago, my predecessor went to an Antiques Barn Sale way up in Maine and brought back, among other things, a nineteenth c. bust of a mysterious woman which had apparently been left under
a water spout for decades.  I was smitten.  Serge, the owner of our shop seemed less interested in her than in his score of a full sized French bust which he thought was terra cotta: more on that later.

I adopted her and dressed her up with rose garlands and ribbons for Mothers Day, a crown and necklace
of shells for summer, a wheat crown for Fall and a rather pagan costume of greens at Christmas.

She was traded for an antique italian mirror when I bought the shop and for five years her whereabouts were unknown to me.

A little miracle to find her once again still sweet faced, but pretty dirty perched among a lot of junk. And for sale for a song.

So here is Our Good Lady of the shop - whole again after a decapitating misshap that is best forgotten, her neck slightly camouflaged with a brown silk ribbon. (that's how we found out she's probably plaster of Paris, no terra cotta).

Seagulls coming in from the Bay.  Think I'll take the dogs out before it rains.

Friday, March 11, 2011

We're up and running!

Finally the blog is designed and ready to go!  This much anticipated day is exciting but also fraught with worries about my photo abilities.  O.Well.  Let's just see what happens.

O.K. not too bad.  I have an ongoing fight with light in the shop, but we're painting the green walls cream starting this week and all lights off when we take photos.  This is a delivery that went out yesterday.  Love that Japanese sweet pea.

Didn't mean to begin the blog by whining, but with all the terrific blogs I read,  I'm at least hoping for good pictures to share!

Tomorrow:  the story of Hortense.