Sunday, May 27, 2012


Two days off in the middle of these two busy months is a welcome break for me.  My 'garden' looks its
best in late May and June, thanks to the plants I put in before I owned Bow Street Flowers.  But I'm not taking pictures.  The grass needs to be cut, and the beds are filled with weeds.

If, however, you'd like to see someone else's amazing garden, and a creative way to keep herbaceous peonies from falling over, check out Marlowe Miller's  blog, Orts and Fragments.  She is a born gardener. Even when she lived in student housing at UCSD, she carved out a little Eden in the student garden plot where she strung a hammock and napped in the shade of the beanstalks.  If there isn't or never has been a garden wherever she has lived, she makes one.  I think she photosynthesizes.

Tuesday we plant up containers, and begin June's graduations, performances, teacher appreciation and a special wedding at The Journeyman in Union Square this coming weekend.

Enjoy your holiday, wherever you are!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

unexpected bounty!

When Jen from A Country Weekend blog said she was FINALLY coming to visit me, I was so excited to meet her, I told Cathy from Sprout when I saw her at the Market, and she told me about all the Bloggers she's met.  I told  Steve at An Urban Cottage and Jane over at Small But Charming.  I expected to meet a wonderful aesthetic soul-mate and I did!!

What I didn't expect was this:

Look at that beauty!  And she's BIG!  And the color is deep gray - perfect with the new paint job.

We were thrown into the most delightful tizzy.  Should it go there or should it go


Should it display plants or flowers?  We decided flowers.  Plants just didn't do it justice.

Next:  we'll set it up in the window next to the Bride's consult table.  What could be better than smelling beautiful flowers when you're planning a wedding?

Jen, thank you for such an amazing present.  Hope I'll see you at the shop this summer!

On another note, I went donkey stalking today with no results.  Nice drive through Natick and Sherborn, though.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

From San Diego to Somerville: Mother's Day Flowers, 2012

On Mother's Day, twenty five years ago, I was standing on the flagstones at Bloomer's in La Jolla California, staring down at a selection of flowers so extraordinarily lovely and mysterious that I decided on that afternoon that flowers were my fate.  A week later, I had withdrawn from Graduate School and was sitting on a plastic bucket outside in a Supermarket parking lot, cleaning chrysathemums for a Flower Kiosk.

Mother's Day is my favorite flower holiday.  The weather in May is usually perfect.  The flowers are at their perfection peak: peonies, garden roses, bridal veil, sweet peas, scilla, clematis.

Photos of today's production by Kate, Marisa and Moi:

ready to deliver

A party at a restaurant.

This is why I became a florist. Amen.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Jack and Joe

Joe and I drove southeast this morning to visit Alderbrook Farm in Dartmouth, MA.  We were a little lost for a while (Joe loves calling friends while we're driving and as the Navigator, he pretty much dropped the ball).  But we found the farm.  I made a bee line for the donkeys.  Joe bought coffee.  All the donkeys were on long tethers at different parts of the pasture, along with GIANT cows/bulls..they had horns, but were pretty docile.  Here is my first introduction.

Pretty little mini donkey.  She was very quiet, very still and seemed to like her ears stroked, but didn't offer her muzzle to me.

This is her 'husband'.  They've had a few babies together, but the female is done now. He was pretty engaging.  He gave one good Hee Haw, then rolled in the grass.

He also walked toward  me, pushing his head against me.  That was fun.

And then, there was Jack. Jack ran away from me when I approached him.  Joe had slowly followed me out to the pasture, stopping to visit with the horse. (he's more interested in horses).  After Jack spurned me, Joe approached him with slow, baby steps until he reached his halter, then invited me over to pet him.

As we visited with Jack, Allen, the farm owner drove up in his little golf cart (he's pretty old) and said, "you folks must be special people. Jack doesn't let most strangers close to him".

So, Joe is the donkey whisperer.  I'm chopped liver.  damn. I WAS grateful to have the chance to stroke those ears and look into those beautiful eyes. Doesn't he look pretty in red?

Allen said Jack had been abused by his former owner.  But Jack loves his Mom (Allen's wife for whom Jack was a present) and apparently thinks Joe is o.k.

This is my last donkey blog for a while.  Next visit is to Sweet Meadow Farm which provides the rabbit's favorite organic hay and is much closer than Dartmouth.  They just finished a new barn for their donkeys who are coming back to the farm in late May.

It's Mother's Day or bust this week!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

slow Saturday

Quiet before the storm today.  No deliveries, just pick-ups, and some Kentucky Derby party flowers, so I have time to take and post photos of some of the things we do here.

We'll start off with rabbit cuteness.  All of the best photos of ZuZu are usually taken in the bathroom.  She loves pulling the toilet brush, the toilet brush stand and the plunger out from behind the toilet and pushing them downstairs.  The bathroom however isn't the most glamorous room in the shop, so I've cropped out the porcelain.

Moving on to flowers:  I had a bit of luck photographing a lavender and purple arrangement yesterday.  Sometimes these colors scream, but maybe because of the light, they came out fairly true:

We made a bouquet for a bride 'eloping' at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in a beautiful gown with a lovely bouquet:

And then we made a Prom wristlet ordered by a nervous mother. "no roses, no big bows, simple".

This is also the time of year for performances, birthday parties, and we have a proposal up for this afternoon: 4 bags of red rose petals and a bouquet.

But what's really exciting is that tomorrow we're going to look at more donkeys!!!  I'm looking forward to  blogging about that too!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

No donkeys, just flowers

Mother's Day is coming 'round the bend and I'll take this blog space to make a floral announcement to all of you Local folks who follow us.
I need to say that the flowers right now are about as good as they get. Every day I come to the shop with armloads of peonies, sweet pea, the bluest and purplest hybrid delphinium, ranunculus from California that's running the Italian stuff out of town, and does the Lilac smell sweeter this year?  Let's take a look:

We have a wonderful Beeswax candle from Pod. 100% pure!  Fir Needle and Plain.

We've also started carrying Soy candles from local candle maker,  Kirsty Allore.  mmmm. Tuberose and Grapefruit.

New vases that look spectacUlar with the new paint job are on the shelves and we'll have some fragrant jasmine plants for Mom this week.

Gillian Canavan is making Mother's Day cards.  Her Valentine's Day cards sold out two years in a row... can't wait to see these!

So, that's Mother's Day news.  Tomorrow it's back to rabbits and maybe donkeys and always, always, more flowers.