Monday, December 31, 2012

Flowers in the House

Jane's hosting a New Year's Eve Eve flower party at her house where it's also Mr. Baby's birthday.

If  you pay her a visit, you'll see some very sophisticated and beautifully designed arrangements.  And Mr. Baby's adorable toes.

My house flowers are of the slash and burn variety.  We had too many paperwhites left over this year and since we're closed for two weeks, I mowed them down and brought them home and dropped them into a pair of Japanese vases.  Here is my mantle AGAIN where the northern light of the living room gives me and the Canon no grief.

Just below the mantle, on a too large coffee table,  is a horror of papers, books, old junk mail, pens, glasses,  an empty Motrin bottle, a nail file, a felting project and a shallow box of bills.  I wish my whole living room looked as well thought out as my mantle.

 This could/should be the subject of my resolution for 2013, but I think I'll choose trying to be more sociable OUTSIDE of Bow Street Flowers where I'm never shy, and making more donkey connections, which could involve being more social.

Happy New Year to all of you.  May you always have flowers in your house.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lined up and ready to go

Sunday and Christmas Eve were spent preparing and delivering house flowers for a good client.
Except for some walk-ins and a few friends, it was quiet at the shop and we had time to take our time.

In situ

Home now, enjoying sleeping in, visiting Opal, shopping for cookie ingredients and snagging a cashmere sweater on sale.  Can we have too much cashmere?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas present

We finished the last of the mantles today.  We made Christmas arrangements, set up Amaryllis gifts, picked up containers for Christmas Eve flowers, tried to salvedge a crate of paper whites that had fallen over, and failed.  We welcomed regular customers who shopped for last minute gifts and bouquets for their Christmases, we enjoyed visits by previous employees who came to wish us well and say hello to 
the rabbits and catch up with their news and ours.   We drank hot lemon water, ate roasted squash and pumpkin soup, a few cookies and we started the morning with Burdick's hot chocolate demis.

We're open tomorrow from noon to five and Christmas Eve from ten to five.  We're closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We'll be open on Friday and Saturday and then I'm going back to The Circus for my left knee replacement.  I'll be blogging while convalescing and we'll be back on January 16.   We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a winter without ice. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wish it weren't so.

One of the most difficult times for me in this business is when I meet with a bride who has a tiny budget for flowers, but wants flowers everywhere.
When I meet with her during  the holidays, this pinches even more; I end up feeling like the Grinch on the one hand, and annoyed on the other.  When I'm pressured to think of creative ways to make a table festive with flowers for almost nothing, and I suggest  making the table pretty without flowers, which is then ignored, I know we're not the florist for her.

I may have sawed this log before here, but if a Bride has a tight budget, I suggest a beautiful Bridal bouquet, one large, festive piece, and candles on the table.  Her photos will be beautiful.  Her guests won't think she skimped on the flowers when she's carrying a gorgeous bouquet and the ceremony is set with an extraordinary piece. " A little something" on the aisle chairs or the tables is just that: " little" and no one will remember it.

I love City Hall weddings, backyard weddings, intimate restaurant weddings as much as I enjoy big splashy weddings.  Our goal here, however, is to provide the most beautiful flowers available - flowers that the Bride and her guests will love and remember always.

'nuf said... I'm off to Whoville

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One more to go..

My customer was sorry to see her Fall kale planting go, so we cut it, cleaned it up and layed it in the containers.  I'm guessing  it will stay for a week or so.

Best part of this photo is the perfectly framed French Bull dog. (we didn't do the door).

We made giant boxwood balls for the urns and smaller ones for the window boxes.

And the annual 'della robbia' wreaths for an old customer.  I kind of like their anachronistic vibe. It goes with the Italianate architecture.

One more to go today, then it's inside decorating for two days. Three trees. Three mantles.  No lunch, coffee or cookies... JANE!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

short break and the last wreath hung!

Flowers first.  and shop photos.


These last four are photos of Saipua's amazing soaps.  The packaging alone is worth having.
Made with olive oil and some expert scenting, they are kind to the skin and they make your linens smell amazing!

And then, there are the items NFS.

And one last photo of Violet I forgot to post. 

We're open tomorrow from noon to five with pretty things to sell.  Monday, we start all over again with a new round of Christmas.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Moving on to Christmas

Thank you all who left condolences for Violet.  It cheered me up knowing you were seeing her in all her goofy glory and stately beauty.

It is December 1st and we are gold leafing, making ribbons and holiday greens arrangements.  The ornaments are on display, the Gold Medal Amaryllis is in full bloom, the wreaths are hung She & Him is on the playlist.

We're open on Sundays through the 23rd from noon to five and next week we hit the ground running with interior and exterior decorating.  Hello Christmas!!