Saturday, March 31, 2012

The week ahead

The Flower Market is open tomorrow.  A boatload of product is coming in for Easter and Passover which play  piggyback this year on the same weekend.  Blame it on the full moon. Really.

A florist was moaning that she had to come back tomorrow to see what new product there will be for her event on Monday.  I was silent, but smug. I wasn't going to the market on Sunday.  I was going to stay cozy in bed reading...until:  a woman came into the shop this morning to order some pieces for her Garden Club meeting, and she needs them Monday at nine a.m.  If I don't want to get up at 5:00 on Monday, I'm going to the Market in the morning where I'll be rubbing shoulders with the Realists of my profession.

Denial?  I guess.

Steve from An Urban Cottage dropped by to visit for a little show and tell. It was nice to have company, since I'll be working alone until Wednesday.  Kate's gone to Belfast to a wedding, Sarah got a job at Allandale Farm, and Marisa is on her restuarant schedule until mid week.  Good Spouse Joe delivered flowers today and is helping out Monday and Tuesday.


Buffet piece for Catalyst in Kendall Square. Who opened the customer floodgates?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Flowers in the House

Jane at Small But Charming is hosting another Flowers in the House and I've come up short this time.  SO,
I cheated a little.

For a while, I collected hand colored 18th c. bookplates.  They sit on the mantle where everything goes that I want to keep from Blossom.


Amaryllis



Rhubarb 


                                                                          Saxifrage


I once thought about collecting several of the Amaryllis and arranging them as a set, but I only found two on Ebay during the time I was obsessing over them.  I am a month long Obsessor and then I move on to something else.

Jane's Spring is popping compared to ours.  Roses leafing out, Akibia Vine setting buds, but, aside from that and the flowering trees, we're still lagging behind Virginia.

Oh, yeah. some of you may remember this paint job:  while we liked the red initially, we've decided with new shop paint (coming in April), something cooler would be nice.


Blue, blue.  If you want to see some more beautiful blue go over to Little Pheasant's blog and check out the arrangements that Denise made.

Friday, March 23, 2012

late post and generous Jane

Out early today to plant up window boxes and urns this morning but please, if you haven't been over to Jane's blog yet, do visit.  She's graciously posted my Ten Things I Can't Live Without, with photos of some of them. She is the hostess with the mostest.

Baby Mac talks now.  The computer crisis is over and I am poorer.  The weather continues to amaze us here in Boston.  There's talk of chillier temps for the weekend and rain.  No complaints.  It's been like vacation weather here.

Lovely brides have been consulting.  What a run of sweet young women this year!  We did one small bouquet for a post wedding (two years post wedding) photo shoot.



Apparently her wedding flowers were disappointing.  She loved this bouquet.

Thank you again to Jane.  She keeps widening the Circle!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Baby

My new Baby Mac has arrived.  But she can't talk yet.  Waiting for Carlos to come tomorrow to encrypt for online orders and get the mail up and running. This time I'm taking advantage of the free classes Apple offers through their One to One program.  I didn't grow up with computers, and without the Girls over the years, I'd be completely stupid about them.

In the meantime we're basking in blue skies and warm temps.  The flowering trees are popping out;  I'm a little worried that Spring is going to be over before Easter...and then again, I'm loving this weather so much.



Loving blue right now.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Drowned

My MacBook drowned on Thursday. Electronics on the design table is a bad idea. On Monday, I take my hard drive, wrapped in a magnetic foil, to Apple where I'll buy a MacBook Air and have everything transferred to the new computer. Bye bye old MacBook: you changed my life! Hello to wedding proposals with photos, easy scrolling, more memory, no overheated fan....no motor, and lightness!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

hippity hoppity.....

Gold is for Christmas, cuteness is for Easter.






Not much happening at the shop right now.  Shamrocks are ready though, even if we do work in a Portugese neighborhood.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Get into the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans"!


International Women's Day began right here in the United States when, in 1908, 15,000 women textile workers marched through Manhatten  demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.  It was called 'The March of the Empty Pots'.

This day is celebrated all over the world: seriously celebrated.  But here, in the U.S., there is nary a ripple.

A Russian customer of mine thinks it's because it developed out of the early Socialist Movement here in America.  Mon Dieu! Socialism!!! EEEEEEK!

 Thanks to the first International Women's Day, conditions are better and we have the vote.  But do we all vote?  Do we care about the plight of women in Chile, Peru, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Russia?  Questions.

On a different note... a really different note, this is the other thing I've been pondering of late:


This is from Morning Bray Farm.  A dangerous blog for me.  How can I keep a donkey in the city?  Just look at that face.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

lunch time


"sooo......



...are you eating or not"?

Monday, March 5, 2012

skies of home

Every year around this time, I get a little homesick for San Diego.  This lasts until the first tender flowering of the magnolia here in Boston.




These were taken in March: the perfect time to visit Southern California, especially if there's been a rainy season.  The hills are green and lush, the air is clean and the light is softened from it's summer intensity.
If it were Springtime in San Diego all year, I'd go back in a heart beat.