Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Open House


The Habitat in Belmont is hosting an Open House this Sunday, October 27 for prospective wedding couples.

If you've never visited this beautiful venue, you have a treat to look forward to.

http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Habitat/index.phphttp://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Habitat/index.php

Besides being a part of the Massacusetts Audubon Society's network of special conservation places,
it has a lovely old house , a gorgeous garden and grounds where couples can be married outside.

The Open House is from Noon until two-thirty and couples (and their parents) can talk to florists and caterers in the area who are familiar with the site .  There will be beautiful flowers and samples to taste, so if you're local or you'll be in the Boston area on Sunday, stop by and say hello!

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dahlias: night and day

It's another Flowers in the House.  For once I've a bounty of cuttings from my 'garden':  actually it's more of a crop.  I like crops.  There's no design involved and the focus is on plant health and ultimately, the flowers, or the vegetables.  And did I ever get flowers this year.

I took photos during the afternoon after I'd gathered as many stems as my pitcher would hold.  These dahlias are going to the shop on Monday.  




I went crazy with pinks when I ordered dahlias last spring.  I KNEW that in the fall I relied on peach and orange for weddings and I've been buying a lot of those colors at the Flower Market.  Next year I'll plant more of these:


Except I don't remember what they're called.  If they're Swan Island dahlias, their name will be stamped on the tuber.  When I dig them up for storage I'll make a note.  This is a late bloomer - rather, I planted them late and it's a little slower than the others.  I'll order more peach, some burgundy and some light orange.  I think I have enough pink, but who knows what will happen when I look through the new catalog.


Then I took photos by lamp light.


I like the shadows and the wash of yellow, but I'm not sure the dahlias look better.


Same with this photo.  The dahlias actually look darker, but the light warms up the walls.



And here are a few photos from last week.



It's a little biyt hard to see this piece.  I've cropped the minister out and I took it from the middle of the church, so it's lacking the detail. It was a Funeral Service for a Naturalist, and was filled with maiden hair ferns, Lady Slipper orchids, sword fern, sea star fern, baby pine branches.





And the bouquet of the week.


If you haven't visited Jane's Small But Charming blog yet, hop on over to see what's left in her garden and maybe you'll get a glimpse of Lucy and Gus.








Wednesday, October 16, 2013

House flowers


I love meeting with brides.  I love seeing their pinterest pages, listening to their vision for the big day, showing them flowers they've never seen before or one of our photos with the exact color they couldn't describe to me.


But I also love designing house flowers for special events, like home weddings, book parties, little community get-togethers, garden or book club meetings. 

When I have time to design something for my house, I am always surprised by how the flowers enhance all my mismatched furniture pieces,  my quirky keepsakes and even a little mess of books and papers on the coffee table, bringing all the little details together to make it look as though it was designed that way.

So when I have the opportunity to do house flowers for clients, I study the size of the furniture, the size of the rooms,  the art, whether there will be children present, if there are animals,  the period of the antiques and how the client lives in their space.  Mostly, the houses are beautiful and beautifully maintained, but all families have different styles.  If there are children washing the family dog's sore foot in the hallway on a priceless oriental runner, and several cats are running up or down the stairs, I have a good clue about the client.  If there are no animals within a mile of the house and the cleaning crew is there once a week, I have some valuable information.

The fun part is choosing colors and materials based upon the request of the client.  While they are familiar with our style, some of them prefer a subtle design, some say 'go all out: I trust you'.
Either way, making something that will look beautiful in THEIR house is my goal.






Lately, we've booked several house parties. 

I'm in the zone.



Sunday, October 6, 2013

What's better....?


A class with the amazing Sarah Ryhanem who started us off with the above beauty..albeit unfinished....







Sarah chatting with a student




OR


......sharing a Honey Crisp apple with Opal?




A scruffy girl with grass stains on her mouth, mud all over her coat, dirt on her nose, goobers in her eyes, and joyful brays and soft nibbles on my fingers.


Glad I don't have to choose one over the other:  yet.