Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 redux

We reached out further in our designs:  striving to achieve movement among the arrangements we deliver:  beautiful flowers showing off, bobbing, and smelling terrific.  

Once we unknowingly matched the artwork at the Habitat in Belmont.

We said goodbye to our rabbit Violet and later, found this raggedy little guy at the New England House Rabbit Society.

Who turned into this confident Rascal: Max

Then I went a little crazy and brought home Alice to bond with Petals which hasn't worked out…yet.
But she seems to be happy in the other window and takes her turn every other day wandering the front of the shop. 

We said goodby to our handsome Blossom

And later adopted this impossibly good puppy:  Addison Louise

My dream of owning donkeys was fueled by our visit to the Donkey Sanctuary in Canada where the kindest, most dedicated volunteers tend to 40 or so rescued donkey souls.

We also managed to stop and see Kris at The Dancing Donkey farm in Upstate New York where I met her herd.  Ramsey, the baby donkey was a year old by the time we were able to visit, but still a little boy.  I expected to love the donkeys but hadn't expected to fall in love with her horse Tessa who planted a big kiss on my cheek…at least I think it was a kiss!  

Nice tail shot!

Inspired by Sarah at Saipua and Erin at Floret, I managed to roto till a plot in my backyard and plant a crop of dahlias.

My first cut blossom.

The early bloomers.

I visited dear Opal in the summer and had to resign myself to her fate as a guard donkey.

On several occasions, we shared a Honey Crisp apple which she loved more than baby carrots.

I went out on a limb and purchased a painting I fell in love with.  She needs some work but has already delighted customers as she delights me.

The girls and I  went up to Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunkport in the Fall to take a class with dear Sarah from Saipua.  Most attendees were hard core designers and the results were beautiful.
This was my favorite: the designer almost forgot it!!

And finally, sadly, we said goodbye to our friend Cathy Walsh at Sprout Flowers in Worcester.  I'm sure it was Cathy who wore bells in her skirt at Christmas time.  There will never be anyone quite like her.  The wake was packed with friends and florists sharing funny stories.  She was a true light and will be missed by her husband Paul and hundreds of friends.

Bye Sprout


We start the year off with a small wedding on Saturday and hopefully a big shop clean out.

Happy New Year to all of you recently engaged Brides to be,  and to my lovely group of readers who take the time to see what we're up to at Bow Street Flowers



flwrjane said...

it was all going to swimmingly until you got to Blossom and Sprout.

My first tears of the new year.

They were both well loved and will be sorely missed.

Love to you and your beautiful flowers.

xo J

An Urban Cottage said...

I read an article in the Worcester Magazine entitled "We love you, Cathy Walsh." It was really lovely and incredibly moving. It made me wish I knew her. What an amazing person she must have been to inspire such a tribute.

You had a year with too many lows. May your 2014 be filled with nothing but highs.

Jen said...

What a wonderful post--I so enjoyed reminiscing about your year.

I wish I'd known Cathy. Will look for the tribute Steve mentioned.

My middle name is also Louise. I love it--don't know why there aren't more Louise's around.

The Three Muleteers said...

Happy New Year to you all!

Amelia said...

How beautiful all your flowers are. Wish I lived closer. One year shouldn't have this many goodbyes. Wishing you a happier 2014.

rachel said...

Happy New Year to you too - and to the rabbits! Hope we can see more of them in 2014? (hint hint....)

cedarmerefarm said...

You are a very talented and kind hearted lady. I wish I lived close by so I can get to know you. I wish you have a fulfilling new year in 2014.

Kristina said...

What a lovely end-of-year update. Sounds like your December was bustling! Like the others, I'm sorry to hear of the losses of 2013, but I look forward to meeting Addie and the rabbits one day soon. Here's to a bright 2014.

Alicia said...

mmm beautiful and inspiring post!