Friday, June 27, 2014

June catalog of flowers and Opal

Flower crown modeled by Lizzie, made for Lili, our Intern who graduated from High School.

My favorite bride photo ever.

Summer wedding bouquet with Kate garden roses.

Hot colors.  Today's Bride.

My Bindya scarf finally went on sale for 1/2 price after seven months.

Those of you who follow the blog are acquainted with Opal, the Codman Farm donkey with whom I've fallen in love.  Since I met her, I've been disturbed by how little she was cared for (except for winter skin lesions or cuts).  Her feet were always in need of care.  I think that any hoof trimming was done with wire cutters. Her job was protecting the sheep and she stayed out with them in the rain and snow until winter time really set in.  It was difficult to spend time with her when the sheep were crowding her out for carrots and the farm residents were less than open to my inquiries about her care.

A miracle has occurred .  The farmer and his family are now gone and the new farmer is 21 years old!!! His name is Eric Robichaud and he's transformed the farm.

Opal no longer guards sheep.  There are no sheep.  She shares the whole barn with two giant pigs in another stall.  There's a sign up with her name on it.  She has definitely seen a farrier and her hooves look 100 percent improved.  The barn is clean with new shavings on the floor.  She was much more engaging and enjoyed the scratches and carrots I'd brought for her.  I'm over the moon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More from Molly and Travis wedding

These are shots we didn't get at the Habitat.  Thanks to Li Ward at Fat Orange Cat Studio who also takes amazing portraits and photos of cats…really, they're surprising and beautiful.

Molly and Travis:  just perfect.

Friday, June 13, 2014

How lucky am I

To know photographer Andy Ryan who loves flowers and loves to photograph them and who calls me to see if there are any weddings coming up I'd like him to shoot.

In fact, there was one coming up:

Brittany and Brandon planned to be married in the old vegetable garden below an ancient wisteria pergola on the Crane Estate.  Colors were black and silver, peach pink and burgundy. The reception was in the barn.  I love this part of the Estate.

I'm hoping to have more photos of Brittany from her photographer because her hair ornament was gorgeous!

These pics are Andy's.  Thank you Andy.  Beautiful as always.

Entrance to the old vegetable garden

old vegetable garden area

Inside the barn

I didn't expect a photo of the bride's bouquet -there was of course a wedding photographer, but Brittany sweetly posed for Andy.  Thank you Brittany for allowing us to be part of your beautiful day.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lili, not Lily

Earlier in the Spring I was asked to become a mentor to a student at the Winsor School in Boston who wanted to do her senior project on flowers and their presence in and relevance to literature.  

(Why didn't I think of this when I was suffering through French Literary Theory in Graduate School)?

So I said yes and Lili came into our lives from the first of May until last week.  

Several times a week she worked with us from 10:30 until 2:00 while she juggled us with other activities.  She worked Mother's Day weekend, she swept, cleaned, organized and then we spent time talking about flowers and designing arrangements.  While she made her first arrangement, Marisa, Lizzie and I occasionally looked at each other in amazement.  She clearly had a gift.  Apparently she had been 'studying' flower arranging at home before she started with us.

Lili ate up everything I told her about flowers and what she learned from Lizzie and Marisa. 

I challenged her with different and difficult containers, taught her about the subtle use of the Hogarth Curve (which she studied at home) and loaned her my favorite books.

Part of her project was choosing a few literary passages to present with a record of her time at Bow Street Flowers.  She settled on a most beautiful section of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Emily Dickinson's poem number 620.

I had the pleasure of attending the presentation at the Winsor School last Thursday night.  Lili and all the senior girls set up their tables and their projects in the Cafeteria.  I was very proud.

This is her Virginia Woolf arrangement.

Emily Dickinson


And even though she was finished with her project, she came with us to Ipswich the day after to help us set up a wedding.  As always she was a valuable member of the team.

Lili, we send our congratulations for your graduation this week.  Whatever you choose to do in your life, I know you'll rock it!  xoxo