“More than anything I must have flowers, always, always.”
“More than anything I must have flowers, always, always.”
What a whirl we’ve all been in at flower these past few weeks! What with putting the finishing touches on our winter issue and the holiday season getting into gear, the flurry around the flower headquarters seems to be non-stop. Looking at our winter cover, I can’t help but feel like the extra work has paid off. So before you run off to partake in all the wonderful Thanksgiving food and festivities, feast your eyes on this:
While the Winter 2009 issue won’t come out until next month, you can go to flowermag.com and sift through all the sneak peeks right now while you wait for your issue to show up at your doorstep. Not a subscriber? Keep your eyes peeled next month for our stunning Winter 2009 cover to pop up on newsstands near you.
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One of our flower girls and today’s guest blogger, Dawson Cooper recently made the leap across the pond and writes about her first experience at a bustling London street flower market.
A flower-lover’s dream, rumors of buying two dozen roses for £5 brought me into East London, home of Columbia Road Flower Market. “3 bunches for £5. Cheap enough to put on your mother-in-law’s grave.” Turning to my left and trying to hide my shock and cover my son’s ears, I realize Columbia Road Flower Market is not your typical flower market. My idea of a quiet idyllic road filled with color and scent is quickly interrupted when the gruff man, or shall I say “bloke,” (who must not think much of his mother-in-law) begins talking about pretty women in a less than chivalrous manner. Again, earmuff it please, my dear. Dorothy, we are not at our local nursery anymore.
Pops of every color imaginable accent every shade of green conceivable, transforming an otherwise grey London street into something magical, if a little rough around the edges. Deciding to take on the ways of the market (minus the trashy talking), we hunt for the best bargain and then try to lower the price. When I attempt to bargain on potted rosemary and instead end up with a rejected offer and a sarcastic remark, I think I may not be tough enough for this flower market. However, with an abundance of bulbs, hanging plants, shrubs, cut flowers and more surrounding you, it is hard not to find a good price– you may just have to walk a couple stalls down. For instance, orchids sold by hilarious traders – claiming their wares were so cheap they were being stolen – help to lure passerby to their stalls. From stems of cotton, to red ilex berry, to your typical Gerber Daisies, roses, and carnations—this market has it all, and is bound to send any flower-lover’s head whirling.
And yes, I did buy 3 bunches for £5—despite the trader’s disparaging commentary. Perhaps the hardest part of the day came in deciding which of the flowers I would choose to make my 3 bunches.
Columbia Road Flower Market is located in Tower Hamlets, London. The nearest Tube Station is Old Street. It is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
While perusing flower’s eclectic collection of floral containers in one of our office closets, I came across a truly unique container to use for taking home some leftover mums. blumebox, a company based in Portland, Oregon, has created something revolutionary. 100% recyclable and easy to assemble, blumeboxes are colorful, pop-up cardboard containers that hold clear plastic bags inside to hold water and flowers. At first, I thought, “Cardboard? No, thanks.” But after actually popping it up and then taking a peek at the blumebox website, I became a convert.
Available in an array of colors and designs, these little flower boxes can be used as-is or dressed up with a ribbon, name card, or accessory of your choice for any centerpiece, bouquet, or casual arrangement. They also offer blumebuds, which are perfect for adding a name card for a place setting and come in packs of 6 and hold a single bloom. Looking at some of these shots from the “ideas in blume” section on the their website can really get your creative juices flowing. For your next event, consider using these distinctive containers to add a spunky touch to your floral décor.
From the very beginnings of this magazine, we knew we’d never be at a loss for unique, inventive, sumptuous floral ideas and stories to tell. The beauty of flowers inspires us; every day we find something new in the world of flowers, whether it’s through design or art or fashion. Our only problem is running out of pages in the magazine to highlight all that we want to!
Case in point: Our Fall “Light Green” issue included the work of brother-sister duo Blake and Laura Bachman of Hoot & Heart Co. They generously created more arrangements than we had room for in the department we call “Flower Show,” and this one deserves to see the light of day. Hoot & Heart’s work is expressive, romantic, and environmentally sensitive at the same time. For this artistic arrangement in an antique pewter vase, they used wild scarlet and Yves Piaget roses from their own garden and clusters of vine maple. We love that they grow many of the flowers and plant materials that they use in their designs. It just makes sense.
The talented and versatile Carol Reach captured the vintage, effortless feel of their designs in her photographs. We’ve featured her wedding work many times before but had not yet had the opportunity to send her out on a shoot. We were so happy to have Carol “on assignment,” finally! She and the Bachmans made a great pairing, don’t you think?
You can see more of their work at www.hootandheart.com and view the arrangements we used in the magazine on our website.
Photo credit: Carol Reach