Archive for February, 2010

Floral Fashion Friday

Brighten up an otherwise dreary day with a cheery umbrella.

This Marimekko umbrella’s bright pattern is sure to lift your spirits on a drizzly day:

via kiitosmarimekko.com

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Bud of the Day

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.  – Gertrude S. Wister

Photo Credit: Alicia Ordahl

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Love, the flower team

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Three Southern Cities, Part Two

Comte de Chambord rose

‘Twas the day of the Alabama/Florida football game (the SEC championship game) in Atlanta. I, hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, found myself in front of 300 people at the 2009 Art & Antiques Show in Jacksonville (I was pretty pumped that so many folks were still in town). I spoke on antique roses and roses in antiques, did a PowerPoint presentation, and then demonstrated a couple of arrangements using exquisite antique roses that had been sent to me gratis from my good buddy, Eleanor Clevenger, at Transflora in Miami.

When finished, I toured the show and was exhilarated and inspired by the caliber of antiques at the show—so much so, that I felt compelled to purchase an exquisite Majolica pitcher emblazoned with, of course, a flower.

Tuscany Superb rose

That afternoon, I toured the Cummer’s gem-like museum and gardens with a real pistol of a grand-dame, Bobby Arnold. On the heels of that aesthetic treat, I was given a tour of Preston Haskell’s phenomenal collection of Abstract Expressionist paintings, by the collector himself, and then experienced his beautifully considered and designed sculpture “garden.” After my afternoon of absorbing beauty, I begged off dinner, knowing that most of my potential hosts would be watching “the game” and most likely, I would be a tad uncomfortable in the “enemy camp.”

Veilchenblau rose

As it turned out, I went back to my suite, made a hand-tied arrangement of my leftover antique roses, had a long bubble bath, and watched Hallmark Christmas movies ‘til I fell asleep. Aahh, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to spread the flower word. I do hope the housekeeper enjoyed the bouquet.

Oh, and for anyone who doesn’t follow football, my team won.

For tips on how to care for your roses, download this tip sheet from Paul Zimmerman: Rose Tips
Photo credits for antique roses pictured:
Paul Zimmerman

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Floral Fashion Friday

Compiled by: Liz Major

We couldn’t help but notice a theme in BCBG‘s Spring 2010 line….

Floral Silk Dress

Drop-Waist Dress

Floral prints are a big trend for Spring 2010, and we couldn’t be more pleased to see it.

The items listed above may go out of stock quickly; nab them fast online or check your local stores. Don’t forget to come back next week for another Floral Fashion Friday!

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Liz’s Favorite Flower

Written by: Liz Major, flower Intern

Photo credit: Eric Holsomback

My favorite flower is the daisy. My childhood was filled with flowers, and as much as I would like to paint the picture of a young hippie child running free in an overgrown pasture filled with wildflowers and making daisy chains while watching the clouds float by, my childhood was a little more structured than that. There was a pasture filled with wildflowers nearby, but I spent more time in the perfectly planned and stunningly beautiful Southern garden constructed by my grandmother’s hands. I also spent lots of my flower time surrounded by beautiful arrangements that were put together for any number of rational reasons: a special dinner or luncheon, decorations for a fancy party, as a “thank you”, as a gift, or just as a “thinking about you” notion.

So if I was around all this floral structure, how can the daisy be my favorite flower? Quite simple—it looks wild, but it isn’t. Whenever I see a daisy I think, ‘Now that’s a flower with a story to tell.’ They are so open and innocent, but dig a little deeper and you could find one with a spotty past and a few secrets to tell. I love the way daisies look in a vase by themselves—so proud, but a little uncomfortable with having all the attention. Put daisies in an arrangement with some roses or tulips, and sit back and note how the daisies make those prominent flowers pop even more.

As put so perfectly by You’ve Got Mail’s Kathleen Kelly, “They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” Why yes, yes I do.

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Floral Fashion Friday

Coach Madison floral carryall, $398

Valentines are nice and all, but why not treat yourself to this perfect companion for spring? Guaranteed to keep close to your side, carry your things for you, and always make you look good!

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