This was an exciting week because I got to use lots of flowers from the Botanique Cutting Garden- it is so nice that all the digging (LOTS OF DIGGING), planting, mulching, seed rearing and planning is starting to pay off in such beautiful blooms.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Fernne noted that the greens were so bright they looked like gold...
"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."
Strolling around the woods with my in-laws-to-be. So inspired by them. Feeling so lucky. Surrounded by green and by gold.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Botanique Cutting Garden, that place is the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a collective of flower growers in the Pacific Northwest who set up a weekly market where they sell their gorgeous blooms directly to florists- it is quite an amazing and inspiring place!)
Botanique Seasonal Subscription! The original idea has come a long way. I have held on to the desire to source everything as local as possible- at the heart of the subscription lies the commitment to source flowers exclusively from farms in the Pacific Northwest- nothing imported! This is a big deal in the floral industry, as a commitment to exclusively local product connotes a certain level of compromise: you can't get any flower, any time of year- whether in season or not. Additionally, local blooms often cost a bit more than imported ones- but as with any commodity, if you trace back the roots of why the imported blooms cost less than the domestic ones, you will find a host of unsavory truths: poor working conditions, massive pesticide use, jet fuel pollution to fly the blooms worldwide... flowers are political, people! (If you're interested to read more about this, I would recommend two amazing books: A Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart, and the recently published The 50 Mile Bouquet by Debra Prinzing, which features many of the local flower farmers whose blooms I use on a weekly basis.)
Jello Mold Farm in Mt. Vernon, WA, Snowball Viburnum from Oregon Coastal Flowers in Tillamook, OR, Parrot Tulips from Choice Bulb Farms in Mt. Vernon, WA, and Huckleberry foliage from Paradise Found Forest Products in Olympia, WA.
Thanks to all the subscribers for riding the very first wave of this business endeavor, and for trusting me to create something magical each week! It is literally a dream come true.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Last call to sign up for the Botanique Spring Subscription! The subscription starts NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH!
A weekly arrangement of fresh, locally-grown, gorgeous flowers, styled with Botanique's eye towards whimsy, beauty and romance could be yours: there are TWO spots left in the Spring Subscription! Sign up by clicking here.
The Botanique Cutting Garden is starting to bloom with spring beauties like the fragrant Narcissus, Muscari, Euphorbia and Iceland Poppies in this arrangement. They smell amazing, are grown right here in Seattle, and are 100% free of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. You will love them. Sign up!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Yep, that's right. We were in MEXICO.
A wonderful, week-long trip with Eli's family, filled with ocean swims, sandy beaches, delicious food, good company, snorkeling, more sun and bright flowers than I could possibly dream up, beach-side Cribbage tournaments, *INCREDIBLE* papaya, pineapple and pina coladas.....
Every day our bed was decorated with fresh flowers.... AMAZING! And I LOVED that bright yellow wall.
Coming home is a bit of a rough transition: suddenly there is SO much work to be done, and the cool, rainy sky just doesn't feel quite as good as that warm sun. While we were in Mexico, not ONCE did I even see a clock. Now I feel acutely aware of the time passing, and all the things that need to be done in the short hours of the day. But I also feel so lucky-- lucky to have spent an incredible week with the people that I love so much, and lucky to come home to such a beautiful life! Check out the magic we came home to!!!
MUSCARI!!!! It smells like candy.
And these narcissus are budded and ready to pick!!!!
And thanks to Jim, our intrepid landlord who took over all the chores of seed care, we have some very happy little flower babies!
The cardoon and nicotiana starts literally tripled in size while we were away. It just amazes me how fast these teeny tiny seeds go from barely visible specks to luscious, fuzzy foliage.
Outside, the delphinium, bachelor buttons, and sweet peas started sprouting... it is really magical to see how much happens in just one week. And onward into the spring we go! Hoping to keep the relaxed, chill perspective that I found in Mexico as I tackle the proposals, estimates, planting schedule and flower orders sitting in front of me!