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Boston Flower Show is a sure sign of spring - Wicked LocalFriday, March 18, 2016
Boston Flower & Garden Show are the gardens created by professional nurseries and landscape designers, even though their number has decreased in recent years.Collaborators Haskell Nursery of Fairhaven and Miskovsky Landscaping of Falmouth are the rare exhibitors who return yearly. This year, they’ve built a large garden filled with a wide variety of potted and planted topiaries, a twisting the show theme to include man nurturing nature.“A lot of people don’t realize how much care topiary needs, like a pet,” said Paul Miskovsky. “We’ve blended formal and informal, and we’ve tried to say ‘let loose and forget the rules.’”By combining edible and ornamental plants in beds surrounding a patio seating area, Rutland Nurseries of Wellesley and Rutland also have bent the rules. In a description of its setting, the nurseries invite visitors to “Enjoy fresh fruit or vegetables at the end of your fingertips ... while warming yourself by the fire and listening to the serenity of the water feature. Come home and relax!”Most of the landscape gardens feature interesting stone work and flowing water, often designed to promote a sense of peace. At the show entrance, visitors can walk under a post-and-beam pergola and on Italian porcelain pavers in an artful garden where hand-carved creatures – mermaid, whale and eagle – provide points of interest. Water spouts up the center of an antique well cover and supports a large marble ball in a waterfall basin, surrounded by white and lavender tulips, grape hyacinths, purple primrose.“I try to keep it a Zen garden, peaceful and blending together,” said Joe Gray of Graystone Masonry and Sculpture in Pittsfield, New Hampshire.Similarly, Boston Outdoor Living of Sudbury and North Brookfield created a meditation garden where water drips from above through bells, and Heimlich’s Nurseries of Woburn built an oasis for a formal tea. Open on two sides, the large garden shed topped with a heron weathervane has views to a lush and colorful garden of tulips, hyacinth, heather and candytuft, as well as dogwood and weeping cherry trees, white fir and umbrella pine surrounding a flowing stream. Showing how play in nature also nurtures, The Mass Horticultural Society built a garden centered around a rustic gazebo and filled it with bird sounds, hanging bird ... http://framingham.wickedlocal.com/article/20160316/ENTERTAINMENT/160316998
Six places to spoil your mum in Norfolk this Mother's Day - Norfolk Eastern Daily PressThursday, March 10, 2016
Down on the farm, see if you can spot any more signs of spring as well as meeting our new mummy pig with her adorable piglets and our expectant ewes.•Mothering Sunday WalkFairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, March 6, 11am, included in garden entry £6.50 (£5.90 cons), £3.75 children; under-5s free, 01603 270449, fairhavengarden.co.ukExplore the first signs of the beautiful spring woodland colour at Fairhaven with the head gardener. Enjoy the wild yellow primroses, daffodils and narcissi, which are starting to show, as well as white wood anemones and camellias. Every mother receives a primrose too. Elsewhere enjoy time well spent on a walk with mum at Sheringham Park. Climb to the top of the viewing towers to experience breathtaking views of this beautiful Norfolk landscape. Explore Oxburgh Hall Garden, wander along one of the trails in Thetford Forest Park, or just stroll round Whitlingham Broad. Don’t forget to book lunch somewhere special too…•Mother’s Day Boat TripThe Bridge, Wroxham, March 6, 11.30am/2pm, £8.50, £5.50 children, under-5s free, 01603 782207, www.broadstours.co.ukWhat could be a more peaceful way to treat your mum than a trip on the Broads enjoying the wildlife and scenery (even if you will have a wrap up warm)? Broads Tours offers popular Mothering Sunday trips. Leaving from the bridge in Wroxham you can enjoy a great day afloat aboard the double-decker boat. The skipper will give a live commentary; he will explain the origin of the Norfolk Broads, point out the abundance of wildlife and other points of interest along the way. It’s something all the family will enjoy and mums accompanied by her child or children will receive a complimentary glass of wine too. Trips will run at 11.30am and 2pm and last an hour and a half.•Open GardensRaveningham Gardens, off the A146 at Hales, then B1136, March 6, 11am-4pm, £5 (£4.50 cons), under-16s free, 01508 548480, www.raveningham.comRaveningham Gardens will be open on Mother’s Day in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. The 18th century Walled Kitchen Garden with its large glasshouses will be open and visitors will also be able to enjoy views across the new lake established at the turn of the Millennium and the contemporary sculpture in the gardens. Refreshments will be available in the tea room. Meanwhile the gardens at Chestnut Farm at West Beckham will also be open (11am-4pm, £5, children free) will also open. Amid the woodland garden and small arboretum see 90 varieties of snowdrops with crocus, hellebores and daphnes planted in natural surroundings.•Mother’s VIP DayBure Valley Railway, March 6, 11am-3pm, £23.50, £12.50 children, £5 under-5s, pre-book 01263 733858, www.bvrw.co.ukTake your mum on a relaxing journey aboard the Bure Valley Railway special VIP Mother’s Day Express. Starting from Wroxham, experience the magic of steam through nine ... http://www.edp24.co.uk/going-out/six_places_to_spoil_your_mum_in_norfolk_this_mother_s_day_1_4441671
The Coolest Wedding Flower Inspo from New York Fashion Week FW18 - Brides.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
C-O-V-E-R-E-D. Whenever a fashion week comes around, there's something besides the new collections that we're falling over ourselves to see. Season after season, the genius set designers and florists manage to amaze and inspire us with their over-the-top, fantastical runway designs (see: the iconic Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 Couture show). And of course, all we can see when we look at said runways are ways you could take these whimsical ideas and turn them into something unique for your wedding! From floral pillars to "rambling rose hedges," prepare to get inspired.They've done it again. The Putnam's never cease to amaze us with their crazy-creative, lush, modern designs and this is no exception. Try using simple square pillars as aisle markers and having your florist create much smaller versions of these down the aisle. Bonus points for color-blocking as shown here.Absolutely dreamy, this runway was created by Miranda Brooks (a contributing editor at Vogue), using thousands of pink carnations. We don't want to say we told you so...but...we told y'all carnations are cool now! Not only that, they're one of the most cost-effective flowers you can use, and make an impact when used en masse. Translate this to your wedding by having your florist create a mini garden of carnations (not by planting, but by placing in foam) as a ceremony "structure," with an empty circle in the middle for ...
Arranging for Easter - ColumbiametroWednesday, March 14, 2018
This is a commercial-grade vase or wine cooler that was very inexpensive,” says Julianne. “If you’re using a clear glass container, either hold the branches in place with a heavy glass frog or use florist’s tape to create a grid. Since the branches won’t hide the tape, cover it with moss or some kind of greenery.”To build the arrangement, Julianne started with the bare branches, which she clipped from a gum tree at her farm, and inserted them into the OASIS at an angle. “The heaviest, tallest branch goes in first to create the line, and then you fill with lighter, more delicate pieces,” she explains. “The angle actually keeps the finished piece from looking too stiff.” To make the most of the flower-studded boughs, Julianne clustered them on each side of the arrangement. “When the color isn’t evenly distributed, it looks more like it just happened.”For the striking green base, Julianne turned to ‘Green Ball’ dianthus, which resembles moss but retains its vivid color even after it has dried out. “Any discoloration can be fixed with a quick spritz of green floral paint,” says Julianne. She added ornaments — silver napkin rings, rattles, baby cups, and bells — to tie the arrangement to the silver serving pieces that typically decorate a holiday table.Like the flowering apricot branches, the camellia leaves that fill the silver basket and decorate the cheesecake were also unplanned additions to the tablescape. (Flowers used are lisianthus.) “I happened to be driving along the road just after a neighbor had finished cutting back some camellias,” Julianne says with a laugh. “They were gorgeous, so I gathered up the trimmings and here they are. You never know what you’ll find.”Julianne also adds interest by varying the height of the elements. Not only is the cheesecake displayed on a pedestal cake plate (enlivened with a few camellia leaves, lisianthus, and apricot flowers), but the silver basket of macaroons has been set on an acrylic cube as well. “You don’t notice the differences, only that it’s interesting,” she notes.Julianne does not limit “hunting and gathering” for arrangement elements to the great outdoors. The flowering pots of Lenten rose, mini daffodils, and large daffodils — which she used to create an arrangement perfect for a front hall — each came from the grocery store. All Julianne did was remove the plastic wrap, which originally covered each pot, and replaced it with burlap. The blooming quince came from her friend’s garden, the blue eggs from the grocery store.“I had so many pretty things to work with in this case that I just loaded it up. Then, I stepped back to edit,” says Julianne. “This arrangement started out with more quince and another pot of daffodils, but I realized they were competing with the bunnies, which are the focal point, instead of enhancing them. Editing is definitely par... http://columbiametro.com/Columbia-Metro/March-2018/Arranging-for-Easter/
5 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing Wedding Flowers - Brides.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
We're not talking unsightly floral combinations here, but rather about the way brides approach meeting with their florists—much of it having to do with expectation vs. reality. To get the inside track on what to avoid and how to approach thinking about flowers for your wedding, we spoke to the oh-so-talented Victoria Ahn of Designs by Ahn, a New York City based floral company. Take note, brides-to-be, there's a whole lot of super useful info packed into these 5 tips on what to avoid when choosing wedding flowers!Photo Courtesy of CLY by Matthew Photography" data-id="5a96faa90f0ce0052e6ab5fe" data-type="image-embed" data-reactid="139" readability="0.74193548387097" Photo Courtesy of CLY by Matthew PhotographyFlowers by Designs by AhnUnorganized Inspiration BoardsWhen brides put together an inspiration board of their ideas, it can be quite helpful. However, if the collection of images doesn’t follow a theme within the same color palette and style, it can be confusing and more difficult for the florist to understand what the bride actually wants to see on her wedding day. If your photos seem to be all over the place, and you need help deciding on the best route to go for your wedding, have a discussion with the florist first. They can help steer you in the right direction, and you’...
Florist refused to deliver flowers to grieving mum who lost her baby because they were 'too scared to go to her ... - The SunWednesday, March 14, 2018
AN online flower delivery service failed to send out an order to a grieving mum whose baby had died — because the florist did not want to go to a travellers' site.Online retailer eFlorist told Lindsey Roberts, 36, that her £50 order to a close friend had been refused because because staff "did not feel comfortable" visiting the address.SWNS:South West News Service eFlorist customer Lindsey Roberts said her £50 order for a grieving friend could not be delivered because they lived in a travellers' siteLindsey, a mum of five, believes that the act is discriminatory against people from travelling backgrounds.She said: “I placed the order on February 22 as a small gesture to my friend.“It included some flowers and a teddy, and I never thought that there would be any issues when I submitted the order and entered the address, part of a permanent site near Bicester, Oxfordshire.“I was shocked and disappointed when I was told that I would have to go and collect my money because the local florist didn’t want to carry out the order."SWNS:South West News Service Lindsey, 36, said eFlorist had shown discrimina...
Meet the Makers Behind Kendall Jenner's Unconventional Floral Headpiece - Vogue.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
The flower crown, in recent years, has gone from unconventional to ubiquitous—less free-spirited wild child, and more “every single girl” at Coachella. But London florist Rebel Rebel is making the flower crown unusual again, as they proved with a creation for Vogue’s April Issue cover star Kendall Jenner.“Crown,” perhaps, doesn’t do the structure justice. It’s an extravagant floral headpiece, overflowing with Gypsophila (better known as baby’s breath) shaped delicately around Jenner’s face. “I call it a lion’s mane,” says Phil Perry, one of the Rebel Rebel florists who made it.Rebel Rebel, who count Dior, Stella McCartney, and Swarovski among their clients, was founded in 2000 by Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin. Their avant-garde and bold designs made them the poster children for London’s ongoing floral revolution, which saw an explosion in radical creativity and surrealism. While other florists fiddled away at crowns, Rebel Rebel perfected their floral diadems and mohawks. “I was quite bored with what was coming out,” Perry says of their experimental visions. “Flower crowns are so beautiful and so wrapped up in culture. It’s a shame for it to...