Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For the Love of Gardening

This Spring my garden is amazing . As I walk around with my clippers in hand, the question I keep asking myself is ... To cut or not to cut? As beautiful as the flowers are outside I want to bring them indoors to enjoy as well.

My style has always been very casual with what I feel are very romantic flowers. As a florist and a gardener my desire for the garden was to grow not only beautiful flowers and plants , but varieties that would last well after cutting and arranging. A delicious fragrance is always a must!

Freshly cut Snowballs

Here, these sweet peas in a pot are just ready to burst. Way ahead of all the sweet peas up in the terraced garden. My secret...lot's of fish emulsion as a fertilizer.

In one of my very first blogs I began to bring my garden back to life by pruning my roses back hard and adding alfalfa and compost into the soil. They did not disappoint. Just beginning to bloom, here are a few of my favorites.

Climbing Colette Rose

Golden Celebration Rose

Fair Bianca Rose

In the process of rejuvenating my garden I realized we all need something to nurture, and love. Something that reaches our soul and brings us to a place of happiness. This is what gardening does for me. I can't wait to go outdoors every morning when I wake and see what's blooming next. That is of course after huge amount of coffee!


My husband Brian gets all the credit for taking all these beautiful photos of our continued work in progress. Who, by the way is also a fabulous gardener and always full of love and support.

This rose is Love and Peace. My wish to you all!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Day for delighting the Senses

A Day for delighting the Senses

Looking for some new inspiration for a photo shoot, Brian and I headed out to the Santa Monica Farmers Market. This is truly a delight to the senses. You want to see, touch, and smell and taste everything there. You knew fresh herbs were ahead of you just by the fragrance filling the air.

There were the beautiful young leeks and garlic I could not resist. Not to mention the berries and broccoli. Delicious, juicy oranges we peeled and ate on the way home. Everywhere, so many fruits and veggies I'd never seen before.

Is that me eating a chocolate croissant by the flowers? It doesn't get any better than this!

Oh wait are those French magazines? A nice ending to our trip. Might I add it takes a good sense of humor and a lot of confidence to To Take an Old Bag Shopping!

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Monday, April 5, 2010

April showers bring May flowers!

This May is a very exciting month for Botanicals. I have the opportunity once again to be a florist at the 7/8 PTA La Canada Spring Home Tour. This will be my 10th home. Everything about this home is incredible. Sworn to secrecy of it’s location, I can tell you it’s very French, lots of stonework and beautiful grounds and gardens. You truly feel as though you are in the French countryside!
April will be a month of creativity and planning for not only the Home Tour which will include a Botanicals Boutique, there is a May Day Boutique in the works as well. So it’s time to put on a French Beret and start thinking!

As you enter...

The gardens...

For more details and tickets select this link: Home Tour