What is a floral forager?

I stumbled across a really interesting article on a book coming out this spring called the 50 Mile Bouquet. It is a book that introduces the readers to inspiring floral designers, farmers and interesting visionaries in the botanical world.

Debra Prinzing and her husband David Perry have been travelling and doing lots of research and are excited to announce their books’ availability this April. You can pre-order it on Amazon.

I’m so excited to get this book and see all the amazing people who are breaking traditional stigmas attached to the floral industry. There are ways to look at the floral industry in a sustainable and thoughtful manner. Flowers and plant design which inherently is beautiful can be even more so when cultivated in an environmental and social manner.

Debra shares a quick snippet as a teaser to her book by talking about the most interesting and unusual women named Valerie Prosek. She is considered a ‘floral forager’ which means she travels around the San Fransisco area before the San Francisco Flower Market and gathers her goods to be sold off the sides of highways, behind buildings and anywhere she sees interesting plants, flowers and foliage that she thinks people will be willing to buy. You can see a video if you click on the attachment. Pretty interesting!

http://www.hvjmphotography.com/p635039014#h1a43dd44

First day of flower school!

I’ve been so excited to attend Michael Gaffney’s Floral Design school and have waited for almost 4 months! Today I attended my first class. Michael is an amazing instructor with very fun and exciting teaching style. I learned how to tie a European hand bouquet, properly assemble a dozen roses (American style) and how to create an English/Dutch design bouquet.

Here is the link to Michael’s website. He has done so much in his career. Really interesting background. Check out this link! http://milwaukeeschoolofflowerdesign.com/about Also you can see his book called Design Star at Amazon.com. The book has amazing pictures!

European Hand Tied Bouquet

English Bouquet

Classic Dozen Roses

Moss Milkshake

Really, there is actually a product that comes in a milk container and houses ‘live’ moss that is ready to grow with a little bit of water.

It’s called a Moss Milkshake and is ready to go in your backyard! It retails for between $19.99 and $26.00.

This image was beside the Moss Milkshake product on Amazon so I’m assuming this is how the product worked! I bought some over the holidays and can’t wait to try it!

 

Lumpy, bumpy grass!

On my walk down by the beach the other day I wandered along and waited for something botanically interesting to jump out at me. Something did, well, it didn’t jump but it certainly showed itself and was a perfect subject for a post. The real term is zoysia tenuifolia but most would refer to it as the ‘lumpy grass‘ or the ‘now-mow’ grass. If you’ve never seen this grass with your own eyes, it really is a treat. It feels really interesting too.

The Zoysia grasses family are native to east and southeast Asia and tend to be a good choice if you are looking for low maintenance ground cover and live in a relatively mild climate. The zoysia grasses can handle a wide variation in sunlight, fertilization, temperatures and climate changes.  It grows rather slowly but as it does, it creates interesting lumps and bumps and takes on a rather ‘mossy’ look.

 

Beautiful winter arrangements

I was blown away when I received the Olive and Cocoa catalog a few weeks back and saw their beautiful winter floral arrangements. I can’t decide what appeals to me more, the amazing, natural vessels that the arrangements come in or the actual flowers and organic pieces that are placed  in the containers. Either way, I love all the arrangements and wanted to share them with you. What is your favorite?

 

(All images from Olive and Cocoa website: http://www.oliveandcocoa.com)

Building a terrarium

I built a terrarium and have been doing a fair amount of research on the subject recently. Terrariums are the perfect way to bring nature into your home in a clean, creative and unique way. No terrariums are alike and every person who makes one can add their own personal flair and details.

A very common and easy plant to use is the tillandsia (aka – airplant).The tillandsia hails from the bromeliad family and is known for its’ distinct ability to survive on a very small amount of water, hence the pet name ‘air’ plant. In most climates the ‘air’ plant will need  some light misting to simulate its’ natural humid environment. In Florida, these plants grow everywhere and need nothing but the air outside to survive. Pretty humid place, especially in the summer.

Once a week you need to mist your plant trying to aim the stream down towards the base of the plant. The terrarium should have drainage so sand or fine stone is your first layer, then larger rocks for your second layer.

The fun part is adding your own unique touches. You can add elements based on the rooms’ theme. I have put a picture below of the terrarium I made sitting on a window ledge and then hanging in my daughters washroom. When I decided to have it be part of my daughters area I found some cute inspirations to add to the piece. I added an artificial orchid and put a jack inside as well. I also added her favorite ‘pet’ rock and can’t wait to see her reaction when she sees the addition to her room.

Here are the step by step pics I took to building a terrarium.

Assemble items: container, plant, rocks, sand, dry elements such as moss and decorations

Pour sand into bottom of container.

Place rocks over top of the sand.

Position your plant in the container and add dry elements (moss, branches)

Lightly but thoroughly mist your plant aiming the stream towards the base of plant.

Place your plant for viewing!

Add your own unique touches like an artificial orchid, pet rock, toy jack!

Moss art – Chapter 1

So as I’ve discovered, moss can be a key component in visual art. I have spent some time compiling images of some interesting mossy art.  I’ve picked images that use moss on a very grand scale such as the image below and then on a really small scale such as the lightbulb terrarium.

What I’ve realized is that there really is a whole world of art out there dedicated to moss. I am intrigued. So I decided to  change this post from just Moss Art to Moss Art Chapter 1. Meaning, more chapters  to come…

The Mudmaid

Oh how I love to look at this image. It evokes such peaceful and soothing emotions. She looks so comfortable under her mossy blanket!

The Mudmaid – The Lost Gardens of Heligan – www.heligan.com

 

 

I fell in love with this image as soon as I saw it. The clever people at Terrain (www.terrain.com) have made this beautiful holiday terrarium. A nice mix of real/live botany   with a whimsical flare. The purple cyclamen unusually capture the holiday spirit in a sort of modern way don’t you think? Now where is the cute little elf hiding?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And how cute is the lightbulb terrarium? The little alligator, the piece of moss, the little legs to hold the bulb upright. People truly are amazing with their creativity.

This image comes from the cool site the hipsterho.me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image is from the artists at mosstika.com. Two moss chandeliers and several living moss embellishments on the pillar. Pretty cool.