Monday, April 28, 2014

Romantic Pastels

Just a few shots of recent work.  Spring calls for pastels, soft, sweet and fresh!

May Birth Flower: The Dainty Lily of the Valley

  1. May's birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Local Beauty: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens - Zoo Blooms

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is in full bloom!  It doesn't look like last weeks random snow did much damage to the tulips.  The "Zoo Blooms" really delivered with dynamic patterns and vibrant colors.  A mother's dream backdrop for family photos and spring shots of their little ones and I even saw a few couples getting some pics done as well- what a great backdrop for engagement photos!

Click here for 20 fun facts about tulips.  For example, the tulip is related to the onion and is eatable.  It was also the cause of the first financial "bubble" due to their popularity!

Just remember- if you want tulips in the Spring, you have to plan in the Fall- they need a cold dormancy to bloom.  Mark your calendars now for bulb planting and you will thank yourself!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Birth Flower: The Daisy

The birth flower for the month of April is the ever-popular daisy.  Such a prolific flower, you can find these favorites on EVERY continent except Antarctica.

The daisy is primarily the symbol of childhood innocence.  It does hearken memories of pulling petals from the wildflower as a little girl; he loves me, he loves me not...  Never really bothering to wonder who "he" was.  Some days it was Ricky Schroeder from "Silver Spoons", others it was the cute boy on the bus.

Each flower has a message, according to the Language of Flowers. The daisy brings a message of innocence and purity, saying, "You have as many virtues as this plant has petals," or, "I will consider your request."

Monday, April 7, 2014

What is a Frog?

A Yellow Canary favorite, the frog is an elegant and eco-friendly apparatus to keep an arrangement in place.  According to The Antiquer's Field Guide:
 "Originally called flower holders or arrangers, flower frogs were first used in the United States in the early 1800’s. The devices peaked in popularity in the 1920’s and 1930’s, at which time over 20 companies manufactured a variety of styles. After the Depression and World War II, the making of flower frogs rapidly declined and ceased altogether after the invention of florist’s foam in 1954. 
Flower frogs are still functional, of course, but today collectors have come to appreciate them as ornaments, and they are highly collectible."
And collect them we do, we are always keeping our eyes open for metal and glass frogs.  Yellow Canary's Ginny is even attempting to make them in pottery class (pictured at the end, this is a first attempt- remember, practice makes perfect!).

Just a few from our collection: