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Archive for January, 2011

A Carnation by any other name

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

This little green gem has been popping up more and more in floral arrangements over the last year.  It’s a unique puffy green ball reminiscent of trachelium to some—completely alien in nature to others.  You either love it or hate it.   Let us know what you think !

It has a distinctive texture, trendy coloring and has a sizable head which can plump up your floral arrangement for a fuller look.  Some florists have found that grouping several stems together can create the same look as a lush stem of green hydrangea and can be utilized in the same way.

Member  Fieldwork in Portland, OR www.dearfieldwork.com has incorporated the Barbatus Green Ball Dianthus beautifully into this bridal bouquet of Trumpet and Green Goddess Callas, roses, berries,  geranium foliage and lily grass.

In short, we have found that “ a carnation by any other name is ” …a  Dianthus!

Simple Living Wreath

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

With care, this living 12” wreath of mixed echeveria can last for a very long time.  Soak in an inch of water whenever the leaves start to pucker.  It can hang ornamentally for months or be taken apart for the plants to be replanted into pots.  To find this lovely creation see, vivaterra.com.  As seen in December 2010 issue of Real Simple magazine.

Petal Pusher

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Our own Barbera Brooks is interviewed by Petal Pusher in the Winter 2011 issue of Flower Magazine.  Barbera shares how B. Brooks Fine Flowers works to ensure that arrangements sent through our network meet her rigorous standards of integrity, trust, and uncommon beauty.

Also featured in the article are works of floral art created by Avant Garden of Dallas www.avantgarden.com, and Helen Olivia Flowers of VA www.helenolivia.com.

Bagged-in-Soil Beauties

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

We discovered this  nifty innovator in  the  Sept/Oct Australian Vogue Living issue.  Joost Bakker of Urban Crop  provides Melburnians  with living, breathing flowers and herbs planted in a  nutrient-rich soil that is mostly organic waste.  His bagged-in-soil beauties come with their root systems intact – they still have their life source with them – providing the recipients with clean air and nutrient- packed leaves.  Bakker’s underlying message is to make cities worldwide work as crop sources.  Currently, his product can be found in  Melbourne’s bars, cafes, book and bike shops.  His ultimate goal – deliver the message to the world!