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Archive for October, 2013


Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


Flowers at Will, our bbrooks member in Boise, ID offers these clever skull vases with specialty carnations and deep red roses for Halloween.  Simply spooky!

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Praise the Gourd

Friday, October 25th, 2013

“Halloween used to be so simple. You got a punkin, cut off it’s stringy orange insides, and carved a face on it that looked like your brother. But, that just wasn’t good enough for some folks…rick bragg.pumpkin

I blame the zombies… You can’t swing a dead cat this time of year without knocking a few down like bowling pins, which is not hard to do, considering they move a the pace of a box turtle…

Mostly, I love Halloween because it is the orange-and-black beginning of a season that tumbles into Thanksgiving, which tumbles into Christmas.  And zombies just seem out of place in that…

The iconic image of Halloween should be, as God intended, the punkin. The punkin, carved into faces that are scary only because we want them to be, winking from every front porch. The punkin, cast in plastic, swinging from the hands of knee- high princesses, leering back from department store shelves, until it gives way to tins of butter cookies.

But I fear for the punkin. How long before he is kicked down the street by zombie hordes, booted into obsurity?

Young people tell me that no one- no one- want to dress up like a punkin anymore. All a punkin does, they say, is sit there, and glow.

This may be true, all of it. But, try to make a pie out of a zombie and see where that gets you.”

As seen in Rick Bragg’s Southern Journal article, Southern Living, October 2013.

Bittersweet Blooms from Cebolla

Saturday, October 19th, 2013


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Our bbrooks member Cebolla Fine Flowers in Dallas, TX, showcases cheerful, textured arrangements of roses, dahlias, bittersweet, miniature pumpkins, and cymbidium blossoms for the Fall season.

Nick Nnight ~ Flora

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013


As featured in House Beautiful, September 2013 issue.

To create his collection, “Flora”, Nick Knight spent over three and a half years in the herbarium of London’s Natural History Museum mapping the historical movement of flora and fauna – from opium to cotton – in our society.

Initiated in 1993 for his installation of ‘Plant Power’ at the Natural History Museum, London, Flora is a comprehensively daring volume of flowers and plants chosen from the Museum’s six million specimens.



Torryne Choate of Birch SF

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Torryne Choate of bbrooks member, Birch San Francisco, fashions arrangements with dramatic flair in Flower Magazine, Fall 2013 issue.

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Featured above is a lush, textured arrangement of peonies, parrot tulips, David Austin roses, ranunculus, fritillaria, vanda orchids, ghost orchids, kangaroo paw, scabiosa pods, geranium foliage and wild wheat.

Eddie Zaratsian ~ Custom Florals and Lifestyle

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Eddie Zaratsian of long-time bbrooks member florist, Tic-Tock, is receiving much praise for his new book, “Eddie Zaratsian Custom Florals and Lifestyle“.

Eddie-Zaratsian-Custom-Florals-and-Lifetyle-Book-6To learn more about Eddie, please see  flowerona.com and agoodaffair.com.