Category Archives: Floating Petals

IT STINKS

July 07, 2019

Corpse Flower

It’s been in the news, and it stinks. In this case, ‘it stinks’ doesn’t mean a bad or unpleasant situation. It means it smells rancid, and this rancid, putrid aroma comes from of all places, a flower. I know I only think of flowers as having lovely aromas like lavender or peonies or roses, but this flower is not your average bloom. Besides having an overwhelming rancid aroma, it takes 7-10...

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FLOWERS INSPIRE ME

June 16, 2019

Flowers Inspire Me

Flowers inspire me, not only with their inherent beauty, but with all that they have to teach me with their strength, wisdom, joy, and grace. They inspire me by how intricate they are, yet what simplicity and joy they bring to a moment, to life. Each one has a certain vulnerability that I admire, too; a willingness to share something almost personal. Every bloom bears all from being so delicate, a...

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FORSYTHIA

April 21, 2019

Forsythia

Forsythia is a word I enjoy saying because of how it rolls off my tongue. It’s also a shrub I have fallen in love with over the years as it’s one of the first signs of spring. It mutes out the grey, dreary “sticks” of winter with the most vibrant pops of yellow. It renews my spirit and gives me the belief that spring is coming. It’s sunshine on here on earth, and it brings joy as it melt...

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MY 300th BLOOM

September 09, 2018

My 300th Bloom

Last week I posted my 300th bloom. It all started one day in August over six years ago. It was, and still is, a simple idea: sharing the beauty and power of flowers. It’s not a physical bouquet of flowers, but it’s a digital flower on Wednesdays shared to brighten your day; to create a connection with nature, as we all are so connected to our computers, tablets and smart phones. I have writte...

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JOY, SURPRISE AND FRUSTRATION

July 29, 2018

My Cutting Garden

My cutting garden brings joy, surprise, and frustration (at times). The joy is a seed germinating into a lovely and colorful flower. The surprise is that I never know what is going to reseed on its own. The frustration is about what does not bloom and, as always, the weeding that is endless. The Dahlias are struggling a little as only half of the tubers are growing, but I know I will love ...

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THE FOURTH OF JULY: FLOWERS OR FIREWORKS?

July 01, 2018

Globe Thistle

Are flowers fireworks or are fireworks flowers..? I have two favorite holidays and the Fourth of July is one of them! I get so excited to see fireworks every year. I’m always ooh’ing and ahh’ing throughout the entire display. The funny thing is, I’m also always ooh’ing and ahh’ing over flowers and their unique displays. "Fireworks are flowers in the garden sky.” Here are some flowe...

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FLOWERS INSPIRE ME

June 03, 2018

Flowers Inspire Me

Flowers inspire me, not only with their inherent beauty, but with all that they have to teach me with their strength, wisdom, joy, and grace. They inspire me by how intricate they are, yet what simplicity and joy they bring to a moment, to life. Each one has a certain vulnerability that I admire, too; a willingness to share something almost personal. Every bloom bears all from being so delicate, a...

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THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR

July 09, 2017

Golden Queen Globeflower

Unlike most cutting room floors, the Floating Petals Cutting Room Floor is not filled with rejected photos scattered on the ground or of flower stems that have been cut only to be swept up and thrown away. Instead, it's filled with varying perspectives of lovely flowers from bud to bloom that are captured in my lens. The weekend addition, the Cutting Room Floor, has developed organically from my s...

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NO WEEDING REQUIRED

July 02, 2017

Red Shirley Poppy

I love my perennial and cutting gardens in Vermont. There is always something to be planning all year round. I get the chance to peruse the flowers and seeds at the local garden centers and catalogs, plan each garden, play in the dirt, and watch a living painting emerge in our backyard, giving me joy all spring, summer and fall. Yet another lesson flowers have to teach me: to let go and let it ha...

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WOMEN ON THE GO! GO! GO!

June 18, 2017

Women On the Go! Go! Go!

I have often thought of the woman who works in the offices I described in my last blog post, and the woman whose office is her car, as she runs every which way to take care of all of the people in her world. For me, these women represent women on the Go! Go! Go!; caring for kids, a parent, friend, lover, someone in need, or log-jammed in a demanding job. But she is also that searcher, that seeker ...

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