Category Archives: Floral Travels

FLOWER COLOR GUIDE

November 04, 2018

Flower Color Guide

Darroch and Michael of Putnam & Putnam recently spoke at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), and I was fortunate enough to attend. If you haven’t heard of them, they create stunning and elaborate floral designs that you must check out. At the NYBG, they gave a synopsis about how they got started in the business, where they are today, answered questions about floral design and introduced th...

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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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IN THE MIDST OF THE FOG

June 24, 2018

In the Midst of the Fog

In the midst of the fog is where this adventure began. As I write about it I’m finding I’m getting emotional about it, but not because it was a scary adventure or one with lots of risks. Instead, it was an adventure of nature, to explore, to connect; to experience something I had not experienced before in the middle of nowhere. It wasn’t earth shattering, and yet it was for me. As I turned ...

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FLORAL TRAVELS

April 22, 2018

My Floral Travels

My floral travels map shows the many beautiful locations I have been able to visit. At a glance of the maps, you might be thinking that I live quite the charmed life gallivanting from city to city. I will say that I do believe I have a wonderful life, and I am quite blessed, but it’s not as simple as that: I’m a graphic artist. For the last 19 years, I’ve been a Managing Partner and Art Dire...

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BLOOMING SUBJECTS: HOW DO I PICK THEM?

April 15, 2018

Blooming Subjects: How Do I Pick Them?

Get it?…my blooming subjects: how do I pick them? Actually, I don’t hand pick any of them unless I photograph them in my studio. When it comes to choosing my blooming subjects, I look for something unique. I always love the well-known flowers like peonies, tulips and cosmos. The artist in me also pushes me to look for the unique, curious and unknown. I find it also opens up a new world of wond...

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FLOWER QUOTE: EVERY EXPERIENCE NO MATTER HOW BAD

April 09, 2018

Englemann’s Prickly Pear Cactus

MY TWO CENTS Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it…When dealing with a challenging situation, it's often so much easier to see how hard and difficult it is. The feeling of ‘woe is me’ attitude. The truth is that no matter how bad it may seem, there is always something to gain strength and to grow from it. Like this cac...

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THE REAL DIRT ON PREPARING YOUR SPRING GARDEN

March 25, 2018

Preparing Your Spring Garden

Last weekend in Westport, CT I attended one of Terrain’s Coffee and Conversation Events: Preparing the Spring Garden. I was there to get the real “dirt” on how to prepare my garden. Angela Truck, who is their Exterior Design Specialist, lead the conversation. As I have found from the other Coffee and Conversations, she has a wealth of knowledge and information. I learn something new every ti...

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BUTTERFLIES FLUTTERING ABOUT

March 18, 2018

Butterflies Fluttering About

In early March, I visited the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) to see the Open Air Native Butterfly Exhibit. The only caveat was that it was 52ºF (11ºC) and butterflies don’t fly unless it’s 60ºF (15ºC) or warmer. As disappointing as that was, there was still much to see, learn about, and enjoy. And fortunately, there were a few rogue butterflies fluttering about even in the cooler desert wea...

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THE FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

March 11, 2018

The Four-Leaf Clover

Do you associate the clover with St. Patrick's Day as much as I do: the luck of the Irish, the four-leaf clover? Did you know that clovers produce delicate flowers, one being the Pink Flowering Oxalis (featured at the top of the post)? I never associated flowers with clovers until I stumbled upon this sweet pink one at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. Do you associate the clover wit...

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ANNA’S BLOOMS

February 04, 2018

Anna's Blooms

Anna of Anna’s Blooms is a landscape architect, flower lover, wife, mother, friend, flower grower, gardener, flower arranger, wedding bouquet creator and writer of Wednesday’s Flower facts. 'Every flower has its own personality.' ~ Anna Karina Johansen The day of an event Anna is a wealth of knowledge and talent. We had the chance this past year to chat about her flower arranging. On the da...

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