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Flower of the Day: Inspired by Sigh, Pua

Ms. Saipua made a gorgeous arrangement today, including fritillaria like I’d never seen before.  Back in my florist days, we simply called it “speckled hen;” I’d never even heard fritillaria until, sigh, pua enlightened me.  Hence, the F.O.D.:

fritillaria-meleagris-gewoehnliche-schachblume-2 “Speckled Hen:”

fritillaria_meleagris by its Latin name: fritillaria meleagris (via Easy to Grow Bulbs.com)

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Fritillaria caucasica, davisii and pinardii via the Scottish Rock Garden Club Bulb Log Diary

From Easy To Grow Bulbs:

This is a fun flower to include in an existing garden where it will pop up in mid to late spring with the late daffodils and just before the lily of the valley blooms. This fritillaria has slender, silvery-green foliage that doesn’t require much room and the nodding, bell-shaped, checkered flowers weave well in and amongst fuller spring perennials. These are also called Guinea Hen flowers because the flower markings are much like the feather patterns on some breeds of guinea fowl. Deer and rodent resistant. These bulbs are nursery propagated, not collected from the wild.

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I’m Very Excited About: Creative Women

I found out about this company through my favorite blog, Saipua (where else?).  The Saipua store, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has begun carrying these products.  The company is Creative Women.  From their website:

CREATIVE WOMEN cares … about beautiful hand-woven African textiles, about good design, and about improving women’s lives. We are a Vermont based, women-owned company, working in partnership with two textile design studios in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a textile studio in Swaziland, to create traditionally inspired contemporary accessories and home textiles.  More than just designing and selling textiles, Creative Women works to promote equitable trading practices and to support women’s economic independence.  “I founded Creative Women as a way to create jobs in Ethiopia and sustain an ancient art form by introducing the West to the beauty of Ethiopian textiles”, says owner Ellen Dorsch.  “Today Creative Women provides a socially responsible link between producer and consumer by opening markets for these high-quality textiles.”

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Their beautiful Ethiopian cotton towels

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I’m Watching: The Jewels of New York

The Jewels of New York is “a mission to uncover the hidden treasures New York has to offer and share them with friends through a collection of seasonal and local recipes.”  I discovered JoNY through the links page on ARL’s new fave blog Saipua.  I was immediately drawn in by the clean design and obvious appreciation for the finer things, specifically great-tasting and great-looking food.  I’m particularly impressed with JoNY’s recent “Last Winter Supper,” which consists of Glazed Rack of Lamb, Parsnips in Parsley Butter, and Warm Cabbage Salad.

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Is it titled this to herald in the springtime on March 20?  Should we all separately, collectively recreate the JoNY “Last Winter Supper” in our home kitchens far and wide on the evening of March 19?  Yes!

And don’t forget dessert!  Rosemary whipped cream?!  The fresh new answer to yesteryear’s lavender- and rose-infused creations?  I’m in!

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Color of the Week: Pale Salmon

It’s an official obsession.  

pale salmon-colored amaryllis: 

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It will be an element of a forthcoming ARL arrangement.  I got some wild and disparate elements for an upcoming design (fingers crossed that it works out).  I’ve been feeling really inspired by the work coming out of Saipua–it’s just so unexpected and at the same time so beautiful.  We’ll see if I can pull it off. 

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Oh Mercy, Mercy Me

I was browsing FFFFOUND! and this image caught my eye:

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Those ranunculus, those lamb’s ears, those mona lisa anemones!  Is that a branch of eucalyptus beads I see in the background?   WHO could have made this GORGEOUS arrangement?  WHO could have combined such unexpected elements yet made such an elegant statement?

It comes from the Saipua blog.  Where had I heard that name before?

Then I realized it’s those soothing soap-makers from Brooklyn who sell at Atomic Garden right here in Rockridge!  But they do floral design?  

After visiting the website, I have to admit I still don’t quite understand how all the pieces fit together.  All I know is that Saipua makes some of the most gorgeous, naturalistic, refined floral arrangements I’VE EVER SEEN.  Here are some more of my favorites:

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They’ve mastered everything from the tall statement arrangment,

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to the perfect posy;

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from the modern, (succulents and sea holly)

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to the classic (camelia, protea, lisianthus, veronica, queen anne’s lace, geranium leaves, dogwood, cock’s comb celosia).

I haven’t been this excited about a florist since I discovered Birch in San Francisco.  New Yorkers take note!  Let your loved ones know who to call the next time they’re in the dog house!

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