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Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Tuesday June 24th, 2014

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10 Overlooked Summer Flowers

As summer rolls around, searches, questions and post requests related to weddings seem to flood in. Peonies and roses are always the stars of the show, so I wanted to stop and take a moment to celebrate some of summer’s most beautiful – but often overlooked – flowers. From clematis and sweet peas to nigella…

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Thursday June 12th, 2014

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Arrangement of The Month: Floral Mandala

I’ll admit it—I first came across the concept of mandalas by way of Yoga Jones, the pot dealer turned reformed new age guru from Orange Is The New Black. Despite my less-than-ideal introduction to these beautiful, cross-cultural works, I’ve become quite taken with them and their meaning as of late. Seen in numerous world religions from Hinduism to Christianity,…

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Friday May 9th, 2014

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DIY Plant Recipe for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and for years, I haven’t lived close enough to my mom to do much more than send something in the mail or call her on the phone. But I do have dreams of living close enough that I could pop by with something beautiful like this Aconium plant…

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Thursday May 8th, 2014

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

Thursday April 17th, 2014

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Flower Glossary: Carnation (Part 2)

My previous Flower Glossary post on carnations was primarily about me getting over my own dislike of this commonly found, often overlooked flower. Carnations can be tricky to work with because of their long, stick-like stems and relatively tiny heads. These days people tend to prefer more organic arrangements that favor flowers with large heads,…

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Wednesday April 16th, 2014

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Rebecca Louise Law

The other day I got a call from a newspaper inviting me to talk about the growing trend toward paper flowers. While I’ve definitely seen a lot of beautiful paper flower tutorials online lately and love the direction in which they’re moving (more sophisticated, life-like styles), I actually felt like the world of real flowers…

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Tuesday April 15th, 2014

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Flower Glossary: Scilla Peruviana

There are flowers like peonies and roses that seem so soft and recognizable and then there are flowering plants like this, the wildly unique Scilla peruviana, that make you stop, stare and wonder what they are. As much as I appreciate a sweet, petal-filled peony, I’m becoming more drawn to flowers that make me ask…

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Thursday April 10th, 2014

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Arrangement of The Month: Spring Wreath

Although the so-called “first day of spring” was a few weeks ago, it only just started to feel like spring around these parts this week—and I can not even begin to describe how happy this makes me! After a winter that—even by historical standards—was unbearably oppressive, the onset of warmer weather has left all of us…

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Flower Glossary: Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s lace will forever remind me of field hockey. Growing up, I would spend the end of each summer practicing with our school’s field hockey team for the coming season. After finishing a set of sprints, we would each collapse into the grass and await further running punishment. While everyone else was drinking water,…

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Tuesday April 8th, 2014

Thursday April 3rd, 2014

Tuesday April 1st, 2014

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Flower Glossary: Mystery Tulip

This time last year, we decided to pull off what ended up being a pretty epic April Fool’s Day prank: We turned Design*Sponge into Cat*Sponge. A good third of you thought it was a TERRIBLE idea and another third seemed genuinely happy about the feline focus. Thankfully it was just a joke. This year I…

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Wednesday March 26th, 2014

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Flower Glossary: Forsythia

I will always associate Forsythia with my first year in Brooklyn. It was 2003 and I lived, part-time, in Park Slope where I was house-sitting for my boss. He owned the record label where I worked and spent his weekends at the Jersey Shore, so I got to babysit his cat (and amazing record collection)…

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Monday March 24th, 2014

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Flower Glossary: Flowering Quince

Every spring I find myself confusing cherry blossoms and flowering quince. Both produce beautiful pale pink blooms, but flowering quince is actually a shrub and not part of a tree like cherry blossoms. Both are lovely, but today we’re focusing on flowering quince. I find these branches are most beautiful right before their blossoms are…

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Wednesday February 5th, 2014

Thursday December 12th, 2013

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Flower Glossary: Thistle

Thistles sometimes get a bad rap because of their prickly exterior. They’re no fun to wander into unexpectedly, but if you work with them carefully they can add such beauty and sculptural form to an arrangement (they dry well, too!). The most common variety that I see in floral shops around my area are these…

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Thursday November 21st, 2013

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Flower Glossary: Protea

This week has been a celebration of ‘flowers I previously disliked’. First there were carnations (which I now love in all their neon purple glory) and today: Protea. Every now and then I would walk home past my corner store and catch a few of these poking out between bouquets of dyed carnations and sad-looking…

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