Tuesday, January 28, 2014

maine slow flowers

 
Though it's a typical cold January here on the Maine coast and there aren't any fresh flowers blooming, I'm still feeling the floral love in these dried treasures from last season.  I was inspired to look at what is seasonal here even in this dormant time of year after learning about locally-grown flower champion Debra Prinzing's Slow Flowers Campaign. This project will establish a directory of flower farmers, florists, event designers, supermarkets, and wholesalers who are committed to sourcing and using local and U.S.-grown flowers.  The Slow Flowers directory will be such an amazing resource for everyone growing and selling flowers as well as consumers who care about where their flowers are grown!  I'm so looking forward to its debut in February!
  
Some of my flower farmer counterparts in warmer parts of the country (like Oregon and North Carolina) have recently been posting photos of their first anemone and poppy harvests of the season, so I thought I'd get in on that too with these pressed anemone and poppy petals.  
For now, I'm still enjoying my holiday wreath made with greens cut from right outside the house, and look forward to experiencing the first fresh blossoms of the season in the next few weeks when yesterday's harvest of forsythia branches bursts into bloom!
 


Saturday, January 4, 2014

light

 
Plants spending the winter indoors have slowly shifted positions and turned their leaves to soak up as much light as possible during these short, dark days.
  
 
Sounds like an excellent way to spend the winter.