A Hint of Spring

It feels like it has been snowing for eons here. Our little town has been buried in ice and snow and ocean waves for the past few weeks, and its snowing again today. Plus a dash of sleet and freezing rain for good measure. Despite the grumbles I actually do love winter, and there is something magic about a snow day.  The blooms that are coming in this time of year at the market are so hopeful. Cheery little daffodils,  quince branches, hellebore, and tulips all start to show up reminding us that there ARE other seasons besides winter.  I created this arrangement for delivery this past weekend – a masculine spring time arrangement that we know is brightening up someone’s snowy week.

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Spring Flowers

Spring Florals

 

Autumn’s End

New England doesn’t mess around when it comes to the weather. Technically it’s still Autumn but we’ve had just enough biting cold winds sweep through to remind us Winter is just around the corner.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the Holidays. I love cozy sweaters, warm socks, and cuddling by a fire is just the best. But the flowers! I hate having to say good by the garden, and to all of the loveliness we’re blessed with through locally grown New England blooms.  I especially miss the dahlias when that first hard frost comes.

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I grew my own dahlias from tubers for the first time this season, and am still figuring out to store and separate the ones we dug out.   It’s such a process because the tubers multiply throughout the growing season! It’s actually really weird, the gift that keeps on giving. Wedding season has slowed for the year and we’re getting back to the basics. Because this business can’t run it’s self. It’s funny how at some point even the boring tasks like filing and accounting can be really satisfying.  It’s all cyclical like that.

Cranberry Dahlia Wedding Flowers

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Cafe Au Lait

A crowd favorite to say the least. I visited a local flower farm in Essex {Aster B} a few weeks ago and was really lucky to gather some of the last local dahlias of the year. I saved a few Cafe au Laits for my self just to tinker with, because it felt like it had been ages since I just designed for fun. I love creating for my clients, but sometimes it feels so effing good to just create something beautiful in a free form way. No rules.  It ended up being one of my favorite pieces to date, and really helped re-energize my creativity, which I have really been needing.

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I’m thankful for the spark because there is so much to do! We are working on a new website, one that I can’t wait to fill with so much loveliness from this Wedding Season.  This year was our busiest by far {and there is still the holidays!} … and as much as it’s been thrilling, rewarding, exciting, and beyond my wildest dreams, I find my self tired to the bone … and ready to soak in a little break. To spend a normal Saturday with my husband and friends.  I know as a business owner I need to make some changes, but growth can be scary, at least it scares me.  We bought a van this fall,  the LFC flower mobile! I never thought I would be so excited to trade in my little sports coupe for a big white van but hey, I never thought I’d be delivering flowers in a sports coupe either.  Life is funny.

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September Flowers

 One of my very best friends got married this past weekend up in the mountains of Vermont and I spent the week up there with her, playing with flowers, sipping bubbly, and breathing in that fresh mountain air. It was a foggy and cold week, but it didn’t damper anyone’s spirits. In fact it was one of the best, most love filled weddings I have ever been to and felt so lucky to be a part of it all!  Designing florals for this particular wedding was very near and dear to my heart, and the florals we chose were out of this world.

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