by Kathy Hudson
Each day, early and late,
I sit on a chipped brick step,
the lichen-covered bench or chair,
surprised to be here
in this house, in this city.
Buying flowers is a Valentine’s Day standard, and few gifts make someone feel as admired as a big, vibrant bouquet. A study by Rutgers University researchers in 2005 concluded that flowers have both an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on mood. People who are regularly around flowers demonstrate a higher sense of life enjoyment and satisfaction. They are a fail-safe gift that everyone loves. But have you ever considered the environmental impact of buying flowers?
If you’ve ever visited, or ordered flowers from Dutch Floral Garden— you already know that it’s a completely unique floral shop.
It seems that as soon as the snow melts and the sun starts shining, we’re all itching to see those bulbs and buds start popping out of hibernation. And over at the Cylburn Arboretum, they don’t even think we’re being unreasonable! Locally grown flowers in March? The arboretum’s answer: “Of course!” Want to get the skinny on where and how to find local blooms this early in the season? You can learn all about it at their Spring Fling on March 29th. They’ll discuss everything you’ve ever wanted to know about locally grown flowers and some of the farmers that grow them.
Now that it’s almost December, things around Halcyon Farm really ramp up in preparation for Christmas and all its associated festivities.
One tradition at Halcyon House is to buy narcissus bulbs, also known as paperwhites, in bulk. When they bloom in about four to six weeks, they provide a much needed boost of brightness over the long days of deep winter.
Planting narcissus bulbs is simple – all you need is a container, and you can use anything from a tea cup to an antique cachepot to a pewter julep cup to a vase. At Ladew Gardens a few years ago, they used flat copper trays and put dozens of bulbs in them. It was fabulous.
As Halloween nears and we feel the change of seasons, Dutch Floral Garden in Belvedere Square gets into the spirit with seasonal decor and gifts to get you ready to fall into fall!
Botanical sculpture is an art. The careful combination of colors, textures and contrasting materials adds visual interest to a centerpiece, entry table, or any large room that beckons a focal point.
At this year’s Celebration of Art benefit for the Cylburn Arboretum Association, sculpture was shown for the first time. Although every one of their floral arrangements at past Cylburn events has been eye-popping, this year Nolley & Fitzpatrick Event Design created a sculptural masterpiece.