Monday, February 27, 2023

Women’s Day 2023 – DigitALL

Ready to celebrate the women in your life? March 8th is Women’s Day, an international holiday celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality. Bringing women and other marginalized groups into technology results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality.

Wondering how you can celebrate Women's Day… here are a few ideas:

With Flowers! It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman to join in on the celebration - it is completely acceptable for a man to give flowers to the women in his life, as well as women to share flowers with their friends, family, and co-workers.

Learn why the day is important. As women's accomplishments, particularly those that have to do with the home (raising children, educating, cleaning, cooking, etc.) are often taken for granted. This day helps to remind people of the important things that women do every day.

Help raise awareness. Mention that it's Women's Day to people you know, your family, your coworkers, your friends. Discuss with them why it's an important day and why it's important to treat women with respect and to acknowledge their contributions to society.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Spring Ready

In like a lion, out like a lamb, March is a month of change and revival. The days grow longer and lighter and our souls tend to follow suit as well. We ‘spring forward’ on March 12th and then set our sights on the 20th, the first day of spring.

This winter has been one for the record books in California when it comes to rainfall. So far, we’ve broken records for any 22-day period between October to January. Parts of the state have seen over 20 inches of rain to-date (and still growing) but that number has a long way to go to beat 1982-1983 which totaled nearly 43 inches.

The nearby mountain tops are snow packed surrounding our valley in a winter wonderland. While spring may still be a little over three weeks away, we’re ready to begin the seasonal transition into Leucospermum season. With even brighter hues and plenty of texture… we’re 'Spring-Ready' or perhaps better said ‘Pincushion Ready' even though winter is still rampaging through the fields like a lion.

There has rarely been a better time for spring’s arrival. As the 19th-century writer Harriet Ann Jacobs noted “when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Winter State of Mind

When the weather is cold and blustery, my strategy for creating a stunning arrangement is simple… make it colorful, textural, and seasonal. Starting with a few stems of vibrant protea like Ceres and Brenda plus, Leucadendron Tricolor and Salignum Pink my inspiration starts flowing. As I mingle in a few stems of textural Grevillea blooms and some bristly bottlebrush, winter really start showing off.

For a bit of a whimsical feel, weave in some frilly yellow wattle and fragrant eucalyptus Parvifolia with lovely heart shaped leaves.

With these fabulous florals, it's easily to create a design that takes the chill out of the season while providing an instant cold-weather pick-me-up. There’s no doubt, the best remedy for beating the ‘Winter Blues’ is to surround yourself with vivid color, lots of texture and seasonal bliss.

From December to March… happy hour is infinite with blooms this luminous.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Leucadendron Harvest

We cheerfully brave the frigid start to winter knowing the promise of bright, colorful Leucadendron are on the way. Each year, this hardy, long-lasting foliage puts on quite a spectacular winter display. Day by day, the show gets better and better as the plants take on warm hues of white, cream, yellow, orange and red. Over 80 known varieties of Leucadendron exist, and all share the same emphasis: the beauty of their foliage. Today’s inspiration: Leucadendron Harvest!

Harvest is an Australian-raised cultivar that originated from an ‘accidental seedling’ of L. stelligerum. And it is obvious why this Leucadendron is reveled for its colorful ‘daisy-like’ blooms that are so flamboyantly displayed. The sheer volume of the flowers makes for a delightful winter show. Harvest’s colorful petals or bracts take on soft creamy-yellow and white hues with a splash of rusty-orange on the edges surrounding the rich yellow, orange + green cone that is nestled among the bracts.

Leucadendron Harvest has a way of eliciting oohs and aahs not only in the field but in floral designs as well!

Simply Gorgeous!