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Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, the poinsettia was a symbol of purity to the Aztecs because of its brilliant color. The poinsettia was named after U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and amateur botanist, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett who had sent some seedlings of the plant back to the US. Over the years, it has remained a holiday favorite because of its color, and some recognize the flower as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem.
Mexican legends tells the story of a girl who can only offer weeds to Jesus on Christmas Eve, and when it was brought to church, it blossomed into beautiful red poinsettias, Flores de Noche Buena, flowers of the holy night.
BBrooks Fine Flowers member Kate McEwen-Cage of Kate’s Blossoms, CA, annual visits to see her family in Western Washington, always include the seasonal sourcing of her studio’s found/antique containers, ephemera for gift services, and time to talk to the locals about their geographical, garden area.
This year marked Kate’s first late autumn harvesting of numerous species evergreens, winter budded branches (hazelnut, witch hazel), moss beds, moss logs, driftwood and agates, from the forests, gardens, and beaches of the region. For over a week, Kate traveled in her van, picking and storing this season’s collection of forest botanicals. Between now and Christmas, these beautiful elements will be included in Kate’s Blossoms studio gift services floral designs.
Displayed here, in Kate’s outdoor studio, is some of the beautiful seasonal product Kate brought back. Kate’s talented husband Raymond was kind enough to build her a wonderful outdoor workstation, in the form of a heated gazebo! Some of us are lucky enough to be florists. And, some of us are lucky enough to be Kate!
We applaud Random Acts of Flowers!
Random Acts of Flowers recycles and re-purposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.
With branches in Knoxville and Greenville, TN; Pinellas Co, FL; Chicago, IL; Silicon Valley, CA; and in development for Salt Lake City, UT and Cincinnati, OH.
As a recycling “green” nonprofit organization, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.
Red Abutilon Topiaries are now available!
After a wonderful time at the Green Festival in SF this past weekend, we discovered a plethora of dynamic startups focused on a greener and brighter future. One of our favorites was Salvador’s Garden, an upcylced home goods line founded by artist John Waguespack.
One of the most interesting things about Salvador’s Garden is that their fabric is made of 100% recycled post-consumer plastic bottles, which also wears 7 times longer than traditional cotton material. When our BBrooks associate first examined the fabrics, she couldn’t believe that it was recycled from plastic bottles as they were so soft and impossible to distinguish from traditional cotton fabrics.
Waguespack was inspired by the works of Salvador Dali, a surrealist painter. Salvador’s Garden is a derivate of Waguespack’s original painting, My Salvador, as the garden, flowers, and animals were all transformations from the original portrait. These bold and intricate graphics were minimal in their approach, drawing the viewers in seeing the complexity of the design, and best described as “the perfect marriage of fantasy and simplicity”.
Salvador’s Garden was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter and you can visit their new winter collection here: http://salvadorsgarden.com/
Our 20-inch fresh, traditional handmade wreath is the season’s perfect gift.
As the wreath ages, enjoy the natural color changes of the magnolia leaves.
First proclaimed as Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919 at 11AM signified the end of World War I and was established as a holiday to honor the veterans that fought valiantly. By 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans day to honor and encompass all those who served in the armed forces. The celebration day of Veterans Day has been changed historically, but it is now observed on Nov. 11 regardless of the day of the week it falls.
For European countries, it is recognized as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day; countries such as France and Belgium hold their day of remembrance on the 11th of November while others like the United Kingdom celebrate it on the Sunday closest to the date.
Poppies have since held a special place in Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day as the war poem, “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae reference the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers as the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the barren battlefields. Small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing for a weeks prior to Nov. 11 and poppy wreaths are often laid at war memorials. Today, the American Legion Auxiliary distributes crepe-paper poppies in donations around Veteran’s Day.