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All Star Dads

June 5th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

FATHER’S DAY is coming up on SUNDAY, JUNE 15!  Rock on Dads!








Amazing father figures in our world include Black-neck Swans, Emperor Penguins, and the Greater Rhea.

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Ojai Valley Lavender Festival

June 2nd, 2014 by Estelle Mays

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Ojai Valley Lavender Festival! June 28, 2014

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Sowing the Seeds

May 29th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

From the rooftops of Washington D.C. to the schoolyards of New Orleans, the South is home to some of the country’s most innovative urban farms that are helping teach students about healthy eating, giving their cities access to local produce and eliminating blight from their communities.

Birmingham’s Jones Valley Teaching Farm, the South’s most dynamic urban farm, is investing in one of the South’s most beleaguered cities by empowering thousands of young students to change their live.  With vegetables.

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They’re involved in every part of the process from growing to harvesting and even selling their produce at the downtown farmers market.

As seen in Southern Living magazine, May 28, 2014. 

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Nature’s Hidden Heros

May 27th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Marks & Spencer ambassador, Twiggy, enjoying “Nature’s Hidden Heros” at

Chelsea Flower Show 2014.

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Parrot Tulips

May 22nd, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Parrot-Tulips2It is said that the original parrot tulip was traded for property in Holland over 100 year ago.  A property that in today’s standards was worth several hundred thousand dollars!  Unfortunately, the plant died within a year, due to a virus which was cause of the unusual blooms.

Today we can enjoy these beautiful flowers for a great deal less, and, from the benefit of hybridization – not virus!

Sources include Small Hill Orchids, Spokane, WA.

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Floral Rush of Los Angeles

May 20th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

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Our beautiful Barbera Brooks and Nelson Hiltner of member Floral Rush, LA during a recent SoCal visit.  Love the tilandsia wall!


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Where have all the Limes gone?

May 16th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

041914Pulse03CJLimes are used for nutrition, as medicine, and, for aesthetically pleasing accents.  But, have you noticed?  Limes have all but disappeared from your local grocer, corner store and flower markets.  Where have all the limes gone!

A case of limes used to cost as little as $30; prices have shot up to as high as $200. And the limes are smaller — golf-ball-size fruit that doesn’t produce much juice.

Mexico is now the world’s largest producer and exporter of limes, and provides some 95 percent of United States supplies. Generally, the lime harvest is smaller and prices are higher from January through March, but in November and December severe rains knocked the blossoms off lime trees in many areas, reducing lime exports to the United States by two-thirds. California, with just 373 acres, is now the largest domestic lime source — but it produces less than 1 percent of national consumption, and its season is late summer and fall, so it’s no help right now.

Other factors may also be squeezing the lime market. Since 2009 a bacterial disease that kills citrus trees, huanglongbing (HLB, also known as “greening”), has spread across many of Mexico’s lime-growing districts.

As a result of high prices and rampant lawlessness in some Mexican regions, criminals who may be linked to drug gangs are plundering fruit from groves and hijacking trucks being used for export.

All of this suggests an uncertain fate for limes, a fruit we’ve taken for granted for so long. This time the crisis is likely to be temporary. As new crops mature, prices should be back down near $30 by June, and there should be plenty of limes this summer.

Sources are NY Times and NY Post magazines.

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Oleg Oprisco

May 11th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Oleg Oprisco is a brilliantly talented photographer from Lviv, Ukraine, who creates stunning surreal images of elegant women in fairy-tale or dream-like settings.

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There’s one significant difference, however, that sets him apart from other artists who create similar work – Oprisco shoots using old-school film photography.

And, he does it all with an old $50 film camera.

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A Meeting of Like Minds

May 8th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

A chance encounter one rainy afternoon between Carla Bassi of Che Bella Fiori and LaVonne Crawford of Adorations Botanical Artistry blossomed into mutual respect and friendship, and, has now become an exciting new business partnership.adorations.che bella

Sometimes when it rains it pours!

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LIKE & Share this Mother’s Day

May 5th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

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B|Brooks Fine Flowers member Garden Style European Flower Market in Tyler, TX, will pick a lucky winner from those who LIKE and Share their Facebook page this Mother’s Day.  Pay it Forward!

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