Friday, February 26, 2010

blossoms for everyone


Beautiful H spreading rose petals for the buskers one sunny afternoon.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

red wall



I'm not the biggest fan of red walls, not in the bedroom (well not at all really). Alas I am stuck with one great big red wall for the time being, so I try make small attempts to tone down the colour, like a vase with one of my favorite eucalyptus varieties and a small display of all my green-spine books. Still, the wall remains red.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

spring on the balcony



The hosta and the chives are ready to shine again. (oh and I took these photos a week ago)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

waiting for a train





After going to check out a Slovenia flag hanging off of the Olympic Village, Joseph and I passed by the line up waiting to get onto the Skytrain. It was 5pm on a Saturday. There is normally never a line up (ever) and we didn't even try to find the end of it.
We decided to take the 45 minute (uphill) walk home instead.

art,


by bombardier.

Joseph and I took the bus down to Science World last night (or what is currently Russky Dom) and walked all along the water and into downtown and the up to see the Olympic torch. The nightly fireworks display was taking place as we were walking along the water and an area of town that is usually deserted on a Saturday night was packed with people. Everyone was stopped and staring at the sky as we weaved our way through the crowd. It felt like we were in an old science fiction story, like War of the Worlds and everyone was too stunned and stupid to get the hell out of there. I wanted to yell "RUN!" We hadn't quite made it through all the people when the firework display ended and so we were swept up by the crowd and proceeded like cattle to try to find our way to a more quiet route.

for my boys




The Constantines, projected on the side of Ontario House, live, with a line of people still waiting to get in.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

heart


Oh, happy belated Valentine's day. I hope you spent it having fun with those you love. I finally feel a little rested today and I am spending the afternoon relaxing with my (other) Valentine, the cat, who is asleep on my lap as usual.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

fancy free


Okay so there hasn't been much floral design on here at all lately. What can I say? Sometimes it is just so nice to not arrange. I think loose, care-free bundles that show their own shape are so pretty. I really enjoy being able to see how the flowers like to move and grow on their own, when they are not tied down, so to speak. (plus who can afford to bring home anything more than seasonal bunches on a regular basis?)

Friday, February 12, 2010

ok so i didn't see the torch...



But I got to see lots of kids with black bandannas over their faces and some really stunning horses. (and then I stepped back into the shop to make more dozen rose bouquets. silly things.)

cream puffs





I just want to take a bite out of them. Buying little bunches of flowers for myself is truly better than buying myself wine. It's not better than buying myself cheese, but it's close.

Now off to the flower shop I go for another full (but actually quite reasonable) day of Valentine's madness.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

on/off



Okay Bruce, so it's not your best album. Maybe you were playing around with a few different ideas and just couldn't quite pull it all together? The thought is there, I can tell and after a few listens I do think that there are some great tunes on it, really. Oh but who honestly cares, right? -- that's why you gave us this pretty cover to look at.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

still-life



...and spring green. I sure do love lisianthus sometimes -- but not as much as I love to again see sunshine in the apartment. Hello spring!

Monday, February 08, 2010

fleeting?


This is over a week since I received them and they still smell fantastic. The only thing fleeting is hyacinth's season of availability.

Friday, February 05, 2010

mature flowers





One of the frustrating parts about being a florist is having to deal with people who don't understand that flowers are unique. I happen to think that it is the variance and the imperfections, and the very unpredictability of flowers that make them so beautiful. Some flowers are always going to look like they are 'old' even when they are fresh from being picked -- that just happens to be the way they look. I understand not wanting to buy a flower once it has already begun to open as I too like to bring home the freshest flowers possible, but surely you can see the exquisiteness of a fully bloomed flower? Surely you understand that flowers are meant to open up? Oh forget it. I can continue to take home the mature flowers if that's the way you want it.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

a goddess amongst flowers


There's no flower quite so dream-like as the gardenia. The scent causes my eyes to close and then my whole body shrinks down as I float up into the center of the petals, into a quiet, clouded paradise of unmatched beauty.
I really want to buy one of these cute little 4" plants from The Flowerbox, but I have read they are slightly toxic to cats if ingested and occasionally my dear pet has a desire to nibble on things she shouldn't. Perhaps I could just place it far out of reach? Or perhaps the smell would actually turn her off?

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

chicken pizza




Don't worry Josh, I didn't really cut our pizzas with your $700 knife.

I roasted a chicken last week (thyme, rosemary, crushed garlic, shallots, salt, pepper, paprika, butter and sliced blood oranges) and we made some of the leftovers into amazing pizza. I used frozen dough from the grocery store that I put out to rise before work. Top pizza was chicken, mozzarella, pear slices, prosciutto, feta, basil leaves and tomato sauce. Bottom pizza was chicken, mozzarella, tomato slices, fresh spinach leaves, prosciutto, feta, basil leaves, and tomato sauce.
I think we may have to make pizza more often.

Monday, February 01, 2010

birthday bouquet




Joseph is really wonderful -- have I mentioned that? Look at this bag he got me for my birthday -- it's perfect. Well on top of that (and a few other thoughtful things) he also bought me a stunning, fragrant bouquet.

My co-workers are really wonderful -- have I mentioned that before? They got together and made me this really beautiful, fragrant bouquet for my birthday. Florists love flowers.

Well I guess it just so happens that my tastes are incredibly predictable as both bouquets contained basically all the same (beautiful) elements. But I'm not complaining, as I combined the two flowery gifts and created this super arrangement. My whole house smells like hyacinth. And viburnum is back!

Anyway, the point is that I have some really lovely people in my day-to-day life who put a smile on my face. Thank-you all.