Monthly Archives: August 2011

For The Love of Local Grown Flowers

The local grown flowers for the tri-state are now at their peak.  They are breathtaking, vibrant, and just a flower lover’s dream.  Each week I anticipate the new cuttings; waiting to see what is available.  And, somehow they always seem better than the previous weeks.  Just so many varieties like zinnias, dahlias, sunflowers, gladiolus, hydrangea, and the list goes on.  And then the herbs; its daily aromatherapy for all who enter the shop.  Why would anyone want the inferior, imported flowers?  There is positively, absolutely no comparison; for more reasons than one.

Flowers Are For SniffingWillow always accompanies me to the flower market and we have a grand time. A wonderful little extra I love is watching her sniff and nuzzle from bucket to bucket- with no fear from me towithhold her. Last week as I sniffed and nuzzled the lavender, she settled on some millet foliage and snacked away. This of course would be out of the question with imported flowers because of the chemical use, and I thought how children love to do the same thing and how fearful I would be to see a little face nuzzling in a Colombian daisy. Flowers were made to be nuzzled and sniffed up close on impulse, not from afar or washed first.Wheat...Grasses...Queen Anne's Lace

A Favorite Flower? While Willow seems impressed with the giant, millet & sorghum (aka bunny tails-hmm an obvious maybe for a greyhound?); I think this year I am most impressed with the coxcomb.  That odd, out of this world shaped flower that does not really look like a flower at all, but yet a wild, rippled, ladies fan.  The soft velvety heads seem to tease you to pet them like a puppy’s ear-they are irresistible. The colors further entice another of our senses in the strongest burgundy, the hottest pink, and the coolest greens.   Nature in its glory, but oddly with no two ever similar in size or form.   Ranging in size from 3” to 7” they each have their own personality and dry perfectly; making them a good choice for dried flower designs-especially wreaths.

Velvet Flower...the Coxcomb

 

Flower Lore

The generic name is derived from the Greek ‘kelos’ meaning burned, they are commonly called woolflower & velvet flower.  The English definition of coxcomb is a ‘conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments.’  How odd, because they do dominate the cooler for attention, bowing I think only to the giant sunflowers.   They do redeem themselves by being very medicinal for multiple ailments and their leaves a food akin to spinach.

Sunflowers-Chocolate for Honey Bees

Enjoy the Season

Our local crops usually run into late October or later depending on the weather.  And then, they are gone for another year.  I can’t stress or encourage you enough to enjoy them while they are here.  They are magnificent, last incredibly long, support our local farms & economy, and of course -feed the butterflies.

Echinacea-For the Love of Butterflies

For the love of them all, Enjoy...   Lynn

A Little Good & Green Party Idea

Unleash Your Creativity

As a “green” greyhound I think differently than most, and one step farther with the view from my world.  Every day is an experience for me so I always have the what if-the why not- the maybe.   I think nothing is impossible, with no limits to leash your creativity and…your dreams.  Great ideas & experiences I think come along that way.  I suggest for everyone to always say “what if” {not to be confused with what sniff :)} and to think always, outside the box-no matter what .   During our party event and wedding consultations, I listen intently at the many details so to add my input, and especially pay close intent to the menu!

The Wedding Yummies

 I have an idea, and it is just a perfect one I think. {for all worlds concerned}  I began to wonder at what happens to all these luscious leftovers, as unlike canine menus, nothing is ever, ever left.  (we graciously even clean our own plates!)  But humans always leave so much untouched.  Is it just left and tossed?  It can’t be just forgotten?  Who would forget yummy food?  So, how unique would it be to have small boxes for the guests to each take home the wedding tidbits?   Whether their own plate, the unserved bites from the kitchen, or the cake.  This could be the best reminder of the wedding; favors are cool but food rocks.

Good and Green

So I searched my idea and found decorative, earth friendly, boxes that easily could be labeled with the event name or couples names if a wedding; with a note like “bring the celebration home “(and to maybe share with the ‘entire’ family-hint hint).   Or how about this-another idea could be to use the little boxes for the unserved food & cake; sending it to a human, homeless shelter.  Even if there was a little extra serving charge; how really cool would that be!    How good would they feel to know they gave to those who had less, and there was nothing wasted; I mean it was paid for anyway right?

yummie box

 Of course, I am working out the details of another idea-the meat bones from all the steak dinners.  If I could just figure how to gather all those afterward for the canine shelters, now that would be grand!

Look for more of my ideas here and visit me on our Facebook Page.  Remember, green is good, and good is green.   And both are easy.

Always dreaming, Willow