A Floral Badge of Merit On NBC-The Original Purple Heart

A purple, heart shaped patch named the Badge of Merit was the first US military award both designed and issued by George Washington himself to the Continental Army on August 7, 1782 at his headquarters in Newburgh.    This was the first time in history that military awards were presented to common soldiers.  In Europe it was a long standing honor to be presented an award but of course to only high ranking officers.   However as General Washington said, “the road to glory in a patriot army and a free county is …open to all”

Original Badge of Merit patch

Original Badge of Merit patch

When I was asked to create a design for the NBC  shoot at Washington’s Headquarters, I immediately knew it had to be both striking for the camera and suited for the setting.   I also knew there was only one idea-replicate the Badge of Merit , the predecessor of the Purple Heart.

To be more historically correct…I made it by hand.  I cut a recycled (as always) styro base to heart shape covering it with hand dyed, purple burlap.  I used rope for  the words and vines; adding exact, real leaves.  The flowers could only…be my beautiful red, American grown, roses from Eufloria in CA.  Nothing compares to them in size, color, beauty, and eco growing standards.  In a rustic, old urn it all came together with the added and I thought, appropriate quirk of “English” Ivy tangled among it.  Striking at over 4 ft tall & wide; the camera loved it.

My Badge of Merit

My Badge of Merit 🙂

Only 3 people it seems received the Badge of Merit before it was replaced (never decommissioned) with the Purple Heart Medal.  Our own Purple Heart Museum in New Windsor is lucky enough to have one of them on display.

Happy 1776 on this our 240th birthday!  Think America-Buy American.


Lynn 🙂

It’s Valentine’s Day- Flowers And Me!

Valentine dog Ok all you humans, I think it is time to start preparing for the big day.  Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you wait too overly long my appointment book for personal photos & greetings will be filled :), and many flowers will be spoken for already.  

As you can see I am already giving myself a trial run as I don’t want to be last minute.  All who visit on Wednesday & Thursday will have more time with me as Friday will be limited to about 3 minutes.  Being a celebrity is such a difficult business.

We have some beauty of varieties coming in from Cally like calla lilies, anemones, French (yes the big 2 ft.ones) tulips…oh wow.   

 You know we have the most beautiful flowers alive so click the link below-choose your rose meaning then call me text me…make your appointment-and reserve me AND your flowers!

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Flowers, Chocolates, and Dogs For A “Greyt” Valentine

Valentine’s Day is the day to recognize all of our loveys with flowers, candy…and bones.  There are many kinds of loveys; young ones, old ones, distant ones, human to butterfly to greyhound.    Each Holiday because we see so many people, we promote awareness to something we think everyone should know.   And this time; it’s my promotion and it’s all about me and my friends!  I just love “all about me”; and I am so excited this Valentine’s Day to be supporting  Grey2K USA ; the nationwide greyhound rescue and advocacy organization.

So, as a really cool idea for Valentine’s Day we have yummy, handmade, vegan too-chocolates in the shape of me.  I am really flying high flattered;   I mean have you ever had a chocolate of you? 

They come all wrapped up with a free Puppy Power button and greyhound card for only $15.00 as a donation to Grey2K.    These are very exclusive with only so many available so please be sure to get yours reserved when you order your bouquets.

As always, we have those beautiful, US  grown , flowers coming in for those “take your breath away” bouquets we make for you.    Add a chocolate dog to our One Rose Says it All”  special, download our free Victorian Valentine;  and you have just the perfect gift!   See  my other  post about the Rose travel & personalities, and Lynn’s Rose meanings .

I will be greeting  everyone at the store with a big red ribbon on my collar, so please stop by and help me make this the best promotion ever for me and my friends who are still waiting for their own lovey.   I actually have a promise from Lynn that if I sell all the chocolates I will get an entire day just her and I to the mountains-and that is the best present because she is my lovey.

Click here to see our Valentine Specials & Favorites or above at Shop The Store

p.s. I have a benefit  arrangement available year round in our Flowers For A Cause shop

Love and Leans to everyone on Valentine’s Day!


Greeting Celebrities-The Valentine’s Day Roses

We have boxes and boxes of celebrity roses arriving for Valentine’s Day from all over the US .  I see them in a way most probably do not because I greet them upon arrival.  They are not really different from me and my canine friends if you really look….
Before they arrived  I am sure they were primping themselves, growing to their most perfect because our celebrities are not cut until they are shipped; ensuring they are the freshest for their upcoming performance.  They had their tickets early but I wonder if everyone in the greenhouse knew where they are going.  I bet they were all excited and gossiping about their travel itineraries and each other’s shows.
I always wonder what they think when I greet them as the box lids are opened.  I look my best and greet them with “Hi, I’m Willow- welcome to New York”!  I like to greet them from their long trips, assuring them water is on the way and the most perfect vase is ready for them.  Kind of like a hotel concierge, I like to think it is a very important responsibility.    I love to watch them stretch and flex their leaves from the first big drink of NY water they take.   They open their bloom faces giving a smile; a hint preview of their show performance.

The  dark red, Black Baccara are the snobbiest I think.  They are the most regal & beautiful and they know it.  They kind of stay to themselves because… they can.   The pure white Polar Stars are hands down, the most delicate and frightful.  They are fragile, shy, and nervous with just the slightest of accident causing a bruise.  I try to keep an extra protective, eye on them as they get stressed with the trip I think, and don’t fit in too well with the others because of it.   Flowers are like animals, some like travel and some don’t, or some like one friend -while others prefer many.
The pink Cotton Candies are my sort of favorite.  They are just like their name; sweet and girlie, forever primping and fussing.  They complain and whine until they have ribbons around them, but they are always a lot of fun.

The yellow Tara’s are the friendliest and loudest-forever being teased by the pinks, because just looking at them they seem to scream their color.  The pinks think they are a bit bold & unsophisticated because of their brightness-but like shelter animals-never judge a book by its cover!  They are survivors these yellows-strong, and always perfect houseguests.
And then..the Green Teas.   They are always so peaceful and easy going.  Nothing seems to upset them; they just blend in and get along with everyone.  A peaceful world for these environmentalists, who are so grateful we use no make-up or chemicals at the shop.   All of these roses shine on their own natural beauty.  They really are the only girls in the world who do not need make-up.
There are a few others like the soft spoken and mannerly, Parisienne peach girls-and the ever so hip, Cool lavender girls.   The orange group are warm and cuddly types, and the 2 tone stripes…. Well everyone picks on the stripes for being so different.  I feel sorry for them because you should never make fun of someone just because they are not like you-or a bit different.

All in all, the different personalities seem to get along.  When mixing the colors in a vase they at first rub each the wrong way fighting for their own space on the stage-but when all is finished and they are perfectly coiffed-they all shine together and get along fine.   I actually like them all-because each has their own character.  And just like us-get along perfectly once they give each a chance to know each other.
xxoo Willow