Friday, February 16, 2018

Winter Blues? Find Flowers.

February is a hard month for me. Trying to survive with few fresh flowers means coming up with a few activities to keep me connected with them.
Some of my favorite ways are:

1. Buy yourself flowers. Seriously. As nice as it is to receive flowers from my hubby, it is not nearly enough!

2. Flower mandalas. You can use fresh or dried bits for this. The idea is that you take time to connect with nature and what you have. Create patterns and photograph them, or glue them in place. This is fun for kids too.

3. On nice sunny days, even the driveway becomes covered in flowers.....

4. House plants. I admit to often killing these from neglect. I vote for succulents, as they can handle that. There are plenty of interesting ones for people inclined to care for them more then once or twice a year.

5. Dried flowers. Hopefully, you dried a few or purchased some before winter it. You can still go out and scavenge for dried seed pods and colorful twigs.

These simple activities help make the winter go by a bit faster. It's not too late to order in some seed catalogs and start dreaming of Spring!

xo Amanda

Friday, February 2, 2018

Valentine's Day is Coming- Where to get floral greatness

  We do up Valentine day bouquets and appear at the Historic Farmers Market. Due to my pregnancy & the impending birth, we've had to take this Valentine's Day off.
 But do not fear!

 Here are some of my favorite flower people who are doing pretty amazing floral things for this Valentine's Day:

HRM & Area-
Flora Flower Studio- Pop up @ Urban Gardens, Dartmouth Feb 12-14th
Also - there is a delicious team up with the baking goddess of Honey & Butter Goodies
KokoMod Design- 158 Portland Street, Darmouth, 

Valley- A Beautiful Wild- Pop up Feb 13th @ North Mountain Fine Coffee, Berwick and at Stirling's Market in Wolfville

Feel free to check them out- they all love flowers as much as I do! (and I love them too!)
Xo Amanda

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January is a time for.... Bird watching!

Living in Nova Scotia means Winter! Learning to enjoy the cold- the frozen, the snow.
Time is spent daydreaming about flowers, but not having to be full out busy like during the regular season. I relish the time to slow down. To sleep in, drink lots of coffee & tea. Devour books while in snuggly sweaters and blankets. It is also a time to enjoy the bleak hinterland. The birds that still thrive in the white winter cold. Here is a few pictures from the birdfeeder.

Mourning doves & Juncos. Not dramatic, but comforting

A Male cardinal. I have been trying to get a good photograph for years!

Cedar Waxwings. They stay in flocks and travel through, foraging for berries before moving on
A classic Chickadee. Somehow they manage to sing even on the coldest days
 There are plenty of other birds still around-
Eagles, Hawks, Ducks, Crows & Robins, the occasional Robin, Sparrows & Starlings to name a few.
Birdwatching helps us enjoy the darkest part of the year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Give the Gift of Flowers

Hi Everyone,
   With the constant snow and cold this December, it is hard to remember the flowers and bounty of Summer! This is a Great reminder that Floral CSA's make a wonderful gift.

We would recommend the Flower Lover Package. It is 12 weeks of biweekly bouquets over the entire season, from May 9th - October.  Cost is $226 This is for Wednesday Pick up At Local Source, HFX.

Live in Tantallon, Bedford or Dartmouth? We have a slightly different package to fit with Olde Furrow Farm's Veggie CSA. Their Biweekly Bouquet Package is for 10 weeks from June 6th- October 10th. Cost is $201      

 You can send us an email and we can get you started. Gift packages come with a printable note, so you can tuck it in an envelope for someone special. 
Please see our CSA page for all the details and package options. 
Thanks so much! Amanda

Friday, December 8, 2017

From Seed to Centrepiece

It has been a busy season this year, and this is why-
We have been working on From Seed to Centrepiece, and it has just been published!
There is nothing more amazing then seeing your hard work in physical form, and I have so much gratitude for all of those who have helped along the way. Especially the team at Nimbus publishing, who made this come together beautifully.

What is the book about?
It is a journey through the seasons. Embracing what we are able to grow in the Maritimes. Which is a land full of ice and snow come Winter. But that ice and cold makes us appreciate flowers when we have them. It is a journey of flowers, growing and what you don't normally see when you hold a bouquet- birds, bees and the growing process of the flowers you love.
There is growing tips for both annual and perennial varieties. Design tips, so you can learn the creative process of floral arranging, and lots of photographs!

The book is available from us at the Historic Farmers Market, every Saturday until Christmas. Across Canada at most Chapters & Coles bookstores. Fine book stores and yes, Amazon for those across the borders:)

The future is bright and the flowers fresh.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Floral CSA 2017

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Bouquet Subscription is ready! 2016 was an amazing season, and we can't wait for this one- We are opening up our Spring Session for a full 8 weeks! This means Lily of the valley, Lilac and more peonies! When we started our CSA 3 years ago, my goal was to have more June flowers- so we have been building up our beds for this late part of Spring. The best part- having a full 24 week Season! or a Biweekly option that also runs for the full season. There is so much beauty to be had! xo Amanda

2017 Packages

A) Spring Session *(Biweekly) 4 weeks $90                   May 10th – June 21st
A) Spring Session* (8 weeks) $150                                  May 10th – June 28th
B) Flower Aficionado ( 24 weeks) $375                            May 10th- October 18th
C) Flower Lover (Biweekly) ( 12 weeks) $218              May 10th - October 11th

D) Summer Aficionado (16 weeks) $268                        July 5thth – October 18th
E) Summer Lover Biweekly (8 weeks) $166                 July 5th – October 11th

Includes a Dried Flower Bouquet*, which comes out in Mid November. It is a great way to keep the flower love during the off season! (*excluding the Spring only Package)

We are currently working out Tuesday drop off's to Bedford & Dartmouth and Tantallon but the season drops are on a limited schedule in tandem with Olde Furrow Farm's Veggie CSA.

A) Weekly Bouquets 20 weeks = $332                                 June 6th- October 18th

B) Biweekly Bouquets 10 weeks = $195                               June 6th- October 10th 

Find more information on our CSA Page


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#stormflowers Sale

When life gives Floral Designers snow bombs on the busiest holiday of the season, we make new plans. Having cancelled our Valentine's day pop up sale, we have to get creative for the day we can make it out of the driveway!
Banding together with other Designers and shops across HFX and Dartmouth, we have our
#stormflowers Sale! I'll be at Earth Goddess Shop, 5528 Kaye Street from 10am-3pm
Other participating floral designers:

KoKo mod Floral Design Studio
158a Portland St, Dartmouth

Flora Flower Studio at
Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress Studio
1658 Market Street, HFX

Let's all get together and Enjoy this breath of Flowers in between Snow Storms! After all this snow, we need flowers!!
xo Amanda