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.