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HOW TO…MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER FLOWERS So today’s DIY tutorial from wedding planner Andri Benson of Always Andri doesn’t have to be restricted to just weddings (although how flipping adorable would these make as bouquets or centrepieces?!) I can totally imagine a big old bunch of these sat next to me on my desk. So so pretty! And what a great use for all those pages and pages of magazine adverts? Let’s save the trees people. Enjoy!
When living in San Francisco with her husband, Alec, and two sons, Melissa Glorieux loved shopping at the farmers’ markets for fresh-cut flowers. This experience on the West Coast inspired her to start her own farm, growing local sustainable flowers upon moving home to Massachusetts. Glorieux practices the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle—in her farming and her floral design business. This season, Meadow Wilds, Roving Radish, and 1956 Blooms, among other floral designers, will join Aster B. on the farm to create the Essex Flower Co-op, a flower grower and floral designer cooperative. Members of the co-op will share expertise and support one another in their flower-centric endeavors.
ERIN’S TIPS FOR ARRANGING MUMS CUT THE FLOWERS when they are half to two-thirds of the way open, and then remove any foliage that will fall below the water line in a vase. INSPECT THE PETALS for damage or hidden bugs and remove them. PAIR MUMS with other late-season garden materials such as fall leaves, crabapples on the branch, ornamental cabbage, dried grains, and dahlias. EXPECT MUMS TO LAST a long time in the vase, often more than two weeks. Add floral preservative to the water to help the cut blooms retain their vibrant coloring and also extend the vase life even longer.
I love to capture flowers in an arrangement when they are teetering on the edge of dying, that moment when they are most beautiful but also most vulnerable. That their beauty could be shattered in a moment makes it all the more piercing. The most beautiful flowers are often the most fleeting. The most fragrant roses wilt in minutes, but they offer an unforgettably sensual experience. At their best, flowers teach you “to live in the moment, and then to let go.”
My Love -Camomille I love this plant, because it's very simple, beautiful and very useful. Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory, to name only a few therapeutic uses. Chamomile may be used internally or externally. Extensive scientific research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant's therapeutic activity, including antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity.
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