End of an Era

I’m done!        

Now that I have quit my job (I hope to tell you why next week, don’t panic, it is nothing bad), I feel free to tell you where I worked.          


Yes, the shop is called Black-Eyed Susan’s, the owners name is Susan, pretty clever, eh.  And if I do say so myself, we do lovely work, so if you ever need to send anyone flowers in Toronto, or just outside of it, please call them, you will be very happy.         


These are some of the very last designs that I made at the shop.  Most florists love green flowers, or flowers with a bit of an ‘off’ colour. The anthiriums are a browny green, and I combined them with chartreuse hydrangea.          


I love monochromatic arrangements, and was very happy with this one. Callas, lisianthus and two shapes of dahlias combined in a leaf lined vase.      


Another monochromatic, a handtied bouquet, this time, all in pinks. Celosia, dahlias, roses and sedum make this bouquet, ‘pretty in pink’, lol.      

I thought that I would take you for a trip down memory lane. These have been some of my favourite (at least of the ones that I got a photo of) designs since I got my camera last May.     


This vase arrangement was designed back in March. Green Amaryllis, kiwi vine and moss-a more modern design.    


Another modern design, this time green cymbidium orchids.     


From Thanksgiving, a long and low centerpiece, commercial mums, mokara orchids,lisianthus, roses and apples.    


Another Thanksgiving vase arrangement, mini cabbage, celosia, lilys, commercial mums, and calla lilys.    


Callas, mums and roses, just another colour combination.    

a gardeny arrangement


From July, a combination of roses, hydrangea, mums and my favourite, peonys.    


Valentines brought hydrangea, gerbera daisys, stock, cymbidium orchids and tulips.    


Or, if you like your Valentines Day flowers a bit brighter, you can go with eremurus, mokara orchids and stock.    

 And the very first arrangement that I took with my new digital camera.    


Forsythia and cymbidium orchids, this time in a golden colour.    

I was so happy that I finally had my digital camera and I could post pictures on my blog. I love sharing pictures of my work, and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing them.    

I am sad about leaving the floral industry, but excited about what is coming next.


65 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Jane said,

    Can’t wait to see what’s next! Such gorgeous colours to start my day off brightly – thank you!

  2. 3

    barry said,

    Hi Deborah,

    Big changes. I hope we’ll be able to get together more often now that you are free during the day.

  3. 5

    Laurrie said,

    Fall is a great time to make big changes! I’m looking forward to hearing what you are up to, and hope it includes plants.

    What a great place Black Eyed Susan’s looked to be… and you certainly created some lovely and creative arrangements.

  4. 7

    Congratulations Deborah!! Good luck on your new journey! Though these are not the sort of arrangements I am fond of, I do so appreciate the care and quality of the lovely flowers and the fun use of leaves. They are all superb examples of a more European baroque style that is much in demand and admired. At least that is what they remind me of. Really well done. The colors are fabulous too. I love the last arrangement. Beautiful photos! Look forward to hearing about you new adventure. ;>)

  5. 9

    Barbarapc said,

    Barry stops blogging – you resign from your design job – you know, in a small town, you can just guess what folks would be saying. Your former flowershop has a wonderful reputation – I’ve enjoyed seeing your work around town. Just lovely. Looking forward to hearing what’s next!

  6. 11

    Charlotte said,

    We’re all longing to know where you’re going next and perhaps next time I’m in Toronto we can meet up! Great flowers ….

  7. 13

    Jen said,

    This is exciting, I am looking forward to finding out where your creative path will take you next.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  8. 15

    Edith Hope said,

    Dearest D, What news!! All change!! I am thrilled that a new adventure is round the corner and cannot wait to hear what it is. Whatever, I know that it will be a great success as you are such a talented individual with an enery that surely thrives on new challenges.

    Your floral arrangements are spectacular. Bold colours, strong design and unusual plants, they certainly carry your personal hallmark.

    Good luck with your new venture.

  9. 17

    Whatever the new is going to be – I would love to sometimes see flowers arranged in your home, by you, FOR you. Your arrangements are memorable and it would be fun to see what you really like!

  10. 19

    I am also excited about what is coming next, and can’t wait to hear about it!

  11. 21

    teza said,

    Its amazing what the changing of the seasons, albeit, the falling of the leaves can bring to a person’s life. I am sure that your next adventure will bring the same excitement that this career did for you. Best of luck!

  12. 23

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to finding out where your path is leading you…Your arrangements are beautiful and I agree with Elephant’s Eye, I hope you are enjoying some of your work in your own home 😉

    • 24

      I only seem to take home old flowers that are on their last legs, and hate to cut flowers out of my garden, it is not full enough yet. But, soon it will be and I will show you both.

  13. 25

    Ms. S said,

    Deborah, whatever is next I am sure it will have your spectacular, creative touch! As well, I am certain you will be greatly missed by your former colleagues and customers.

    Can’t wait to hear more. 🙂

  14. 27

    Beautiful floral designs Deborah, I really love the first two! So, now you’re done at Black-eyed Susans…does this mean you’ll have more time in your own garden?

  15. 29

    Barbara H. said,

    Well, this news made me sit up in my seat!

    I can’t wait to find out what you’re doing next – the mind wanders to all kinds of possibilities…. Love your arrangements and your photos are lovely. I can see that your job was a wonderful outlet for your creativity and love of color and design.

  16. 31

    debsgarden said,

    You have a wonderful talent; all of your bouquets show creativity and a wonderful sense of color. No doubt the florist shop will miss you! I look forward to hearing about your new endeavors!

  17. 33

    Good luck in your new adventures. You are very creative and I am sure we, as readers, will have a lot to look forward to as you embark on new endeavors. I especially liked your first two arrangements, and I imagine we will see some floral arrangements in the future too.

  18. 35

    Looking forward to hearing about what is coming next. Hand tied bouquets are my favourite.

  19. 37

    PatioPatch said,

    Hi Deborah – gosh, you’re going to be missed at Black Eyed Susies. The green flower arrangements are a current preference of mine and yours looks so chic. Don’t keep us waiting too long for the next instalment


  20. 39

    Paul said,

    Well done you. Oh how I dream of quitting work. Do I sense the patter of tiny feet?

  21. 41

    You obviously have a masterplan, so good luck with it, whatever it is.

    If anyone is running a sweepstake, my money is on lion taming!

  22. 43

    Marguerite said,

    Deborah, I was swept away by all your bouquets. They were all so gorgeous and I’m sure your employer and your customers will miss you greatly. However, it sounds like you might have something planned that is all about your following your dreams so I can’t wait to hear it!

  23. 45

    Jean said,

    Can’t wait to hear what you have planned, Deborah. Don’t keep us hanging too long!

  24. 47

    Grace said,

    Wow Deborah beautiful work! Just outstanding!

  25. 49

    Sandra Jonas said,

    WOW!! Deborah, those are stunning arrangements. Looking forward to the next chapter.

  26. 51

    I’m back!! The suspense is killing me lol. Please update soon….

  27. 53

    Anna said,

    Such beautiful and colourful arrangements Deborah ~ your customers are really going to miss you. Look forward to hearing how the next chapter is going to unfold.

  28. 55

    Colleen Miko said,

    Congrats and best of luck to you!!
    Those green amaryllis make me faint!

  29. 57

    commonweeder said,

    Those arrangements are just gorgeous! Just looking at them is a mini-lesson in ways to approach flower arranging. And new beginnings are always exciting – which road now? Of course, you have decided that, but what will you discover and enjoy on that road? Lots, I am sure.

  30. 59

    Barbara said,

    Deborah, I wonder if your florist will produce such lovely arrangements without you. They are all beautiful. Whatever you are now about to do – good luck. Just don’t give up your blog!

  31. 61

    But best of all the forsythia though I wish it was witch hazel

    • 62

      Witch hazel would be gorgeous, Catherine, although I have never seen it sold commercially. I wonder if the flowers don’t hold, I shall have to test it next year when mine blooms.

  32. 63

    Jennifer said,

    Like everybody else I am wondering what is next. Your arrangements are beautiful and I am sure you will be missed.

  33. 65

    Well now I know. It’s lovely to see your designs. Such floral abundance is great on a cool November day — though the trees outside my window are still (among the last on the street to be) sporting leaves. I wish you joy in your next adventure.

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