Posts tagged Valentines Day

Love is in the Air

Everywhere I look around,

I am no longer a florist, but I am missing the creativity. So I decided to paint a small picture for Ian as his Valentines Day card.

Hope he likes it…

If you want to see what I was up to on past Valentines Days, you can here and here.

lyrics by Tom Jones



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Big Love

I hope I am not giving away my age too badly, but I was a floral designer for almost 20 years. Valentines Day was always the biggest holiday.

I can’t believe that this year, I was sitting on the beach instead of stripping rose thorns, I used to work 24/7 at this time of year, instead I am enjoying the sunshine 24/7.

I hope that everyone, exhausted floral designers included, has a very Happy Valentines Day. If you want to see some of the arrangements I designed last year, you can here.

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The Year in Review 2010

What a crazy year!


One of my favourite winter shots, love the blue tones. Lots and lots of snow.


Valentines Day always makes February fly by.



Desdemona arrived to live with me!


The Deliverance house burns to the ground.


The serviceberry allee blooms for the first time after planting.


I visit dear friends in Kingston.


A mini makeover of our Toronto terrace.


Spent a lot of our holidays at the beach!


The hardy cyclamen that Barry gave me start flowering.



Halloween is always fun at our spooky house.


The mildest November that I ever remember.  What a great send off!


Christmas on the beach, what a glorious feeling.

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I Honestly Love You

Happy (belated) Valentines Day, a floral designers worst nightmare. The day when your own loved ones get no love! I made it though and am out on the other side!

Five years ago, the owner of the flower shop decided NOT to sell roses on Valentines Day.

                                     Just say No!

There had been a freeze in Ecuador where 99% of our roses come from, and the quality was not there. Actually I have seen the quality of roses at Valentines Day declining over the twenty years that I have been a florist. There is just too much demand for one day.

OMG, how would this work.

The first year was difficult. You would have a customer either call or come in to order a dozen red roses. Then you would have to go into your spiel. But by the end of it, they agreed (probably mostly to get away from you). But every year after that it was easier. Mostly the sender would rave on about how happy their wife/partner had been the previous year, and gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted.

A few peoples wanted vases.

But, 99.9% of our customers were looking for a bouquet.

Whether romantic,

or vibrant,

My fav, all white and green,

tropical colours,


and soft pastel.

Another year, done and dusted!

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Bleak or Beautiful

Is your glass half full or half empty?  Is this scene bleak or beautiful?

Sorry, with Valentines Day on Sunday, I do not have time to write about my garden,  spending the next four days with my nose to the grindstone. But I will return next week, (try not to miss me too much, lol).

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