Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mother's Day Preview!

A quick preview of what's in store for Mother's Day at The Woods...all the most beautiful spring flowers. Lilac, peonies, viburnum, oh my!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Spring Flower Favorites, part 3

Ok, now it's my turn- as George said, it's like being asked to pick your favorite child. I love flowers so much and each has it's own unique qualities that makes it extra special, so picking one favorite is no mean task!
I decided to go with something we don't get too often and that reminds me of one of my favorite childhood stories, The Secret Garden, because of it's English garden appeal.

And the winner is...Muscari ! Delicate miniature blue bells evoke Lily of the Valley in shades of sky blue. Perfect for a spring tea party with scones, clotted cream and homemade jam. Scrumptious!

Spring Flower Favorites, part 2

Up next in our series we learn the Spring favorite of George, our patriarch.
He didn't think twice before he answered. Parrot Tulips. He was a little more coy when asked about his favorite color, saying "Come on now, that's like asking which kid is my favorite!"

Read about the Tulip Mania
of the 17th century.

Spring Flower Favorites, part 1

Welcome to part one in our series, where we learn about the favorite Spring flowers of everyone at The Woods!

Let's start with Evonne, matriarch of our floral family. Her favorites are Anemones,a member of the buttercup family.

She's reaching back to her Gothic Lolita roots with these, favoring the deep, plummy purple/almost black color.

Check out one of the rumored tales of how they got their name:
"The story of Adonis' death is found in Ovid's Metamorphoses (book X), where Venus transforms the blood of her dead lover, Adonis, into an Anemone. One implication is that the blood-red petals are symbolic of her lost love because, as the verses conclude, they cling too loosely to the stem and are easily lost in the wind. In some versions of the myth, Venus's tears cause the transformation."

April showers bring.....

April flowers!

what, that's not how it goes? Well here at The Woods the best way to brighten up a rainy morning is a giant antique metal basket lined in velvety green moss and overflowing with fragrant Yves Piaget roses, lilac, ranunculus and scented geranium.

Spring flowers are at the height of their beauty right now, so enjoy them while they last!