My heart cries for you, my brother my sister
you and I begin life no different than each other
our hearts so pure and loving
life fills our hearts in seconds
that second is not ours any more
for our life’s journey has begun
with a blink of an eye we are nevermore
our heart is still
remember my love:
The weather is delightful in New York, now. We’re two weeks away from Thanksgiving and I’m still picking flowers from the garden. Can you believe it? Is it Global warming? It does seem possible enough, especially since the warmest day in history was recorded at 70 degrees this week.
For those of you who are not familiar with me and my story, this year was the first year I attempted to grow flowers suitable for floristry. Until now, I’d committed to only using 100% locally grown flowers in all my work, but I really wanted to grow more of the flowers I so loved. To be honest, there was a bit of fear on my part – It was quite an investment for my business.
But I was determined. My challenge as a first time 100% florist farmer was not only to grow beautiful unique flowers but to grow those flowers which require the least amount of maintenance. As any of you who are small business owners know, you tend to wear many if not all the hats, and must juggle all aspects of the business just to keep the doors open. This commitment left me overstretched at times.
My flowers must be perfect but can’t be fussy. I nurture them as much as I can, but if I can be honest with you, there were times when even watering them regularly was daunting. If I can give one bit of advise – soil preparation is the key. As part of my ritual for success I add organic matter constantly in the garden. That plus heavy mulching on a regular basis keeps the soil watered and weed free.
I love Chrysanthemums. I think they are beautiful with their intricate petal formation and their invaluable use in floristry. I find, however, that those grown commercially seem to lack any character. I wanted to experiment a bit this year and grow the tall cutting varieties. Have any of you tried them? I took the plunge and ordered plugs, small little starter plants grown especially for nursery men or farmers. I know there are always challenges in anything I do, and this year my garden was no different.
The chrysanthemum plants were growing beautifully but I’ll be honest and share my mistakes too. I neglected to support them in time with proper stakes and they grew somewhat spindly and crooked, which I managed to turn into a positive. This precise neglect which allowed me to grow lanky stems, seemed to give my own chrysanthemums the character lacking in the commercially grown varieties. Now I ask, have you ever seen a chrysanthemum with an arched stem? No? Precisely! And this accident is just what allowed me to be more creative as I used them in my designs.
I hope this story encourages you to continue growing beauty everywhere you go. (Or create your art, or whatever it is that you are passionate about.) If you don’t think something is just the way you imagine it should be, think again and look at it again with open eyes, because I believe things always turn out provided you use your creative mind. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. I’d be delighted to hear your negative turn positive story,