house plants

its raining. its cold. its the last day of february. my girls are playing nice together, my hubs is off with a friend to philly and I am watching the rain fall out my window. at least its not snow. :)
have i told you i have a thing for plants?!

found friday: kevin smith

Wall sculpture designed by Kevin Smith (Flora Grubb's honey) using organic materials and reclaimed scrap. The best part about this gorgeous outdoor piece of work is that it's a habitat-in-waiting for bees, birds and other native animals. I rrrreeealllly like it.

check out the giveaway on my blog going on now and all next week too here.

giveaway: bitty billy

it's time for a flores del sol giveaway! it's been almost a year since i've given away one of my designs so it's high time for another. this is bitty billy up for grabs. want it now? its for sale here.

What to do to win?

Just leave me a comment with your email (or a link to it).

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giveaway ends march 2nd at 12am est and will be chosen at random. US residents only

new in shop: bitty billy

i cant always get my hands on this container and I get asked a lot if I will have it back in stock soon. So to make up for it, I've made bitty billy. he's got balls. lots of billy balls that is. he's in the shop here. oh and i will be giving one of him away on thursday so come back!

found friday: the house that lars built

language of flowers tea towel, language of flowers oven mitt and oversized huge paper flower bouquet by etsy store The House That Lars Built.

The pattern of the tea towel and oven mitt "records a love poem written by a boy to a girl in the "language of flowers", the Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. Starting with the left side of the wreath to the right side, each flower reveals one more part of the missing puzzle. Included in the poem are amaranth globes, black eyed susans, daisies, poppies, dandelions, tulips, morning glories, roses, magnolias, laurel leaves, laurestine, forget-me-nots, honeysuckle."

for more on the language of flowers check here.

Happy fin de semana :)

flower id: anemone

beautiful, fragile, anemones. These were headed for the trash yesterday by a unappreciative designer as I worked designing for valentine's day. Their petals will soon fall which is why they were too spent to use in arrangements. I couldn't bare to see such blooming beauties wasted at their prime, so I saved them and brought them home. One designer's trash is another designer's treasure :)

anemones are in the buttercup family, ranunculaceae, and also known as the poppy anemone or the anemone coronaria. The anemone coronaria are native to the Mediterranean region and grow wild all over Israel and Jordan. They come in a variety of colors like white, red, pinks and purples. And how are they pronounced? a-nem-o-neeee, you know like how nemo pronounces it. These are one of my favorite flowers, I love how delicate they are and how each center looks different.

I am thinking about doing a giveaway of one of my designs so come back soon!

flower scoop: flowers are loosing their scent

save the american honey bee by brittany burton

Welcome to flower scoop, a new blog segment where I dish out interesting facts, studies and tips about, well... flowers :)

first up: flowers scents, bees and pollution

A study done by University of Virginia indicates that the natural scent of flowers is diminishing due to air pollution from sources such as power plants and cars. What a shame! Not only is the pollution affecting the scent of flowers, but it is also affecting wild bee populations, particularly the honey bee. Bees follow flower scent trails to pollinate. They are having a difficult time following flower trails as pollution scents are mixing with floral aromas and causing potent floral scents to dissipate.

The study appears online in the journal Atmospheric Environment.

"The scent molecules produced by flowers in a less polluted environment, such as in the 1800s, could travel for roughly 1,000 to 1,200 meters; but in today's polluted environment downwind of major cites, they may travel only 200 to 300 meters," said Jose D. Fuentes, a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and a co-author of the study. "This makes it increasingly difficult for pollinators to locate the flowers."

Other studies have shown that the population of bees and butterflies have diminished greatly in recent years around the world and in places like California and the Netherlands. "Fuentes and his team of U.Va. researchers believe that air pollution, especially during the peak period of summer, may be a factor."

"It quickly became apparent that air pollution destroys the aroma of flowers, by as much as 90 percent from periods before automobiles and heavy industry," Fuentes said. "And the more air pollution there is in a region, the greater the destruction of the flower scents."

Looks like we may need to get a little closer when stopping to smell the roses.

uv article

a 7 month old distraction

the reason why i cant get anything done! i guess my little penny is a pretty cute reason though. she is growing so fast ... :(

new in shop: craspedia cluster in white

craspedia cluster in white is designed with lovely bright yellow dried craspedia flowers (aka billy buttons, billy balls) in a simple white ceramic cylinder vase. So bright, so cheery, and natural (much like the wonderful weather we've been enjoying!). It will be going into the shop's more permanent collection. The original petite craspedia cluster will be retiring as soon as the last two sell. New designs will be tricking in this season... sorry it may take a while though. I cant seem to get much done quickly with three wee ones !!! stay tuned :)
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