Monthly Archives: January 2012

Winter’s Options


Matching options in orchid compositions with winter accents

Okay, winter is here and it is cold, dreary, and baren…not to worry, you can still add accents to your wedding day and look bright and alive. The following pictures feature corsage/boutonniere options that will accent that fabulous tux/gown just perfectly!


Sweet Pea


Who cannot help but smile warmly when enjoying the intense aroma and vibrant hues of the magnificent sweet pea? Walking through the flower market I spotted two whole shelves of the fluttering butterfly like blossoms of goodness! Sweet peas are actually a member of the pea family and are native to Italy. Did you know that these annual  blossoms can climb upwards of 6 feet? The colors range from: white, pink, red, violet, and purple. Enjoy yourselves some sweet pea images!



I am not a fan of winter; however, Mother Nature finds it necessary for things to die so that we can find new beginnings and rebirth. I am in constant search of beauty that this world has to present to us. This tree has been in Forest Hills ever since I have been in Queens and it always makes me stop to pause and stare at its tortured beauty. I know my blossoming branches and flowers, but this sort of tree is a mystery to me. A co-worker of mine thinks that it is from the Mesquite family. I have been researching the tree and am lead to believe that it is a possible match, due to the pointed pinnules. If you have any other suggestions, they are welcome!

Blood Oranges


Blood Orange season is here! One of my favorite times of the year, it is hard to find truly delicious fruits to enjoy, but this variety of orange enhances everything. It can be used in marmalade, zest for baking, gelato, Italian soda,  vinaigrettes, or enjoyed peeled.

Blood oranges are smaller than the average orange with a rubied skin and deeply pigmented citrus flesh. They originated in China and Southern Mediterranean regions. They are grown in the US in Texas and California. The three types of Blood Orange are: Taroco, Sanguinella, and Moro. The high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants make it a fruit to be enjoyed this winter. Now go get some!

Pepperberry…or not? NOT!


The lights have been taken down, the decorations have been put away for another year, and the effects of winter are upon us. It is harder to find my sources of inspiration on  daily walks through the neighborhood. This particular tree has become my happiness and bright spot of the day. However; is it pepperberry…or not? I have Googled images that look pretty close, asked several top designer friends, and even questioned NYC’s wholesale market. The verdict is divided, what do you think?


Well, after much back and forth, Googling, and information from friends; it is Nandina! So, a little bit about Nandina…..

Nandina is also known as Heavenly Bamboo or Sacred Bamboo, even though it is not a bamboo at all. It is actually an erect shrub that all parts of the plant are poisonous. It is best kept away from cats and grazing animals, as it is potentially fatal if ingested by them. Surprisingly, birds are not affected by the toxins.

Nandina is widely used as an ornamental plant. It is also used for holiday floral decorations. In Shanghai the berries are sold on the streets at New Year for decoration of home altars and temples. It is also a great landscape planting because it deters rabbits, dear, and javelina.




I recently had the pleasure of working on an event that featured massive puffs of acacia (also known as mimosa) in brightly accented urns. The beauty and sweet scent of the acacia had the whole event staff happy and excited; which made me feel the need to investigate the story of acacia…

There are several different varieties that grow throughout the world. Some of the variations include different size and color of the blooms, texture and color of the leaves, and stem length. They have many ornamental uses: gardens, cut flowers for florists, and homeowners use them for security purposes (their sharp thorns on certain varieties deter break ins when planted near windows).

Acacia has a long history of symbolism and rituals. In Freemasonry it represents purity and endurance of the soul. For funerary purposes, it symbolises resurrection and immortality. People in India, Nepal, and China use it in incense. It is also used in alcoholic beverages that are consumed by humans and elephants!

And finally, my favorite story of acacia….For International Women’s Day (celebrated on March 8 throughout Russia and Italy), branches of acacia are presented to the women of your life as a sign of respect and appreciation. The holiday was originally designed by the United Nations to bring social awareness to the struggles of women worldwide. Celebrate the women in your life!