I just received a book in the mail on Friday from St. Lynn’s Press with a note from Paul that said, “Enjoy, Donna.” I can tell Paul, I am very pleased with this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. It is book many would enjoy – following the flowers from the field to the vase, and I encourage you to pick up a copy. Thank you to the publisher for sending the book.
My many thanks and appreciation go out to Jennifer from Three Dogs in a Garden.
I won her contest for The 50 Mile Bouquet. The book is on organic flower growing, gathering and design.
I am drooling over the photos as they are truly a feast for the eyes. These are some of the best images I have seen from David Perry, a photographer I quite admire. The writing is superb and easy to read as you would expect from Debra Prinzing, the author.
Jennifer put some of the images from the book in her post, The 50 Mile Bouquet: Book Review and Giveaway, along with her own beautiful photographs. You should stop in and see if you have not already.
In the introduction to the book, Debra Prinzing says, “That clutch of gerbera daisies or tulips from the supermarket may appear picture-perfect, yet it feels disconnected from the less-than-prefect (but incredibly romantic) flowers growing in your own backyard. …These blooms feel far removed from the fields in which they grow.”
I have been to the Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market to purchase flowers for the grand opening of a building we designed. It is a remarkable place with flowers from all over the world. I saw the semi trucks coming in and unloading more flowers than you can even imagine. It is overwhelming and very hard to narrow down a purchase.
When in Costa Rica on an architectural design and research project, I was at the farm fields growing the flowers shipped to our country. Flowers were as far as the eye could see. Again, amazing and overwhelming. So when I read the book, much of these memories came streaming back.
The flowers in this post are not from the supermarket, but from the florist at the corner of my street. They most probably do come from floriculture industry she mentioned. They most certainly came from very far away.
I usually purchase my flowers for personal use from two small flower farms here in Niagara County. One is Summertime Blooms and the other, Amy’s Flowers. They grow seasonal flowers fresh picked from the fields, just like picking flowers from your own garden. Sometime I will take you to the farms and ask the two women to show us around. I love going there with fields of blooming flowers.
But as you may have guessed, there is no blooming flowers to be had in this winter weather. And why do I have flowers that are not in an arrangement?
Well, I got contacted to do a poster for the Lewiston GardenFest this summer, and they need it right away. So I purchased the flowers to photograph. You will see what I am up too soon, after the committee selects a design.
Above is the book cover that Jennifer so kindly emailed me to use in his post. Thanks again, Jennifer.
I am loving this book. There is so much inspiration I really don’t know where to begin. So, all of you doing organic growing and loving to photograph your own flowers, make sure and get a copy of this book. It is reasonably priced and there is a lot of good information for the small cost. You may look at flowers differently from now on!
Next post on Saturday the 29th is a message of hope to all my readers. I hope you all stop back.