'Flowers are love's truest language' . . . Park Benjamin

I began this Blog to share beautiful photos, inspirational thoughts and maybe a tidbit or two that you will want to pass onto to someone else. No one does 'pretty' better than Mother Nature .... Welcome and I hope you stop in often!

A Day in the Life of A Dreamer

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I have always been a 'dreamer' and I think that is the most important quality a person can have in order to be creative. It allows me to view things from all sorts of angles. Whenever I would design for a wedding/special event I made myself 'think like a photographer' and in my mind's eye I wanted to be able to showcase various colors, elements & textures. At the end of 2012 I closed the doors to my Floral Studio and began pursuing new horizons. Flowers and plants have been a part of my life since I was a child and helped my Dad in the garden. Seeds have always fascinated me and one day I will share my 'Lesson Of the Bean' story with you! My other passion is creating beautiful food to share with family and friends -- I have always said that food and flowers go together. For now, I would like this Blog to be a collection of Pretty things that this Dreamer would like to share with all of you!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Wedding

You were all probably expecting to see a photo of Green flowers well surprisingly enough I learned a few things from Nicole, a sweet Irish Lass, who was married to Anthony yesterday -- which by the way was PERFECT for their Lakeside Ceremony.

When I first met Nicole .... I had a portfolio full of designs overflowing with bright green flowers, foliage, shamrocks ... you name it .... it was in there! Was my face 'red' when she told me that it really was 'bad' luck for the couple if guests wore green to the Wedding and she was not taking any chances with her flowers ... She wanted bright bold colors with just a wee touch of the green!

Everyday should be an adventure and we should learn something new by day's end ... I sure did ... and I can't wait to see what I can add to my little 'brain' bank today!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

2012 International Philadelphia Flower Show

This past Wednesday I was fortunate enough to have the pleasure of visiting the 2012 International Philadelphia Flower Show which showcased the Islands of Hawaii.

It was a virtual 'Sea of People' that resembled a 'Lava Flow 'similar to the 'Pele' Display by Schaffer Designs!

Simply put this show is where Mother Nature met the imaginations of so many talented designers. The incredible beauty of the tropics was enhanced by the authentic Polynesian Dancers who performed for the awe struck audience ... including yours truly!

Of course one does work up an appetite at these events and even though there were plenty of opportunities to visit eateries at the show --- I love the Reading Terminal Market right across the street from the Convention Center --- so we made our way to Herschel's Deli to enjoy one of their mouth watering authentic Hot Pastrami Sandwiches -- the kind you can only get in the City!

I may be a 'Country Girl' but I do love the 'energy' of the City!! So after lunch and a quick run around the market ... we headed back to the show to visit Waldor Orchids -- one of my favorite show vendors! There are all kinds of orchids ... from the easy to the complex care ones -- but all of them are beautiful and healthy. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and patient!!! You never go wrong with one of their plants!

I circled their display about three times until I made my final choice & purchased this little beauty ... I know I know .... she may be small but give her a year or two and she will be glorious!!!

We also visited many other vendors .... but I always stop at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Stand -- they have so many beautiful items for sale but my hands were full, my little purse was overflowing and I needed HELP quickly and I spied this great 'tropical' tote to stash all my treasures in for the trip home!!

So there you have it -- my little day trip to Hawaii!!! If I have peaked your curiosity, given you a case of Island Fever, tempted your tastebuds and appealed to the shopper in you, I have only skimmed the surface of this wonderful show. But if you are now 'kicking yourself' for not getting there .... it's OK .... you still have time to visit the show this weekend and create your own magical Island Memory!!! Aloha!

Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 Magic of Love & A Cure For Cancer Valentine's Fundraiser Results

Good News is always fun to share but first I want to tell everyone who came out to Best Buds and supported the 2012 Magic of Love & Cure for Cancer Valentine Fundraiser Event how much it meant to have your support for this very worthy cause.

We had so much fun from Friday all the way until Valentine's Day seeing all the faces of those who came to pick up their 'Magic' Roses ... and hearing all the positive feedback as to how surprised they were to see what 'they were getting'. Many had never seen Golden Flower's 'Magic Rose' Series .... as I said before - they are not your garden variety of Valentine Red Rose .... they are just a fun rose as you can see from the photo I added. Most were pleasantly surprised as to how they were packaged and could not wait to give them to their 'special someones'. Again and again I am hearing as to how surprised they were at 'how long the roses lasted' ..... I tell them that is a Best Buds' trade secret :-)

Well here is the GOOD NEWS that I broke to Diane O'Donnell, the Chairperson from the American Cancer Society Tamaqua Relay For Life Campaign. . .
BEST BUDS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE DONATION OF $1,180.30!!!!!! Best Buds' donated all of the 300 roses, accent flowers, packaging, sweet treats, time, etc. and yes, we could have charged so much more ... but I believe EVERYONE should have flowers ... it's the 'Magic' of Valentine's Day and the joy of giving that makes life so worthwhile!

Again, Thank You ..... Thank You ..... Thank You for allowing me the privilege of putting on this event and again for your support of the American Cancer Society and Best Buds Specialty Florists!