This summer, I’m dreaming of simple things that make me happy. Plants and flowers are at top of mind for their delicacy, beauty and purity. Flowers have a special place in our hearts, and I’ve never come across a flower I didn’t adore. So today, we are filling this website with their radiance and surrounding them with ideas, tips and personalities that inspires us.
Flavia Barker, a floral artist entrepreneur, is an expert on the subject and has been working with flowers for more than 20 years. She has a flower studio in Connecticut since 2010 called Green of Greenwich. For about 10 years, she has been furnishing homes for the holidays, birthdays and weddings. But her favorite time to work with flowers is today, tomorrow, and every single day.
Especially now that so many of us are working from home, it’s nice to have a simple arrangement by the desk or by the kitchen. Perhaps both. It brings a sense of normalcy when nothing is normal.
Flowers have a simple majestic quality to them. There is a reason why they have been the subject of poems, songs, and names. How many people by the name of Rose do you know? How about Daisy? Dalia? Daphne? Ivy? Lily, Marguerite?
When the pandemic hit in March, Barker moved the studio in Connecticut to a smaller location and realized that there are other ways to be creative.
“People don’t realize that they have beautiful plants, branches and flowers right in their backyards”, Barker explained. These days, she is meeting with clients early in the morning, or later in the afternoon (those are the best times to harvest flowers) and teaches them to create something out of nothing—from their own backyards. Sometimes with the client, sometimes without the client, simply oriented to make some magic happen.
She also helps her clients choose the container and suggests which vase is good for specific kind of arrangement. Most of the times, Barker works with the client’s own containers—like an antique vase, a modern vase, or a silver water pitcher for example.
If you don’t have flowers in your backyard, plants will do. House plants are green and survive indoors with little maintenance required. It’s a great way to bring green air and color into your ambience.
Cut flowers are usually grown in greenhouses, fields, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have some in your backyard.
These hydrangeas were growing wild. Harvest time!
An arrangement is prepared
Flavia’s Tips For Cut Flowers:
- Cut flowers and plants early in the morning or later in the evening;
- No leaves should be in touch with the water;
- Change the water every couple of days (no need to add anything)
“If you don’t feel like drinking this water, why would the flower?” Barker says.
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