I love peonies! And while they do tend to remind me of the
spring, I love that you can get them at this time of year too, imported from South America. They look
beautiful in all the seasonal arrangements I'm doing right now, like big fluffy white snowballs. The best looking blooms this fall/winter season are typically available in late November, but they're still available right now. Get in touch to place an order this week.
Red & white ranunculus available from my studio for orders this week too!
It’s perhaps a bit of a contradiction – because I really don't like the winter and hate being cold BUT Christmas is my absolute
favourite time of year! I love everything about it! The music (which I have
secretly been playing in my car since mid-November), the decorations, the
treats, the wrapping, the Christmas movies, the parties and get-togethers, and
the time with family. It really is such a special time of year.
This Christmas is even more exciting for me. It’s my first
holiday season running Sweet Woodruff full-time and I am loving it! All the
orders for holiday arrangements and holiday parties have me working away in my
studio filled with cedar and pine (smells SO good) and surrounded by buckets of beautiful fluffy
white peonies and and deep red amaryllis, bright red holly and ipex berries.
Yesterday, just in time to welcome December, it snowed and covered
the Sweet Woodruff in our garden. Looked so pretty. Let the Christmas countdown
begin! 24 days to go...
A few weeks ago I got a kick-start to the holiday season and
participated in the Unionville Homes for
the Holidays House Tour, a charity event that raises money for two local
charities: The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham and Breast Health Centre
and Cancer Clinic at Markham Stouffville Hospital. The Home Tour teams local
designers who decorate a home and then open their doors to over 2000 visitors.
Since 2002 the event has raised over $500,000 for its charities!
Having volunteered for this event in the past, I was truly
honoured to be asked to participate this year as a business owner. I also had
the great fortune of being paired up with an incredible team of designers,
store and generous home owners, who were all a pleasure to work with.
Sometimes I don’t know how I would get things done if it
weren’t for my amazing friends and family… so of course a BIG HUGE thanks to a
whole slew of people: P&G, Tim, Pat,
Steph, SG, the Homes for the Holidays Committee, Fran, and the lovely ladies
from La Belle! It was a great and successful weekend – and I was so happy to be
able to donate my time to such worthwhile charities.
My little bro suggested a bit of brother-sister bonding and
an impromptu midweek vacay… So this afternoon we are flying to Nevada for three
days of viva Las Vegas! I’ve never been, but I’m kinda looking forward to all
the glitz, glam, and gambling. And you better believe I’m packing my faux fur
and chandelier earrings a la Sharon Stone in Casino. See you Monday... when I'm sure I'll be many dollars poorer and at least 12 hours more tired! :)
I’m often asked where I get my flowers from... The wholesale flower
auction is one of those places. On those mornings my day starts off pretty
early (usually around 4am and for anyone who’s wondering – no, I’m not a
morning person and yes, waking up to the moonlight is as painful as it sounds). By the time I’m up, dressed, caffeinated and out to market
it’s usually about 5:15am, just enough time for my favourite part - to peruse all
the flowers we want to buy before the auction starts. So many beautiful
choices! I always need to restrain myself and keep from buying one of everything!
By 6am everyone is in the gallery and the bidding starts.
The auction itself is pretty cool, all the flowers come out
on trolleys and are paraded through the gallery as everyone bids. Everything is
done electronically (and for a newbie the bidding is FAST!) The auction can
last anywhere from 2.5 to a daunting 5 hours before big holidays (Valentine’s
Day is a red and pink madhouse).
After all the flowers have been purchased, they get sent to
a massive warehouse where they are sorted for the vendors, then loaded into
vans and shipped off to the stores. It’s actually an amazing journey for a
flower – a rose growing on a bush in Colombia on Monday could be on your table
by Tuesday night… it’s incredible really.