March 31, 2012

new in shop: plum garden and forest floor

I am ready to start rolling out the new designs I've been busy working at! Are you ready?


plum garden... organic textures pulled from a summer garden. A modern dried flower arrangement designed with yarrow, purple status, pepper berries, oregano blooms and a mound of soft green mood moss. It is styled in a low wooden bowl. Available here.



forest floor...As I added the ingredients together for this design, I could not stop thinking about how much these natural elements reminded me of a forest floor. This dried flower arrangement is designed using tan and burgundy soft ferns, a variety of textured pine cones, natural reindeer moss, wood slices and a few feathers for a soft texture. Forest floor is styled in a low white wooded bowl. Available here.

stay tuned for more... mother's day 2012 mixed designs, and even a wreath!

March 29, 2012

my hidden abandoned greenhouse adventure

I had the most intriguing adventure I've had in a very long time. I loved it so much that I could not fall asleep that evening because of all the different things I saw flashing through my memory. I heard about a few abandoned greenhouses in my neighborhood, Summit, NJ, and was shocked that they were so very close to where I lived for 5 years. Just the words old and greenhouse struck my fancy and I had to get there asap! My good friend Abby, who grew up across the street from the hidden greenhouses, was my tour guide and we were standing inside the massive structure a few hours after I found out about it.

a football field sized greenhouse almost completely hidden from sight:
me!
my cute tour guide abby :) ps- a shot out to amazing abby who is leaving in 10 days to become a missionary for our church for a year and a half in Brazil !!
Massive. The main greenhouse was the size of a football field. It was rather windy out and all kinds of freaky noises and groans surrounded us. We quickly got used to the loud random bangs and odd sounds. Broken glass crunched under our every step from the original greenhouse window panes that have since fallen and litter the grounds.
I found a brick on the wall that dated 1926. After only being able to find a tiny bit of information about it, via old wooden boards we found around with the logo 'Carl Greenhouses, Summit, NJ' I believe that the greenhouses were used in growing houseplants, poinsettias, spring bulbs and other plants for distribution into New York City from 1930 through the 70's when it was abandoned.
Such a strange feeling I had while I was there. It felt like I was in the tv show LOST. Like there should have been DARMA logos around. I was waiting to hear the black smoke appear. Old 70's soda can's, 70's coffee cans and plastic plant pots were about all that has weathered the years without much change.
a large turkey vulture watched our every move. It was quite freaky, until I looked in the corner of the living quarters and saw her two huge unhatched eggs.we quickly left that area.
greenhouse after greenhouse, how expansive this place is!
I enjoyed peaking in the large decayed and musty walk-in coolers used for "wintering" bulbs and also seeing plastic drip irrigation still up in a few areas.
I picture it how it was... almost 85 years ago. Full of color, foliage, humidity and the smell of dirt. The hum of large fans and the warmth of the sun shining through the glass in the spring. This time of year there would have been potted hydrangeas, Easter lilies, arrays of potted tulips and hyacinth being shipped off to shops for Easter and Mother's Day. My these greenhouses must have smelled delightful.

I am going to go back. I have to.
It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. All this time it was right in my own stomping ground.
Some residents who live near these greenhouses are trying to take initiative to have them all torn down. What a shame that would be.


for more greenhouse love, check out my ever growing greenhouse board on pinterest

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