Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Thyme Garden

I LOVE The Thyme Garden! They grow herbs, mushrooms, hops and tons more. They also host beautiful weddings and events on their land. Last year I purchased some of the most amazing blooming herb and berry seeds from them. This year I plan to purchase more seeds, mushroom plugs, hop rhizomes (hops are way underused in floral design), and beneficial insects. They have all kinds of awesome events coming up. Check them out at

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One of my favs...

This was one of the bouquets for our 2009 bridal show. I wish I would have gotten a good picture before the rose started to go, but it was a beautiful bouquet. Very non traditional. Very Bohemian!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Healthy indoor plants!

Anyone who has known me for a while might find it funny that I would write a blog about indoor plants. It has only been in the past few years that I can even claim to have kept one alive. I have, however, through some study and some trial and error, had some great success! I'm propagating some succulents, orchids and 'clean air' plants right now. The 'clean air' plants are the 19 mentioned in NASA's report. These plants naturally remove toxic gases like carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde from your air. I posted a pic of the spider plant, which is one of my favorites! Once I started bringing spider plants into my home, I immediately realized their purification powers. I love mine! Everyone should have at least one!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What does 'bohemian' mean?

What exactly is 'bohemian?' We get that a lot. The definition has changed some over the years. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Bohemian movement loosely meant; anywhere one could live or work cheaply, and behave unconventionally. It brought together a community of free spirits beyond the pale of respectable society. An example of an area that was associated with bohemianism in the States was the infamous Greenwich Village of the 60's in New York City. After doing a bit more research on the movement and times, I now understand why my grandmother tilted her head and lifted her eyebrow when I told her our business name. More recently, the term bohemian is associated with style, in contrast to it's origin, reflecting lifestyle. Inspired by the movement, the style is artistic and unconventional. So unconventional that we find many different interpretations in the art of floral design can fit beautifully under the term 'bohemian.' Last year I was very excited to run across the (relatively) new Boho mag. This publication is redefining the modern bohemian culture, and we embrace their direction. Eco conscious and stylish too, I've fallen for this fun and informative mag!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Willamette Valley Wedding Professionals

I am VERY impressed with the vendors that come together to form Willamette Valley Wedding Professionals. Through our association with this group, we have witnessed first hand the true dedication to the wedding industry and the commitment by every vendor to go the extra mile for their couples. Johanna Respini is the coordinator of this dynamic group of vendors. She is a first class wedding officiant and owner of An Event to Remember. In the sea of vendors available, it can be hard to discern who to work with. Anyone searching for vendors in the Willamette Valley would be well served to start here. Thank you Johanna for believing in us enough to invite us into the group. We look forward to an excellent year of networking with top notch professionals!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wow, what a year 2009 was! We were as busy as we wanted to be during peak wedding season, and had some excellent seasonal weddings as well. We are looking forward to the awesome weddings we have on the books for 2010. In May 2009, we started tracking our web site statistics and WOW!!! We have had 293,000+ hits in just over 6 months! We feel blessed, and ready to share this awesome business with the world! The wedding/ floral industry is ready for what we represent. What exactly is that? In a short answer, we are a 'green' business. We grow our own flowers, buy from local farms and then look elsewhere if we need to. Our business practices are in line with our personal beliefs... tread lightly and give back! We thank God for the awesome opportunity and responsibility to define just exactly what a Bohemian Bouquet is! Enjoy a few pics to kick off our blogging adventure. The first photo is a close up of a bridal bouquet. The bride's grandmother makes faberge eggs professionally. So grandma and I worked up a little surprise for the bouquet. She loved it! The second photo is a wire boutonniere made with Lily of the Valley.