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A Visit to Le Jardin Francais

Le Kiosque

A stop at Ponce City Market has become a must for us when we’re in Atlanta and this time we ventured beyond the food hall to discover Le Jardin Francais, a grab-and-go kiosque featuring beautiful blooms and terrific textures.  Marie-Laure, founder and owner of Le Jardin Francais, combines the classic French style that her shop on Howell Mill Road is known for with the rustic industrial style of the market to create a space that is both enchanting and functional.

Hellebores and Tulips

Orchids, Roses and Hydrangeas

As full-fledged flower lovers, we couldn’t resist buying a little posy to keep us company while in Atlanta, though choosing one over another was difficult.  Seasonal anemones, tulips, hyacinths and hellebores spilled out of interesting metal and glass vases as if they had been hand picked in the garden that very morning (which was unlikely given that it was 34 degrees that day!)

Tulips and Calla Lilies

Peonies, Roses and Berries

The company’s philosophy is to respect the cycles of nature and be inspired by the rhythms of the seasons.  And according to Marie-Laure, “The objective is not to take the most perfect flower grown in the green house and arrange it with another perfect flower or foliage, but to recognize the most beautiful specimens of what is provided naturally, and to create something beautiful.”

Roses, Orchids and Viburnum

We completely agree, even if we do work with faux fleurs.

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Happy Fall (Flowers)!

Be So Brave Bouquet

People say pictures are worth a thousand words so we finally decided to book our favorite photographer, Jane Beiles, to shoot lifestyle images of our Fall 2017 collection.  The house we scouted belongs to the wonderful artist and founder of Jack and Lulu, Julie Bowers Murphy, who was kind enough to let us take it over for a day.

The Highlands Bouquet

Before the shoot we had spent some time in the house deciding which spaces would work for our new designs.  Since the collection was called Alpine Attitude (where rustic earthy elements mix with modern flair) we wanted to incorporate Julie’s whimsical, yet contemporary, taste as much as possible.  Thank goodness she had so many decorative items to play with and her paintings made a wonderful backdrop!

In Full Bloom Bouquet

Miramonti Bouquet

Needless to say, Jane is a total pro and knew exactly how to make our flowers come alive.  Not to mention Pretzel, Julie’s adorable pup, who decided he wanted to be part of the action.

Little Nell Bouquet

Chalet Chic Bouquet

We love how the pictures turned out and we hope you do, too…  Here’s to a happy fall season full of beauty and of course, flowers!

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Delighting in Dahlias

@floretflower

And thus the soul – if fortune cast
Its love to live in scenes less bright, –
Should bloom amidst the adverse blast:  –
Nor suffer sorrow’s clouds to blight
Its outward beauty – inward light.

@santacruzdahlias

@junesblooms

@teensaflowers

Thus should she live and flourish still,
Though misery’s frost might strive to kill
The germ of hope within her quite: –
Thus should she hold each beauty fast,
And bud and blossom to the last.

@francespalmer

We’re delighting in dahlias and are reminded of this Victorian poem praising this bloom’s ability to withstand all kinds of weather.

@mccormickcharlie

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes…  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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LMD x NYC

The Flower Bandit

Fabulous floral designer Lewis Miller (a.k.a.the flower bandit) strikes when you least expect it and in the most unusual places…  Washington Square, the East Village, and Central Park have all been recipients of Miller’s flower bombs.  And most recently, he and his merry band of florists added a bright purple Mohawk to Botero’s famous cat sculpture outside the Crosby Street Hotel in honor of the Met Ball.

Crosby Street Hotel

Washington Square

Alice in Wonderland in Central Park

Whether in the shape of a gorgeous garland draped over a statue, a floral explosion coming out of a trash can or even a Thanksgiving cornucopia nestled between the Whitney and the Highline, Miller’s random acts of botanical beauty are bringing joy to New Yorkers and tourists alike.  And who doesn’t love flowers by the dozens?!

Village East Cinema

Bowery and East Houston

We’ll be spending some time in the city next week and we’ll be sure to be on the lookout for one of LMD’s Flower Flashes.  Stay tuned…

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Mixed Materials

Small Green Leaf Urn with Leucadendron

Small Green Leaf Urn with Leucadendron

When it comes to fresh flowers, Emily Thompson is one of our favorite designers.  Her use of unconventional materials like real butterflies, wild smilax, fruits and berries, make her classical arrangements more organic in style.  Each of her designs is like a work of art so it’s no surprise she often collaborates with sculptor and painter Mark Gagnon.

Geometric Vase with Datura and Greenbriar

Geometric Vase with Datura and Greenbriar

Thorn Vase with Okra and Chestnuts

Thorn Vase with Okra and Chestnuts

If you visited the 7th floor at Bergdorf Goodman this fall, perhaps you came upon a new collection which looked more like something from Alice in Wonderland than The Secret Garden.  Among the crystal and and china were bouquets of dried flowers and plants painted vibrant shades of purple, yellow, orange and green spilling out of paper mache vases and urns.

Blue Small Vase with Chestnuts

Blue Small Vase with Chestnuts

Palm Urn with Chestnuts and Greenbriar

Palm Urn with Chestnuts and Greenbriar

This collection, as Emily writes in her “journal”, play[ed] the line of naturalism and artifice for greatest effect, to draw the eye to the wonders of the natural world, and to do it with great material integrity and panache.”

Burst Vase with Thistle

Burst Vase with Thistle

We love how these artists mixed materials to fool the eye and created designs that are both artificial and natural at the same time.

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Bougainvillea Bonanza

Pretty Petals

Pretty Petals

During our recent trip out to San Diego we couldn’t help but fall in love with the bougainvillea which lined the streets and spilled over walls.  This ornamental flower native of South America grows absolutely everywhere and there are even cultivars called San Diego Red (with deep red blooms set against dark green foliage) and La Jolla (a shrub-like plant with pinkish red blossoms.)

Bougainvillea Art Print

Bougainvillea Art Print

Bougainvillea are drought resistant which is a good thing since it doesn’t rain much in Southern California and they bloom almost all year long if grown in full sun.  That’s why they’re so often used to bring a pop of festive color to landscapes and container gardens.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Leo Carrillo Ranch

Leo Carrillo Ranch

Sadly, bougainvillea doesn’t grow well in our neck of the woods so we’ll just have to visit one of our boys in college to get our fill (much to his displeasure!)

Bouganvillea Bouquet

Bougainvillea Bouquet

Bougainvillea Wedding Cake

Bougainvillea Wedding Cake

Tell us…  Do you find bougainvillea beautiful?

petals / print / mission / ranch / bouquet / cake

 

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Flower Power: Bastille

Pantone Colors of the Year

Pantone Colors of the Year

As we head into a season of celebrations (birthdays! graduations! weddings!), we thought you might like to meet Emily Pinon, founder and CEO of Bastille flowers & events, and perhaps be inspired by her bespoke, one-of-a-kind floral creations.  We came across Emily’s Instagram page and of course, spent the next several hours minutes admiring her work.  Whether it’s a corporate event where she hung hundreds of white calla lilies from the ceiling or a more intimate affair celebrating Pantone’s colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity if you haven’t heard), Emily translates her clients desires into memories that last a lifetime.

Spring Wedding

Spring Wedding

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

DIFFA Table

DIFFA Table

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Wedding Table

Wedding Table

Speaking of memories that last a lifetime, we’re taking a little break from blogging so that we can attend some races (both on the water and at the track), plan some spring sports banquets and graduation parties and focus on our high school seniors who will, all too soon, be off to college…  See you soon!

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