Amazing Pumpkin Carvings Featuring Flowers!

Happy Halloween! To celebrate the occasion, here are some of the most amazing pumpkin carvings featuring flowers! Photo Credit: Flickr Photo Credit: Photo credit: Flickr Photo from Photo credit: Photo Credit: Flickr photo from

Deadly Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan: In Our Prayers – On my Mind…

“I’m heartbroken by this tragedy. I think when you see what’s happening in Japan you are reminded that for all our differences in culture or language or religion, that ultimately humanity is one. And when we face these kinds of natural disasters, whether it’s in New Zealand or Haiti or Japan, then you think about your own family and you think how would you feel if you lost a loved one, or if your entire lifesavings were gone because of ...

What About You? Living the Life…

“Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds. Shine!” Buddha Live Joyfully: We all have our share of life stories... This is modified from a previous piece I wrote about my life journey: I’ve been a participant in a Writer’s Workshop for several months and I have enjoyed writing on a prompt. MamaKat runs the workshop and offers us weekly prompts to write/share with others. One week, we turned our lens back on ourselves to ...

Meditations: In the Depth of Winter…

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus Of late, the snowstorms and raining ice chips have left many of us in New York and across the nation in a tizzy; albeit, some in the doldrums. The weather has been quite brutal and it feels like we have permanently moved to the alps. Of course, the winter doldrums will pass … as will our cabin fever but until then; what to ...

Perspective: Walking On Thin Ice…

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air, a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white cloud, the green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes. All is a Miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh Perspective: Walking on Ice... It is five thirty in the morning, ...

Musings: What Time Is It?

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever…” Isak Dinesen Musings: What Time Is It? Recently, on the NY subway, a man turned to me and asked, “What time is it?” I looked at him, not sure if he really wanted the time or was just using an old pick up line… I guess I didn’t react ...

The Lotus Flower

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera Lotus flowers are aquatic perennials native to Asia that can be found growing in marshes, lagoons, ponds and flooded fields.  They can also be cultivated in water gardens, for those that have the space. These plants can grow up to 5 feet in height and can spread up to 10 ft. across! The roots are planted firmly in the soil of the pond. The large green leaves are so highly repellent, the phenomenon has been called “the ...

City Girl

(thanks to Piya Singh for the photo) The auction guide said 75,000; the place was almost a ruin it would take a lot of time and money to make it habitable. Rose pouted, her Manolos were scratched, her hair a mess. Sam smiled, “could be beautiful” he said. Rose glowered and thought of what she could buy with 75,000+ It would never be beautiful, she frowned, it was an old ugly mess. She was a city girl. Sam took her arm and led her inside, showing ...

Don't Answer it!

She looks at the caller ID readout, hesitant to answer, for one never knows what waits on the other end of a ringing telephone, particularly a call from a blocked number. Her stomach becomes involved in the decision of whether to answer or not, lurching with each ring, reaching up through her throat for the cell phone. Her mind joins in, curious and sharp. “It could be something important,” she whispers, unaware that she had whispered at all, and that ...

New Law Will Break the Internet if Passed

Image courtesy of Fer Gregory via Compfight I like the Internet. It allows me a growing forum to express my thoughts and opinion as well as discover those of others. It also allows me to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones. However, there is a troubling piece of legislation that’s being considered for quick passage in Congress that will change the way the Internet works and how we engage with it. Check out this brief video that explains the ...

Proper Care and Feeding of Ideas

This past weekend I stumbled across a great video from speaker/author Steven Johnson regarding the genesis of ideas. It’s just over four minutes long, but it’s extremely worthwhile. In the video, Johnson shakes up long held conceptions that ideas come instantly in a flash of brilliance in some a haphazard, unpredictable manner. What Johnson postulates is that ideas can be nurtured. He asserts that ideas take time to germinate from “slow hunches” or “half ideas” given proper space, connection with others and the opportunity ...

Do We Have Ultimate Power Over God?

Let me begin by stating that I firmly believe in God, His sovereignty and that He has a divine purpose (or will) for each individual and humanity as a whole. However, I also believe that God’s will is NOT universally manifested in the earth – and that in relation to God, the balance of power actually tips in our favor. Let me to explain. From a Judeo-Christian worldview, God very clearly has articulated His will in the Old Testament as evidenced in the ...

Getting a Regular Relationship “Tune-up”

The Friday before this past Valentine’s Day, my wife and I attended a two-day marriage conference.  We’ve attended several of these sessions throughout our soon-to-be 16 years of marriage, and I’m always fascinated by the responses I get from both men and women when we tell them about these marriage meetings. For the most part, women who’ve never been to one tend to be more interested and intrigued to hear details about the sessions while the guys could not care less ...

Ignoring the Muse

So, last week I started writing in my head. Well, actually it was longer ago than that, but last week my mental writing became so distracting that I was having a difficult time concentrating on anything else. It was like having a little movie screen in my head. At first it was easy to shut it off, but as the story deepened the more distracted I became, until finally I couldn’t concentrate on much of anything else. My brain was ...

Poetry Link Up With Andy David

Andy David has invited me to participate in a fun poetry link up session called Lover’s Cove. Andy is an amazing romantic poet whose words sing with love. I am participating in the third round which can be read Here at Andy’s Here is my line: Together we will explore love’s milky galaxies and claim the blushing moon as our own.

3 Keys to Accomplish the Impossible

3 Keys to Accomplish the Impossible

All of us face challenges every day and some of those challenges seem like they are impossible to overcome - that failure is the only option. Here's an easy challenge for you. Watch this video below by Frisbee-Throwing Champion Brodie Smith. Some of the things he does in this video are seemingly impossible, yet he did them. For him to accomplish each of the impossible tricks shown in the video there are 3 keys required: 1.) Vision - anybody who wants to ...

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January 19, 2013, 9:00 am

2013 Colour of the Year: Emerald Green Flowers

Pantone, the globally recognized authority on colour, has declared emerald green as the colour of the year. This rich, luscious and ever so elegant colour will be big this year in weddings, fashion, home decor, and more! The colour, as precious as the gem itself, invokes images of growth, renewal, harmony and prosperity.

From Boston Fern to Xanadu Leaf, there is no shortage of emerald in the floral world! Florists have been incorporating all sorts of greenery and foliage in their floral designs long before Pantone made the colour cool. Along with greenery, florists can use these emerald flowers:

Green Lady Slipper Orchid

green orchid

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Ornamental Kale


Green “Trick” Dianthus

green dianthus

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hellebore, green

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ranunculus, emerald green

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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