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One Ring to Rule them All

People who know me also know that I’m health conscious. I exercise 6 days a week and usually eat a low fat/ high fiber diet.  However, last weekend my husband and I decided to take a day off from our good behaviors.  This is when I suddenly discovered the magical powers of onion rings. First of all, onion rings are naturally formed in the shape of a circle: the symbol of perfection.  It shows the past connecting with the future.  Like ...

Wendell Berry: Agricultural Activist

Over the last year I have spent considerable time studying and thinking about food. I have studied the connections between food and health, food and industry, food and the health industry and food and the government. It has been challenging on both an intellectual and an emotional level. I have been overwhelmed with facts and statistics. I have struggled to keep my temper in check. I have worked to be optimistic and not become too cynical. And most of all, I have tried to maintain ...

Need a Kidney, Take Mine

Thursday, we met with friends at a local Cajun "kitchen" restaurant. These 2 people (married couple) have been in our lives for nearly as long as hubby and I have been married. Even after, 40ish years, we have the absolute best time together. These are the kind of friends that really are just a smidgen removed from being my  family.  The only thing that differentiates this category of friends from  being  related to me...well other than DNA, is: A.  I might not be a perfect ...

A Very Private Dancer

I was very surprised and delighted that Rochelle had chosen one of my photographs for the prompt this week. It was taken at the end of a fiesta in Valldemossa, a lovely little town in Majorca where we spent a very enjoyable day. It is so good to see the number of writers taking part in Friday Fictioneers increasing week on week, justification, if any were needed, for Rochelle to continue her sterling work. Copyright Dee Lovering Genre: Historical Fiction Word Count: 100 A Very ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette…

“It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature.” Oswald Spengler Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Sade and band to the rescue… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Folded outdoor table umbrellas at a Hudson River restaurant at sunset. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… The spooky trees come alive at dusk… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Met Museum visitors to the “Ugly Chic 1″ section of ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” Douglas Adams Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Salmon Bento Box Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Taiko performers Normally, with kids away in college and my recent enrollment in a challenging certification program, lunch is the least reliable meal in my household. If I’m out and about, I eat where I am. If I’m home, I might have some leftovers or a simple fruit and yoghurt dish.  However, when the kids come home for spring break, we eat out ...

Please reverse my meal !

Am I being unreasonable? – answers on a postcard, please… I paid six grand for this cruise on what is described as a 5 star boat, so I think that I am entitles to at least a reasonable standard of cuisine! To illustrate the problem, after a meal the previous night which comprised a chicken salad, followed by chicken soup followed by chicken and chips, one of my fellow passengers was heard to ask “What kind of chicken are we having tonight?” To add ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in April

My diary continues… Despite earlier problems with white cabbage mold Piglet’s plot continues to yield a modest crop of lettuce, carrots, leeks, cabbage, spinach and radish. The brocoli and cauliflower have now finished, and it was rather a challenge to eat them all before they ran to seed! I like them but not THAT much! I would grow them again, but stagger the planting because unlike cabbage and lettuce, once they are ready to be harvested they need to be picked, ...

Owl Puff

I knit an owl tonight!  I actually did for a group at Ravelry, Hogwarts at Ravelry.  You guessed, I'm a closet Harry Potter nerd. I'm only now reading the books.  I'm on the fifth on in the series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."  It's a bit dragging, but is picking up.  Overall, I'm adoring the series. As a part of the group, you can knit/crochet your school supplies, including your pet.  Here's the owl I whipped up tonight. Cute, huh?

Fun Flower Facts: Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Although it has “lily” in its name, the daylily is not a member of the lily family (Liliaceae); it belongs to the Hemerocallis genus and is native China, Korea and Japan. The plant produces beautiful, showy trumpet-shaped flowers. There are thousands of cultivars available, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. Many of the cultivars are fragrant.  Plants can grow to be 6 inches to over 6 feet tall! The flowers will bloom from early spring to fall, depending on the ...

The Final Spalding Flower Parade

They say all good things must come to an end. For the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire, UK, a good thing has come to an end. 2013 is the last and final year for The Spalding Flower Parade. Due to the lack of funding, the popular annual parade will not be returning. The parade started over 50 years ago to celebrate the beautiful tulips grown in the area. People far and wide come to see the elaborate parade floats at the ...

Flowers with Romantic Names!

Scientific names are boring and hard to pronounce. That’s why flowers have common names- ones that are fun to say and easy to remember! And since it’s February and love is in the air, let’s take a look at some flowers with romantic names. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) The bleeding heart is one of the most easily recognized garden plants. These old-fashioned flowers are a cottage garden favourite because they are easy to grow and will self-seed. Bleeding hearts are named for ...

Finding Time To Be Creative

Creativity Myth #3 “I love being creative, I just can’t seem to find the time.” Time is a funny thing wouldn’t you agree. It seems to be elastic, invisibly stretchy.  Some days seem to contain so much more time than others.  The old saying  ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ has a lot of wisdom in it. There is really only one thing in the world in which there is true equality and that is TIME. We all get to have 24 hours ...

Fun and Creative Garden Planters and Containers

Forget about using flower pots! Add personality and fun to your garden with some of these planter ideas. Plus, you will be helping the environment by keeping these items from the landfill. 1. Got an old useless car in your garage? Turn it into a planter! 2. Or maybe a bike, which is a lot more affordable! 3..   Got too many shoes and don’t know what to do? You can turn some of your shoes into garden planters. 4.  Repurpose old furniture, like drawers, ...

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AIFD “Passion” Symposium 2013

What happened in Las Vegas, didn’t exactly stay in Las Vegas. Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog who wants to know everything related to flowers, we found out what happened in Las Vegas from June 28th to July 2nd, 2013!

The American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) hosted yet another successful symposium (a fancy word for conference) at the Paris Hotel and Casio in Las Vegas, Nevada with the theme of “Passion.” Talented floral designers from around the world came together to share design ideas and inspiration, and of course, to have a good time! After all, they were in Sin City!

Passionate floral designers took part in the four day symposium to participate in awe-inspiring stage presentations, celebratory dinners, a floral expo with industry suppliers, a community service project, and other events. And of course, there many beautiful and extravagant floral arrangements to feast your eyes on!

Here are some photos from the 2013 AIFD “Passion” Symposium:

dress at the 2013 AIFD Passion Symposium

dress made of flowers at the 2013 AIFD Passion Symposium

floral design at 2013 AIFD Passion Symposium

floral arrangement at AIFD Passion Symposium 2013

floral arrangement at 2013 AIFD

As well, the AIFD also inducted 12 new members into its organization, including Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers’ Floral Design Educator, Iris Salmon! The AIFD distinction is considered the highest honour for floral designers. Membership into AIFD is selective and candidates must fulfill specific qualifications and demonstrate their advanced floral design skills to a panel of judges.

Iris Salmon, AIFD

And in case you were wondering, the theme for next year’s event is “Transition Transformation” and will be held in Chicago, Illinois from July 3-7th, 2014.

You can learn more about the American Institute of Floral Designers here: aifd.org

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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