flowers for homes

May 20, 2010

wish you could smell these

Filed under: spring flowers — Tags: , , — magdalenasflowers @ 7:34 am

look what i found at the los angeles downtown flower market yesterday……..

super fragrant sweet peas from california


those local sweet peas were a feast for the senses……..

breathtaking fragrance, strong shades of watercolor lavenders and vigorous strength……. nothing dainty about those sweet peas…….

i bought the whole lot in these shades off the vendor……. and that’s what i sent out for orders that day……… and people were pretty much overjoyed to see and receive such abundant, seasonal preciousness……

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May 17, 2010

the last of SPRING being kissed GOOD BYE by the first of SUMMER

Filed under: spring flowers — Tags: , , — magdalenasflowers @ 7:50 am

right now is that precious time when the best of SPRING FLOWERS and the first of SUMMER FLOWERS meet……

dutch hydrangea and freedom roses


filled lilac from oregon and fritillaria

local parrot tulips, super fragrant hyacinths and grape hyacinths

enjoy this precious meeting of the seasons…….. the last of spring being kissed good bye by the first of summer……


April 27, 2010

PINK TULIPS on a moody day in LOS ANGELES

Filed under: homes, spring flowers — Tags: , , , , — magdalenasflowers @ 2:40 pm

on a moody day like this, only sweet and playful flowers can cheer me up…….

like these LOCAL TULIPS FROM CALIFORNIA……..

in seasons past, i did not care for tulips all that much……. the imported dutch tulips tend to be weak, sometimes moldy…….
these local beauties though are STRONG and PLAYFUL at the same time……. perfect to play with the other PRETTY THINGS on my mantle……

April 26, 2010

LILAC is in the air

it is in FULL BLOOM and really GOOD QUALITY right now……

don’t miss out on this FRAGRANT shrub, in bloom only ONCE A YEAR……  

in WHITE and various shades of PURPLE  and LILAC (hence the name of the color!!) and perfect for MOTHER’S DAY

LILAC reminds people of their CHILDHOOD GARDENS on the EAST COAST, of EUROPE and SPRING ……

it also reminds me of IMPRESSIONISTIC STILL LIFES….. like this one, lilac in a glass by edouard manet….

so bring LILAC home…….. or let me bring it home for you…….



 

April 22, 2010

arranging CHEAP FLOWERS

Filed under: flowers, homes — Tags: , — magdalenasflowers @ 7:20 pm

the other day i had some “left overs” ……. left overs of CHEAP FLOWERS that is…… you might also call them FILLER FLOWERS……
POOR THINGS……. FLOWERS WITH A BAD REPUTATION……
what does luxurious magdalena’s flowers have to do with cheap flowers you might ask……
cheap flowers can be quite CHARMING……. in fact i have made it my mission to bring some of those cheap flowers back, arrange them quite differently and bring them into my own home and those of my esteemed clients…….
the trick is to bunch them very GENEROUSLY…….. like a lot, come on, they are cheap, no need to be stingy…..
the real CHARM OF CHEAP FLOWERS will only be revealed, if they are bunched generously, like 2 to 5 bunches of them……..

look how SWEET they can look, like picked from a WILD FIELD OF FLOWERS…….

DON’T BE SHY……..

April 2, 2010

groom your lilies people!!!!

Filed under: flower care, flowers, homes — Tags: — magdalenasflowers @ 1:03 pm

so you know how i recommended having easter lilies in your home for easter……. cause they’re so fragrant, elegant and seasonal……

and they will last you a good week……… if they are of good quality and WELL TAKEN CARE OF!!!!!

which means, please snip off all the spent blooms once they get wrinkly and fade …….. you don’t want  have those faded ones ruin the show of the blooms which are in their prime and those buds still about to perform …… 

also, there will be some dropping of the dusty pollen which looks like orange or brown powder  and can stain your table cloth or clothes and the bloom itself…….

so gently pull off the pollen with your hands, when the bloom first opens up, before the pollen even matures …… that way you won’t have to worry about any staining…… 

and last not least, please refill the water at least once during that week of continuous performance of your lilies…….. they will drink more than you think and if you don’t refill the water the vase might tip over from the weight of the newly developing blooms……

you can enjoy these true show girl flower performers for a good week, you have to TAKE CARE OF THE GIRLS though……..

March 30, 2010

it doesn’t matter if you celebrate PASSOVER, EASTER or BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY

just make sure you have some spring flowers in the house!!!!!!!!!!

like fragrant narcissus……

or the very seasonal easter lilies…… so elegant…….. my mother had a “waterfall” of them for her bridal bouquet…….

March 12, 2010

jasmine in the house

Filed under: flowers, flowers for spiritual places, homes — Tags: , , — magdalenasflowers @ 9:10 am

blooming jasmine is in the air again……. it is that time of the year…… here in Los Angeles we do have the good fortune for a couple of weeks each spring to be blessed with it’s generous and sensual fragrance perfuming the air……. you cannot avoid it…… just take a few steps out of your house, and your nose will pick up it’s fragrance pretty soon…….

most of the year an unassuming, modest vine that won’t catch your eye…… and then all of a sudden, there it is…….. a generous waterfall of tiny pink buds and white blossoms and feathery leaves………

now, it is so worth it to take that fragrance into your home…….. you won’t need much……. just break a couple of those clusters of blooms off the vine, re-cut the tiny stems again once you’re home and put them in a bud vase filled with water to place by your house altar, into a guest room to make someone feel welcome or into a powder room……

it’s just a small accent, yet it makes a huge impact on your senses…….. believe me…… and it’s only around once a year…….

February 22, 2010

dita von teese and my flowers

Filed under: dita von teese, flowers, orchids, valentine's flowers — Tags: , , — magdalenasflowers @ 4:35 pm

here she is, with one of her signature costumes ……. where she combines silk flowers and on point ballet dancing……. the grace, the femininity, the show……and here are my valentine’s flower showgirls (inspired by dita), that some men with good taste ordered for their ladies…….. 

February 11, 2010

flowers should be like show girls

again and again i am inspired by dita von teese………. i’ve met her personally in december and was so impressed with her……. how can she be all glamorous and down to earth at the same time…… and soft spoken, accessible and smart as well……. AND she has three dachshunds and 4 cats.

for sure she is a woman to my liking. always inspired by her.  she writes “the showgirl sells magic”. and “decadence is the art of showmanship”. do those quotes remind you of my flowers?? i hope so, cause i want my flowers to be like showgirls…… sensual, classy, aware of their own beauty and generous……

which brings me to valentine’s……. my flowers will be like showgirls…… sensual and flawless……. there to be admired……. i’m not going to send out roses though….. contrary to popular belief those are NOT the flowers you want to send to your sweetheart. since the whole world is ordering them they tend to be like paper money during an inflation. poor quality, inflated prizes and no staying power.

go with show girly orchids instead. that’s what dita would recommend. and magdalena’s. they will take your and your loved one’s breath away.

see http://www.magdalenasflowers.com for mouthwatering examples.

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