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Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and are the larval host to specific butterflies.

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In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration…That is how we grow and learn and grow some more and truly experience life. What beautiful words Ansel Adams has shared, along with his amazing photography.

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Ansel Easton* Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was born in a neighboring town of San Francisco, CA. He had a very close relationship with his father, Charles Hitchcock Adams. Adams had lots of energy as a child, which made it challenging for him in school. With private tutoring and attending private school he graduated from 8th grade.

For all of the years I’ve admired Adams photography, I never knew his first art and profession was playing the piano. He pursued this career until the age of 26. At this point, Adams felt he would not get to the level of pianist as he attained to be, so he focused his efforts on photography. He married Virginia Best of Best Studio (a piano studio) in Yosemite Valley in 1928. He and Virginia continued running and teaching at the studio from after her father’s death until 1971. This supplemented their income, as Adams became a well-known photographer.

Adams loved and experienced as much of the outdoors as possible. This love “affair” can be seen and felt in his photography. He had a very specific point of view with his photography. It was “pure or straight photography” using a very small aperture (f/64) which gives great depth of field. From the philosophy of Edward Carpenter’s Towards Democracy, the purpose of Adam’s art, both piano and photography, was to inspire others, and inspire he did.

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Cafe au Lait Dahlia. Photographed @ Anna’s Blooms Cutting Garden, East Dorset, VT.

*I have always felt a connection to Ansel Easton Adams since my junior high years, and now I have another connection to him, as my grandson’s name is Easton.

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I’ve been watching the winter Olympics in PyeongChang as many of you are, and one female competitor had on her gloves, the words: “I AM”. It’s a very powerful statement. It reminded me of the first time I saw something like it, a few years ago, when our hostess was seating us for breakfast. I noticed the tattoo on her foot: ‘As I am’. The latter may look like a statement of complacency, but both are an affirmation in one’s self. To have acceptance of where “I am” at in this moment. The moment may be a brave moment, or a moment of tears, or a moment of total bliss. No matter what though, it’s a moment, and I’ll accept myself as I am. That actually can be a very hard thing to do. I think it takes work and courage to believe in that statement and to live it.

I think it takes work and courage to believe in that statement and to live it.

The wisdom of flowers often teaches me this same lesson. A very specific one for me is when the Japanese Beetles descend upon many of the flowers in my garden. They eat away at the leaves and sometimes the petals of my Zinnias, Roses, etc. For me, this is a moment of anger and aggravation. For my flowers, it is a moment of “I am” and they continue on their blooming journey and keep on growing. They do not give in to the beetles. They know this too shall pass. By the time the Japanese Beetles have finished, my flowers begin their healing, not letting those pesky bugs affect their course. For that I am grateful.

To live through the struggles of life and know that it is just a moment is hard to do. In the times I have lived my life like that, it was much less of a struggle than to let it control me. Wishing you a wonderful day and week and to remind yourself, “I am”. Know that you are a strong, wonderful, caring, (you fill in the blank) __________ person in each moment.

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Zinnia. Photographed in My Cutting Garden.

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Japanese camellia is sometimes called the “Rose of Winter” and is seen as a lucky symbol for the Chinese New Year.

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive…While thinking about Valentine’s Day, I came across this quote and thought it was most appropriate for Monday with Valentine’s Day coming up. We all want love and compassion. Even though Valentine’s Day is quite commercialized and more focused on the love we share with our partner/family, I think we should all take more time to give love and compassion to those around us, especially those we don’t know so well.

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I know of Dalai Lama and see him as a serene, humble and peaceful person, but I didn’t know much more until now. There have been fourteen Dalai Lamas. The name comes from dalai meaning “ocean” and lama (Tibetan work bla-ma) meaning “guru, teacher, mentor”. The Dalai Lama is a monk of Tibetan Buddhism of the “Yellow Hat” or Gelug school. The current and 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso. He came from a humble life and lived in a cowshed of his farmer’s family. He was enthroned November 17, 1950.

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Karma Thalia Dahlia. Photographed @ True Love Farm.

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy when I grow my lovely Paperwhites in the winter, watching them flop over or needing to spend the time to tie them up to support them. So, I decided to try an experiment: growing them in an alcohol and water mixture (7 parts water to 1 part Vodka or 13 parts water to 1 part 70% rubbing alcohol) to stunt the growth of the stems so they stand upright. You can read more about my experiment in this post.

I was completely amazed by the results.

The results:

I was completely amazed by the results. As seen above, there is a dramatic difference in the height of the flowers. I grew the ones without the mixture (on the left) in a very tall “vase” as another way to avoid the issue of stems flopping over, and they are 26” high. The bulbs that had the alcohol mixture are in the much shorter vase (on the right) and are 10” high. You can see for yourself that the ones given the mixture are less than half the height.

While the alcohol mixture did prevent the Paperwhites from flopping over, I also noticed that those flowers did not last as long. The alcohol stunted their growth, but it also stunted their blooming time by three weeks, if not more, compared to the other flowers.

My final thoughts on vodka & Paperwhites:

If you have a tall vase or don’t mind tying up your Paperwhites, I would opt out of using the alcohol mixture, as I found it quite disappointing to see the flowers die off so quickly. In this case, I think the standard method of using only water is my preference, so I can enjoy the flowers much longer, including that amazing aroma that Paperwhites exude.

Share with me below: What your favorite bulb is to grow inside during the winter?

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Paperwhite, Narcissa. Photographed in my studio.

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The more delicate, “single” type peony bears a whorl of only 5-20 broad petals around a central mass of stamens, unlike its double or semi-double counterparts that are most common in the flower trade.

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MY TWO CENTS
Love is like wild flowers. It’s often found in the most unlikely places…It’s in the vulnerability of being curious and open that create a marvelous sense of wonder. You never know, when you are open like this, what you will stumble upon. Wishing you the joy of wonder and finding love in the most unlikely places.

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Anonymous…There are so many quotes that are anonymous, which makes me wonder if the person who said it first wishes that they received credit for it. Or maybe they are happy to have said it and shared it without receiving any credit…

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September Ruby New England Aster. Photographed @ New York Botanical Garden.

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Anna of Anna’s Blooms is a landscape architect, flower lover, wife, mother, friend, flower grower, gardener, flower arranger, wedding bouquet creator and writer of Wednesday’s Flower facts.

‘Every flower has its own personality.’ ~ Anna Karina Johnson

The day of an event

Anna is a wealth of knowledge and talent. We had the chance this past year to chat about her flower arranging. On the day that I stopped by to chat, serendipitously she was creating floral arrangements for a rehearsal dinner that I would be attending that evening. The bride had requested fresh grown flowers with a light, airy design, and Anna was the perfect one to create them.


This centerpiece arrangement was for a fall wedding. The style is romantic and decadent for a rustic locale. Includes: Purple and Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, Scabiosa, Sedum Buds, Snapdragons, Seeded Eucalyptus.

Her arrangements

Anna prefers to create her arrangements outside in the natural light, but when I pulled into her driveway that morning there were no flower buckets outside to be found as the rain was looming. The fresh cut flowers and vases had to be moved into her kitchen. Either way, I was so happy to be surrounded by her flowers and watching her work. The end results for the evening were lovely and very fitting bouquets for the outdoor reception in a Vermont meadow.

This is a bridal bouquet for a bride who wanted small flowers and buds in spring tones and romantic in style. Includes:  Bunny Grass, Peony, Tulips, peony, rose, nigella, baby’s breath, Lisianthus, Lamb’s Ears, Wild Roses, Astrantia, Lady’s Mantle, Baptisia.

Her thoughts on cutting flowers

Prior to my arrival that morning, Anna went out around 5:30am to her cutting garden to select the various blooms. She could have gone out the night before to cut them, especially with the weather report of rain the next morning, but she said after a full day of sun, photosynthesis, and growing, it’s best to let the flowers rehydrate and get some rest through the night. That way they are fresher the next day and will last longer.

Every spring Anna does an arrangement for this entryway. She love the energy of the Eremurus as the forms and curving necks are fun to compose.  Includes: Eremurus, Tulips, Tree Peony, Bleeding Heart, and Euphorbia. 

Planning her gardens

Late winter and early spring, Anna plans her garden for the summer season. She plants it with the best ability to make sure she has the right flowers in bloom for each event. Sometimes that can mean doing three plantings of the same flower: one planting two weeks earlier than planned for the specific date, another planted to time with the event, and the third after the event. Nature has all the control, and she can only hope it will coincide with the time frame. And as Anna said, “every flower has its own personality.”

Field shots of Anna’s Blooms from left to right: Sweet Peas, Zinnias and Nicotiana.  

Kindred spirits

While I photograph flowers and Anna creates amazing bouquets, there is a kindred spirit between us. We both have an appreciation for how magical flowers are, how they touch lives, bring joy and create memories that will be long remembered.

Left: This bridal bouquet has small flowers and buds in spring tones and romantic in style. Includes: Bunny Grass, Parrot Tulips, Peonies, Roses, Nigella, Baby’s Breath, Lisianthus, Lamb’s Ears, Wild Rose, Astrantia, Lady’s Mantle, Baptisia.
Right: This arbor was for a wedding in June. Includes: Feverfew, Peonies and Mock Orange.

Thank you

Thank you Anna, for sharing your immense knowledge of flowers with us and for each set of Wednesday’s Flower facts. Each week’s flower description would not be the same without your flower facts knowledge!

Share with me below: Which of Anna’s arrangements in this post is your favorite?

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Cafe au Lait Dahlia. Photographed @ Anna’s Garden.

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Like foxglove and other “short-lived” flowers, dame’s rocket is a biennial. The first season, a rosette of leaves is formed and the second season, flowers appear.

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