Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spring Hydrangea

Spring hydrangeas are blooming in our gardens. Last year we took home potted plants from the shop that we had used for cuttings and put them in the ground. After wintering in the garden it's looking like a robust harvest of blooms. Not all potted hydrangea plants will thrive and flower in the garden, but the varieties we have at the shop adapt happily. Should you decide to plant some in your own garden, remember to leave the stems long as the buds will grow on old wood each year.

Each week we get a shipment of hydrangeas from Holland surprising us with yet another stunning variety. With more than 50 varieties from which to choose it's a tough decision when we place our order. The spring varieties are vivid and refreshing. Check back in September to see a gallery of the more subtle antique hydrangeas.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Joli Jewelry Florals

Happy finds from our travels to the Atlanta market that can be had through the internet--Joli jewelry by artist Judy Lyons. The studio is in Park Slope, Brooklyn where her line is designed and assembled by hand. 

Judy creates limited edition wearable pieces of art from vintage beads, charms, buttons and other surprises. She has a wonderful sense of color and style, mixing vintage and contemporary elements for truly unique jewelry along with an occasional dish or two. We love the many floral notes in these little treasures.

This little fish pond dish uses 1930's art deco glass for leaves, vintage plastic from the 50's and 60's for the flowers, etc. and the fish is carved from bone. Each piece comes with a note about the origins of the various elements.

Her collection is currently being sold in boutiques and specialty stores throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, France, Holland & South Korea. You can find a select few pieces through the internet.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tulips Tulips Tulips

A recent trip to Holland to see the magnificent tulips and flowers markets in Amsterdam has renewed our love of tulips. The incredible varieties propagated currently are simply amazing. While our admiration for the sheer beauty of tulips has grown, so has our appreciation of what it takes to bring a fine tulip variety to market so that we can share them with you.

At Robin Wood Flowers, we have found that the varieties we import from Holland hold beautifully in arrangements for at least 4-5 days, unlike those you might pick from your garden.

Behold just a few of our favorites!