Archive August 2013

Secret Garden: Bruce Springsteen

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in My Blog | 1 Comment

For anyone who knows me, it was only a matter of time before this appeared on my Flower Blog.   You might think it’s a tenuous connection, but I’m thinking that having ‘Garden’ in the title immediately qualifies it as a valid post on my Blog.  Being the Editor, I am the all-powerful decider of such things. 🙂

So here’s a little ‘Bruce’ and ‘Secret Garden’ for an August  Monday afternoon.

(Note: It’s not the best version, but I was avoiding the Jerry Maguire version.  If I find a better version, I’ll post it.  Sorry about the ad you have to watch at the beginning.)

Secret Garden bruce springsteen by runawaydream


She’ll let you in her house
If you come knockin’ late at night
She’ll let you in her mouth
If the words you say are right
If you pay the price
She’ll let you deep inside
But there’s a secret garden she hides

She’ll let you in her car
To go drivin’ round
She’ll let you into the parts of herself
That’ll bring you down
She’ll let you in her heart
If you got a hammer and a vise
But into her secret garden, don’t think twice

You’ve gone a million miles
How far’d you get
To that place where you can’t remember
And you can’t forget

She’ll lead you down a path
There’ll be tenderness in the air
She’ll let you come just far enough
So you know she’s really there
She’ll look at you and smile
And her eyes will say
She’s got a secret garden
Where everything you want
Where everything you need
Will always stay
A million miles away


Secret Garden can be found on Greatest Hits, on the Blood Brothers documentary DVD or on the Secret Garden CD single.  Or you can get the song ($1.29) or the video ($1.99) on iTunes.  There are two versions of the video currently on iTunes for, one regular and one “with strings”.  I love the “with strings” version of the song, but beware, there are no strings on the “with strings” video on iTunes — instead it includes a bunch of Jerry Maguire imagery (Secret Garden was briefly featured in the movie Jerry Maguire and is on its accompanying CD).

For that reason, I recommend the regular version of the video on iTunes.  I also highly recommend the “with strings” version of the song which can be found on the CD Single noted above.  Here it is from YouTube without any visual aids.

Secret Garden (with strings – wait for them, they’re at the end!):


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A newly released live version of this song can be found here.






Free Book Download: The Flower Recipe Book

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in My Blog | Leave a comment

I first discovered Studio Choo when I was researching flower farms (more on that in a future post), and have been coveting The Flower Recipe Book since it was published this Spring.  Studio Choo is a flower shop in South San Francisco, so living in New Jersey, I won’t be experiencing a real arrangement any time soon.  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t be inspired by their flower artistry in the form of their new book or their blog.



Authors Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo provided this description on the Studio Choo website:

We are so excited to share our first book with you (release date April 2nd, 2013), THE FLOWER RECIPE BOOK! The arrangements in it run the gamut of styles and techniques: some are wild and some are structured; some are time-intensive and some are astonishingly simple. Ingredient lists specify the type and quantity of blooms needed; clear instructions detail each step; and 400 photos show how to place every stem. Readers will learn how to work with a single variety of flower to great effect, and to create vases overflowing with layered blooms. The book is packed with ideas for unexpected vessels, seasonal buying guides, a flower care primer, and fun design techniques you need to know!

It’s called a recipe book because they show the ingredients you need for each arrangement.  And then they show how to build it step-by-step.  Here are some things I really like about the book:

  • The arrangements are beautiful and modern.  They defy traditional floral design by weighting arrangements in a unique way, varying heights, and using unusual combinations of flowers.
  • The arrangements feel within reach of anyone because they provide different levels of difficulty:  1) simple, 2) with company, 3) special occasion.
  • It lists flowers alphabetically and demonstrates how to make an arrangement with that particular flower.  So, if you have a certain flower in mind, you can look the flower up and find sample arrangements.  There are over 40 flowers to choose from, not including all the foliage and other “textural ingredients”.  (I even learned the names of some familiar yet, until now, anonymous flowers!)
  • The vases (or vessels as they call them) are different from what you normally see, and the way they use them demonstrates how a unique vessel changes the whole feel of the design.  Forget vases!  This is inspiring me to go on the hunt for my own vessels.

It’s an eye-filling book with 400+ stunning photographs that is sure to be enjoyed by anyone who loves flowers, even if you’re not interested in doing your own flower arrangements.

And now, for a limited time, you can get the iBook version The Flower Recipe Book for FREE at Crate and Barrel.  The offer is available until 10/31/13.  (Note: I’m not sure if the offer is available to my Canadian friends, but give it a try.)

I just have the iBook version right now, but I’m sure somewhere down the road a hard copy will appear in my home (hint hint). 


Calla Lily

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in My Blog | Leave a comment


CallaLily_0049-1My Calla Lilies have gone nuts this year.  Even though they’re supposed to like sun, mine are enjoying the rain and cool weather.  Its a huge difference from three years ago when  I planted it and it withered.  At the time, I thought “Oh well.  That’s a failed experiment”.  Imagine my surprise the following Spring when they poked through the dirt.  I hadn’t realized that they were perennials!  And I thought that plant was done!


Last summer, its second summer, my Calla Lily plant thrived, but this summer it has shot to a whole new level, spreading and growing high with  huge leaves.  The only downside is that there have only been two blooms this year.  Hopefully, I’ll get a few more in years to come. 


As you can see, mine are purple, but Calla Lilies also come in the traditional white, as well as pink, yellow, purple, and orange.  There are a also number of varieties, with the traditional white being the best known.


Originally from South Africa, the scientific name is Zantedeschia Aethiopica.  They’re also known as Pig Lily, White Arum, Trumpet Lily, Arum Lily, and Garden Calla.  “Calla” is derived from Greek, meaning “beautiful”, which is a fitting description; however, the bloom doesn’t really look like a lily, which can be confusing.  In fact, its petal is actually a funnel-shaped leaf.  This shape has given this lily some notoriety as a symbol of lust and sexuality.   I always thought they were popular at weddings because of their elegance and simplicity, but what do I know?  🙂 


I love this clip below from the 1937 movie Stage Door with Katherine Hepburn in which she carries a beautiful bouquet of Calla Lilies and laments, “The Calla Lily is in bloom again. Such a strange flower. Suitable for any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day, and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.” ~ Katherine Hepburn, Stage Door, 1937

CallaLily_0039-1I’m really enjoying this new addition to my garden because they add a lot of greenery and the blooms last most of the season.  When I see them beginning to fade, I’ll pick them and enjoy them inside for a week or so. 


You can also grow Calla Lilies indoors.  Apparently, they’ll bloom all year in the right conditions, either inside or out.  Outdoors, where I live in New Jersey, they’ll start to lose their luster in September, and when the leaves begin to yellow in the fall, they’re done.  It’s time to cut them down just above the ground.  And, as I’ve recently discovered, await their return next Spring!


Right now, in early August, they’re still flourishing.  I’m going to enjoy them outside for awhile still.  Then, when the time comes, I’ll enjoy my two cut stems inside for awhile longer.


CallaLily_0009-1Warning!  Calla Lilies are poisonous for humans and for cats and dogs!

























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