Lantana

Benefits of walking through any neighborhood: noticing the tiny joys of nature not normally noticed when behind the wheel of a speeding car. And then there’s walking off your lunch (very important).

Yesterday I made my way from Revival Market, belly full with a delicious pulled pork pressed sandwich with sweet pickles, and an out-of-this-world amazing moon pie made by Fluff Bake Bar. I have to admit, it was a great lunch.

Strolling back to my destination I noticed these beautiful orange berries hanging against a public fence. Wild Lantana covered the ground. Lantana is a favorite flower. It is both delicate and hearty, growing really well in Texas’ un-forgiving and blistering temperatures. It is native to tropical regions of the ‘Americas’ and ‘Africa’ which is no surprise as to why it flourishes so well in Texas. A bit of trivia new to me, is that it is known as ‘ham and eggs’, because of the pink and yellow flower clusters.

I took the opportunity to begin and impromptu flower arranging session, street side. Would you believe not one person noticed what I was doing? They might have been driving too fast…

I arranged this wild Texas bouquet in an empty Topo Chico bottle. I just love the way it looks styled against a colorful background of sidewalk art by my two famed nephews. They are budding artists, among other things.

Plotting, planning, working, wishing, dreaming….

For a place like this:

So that I can create something like this:

Found these great before and after floral-studio photos over at Design Sponge.

And here’s yet another set.

A beautiful makeover of a defunct carpet store. Just takes a bit of money, patience, vision and creativity…to get started.

Which becomes this:

Check out more images of the carpet store which Root 75  transformed into their floral studio over at Design Sponge . Just gorgeous and complete inspiration this week.

Style & Inspiration (no flowers featured)

…flowers, style and inspiration. That is exactly what I wanted this blog to be about. Up until now the focus has largely been about flowers and inspiration. But I’d like to offer you a detour. If for a moment.

Rest assured I’m not turning my flower blog into a fashion blog. Though I do feel this falls under the category of: style and inspiration.  I am completely inspired. And as this is my tiny little piece of code on the www. I feel entitled to express myself.

For the first time I do not own a car. You know what? This doesn’t scare me one bit. If I lived in NYC, Chicago, D.C. or many a city in Europe, I could live and function without a car and it wouldn’t be an issue. Heck there would even be designated lanes and bridges for cyclists to get around on. Well I’m fresh off the boat from living in SF where I occasionally had a car (whose usage I’m deeply thankful for and indebted to) and occasionally didn’t have a car. It is so easy to get around SF without a car, thanks to a great public transit system that includes a ferry, buses (that arrive more than once an hour), underground and above ground trains. And there are the taxis, which seem to out number regular cars.

It is curious to think that moving to the 4th largest city in the country I’d need to feel pressure (or less than) for not wanting to jump into a car again. It’s no wonder Houston is one of the fattest cities, people don’t get out much and walk around.

Well it’s 130 degrees you say! Yes, there is that tiny glitch. Unfortunate yes, embraceable? Perhaps…

For now I am enjoying the less traveled road that puts me into complete contact with sun, smells, fresh air (and fresh smog) and a new lease on life. One that employs a helmet, back light and leather messenger bag. It is not 130 degrees anymore so it is quite possible I will be singing another tune when it is.

I found these images over at The Sartorialist. I searched for ‘bicycle chic’ and these are photos that emerged. Being a new bike rider (in about 20 years) I initially thought I’d be forced to wear nothing but fluorescents, or spandex or fluorescent spandex. I was leery of compromising my existing style (yes really) to the 2 wheeled appreciation. I was ready to embrace looking like a super-nerd on a bike. You know what? That’s o.k. too. But I see no reason attempting to skirt-it, or cute -shoe it on the bike. Why not?

Now the only thing missing is a basket for the front- to hold my (rotating and coordinating) bag, fresh flowers and a baguette which I will not feel guilty about eating.

P.s. there will be sweat. This I cannot avoid. But hopefully style will be coupled with it.

Stargazer Lily

Picked up this single stem at the florist around the corner. It’s the type of place that stocks plenty of blue roses, dyed spider mums and keeps all of the flowers (even tropicals!) in a cooler. Thought I’d splurge (and not forage) and purchase a single stem for 5$ (missing Trader Joe’s prices). Lilies are a good choice for a single stem, as they boast at least 4 blooms and the added bonus is the smell. I promptly fashioned this stem in an empty bottle of 14 Hands Merlot.

Sometimes one stem is really all you need. Otherwise you are left scratching the walls (or your eyes) because the fragrance is too over-the-top and just down right cloying…

I’m loving the way this looks set in the fireplace with candles.

Never underestimate the power of a drinking glass. Occasionally that is what you are left with.

Simplicity is best.

Cotton

 

I happened upon this a few weeks ago when it came into the florist I was working at. Just love it. Cotton on the stem. Natural and a little decadent. Soft and pillowy like marshmallows. I think it looks best all on its own. It was picked up at Florist at Large. Lord knows where those ladies found it. And glad they did.