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May 01, 2009


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Cool flowers you have here.


Philippine flower

Hey those photo are gorgeous,love the plants within the flower.I want to know the name of that plant.


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Mother's day is coming this week,flowers might be demand this time.I'm so glad i have a garden where i pick some flowers for my mom.


Eugene Carlson

Something more for May Day --

This email just arrived from André Sacchetini, a diplomat attached to the French Embassy in Washington. He's returning to France this summer and sent this note to friends who he knows have a soft spot for May Day tradition. You'll never look quite the same at Lily of the Valley after reading this:

"On nearly every street-corner throughout France, countless vendors are selling plants, sprigs, and bouquets of the delightful Lily of the Valley. On this day, we traded gifts of sweet-smelling muguet (Lily of the Valley) to our friends and loved ones for good luck.

"As the flower became a gift to recognize virtues and good conscience, it is said that when the world was created, Lily of the Valley were on both sides of the door of paradise and that its little bells were ringing every time a brave person would go through the door.

"In the Middle Ages, May was the month for couples to get engaged and the tradition was to hook blades of Lily of the Valley above the door of your loved one. The Lily of the Valley has long been the symbol of renewal and spring and fitting that it became a symbol of happiness and good luck.

"The custom was introduced in Washington, DC at Café du Parc under a new English name, Lucky Lily Day® with guests receiving sprigs of the delicate Muguet. The Café added a small note to explain the French custom. Supported by the Embassy of France, the tradition provides a touch of sweetness and beauty in an often challenging world. As the custom grows, Café du Parc will accept contributions from guests to be donated to children and seniors in need.

"Happy Lucky Lily Day!"

André S

Sue Nevler

Happy May Day back atcha, and that May Day tradition's not dead yet...

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New Book: Petal & Twig

  • Petal & Twig Made The New York Times!
    From Anne Raver's review: "Valerie Easton, a Seattle-based garden writer, discusses the art of growing and arranging cut flowers in “Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets With Blossoms, Branches and Grasses From Your Garden” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). Written as an informal diary, with photographs of arrangements from her own garden, and tips on cutting and keeping flowers fresh, the book inspires ideas not only on what to grow but on how to combine (or not) those beauties inside. See review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/garden/new-books-on-growing-and-arranging-flowers.html?scp=1&sq=petal%20&%20twig%20anne%20raver&st=cse
  • The first reviews on the new book are in! From Publisher's Weekly:
  • "Open your eyes and keep it simple: those are two lessons Easton passes on from her own 40 years in the garden. When selecting and arranging flowers for bouquets, you needn’t spend a bundle buying a bundle of imported flowers.....The result will be unique, local, imaginative, and inexpensive. Color photos throughout illustrate and inspire."

In the News

  • Montreal Blogger Reviews "A Pattern Garden"
    I was so pleased to find that "A Pattern Garden" is still being reviewed...check out Allan Becker's generous review on his Garden Guru blog.. I felt like Allan really understood what I was working towards in that book....he writes...."There is a delightful abstract quality to this publication. In it, the author takes good garden design to a higher, more spiritual level. Instead of discussing the aesthetic and scientific elements of design, as so many traditional garden design books do, she focuses on the role played in garden design by archetypal ideas - a.k.a. patterns - that reference the longings of human beings. These pleasure and comfort-rooted ideas are those that inspire designers to create gardens that are satisfying beyond their beauty." see more at http://allanbecker-gardenguru.squarespace.com/journal/valerie-easton
  • Planting art
    Check out this interview with Val in the Chicago Tribune on using art in the garden...

The New Low Maintenance Garden

  • Reviews Are In....
    "Over the years, countless books have espoused a low-maintenance approach to gardening. None have been as engaging, practical, or inspiring as this latest of Easton's contributions to the gardener's bookshelf,"
    - Pacific Horticulture magazine, Jan/Feb/Mar 2010

    "A handy guide to a garden you can raise without a corresponding increase in your blood pressure..handsome and informative...."
    - Metropolitan Home, Dec. 2009

    "This book is an invaluable addition to the garden library – destined to be a classic for many years to come."
    - Garden Design Online

Photo Credits

  • The banner and portrait photos were taken by Jacqueline Koch; all other photos by Val Easton unless otherwise credited.


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