July 4th, 2011
Flowers are something I am passionate about, so it makes sense that my first post is all about flowers. And it also kicks off our very first theme: Flowers. Get ready for a flower explosion in the week to come!
And one of my favorite little trips in our neighborhood is to the Chelsea Flower Market. This is the bouquet we made from the flowers we picked up. As soon as we turned the corner into the markets, my four year-old, said, “Oh, Mama, I can smell the flowers”. Sure enough, we were hit with a potpourri of perfumes and a myriad of colors. I love stepping into the fresh coolness of the shops, especially on a sweltering day like yesterday. And there is something so mysterious about leaving with a plain brown paper package concealing such a treasure. The market is between 6th and 7th Avenues and 28th Street and you can get everything from fresh flowers, to plants, to all sorts of florist’s supplies. In fact, this is where most of the city’s florists get at least some of their flowers.
I took these photos at G. Page.
Then we pushed on a bit further up 6th Ave. to 38th street, (and I do mean pushed, as I had the double stroller in tow) to my fave ribbons and notions shop, the historic M&J Trimmings, for the ribbons around our vase. This place has a staggering range of over one million products: ribbons, buttons, trimmings, and every imaginable notion. They also have an online store.
Helpful hint: If you too want to wrap ribbon around your vase, it helps to stick it down with glue dots to keep from sliding And don’t forget to buy that green foamy stuff so your flowers stay put.