Celebrate Mother’s Day

Every day should be Mother’s Day, and staying on that train of thought, Father’s Day, too. We do not need one specific day to shower our parents and guardians with the love and appreciation for their shelter gifted us through each day and night.  Yes, even when we are adults.  They may leave us to our own rhythms and choices respecting the responsibilities and privileges that come with maturation, but our hearts are gently resting in theirs.  Yet, there is a special day when we pull out all the stops and gleefully shout, “Happy Mother’s Day”! “Happy Father’s Day!” Acknowledge your appreciation with a unique bloom that, like your love, will always be Still Blooming.

There are three opportunities for picking just the right bloom for your mother this coming Friday and/or Saturday, May 10th and/or 11th (the days right before Mother’s Day) with full details under the Events tab:

May Market and National Public Gardens’ Day

May 10 and 11, 2013

Friday, 9:30am to 7pm & Saturday, 9:30am to 5pm

Garden Fest (Fox Chapel)

May 11, 2013

9:00am to 2:30pm

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s  Plant Sale and Celebration

Saturday May 11, 2013

8:30am to 2:00pm


~ Harvest blooms here and there ~

The EVENTS page is full of gardens bursting with flowers here and there throughout the summer.  Even at the end of fall these flowers will be Still Blooming.


Believe it!

            It’s here, I promise.  Spring is here.  Right?  It has to be.  Perhaps if we collectively believe that the new green on the trees and the shoots emerging from the ground are a signal that the warm weather will indeed come, we may be able to convince Mother Nature to let her warming child stick around our gardens. Especially on the weekends!  Perhaps we could persuade her with the glorious colors of the new crop of blooms from Still Blooming.  They will stand tall and proud forever and will continue to remind us all that regardless what the calendar says, spring will always spring forth!

Nestled in Green Bloom

Nestled in Green Bloom

Check out the EVENTS page to see the places Still Blooming will be planted!

 

 


Yes, some roses are red,
   yet in a week, those flowers are dead.
 
For a kiss that says it all,
   give blooms that will always stand tall.

In your hands is a gift from thee;

a blossom that always will be… Still Blooming.

Valentine's Star Bloom

The flower filled Still Blooming studio is open for Valentine’s Day Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30PM until, well until the lights turn out.  Give me a call to make an appointment or if you are in the area drop by after 3:30PM. 412-216-1739.

201 N. Braddock Ave in Point Breeze 15208.   http://goo.gl/maps/Li9x8

If you would like to come on Thursday you will need to let me know in advance.

The entrance to the building is on Thomas Avenue right off Braddock and two streets up from Penn Ave.  The parking lot is lit.

 Happy Valentine’s Day to all you sweethearts.

Swirling Valentine Bloom

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For the Birds

For the Birds

A spa for the birds


It’s blooming December! How did that happen?

warm winter blooms

I am not sure how it happened, but the calendar turned another page to reveal December.   Now that it’s here I guess we should embrace it.  Before you know it, autumn will fly away and winter will officially be here with its full icy regalia.  There may even be some crows cawing to usher the cold and snow into our yards.   Closing the drapes to keep the outside out and the inside in is right around the corner.  The heart of each home will keep us warm until the thaw eases its way back into our gardens.  One way to keep the light of spring and summer in a corner of your home is to fill it with the layered petals of a blossom from Still Blooming.  They will glisten in candlelight, firelight and even the silver light of early winter mornings.  Plant a blossom filled with the light of all seasons that will forever be, Still Blooming.

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Look At Me Bloom

Look At Me Bloom


Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek


Still Blooming has blossomed in the East End of Pittsburgh.  I have moved out of my basement, out of my son’s room, out of the dining room, out from under the coffee table in the living room, and out of my sitting room, into a studio. A real studio! Fortune befell me when a Pittsburgh ceramicist, Sam Newbury, shared the news of his finding affordable studio space in a building undergoing a transformation. And now I too, find myself in the old, 200,000 square foot, Mine Safety Appliance building on the corner of Penn and Braddock Avenues. I landed in the NW corner with floor to ceiling windows. Stacks of crystal and glass of all colors are vibrating in the waves of sunlight rolling through the windows.

I am in the studio more often than not and look forward to visitors dropping by to walk about the blossoms that are, Still Blooming.

Please call to confirm I am in the studio and not out shopping for bloom fixings.

412-216-1739

Before

Come see the After shot!

 

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Something To Be Sure Of

No matter what else goes on in your world, you can always depend on the arrival of the Vernal Equinox and the change of seasons, even if in your corner of the garden spring is recognized only with a turning of the calendar page. Despite this being March, here in southwestern Pennsylvania the calendar seems to be missing March through May because we are 20-30 degrees above normal and have had days, yes, days, in the high 70s. Poor Mother Nature is still trying to figure out where her wild winter child left its ice, snow and whipping wind. It seems to have lost these toys along its journey from fall’s lair to its own. So now, the confused root children have been awakened and are doing their catlike morning stretches reaching further into the softening ground while pushing perennials’ shoots up through the layers of fallen leaves and compost that dressed the beds for the scheduled, but absent, winter weather. Primroses and crocus first broke the silence of the season accompanying the songs of so many birds. The brightness of forsythia, the corals of quince and the softness of pussy willows are next to introduce themselves to each other in the garden. They are the final notes in the overture of the spring and summer symphony. Neighbors are washing porches and lawn furniture and the grills have been fired up releasing the scent of the season’s first barbecue down the streets and through backyards. Under the gentle greens of the tree’s first leaves and amidst the sunlit nips of color along the branches of woody ornamentals, Still Blooming’s perpetual blooms are in full glory as the rest of spring grows to embrace their myriad of textures and hues from crystal, glass, aluminum and porcelain petals.  Amongst the equinox and the coming of spring, the sun rising and setting, we can also count on the perpetual bloom’s subtle and bright delight that grace all seasons and will always be Still Blooming.