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Blue Week in Ohio – A Day Trip to Kitty Todd

A good girl friend of fleurdetroit and plant enthusiast always manages to take me on the best day trips. Last week’s trip found us in Ohio at the Kitty Todd Nature Preserve. Our goal was to see the native lupines in full bloom and to catch a glimpse of the rare Karner Blue butterfly which calls these vast stands home.

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A Garden Farewell

Saying so long to my woodland garden is proving to be as difficult as waving farewell to a friend whom I may never see again. Much like a friendship, the gardens at Maplewood have been nurtured each day with hands in the earth or eyes on the wildlife. From the earliest days of planning and planting to the most recent days of sheer admiration with the maturity of the trees and perennials, my soul is feeling the loss. As a…

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A Hellebore Story

The queen of the snow, the very first breath of Persephone; the Hellebore greets each garden with her first blooms, as early as January in most Michigan gardens, and continues to re-bloom through early spring. The clumping nature of these blooms amplifies the colour in the early, stark garden. A garden without hellebores is a garden lacking depth and breadth. The sturdy and glossy foliage is a favorite of mine throughout the growing season. The texture cannot be replicated with…

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Garden Roses and Leaking Roofs

The continued battle with our leaking roof in the floral studio has nearly driven us all to a point of not so pretty behaviors. The roof situation has been an ongoing issue this summer but, we were assured all of the leaks have been found and fixed. Needless to say the day we brought these beauties in also ushered in the day of the great ceiling collapse. Chicken Little herself would have certainly been flapping if the roses did not…

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Fleurdetroit – birmingham

We are so happy to unveil our second location ! Our jewel box in birmingham has officially opened to a warm welcome from the community. Fresh, exotic and romantic stems greet all that enter. No floral trapped in coolers. We believe all floral should be enjoyed by the senses in a home environment and therefore floral displays are out amongst the merchandise. Stop by for the perfect gift and visit Courtney and her city team.

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Sunday Morning Feeding

  Our favorite times in the garden are often the early hours or the magical gloaming Hour when the light is soft and the air crisp. This Sunday morning Vilda and Soames decided to partake in feeding time. My French press is empty and it is time to get ready to go to work!

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Saturdays, Sunshine & MI Fresh Cuts

Joe ran to Laguna for the weekend for his uncle’s birthday party and I opted to stay home to enjoy some me time with the dogs! Samantha, catherine and Courtney are working at the Bloomfield hills location giving me my first “real” day off in a long time. What to do with myself, I thought this morning!? I woke up, far too early, like a child on Christmas Day and loaded the dogs up to visit the market. Joe typically…

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Swallow tails, A Great Friend, Lobelias and a Garden Walk

My friend, Diane, whose passion for the wild, Michigan garden burns as bright as her late summer lobelias bloom. I have posted many pictures of her garden on the Fleurdetroit Facebook page over the past seasons. I’ve tried to capture her zeal in each shot. Each patch , of her large peace of the county, carefully planted with natives to feed and shelter those creatures so many do not even see in their busy lives. Her meadow and bog gardens…

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A Mid Summer Reflection

The seasons, no matter how late or off in temperature timing, continue to keep spinning forward. Joe and I have been so unaware of how much time has been put behind us as we march forward with the businesses and with friends. We are continuously investing all of ourselves and our time into making our contribution to the community matter. Most of our clients have traveled along side of us from the beginning supporting every step. We are also amazed…

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Our Jewel Box In The Woods

Rather funny that I now think I need to give myself permission to take 15 minutes to walk my own gardens before rushing off to work.  I need to adjust my thought process quite quickly to regain some balance in my life.  Funny ha ha or not- I walked this morning!  My walk turned into quite a walk about… I was god smacked by all of the beauty and treasure that exists on our little piece of  this planet.   As if Persephone herself…

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