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A Day at the Pumpkin Farm

When our city tires left the comfort of the well-known paved streets and bumped along the gravel roads of the country we knew we were getting close. As our small caravan pulled up next to a partly finished barn we were greeted by the constant commotion of a working farm – trucks pulling flatbed trailers down well-worn dirt paths as people picked the best pots for that week’s market, shouts of hello to the newcomers, and bouts of laughter in…

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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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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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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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Le Printemps – After the Thaw

This is a quick response I emailed out to a woman interested in the table we just did for Variety-The Children’s Charity held at Pine Lake Country Club. Rather spontaneous in my response, I thought it an interesting Blog post- We certainly enjoy this event and support this charity. We also love when people reach out, congratulate and ask how was that done! Greetings! Thank you for taking interest in our table- The jumping off point was certainly a desire…

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