Flower colour guide…

In arranging flowers, more often than not, our creative process begins with thinking about the colours we want. Flower Color Guide is a beautiful reference to organise flowers by colour with an emphasis on seasonality & creative colour schemes. Stunning in their sheer variety.

Showcases 400 flowers with superb photography by Putnam & Putnam. Tips on flower care, notes on how to prepare vessels & a list of wonderful colour schemes. Speaks to the most seasoned flower enthusiasts & ones just beginning to explore the possibilities of arranging flowers. A visual treat.

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Petal…

From roadside daisies to exotic lilies, botanical illustrator Adriana Picker has curated flower specimens from all over the world to create a floral wonder. Petal is arranged in various flower families of buds & foliage. Unique floral characteristics, colours & sculptural beauty. Highlights the traditions, folklore, fame, scent & meaning behind our favourite blooms. A beautiful collection for flower lovers.

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Language of flowers…

The Complete Language Of Flowers is an enchanting encyclopedia with the meanings, powers, facts & folklore of over 1,000 flower species. A beautiful visual depiction with the flower’s scientific & common names, special characteristics, mythological value & fantastic flower poetry. 

For centuries, symbolic flower significance has fascinated writers, florists & poets. During the Victorian era, floriographies flourished. Elegant, comprehensive, incredible.

  • Purple Tulip – love, serenity, clarity
  • Amaryllis – adventure, enthusiasm, passion
  • Daisy – beauty, innocence, playfulness
  • Sunflower – ambition, energy, optimism

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The forest…

A forest is a place of serene tranquillity amongst the chaos of the outside world. Wandering between aged oaks & fields of yellow grass, I’ve often tried to capture the beautiful spring & chilly winter days. Our natural surroundings offer no end to creative inspiration. Nothing is more stunning than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. Always an adventure, an inspiration waiting in the woods.

There’s an amazing light in the forest – sun as it streams through the branches, sunsets giving a glow over the ponds. Love reflections of the clouds in water. Earth & sky, woods & fields, lakes & rivers, stars & flowers, glaciers & snowflakes, mountains & the sea are excellent teachers. Motivate us to leave the roads & take the trails.

“In some mysterious way, woods have never seemed to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them. But, actually, they seem to move through me. The strongest oak of the forest is not one that is protected from the storm. It’s the one facing the winds, rains & the scorching sun”.

Walking into a forest we hear all kinds of sweet & subtle sounds. But, underneath, there is an all pervasive silence. Anywhere, which is in a mountain forest, is my Zen place. Going to the woods is going home…

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Save the black rhino…

Poaching, land clearing for agriculture & human settlement have decimated black rhinoceros population across Africa. Numbers have plummeted from 100,000 to fewer than 4,000 animals. Today, black rhinos are found in habitats ranging from desert in SW Africa to the montane forests of Kenya. The eastern black rhino is the most endangered sub-species with fewer than 950 individuals remaining. 97% of black rhinos were lost by 1995, primarily due to illegal poaching for their horns.

Kenya is home to 80% of eastern black rhinos. To protect them, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) supports Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a crucial sanctuary in Kenya’s Laikipia County with the largest population of black rhinos in East Africa. Ensures high standards of monitoring, developing incentives for local support for rhino conservation through community development programs. Manages the existing population with a high-quality, secure habitat to thrive & grow.

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