Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
With the holidays fast approaching, here are some floral-related gifts for those flower lovers on your holiday shopping list.
“The Garden Gallery 2008 Weekly Engagement Planner” from Sellers Publishing features exquisite floral watercolors from renowned artist Sharon Pitts. With a hidden wire binding, this has a page for each week with lots of space for recording appointments. Along the margins of each page is additional room for notes. At the beginning of each month is a monthly calendar and extra blank pages for notes.
The gorgeous water colors depict seasonal arrangements and flowers, most of which are beautifully displayed in vases. The appendix has pages to record important dates for 2009, an address book, and several blank pages for notes. This is small enough to fit in a tote.
Also from Sellers Publishing comes a delightful flower book. Flower lovers would treasure a copy of “Flower Spirits-the Beauty That Blooms Within” by Steven N. Meyers. These extraordinary photos actually use x-rays instead of light, which reveals the hidden beauty that remains unseen to the naked eye. There are nearly 50 photos. Each of the color plates is paired with an appropriate quote or saying from a literary source, naturalist, or artist.
“Loves Me, Loves Me Not-the Hidden Language of Flowers” by Peter Loewer was released by Cool Springs Press. This is a perfect hostess gift for flower lovers. Beautifully illustrated with full color paintings by the author, it features around 50 individual flowers that were used in the Victorian language of flowers.
Each of the flower profiles provides an in-depth account of what the blossom means, how it came to have that meaning, and other related plant lore. The plants are arranged alphabetically by common name from anemone to wisteria. In the introduction, the author delves into the historical use of flowers and how the Victorian language of flowers came into being. It has an attached ribbon in the spine for use as a bookmark.
Any number of books on a wide range of floral-related subjects will appeal to floral designers, including titles on home decorating schemes. “Choosing Colors” by Kevin McCloud from Watson Guptill is an excellent choice. This takes the concept of color to new heights. With few exceptions, the examples of décor feature floral designs.
Because this title contains actual swatches for over 700 commercially available colors from major paint companies, floral designers can easily match arrangements to fit their rooms’ color schemes. This groundbreaking title has over 60 tried-and-true palettes ranging from old historical favorites to trendy regional and cultural palettes. The introduction will be especially helpful to floral designers as the author explains how colors work and their effect.