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Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm Hardcover – February 1, 2013
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From Ballamy Pailthorp, KPLU-FM (NPR affiliate):
""Debra Prinzing inspires us to slow down and smell the flowers, especially those grown in our own backyards or by local flower farmers.
--Lara Spencer, ABC's Good Morning America lifestyle anchor and New York Times best-selling author of I Brake For Yard Sales.
""When Debra Prinzing talks about ""Slow Flowers,"" the title of her new book, what's most striking is the extent to which concepts that sound so familiar and so logical also can seem so foreign. After all, how many times have we picked up flowers at Trader Joe's without asking ourselves: Are the blooms in season? Were they grown locally? Who produced them or where did they come from? You might find those kinds of sourcing questions answered on menus but rarely on store-bought bouquets.""
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She didn't grow everything herself, but she avoided blooms imported from other countries, although she did buy them from local growers, some of whom used greenhouses during the winter.
Obviously, since she lives in the Seattle area, she was able to "arrange locally" more easily than many of us who live in the midwest or the northeast. But even though she is from a warmer climate, her book is still useful to the rest of us. In the back of the book, she included a list of all the plants in her bouquets, and the majority of them would grow here in the midwest, either as perennials or as common summer annuals.
And many of the bouquets included branches with leaves and berries in the fall, forced bulbs and flowering branches brought inside to bloom early in spring. These are all materials that are available to colder-climate gardeners, if not during all 52 weeks of the year.
Since I started my own cutting garden last year, I have been interested in suggestions for flowers to grow, and this book did provide me with many ideas. It also has a number of sidebars containing practical information for cut flower bouquets: how to make hellebore flowers last inside, how to use flower frogs to help flowers stay upright, etc.
"Slow Flowers" is altogether a useful book, and one well-worth reading several times over.Read more ›
The emphasis on using locally available product is just such a bonus! I strive to reduce my carbon footprint and buy local at every opportunity! Thank you Debra!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE this book with its flower recipes and ingredients, luscious photography and emphasis on flowers that are local and fresh rather than shipped from across the ocean. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jenny Peterson
Living in the Pacific Northwest, this book is great! Have a whole new perspective on all the surrounding undergrowth!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Debra is an amazing women. Am going to give it as a gift to my family who lives in the Northwest.Published 12 months ago by Cindy Luce
A book of common to extraordinary flowers showcased by a respected floral designer. Her approach to arrangements follows the same philosoohy of the "slow food" movement. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. S.
I take one star away for the size. I thought it wouldn't matter but it's hard to ignore. Why would the publisher put out a book that makes people squint? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Historicus
I learned so much from this book and I am still referencing it as I get through my Spring gardening season. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer