After several days of rain, we got a beautiful misty morning for this second part of the winter flower friends. My sister Zoe and I where joined by our mom Lisbeth. I love going back to our roots and mixing everyones style together. My parents raised our family on a cut flower farm so flowers have always been a huge and important part of our lives. When my sister and I were kids, instead of having a lemonade stand we picked bouquets for Mother's Day and set up a little roadside stand. It was the late 80's just as Martha Stewart was becoming popular and the wholesale markets hadn't caught on to our product yet, so in order to sell the flowers from our 87 acre farm, my mom got a stall at a few of the local farmer's markets. In the summer and on weekends, my sister and I would help her at the markets. I loved getting into our big refrigerated Iveco truck and heading out into the cold morning. Those years taught us so much and eventually, people caught on to garden roses and scabiosa (thanks Martha Stewart!) and the wholesale markets did too.
I have always loved this Bjørn Wiimblad vase my mom has had for as long as I can remember. As a child, growing up in the Danish countryside she loved to pick bouquets of poppies, wheat, daisies and cornflower from the fields near her house. With such dark winters there, she feels "its especially important to have flowers inside in the winter to lift the energy".
This monkey egg cup belonged to my dad as a child. Filled here with violets my mom picked from her garden.
My mom also dug up violets for us to use. Here's Zoe rinsing off some of the mud.
Heavenly scented, violets and daphne (again from my mom's garden).
"Look for the beauty in winter, bulbs are the optimistic and sure sign of spring" - Zoe
A little posy I made with roadside ferns and acacia Zoe cut and thanks to all of this rain, some oxalis I picked from the grass and ditch in front of her house. Tiny bits can make the sweetest posy.
More Hellebores (also known as Lenten Rose and Christmas Rose). Such a beautiful flower to give life to even the coldest winters.
I cut these beautiful magnolia branches from my friend's tree, not open yet, here they look like giant roses! We are mid-way through February and here in California spring is just around the corner. Literally blooming every day. I'm already looking forward to the next season of flower friends.
All flowers and styling by Zoe Honscher, Silvanie Farmar Bowers and Lisbeth Hansen. All photos by Silvanie Farmar Bowers.