So what do flower folks do on a day off?
We go to DISNEYLAND!!
I had the pleasure of organizing the first Blooming Magical Day @Disneyland for Ubloom.com On 8/29/10
I had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with one of the Rock Stars of the floral world- J Schwanke.
J is the founder of Ubloom and the fabulous host of JTV. His Monday fun with flowers webisodes are seen by fans around the world!
J and his film crew were visiting California on their California Grown Experience tour. Filming some of the most awe inspiring flower feilds and meeting the growers who make our state so colorful.
J and his Partner Graphic artist Kelly Blank joined UBloom Friends and family on a day of fun at the Mouse House.
Arriving at Disneyland as the gates opened we knew it would be a fun day.
A meet & greet at the castle was Blooming magical with a surprise visit from Aurora
The day was filled with rides, and laughs, good food and fun.
& we topped the day off with the Celebration Parade and a ride on the CA. Adventure Roller coaster “California Screamin'”( hilarious video viewing available on Facebook at Ubloom )
and the beautiful World Of Color Water show.
I invite you to tune in to JTV at http://www.Ubloom.com for the Ca.flower segments and our silly out takes and flower fun with some very talented flower folks!
After all, when we can get together and have fun Our creative work can only be more inspired!
have a wonderful Fall season and contact me ASAP for your fabulous fall and Winter creations!
Have you ever had one of those moments when you saw something so awe-inspiring that it made you truly stop and ponder the universe?
I know you will say ” Oh You old Hippie!!”, LOL! But I have to say that my trip to Maui this summer had me reflecting on nature and the lessons we can learn from a simple flower.
I have been to the top of Maui’s dormant Volcano Haleakala on a few occasions and I always make it a point to find and admire the Silver Sword plants. These luminous silver plants are endangered and protected.
The Silver Sword also known as the Ahinahina grow only on the slopes of this otherworldly location. Although they look like a mercury dipped cactus to some, they are more closely related to the Sunflower.
The fine silver hairs that cover the plant are extremely sensitive, as are the roots. Stepping too close to the plant or touching the plant can kill it, so admire from a distance or use a good zoom lens. These fine hairs work as a shield from the sun’s radiation and as protection from dehydration as well as insulation from the winter storms and snows at that elevation.
The Silversword lives approximately 50 years. It blooms in a spectacular manner and then gives up its seeds and life. I had never witnessed a full bloom until this year.
The plant produces a tall center stalk with rows of purple seeded flowers. The specimen I was drawn to was at least 5 foot tall.
The area smelled of warm sweet honey. At over 10,000 feet the cool clean air allowed the senses to absorb the essence of this lovely sight.
Sad to think the plant would fade and soon die after this gorgeous display. But it reminded me that creative people are like these flowers.
You struggle through all sorts of storms, heat and adversity at times. You also bask in the warmth of the sun, the glow of the moon and the admiration of those around you. Finally you produce beauty, and hope that all who have been touched by it will remember it and scatter the seeds of your efforts for others to grow and admire.
This is an example of truly stopping to smell the flowers.