As I was sitting here trying to think of a title for this post that wouldn’t totally suck (not sure if I succeeded on that one but que sera), I had the most wonderful flashback to the most awesomely 90s movie ever.
Remember Bed of Roses? 1996. Christian Slater as a creepy florist stalker. And my favorite song at the tender age of eight: Independent Love Song.
Speaking of love and flowers, a special gracias goes out to Larry and Snags for two seriously awesome Valentine’s day bouquets I received today at the office. I’m one lucky liar.
Aaaand while we’re on the subject, I figured that Liar’s Day would be a good day to tackle a heretofore uncovered subject deserving of more attention on the Festivus: flowers. Feinbergs love flowers. I’m not talking about cheesy carnations and baby’s breath from the Food Emp. I’m talking about tasteful arrangements, well-tended perennial gardens, and meticulously cared-for potted plants.
First of all, Feinbergs have sensitive olfactory systems and tend to be more offended by foul lingering odors that the average human – especially in Hastings where the shmooples tend to stink up the joint. In addition to our previously documented scented candle obsession, flowers are great at creating pleasant atmospheres in rooms that may or may not carry the scars of untrained poodles (and their accidents). By way of example, check out our Passover tableau, right smack dab in Hanky and Sadam’s “this is what you get when you leave us at home alone all day” ground zero:
Secondly, the addition of a nice orchid or a vase full of freshly-cut hydrangeas instantly make a room look even more top-drawer than it already may be. Consider the following Houzz and APT with LSD examples – yes, the rooms are fabulous in their own right, but the flowers really add that extra je ne sais quoi… non?
And so, without further ado, I present some Feinberg-tested, Feinberg-approved sources for all things fauna:
- Homegirl lives in a basement apartment, so naturally I don’t get many opportunities to do the horticulture thing. But Linda and Larry are gardening masters so I trust their judgement. They hit up Sprainbrook Nursery and Rosedale, both in the Bestchester (obviously).
- In DC, Allan Woods in Woodley Park and English Rose Garden are both great for sending special occasion arrangements. Flowers are super lush and fragrant and the arrangements always come in gorgeous vases.
- I’m also a big fan of Flowers on Fourteenth for buying fresh-cut stems you can arrange yourself (just get lots of the same flower for a monochromatic look – fussy, finished). We swung by this weekend and MOMMY got me three bunches of beautiful purple hyacinths that are making the apartment smell uh-mazing. Dupont Farmer’s Market also has some great flower vendors that are good for this when it’s warm out.
- In New York, Sven opts for VSF. Per Bezusita’s Valentine’s arrangement below, these guys know what they’re doing. By the same token, Uncle Jay and Patrick use Zeze, which must be legit if they have the JTJ and OLP seal of approval.
- Last but DEFINITELY not least, the most fabulous florists alive are obviously Michael and Jim at Bridgehampton Florist in the Hamptons (right across from Candy Kitchen). Bonus: they’re frequent guests on Barefoot Contessa!