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August 2013

Aug 30

Profiling our pots!Yvette

Bloom College Terrarium workshop Christmas

At Bloom College we try to reduce the amount of stuff we consume in our workshops and courses. Many containers we use are ‘repurposed’ or ‘rethought’ plastic, metal and glass containers that originally came into our lives holding household food items. It’s amazing how useful an ex-yoghurt or ex-soft-drink container can be. And, what’s more,Read more

Aug 27

Trending Tuesday – flower crownsYvette

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This spring’s hottest fashions on the field will be flowers. Our tip is they will be mostly worn as flower crowns. These babies are back, and bigger than ever. Of course they are making their way back into weddings too… Next week we begin profiling the flowers and colours of spring…….

Aug 23

Fridays friend – Rosemary: A friend to allYvette


Rosemary: A friend to all A participant in one of Bloom College’s first Herb and rose posy workshops was a keen gardener, craft enthusiast and home cook. Having never applied her eye for design or creative instincts to the ‘formal’ art of flower arranging, she came along to add another dimension to her skill set,Read more

Aug 22

Thoughtful Thursdays – flower growing….where do our flowers come from?Yvette

Bloom College Intermediate Course

Don’t ask, don’t tell: what’s the true price of our flowers? An Australian wholesaler told me a few years ago that the roses I was admiring in their warehouse had been imported from Kenya. The reason the roses’ bud form persisted during the flight and other supply chain stages involved in getting them to theRead more

Aug 21

Wide-ranging Wednesdays – addition to last weeks blogYvette


More pink and blue (and watch for Jo Paoletti’s book on mother-of-the-bride dresses) Last Wednesday we posted about Jo Paoletti’s work and her recently published book Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls from the Boys in America. Our research about the great pink-blue issue lead us to believe that the 1940s was when the currentRead more

Aug 20

Trending Tuesdays – UppercupYvette

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Last week we suggested that Unilever’s pop-up Magnum stores might be, amongst other things, a vehicle for the company to crowd fund research into new ice-cream flavours. This week we profile an out-and-proud seeker of crowd funding, the UpperCup. Melbourne coffee lover and hospitality veteran James McKay has just launched a Pozible crowd funding campaignRead more

Aug 19

Spot the link: Flowers, fruit, cigarettes and car enginesYvette

Photo Credit: Burrs & Berries via Compfight cc

  Flowers and plant materials grow old, wilt and die, much to the disappointment of all of us who would love to be able to keep on admiring lovely vases and containers of cut flowers for weeks or months. The process that causes this to happen is called senescence. The good news is you canRead more

Aug 16

Family and friends fridays – Zeally and CliffYvette

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New look Friday Bloom Blurbs and Back to the 70s Since the start of 2013, we’ve found out lots about our friends and fans. We know you’re interested in lots of the same things we’re interested in and we want you to be able to easily connect via social media with us, each other andRead more

Aug 15

Thoughtful Thursdays-New look Thursday Bloom BlurbsYvette

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    Thoughtful Thursdays will see us sharing and thinking about big picture issues in floristry, retail and business. Sustainability, globalisation, Fair Trade, industry By what factor do you think the volume of flowers exported from Kenya has grown since 1988? How many people in Kenya depend on the floriculture industry for their livelihood? Why shouldRead more

Aug 14

Wednesday Blurbs, Pink and blue babiesYvette

  To settle the pink-blue issue once and for all (or not)! Jo B Paoletti, a historian at the University of Maryland, has studied the meaning of children’s clothing for 30 years and has recently released a book, Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls from the Boys in America. Paoletti believes that the colours didn’tRead more

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