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Market Spaces: Granville Island, Vancouver

Earlier this year, near Spring Break, Anne and I found ourselves traveling to Vancouver. We wanted to go somewhere we had never been before and somewhere a bit warmer than the midwest in March. Reasonably inexpensive flights were found, and we were off. When we travel, we often find ourselves on the lookout for market spaces […]

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a valentine’s video

A new video to share with your friends and family! This was fun to set up. Although, about midway through the shoot I was wishing I hadn’t chosen to work with sand. It doesn’t like to stay put. A maddening medium. The music is by Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky: youtu.be/AZjYZ8Kjgs8 And there are many items, in […]

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Small Pots by Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell has worked for us on several occasions – planting trees, clearing brush, decluttering the barn on the old country 14. He’s been a steady worker and good friend to bark & bloom. When he expressed interest in creating some custom small-pots for the shop, we were delighted. You can find Kevin’s small-pots (and mini-plants to […]

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Doppel is Adjusting

We recently moved into Cedar Rapids. Doppelgänger (aka Doppel, Dops, Doppel-poppel, Dippity-Doppity-Do, Rumple-cat) came with us. He didn’t have much say in the matter, even though we knew his indoor-outdoor life on the farm would be sorely missed. It was not uncommon to see Mr Dops bolting at raging speeds across the grassy hills only […]

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the shop full of flowers and gifts in July 2015

Do you have another shop?

Do you have another shop? No. We are astounded and flattered by how often we are asked this question!  And we often wonder what the subtext of the question really is, if there is one (we have a tendency to over-analyze. everything.). Do people want to shop at a larger version of our current store? […]

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Acreage for Sale

I am still coming to terms with leaving this slice of land, this open space where dogs and cats run free, this sky of shimmering immensity, this quietude of birds and breeze, this rolling valley of gardens and trees… we planted, we created, we imagined, experimented, designed, explored, replanted, built, grew (literally) a business, harvested, photographed and […]

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Local Gifts

When you shop at our store, you are supporting our full-time manager and floral designer, Hannah, our part-time employees, Tara, Angela and Robyn, and helping us grow so that one day Alan and I might be able to fully devote ourselves to the business without the aid of outside income and benefits. Although we aren’t […]

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Curly Willow Wreaths

It’s now stick season at our farm! Most of the leaves have finally dropped from our ornamental willows and the cold has intensified their bark colors. The surrounding landscape may look mostly bleak, but take a stroll around our farm and you’ll see masses of saffron, fiery coral and Chianti colored sticks. For several Winters […]

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Detroit Garden Works Retreat

There are some people, some gardens and some shops that you just have to see for yourself. Anne, Hannah and I recently made the trip to Detroit Garden Works – this is one such amazing shop with several incredible people. Anne has been following Deborah Silver’s blog, Dirt Simple, for many years, so it was […]

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