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Lilac Love

This Flower Friday brings Hawthorne lilacs that have just started to bloom. When we first got here it was rainy and cold and the blooms looked nowhere ready to bloom. Ah, nature. You can’t rush these things. Then the sun and hot weather presented themselves this second week doing their magic on all the flowers. Viola! Could not be happier these came for a dance before we depart later today. I still am getting used to the idea of just going out to snip away, coming back with a bundle. I hope you enjoy these as much as we have. Happy almost Memorial Day week-end! From the Hudson Valley and soon to be Seattle. T2+B



 

 

Trade Secrets 2019

May is one of my favorite times back East. We always head back then for a few weeks at Hawthorne and a host of events I/we like to partake in. It also happens to be Mister Sive’s BIRTHday during our stay, so he always gets to be surrounded by his family on his day. It is always a special time for us to be back in our beloved Hudson Valley. It is also the time of year for Trade Secrets. A Bunny Williams and her pals idea that begun almost 20 years ago as a fundraiser for a women’s support organization in the area of Connecticut where the event is held, whose mission is that of a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education. The rare plant and garden antique sale is filled with vintage goods that make me so happy my head spins. Finds for the house as well as the shops. It is one of my favorite days of the year. Similar to gift buying shows, I am often remiss in taking many photos as I am so caught up in the moment. But here are a few I did snap.

The event draws tons of creative folks from all over the area, so I get to see & meet tons of people. Bunny is always there and is a delight. Martha Stewart has never missed a day in the 19 years of the sale. I ran into and got to catch up with Lewis Miller who has become an international floral maestro, who was a customer of mine when I had my wholesale showroom ages ago. It is filled with flower lovers from near & far. A huge treat for me this year was running into Margot Shaw, who is the founder and editor in chief of FLOWER magazine. See below image. We have had an e-mail friendship for many years so it was lovely to finally meet and give her a hug. A kindred spirit indeed. She was there doing a signing for her new book Living Floral. Look for signed copies making their way to Watson Kennedy soon! I always attend the event with my dear friend Elizabeth, who lives in Rye and drives up on Friday and spends the night at Hawthorne and we get up super early on Saturday morning and attend the breakfast that begins at 8. It has become our tradition. This year Barb from WK joined in the fun too, as she was visiting her sister Greta in CT. The 4 of us had a grand time. If you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods in May, put it on your to-do list. It really is a huge treat and tons of fun.



 

 

A Single Extraordinary Tulip

Flower Friday is a single bloom. But oh what impact that single bloom can have. I was lucky to get my hands on a bundle of white Mount Tacoma tulips at the wholesale grower on Tuesday for the Airbnb shoot on Wednesday. I dotted them around the house in vintage single stem containers. Each adding so much to the space they graced. This one in the upstairs bathroom winning the prize. Hope you enjoy the simplicity of it as much as we did.

Hope your week-end is grand! I am off to Trade Secrets in CT tomorrow with my friend Elizabeth. It has become our tradition. It is the Bunny Williams event filled with sublime plants and antiques and is always such a huge treat. Then into the city on Sunday for the stationery show. Monday is my annual pilgrimage to the Kips Bay designer show house and then back up to Hawthorne. X, T



 

 

Beyond Fluttery Daffodils

Flower Friday brings these amazing fluttery daffodils from the Pike Place Market. I must admit, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to cut yellow daffodils. I love seeing them in the ground, but when cut, I have never found a way to make them last or cluster them where they don’t look smooshed together. Until I found this variety. Changed my mind completely. These almost have a peony vibe going on, and that is never a bad thing. Add the variation of colors in a single bloom, well, I am now a daffodil convert. So good!

A lovely Mother’s Day week-end to you all. X, T



 

 

Red Geraniums Set The Tone

The Sunday supper table was all awash in red. Our geranium collection grows, as TPS keeps planting away. Our friend Peg gave us this cool vintage white kitchen pot for Christmas. Beyond usage for cooking, I know she knew we would give it new life. I punctured holes in the bottom for water drainage and off we went. It became the the main feature of the table, really setting the tone. Then it was pulling all sorts of red things to pull it all together. The super long cutting board adding a bit of earthy light brown, playing nicely with the bamboo handles of the silverware. Steak and scallops were on the menu. I found a new red we quite liked that I will write about tomorrow. Then it was lighting a few candles and were set.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 200

On this the 5th anniversary of the release of my book Style & Simplicity, as well as the 200th ‘Ted’s Tip’ written every Monday on my daily blog post. I love how the two lined right up, falling on the same day! My tip today is super simple. Be kind. Show empathy. Treat people as you would like to be treated. It all comes down to loving one another.

In honor of the day I would love to give away 5 of my books along with some other Watson Kennedy treats. It will be 5 parcels filled with goodness. Leave a comment on what your favorite act of kindness is that you like to share. Next Monday I will combine all the names and draw the 5 winning folks. There is no limit to how many times you can enter. I want to be overwhelmed by the sharing of your acts of kindness. Much, much love to you all, Ted



 

 

Happy Hyacinth

This Flower Friday is a look back on a dreamy bundle of hyacinth blooms. We are in the beginning of the process of working on our new website so I have been looking at images I have saved. This one, from FLOWER magazine is a favorite of mine. The season may be short, but they pack a serious punch, and they are always happy! Have a grand week-end everyone.



 

 

Denise Fiedler Collage Workshops May 11th

Excited to have my friend, the incredibly talented artist, Denise Fiedler, back up from San Francisco for another round of fab collage workshops. You might remember she was scheduled to come to Seattle over Valentine’s Day week-end, but our big snowstorm thwarted that trip. We filled up an afternoon collage session then, which will happen this trip. We are hoping to fill up the 10 to noon workshop this go round. Flowers, among other things, will be the emphasis. Denise has such a wonderful way of connecting with and teaching folks her sublime method of collage. Layer after layer of beauty to create a one of a kind work of art. That you created! Last year was a huge hit and all the participants had a grand time. The cost for the workshop is $95. You also get a 25% discount that day while shopping at Watson Kennedy. It also happens to be the Mother’s Day Open House–lots of activity and fun stuff planned. So grab a friend or come solo for a lovely morning in the Market. Your spot must be reserved and paid for by calling me directly at 206.617.9678. Quite possibly the perfect Mother’s Day gift! I so hope you can join us.



 

 

White Lilac Love

I spotted the lone bucket of white lilacs on my Saturday morning stroll of the Market and my eyes lit up. I asked the lovely woman how much they were per stem. She actually was not selling them individually but rather using them with lots of other types of flowers as filler. But she was happy to put together a solo grouping for me. My theory of, if you don’t ask for things in this life, most often you won’t get them, came into play. I will save that whole concept for another post! Anywho, she was kind to oblige my request and off I went with a skip in my step. My love affair is new with lilacs. The big bush at Hawthorne my first time to have a profusion of them to play with and experience their beauty. The white version seem rarer, and you know I love a white bloom. They work so well in many settings. For Sunday supper as well as last night, they took center stage among all the blue. The green leaves also playing nicely off of the blue. My eye catching the lilacs often during the course of the meals, my heart a flutter.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 199

Be it a big garden full, pots of, or a windowsill brimming, living with herbs can be a very special thing. Not only are they lovely to gaze upon, but also ever so fab to snip and use in your cooking to add a healthy hit of flavor.