Last night we completed our final wedding of 2012. A rewarding and full year of new relationships, projects, challenges, successes, and lots of pretty flowers. Getting our hands on gorgeous blooms during the winter months, however, proved to be a bit frustrating. Amaryllis, bless that flower, is of course a bright spot during these gray days. But still, I must forage. Because both types of spray roses I ordered simply didn’t arrive. Spray roses. And even the greenery coming into the market these days doesn’t exactly look fantastic. It’s amazing what bushes and plants catch my eye during months when gardens are brown and hibernating. I see things in a whole new light. Take, for instance, Christmas afternoon when I’m out for a walk and spot my parents’ six hanging baskets out by the compost with… what’s that? Healthy and clean dusty miller only slightly covered with a light dusting of snow?!? Quick! Grab the clippers, shake off the pretty white flakes, SAVE THAT PRECIOUS COMMODITY! We’ve definitely had to put in a few additional hours of hunting, trouble-shooting, and driving to over-priced but convenient nurseries to cut up plants. But I will say, we don’t stop until we’re satisfied. Even in the winter. And we’ve had some lovely winter weddings. Last night’s was the last of 2012, and I managed to snap a few photos of the bouquet and ceremony alter. Once things were all in place, we threw on our fancy shoes (florist’s work shoes cannot be fancy) and headed to La Spiga for some fresh pasta and good wine. 2012 was a hoot. 2013 is looking even better.