Angel Trinidad, author
“The period between the end of the old year and the start of the new one: a time for celebration, revelry and gatherings, as well as for reflection, hope and new dreams and plans. The orange blossom – Citrus sinesis – one of my favorite flowers and scents, is an apt bloom for such a period, representing abundance and fertility in the Victorian era. In Asian cultures, the orange fruit – as it looks like the sun – is always part of New Years celebrations, representing luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. This new year, I would like to believe that we are orange blossom trees – abundant, fruitful, a source of doubled happiness. May you and your loved ones bloom and prosper this upcoming new year_______.”
The flower’s golden heart
We believe in better times, with nature as the healing guide to all the beauty still to come. As a gentle shield in times of fear, we examine the lust for life of everything that blooms. Be inspired by the flower’s golden heart as it emerges. By the humble and endearing Physalis, with its fragile paper wrapper and warm colours. Not just a tribute to the Cape gooseberry, but a reminder of our human need to nestle, cherish and get closer together. The season calls for love, warmth, lavish entertainment, the big golden gesture. The festive months can shine, radiate, glitter - we’ve hidden ourselves away long enough. The floral heart opens with the fabulous flower portraits from grand dame Roberta Bailey. We celebrate the dazzling diversity of nature with its extraordinarily rich decorative opulence, shiny veins and golden flowers.
For breath-taking greenery we hark back to the allure of the 1920s, or rather forward to the next Roaring Twenties. With some lively political discussion going on, an innovative feminine sculpture, sensual temptation, stylish hip-swaying dance music, extravagant party clothes in floral fabrics, drinks that flow lavishly, strong cocktails, and all this is a plant-filled artistic space packed with mysterious floral bouquets. A big serving of decadent contemporary baroque helps us to mark the end of an era and the start of a new abundance. In this issue, emotive social issues make way for a celebration of our true source of wealth: Nature.
Let’s celebrate the beauty of nature.
Esther de Waard