My Note: When I was substituting in Lower Merion several years ago, I worked with a terrific member of the food team: Candice. Recently she dropped off a beautiful greeting card featuring a flower on the cover by Diane Mattis, with a note inside suggesting we get together. Turns her next door neighbor, Diane, has a dense backyard garden bursting with flowers that I wanted to photograph for Menupause. The three of us got together a few days ago at Diane’s densely populated flower garden and had a wonderful “girl talk” visit on the porch overlooking the garden. Here is a photo of Diane that she created with flower petals from her garden. BTW: This is my second posting for P.I.C. [Product Information Corner.]
I took photos of Diane’s flowers, but realized that her photos were far superior to mine. And she creates floral designs that become the front of her hand-made greeting greeting cards that you can purchase to use as personal note cards or greeting cards, since they are blank inside. I still snail mail greeting cards, so I bought a set of five for myself!
Here are two photos with a black background that she will make into (white) greeting cards of heavy stock. Some have poems or sayings in calligraphy:
This duet of irises (above) is on a white background for a greeting card, while the one below is completely covered by the flowers with the music symbol superimposed. On a post-it note to me: … for the “”musically-oriented on a white greeting card.
Here are couple of Diane’s photos of singular flowers, instead of an arrangement, a Parrot Tulip on the left and the center of an iris. She seems to capture the essence of each flower, each one more beautiful than the next.
I love Diane’s cards! If you want to order your own cards chosen from hundreds on file on her dining room-turned-greeting card-inventory, here is her artistic business card. Her Botanical Images are beautiful! (Tell her you saw this info on Menupause.)
Feel free to contact her at:
P.S. After putting this piece together, I found a quote from one of the animal rights organizations. It uses gardening to describe people who bring us happiness:
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
– Marcel Proust