Friday, April 01, 2016

A Bevy of Flowers

In honor of pollen season the arrival of Spring, I'm giving you flowers, courtesy of Ronaldo Maia.  Maia, who for decades has been one of New York's premier floral designers, fashioned these blossomy creations for his debut monograph, Decorating with Flowers, which was published almost forty years ago- hence the dated-looking graininess of the book's photography.  But no photographic deficiencies can diminish the charm of Maia's timeless arrangements, whose simplicity is offset by a richness in their surroundings: Chinese porcelain, simple ceramic containers, wicker baskets, and bottles of cognac.  For those of us who appreciate both flowers and the decorative arts, these still-life snapshots are a bounty for the eyes.


  1. Thank you Jennifer! I shared this on the Facebook page of the American Horticultural Society just now. People are enjoying this -- and that's no April Fool's joke.

  2. So lovely, as well as fresh and current!
    Have a wonderful weekend Jennifer!
    The Arts by Karena

  3. Jennifer,
    Thank you! These are lovely!

  4. Anonymous1:33 PM

    I have this book! You have prompted me to bring it out once again and put it in a place of honor. Timeless and beautiful! Thank you Jennifer.

  5. I remember his work well. Always natural, never contrived, Maia let the beauty of flowers speak for themselves. He was an influence on me then and remains so today. Thanks for this lovely tribute, Jennifer.

  6. Still have my copy. His bouquets are one of the influences that turned me into a serious gardener.