4 Burst results for "Robin Omni"
"robin omni" Discussed on Slow Flowers with Debra Prinzing
"Just i find a lot of the practices. Really are the same in that. I really focused on soil management. Water-management Which again most home gardeners are out there. Like managing their soil moisture every day. I'm really managing it. So that i can get the most production out of my roses. Which if you're in a greenhouse and hydroponic it's a little bit different than like an outdoor management system my field scouting for like insects and pests. And all of that all my years of experience. doing that You know that translates into the roses. As well and i would say. Just operational efficiency to amber pruning i mean. We burn a lot of trees out here every year so being able to prune roses pretty efficiently that people get very scared intimidated roses when i tell them they can just go through with a saw and they just think i'm absolutely nuts but an-and advanced rosary and would probably say don't ever do that but then i say what have you tried most people. Don't you know they. They haven't experimented. And that is one of the nice things about having a large field. And i do have a lot of acreage here that i can do. Test walks and go because people tell me. We can't do that on. Go wanna try it. Yeah and so. You know the following year i'll take a block and all all prune it differently or all. Try something mechanical. Because you have you have the plants out of the plants to do and there's no there isn't a lot of research in you know outdoor field grown garden roses for production and not necessarily for For the garden someone. That's growing it in their guard right for but but at the scale you're doing exactly the scale so when you when you kind of reestablished your farm here is that when you named it menagerie or had your grandparents that's when i decided to meet name it menagerie because i picked the word menagerie because it's kind of a collection of all the things that have come before and all the things that are coming in the future and it really wasn't just a collection of the plants and the you know whether it's the trees or the roses or the existing ecosystem that's here but also the people i wanted to honor the people that came before and then also the people that are here now that my husband and my kid and all of the employees that work for me that make this this magical menagerie and so that's how i ended up picking the word menagerie because i wanted something that kind of represented the diversity of what the farmer lee is. 'cause i am kind of it is a little crazy. I've got fruit and flowers and a nursery and use the sum of all those yards. I some of all those parts and sometimes people you know. It's a hard time for them to people can't wrap their head around. Oh wait but you have this this and you know mrs noah exactly. I don't have a ton of animals but that's probably good animals. No you know as a kid out here we did. We had a lot of chickens and goats and and whatnot. And i spent too many mornings waking up to animals the coyotes or other wildlife head and i decided. I don't know that. I want my kids. Wake up every morning. I was actually just out where we were driving this morning in the mule. Deborah walking around the back of the rothfield meal. Three coyotes just running around in the more and i love them because they keep the deer population down so dear. She let them do that. Yeah so so i. I'm all happy to have all the all all the wildlife out here so yeah. I don't have a lot of farm animals. We have a couple of cats. Well i like your tagline growing wonder just it it just has a real visceral positive feel good Response when i hear it and i wonder how that came about you know honestly it was just one day my husband and i were sitting in my office and we were again. It was kinda like the menagerie we were trying to describe like. What do we grow here because we grow so many somewhat different things and so what are you growing. I said i'm growing wonderful things and and it really was just off the cuff of like because he was trying to get me to brainstorm like we were just brainstorming ideas and that's the one that stick and then we shortened it from growing wonder- wonderful things to just growing wonder but we were trying to describe what here and i said. I'm just trying to grow wonderful things. So whether it's you know a peach or a you know a flowering branch or prune or a. You know a beautiful row. And and that. I wanted to at this. Point is when when we kind of just started doing the beirut And i wanted other people to do to size the thing i wanted. I wanted that energy to go to anyone. That was buying a plant for me to go. Yeah you can grow wonderful things too. I love so yeah. We kinda short short but Yeah it really was like. He was kind of irritating me like i was like i'm growing wonderful things that's what our spouses are. Are there for us you know. Didn't he got it ought to be. He helped me help me solve the problem cash. Well for those of you are listening. You're the among the first to hear that is offering a new book called growing wonder which i my partner robin omni and i for a bloom. Imprint are so excited to be publishing and working with leash on and we are going to have all the details for preorder of very soon for for sure by july. So if you're really wanna get of the first copies sign up because it will be out this fall and Felicia thank you for saying. Yes when i asked you. If you'd be willing to do a book. I think it's dovetailing with the last thing. I want to talk with you about which is your education. Because that's really the future and the book is sort of a natural fit for all the other education you're doing so can you kind of give people a snapshot of how they can learn from you. Yes so yes and first of all. Thank you deborah for asking me to do a book. I have to admit in the kind of middle of the pandemic last year. When i got this call from deborah i was i was thinking. Gosh how am. I going to fit in a book. Because you know everybody's lives. I had kids at home was thinking. How am i gonna do this. And i'm so glad. I said yes because it's been so wonderful but one of the great things about the pandemic was because cut flower sales slowed down. And you know. I kind of had to reevaluate. What was i doing here with the business. That and everybody was at home. I kept getting more and more emails from people going. What's wrong with my rose. How did i do this. Because more people were home tending to their farms and so i realized that there was a real void for practical rose education that i that i could give give to people so i started an online learning academy which is just a subscription based membership program and it was just sort of a an extension of what i did here on the farm previously with workshops which were all cancelled as well..
"robin omni" Discussed on Slow Flowers with Debra Prinzing
"On tour. Seven has now and i never say never but were staying put. Well okay you've you've let the cat out of the bag. You have a new project. And i want to ask robin to jump in and help us tell the story about the next chapter of our collaboration with you cynthia. Because when we first met workforce we're on the west coast. You're on the east coast. We've had a lot of zoom meetings and I introduced you to robin. And we started looking at your website and your gallery of photos that you had produced with Robin and other photographers. And it. kind of started dawning on robin omni. That there was something that could lead to a new project. so brabin. Why don't you talk about what how you sort of drank that all in and digested it and came up with something. Brilliant for us to cynthia. Next well i think hito the gorgeous photography And the Was photographed was so gorgeous and so simple and beautiful at just. I just remember asking cynthia g other than the website. Is there anything else that we could look at. And she sent me these. These you know links to dropbox photos and it was right around the holidays. I think and i started going through it and it. Was you know a late. One night and suddenly i started mocking up covers and spreads with her stuff in a leg. Oh we got a book care is. You're i'm hooked. I'm her gorgeous to think she would do one. I texted deborah. And so that's when we started talking to you because then we realized that you were renovating your current house of the ludi house. And i saying that correctly and that it had a garden and that it had interiors heritage and also ego what what. It was a great story. Aside from what you're doing but that we could actually live through this renovation with you. And i have to tell you. Some of the on renovated photos gorgeous renovated photos so so then we just started talking about what that might be and we are thrilled because cynthia has so many great ideas and has such great. I and and i also want to say Your design is not what. I would call fussy even down to like the flowers right that that. It's very approachable and yet elegant and so I think it's really inspiring to see and deborah. And i agree on this. Democrats are too which is to see that you are taking what is out near garden and making it just blend seamlessly into your home That it is truly is called house and flower because that is exactly what it is is that is wonderful. Planned that that you create and We couldn't be more thrilled. Yeah so i did you thank you And i couldn't be happier to share this and and hopefully inspire others to take whatever space that they're in and transform it into something that they wanted to do. Whether that's you know whether you've got an old house or a brand new house whether you live in an apartment There's always something that you can do to make at stays personally yours in to inject it with using a lot of beauty and of course always very much for me and i want to encourage people to do that and the people probably listening to this call. Flowers are a very much part of what they do and they can appreciate at naked see. That certainly made their customers are searching for that are searching for the lift in the love that lowers brings into their lives. So i think that this is a book that will appeal you know. Hopefully people love flowers and people who wanna learn how to use flowers in their lives and their homes in a in a way. That's not so hard to do and is and as you say hussien kind of uncontrolled and very natural and very much in keeping with sustainable movement and letting flowers stand their own envious beautiful as it can be just as they are. So that's a lotta philosophy young and you really are in this. I think unique. Sweet spot of crossover between Lifestyle and and flower growing. Because we're seeing so many people know in in the kind of home gardener category wanting to grow their own cutting garden That's clear that's been documented for the past year of explosion coverted gardening basically but once they do that once they've harvested. Those flowers are grown them. How do they incorporate them into their daily lives or into their interiors. And that's i feel like that's the crossover part that your book will be showing people and also just the personal thought process of renovating a house which we also think is a you know continuing to be a subject of interest. I know rob if you want to add to that or not well actually it's One of the explosions that happened during covid with people spending so much time at home. I know there's been a lot of coverage of people who are moving And there's been a lot dedicated to that but remodeling is off the roof. Small scale and large scale and so This is this is sweet spot of people really making their home inside al somewhere that that they they love to be which is not going to go away. that will not go away. We will be able to venture out more but we still wanna love the space that we're in. Yeah that's great. So cynthia is in the midst of this renovation. And how are you approaching it. Cynthia you i know. You've got a rough outline but are you having to be superintendent attentive and intentional about photographing everything you're doing so it gets captured for the book. Yes i take photographs of almost everything anyhow so. I think this is become more intentional. Because i've got in my iphone back In what you're doing so i'm doing more but You know that was something that i learned how to take talk. I learned a lot about on my own. And i just wore. I can take the better. I can get. I mean if they can take the one. I yoke as. She's being very good photographer as well. And i stalk her on her instagram account. Say oh we need that one for the book soon. Right joshi is an iphone. Get the real photo right. I'm like you're taking a picture of that right. Logos are actually a real camera. I upload them but Yeah i mean. The challenge is trying to balance to give everything away but tissue the process because the process is really I think is really important and the decisions they make as you renovate a home. We like to call it Grain and i. It's much more of a gentle renovation. Because we always take have in her soul. I we work around that and as we stripped back the house in she really reveals herself to us. That's really where a lot of the design elements come in. We work with the space that we have. And that's really exciting so we had some surprises in this house. We've taken off some old. You know plywood boards that were up advance really incredible things behind it..
"robin omni" Discussed on Slow Flowers with Debra Prinzing
"And you you all heard and matt met robin and heard from her when we launched bloom imprint in january and our very special guest. Is cynthia samara of cynthia samara house in flour based in toronto. Hi cynthia now and congratulations. Well back at ya Because big reveal here. Cynthia is our covergirl of where we bloom. Our brand new book that will be available in Just a just a week or so around april fourteenth so we wanted to have cynthia on to talk about her business and who she is so And you're a first time guest of the podcast and I just want to introduce you to the listeners. So i guess let me just give a little recap of where we bloom. And this book. This is the first title in bloom imprint The do publishing company. That is sort of the boutique. Publishing arm of slow flowers created by robin omni and me and we. We started with this book because it was a way to build community and feature a lot of Sloth hours members showing off their workspaces studios shops greenhouses potting sheds barns. You name it right robin yes. We definitely have a great variety from you. Know from kitchen and laundry room to beautiful outdoor Structures structures a good word for it The the subtitle of where we bloom is thirty. Seven intimate inventive and artistic studio spaces where floral passions find a place to blossom. And those of you who have known me for years as a garden writer. No that i wrote a book in two thousand eight called. Stylish sheds and elegant hideaways all about garden sheds. And there's definitely a crossover into this book but these are dedicated floral spaces and It's it's just. There is a diversity of of architecture and location and personality and design. Cynthia definitely was a standout for someone we wanted to have in the book with her aesthetic. But also we're going to hear from robin about how cynthia's floral office or whatever we call. It made it to the cover. But i i wanna talk a little bit about cynthia and Her business so On the cover people will see what looks like. I guess kind of a standard. What a potting shed. Basically right cynthia. How would you describe it and nine by twelve. Free built actually built by mennonites later on in the community. Were not our community where it ended up living and we customize a little bit but yeah you know you can get one of these beauties and you can make it your own yet Yeah i love the fact that you bring that up. It's almost like an a standard measurement and materials and so it could be something you could order from a local big box store or from builders in your community that go to the home shows and in and sell these sorts of things absolutely and we when we were looking for our studio audience. Shed our office when he liked to call. We had done that. We had gone to many different places. And look you. You can find on something like this at a lumber yard or as you ought store and the creativity and fun comes with how you can make your own and add your flavor. She wouldn't so it is incredible. How many people reached out to me after they seen this shit saying you know. How did you do this in. What did you do. How can i do that myself. And their various iron is so that's really rewarding. And i just hope that this helps empower people to take that shed. They may have in their backyard. That is kind of holding Tools and all the kinds of equipment and format in Couple of weekends later. You'll have your face. Well cynthia really reflects your preference for materials details and finishes and you brought a designers i to it so talk about some of the little upgrades that you did To this standard wouldn't structure I know that some were like you had a high low mix like some were more of an investment others. You made decisions about what not to spend money on right. Sure sure so. It was repainted. Used a lot of white hates my secret. Weapon is eight or black. Armoo shed to. We'll talk about later but This one we went white wanted a nice clean talent to do that. Talk in the work that you do. So a lot of paint A a large bench to levels. So you can have a large work service as well as an area underneath to Put supplies windows are really important to me. Look over a lake so we wanted to have a bank of windows that opened up over the late and also had these large Farm doors at the front that you could easily get in never balloons in annetta but also created at indoor outdoor feel So that was that was important to us to go that extra. Get windows in there but you know really you can do this with any kinds of jeter states that you have cleaned up left the plywood slower. The one luxury was to get water in there to get A sink but it was just a metal. Sing for my kia when those standard things that you can take with you from an apartment and these at four for water and then we had a hype installed well so those were the two luxuries because you to carry water at l. Set a lot. Well you brought you brought wa watering but you also brought power in right because the lighting choices. I thought were really inspired and fit the vibe of of the personality that you wanted to express miniature lots and lots of june. So we needed to carry-on one final question about the design. Cynthia did you Have a someone put on that metal roof. It's like a standing seam metal roof or some kind of not. So you know when you go to places. Look at these sheds you can usually customize them or there's different types of finishes Got a regular black. Sheila ler gration. Yeah i like. I like the metal a lot at the sound of rain on the on tin roofs quite loudly. So yeah we do enjoy that. I love that well..
Celebrating the Publication of 'Where We Bloom' With Designer Cynthia Zamaria
"Very special guest. Is cynthia samara of cynthia samara house in flour based in toronto. Hi cynthia now and congratulations. Well back at ya Because big reveal here. Cynthia is our covergirl of where we bloom. Our brand new book that will be available in Just a just a week or so around april fourteenth so we wanted to have cynthia on to talk about her business and who she is so And you're a first time guest of the podcast and I just want to introduce you to the listeners. So i guess let me just give a little recap of where we bloom. And this book. This is the first title in bloom imprint The do publishing company. That is sort of the boutique. Publishing arm of slow flowers created by robin omni and me and we. We started with this book because it was a way to build community and feature a lot of Sloth hours members showing off their workspaces studios shops greenhouses potting sheds barns. You name it right robin yes. We definitely have a great variety from you. Know from kitchen and laundry room to beautiful outdoor Structures structures a good word for it The the subtitle of where we bloom is thirty. Seven intimate inventive and artistic studio spaces where floral passions find a place to blossom. And those of you who have known me for years as a garden writer. No that i wrote a book in two thousand eight called. Stylish sheds and elegant hideaways all about garden sheds. And there's definitely a crossover into this book but these are dedicated floral spaces and It's it's just. There is a diversity of of architecture and location and personality and