Hello. What do you think a person can you do as acareer with a passion for plants and buying them? I think in my country there is nothing to do with it only to be a florist (flower designer basicly) :(
okay i would highly recommend reading “Flower Confidential” by Amy Stewart. its a SUPER fascinating deep account of the science and complexity of the retail flower industry, including:
-the dutch flower auction, which is the largest floral action in the world. millions of flowers pass through each day and are bought en-masse by different companies in a matter of seconds. think the world trade center for florists (regardless of if you’re interested in hearing about this or not, i would recommend watching a first-hand account video of this here. the flowers roll in on carts in front of a huge room of commercial buyers, who are buying these flowers for their respective companies to arrange and sell in commercial outlets around the world. a person upfront holds up a sample of each flower as a special timer counts down the seconds above them, and the buyers decide if they want to buy or not as the price per stem ticks down on the computer. this auction is in operation daily, and the complex is 128 square acres. the flowers go directly from the floor onto planes arranged by the buyers. its just…mind blowing.)
-growing and reproducing bulbs and plants for the market en-masse. the perfect flower in a floral arrangement needs to be able to handle a LOT of abuse; you should be able to have it last at least a week in your home after you buy it even if you don’t have a green thumb. there is a HUGE amount of time, effort, and science put into making each flower fit for the market.
-processing and shipping the flowers. boxes need to be specially designed for optimal shipping as to not damage the stems, but at the same time the name of the game is to ship them quickly and efficiently, usually over long distances.
-inspecting the flowers; usually this is because they have to be shipped overseas from suppliers in bulk, so there are designated officials in the receiving country that open a box of each shipment to check for diseases and pests. if they find anything, it risks being shipped back or detained for fumigation.
-scientists working on developing the first blue rose. this has a lot of challenges to it, but the one that struck me the most that she mentions in the book is that florists are afraid that no one would buy a blue rose because there’s no connotation with it. like, and orange rose is for friendship or whatever, red is for love, but theres nothing for blue?? which like. i guess i never really thought about it that way but this book has a LOT of that kind of thing. like, things that you would never consider until it’s brought up by the people she interviews.
-breeders working on developing new and popular cultivars to keep up with demand
-ROSES. oh god. the commercial time and effort put into roses alone- especially around valentines’ day- is like, a science in and of itself, and generates a TON of revenue for the entire industry each year.
more than that, seriously it doesn’t take long to read once you get going, its one of those books thats so totally cool you can’t put it down like?? i just never thought about flowers the same way since i read it. its a HUGE industry that operates on a global scale; although flower design is part of it, it’s far from the most important and thoroughly considered aspect.
|| Alright, I think it’s time to put Doffy to rest. I’ve been rping him for almost two years now, and I’m very proud of it. Staring to RP Doffy was the best decision I ever made in such a long time. The friends I’ve made through it are still with me and I’ve had some great memories.
However, I’m sure every RP'er knows it’s not always fun memes and sick threads. Something happened the past months which broke something inside of me as a RPer, and honestly, I’m quite surprised myself as to how deep it has hurt me.
It has caused my relationship with Doffy to become quite strained. I never really had to push myself to write him, I never really worried about things. But now I constantly worry about my portrayal, about not being a good RP partner and it definitely affects my writing.
I’d rather not destroy the last of love I have for this incredible muse by pushing to the limits. So yeah, I wanted to give a big thank you to all the people who gave me the chance to RP with them, who came to accept my Doffy and who’ve also had my back at times and tried to cheer me up or help me through hard times.
I’m not sure what I’ll do. I have my multi-muse, perhaps he might just spook around on there if I get back to being active. Right now honestly, I want to take my time and build my confidence back up, as a writer, as a RPer, as a human being who wants to be treated with respect. I’m gonna miss seeing all of you guys on my dash daily though, so I might just come haunt some inboxes with flying candy canes (Doffy has enough money to buy them anyway).
Of course, there are also some people, in particular, I need to thank, but honestly yeah, all the people who are still here, you all deserve thanks? You guys have made my days, just by liking the stuff I do/write, sending stuff and of course, answering whatever random thing I threw at your unsuspecting heads. So really, thank you! I love you guys! ||
summing up my obsession with @crispykrimi‘s sweater weather OTL this time also featuring the leggings, bubble butt, cattitude pyjamas, tea and Todoroki accidentally setting himself on fire, which is now my favourite thing ever
Okay yeeeup, everyone was right, I totally had an awesome time with The Adventure Zone and I finished it last Friday and was FULL OF FEELINGS and had to do some art, because there is SO much drawable stuff there…
SO from today’s livestream, have a sketch dump of first attempts at a bunch of characters and some color bits too!