GIRLFRIEND GOT IT ALL WRONG. My mother is a florist. My grandmother was a florist. My whole family history is about gardens. EVERY royal bride since Victoria has had Myrtle in their bouquets. It’s a royal tradition. No mention of it? Tsk tsk tsk.

iamstillskippy:

Oh cool! Of course no mention of it!  She doesn’t know anything about tradition…or care!  Her big plan is to change the monarchy!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂thank you!😊❤️❤️❤️❤️

Exactly! magic in the important details 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry choice of wedding flowers for their big day

iamstillskippy:

wemariuniverse:

The couple have chosen floral designer Philippa Craddock to create the church flowers for their big day on May 19.

Where possible, Ms Craddock will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May.

These will include branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.

Ms Craddock, a self-taught florist based in Central London, with a studio in Fulham and a flower shop in Selfridges, said: “I am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers.

“Working with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun.

“The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront.”


Did I miss anything? Have KP already announced the chosen floral designer?

Anon just mentioned last night we needed flower articles!

How about that, and what is it with her and poisonous flowers, the foxglove is digitalis, that will give you a heart attack. 

Thanks, Narckle once again you have exceeded our expectations of crazy.. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry choice of wedding flowers for their big day

Roseberrycupcake~Friends What kind of friend are you?

I always found it interesting how modern culture places so much emphasis on friendships. Long gone are the days of Full House and Boy Meets World, where unconditional love and family values were emphasized. Nowadays, you can’t miss themes of “Best-Friends-Forever-Who-Talk-And-Share-Everything” and “Friends-Turned-Lovers-Turned-Exes-Turned-Coworkers” in the screens. I guess some of it is a sad reflection of fractured families so common in our society today. Because the illusion of “perfect family” has been broken, it’s socially acceptable to create pseudo-family dynamics with friends rather than work things out with your real family. Obviously, having friends is not a bad thing; but depending on the people you befriend, your friendships can have dire consequences.  

We know true friends are those who celebrate you when you’re high and comfort you when you’re low. It’s easy to label only those who abandon you in times of trouble as users; but people who become jealous of your success and want you to remain stagnant are false friends as well. Good times as well as bad times will test friendships and reveal true friends. Throughout the years, I had to weed out several dishonest acquaintances, and I thought I would share the categories of so-called “friends” I’ve had.

1. Honeysuckles: These are your classic “I’ll tell you what you want to hear as long as you have what I want” kind of people. I call them Honeysuckles, because in botany, flowers of honeysuckles have a sweet edible nectar while the rest of the plant are poisonous. They are very comforting and very accommodating friends to have–as long as you have what they want. Honeysuckles tend to target nice, easy-going people; so although it’s easy to think that they’ll be uncovered quickly, it actually takes some time, because if you’re a genuinely kind person, you see yourself in a lot of characters they express. If the qualities they’re after are temporary, you can simply pretend to have lost them to test their loyalty; however, if the qualities they’re after are concrete, such as jobs, financial status, family names, etc., it can get especially difficult to weed them out . But there IS a question you can ask yourself to distinguish Honeysuckles from genuine friends: are they telling you what you WANT to hear instead of what you NEED to hear? Allow me to illustrate using an embarrassing personal example:

At almost 5’5’’ and 120 lbs, I’m well aware that I’m not “fat”; however, like most young women who experienced the horrors of the “Freshmen 15,” my weight fluctuated over the years. During the college years, I was in a relationship with a man who was after my financial prospects (sadly, this was not an assumption on my part; he literally told me this to my face). He shared my secret love for junk foods, and we ate out nearly every single day; unsurprisingly, my weight ballooned. My family took notice and advised me to keep my weight in check. So did my closest friends. But between classes and blooming romance, I was too sleep deprived to even consider modifying my schedule to accommodate exercise. My boyfriend’s response to this conundrum was quite appealing: he showered me with assertions that I’m beautiful just the way I am and that I’m not fat. He told me how I shouldn’t lose weight, and how much he loves my curves. Of course, being the love-struck idiot I was, I took his word for it over my family’s and friends’, because after all, it’s my man’s opinion that matters, right? So you can imagine how I felt when I found a staggering number of pictures of scantily-clad girls on his phone AND came across his secret Facebook account with “ex”-girlfriends who were not-so-surprisingly skinny as a rake. Ironically, even though that relationship ended quite some time ago, the line “No, you’re not fat. You’re beautiful.” has firmly been established in my heart as a hit-line frequented by men who eventually are uncovered as users. Now, I tend to keep my guard up whenever someone comments on my appearance; and funnily enough, it kept me safe from quite a few dishonest men.

My point is this: Honeysuckles will appeal to your ego. Sometimes, we’re stuck in situations that are harmful to our pride. During these times, it’s much easier to bury your head in the sand, and Honeysuckles will gladly encourage this self-protective behavior. Deep down, you’re very much aware of the reality; you just don’t want to face it. If your acquaintances are keeping you blind and deaf, they’re not “protecting” you; on the contrary, they’re keeping you from fixing the situation when it’s actually manageable. If you didn’t have the ability to face the situation, God would have never allowed it in the first place. So whether it’s exercising or admitting to a mistake, cut the Honeysuckles out of your life and do the right thing you know you can. 

2. Dead weights: These are people who are willing to comfort you and befriend you–as long as you stay at their level. I call them dead weights, because the minute you start advancing, they start dragging you down. It’s not just that they’re unwilling to make progress in their own life due to sheer laziness; it’s more so that they (unconsciously or consciously) recognize your potential and want to keep you from fully spreading your wings, because they know they would be a no match for you once you realize your true potential. They’re the people who tempt you with a distraction when you know you have work to do. These temptations seem innocent at first, but they may mount up to a large trap if you’re not careful. In fact, Psalm 1:1-3 tells us that “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.” When I was a child, my mother used to explain this scripture as a series of steps people fall into sin: they first walk, then they stand, then they sit; notice how they don’t sit down among the evil men right away; evil is much subtle than that. Same thing with dead weights. They don’t seem to drag you down much at first, but by the time you realize the effect they had on you, you find yourself fallen behind others by far. 

When I say “fallen behind,” I’m not talking about an abstract scale others have set out. I’m not talking about milestones you allowed others to convince you that you should have achieved by a certain age i.e. find a job by 25, find your soulmate by 28, get married by 30, have children by 33, etc. I’m talking about a much more personal scale. These are spiritual milestones we should have accomplished based on our experience, not necessarily our age. For instance, if you think you’re ready to consummate a relationship, you should understand the responsibilities that could follow the potential results. If you think you’re ready to get married, you should understand that love is all about gratitude and self-sacrifice. If you think you’re ready to have children, you should understand that some things will have to take a back seat now. The problem with dead weights is that they prevent us from achieving spiritual milestones before performing such deeds. 

So for example, a friend of yours might persuade you to have a light fling with any willing man or a woman; but morally speaking, you should have respected the other party regardless of their intention and refrained from partaking in such activities. It doesn’t matter if THEY were looking for a good time with no strings attached. YOU should have refrained from using them as a means to relieve sexual frustrations. Others may have found their future spouse through one night stands, but unless that’s the way YOU dreamed of finding your soulmate, you know you’re wasting your valuable time. There’s no such thing as a no-strings-attached sex. There may have been no money involved, no numbers exchanged, no names spoken, but there are always emotions involved. No, I’m not talking about emotions TOWARD that particular sexual partner. I’m talking about emotions in general. You may be sleeping with that person to forget someone else on your mind or to get rid of the loneliness you feel deep in your heart. The problem with these one night stands is that you’re burying these emotions under post-coital bliss and expecting them to go away instead of facing up to a challenge and resolving it either by discussion with the person in your mind or with God. 

Whether it’s a one night stand or a harmless drink, this friend who’s willing to tempt you with a good time may have meant well, but in the end, he or she is just leading you toward a road further from the one best for you. Even though it may be difficult, it’s best for you to distance yourself from them and move on. You can either sink with them or fly without them; it may seem harsh, but I learned the hard way that even if YOU’re willing to sink with them, they are the sort of people who will cut losses if THEY think they’re going to sink with you. They may have been the ones who tempted you, but they won’t be the ones who hold responsibilities for YOUR decision no matter how coerced.  So don’t waste your precious time with people like them. If they were truly good friends, you wouldn’t have to compromise your morals and values in the first place. 

3. Economists: These are people who abuse the simple nugget of truth that the people who have best interest at your heart will not always tell you what you want to hear. I like to call them Economists, because they play by the supply and demand curves. By keeping their support to bare minimum, they give an impression that they’re objective and make their praise valuable. So when they criticize, they come across as having your best interest at heart; and by keeping their praise rare, you feel elated when they DO give you their approval. Economists are not the typical Alpha males who lead the crowd; they are the Betas sitting in a chair in the back of the room with their arms crossed, making a jabbing comment once-in-a-while. Their power lay in their subtlety. Even though gentle souls are more likely to be swayed by sweet Honeysuckles than cynical Economists, rare approvals from Economists will always seem more valuable than ever-present praise from Honeysuckles. 

If you’re a lovely soul who easily feels responsible to keep others happy, Economists are the ones who will take advantage of your kindness. In order to appease them, you may feel coerced to accommodate your schedule to suit their needs or follow their ideas. In my personal opinion, they are the worst of the lot, because with other types of false friends, you at least get something during the relationships: with Honeysuckles, you get praise, and with dead weights, you get good times; but with Economists, all they do is drain your soul. Under the guise of an “objective friend who tells it like it is,” they make subtle and not-so-subtle comments that belittle you. When you go to them for an advice, you come out feeling worse: and this feeling is a way you can distinguish Economists from friends who genuinely has your best interest at heart. A true friend will NEVER make you feel worse after talking to them. Even if YOU’re the one who made a mistake, a real friend will be there to console you and remind you that you’re still a good person; they will focus on YOU instead of the problem at hand; however, an Economist will magnify the problem. He or she will make the problem a reflection of your character instead of a mistake. 

At the end of the day, both you and the Economist are just humans. If God loves you and God doesn’t condemn you, that mere mortal certainly has no right to make you feel like you’re worth any less than anyone else out there. Judge your actions by all means, but there are ways to critique someone else’s actions without belittling their worth. These gentle methods of communications aren’t something that can be taught or learnt; they are things that come naturally between true friends. So if you have any friends who make you feel worse at the end of a conversation, cut them lose. Let them find another victim to suck the light out of. Your light deserves to shine in front of the world. You deserve better friends than them.    

My purpose in writing this long post was simple. You don’t have to THINK through the pros and cons of an acquaintance to decide whether you should remain friends with them. Let their words, events, and your gut reactions speak for themselves. You won’t have to impress your real friends. They won’t be ashamed of you at your worst moments because they know of your true value. They will be able to pick up on your mistakes, but you won’t feel down when they point it out. You’ll feel confident that you can become a better person by learning from them instead. At the same time, they will be the ones who truly celebrate your success and are prouder of your accomplishments than you are. If you realize that you have no friends left over who fit such criteria after you reflect on these words, don’t worry. Like I said in my last submission, Jesus is always your friend. Even at your loneliest moments, He is there giving you a comforting pat on the back, telling you that it’s OK, that you’re OK. So you will be perfectly all right even if you let go of those false friends. It will all work out, I promise. 


I really enjoyed reading this, sometimes we can get sucked in and can’t find our way out. This is a very positive message in our instant gratification world.

Thank you roseberrycupake 

The cake is made with elderflower not elderberry. You cook a syrup out of the blossoms, a lot of sugar and lemon juice. It is not bitter , it is a sweet taste. It is an old european receipt for summer. You can mix the syrup with champagne. It is a traditional wedding drink. In winter you can use it in tea it is healthy and protect against colds.

Elderberries are quite edible. The blue or purple berries are gathered and made into elderberry wine, jam, syrup, and pies. The entire flower cluster can be dipped in batter and fried while petals can be eaten raw or made into a fragrant and tasty tea.  

The American Elderberries are poisonous, contain cyanide. When I was growing up the plants grew everywhere, we called it Indian Ink.  We’d paint with it.  Native American not to confused with India. 

The American Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L. ssp. … The seeds, stems, leaves, and roots of the Black Elder are all poisonous to humans. They contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside. Eating a sufficient quantity of these cyanide-inducing glycosides can cause a toxic buildup of cyanide in the body and make you quite ill.

Yep, I know the European version it great for all kinds of things, but this is royal not a hipster wedding. Stick with the traditions that’s what people want.

Thank you