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Bill Prescott is a writer and photographer living in Humboldt County, California. He writes a weekly blog on flowers called Flower Talk with Lily.

Bill is a rural sophisticate, a cultural detective & a flower connoisseur.

See a sampling of his work at Prescott Designs

Entries by Bill Prescott

3 Hot Flowers for Valentine's 2015

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:50 PM

For Valentine's Day 2015, the buzz is already about American grown flowers. You want to know the farmer who grew your veggies, the vintner who made your wine and now, the flower farmer who grew the romantic blooms that will be the centerpiece of your Valentine's Day ritual.

People are...

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Cotinus Trending in Fall Flower Design

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Like it or not, fall is just around the corner. Luckily autumn is perhaps the best season to get creative in floral design. The fall design palette is all about contrast and texture; and a funky, arty element which is trending right now is cotinus.

This non-conventional design element will...

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Tattoos of Flowers

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Ahhh, summertime. Hot days, cool nights, shorts, tank tops, bikinis... whoa, wait.

Did I miss it when virtually every person you see at the beach or at the water park is covered in tattoos? I knew it was a "thing," and yes, I even have a little tattoo on my...

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Moms Like Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:37 PM

I'm not a mom, but I have one, my partner is one and I see year after year the lighthearted joy Mother's Day brings. Whether it's a bunch of flowers, handmade artwork by the kids or a homemade brunch, Mother's Day is as big or small as you want to...

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Savor This Moment

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:25 PM

"To everything -- turn, turn, turn
There is a season -- turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven"
-- Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seeger, adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes.

When I look at a stand of bare trees in...

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Hot Ticket: G Love and Special Sauce With Jimi Jazz Back in the Mix.

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:22 AM

My older brother came home from Boston and declared,

"I just quit my job, we got a record deal."

This was the beginning of his career as a musician and my career as the bassists' brother. The year was 1994, my brother Jim Prescott was the bass player for...

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One Easy Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 4:27 PM

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present"
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Two days before Christmas, I came through the house, arms loaded with stuff from the car. There were groceries, presents and of course, two bunches of flowers. The...

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What to Look for at the 2014 Rose Parade

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:34 AM

The amazing thing at this years Rose Parade is that there is one float made with over 94 percent American grown flowers. "Bedtime Buccaneers" is the float to watch and to cheer for!

Do you know where the roses in the Rose Bowl come from? It may surprise you to...

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Dear Santa, Send Me Ilex

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 7:50 AM

This year's hot holiday trend for home décor is ilex. What's ilex? It is a beautiful red berry that is used in wreaths, flower arrangements and other holiday creations. The berries form in dense clusters on a rigid stem creating a burst of color whether woven into a wreath, trimmed...

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Do Flowers Make You Rich?

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 1:05 PM

Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is...
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One Thing to Complete Your Thanksgiving Table

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 2:14 PM

What were the flowers at the first Thanksgiving? There were certainly wild flowers growing all around the Plymouth Colony, however, there is no mention of the table centerpieces at that famous dinner in 1621. Surprisingly, there are only two firsthand accounts of the first Thanksgiving. One by Edward...

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Like the Heart, Tulips Know No Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:15 PM

According to the Meaning of Flowers, in ancient Persia to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover's heart, burned to a coal by love's passion. To give a yellow tulip was to declare...

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Learn About Dia de los Muertos

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 2:36 PM

El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a national holiday in Mexico. Its origins are found deep in the ancient ceremonies of indigenous Mexicans. It is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2.

Death has a unique persona in Mexico that is not found anywhere else...

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How to Remove Pollen Stains

(4) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:45 PM

One of the most eye-catching features of a lily is the colorful pollen which coats the anthers of the flower. The pollen provides a beautiful contrast to the petals, literally sticking out of the bloom at the ends of the filaments. While being a key component in the reproductive system...

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Free Tulips in Miami

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Here is the scene, seven people walking down the legendary Lincoln Road pedestrian mall in the South Beach section of Miami. It is a hot humid late summer evening. The street is packed with people heading home from work, out to dinner or just wandering around. The cafes and bars...

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Jewel Tone Flower Primer

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:45 PM

Now that it is officially autumn, it's time to dig into the hot colors of fall flowers. The fashion world dictates the color schemes we will see from the runways in New York and Paris, right down to the colors a bride requests for her fall wedding. The name of...

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Flower Buying for Men

(15) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 11:08 AM

How many of you guys think about flowers while you're in the market, or walking by a florist? Unless someone has died or it's Valentine's Day, I bet never.

It's time to change that thought. Why? Because women love flowers, the same way we like sports cars and beer. Flowers...

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