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DEAR SISTERMAG READERS Would you like to be able to look into someone's head sometimes? To see how they think? Many hours a day we are busy imagining scenarios and situations before they actually happen. This behaviour is particularly pronounced in the HYPOCHONDRIAC – and is psychologically stressful for humans. But the hypochondriac is specifically concerned with diseases, always and constantly imagining their own death or embattled with a perilous illness. What is sisterMAG talking about, you ask? We came up with the idea for this very individual mix of themes through a film evening with the 1960s classic »SEND ME NO FLOWERS,« starring DORIS DAY, ROCK HUDSON, AND TONY RANDALL. We immediately dedicated an article to the dream trio in this issue. In the film, Rock Hudson plays an obsessed hypochondriac who prepares and plans his own funeral. In ISSUE 37 we have devoted ourselves to so many different topics that we sometimes had to chuckle

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to ourselves: In addition to recurring film articles, there is plenty of information about flowers. Because even if you no one’s sending you flowers, you can enjoy our TABLE OF THE MONTH , browse through the most beautiful florist Instagram accounts, or create a flower paradise on your own balcony. If you've had enough of real flowers, you should check out the interview with »HANDMADE BY SARA KIM« – her paper creations are so similar to the real thing that we’re now hooked on the aesthetic alternative. And if you just can't get enough of Doris Day's wonderful outfits and dresses in the film, just sit down at the sewing machine! In this issue the #sisterMAGcollection is worn by Toni, Thea, and her mom, Evi, whom we accompany through a day in seasonal cotton dresses. Whether chic or casual, you can master any summer situation with four new patterns (plus one oversized fleece sweater). And as May draws to a close, we look forward to the summer months, during which we will take you to tropical and summery film worlds. »SEND ME NO FLOWERS« is the beginning of a beautiful movie era filled with humour, irony, and no shortage of colour. Enjoy and let yourself be inspired by sisterMAG issue 37.

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Earth laughs in – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) US-american philosopher & writer

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W H AT H A P P E N E D S O FA R »A YEAR IN MOVIES« is 2018 for

the sisterMAG team! We make a tour through film history and let ourselves be inspired by movie classics to the content in sisterMAG. In January it was the »BREAKFAST CLUB«, for the February issue »BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S«. March and April were dedicated to the musical films »MARY POPPINS« and »SOUND OF MUSIC«. In addition to our issue, we can definitely recommend a movie night with the previous sisterMAG films!

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CONTENT PAGE 174 - PAPER FLOWERS

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EDITORIAL TEAM & TABLE OF CONTENTS CONTRIBUTORS FILM HISTORY PART 5 Between euphoria and eccentricity

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5 QUESTIONS TO IRIS BERBEN INTRODUCING THE FILM »Send me no flowers« THE TRIO

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WELCOME TO THE CLUB!

HOW TO ENJOY LIFE! From singles in New York to the purpose of existence

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COTTON FEATURE

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COTTON FASHION SHOOTING

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FESTIVAL MAKE-UP LOOKS

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A GREEN DIALOGUE

Doris Day – Rock Hudson – Tony Randall

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in sommer mode

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The mysterious language of plants

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THE GARDENER'S OLYMPIC'S

A Top 10-List of actresses

A visit to the Chelsea

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HYPOCHONDRIA MYMORIA Start-Up Spotlight

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STOP OVER & SMELL THE ROSES 7 most fantastic flower shows


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THE BALCONY JUNGLE

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BLOOM & WILD

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HANDMADE BY SARA KIM

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Start-Up Spotlight

An Interview

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TABLE OF THE MONTH BUTTERCREAM FLOWER CAKES by cake_pino

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INSTAGRAM FLORISTS IMPRINT

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TEXT Eberhard A. V. Clausewitz Barbara Eichhammer

the-little-wedding-corner.de Christian Näthler

@iamvolta Dr. Michael Neubauer Judith König

judith-koenig.de Angela Peltner

PHOTO & VIDEO Ashley Bee Photography

@cake_pino Eberhard A. V. Clausewitz Robin Kater

robinkater.com Cris Santos

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@kiesslingS Alex Kords

kords.net Ira Häussler Christian Naethler

TRANSLATION Sabrina Bäcker Ira Häussler Alex Kords

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CONTRIBUTORH Even if the movie »Send me no flowers» is a classic 60s comedy, it is also based on one of the fundamental fears of many people: illness and death. We interviewed three of our creative stars from sisterMAG N°37 about their biggest fears and also learned a lot about their flower preferences.

Illustrator and Parisian Maelle Rajoelisolo made the illustration for the film article on »Send me no flowers«. This is not the first time she has embellished sisterMAG with her lovely illustrations. What are your favourite flowers? My favorite flowers are mimosas and peonies; but mimosas hold a very special place in my heart because they’re also a malagasy song that I’ve loved since I was a child. It reminds me of Madagascar, the country my parents came from! For what occasion do you like to give flowers? I love to give a beautiful bouquet on every special occasions, especially birthdays. My friends love flowers too, so it’s always a pleasure to give them that kind of gift!

MAËLLE R A J O E L I S O LO

Illustrator @cirquedepapier

What's your biggest fear to unexpectedly find out? I don’t really know... let’s say that I’m not a huge fan of unpleasant surprises and bad news, especially when it comes to loved ones. (And if we’re talking about something more »light«, let’s say that I would hate to be face to face with a snake :p)


HIGHLIGHTS HÜRRIYET BULAN

Flower Artist @botanicart Of course, our favorite flower artist had to be on board for an issue with the main topic »flowers«. The wonderful arrangements for the Table of the Months were created by Hürriyet. If you want to know more about her, listen to our podcast with her again What are your favourite flowers? Hard to say because with every season my favourite flower changes. But right now it's peonies.

ROBERT E B E R H A R DT

Publisher, Author roberteberhardt.com Publisher, gallery owner, author and one of the oldest friends of sisterMAG founder Thea examined the »Good Wifey«-trio Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randell for sisterMAG°37.

For what occasion do you like to give flowers? I like to give flowers for Mother's Day and birthdays. However, I prefer to give away flowers without a special reason. I love to distribute flower joy :)

For what occasion do you like to give flowers? Love attacks or birthdays

What's your biggest fear to unexpectedly find out? If I need a very specific flower and it is not yet available.

What's your biggest fear to unexpectedly find out? That I only imagine the world and that it does not exist.

What are your favourite flowers? Poppies on fields


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The term »film diva« describes a »celebrated film actress who becomes a talking point with her »eccentric affectations«.

A dichotomous definition that symbolises the ambivalent relationship between women and film. For, classical Hollywood was an entirely male domain. Thanks to the feminist movements of the 20th century, this rigid imbalance is now softened. However, the current #METOO discussion shows that certain behavioural patterns and power structures prevail.

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The role, importance, and influence of women to film and inside the film industry is closely linked to the history of the emancipation movements of the 20th century. Up until the late 1960s and early 1970s, even big female film stars had to face the discrepancy between being adored on screen and a non-existing power and influence on set. That's because there were only two possible roles for women to play in Hollywood: the Good or the Bad – the content of which was adapted throughout the years.

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whereas FEMALE ROLES WERE PASSIVE AND OF A MINOR NATURE. This is unsurprising

if one takes a look at the distribution of the decision-making positions of the film – a n n o d a M e th industry during the x e l p m o c silent film era: Men e whor were directing, ran the studios, wrote the scripts, and financed and Up to the movement of 1968, the produced everything. Women classical Hollywood narrative were involved in supporting, intended men to play the active so-called »soft« functions, e.g. and central part of the film as secretaries, script girls, or

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with small assistant jobs. Being on set as an actress merely held the privilege of getting more attention and the pampering program (make-up, hair, and costume styling). Female

MARY stars, like PICKFORD , were defined to play sexually untouched and vulnerable characters: As a damsel in distress or a doting housewife, they awaited the arrival of the male star. In contrast to this role, there was the opportunity to play a so-called »fallen« woman; one whose sexual activities

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BEFORE marriage caused her expulsion from society. Since Sigmund Freud, the definition of a women based on her sexual activity is referred to as the »MADONNA-WHORE

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in psychoanalysis. In pop culture, the term has been immortalised in the hit series »Sex and the City«, where the newlywed characters CHARLOTTE and TREY MACDOUGAL struggle with severe sexual difficulties.

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In 1915, Theda Bara created the role of the Vamp while acting a »FALLEN ONE«: Accordingly, a Vamp is a woman who attracts men with her beauty and exoticism and wrecks them without a sign of remorse. This role made THEDA BARA one of the first sex symbols of film. However, from today’s perspective, the concept of this role is even more difficult, as the Vamp is always portrayed as an exotic woman of exotic – that is, not white – origin. Thus, making the case for white normativity.

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After the First World War lifted women into more active (former male) positions on the job market and helped them achieve some level of financial independence, the cinematic image of the woman had to follow. Along with long plaits, dusty Victorian moral concepts were cast aside. The Flappers became the new role models of modern women. CLARA BOW was Hollywood’s personification of this concept, but her roles depicted a compromise of reality: While her characters go out,

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IN THE 1930S, WE SEE THE AGE OF THE BIG DIVAS. MARLENE DIETRICH, GRETA GARBO, KATHERINE HEPBURN, AND MAE WEST COMBINE TALENT, GLAMOUR, BEAUTY, AND SOLDOUT CINEMAS.

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smoke, dance, and are sexually active without the constraints of wedlock, the ultimate objective of a (good) flapper girl is to find a husband and, thus, happiness in marriage. The writers of Hollywood outlined a thin moral line that decides upon the fate of the flappers in films: Those who are moral and virtuous at the heart get to the altar, all the others suffer tragedies or even death.

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1934, it gets them: MARLENE DIETRICH plays with the optical gender boundaries by seducing men wearing a suit and a tailcoat (»MOROCCO«, 1930), Greta Garbo declares in »QUEEN CHRISTINA« (1933) that she'd rather die alone than to get married, and Mae West even wrote her own dialogues. A quantum leap! The divas of that time were not only strong women but also sexually active ones: Through the means of cinema, they were staged as goddess-like beings who played off their sexual charms and were far away from the normal everyday woman. They were role models for them and objects of desire for the male audience. But that was not only due to their acting talents. SISTER-MAG.COM

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Central aspects of staging a diva are the positioning of the camera and the lighting equipment. »THREE-POINT

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in full brightness. This »HALO EFFECT« was preferably used to let actresses appear radiant and, thus, more attractive (to the male characters and audience). They got even more objectified with the so-called »MALE GAZE«, a technique by which the camera became the eye of the male actor and lets us see the woman through them. Both techniques are subject to a fetishisation and cultural superelevation of the female, white appearance. The glamorous robes and the styling of the divas are also beneficial for that. The film »GILDA« with Rita Hayworth in the leading role is a prime example for these techniques.

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During last year’s Berlinale we had the opportunity to interview the Grande Dame of German film, Iris Berben. We talked about her association and feelings connected to the colours grey and yellow. Her inspiring answers kept buzzing through our heads long after. This year, Miss Berben again took some time to answer our »great questions« (in her words) on the topic of films. While talking about possible parts, role models, and the unavoidable #metoo debate, we again gained deep insights and are looking forward to another reunion soon.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL FAVOURITE FILM? I’m afraid I really can’t say, because when you get older, one's taste changes so much. There are films you once called »THE BEST film of all films«. But then, you get new impressions. I absolutely loved MAGNOLIA. I thought that FIGHT CLUB was a

great film. LAST TANGO IN PARIS was the film we all thought, »Wow, they’re daring.« When you say something like that today, you enter an entirely different discussion. The great thing about our industry is the change of generations and the related change of seeing the world and certain topics. I love that.

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IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR OWN FILM CHARACTER, HOW WOULD THEY BE? WOULD IT BE A WOMAN OR WOULD YOU ALSO PLAY A MAN?

IS THERE A FILM DIVA OR OTHER WOMAN THAT STILL INSPIRES YOU TODAY? There is one woman who is incredibly fascinating to me: SUSAN SARANDON. I value women who use their capabilities, and she is a very political person. Her films and her whole work make her something that’s called »uncomfortable«. I don’t share this opinion, since I believe that to be uncomfortable can be very refreshing for the industry. Liz Taylor was someone I always valued as well. When I think back to »CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF« … oh, those are films I’d have loved to act in. I think that for the time she was in – the 70s, 60s, 50s – she was very far ahead with her inner power. Those are two female icons that instantly spring to my mind. But I’ll probably come up with lots more later [...] but it’s always like that. The interview is over and you think, »Well, why did SHE didn’t come to my mind earlier?«

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Well, yes, I already played men in the comedy series »SKETCHUP« and I did it so convincingly that even my mother didn’t recognize me [laughs]. That’s a challenge and it’s connected to the curiosity we have: »What is it like to be of another gender?« I like that there is another(!) gender, because I disapprove that we repeatedly blend into a homogenous mass. I appreciate different characters in the world. Nonetheless, there are some structures we need to change! Structures that have grown over decades and centuries and that are hard to break. We recently noticed it in the #METOO discussions with regards to the abuse of power. In this discussion, I do have doubts that if women are given the same opportunity, they wouldn’t also abuse their power. To me, this is a

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question of character. For, we all know an infinite number of men in powerful positions who don’t exploit such a position. That’s why I always think that this is a very fragile issue that you shouldn’t discuss in the same heated mood as it is done now. But, to return to the initial question, I’d love to be an animal. I have a dog that’s almost 17 years old and blind and deaf, and a part of the family. I’m anything but esoteric but I always think, »You took him into your family. What does he think about that?« I’d love to be an animal as well as a man. Or maybe an old gnarled tree, that would be nice too. A tree that has been standing for so long and that many have worked themselves off against. […] Yet, it remains standing!

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LOOKING BACKM WHICH ROLE IS STILL WITH YOU UP UNTIL TODAY? Last year, I played a woman for four months: »THE RECORDER«. She's a woman who is overlooked by everybody, a prime example of a plain Jane. As an actress, this is a good surface to work with, also outwardly. Nobody looks at her fully. She completely gets lost in the shuffle. But she listens in on everything with her headphones, all day. She calmly sits there when criminals confess their crimes

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or when they explain themselves or lie. Since it took four months, it was incredibly exhausting for me, as I thought about it a lot. What happens with you when you listen so closely, and about so many details like this? That’s a story that does something to this woman. There was another film I made. Basically, it was about the movement of 1968 in Germany. A woman who went into hiding and her 30-year-old daughter who wants to find her. The woman is guilty of a crime that’s deeply

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embedded in German history. This, too, is a role I often think about. For, as we deal with our everyday life, I wonder about the many things politics do, how they influence us, their legacy, and what it could leave us with. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE PROSPECTS OF GERMAN FILM? WHERE IS IT GOING? We have such a great potential of really powerful writers, directors, cameramen, actors, and actresses. And I’m not only

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talking about those who are hyped and famous. However, our problem is that too many films are produced and, thus, they don’t have the opportunity of being shown in the cinema. We need to find a system for that. This is the most difficult task there is because which criteria should you use for the selection? We’ve been dealing with this for a long time already. The attendance figures remain the same and the money remains the same, yet more films are done with less money. This way, the films don’t stand a chance of being seen. Some years ago, I was part of the grant commission of the FFA [German federal film

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board] that observes and assesses films. There, I could tell if someone had potential: »Oh, that’s a plant we have to water so it grows.« And it turned out that way. But you have to provide this freedom! Today, we all live under this pressure: »The talent has to be there and if the first attempt failed, you don’t want the second one, and when the first attempt is big, the second one has to be even bigger.« That’s not creativity and not art! I wish that we would develop good output capabilities so that the German film continues to exist and is visible as a cultural asset. We must not waste anything.

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TEXT: BARBARA EICHHAMMER

For the third time, Hollywood dream team Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred together in Send me

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no flowers (1964) after their blockbusters Pillow Talk (1959) and Lover come back (1961). The romantic comedy ranks among the classics of the USAmerican screwball comedy and is characterised by its witty dialogues and humorous passages.

In the tradition of Moliere’s THE IMAGINARY INVALID (1673) , this Hollywood comedy by director NORMAN JEWISON is about married hypochondriac George Kimball (ROCK HUDSON ). While at his doctor’s for a routine check-up, he overhears his physician Dr. Morrissey talking to a colleague about a fatally ill patient. The doctor emphasizes that he has not told his patient

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out of empathy about his nearing d e a t h . G e o r g e jumps to the (wrong) conclusions: He is the one sick to death and has almost no time left. Worried about the well-being of his wife Judy (DORIS DAY ) he decides to find a new husband for her as soon as possible. Solely his friend Arnold (TONY RANDALL ) knows about his plan and his supposed illness. Starting from these trials and tribulations, the comedy unfolds as a humorous battle of the sexes. For the first time, Doris Day and

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George, remember our first anniversary?

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seen in the context of the USAmerican screwball comedies, which had their heyday during the 1930s and 1940s in Hollywood with classics such as HOWARD HAWKS BRINGING UP

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IN SEND ME NO FLOWERS, THE WITTY DIALOGUES DO NOT ONLY CONTAIN QUESTIONS OF GENDER BUT ALSO CLASS CONFLICTS AND THE SUPERFICIALITY OF THE MIDDLE CLASSES

battle of the sexes between (mostly rich) men and women. Literary forerunners are for example stage comedy by William Shakespeare like THE TAMING OF THE SHREW or MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING . Its focus on dialogue testifies to the invention of the new medium of sound film during the 1930s. The screwball comedy rather celebrates the new seemingly endless possibilities to use language in film. The new sound technology generates a new kind of linguistic humour, which SISTER-MAG.COM

focuses on witty repartee, i.e. a quick form of speech and witty reply. Until today, such quick dialogues are popular in comedies such as in GILMORE GIRLS . The relation of the sexes takes centre stage in the narratives of the screwball comedy, mostly between rich women and men in the context of emancipation. Due to the Hays Production Code, which prohibited representations of sexuality, adultery and prostitution on screen from 1934 onwards, screwball

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pitched ball that curves in the direction opposite to that of a normal curve ball. The eccentric characters in screwball comedies are also bending the laws of normality, when they challenge the boundaries of conventionality. Laughing turns into a liberating moment about the inheren otherness of the characters. Thus on a production-aesthetic level, Send me no flowers uses diverse filmic cutting techniques to introduce George’s exaggerated comedies depict verbal and visual double entendres, which were easy to decipher for the audience. In SEND ME NO FLOWERS , the witty dialogues do not only contain questions of gender but also class conflicts and the superficiality of the middle classes, when Judy gossips about their neighbours or George’s friend Bert tells him about targeting widows. The term »SCREWBALL« is a slang word derived from baseball, which means a

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about the eccentricity of the protagonist. Funny punchline: The pills, which George takes in the film, are all prepared by his wife. He does not know that he consumes placebos, i.e. pills filled with sugar. SEND ME NO FLOWERS also incorporates elements from slapstick comedies with their physical humour, e.g. SEND ME NO when Judy locks FLOWERS ALSO herself out of her INCORPORATES house only in her ELEMENTS FROM nightgown and SLAPSTICK tries to enter the COMEDIES WITH house through a THEIR PHYSICAL window. Although HUMOUR s c r e w b a l l characters find themselves in elitist, wealthy worlds of Art Deco settings, noble hotels and elegant houses, they also use a decidedly corporeal situation comic. They are clumsy, fall over their feet and get whacked over their heads.

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The actors & MUSIC DORIS DAY

It was the third time for Hollywood dream team DORIS DAY and ROCK HUDSON to star together in SEND ME NO FLOWERS (1964) after their

blockbusters PILLOW TALK (1959) and LOVER COME BACK (1961) . Also on board for the third time: TONY RANDALL in his supporting role as neighbour. The films negotiate decidedly contemporary questions of queer masculinities and questions

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THE FILMS MANAGES TO RESIST

normative constructions of gender AND SEXUALITY ON A HUMOROUS

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CONTEMPORARY QUESTIONS OF QUEER MASCULINITIES AND QUESTIONS OF HOMOSEXUALITY

of homosexuality when they show ROCK HUDSON and TONY RANDALL time and again in ambiguous situations. They share, for instance, a bed in one scene in Send me no flowers. The films manages to resist normative constructions of

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gender and sexuality on a humorous level. At the time, the allusions could also be read as implicit references to ROCK HUDSON ’s personal biography. The actor had concealed his homosexuality over the course of some decades – also due to his stereotypical roles as Hollywood macho and

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womanizer. Doris Day’s image was characterized by her reputation as eternal virgin on screen.

She also played in romantic comedies with Cary Grant such as A TOUCH OF MINK (1962) or

The charismatic actress gained international fame with her ROCK-HUDSONCOMEDIES and ranked among the most popular and commercially successful film stars in Hollywood in the 1960s.

with James Garner. With Send me no flowers, Doris Day won a LAUREL COMEDY AWARD as best comedy actress. She also sung the title tune »SEND ME NO FLOWERS« .

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Society still followed the old rules and role models.

We remember the highly coloured American film classics from the 50s and 60s that carry most of today’s viewers off into a time and attitude towards life they didn’t even experience but still like: tough men, women with blonde curls and beautiful skirts, wit and cheerfulness, well-shaped car bodies that rattle through the landscapes and big cities of the U.S. We see SISTER-MAG.COM

the beautiful designs of these years, the squeaky and joyous looks, because these films picture a blessed period of the 20th century. Or better yet, they create a positive image of those years. They were years of economic rise and the extensive experiences of the not-so-distant World War II, which had a significant influence on the mentality and spirit of the American continent. 42

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NO OTHER TRIO GAINED AS MUCH FAME AS DORIS DAY, ROCK HUDSON, AND TONY DID. ONE FASCINATING FACT: THE HOLLYWOOD STAR DORIS DAY, BORN IN 1922, IS STILL ALIVE TODAY.

Society still followed the old rules and role models. Women weren’t anywhere near being »free« in today’s understanding. But the creative rooms they were able to fill and shape with their female specifics, passing men, lead to the atmosphere that makes us watch these jolly films today.

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»LOVER COME BACK« (1961) and »SEND ME NO FLOWERS« (1964) .

In »PILLOW TALK« , the interior decorator Jan and the composer Brad shared a telephone line, which lead to mutual tapping and intervening conversations. They could hear the other one flirt, which later lead to amusing mixups, encounters, hiding, and exposure.

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is as crazy as its predecessor since the advertising experts Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton try to outdo each other. Mishaps and mix-ups are happening because a fake commercial spot was broadcast and a product

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needs to be »invented« retroactively – a sweet that causes drunkenness, which leads to Jerry and Carol finding themselves sharing pyjamas and being married one morning. The end of the story? A baby.

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SEND ME NO FLOWERS In »SEND ME NO FLOWERS« , which serves as the theme for the new sisterMAG issue, the game of mix-ups and troubles with love and jealousy is repeated. After overhearing a phone call of his doctor, the hypochondriac George Kimball believes that he will die soon and tries to bring his wife and an old schoolmate together. Shethinks that he wants to detract from an affair. Only at the end is the whole story cleared up.

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were able to watch the films with their partners and laugh – without having doubts about their roles or self-image afterwards.

The »GOOD WIFEY« became well-known in Germany as well because »PILLOW TALK« already came to the cinemas in 1959. DORIS DAY acted as a role model for many German women: resolute but well-behaved and a little prudish. This way, young ladies and wives of the 1960s in Germany

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success of the three films. Only the film »THE MIRROR CRACK’D« based on the novel of Agatha Christie in which he appeared together with Tony Curtis and Elizabeth Taylor in the 80s gained similar popularity. In 1985, he was one of the first celebrities who died of AIDS, which garnered significant public coverage about the disease for the first time.

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A TOP 10 LIST OF ACTRESSES WHO SING. TEXT ANGELA MARIA PELTNER

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Music has existed ever since films were made. In the silent movie era, filmmakers and viewers had to settle for a dramatic piano to underline the scenes. Later it was contractually stipulated that the screen heroes should sing in their films. Even when they couldn't do it well. Nowadays, there are hardly any films in which people sing. If so, they are called »musical films«. Sometimes they even win Oscars. That's probably why I'm still surprised that many screen stars have a second job or at least a lifelong passion in addition to their main gig. Often, it is music. But why? Actors should live and be emphatic for their profession. Of course, this plays into the hands of music as well. Art related to one's voice has always been en vogue. And so I went in search of 10 singing actresses and asked myself the question, »What came first: The chicken or the egg?«

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»Even she's singing now!« I'm sure all actresses who sing have heard this saying at least once. I've noticed that this is something one don't like to associate with serious music-making and film stars. The cliché about talentless actors who only take the microphone in their hands because of their privileged position is common. And of course the cliché can be true. But that's not always the case. To be honest, the combination of acting and singing is a match made in heaven – similar to gin and tonic. It just fits.

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In addition, music has a profoundly intensive effect on people who spend long periods of time away from home as part of their work in the performing arts. Almost all actresses I know love singing. However, their great love of music often takes place under the radar. Some say that this is due to how tough the music industry is, while others believe that there is simply more work in film and television. The fact is that most of the actresses on my Top 10 list were singers before they became film stars. Like DORIS MARY ANN DAY, for example. »EVERYBODY'S DARLING« actually had a life before »Que Sera Sera«. Did you know that the tall blonde with German roots turned night into day as a young girl in jazz clubs? In 1944, long before her film career, Doris had made her first No. 1 hit with »SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY«.

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She performed with big bands and in musicals for decades before becoming the most biggest Hollywood star of the time. Doris' star shone bright once again in 2009 when she decided to release a comeback album at the age of 92.

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A whippersnapper by comparison is LINA LARISSA STRAHL. When she was just 13, the 20-year old won the popular singing contest »Your Song« on children’s channel Kika. Her big break was her role as »Bibi Blocksberg« in the famous »Bibi&Tina« films where she plays a feisty young witch. Instead of time spent at the recording studio, this meant long days on set filming four movies in a row. Not bad, but not Lina’s dream. Her fan base grew steadily with each film (mostly girls between 8 and 12) and the movies all sold very well – surely one of the reasons Lina is still making music today.

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also has a connection to »Tito & Tarantula«. A punk among actresses, she is not only the most famous vampire hunter since the cult film »From Dusk till Dawn«, but also the frontwoman of »JULIETTE AND THE LICKS«. Three studio albums and hundreds of legendary performances later, and Juliette still isn't finished. She is a songwriter and guest singer on albums by »Him«, »The Prodigy« and »Mando Diao«. JULIETTE LEWIS

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The two German veterans and JASMIN »Enfant Terribles« TABATABEI AND KATJA RIEMANN

were musicians before the 1997 outlaw movie "Bandits". Tabatabei even saw Gold for the highly successful soundtrack and participated in various bands during her studies, such as »Even Cowgirls Get the Blues«. She has not only written her two solo albums »Only Love« and »I Ran«, but also produced some of them herself. Her colleague, KATJA RIEMANN, wasn't idle either. She has released several music albums. Her debut, »Nachtblende«, was released in 2000, followed by her English jazz album »Favorites« in 2004. She is particularly fond of Jewish classics from pre-war Germany.

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Let's stay in Germany with the great NORA TSCHIRNER. Tschirner already lent her voice to »Olli Schulz & the Dog Marie« on the album »If you break my heart, I'll break your legs«. But it wasn't until 2012 that she dared to join her first band, »PRAGUE«, which she founded with two old schoolmates. Her debut album, »PREMIERE«, was released with the very kind support of the Prague Film Orchestra and was well reviewed by the press. To preserve their creativity, they released

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their debut and their successor album, »Kein Abschied«, on their own label, »Týnská Records«. Tschirner, along with bombshell Scarlett Johansson, is the only one on my list who discovered her love of music when she was already well established. Of course, that doesn't mean that they don't take their singing seriously.

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female Tom Waits, wrote and performed an album with him in 2008. Her voice, between hangover mood and old soul, has already given her appearances before Obama and various guest gigs on blockbuster soundtracks. Her current band, »The Singles«, is a pure women's band, which distinguishes itself by the fact that all "super pop dance songs", as the feminist describes her music, are to be written, produced, and interpreted by women. What she likes even more is to sing dramatic love songs with Peter Yorn, inspired by the most bomb of all bombshells, BRIGITTE BARDOT.

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9 BARDOT Which brings us to BARDOT herself. Bardot was known for her erratic, dramatic lifestyle – many affairs, a lot of alcohol, and some suicide attempts adorn her biography. No wonder »B.B.«, as she was called, had recorded songs and released albums with Serge Gainsbourg, the rebel of the music scene at the time. The two lovebirds had not only recorded the classic »BONNIE & CLYDE« during their short romance, but also produced the hits »Harley Davidson« and »Je t'aime... moi non plus«. B.B. had the latter banned because she found her voice on the recording too obscene. Together with Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg's later partner, the song then mutated into a world success before the animal rights activist released the recordings in 1986.

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making music has a healing effect. Maybe that's why singing actresses on my list got so involved with the music. Unlike film, music is much purer, more spontaneous. It is a challenge and an elixir of life. One of the greatest actress-singers once summed it up in such a way:

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TEXT: MICHAEL NEUBAUER

When I sat in the lecture hall many years ago during my medical studies, and as the discussion touched on diseases of various parts of the body, I felt something in my own anatomy. Not a pain, but I »felt« it – whether pressure on my eye sockets on the topic of ophthalmology or gravitation toward my right upper abdomen when it came to the treatment of liver diseases. I was young and healthy at the time, but these inhibitions conveyed a somatic feeling in my psyche. Later, in the years of my practical work, this fortunately no longer played a role. I am grateful for this, because there are a large

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number of people who see small physical discomforts or changes as proof that they are suffering from one illness or another. Above all, a fear of cancer is particularly prevalent.

In the international classification system of human diseases, the condition of suffering from imagined illness without objective evidence can be considered a mental disorder (somatoform disorder), commonly known as hypochondria or fear of disease. Compulsive, repetitive examination of one's own body for signs of disease is typical. SISTER-MAG.COM

The symptoms described by hypochondriac patients relate to all organs and are very complex. Even if no pathological changes can be detected, these results are not or only briefly believed. Repeated examinations are sought, especially as the addresses of doctors frequently change. In Germany, a guideline was created with the participation of various medical associations to facilitate the medical procedure, treatment, and care of those affected. Hypochondriacs come in many variations. Frequently, childhood experiences (serious illnesses in the child's environment), frightening forms of education, or a certain personality type are the cause of the disorder. Stress, negative experiences with

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»THE ALWAYS SICK NEVER DIE « (German proverb)

previous medical treatments, or sickness surrounding a patient’s life can be acute triggers. Treatment is carried out with psychotherapeutic techniques. The condition is stressful for people who constantly live in fear of disease, which is difficult to manage and not at all trivial. In addition, they are often dismissed with a chuckle. They have to endure jokes and aphorisms while finding it difficult to gain an upper hand over their psyche.

often suffer from this delusion. The intensive awareness of their environment, which distinguishes them in their often artistic professions, and the causal, profound processing of what they have experienced, seen, or heard drives them to this overreaction. Well-known names like Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Andy Warhol, Harald Schmidt, Charlie Chaplin, Frederick the Great, Penelope Cruz, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Winston Churchill have all shown signs of hypochondria.

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to 1923 and unfortunately died very young of tuberculosis of the lungs. His well-being and health, and especially his intestinal activity, occupied him all his entire life. He wrote the famous sentence: »The thought of my digestion is enough to make me lose it.« Conversations about constipation and laxatives have been said to fill entire evenings. Kafka's childhood and youth

»THE THOUGHT OF MY DIGESTION IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME LOSE IT.«

were overshadowed by an overbearing and demanding father. His later works (e.g. »DAS URTEIL« ) were shaped by the feeling of not living up to expectations. Kafka is a sensitive person who was unhappily in love on several occasions; in this regard, he perfectly characterized the hypochondriac type. FRANZ KAFKA SISTER-MAG.COM

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» For the second time, and finally, it was proven that this city in this weather was highly harmful to him.« (idem, S. 30)

THOMAS MANN

THOMAS MANN (1875 – 1955)

was a hypochondriac himself, but also described actors with this weakness in his novels. In the novella »Death in Venice«, in Gustav von Aschenbach he created a figure who falls ill with the »rotten scents and hot airs« of the lagoon city (»Schöner U.Geyersbach&R. Leiden«,

Wieland, Argon, Berlin, 2004, p. 28) and states:

And Thomas Mann himself: »Wherever the diary opens – everywhere the most touching descriptions of the most meticulous self-inspection: a piece of bacon not chewed enough gets stuck in the upper esophagus during breakfast. Disgusting nervousness of my swallowing apparatus; agonizing.« (»Schöner Leiden« s.o. S. 141)

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ANDY WARHOL (1928 – 1987) »IT WAS VERY BAD FOR ANDY WARHOL: AT THE IMMEDIATE INDICATION OF WEIGHT GAIN HE COUNTERED BY EATING LESS FOOD.«

American artist, filmmaker, publisher and... hypochondriac. »It was very bad for Andy Warhol: At the immediate indication of weight gain he countered by eating less food. If one day later the weight did not meet his expectations, Warhol selfdiagnosed a metabolic disorder. He was always carrying an arsenal of pills. After a strain, he did not SISTER-MAG.COM

rule out the possibility of a tumor in the groin area being the cause« (Dtsch Arztebl 2006; 103(3): [128]) Statistically, hypochondriacs are equally common among both women and men. However, few hypochondriacs are known among creative, famous women. But!... Penelope Cruz writes :

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Abends zählt er seine Leiden,tut sich an dem Vorrat weiden, wählt eins aus, bedichtet es, und das Dichten richtet es. Morgens aber fleht er wieder: Schicksalshammer sause nieder! Denn ich wähn mich schon im Grabe, wenn ich nichts zu dichten habe.

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Sometimes they make us cry from sadness, sometimes from laughter. Some feel like riding a roller coaster, others slowly captivate us more and more and make us forget everything else around us. However, all of these books and films have something in common: they make you want to finally pick up that phone again to call your parents and grandparents, to embrace your loved ones and hold them tight, to just go outside and enjoy life. To do that, you do not – like Rock Hudson in »Send Me No Flowers« – have to think that you only have a short time to live. WE HAVE COMPILED A SMALL, ALTHOUGH BY FAR NOT EXHAUSTIVE, LIST OF BOOKS AND FILMS THAT REMIND US THAT THE SMALLER AND BIGGER PROBLEMS OF EVERYDAY LIFE MAYBE AREN’T AS BAD AS WE THINK THEY ARE – AND THAT IT IS OK TO RELAX AND ENJOY LIFE:

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BOOKS PAPER TOWNS John Green

A ROAD TRIP is all about enjoying life. And if the road trip is preceded by a night filled with small acts of vengeance and a wild chase of clues, if it is among best friends and stands for the end of school and therefore also for coming of age, then you have just about everything you need for a book about enjoying life. John Green’s worldly wisdoms and absurd thoughts make it even more beautiful and philosophical.

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Jojo Moyes The love story between Lou, who sees her life as being limited to her small hometown and has in a way given up hope of anything bigger, and Will, who opens up a whole new world to her, while he himself has lost his capability of being excited about anything, seems to scream »ENJOY LIFE!« from every page. At the same time, the characters’ decisions will break y o u r heart…

A story literally told by death. Bombs fall, people die, are persecuted, or have to hide. The book thief takes us to the city of Molching close to Munich and tells the story of Liesel Meminger from the perspective of her constant companion – death. Yet as dark and terrible as the story sounds, it is also about FRIENDSHIP , the forming of family bonds, about hope, and the love of books.

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BOOKS THE WHY YOU ARE HERE CAFÉ John Strelecky

The story about »FINDING MEANING IN YOUR LIFE«

is not a guide on how to enjoy life more; it doesn’t give answers to what the meaning of life is. It does, however, ask questions: on the menu of the small café, in the conversations between the characters and many more between the lines, which the readers have to ask themselves in order to come a little bit closer to their own answer, their own meaning of life. SISTER-MAG.COM

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FILMS SILVER LININGS

When Pat finds his life in ruins after an eight-month stay in a psychiatric institution, focusing on SILVER LININGS is the only thing that still gives him hope. Can Tiffany become that light on the horizon for him?

with Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper A film based on TRUE EVENTS , which makes it blatantly obvious what we should be thankful for and why we should especially enjoy the small things in life a lot more. When Saliya suddenly loses most of his eyesight, he refuses to give up his dream of a career in a luxury hotel. So he applies for a job with a small, big lie…

MY BLIND DATE WITH LIFE with Kostja Ullmann

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FILMS HOW TO BE SINGLE with Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie & Leslie Mann

Do we need a relationship to enjoy life to the fullest? Alice is sure that you do not, until she finds herself living life as a self-chosen single in New York and seems to already be failing at the challenge of zipping her own dress. Even though this comedy is full of clichés and exaggerations, it definitely makes you want to have a girls’ night or go on a journey by yourself!

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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS with Meryl Streep The story about »the world’s worst opera singer« sounds like a light comedy, but as soon as we meet Florence, the childlike, naïve music lover who decides to make

her dream world a reality, the story becomes bittersweet. And yet it is so full of love, support, and about an incredible success, that you are left with no excuses not to follow your own dreams.

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By now, t h e French comedy can probably be called a classic when it comes to enjoying life. It does have it all – characters who find hope against all odds and decide to enjoy life, funny

and ironic dialogue and two worlds colliding in the form of the main characters, who can only come to understand one another little by little. A truly beautiful film about a heartwarming friendship!

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S TA R T UP SPOTLIGHT WEBSITE

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Funeral arrangements Berlin

HEADQUARTER GRรœNDER

Bjรถrn Wolff, Peter Kautz, Heiko Reintsch

LOGO

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IDEA & CONCEPT

Mymoria is the first digital funeral home. Relatives can plan funerals online on mymoria.de from home, get information in peace, and correspond with family. The same applies to funeral provisions, where our users choose everything at an early stage according to their wishes and thus relieve relatives of the burden.

In the case of a death among our circle of friends, we noticed how optimizable the processes in funeral planning can be. We then implemented this on the Internet, digitizing as many processes as possible for our users. WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS DIFFICULT IN THE FUNERAL MARKET IN GERMANY AND WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS DO YOU WANT TO SOLVE?

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transparency in terms of price and information. We use the Internet for full cost transparency, allowing our users to see the total price from the outset and adjust it to their budget. In addition, everyone can find useful answers to questions surrounding death, mourning, and funerals on mymoria.de. We know that there are many questions on the taboo subject of death that are not discussed. With us, this can be done anonymously, if desired. Our hashtag is #WIRSPRECHENDRUEBER

(#wewilltalkaboutit). THE TEAM

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phone calls, for which our team of funeral experts is available day and night. In the event of a death, most customers first need information about the next steps. However, we can do much of that as soon as we are called upon and commissioned. For this we need a power of attorney, and then we get to work.

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optimum care for relatives in difficult times. We want to take as much of time as possible for each case so that relatives have the time for a proper farewell. If cases do get particularly close to us, we talk a lot about them amongst ourselves and of course offer our employees all the help they need. But what helps us most is the positive feedback from our customers, and the knowledge that they can mourn in peace with our support. That really is a great feeling because you notice how grateful these people are.

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COSTUMER

Our clients have either read about us, we have been recommended to them, or they can find us online when searching for information about a funeral or related provisions. Fortunately, on average you only have to plan a funeral every 18 years. Few people know what to do, and of course they consult Google first. We come up very quickly in this case. Our users vary in age; even the older generation is quite active online, which is often underestimated. Many times,

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however, grandchildren plan funerals via mymoria.de in order to support their parents in the death of one of their parents. WHY IS IT BETTER TO ORGANIZE A FUNERAL THROUGH MYMORIA AND NOT THROUGH A LOCAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR?

Everyone must decide for themselves which is the better option. Especially if someone does not live at the place of death, Mymoria is an alternative across Germany. We also offer

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cost transparency and are on average 30 percent cheaper than one's local funeral director. However, we do not compare ourselves to alternatives, but merely expand the spectrum of possibilities for our clients to plan a funeral. In our case, it's digitization. WEBSITE

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We want to become Germany's largest funeral director and also offer our services in other European countries.

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n o t t Co TEXT: MICHAEL NEUBAUER ILLUSTRATION: MARIE DARME

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YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CLOTH THAT ISN’T TOO EXPENSIVE BUT SOFT ON THE SKIN, THAT CARESSES THE IT, IS RESISTANT, ABSORBENT, AND HEATRESISTANT, CAN BE DYED WELL, AND WITHSTANDS STRESS? WELL, BUY COTTON THEN!

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Between 700 and 1000 A.D. , Islamic peoples invaded the south of Europe and spread cotton to Spain, Portugal, and the south of Italy. Now everybody wanted to have it; sea routes to India were discovered to ensure the replenishment of this coveted resource.

People had already experienced it many thousands of years ago. In MEXICO , INDIA and CHINA , discoveries of cotton show pre-Christian use. In ANCIENT ROME , the noble citizens decorated themselves with this cloth.

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Englishmen brought it to AMERICA, where it quickly spread.

WOOL FROM A TREE? You are wrong. The desired threads can be found in the FRUITS of cotton plants. Those plants from the mallow family grow to one to three metres high, blossom in yellow, red, or white, and develop fruits the size of a walnut. When they pop, the cotton fibres appear, which can be spun into threads.

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The boom of this plant rapidly grew, textiles were needed everywhere. huge cotton plantations arose Where the climate was favourable. Many people earned money through them, While others suffered. There is hardly any other product that turned out to become more of a driving force for capital, slavery, oppression, and labour disputes around the world over the course of many centuries. But not only the cultivation of the plant and the harvest of the seminal filaments were a milestone – cotton has a strong history in the international movement of labour.

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1764 In 1764, the Englishman JAMES HARGREAVES developed a spinning frame (»SPINNING JENNY« ) that made it possible to spin six or more threads. This wasn’t possible before; the weavers had to work with a manually produced weft thread whose preparation needed more workers – normally the wives of the weavers. James Hargreaves was chased, his property and his machines were destroyed, and he had to flee. But the progress couldn’t be stopped. It was also possible to clean the raw material better in a machine (»COTTON GIN« ), which enabled mass production. The triumph of the cotton fibre was sealed and has endured until today. Cotton is still one of the most profitable natural products in the world. Brazil, China, India, Mali, Tanzania, Uzbekistan and

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the United States control the majority of the market; in Brazil, this happens to the detriment of the rapidly receding Amazon rainforest.

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COTTON BY FAR OUTPACED THE VOLUME AND, TO SOME EXTENT, THE QUALITY OF OTHER TEXTILES. There is a large amount of various cotton plants with different characteristics. They are one third of the raw material of all produces textiles; as a natural fibre, their percentage is even many times higher. The

main scope of application is textiles of different forms, mere or interwoven with other fibres. Their applicability also includes cosmetics, surgical dressings and the production of paper. The plant can even be used to produce oil. The global and universal character of the history of cotton encouraged writers at to process the problems connected to it. GERHART HAUPTMANN’S 1892 drama »THE WEAVERS« describes the uprising of Silesian cotton weavers in 1844, which was a reaction to their miserable working conditions justified by the purchase of substandard cotton.

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In this issue sisterMAG founders Toni and Thea are showing the new fashion collection with their mom and fashion director Evi. She has designed four beautiful patterns for cotton dresses. Whether chique and elegant or dressed-down: you'll be mastering any summer situation in these designs! As always you can download all patterns for free!

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Plants do not run away or make noise. And yet they communicate with each other. Plants have developed their own ways of conversation, and not just among other plants. Only slowly do we begin to understand the language of green silence.

Plants do not run away and make no noise. That is why they are often still regarded as inferior lifeforms. But more and more research shows that plants are intelligent and communicate with each other. The mower thunders over the lawn. It is then short, green, and fragrant. The grass seems

to accept being shaved without complaint. But an analytical view into the roots and stems of each individual blade of grass would reveal something completely different: There are traces of electric action that can be measured. If you look closely. It's just that hardly anyone does.

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NO MORE THAN GREEN STONES

Plants were notably excluded from Noah's Ark. Greek philosophers also saw them as no more than green stones: ARISTOTLE sorted them into the lowest level of living beings around 400 B.C. – soulless because they do not move or feel anything.

» I T I S H A R D LY A N E X A G G E R AT I O N TO S AY T H AT THE TIP OF A G E R M I N AT I N G

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he wrote.

Canadian ecologist JACK SCHULTZ and his American colleague IAN BALDWIN showed that healthy maple seedlings raise their defences as soon as another maple seedling was injured by a pest. They concluded that there could only be one explanation: The affected seedlings warn their fellow seedlings of predators.

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Ian Baldwin is now head of the MPI (Max Planck Institute) for Chemical Ecology in Jena and investigates how plant communication can be used to enable more ecological agriculture. Since plants can neither run away nor strike, they have developed chemical weapons. Tobacco, for example, produces nicotine to protect itself from predators. Other plants synthesize a kind of aspirin as soon as they are infected with a virus. Plants have an immune defence, just like humans and animals. When greedy caterpillars attack a cornfield, the whole field »screams« for help with a sweet fragrance to attract wasps. They deposit their larvae in the caterpillars, which consume them from the inside. The scent of a freshly mown lawn could therefore be a kind of collective cry for help.

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are volatile organic substances that cannot always be picked up by the human nose. Plants warn themselves against predators, but also against dry seasons. They converse chemically with other species as well as with some animal species. Researchers were able to show that trees in the forest know exactly which seedlings emerged from their own seeds after they were scattered. The relatives recognize each other chemically – and not only through the air.

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A BRAIN OF ROOTS

As Charles Darwin suspected, roots are capable of more than just absorbing water and nutrients. They form a kind of network with millions of tiny roots. A plant with a tiny root can perceive up to 20 different stimuli. The Italian botanist STEFAN MANCUSO is convinced of this. In an exciting TED talk, he fascinates his audience with the unusual world of plant language:

A single rye plant has 14 million roots, with around 11 million root tips measuring a total distance of 600 kilometres. The researcher believes that these roots are organized like a computer network. He therefore called his laboratory in Florence the »International Laboratory of Plant Neurology,« but his theses on intelligent plants are still met with great scepticism among some colleagues.

»THE SIGNALS YOU SEE HERE ARE ACTION POTENTIALS, THE SAME SIGNALS T H AT T H E N E U R O N S IN MY BRAIN – IN OUR BRAINS – USE TO EXCHANGE I N FO R M AT I O N . «

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Trees in a forest have an even more gigantic network than rye. A kind of underground Internet, with hub and motherboards, where a lot of information flows together. The plant roots cooperate with fungal mycelia: The mushrooms lend their wide root network to the trees to exchange information. Here, messenger substances dissolved in water are sent like e-mails and read from the roots – so fast that some scientists even compare the forest web with ultra-fast fiber-optic Internet. (Scientifically these networks are called CMNs - common mycelial networks).

For years, biologists have suspected that plants can even produce and »hear« sounds. MONICA GAGLIANO from the University of Western Australia in Perth had long been ignored when she spoke about talking plants. In 2010 and 2011 she sent her results to six scientific journals for publication. »It was rejected as something impossible,« the researcher said in an interview in The Scientist Magazine. It was to be another year before her work was published. In her experiment, the neuro-botanist was able to show how pea plants »hear« nearby water. The plants were able to distinguish between the sound of water from a recording and real, rippling water. The roots grew in the direction of the real water source.

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ELECTRIC TRICK – USING NEON LIGHTS TO AT T R AC T F L O W E R S

British researchers found another »flower language« about five years ago. Flowering plants not only attract insects by their colour, but also by building up an electric field. The pollinators are then attracted as if they were lured by pulsating neon signs. As soon as a bee or bumblebee has harvested nectar and taken the pollen, the electric field of the flower changes so that the next bee can save itself the journey.

»THE LAST THING A FLOWER NEEDS IS TO AT T R A CT B E E S WITHOUT BEING A B L E T O S U P P LY N E CTA R . B E E S L E A R N Q U I C K LY A N D PA SS I N FO R M AT I O N ON TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THEIR COLONY,«

explains DANIEL ROBERT of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences, who lead the study.

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Research into plant language is only 20 years old. Obviously, plants also have communication channels that humans are not yet familiar with. Without much noise, they have a lot to communicate. They have a social and intelligent life that scientists are just beginning to understand. Time to show a little more respect to our green colleagues.

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I CONFESS: WE ARE ADDICTED! ADDICTED TO GREAT BRITAIN AND ESPECIALLY TO BRITAIN’S UNIQUE GARDEN CULTURE. AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE REGULARLY DRAWN TO A COUNTRY THAT MANY TRAVELLERS TEND TO AVOID BECAUSE OF THE RELIABLY RAINY WEATHER, A BREAKFAST THAT TAKES GETTING USED TO, AND DRIVING ON THE "WRONG" SIDE OF THE ROAD.

own castle). But there are also impressive private gardens of 500 to 2000 square metres (middle class with their own property). Regardless of their size, however, almost all plots have a flower garden designed with great love for the plants according to the personal preferences of their owners.

Why the addiction? The British are floral. England's gardens are world famous and often have a long tradition. In addition to »MY HOME IS MY CASTLE«, the motto of many garden owners is »MY GARDEN IS MY PARADISE.«

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But a garden is never static: it thrives from change, transformation, and renewal. And where does an ambitious gardener find the best ideas for designing their paradise? At the Chelsea Flower Show, the most important garden and flower exhibition in the British Commonwealth.

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AFTER TWO YEARS OF ABSTINENCE, WE PLANNED ANOTHER TRIP TO GREAT BRITAIN COINCIDING WITH A VISIT TO THIS MOST EXTRAVAGANT SHOWCASE.

THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW TAKES PLACE EVERY YEAR, BUT IT LASTS ONLY FIVE DAYS – FROM TUESDAY TO SATURDAY OF THE LAST WEEK OF MAY.

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The location is the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. It is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), a club of »GARDEN passionate LOVERS« with more than 200 years of experience. According to its own account, it is »THE WORLD'S LEADING GARDENING CHARITY« and

boasts more than 400,000 members – something like the ADAC of the British garden society.

WE COULD DETERMINE THAT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW IS INDEED ONE OF LONDON SOCIETY'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS, AT THE SAME TIME REPRESENTING THE DAWN OF ITS SUMMER SEASON. SISTER-MAG.COM

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TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE – BUT NOT QUITE AS EASILY AS ONE MIGHT EXPECT FOR AN EXHIBITION. THEY ARE USUALLY SOLD OUT IN APRIL, DESPITE A TOTAL OF OVER 160,000 TICKETS BEING OFFERED. THERE IS A MAXIMUM OF FOUR TICKETS PER PERSON AND A STEEP PRICE OF AROUND 105 POUNDS (RHS MEMBERS PAY AROUND 35 POUNDS LESS).

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THE OPENING DAY IS ALSO TRADITIONALLY THE DAY WHEN THE QUEEN AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY VISIT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW.

We could determine that the Chelsea Flower Show is indeed one of London society's most prestigious events, at the same time representing the dawn of its summer season. During the week before the exhibition, the BBC and other major British daily newspapers report every detail of the show on their front pages. As it opens, the Chelsea Flower Show becomes the focus

of all media while the rest of the world takes a back seat for five days – for the BBC, at least. So, what awaits the inclined garden lover? The exhibition presents over 20 show gardens designed by the most renowned British and international garden designers and architects over a space spanning around 10 hectares. This is made possible by wealthy sponsors,

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as a show garden costs around 250,000 pounds to display. On the other hand, it offers a unique showcase for British flower growers, who have the opportunity to present their latest floral treasures alongside a proven and established programme. In another section you will find everything the passionate amateur gardener needs for their work – from handmade pieces to waterproof leather boots, precious forged tools, and special fertilizer for roses and irises. After reaching the Chelsea Royal Hospital via subway and a short walk, we entered the exhibition grounds via the north entrance. Although about 40,000 tickets had been sold for the day, there was no feeling of overcrowding. We used the first hours to visit the show gardens, which really impressed us. In the show gardens, the horticultural designers present their craftsmanship, artistic and design skills surrounding a theme of their choice.

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One can imagine that planning and preparing such a spectacle takes several months. As is always the case, art is art, and not everything corresponds to one's own taste. But it is fascinating nonetheless. Be it the skilful interplay of light and shadow, the integration of water basins and other design elements, or simply the originality, as in the model of a retirement garden, suitable for when the maintenance of one's garden is no longer as effortless as previous life stages. We have taken suggestions and ideas with us, and will possibly implement them in due time.

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AND HERE YOU ARE FINALLY BEATEN TO DEATH BY THE UNIMAGINABLE AND INDESCRIBABLE VARIETY OF COLOURS AND SPECIES. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FOND OF ENGLISH ROSES, SO A VISIT TO DAVID AUSTIN'S STAND IS A MUST. BUT THE EXHIBITION AREAS OF THE BREEDERS SPECIALIZED IN IRISES OR FUNKIES ALSO SHOW COUNTLESS AND FASCINATING FORMS AND COLOURS.

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After 20 show gardens, the time has come for a lunch break. It becomes apparent that we're on an island. For the »commoners« there is fast food, but the upper class meets in one of the two outrageously expensive restaurants. We fuel up and visit

LUXURY OF OUR TIME, FOR IT DEMANDS WHAT HAS BECOME PRECIOUS IN OUR SOCIETY: TIME, ATTENTION, AND SPACE.«

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the halls of the perennial and flower growers. And here you are finally beaten to death by the unimaginable and indescribable variety of colours and species. We have always been fond of English roses, so a visit to David Austin's stand is a must. But the exhibition areas of the breeders specialized in irises or funkies also show countless and fascinating forms and colours.

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Some things are also strange the stand of this year's Guest of Honour from Thailand, for example. And yet another display is simply funny: the oversized installation of a typical British afternoon tea, complete with a pot, cups, and scones. In the late afternoon, our energy to commit among the stands of retailers and manufacturers of useful accessories is almost gone. Even if the boss himself demonstrates how waterproof his handmade leather boots are. We have fewer rainy days

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in Germany, after all. Of course, one could find strength at cream tea, but at 30 pounds per person, this indulgence is again reserved for the upper class.

OUR CONCLUSION: THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW IS HIGHLY INTERESTING – FOR GARDEN AND FLOWER LOVERS – AND AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR FANS OF THE BRITISH WAY OF LIFE. And if the trip is too far, the weather too bad, the entrance too expensive or there are other reasons you can't stop by the Chelsea Flower Show, I can recommend the book »TAKE CHELSEA HOME« by Chris Young. It's full of tips for your own garden borrowed from the show gardens of recent years, published, of course, by the Royal Horticultural Society.

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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

1. U NIQUE COLLECTION OF CURRENT TRENDS FOR GARDEN DESIGN 2. I DEAL SOURCE FOR SUGGESTIONS TO FACE-LIFT YOUR OWN GARDEN 3. T HE SOCIAL EVENT OF SPRING IN LONDON 4. GREAT FOR PEOPLE-WATCHING 5. SIMPLY »"VERY BRITISH«

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THE 7 MOST FANTASTIC FLOWER SHOWS IN THE WORLD Text: CHRISTIAN NÄTHLER For most people, travelling is all about spending lazy days on a beach, trying exotic food, learning a new language, or creating great content for Instagram. But there’s a whole community of travellers out there who traverse the planet in search of the finest flowers – and there are plenty of incredible shows boasting the best blooms in the world to satiate their desire. Whether you’re a seasoned flower hunter or this is all new to you, here are some hot spots to add to your itinerary…

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competitive aspect of the shows and displays make this an extra exciting event for amateur and professional exhibitors alike. Spectators, of course, can sit back and bask in the beauty.

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EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL FLORIDA

What’s great about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is that you can turn this getaway into a vacation fit for the whole family. Located at the WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

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Unlike other shows on this list, the Keukenhof Gardens are a much more organic display. Regarded as one of the most photographed places in the world (translation: highly likable Instagram content), every colour of the rainbow has a home here. Around seven million flower bulbs are planted in the park every year, but that’s not the only highlight. There’s also a 17TH CENTURY CASTLE , ponds, year-round festivals, classical music performances, SISTER-MAG.COM

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and a Japanese garden on the grounds. It’s no wonder 1.4 million visitors attended Keukenhof last year. If you’re a tulip aficionado, there is simply no better place in the world.

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PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL, OREGON

The Man Who Planted Trees, William Cho

Portland is often regarded as the city of roses due to its ideal climate for growing an array of Chinas, Teas, Noisettes, Bourbons, and Hybrid Perpetuals. The Rose Festival highlights all of this VERSATILE FLOWER’S EXUBERANCE in stunning arrangements. More than 4,000 rose blooms are exhibited here every year, and that’s it – you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other flower at this show. The show celebrates more than a century of history and has a $3.5 million budget to work with. The result, as expected, is a truly marvelous spectacle.

SINGAPORE GARDEN FESTIVAL SINGAPORE

Taking place every two years, the Singapore Garden Festival attracts more than 200,000 visitors from around the world with its award-winning garden and floral displays. What makes this show special is that it’s the only elite international flower show in the tropics, which makes for some rare sights. This year’s event takes place from July 21 to August 3 and invites some of the flower industry’s most renowned green thumbs to dazzle and delight with their designs.

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS in Japan

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serendipity. There’s nothing quite like the contrast of Tokyo’s concrete jungle interrupted by the blossoms’ floral ambush. But the capital is far from the only place to get check them out – some due diligence should land you in the right spot.

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Portland is often regarded as the city of roses due to its ideal climate for growing an array of Chinas, Teas, Noisettes, Bourbons, and Hybrid Perpetuals. The Rose Festival highlights all of this versatile flower’s exuberance in stunning arrangements. More than 4,000 ROSE BLOOMS are exhibited here every year, and that’s it – you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other flower at this show. The show celebrates more than a century of history and has a $3.5 million budget to work with. The result, as expected, is a truly marvelous spectacle. 145

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THE BIRDS ARE CHIRPING, THE DAY'S FIRST RAYS OF SUNSHINE WARM YOUR FACE, AND THE SMELL OF FRESH COFFEE SLOWLY EMERGES FROM THE CUP – ENJOYING THIS OUTDOORS IS A REAL LUXURY. AND WHERE BETTER TO ENJOY IT ALL THAN ON YOUR OWN BALCONY?

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BALCONIES OFFER THE POTENTIAL FOR A PERSONAL OUTDOOR OASIS – ESPECIALLY IN CITIES. BUT IT IS NOT SO EASY TO MAKE THESE FEW PRECIOUS SQUARE METERS COMFORTABLE. THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE WERE

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LOOKING FOR, AND FOUND, BLOGGERS WHOSE BALCONIES SIMPLY ENCHANTED US. THEY SEEM TO HAVE REALLY FIGURED IT OUT! READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW THEY DESIGNED THEIR BALCONIES AND WHAT TIPS THEY HAVE FOR YOU.

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My balcony is a place to relax and unwind. Whether in the morning with a coffee for five minutes, during the day, or after work to enjoy a warm summer evening.

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE WAY YOU USE YOUR BALCONY?

For me, my balcony means quality time. That's why I wanted to create a cozy oasis of well-being. DO YOU HAVE A TIP FOR HOW TO QUICKLY AND EASILY MAKE YOUR BALCONY MORE COMFORTABLE?

It doesn't take big and expensive purchases. A few little things are enough to elevate any balcony in no time: a few flowers and accessories such as cushions, outdoor carpets, lanterns, and light chains.

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My name is Ally and I live in beautiful Berlin. In addition to my Master's degree in online communication, I work as a freelance creative consultant.

WHAT IS YOUR BALCONY TO YOU? HOW DO YOU PREFER USING IT?

My balcony is 100% an oasis of well-being. I like to lie there in the afternoon to relax in the hammock and read a book or enjoy the nice weather and a delicious iced coffee. In the evening we like to grill with friends and have a delicious Lillet.

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE WAY YOU USE YOUR BALCONY?

When I am on my balcony, I want to relax, so the decision was made to create a comfortable lying area. We built our oasis ourselves using pallets in comfortable arrangements. Since we generally like it simple, the colours we chose SISTER-MAG.COM

were white, grey, and black. The only spots of colour are the beautifully blooming plants. Nothing really works on the balcony without them! DO YOU HAVE A TIP FOR HOW TO QUICKLY AND EASILY MAKE YOUR BALCONY MORE COMFORTABLE?

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Even the simplest balcony can look totally cozy in no time at all if you equip it with a few soft cushions, large blankets, a beautiful carpet, and mattresses. Add a few candles here and there, as well as a chain of lights or lanterns. I guarantee that you won't want to leave your balcony. 153

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I love plants and that is reflected on my balcony. I try to grow as much as possible – vegetables, herbs, berries, edible flowers, etc. It's not always successful, but this year there's really a lot to eat. This is not always easy as I have a northeast-facing balcony, so it is rather dark. But now I know what works and what doesn't.

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for me. Preferably in terracotta vessels of different sizes. This looks so beautiful in combination with the green of the leaves. Add to that a blanket and a book.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE WAY YOU USE YOUR BALCONY?

As I said, my motto this year was "the edible balcony," which has been consistently implemented. I have tomatoes, celery, peas and Cavolo Nero. Strawberries, Andean berries, huge amounts of herbs, a plum, cherries, a currant, and even hops have a home here. But I could not do without hydrangeas, angel trumpets, and other colourful flowers. DO YOU HAVE A TIP FOR HOW TO QUICKLY AND EASILY MAKE YOUR BALCONY MORE COMFORTABLE?

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dominica My name is Dominica. I run the lifestyle profile @ healthylifestyle_domi_ on Instagram. I live in Warsaw and am currently working as a physical education teacher.

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The whole idea for a balcony is my own initiative. I focused on pieces that are low in cost, yet at the same time provide a cozy character to the balcony. An aim I hope to have succeeded in. DO YOU HAVE A TIP FOR HOW TO QUICKLY AND EASILY MAKE YOUR BALCONY MORE COMFORTABLE?

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WHAT IS YOUR BALCONY TO YOU? HOW DO YOU PREFER USING IT?

Above all, my balcony is my zone of urban relaxation. I like to sit here after work with a cup of coffee or tea. Recently, I was also able to do some work outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather, immensely.

In my opinion you don´t need expensive designer furniture to be comfortable on a small balcony. For me, a so-called patanta (cover) with an inflatable mattress proved to do just the trick, making it very comfortable and very inexpensive at the same time. I think it’s all about good ideas, instead of spending a lot of money.

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Our balcony is a second living room for me during summer. When the weather is good I love to just sit there and relax. Our toddler also loves spending time there so we often play there together. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE WAY YOU USE YOUR BALCONY?

I wanted our balcony to have the same style as the rest of our home. I picked items that I love and designed the balcony around them. I also have found a lot of inspiration from Instagram.

My name is Theresa Gromski . I am from Birmingham in the UK and I am a freelance illustrator and content creator on Instagram.

DO YOU HAVE A TIP FOR HOW TO QUICKLY AND EASILY MAKE YOUR BALCONY MORE COMFORTABLE?

For me the seating is the most important thing. I didn't choose traditional outdoor furniture but a small lounge chair and a hammock chair. With cushions and blankets you can make the whole balcony look so much more comfortable.

WHAT IS YOUR BALCONY TO YOU? HOW DO YOU PREFER USING IT?

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE WAY YOU USE YOUR BALCONY?

We are a big fan of vintage and reusing and recycling materials, so my husband made the deck from old scaffold boards. We wanted our outside space to reflect our indoor space. Since we love the vintage/bohemian/Scandi style, we tried to reflect that in the styling and use wood and vintage objects.

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I love fabric and textiles! (I studied textile and fashion design). So lots of rugs, both indoor and specialist outdoor rugs, vintage leather poufes, and cushions, mostly ones I’ve made myself from vintage and reclaimed fabrics. Lanterns and solar powered festoons add to the cozy feel. SISTER-MAG.COM

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The answer is the city's numerous parks, with one in particular: the beautiful HIGH LINE . The decommissioned train tracks have been transformed into a park, running from the hip Meatpacking District all the way up to Midtown. They offer spectacular views of iconic intersections, the sundrenched Hudson River, or the ever-changing cityscape in the form of the Hudson Yards construction project. In spring and summer in particular, the public "terrace"

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WE ALL LOVE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS – ESPECIALLY WHEN WE CAN GIVE THEM AS A PRESENT OR RECEIVE THEM. BLOOM & WILD MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY WITH FLOWERS ON A DAILY BASI. WE PUT THE BRITISH FLOWER DISPATCHER IN T O T HE S TA RT-UP SP O T L IGH T. BLOOM & WILD

We are Bloom & Wild, Britain’s most popular flower dispatcher! Since October 2017, we’ve finally been dispatching all over Germany – free of shipping costs! The special thing is our style, which is natural and wild, influenced by the famous English gardens. We owe the unique style of our flower presents to our renowned floral artists around Rowan Lewis.

We offer a selected assortment of bouquets that are bound by hand and creative flower boxes that can be arranged according to one's own ideas. We have gift subscriptions as well. And another important point: We not only want to give the donee a treat, but also the donor. Which is why ordering from us is as easy as sending an SMS. Flowers can be ordered

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online with just a few clicks , at www.bloomandwild.de as well as on the go with our app for iOS and Android. We only ask for information that’s really necessary, which saves time and avoids annoying typing.

flowers in a matter of seconds, even on the go.

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Funnily enough, Bloom & Wild was founded by two men in 2013 by Aron Gelbard and Ben Stanway in London. Aron sat on the train and wanted to thank some friends for their hospitality by giving them flowers. But ordering flowers on the go was more difficult than expected: Conventional sites had a complicated structure and weren’t mobile-friendly, the product range overwhelmed him, and in the end, he didn’t know what to buy. This was quite frustrating for him and he had the idea that it should be done better and faster. Wherever our customers are, they can order SISTER-MAG.COM

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For us, giving a present means giving something to another person that we’d rather keep for ourselves. Our collection includes lovingly selected flower presents we are especially proud of. We want to create innovative and unique presents for special moments that will be remembered for a long time. Nowadays, everybody is looking for something very special. With our creative flower box, you can gift creativity. This way, the donee becomes a florist. Every box contains tips for the care and

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the arrangement of the perfect bouquet. Usually, the donee is proud of his or her own creation and values the present much more than a prepared bouquet. We dispatch our flowers in lovely packaging and, to some extent, still in bud and fresh from the field. We guarantee unique quality from the order to the experience of unpacking and only use freshly cut flowers that bloom at least for seven days. Individual flowers are equipped with a protective net; we also dispatch all our flowers without water. Thus, we can dispatch them in a space-saving, safe, and eco-friendly way. All our shipping cartons are certified by the FSC and are climate-neutral.

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Bloom & Wild basically expresses everything we stand for: Flowers, wild and natural, lovingly designed, inspired by nature. We focus on the origin of every flower, which is why we mostly dispatch them in bud. This way, you can watch the flowers blossom at your home. The wild aspect also relates to the fact that our customers can be creative themselves.

WHO ARE YOUR PRODUCTS MADE FOR?

Generally for everybody who loves flowers. Actually, 80 percent of our customers are women, mostly women who want

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to give a treat to other women, for a birthday, or mother’s day, because they want to express their thanks or for no special reason. Our customers are our top priority. We take a lot of time for an honest exchange. This way, we can specifically react to wishes and suggestions and improve constantly.

Our 60-member team in London constantly works on innovative ideas and improvements to make our website and our app better, faster, and more customerfriendly. We are among Britain’s most innovative technology companies. In 2015, our app was honoured by the App Store as one of the best apps of the year. It’s always about the sender online and about putting a smile on the face of the recipient. Our German team is still quite small – we are three people responsible for the German market – but we are of course supported by the whole UK team.

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We start between 8 and 9 in the morning and, first of all, have breakfast – in England, it’s typically porridge ;-) With a cup of coffee in our hands, we reply to the first e-mails. On Mondays, we have our Monday meeting with all colleagues and talk about the last and the upcoming week. This helps us focus and prioritize. Then, we have appointments, evaluations, and plans for the next big campaigns, like mother’s day or our first workshop in Germany. It never gets boring and, of course, we always have fresh

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flowers in our office, providing for a good mood. On Fridays, we sign off earlier and finish the week with team drinks and games or flower workshops for colleagues. Everything is very relaxed with us; we have a great atmosphere and support each other.

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Since we are already Britain’s most popular flower dispatcher, it would be great to achieve the same in Germany, to grow further, and to go on delighting and inspiring our customers with new flower presents.

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A SARA, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND WHERE DID THE IDEA OF MAKING PAPER FLOWERS COME FROM? WHEN DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST FLOWER?

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years ago was getting my name out since there were no social media platforms. It's amazing to see how that has changed and helped small businesses. HOW DOES YOUR CURRENT TEAM LOOK?

I wear many hats in my small business, from doing admin to marketing, crafting, and more. I do have several assistants who work with me on a project-byproject basis. THINKING BACK TO ALL PROJECTS YOU DID SO FAR, WHAT WAS THE CRAZIEST ONE?

There were several ones but when we made over a thousand paper flowers for BHLDN, it was one of the most demanding times. AFTER ALL THE DIFFERENT FLOWERS YOU’VE MADE IN YOUR LIFE, WHAT OR WHO STILL INSPIRES YOU? IS IT NATURE, FASHION, ART? SISTER-MAG.COM

It has to be nature, of course. Real flowers, trees, everything I see when I am taking my morning walks in my historic neighbourhood. HOW DO YOU DECORATE YOUR HOME, DO YOU STILL BUY REAL FLOWERS?

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» Nature inspires me, of course. Real flowers, trees, everything I see.« HOW MUCH TIME AND PAPER DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A BOUQUET? DO YOU CUT EVERYTHING BY HAND? WHAT IS THE MOST TIMECONSUMING PART OF THE PROCESS?

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I love my Martha Stewart glue gun. The low temp option on this glue gun has the perfect amount of heat but is not too hot to burn you. I have gone through so many glue guns in the past but since I have found this one, I think it is one of the best out there. IF YOU COULD PICK A FLOWER THAT REPRESENTS YOUR PERSONALITY BEST, WHAT FLOWER WOULD THAT BE?

It has to be dahlia. The repetitive petals talk to the musician in me since repeating and practicing really makes perfect. It is also the one flower I have made where I was fully satisfied with the outcome.

WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THE FLOWERS AFTER A STYLE SHOOT? DO YOU KEEP THEM ALL?

I do keep them for reference and samples to take around for popup shops. WHAT IS YOUR NEXT BIG GOAL? WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?

I always wanted to write a paper flower how-to book, and I had many pages written, but I took a break from it after having my first baby. I haven't looked at it again but I hope to write a book soon so I could better share my tips on how to make paper flowers.

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Contrary to this issue's film theme, our table of the month is decorated with bouquets that are both pompous and casual at the same time. The 60s have enchanted us and accompany us from coffee sets to the bright colours of the food. We reinterpret time with homemade napkin holders and modern recipes.

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D E C O R AT I O N TIP Although blue and yellow are the dominant colours, we have arranged them with nuance. From shiny blue plastic glasses to dark blue tableware decoration, everything is included. This provides for variety without adding stress to the style.

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THE ALMOND-COCONUT BASE First mix the ground almonds, coconut flakes, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add milk and water and work everything together with your hands until the dough is even. Then place the dough in a baking pan (e.g. rectangular) and spread evenly on the base and sides. The dough can be evened out at the end with the help of a glass. Ready? Put in the fridge for 2-3 hours to make the base really firm.

A pinch of salt FILLING 160 g fresh pineapple pieces 600 ml pineapple juice (without sugar) 2 limes 1 lemon 40 g fresh ginger, peeled 1/2 tsp turmeric 5 eggs 120 g butter 250 g sugar 6 gelatine sheets

(TIP: To avoid clumps, add 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture to the gelatine and stir until smooth. Then stir this gelatine mixture).

THE PINEAPPLE-GINGER-TURMERIC FILLING First, place the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water. Melt the butter in a small pan and put it aside. Clean and chop the fresh pineapple. Cut ginger into small pieces (alternatively you can juice the ginger or use ready-made ginger juice). Squeeze lemon and lime juice into a large pot. Add pineapple juice, pineapple pieces, ginger, eggs, sugar, turmeric and melted butter. Heat the mixture on the stove over medium heat. Make sure that the mixture does not boil, otherwise clumps may form. Keep the temperature consistent for approx. 13 minutes, stirring the mixture regularly. Put the pan aside and let it cool. Remove the gelatine sheets from the water and squeeze out any excess water. Put them into the pot and stir vigorously until the gelatine is completely dissolved. PLACE THE PINEAPPLE, GINGER, AND TURMERIC FILLING ON THE FIRM BASE AND ALLOW THE CAKE TO SOLIDIFY OVERNIGHT IN THE REFRIGERATOR.

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Danish pancakes

WITH LEMON CREAM AND FRESH BLUEBERRIES FOR THE DOUGH 2 tbsp butter 4 eggs 120 ml milk 65 g flour 2 tbsp sugar

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THE LEMON CREAM FILLING Put all the ingredients of the filling – the lemon juice and the grated lemon peel, the sugar, the eggs, and the butter – in a saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Stir continuously with a whisk to keep the cream in motion. Especially important: The cream should never boil, otherwise it will curdle. After patiently stirring for 10 minutes, the cream should have a nice thickness. Let the lemon cream cool.

A pinch of salt FOR THE LEMON CREAM FILLING 2 lemons; juice and zest 50 g sugar 2 eggs 3 tsp butter DECORATION Blueberries Icing sugar

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THE DOUGH Preheat oven to 220°C. Put eggs, milk, flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl and mix well. Put butter into an ovenproof pan and let it melt in the preheated oven. Add the prepared mixture and put the pan back in the oven. After approx. 15-20 minutes, the dough should rise and bake to a nice golden brown. Take it out of the oven. Let the pancakes cool (they will sink a little). Fill the pancakes with the prepared lemon cream and garnish with blueberries. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.

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FLOWER C A K E S Of course, we couldn't do our flower issue of sisterMAG without a floral recipe - and with the instagrammer and flowercake baker @cake_ pino we found just the right person to make it happen. Although her amazing creations are almost too beautiful to be eaten, she shares some of her tips with us – from perfect buttercream to forming frosting petals.

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WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

I own a small studio in Seoul, South Korea where I decorate cake with »flowers« and run many workshops. ON @CAKE_PINO, WE SEE WONDERFUL CAKES WITH FLOWERS ALL OVER – HOW DID YOU LEARN TO CREATE THESE WORKS OF ART?

I learned the craft from a »flower cake« baker. My experience in the design industry and my artistic studies helped me a lot.

WHICH KIND OF ICING DO YOU USE?

I only use buttercream, for the sanding and the icing of the cake to the decoration DO YOU DESIGN NEW FLOWERS BY YOURSELF OR DO YOU WATCH MANY TUTORIALS?

On one hand, I interact with other instructors and bakers. On the other hand, I try many things on my own in my studio. I also like to view works from other industries for inspiration. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CAKE UNDER THE DECORATION?

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE SUCH A CAKE?

It depends a lot on the extent of the project. When I’m fast I need about four to five hours from the cake to the decoration.

My favourite cakes are caramel and mocha. What I love most about the caramel cake is the production of the caramel. The extraordinary taste is quite popular among my customers as well!

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the INGREDIENTS

150 g egg white, 50 g hot water, 150 g sugar, 450 g unsalted butter, 2-3 drops vanilla extract

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Preparation for the BUTTERCREAM PREPARE ALL INGREDIENTS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE Use the detached egg white to make a meringue in a pot.

Put the sugar in a pan and heat it up to 118 °C. A thermometer will help you reach the exact temperature. Pour the boiled sugar into the middle of the meringue and mix it up. Let the mixture cool down to 28 °C with fan. When the mixture has cooled, add the butter.

TIP: HERE, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THE BUTTER IS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE (19~20°)

Add some drops of vanilla extract to it.

Mix everything on high speed for 5 minutes. Remove the pot and mix it slowly with a dough scraper for 30 seconds.

NEXT STEP: SANDING & ICING

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Tutorial SANDING & ICING

Take a cooled cake base and spread a little portion of the buttercream on top.

Place the second cake base on top and apply another portion of the buttercream. Repeat this until you have only one cake base left. Turn the last cake base upside down before putting it on top.

Spread all of the remaining cream on the top and sides of the cake; apply until you get a smooth surface.

»A PARTY WITHOUT CAKE IS JUST A MEETING« - JULIA CHILD

Take another icing with a different colour and spread it all over the cake as well. Make sure to use a lot of icing on the sides. Clean up the surface for the decoration later. SISTER-MAG.COM

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MATERIALS

TIp number required#104, #2, #0

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TIP: YOU´LL NEED A SQUARE PIECE OF PARCHMENT PAPER AS YOUR WORKING AREA. PUT A PIN THROUGH IT TO HELP YOU HOLD IT MORE EASILY.

Tutorial PIPING AN ANEMONE

Shape five petals with an icing bag on the parchment paper. Use petal tip #104.

For the second layer of petals, repeat the process again. Make sure you place the petals in between the petals from the first floor. Draw fine lines on the outside of the bead as well as thin radial lines right next to the bead on the petals. Use petal tip size #0.

Afterwards, add a round and plump bead in the centre of the petals. Use petal tip #2.

To finish the flower, put a lot of small dots in two different colours at the end of the radial lines. NEXT STEP: DECORATING THE CAKE

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THE COLOUR PALETTE WAS CHOSEN BY CAKE PINO SUITABLE TO OUR CURRENT ISSUE

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I N S TAG R A M F L O R I S T S

To decorate an apartment, embellish a wedding or simply as a way to say thank you – flowers should never be missed. We have asked talented florists where their love towards flowers comes from.

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_wohnblock_ WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF FLOWER?

My all-time favourite is the king protea. It’s so unique in its form and not only beautiful in the vase. It makes every bouquet an eye-catcher. WHEN DID YOUR LOVE FOR FLOWERS BEGIN

I've loved flowers since I was a child. But for a long time, they didn’t play an essential role in my life. They’ve really fascinated me for a few years now. »Playing« with flowers and making bouquets and wreaths is something meditative for me. I can engage in the forms and colours completely and lose myself in them. Flowers inspire me. They show me endlessly beautiful colour combinations that I also use for my choice of clothes. With what kind of flower can you go wrong?

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WHICH KIND OF FLOWER IS

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ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE?

You are never wrong with buttercups. They are real team players, low maintenance, and incredibly versatile. They look nice even when they're dry.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF FLOWER?

My favourite flower… it's the hardest question to answer simply because this changes constantly as the seasons change. If I absolutely had to choose it would be cow parsley but I love hellebores and snowdrops in winter, blossom and clematis in spring, scented garden roses and honeysuckle in summer, and dahlias and bracken in the autumn. However, I also love ‘weeds’ – tree flowers, grasses, anything that is tall and willowy. Anything with scent and movement, creating interesting shapes, which is in season and grows locally.

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WHEN DID YOUR LOVE FOR FLOWERS BEGIN

I think I have always loved flowers. My earliest memories are of lying in the warm sun admiring wild flowers in the long grass and watching the bees and insects tumbling about inside them. Studying bees busily visiting foxglove SISTER-MAG.COM

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full of scented pelargoniums. She also had a walk-in cupboard full of her flower arranging paraphernalia – vases, dishes, frogs, everything! It was magical. My mum is an amazing gardener and flower arranger; she has the most incredible naturalistic style has been a huge and ongoing influence. We talk about our gardens and flowers endlessly together, including the perils of the day's weather.

flowers coming out with legs full of pollen – hours could go by! I grew up surrounded by a family who loved gardening, flowers, and spending time walking through the woods, fields, and coastline of Suffolk. My grandfather was always in the garden, his greenhouse, or allotment. His garden was always a riot of colour and full of bees and butterflies. The scent of homegrown tomatoes in a warm greenhouse always takes me back to his side. My grandmother on the other side of the family loved flower arranging and growing her own flowers for cutting. Her gorgeous cut flower patch was right outside her back door and lead directly to her greenhouse

WHICH KIND OF FLOWER IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE?

Anything that is growing in abundance outside on the day, whether from a garden or the hedgerow, that you can pick and place naturally in a vase of water to enjoy. Seasonality is the key and enjoying each new seasonal offering. 209

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sophia_kaplan WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF FLOWER?

Very difficult to choose just one, but I especially like hellebore, columbine, lilac, dogwood, and garden roses. WHEN DID YOUR LOVE FOR FLOWERS BEGIN

I’ve always been fascinated by nature and love the magical beauty and weird wackiness of some flowers. WHICH KIND OF FLOWER IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE?

Garden roses! Sweet smelling, oh so pretty, and easy to mix into an arrangement.

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natashakolenko WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF FLOWER?

Asking a florist their favourite flower is like asking a child their favourite ice cream flavour! ALL of them are my favourites! If I have to choose: tree peonies, cosmos, poppies, and koko loko roses. WHEN DID YOUR LOVE FOR FLOWERS BEGIN?

I'm sure I have loved flowers most of my life, but my true appreciation for flowers began about 10 years ago when I really started working with flowers and learning more about them and all the beautiful varieties. WHICH KIND OF FLOWER IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE?

Garden roses! They come in all sorts of colors, smell delicious, and have rows of ruffly romantic petals!

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