A New Leaf

A New Leaf

Heather Blaha
Feb 1, 2007

We'd heard for ages that A New Leaf was pretty much THE Chicago spot for all things floral. Though we'd peeked in the entry and small front room a few times, we had no clue that the space extended on multiple levels, covered head to toe and wall to wall in lush leaves, petals, pots, and is overflowing with beautiful ideas for adding a touch of life to your home.

While we don't often buy fresh flowers for our home (wish we did), we do have lots of green...and our most recent addition is a rescued large cymbidium orchid that my BF found in the dumpster (this is our third or fourth plant rescued from a dumpster. What is up with that??).

We wandered into A New Leaf to scope out pots and fell in love with the winding rooms, old creaky wooden floors, and the hanging plants that swiped our heads at every turn (but not annoyingly)...

Once we got upstairs to the many shelves, rows, and stacks of pots, we realized we knew nothing about re-potting a large orchid. We asked a helpful guy in the store about it, and he advised us to not re-pot it at all. So after a long discussion, we instead browsed the smaller ceramics for our other stuff that needed separating and room for roots, and we bought some really cute ones (under $15 each).

Our hands were full on a freezing cold day, so we didn't walk away with any fresh flowers this time. Anyone have experience in the floral department (prices? service? variety? presentation?)?

Let us know!

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