Tucked inside Mixed Business, a small Silverlake, CA shop, there is a door that leads to The Bosky Dell. The owner and florist, Maggie, can be seen sweeping up little heather blossoms, while buckets of dusty roses, fully opened peonies, and orange tropical-like flowers sit on the floor. The long back counter is worn with just the right amount of wood stains and scuffs and in front sits a vintage display case salvaged from an old New York department store. Maggie’s studio is one of imperfect beauty, where wayward stems curl effortlessly out of vases and the branches of olive and fern leaves spread beautifully along a side wall of her studio. A large skylight exposes the concrete floor to slices of light and the paneled back wall holds photos and local art. The Bosky Dell is printed casually above the door in one of those effortlessly stylish ways and one look at her arrangements displayed all around the studio makes it clear that this company is more than just flowers, it’s an art form.
I visited Maggie on a cloudy LA day which gave her studio a peaceful haze. We talked about her organic method of buying flowers for her arrangements and the early mornings spent at the flower mart gushing over seasonal stems. She doesn’t go off of price, but rather a desire to try something new even if it means investing in a $6 per flower option. She handed me a long stalk of hushed pink heather enticing me to feel it’s fur like texture, then pointed to a vase of blackberry branches she just had to have. Her flower mart trips begin early in the morning and often include a quiet breakfast at Poppy + Rose before visiting her favorite vendors. She heads back to the store to begin working on that week’s orders which could involve a photoshoot, wedding prep, or orders for an upcoming holiday (she just survived her first Valentine’s Day). That imperfect beauty is something she has mastered and finds that the early decay of over-bloomed flowers is often prettier than a tight blossom that hasn’t fully matured. She pulled out a rose blossom that had been knocked off it’s wilted stem and I watched as she peeled the petals back to reveal the intricate layers of pink and blush inside. In an industry of over-manicured arrangements and oddly rounded bouquets, The Bosky Dell has perfected the undone arrangement and stylists, brides, and celebrities are starting to catch on. Maggie then pulled out a whisper thin branch that she had just dusted with gold and we spent a few minutes imagining it tucked into a bride’s tousled hair.
A customer walked in needing a quick arrangement for her mom and I sat in the background as Maggie enthusiastically pulled stems from the various buckets around her studio. A vibrant peony anchored the vase while eucalyptus leaves added some volume. A small branch of dusty spray roses were then tucked in next to those same branches of heather I was petting earlier. Watching the arrangement come together was like uncovering a little mystery that only her eye and talent could reveal. She poured water from a golden watering can then tucked the vase into a box lined with layers of kraft paper. Maggie imagines The Bosky Dell store to be a place where you can drop in to buy a bespoke arrangement on the way to dinner, it’s attainable for anyone and shockingly beautiful to everyone. I could have spent hours in her peaceful place playing with flowers I had never seen or heard of, but I left her to get back to that afternoon’s work. I wandered past her wall of terrariums and succulents potted in white glazed vases then into the front of the store which holds a treasure of clothes, jewelry, home goods, and delicately placed perfumes. The Bosky Dell sign sitting outside is draped with a hoop of dried flowers hinting at the effortlessly beautiful work you will find inside.