I called my florist yesterday to find out how much it would cost to order a few cherry blossom branches to make an arrangement. She told me that one branch, which comes 6 feet tall, will cost me around $20.00 for each branch. Crazy. Then she gave me a great idea: To buy the silk cherry branches from Michael’s and mix in a few long lasting greenery branches to make it look even more authentic. She sold me a few tree ferns and some other pretty greenery for only $2.00. Michael’s silk flowers were on sale for 40% off. I used five branches: You can use all kinds of flowers and be really creative! Do you think you will give this a try?Share on Facebook
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Did you know that when orchids stop blooming and enter a dormant state, many orchid owners make the mistake of thinking their orchid has died and throw the plant away? I admit that I am one that has been throwing them out for years thinking they were dead and done! My plant smart sister–in-law taught me that unlike many common houseplants that remain green and healthy-looking year round, orchids are more like the perennial flowers and bulbs in your outdoor garden. Just like other flowering plants, orchids must rest and replenish their energy between bloom periods. Producing flowers consumes tremendous energy, depleting the resources the plant uses to produce healthy new growth. The large, showy flowers your orchid produces and maintains week after week when your orchid is in full bloom eventually drain the plant of energy. When this occurs, the flowers will fade and fall off the stem. So I took her advice and instead of throwing my plant out this time, I watered once a week as usual and let it go. And look what I found yesterday!: Can’t believe it. It has only been about 3 months and is already blooming again! So don’t be tossing your orchids out after blooming. It is not dead! Here is the proof they will bloom again: So pretty and three other buds ready to open! I just love flowers, don’t you? Have a great weekend everyone!Share on Facebook
I took a few great design ideas away from my adventure in Costa Rica. I loved their use of bold colors, especially all of the turquoise:
Our tree house lodging was very nice:
Simple and lovely. I really liked the bed coverlet:
I asked the owner if he purchased locally. He laughed and told me he bought them in the US at Ikea! haha I searched online and found similar ones:
Wouldn’t a guest room be beautiful using these coverlets as your starting point?
I also admired the simple flower arrangements in our room:
They use living spider plants, leaving the roots in water instead of dirt:
Then just add any cut flower you want. Here they used beautiful Bird of Paradise flowers:
I decided to make one myself. I found a vase and thought I would use nuts on the bottom:
Nuts float. I did not know that. So I used some sea glass I had:
I just added flowers from another arrangement I had. I bought a spider plant at Lowe’s and separated into pieces:
I was able to make a few different arrangements:
So pretty and easy and it is updating an indoor plant. The spider leaves are a great filler plant for many arrangements. What do you think of the idea?Share on Facebook
Remember when I showed you how to make this popular pumpkin centerpiece here?: The secret was using a vase inside of the pumpkin. For these Valentine centerpieces, the trick is using a vase inside a vase:
Very simple and beautiful!
Here are a couple more ideas for easy Valentine’s Day arrangements:
I love using tulips because they are in peak season at Valentine’s Day. If you were to purchase four or five 10-stem bunches of tulips and have them all wrapped together, it would make a huge impact for a fraction of the price of roses.
Do you treat yourself with flowers around Valentine’s Day? I am so desperate for flowers in the house, I am going tomorrow to buy a armful of tulips!Share on Facebook