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Mixing Silk Flowers With Greenery

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

cherry_thumb.jpg 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: cherry4 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.     cherry3.jpg 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: cherry blossom You can use all kinds of flowers and be really creative! cherry2 Do you think you will give this a try?

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Helpful Tip For Orchids

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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! orchid 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!: orchid bloom 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: orchid2 So pretty and three other buds ready to open! I just love flowers, don’t you? Have a great weekend everyone!

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Art In Bloom

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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This past weekend I enjoyed a walking tour of Jackson, NH to see how individual gardeners put together their floral interpretations of art:

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It is held by the Mountain Garden Club and this year marked their 10th anniversary of the walking tour,which is their annual gift to the valley. Art In Bloom is a walking tour of eight sites in Jackson where pieces of art are interpreted through member crafted floral arrangements:

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They are all so unique. I loved this simple display:

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This above was named ‘Garden Party’. She even painted the picture!

Many different and unique ideas were used as art:

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This display had a nice story how this picture was her first art work purchased at nine years old:

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A sign I saw on my walk I thought was cute:

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This is beautiful:

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If you are wondering like I was, why the artist did not use poppies like in the artwork, here was the answer:

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Funny!

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I was telling everyone that I was glad we did not have to vote for a favorite! Too many that I really liked:

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I really loved the simple displays.

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This piece was really great:

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Don’t you think they did a wonderful job?

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A fairy garden!:

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Loved this one! I met the artist and she said that everything here was made from items she found in her yard and garden.

I want one of these birdhouses:

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They sell these handmade birdhouses locally. Look at the details:

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Amazing! So talented.

This was really cute:

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I know I said that I did not have a favorite BUT… (maybe):

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Totally awesome. The photographer was there and told me he walked by an alleyway in Venice and saw these three women sitting there. He asked permission to take the photo. I love it, it is so interesting to me.

If you want to see more exhibits, or visit last year’s Art In Bloom, please visit mountaingardenclub.org.

I hope you enjoyed! Do you have a favorite?

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Kitchen Decorating Idea

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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I have always thought that finding the right accessory for the kitchen island was challenging. Everything looks either too small or too large. I love fresh flowers, but that can get expensive. So I usually group a few items together to get the right proportion of accessories for the size of island.

The other day, just messing around, I thought about trying a tray to keep everything together. So I took my tray from the living room:

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And changed out a couple items to look more kitchen-y:

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Don’t you think it is a pretty good idea to use a tray for the island? I have seen a lot of kitchen photography over the years, and I have never noticed a tray being used. Easy to lift and move everything out of the way at once. And I think I will use the tray a lot more being in the kitchen to carry and hold stuff.

I really like this tray I had bought for the ottoman. I had looked a long time for one before I found one I really liked:

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And since I already looked forever for this perfect tray, I am getting the same exact one because I like it so much! Target.

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The size works well for my island and I like that the wood tray ties in with my cabinets.

Genius! haha Give it a try in your kitchen, I think you will really like the idea!

Have a great weekend everyone!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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