Thanksgiving is here! Last minute decorations are in order (and quick!). No time to get all the makings of a professional arrangement? No problem, grab your granny's old floral frog (the earth-friendly alternative to floral foam) from the back of the drawer in the dining room, a pair of garden pruners, and get to work.
I took a trip to the craft store a couple of weeks ago with the intention of picking up a few Christmas decorations. On a whim I decided to DIY my own succulent wreath, and walked out with my arms filled with supplies. I love the idea of decorations that can easily be modified and used year round. When the season is up I plan to remove the bow and hang my wreath outside.
It might seem that the garden is dried up and ready to be put to bed for the winter (and in many ways it is), but on closer inspection you will find that there is a plethora of harvestable treats that can be used in a variety of ways through the winter. My favorite is rose hips.
A gorgeous centerpiece can be the crown jewel on your holiday table... but it can also be one of the most challenging floral arrangements to create. You'll want it to be low so as not to obstruct the view of your charming guests, and you'll want it to be as generous an arrangement as you are a host/ess. There are many approaches to creating low, lush centerpieces, but here's how I made this one, with plenty of step-by-step photos and instructions. Pick a bowl (or vase, I suppose) and let's get going!
The oil tank re-fuel guy who just left was easily the tenth person in as many days who wanted to know what that shrub is by my garage door. It is Callicarpa Americana, commonly known as American Beautyberry, and everyone is asking because right now, it is extraordinary.
What's the most memorable housewarming gift you've ever given or received? Whatever it was, it's going to be vying with these next unique personality-matched gift ideas for friends and family who are starting life in a new place to call home, but who may appreciate something in the realm of unusual...
The flip side to having so much information at our fingertips is that sometimes we have too much information at our fingertips. This planter meets technology hub, created by a group called the Consortium for Slower Internet, reminds us to put down our phone and remember that some of the best things in life come to us slowly and steadily (much like growing plants). It's a nice visual reminder, as well as a handy and attractive piece for the home.
I love Internet shopping for plants (and just about anything else) because the variety is vastly greater than what is typically available locally. Generally, neighborhood nurseries try to keep a wide selection to appeal to as many people as possible, but if you want something special, you likely need to to shop via mail order.
Carving pumpkins for Halloween can be a major and messy undertaking, but once I get started, I become a bit obsessed and want to hack hideous faces and spooky designs into everything I can get my hands on. Beware, produce section! I'm coming for you...