Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I don't know about you, but this is how I personally like to plan my gardens.  
The more relaxed and meditative I am, the more creative and thoughtful I am.
Pen and paper are an absolute must.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

INA VASE - valentine's day, sorta

My husband and I do not celebrate Valentine's Day.
It is not that we take an anti-commercial stance but rather we feel it is more romantic to celebrate February 12th, the evening we met across a crowded dance floor, 15 years ago last week at a Valentine's Day party.

A single additional flower is all it can take to make a 'bunch of flowers' into an 'arrangement'; in this case I added a single lily.  A different colour would have been nice but sometimes you just have to roll with what you find at your local florist.

One week in and some of the lilies are just opening - what great staying power!

In the dining room I added the remaining yellow lilies into the 'winter vase' left over from our Winter Party.

(I may leave the greenery and baby's breath in place and just update the other flowers for the remainder of the winter!)

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

IN A VASE - party time

Last weekend we hosted the party that I had done 'practice vases' for in my previous post and here is a look at how the final flowers turned out.  The photos were taken a few days after the party, in other words don't be too harsh on some of the wilting blossoms.

To achieve something different with a dozen white roses I cut them back to about 6 inches and placed them in a small bowl with water-absorbing florist's styrofoam.  The only greenery was the roses' leaves and the addition of just two daisy-like flowers provides a simple, off-center focus.

What could be simpler than spruce branches harvested from my own back yard and baby's breath?  
An arrangement with a "wintery" feel for only $4!

From simple to very busy; this one certainly had an impact in the downstairs washroom where people were not expecting to see a grand floral arrangement, which is of course all the more reason to have one there.

Accents like white glittery palm fronds and silver pine cones combined with Asiatic Lilies and asters. The lilies I cut back to 6 inches and 'planted' their long spiky, flowerless stems to add some greenery. 
'Waste-not, want-not' as the saying goes.

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