Flowers

FRIDAY FLOWERS: DRYING HYDRANGEAS

By |2011-08-26T01:07:00-04:00August 26, 2011|Flowers|

I’ve been wondering how best to dry hydrangeas. And then earlier this week, Heather Bullard answered my question! She didn’t know it was THE perfect day for her post… but there you go: that’s why I love blogging. So click on the link and read just how to do it.

Here are a few flowers I cut today:

From this bush:

Same flowers on June 29:

And from May 26:

Beautiful throughout the season, right?

Do you dry them? Any tricks to tell us?

LOVING "FAUX" FLOWERS

By |2011-05-30T21:12:00-04:00May 30, 2011|Flowers|

 

You know I love flowers.

Real, live flowers: all kinds and colors.

But how about fake…sorry, “faux”, flowers. How do you feel? Do you glance at the massive selection at JoAnn or Michaels and shudder? Do you see them in the doctor’s office and think, “How CAN they do that?”. 

A few years ago I came upon some faux flowers while we were on vacation in Appalachicola, Florida. BTW: it is a wonderful town!  Here they are:

 

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They’re getting just a tad down and out these days and I’ve been looking for a replacement. Very hard to find. And, of course, just where you least expect it, you find something…right? We were walking down the main drag out in Carmel, California and yes, I spotted them! The store is Whitakers. Note: the site is very, very limited at this time…check back in the near future to see more of these flowers. But believe me, these are THE BEST! 

I ordered two bunches and this is what arrived:

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Here’s the first, larger bunch. Note, all the stems are attached at the bottom to a huge, bulky plastic-wrapped wire stem. 

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We cut each stem off the main one: regular wire cutters did the job nicely.

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FRIDAY FLOWERS: MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA

By |2011-05-26T22:20:00-04:00May 26, 2011|8 McDowell, Flowers|

Grand indeed!

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These gems are blooming everywhere down here and  they are so  different from the magnolias up North.  I pass so many of them each morning on my walks (when I am without a camera!), so went back yesterday to take these pictures. I didn’t get any good shots of the leaves, but I love them too…huge, brown on the underside and then that wonderful shiny green on top. I would love to plant one of the trees in our garden but, alas, they get too big for our space. I will have to be content with viewing them on my walks!

Happy holiday weekend everyone…

FRIDAY FLOWERS

By |2011-05-19T21:31:00-04:00May 19, 2011|8 McDowell, Flowers|

 

I thought I would end the week with some pretty pink flowers.

It’s been gray and rainy over a lot of the country…and we’re all so ready for sunshine. The flowers, of course, are just loving this rain. But then again, they just might like to see the sun too! These are just some of the flowers in my garden this week:


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Here’s to a sunny weekend!

 

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!

By |2011-03-20T21:00:00-04:00March 20, 2011|8 McDowell, Flowers, Garden|

I did a lot of gardening this weekend.

The weather was beautiful; we went to several local nurseries; went to the G R E A T farmer’s market up in Carrboro; and spent a lot of time outside organizing, planting, thinking color.

This is one of the new items I bought “Micro Tip Blades”. Fabulous! I was so tired of using the bulky pruning scissors, and always having to search for them to bring inside when I was arranging flowers! What do you have? Do you keep a separate pair inside? These are perfect. Small, precise, easy to store. They even come with that little orange, plastic cover for the tips.

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Just for fun I went on line to find some other scissors to show you.

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Dramm at amazon

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Fiskars at amazon

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Joyce Chen at white flower farm

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Felco at white flower farm

And here is how I used my new purchase:

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It’s (almost) Monday so time to get out of the garden and back to the office!

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