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According to Yahoo! Voices: Red is the New Neutral Some of you are still trying to wrap your mind around red as a neutral color. Perhaps the boldest of the bold colors, red is often considered the power color. It is linked to power, pass...
According to Yahoo! Voices: Red is the New Neutral Some of you are still trying to wrap your mind around red as a neutral color. Perhaps the boldest of the bold colors, red is often considered the power color. It is linked to power, passion, anger, lust, romantic love, blood, and the heart. All of (Read More...)
about 3 hours ago
Good morning Friends ~ Here it is Tuesday morning, partly cloudy, cooler, but still humid.  The sun is to come out later, and sometime late this afternoon a possible T-storm.  I’ve got a load of laundry going and will hang it o...
Good morning Friends ~ Here it is Tuesday morning, partly cloudy, cooler, but still humid.  The sun is to come out later, and sometime late this afternoon a possible T-storm.  I’ve got a load of laundry going and will hang it out to dry as soon as it’s done.  Hopefully it will dry before the predicted rain.  There’s a slight breeze and it really feels so much better outside than it has. I think I’ll go out to work in and around my main garden a bit as it is in much need of TLC. With the heat and humidity being so awful still, I’ve been indoors mostly except to do some errands, then I hibernate. I am so thankful for my new a.c., it is working just fine. Living in a small home, has it’s bennies, easy to cool and heat. DH reinsulated the attic a few years back, one of his last major project here and it has made a huge difference in the coziness of our place and in keeping the elec. bill down, and with new windows done a few years before attic work, it’s quieter too.  I am so thankful for all of the work he did around here.  He saved us LOTS of money through the years because he could do so much. He was a man of many talents and very artistic too. Monday while I was out doing errands, I decided to try the Michael’s south of us.  I’ve been to JoAnn’s but not Michael’s. It was an enjoyable outing. I wanted to get some felt, and some beads too and to just look around.  It was amazing and if I had had money to blow, I would have bought more.  There was one candle that really made me ‘swoon’, it was Ashland Spice Market. It was wonderful. I looked for a box of the votives, which they had every other scent of, but not that one, so I did not buy. I bought 3 sheets of 5 different colors of felt, strings of fresh water pearls and a string of abalone bits. I want to use these with the little crocheted, flower covered purses that I am making. The square bits below are the abalone, the others are the fresh water pearls. Below is my work surface. Yesterday after I went to the Post Office, and stopped at the S.A. thrift store, I hibernated indoors, crocheting two more purse backgrounds while watching things on you tube. My view this morning. I’ve had this statue for years and years, she’s made of concrete, has been broken twice, one by raccoons knocking her over from a 3’ high space, and once from a tree limb falling on her.  DH repaired her. She has a nice crusty patina on her these days. I always called her the ‘weeping lady’ statue, little did I know the tears that would be shed by ‘FlowerLady’ in the future. I found a piece about tears recently and will post the link. The Health Benefits of Tears. Yesterday afternoon I made a pizza crust dough in my bread machine and then made an Italian sausage pizza. I ate 1/4, the rest is in the freezer.  Today I want to make stuffed green peppers. I also want to make chicken pot pies, but not today.  Want to get things in the freezer so that when I don’t feel like cooking I can dip into the freezer, pick something out and heat. That’s it for now. Count your blessings. Hugs ~ FlowerLady
about 3 hours ago
Jason presented the totally beautiful Sandra with her fabulous Bridal Bouquet of Picasso & Hot Chocolate Calla Lilies, Roses in a myriad of lavender shades, fresh fragrant Lily of the Valley, Silver Brunia, Senecio, Eucalyptus, Ivy Trail...
Jason presented the totally beautiful Sandra with her fabulous Bridal Bouquet of Picasso & Hot Chocolate Calla Lilies, Roses in a myriad of lavender shades, fresh fragrant Lily of the Valley, Silver Brunia, Senecio, Eucalyptus, Ivy Trails and Snow BerryThen he headed off to St Mary's RC Church in Leyland to meet up with the Bride Groom and his entourage to pin on their BoutonnieresInside this unusual circular Church we'd arranged two of our Regency Candelabras on either side of the Altar, Sandra's Signature white wicker hearts hung from each alternate pew end lining the aisleThe Wicker Hearts were dressed with corsages of Lavender, Roses, Calla Lilies and SnowberryOur Regency Candelabras were dressed with Gladioli in deep purple, Liatris, Calla Lilies, Roses and Dahlias with Eucalyptus and SnowberrySandra's handsome Bride Groom Andrew, was wearing a rather special Boutonniere to match his Brides beautiful BouquetThe Bride Groom's deep purple tie looked perfect with his Picasso Calla Lily Boutonniere, we also included Champagne Grass, Viburnum Tinus, Purple Symphony Rose Buds, Sedum and Silver Brunia, the stem was bound in silver bullion wireOutside the Boys were having their picture taken by the fabulous Tom GradwellThere go the boys...Here come the girls...The fabulous Bridesmaids and Sandra's lovely MumThe Bridesmaids carried posies of Calla Lilies, Roses, Hydrangeas and SnowberrySandra's uber glamorous Mum was wearing a corsage to match her "Grape" ensembleIn this heavenly Corsage we included Rolled Metalina Rose Petals, Albiflora Brunia, Viburnum Tinus, Sedum, Purple Symphony Rose Buds, Sedum and Champagne GrassThe Bridesmaids and Flower Girls looked exquisite, I loved the shades, the soft taupes with the deep purple tones, Sandra really does have brilliant taste!!!The adorable Flower Girls carried miniature versions of the Bridesmaids BouquetsBeautiful Bridesmaids Posies in shades of Taupes, Purples, Lavenders, Mauves and IvorySandra looked utterly Breathtaking when she arrivedSandra's magnificent cascading Bridal Bouquet of Roses, Calla Lilies, Lily of the Valley, Wax Flower Blossom, Senecio and Ivy looked just perfect.Huge & Ginormous Congratulations to Sandra & Andrew from all of the team here at Flower Design EventsThe celebrations moved on to the modern surroundings of Stanley HouseOur Bride and groom were flying high as they arrived by helicopterInside this eclectic space we'd used a dramatic collection of equally eclectic table designsOur magical enchanted trees were dripping in pearls, the signature hearts, posies of fresh flowers and candlelit orbsOur crystal cake stands were topped with "bosoms" of Roses, Dahlias, Calla Lilies, Peppermint, Hydrangeas, Snowberry and LissianthusOur Regency Candelabra in shades of purpleThe Top table was our "Crystal" design featuring a collection of crystal vessels placed on reflecting mirrors, each one filled with a glorious array of fresh flowers, two of our miniature Candelabras completed this lovely designOur great friend the super fantastic Paul Guard was on top form on Saturday entertaining everyone superblyMassive thanks to Sandra & Andrew for choosing Flower Design Events to create their Wedding Flowers!!!xxxxShare
about 8 hours ago
Join us on :   The grave is but a covered bridge, leading from light to light, through a brief darkness. When someone close to you loses a family member or friend who has been extremely close to their heart, it may be hard to think of ju...
Join us on :   The grave is but a covered bridge, leading from light to light, through a brief darkness. When someone close to you loses a family member or friend who has been extremely close to their heart, it may be hard to think of just the right way to express sorrow. At such a time you may be searching for the right gesture to try for a measure of comfort. Extend your deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the ones who have lost someone special by sending them serene funeral bouquets. Comfort them and let them know that you are with them during their difficult time, wishing them strength, peace and harmony. Before ordering an arrangement for a funeral, one should know some of the rules of etiquette when it comes to funeral flower delivery. Firstly, the arrangement should be sent to the funeral home in time for the viewing or visitation. If the flowers won’t make it in time, they should be sent to the home of the deceased’s closest family. You should always include a note, however brief it may be. Send a gentle message of hope with funeral flowers. These flowers are a kind way to honor someone at their service and show loved ones that you care. Even if you can’t be present personally, your funeral flower delivery will be a warm reminder that your thoughts are with family and friends. Even if the note says “Our prayers are with you”, this is more personal and meaningful than just sending a card with your name and the recipient’s name. Lastly, you should always look for an arrangement that matches the tastes of the deceased if at all possible. If you know that the deceased loved carnations, send a carnation arrangement. If you know the deceased liked yellow, choose a yellow flower arrangement. The gift will mean far more and stand out among many other arrangements at the funeral if the sender puts a lot of thought into it. It seem as though the act of sending flowers is a small gesture, however do not underestimate the power of it. It does so much to instill a sense of unity with people in times of sorrow. Deciding what flowers to send as sympathy flowers takes some real thought and attention. Consider any possible cultural differences that might make a difference. Lilies are frequently associated with funerals and sympathy. According to Christian folklore, the flowers symbolize resurrection. In the language of flowers, lilies symbolize the innocence of the departed soul. Additionally, white stargazer lilies denote sympathy due to which, they are the most ideal selection for a funeral. Carnations are also well-known as sympathy flowers. They occur in diverse colors, which have diverse meanings. For instance red carnations stand for admiration; pink carnations denote remembrance where as white carnations symbolize purity. Due to their dense blooms, carnations are also utilized for creating wreaths shown at funerals. Chrysanthemums are usually included in floral preparations for funeral services in Asian and European nations around the world. White chrysanthemums stand for death, loss and grief. They are often merged with roses and carnations in floral preparations. Funerals are extremely sad occasions, but the presence of flowers makes them more bearable. Flowers bring life and beauty to a situation that is overwhelmed with grief. Visit us on : www.flora2000.com Email us on: emarketing@flora2000.com  Links: - Send Flowers to U.S.A. - Send Flowers to U.K. - Send Flowers to Germany - Send  Flowers to Canada - Send Flowers to Philippines - Send  Flowers to China - Send Flowers to Australia - Send Flowers to Italy - Send Flowers to Japan - Send Flowers to France Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The grave is but a covered bridge, leading from light to light, through a brief darkness. When someone close to you loses a family member or friend who has been extremely close to their heart, it may be hard to think of just the right way to express
about 8 hours ago
xoxogailGail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images a...
xoxogailGail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission. Subscribe in a reader
2 days ago
We've been looking forward to this fabulous wedding for ages, it couldn't have been more perfect!Sam's Groom's Men were all at Church early and they were totally on the ball. We'd dressed the front door arch with a garland of Roses, Hydr...
We've been looking forward to this fabulous wedding for ages, it couldn't have been more perfect!Sam's Groom's Men were all at Church early and they were totally on the ball. We'd dressed the front door arch with a garland of Roses, Hydrangeas and Snowberry a fabulously floral welcome for Victoria & Sam's guestsThe arch was full of seasonal materials, Skimmia, Snowberry, Astilbe, Hydrangeas, Astrantia and plethora of exquisite RosesInside this vast Church we'd placed two of our magnificent pedestals designs Delphiniums, Roses and Hydrangeas amid the Harvest Festival goodies arranged all around the ChurchWe'd hung posies of fresh flowers, Roses, Astilbe, Wax Flower and Sedum on the end of each alternate Pew lining the aisleThe Boutonnieres were all lined up ready to be pinned on to the important guests as they arrivedFaith Rose with a Snowflake Rose Bud BoutonniereOur Bride Groom's glorious Boutonniere created to match his Bride's BouquetGorgeous Snowflake Rose Boutonniere with silver Brunia and Wax Flower BlossomSilver Grey and Ivory Corsage of Lily of the Valley, Rose Buds, Silver Brunia, Wax Flower Blossom and Champagne GrassOur handsome Bride Groom the lovely SamThe Groom's Boutonniere with Lily of the Valley, Faith Rose, Senecio, Astrantia, Snow Berry, Wax Flower and Sedum The Bride Groom's Mum looked fabulous and her corsage matched her silver, pewter and ivory ensemble perfectlyAn Usher's Boutonniere of a Faith RoseWe'd also dressed the Lytch Gate with a swag of fresh foliages and flowersOur Bride Groom and Best Man arrived in this amazing CobraVictoria's beautiful Bridesmaids arrived in style...The Bridesmaid's carried beautiful Bouquets of Roses and seasonal lovelinessAll of the Bridesmaid's were wearing fresh flowers in their hairThe Bridesmaids all looked completely gorgeous...Here come's The Bride with her very proud Mum & DadVictoria looked breathtaking, totally stunning....Victoria's exquisitely Autumnal Bouquet was in shades of Pinks, Ivory and silver, I included David Austin's English Garden Rose Keira, a beautiful Rose from Ecuador called "Faith" together with Dutch Roses "Secret Garden" & "Snow Flake", fragrant a lacey Lily of the Valley, a collection of seasonal berries including Viburnum Tinus, Pink Snowberry, Skimmia and Silver Albiflora Brunia with Eucalyptus Pods, Wax Flower and Astrantia were also included and the entire Bouquet was completed with silver grey foliages Senecio and EucalyptusGorgeous!!!The Bridesmaid's Bouquets complimented their pink gowns perfectlyVictoria with her lovely very glam Mum & DadThe Bridal Bouquets were a glorious celebration of season matching the Pink colour scheme perfectlyHuge & Ginormous Congratulations to this very special couple from all of the team here at Flower Design EventsA Snowflake Rose and Astrantia CorsageThe Celebrations moved to the magnificent surroundings of The Grand HotelIn the Bar small posies of fresh flowers and Rose petal sprinkles dressed all of the bar tablesMajestic and tall vases of Autumn branches surrounded by Roses and Hydrangeas dressed the tables in the Banqueting suiteThe low designs were like "Living Sculptures" contorted Hazel branches created shapes, Blonde Pumpkins and Gourds, Horse Chestnuts, Autumn Leaves, fresh Roses and Hydrangeas alongside Berries and Seed Heads created a seasonal and intricate table designTall Pussy Willow, Golden Salix and Contorted Cotinus created height as did our magnificent White Delphiniums, fresh Astilbe, Roses, Hydrangeas, Amaranthus and Wax Flower Blossom, strings of Pearls were included in each of the table designsInside the vases, Horse Chsetnuts, tiny Fir Cones, Gourds, Dried leaves and more pearlsThe Top Table flanked by two Church PedestalsAlong the length of the top table, a collection of vessels, and autumnal materials were arranged to form a naturally seasonal vibe We loved the two mice on top of the Cheese TowerOur Work here was done it was time to bid farewell to this glorious wedding, massive
2 days ago
Even as I write this, it does not yet feel like October here in the Fairegarden, but the calendar states otherwise. Warm or cool, the yearly tableau of pumpkins on the little bench on the front porch is a favorite … Continue readin...
Even as I write this, it does not yet feel like October here in the Fairegarden, but the calendar states otherwise. Warm or cool, the yearly tableau of pumpkins on the little bench on the front porch is a favorite … Continue reading →
2 days ago
What a fabulous couple, I know we're going to miss Jodie & Lee and what an amazing wedding day they had on Friday, these two had put a huge amount of time and effort into this wonderful day and it well and truly paid off...Jason presente...
What a fabulous couple, I know we're going to miss Jodie & Lee and what an amazing wedding day they had on Friday, these two had put a huge amount of time and effort into this wonderful day and it well and truly paid off...Jason presented Jodie with her wild, hand gathered Bridal bouquet at The ShardThe Bridal Bouquet was created in a wild and relaxed style, we wanted it to appear as if Jodie and I had been for an early morning walk and picked the flowers still drenched in morning dew and bundled them up in to this delightful bouquet, I included Snowberries, Roses, Poppy Seed Heads, Thistles, Astilbe, Hydrangeas, Senecio, Anemones, Hydrangeas, Eucalyptus Pods and lots more Autumn loveliness besidesJason headed off to Lytham Hall to meet up with Lee our fabulous Bride Groom and his Groom's Men to pin on their BoutonnieresEach Boutonniere was individually created using a different combination of flowers, herbs, thistles and berries in each one, the stems were left naked and then bound and tied with jute.The Groom Lee's boutonniere of Champagne Grass, Thalaspi, Eryngium, Wax Flower Blossom and GypsophiliaA Corsage of Rolled Rose Petals, Ivy, Thalaspi and GypsophiliaTwo vases of Pussy Willow, Contorted Willow, Snowberry and Quercus were placed on the two tables framing the Registrars table in The Gold Room at Lytham HallThis lovely Bell Jar incapsulating and protecting two beautifully exquisite and precious Roses depicting our Bride & Groom was placed on the Registrars TableJodie looked beautiful as she arrived along with her Mum and BridesmaidsJodie's Bouquet included a beautifully seasonal collection of Roses, Blossoms, Herbs, Foliages, Grasses and a plethora of Seed Heads and BerriesThe Bridesmaid's all carried Bouquets of GypsophiliaMassive Congratulations to Lee & Jodie from all of the team here at Flower Design EventsBridesmaids Bouquets of GypsophiliaThe handle of the Bridal Bouquet was finished off with Jute, Lace and a beautiful Cameo Brooch (Our Brides own) the stems were left semi nakedOscar Rowley with the delicious CanapesWild Autumnal naturally gathered Bridal BoquetThe Bride Groom's Autumn BoutonniereThe celebrations moved on to the wonderful surroundings of Staining Lodge Golf Club where two Teepees had been erected just off the Club HouseInside the Teepees the atmosphere was magicalThe tables were dressed with jam jars and vessels filled with posies of fresh flowers and Gypsophilia all set on jute or lace doilies with Candlelit Votives and fir cone detailingLee and Jodie had decorated some of their own jam jars with buttons, ribbons and string, we'd filled them with a myriad of autumnal produce, in this one we've included a Brassica, Dill, Rosemary, Sedum, Champagne Grass, Roses and Classic HydrangeaMe and Ben from Rowley's CateringThe benches were draped with sheepskinsAlong the top table the "Bell Jar" took pride of place with lots of lovely votives and posies dressing the front of the tableThe Swags of Willow and Snowberry from the ceremony were attached to the poles inside th TeepeeWe loved Lee & Jodie's slate table place settingsToffee apple table favours yummy...All of the details throughout were simply beautiful Jodie and lee had put a huge amount of themselves into this magical day, huge congratulations to them because it all looked glorious!!!The Seating Plan was one of our enchanted trees, which greeted guests as the entered the teepeeAt one end a fire pit was blazing awayOur work here was done it was time to leave, massive thanks to Jodie and Lee for choosing Flower Design Events to create their wedding flowersShare
3 days ago
Good morning Folks ~ When you think of October, you think of pumpkins, chilly weather, the smell of smoke in the air, falling leaves, etc. Well, that’s not something that happens down here in s.e. FL.  We have ‘hints’ of fall coming...
Good morning Folks ~ When you think of October, you think of pumpkins, chilly weather, the smell of smoke in the air, falling leaves, etc. Well, that’s not something that happens down here in s.e. FL.  We have ‘hints’ of fall coming, but it isn’t here yet. We don’t really have falling leaves, smell of smoke in the air, or too many pumpkins either, except in the grocery store or at vegetable markets.  In time, we will have cooler temps and maybe get to use the heat when/if it turns cold.  Last year I did not use the heater at all. We are coming into the glorious time of year for gardening down here though and I am looking forward to it.  I’ve got several projects I want to work on this fall/winter season and hope to finish them before next summer’s heat and humidity come again.  Right now, it is still very warm and humid, but fall is coming, we just don’t know when. The bee guy came out, and they don’t remove the bees to another location, the ‘eradicate’ them. FL does not have a shortage of bees, we have an over abundance and the local bees have mated with the aggressive African bees and so they do away with bee colonies that aren’t taken care of by bee keepers.  This company has 5 trucks and they take care of between 100-200 colonies of unwanted bees a week, from properties, homes, businesses.  I felt bad for the bees, but I also don’t want to be afraid, or swarmed by bees when I weedwack or mow. Now I won’t be and I can get back to this area and take care of things. My old little Mazda wagon is gone.  The tree trimming guy asked about it and I said I was going to call up one of those ‘we buy junk car’ places, but hadn’t done it yet.  He asked me how much I wanted for it and I told him, and I came down a little more after talking about it, and he ended up giving me back my check for the tree trimming job he had done.  So I did my first barter. Now I have an empty space to stack up iron, to be taken to the scrap yard. The guys can just back up their trailer and load it up. Well, I won’t be moving really heavy stuff to this location, just the smaller things I can handle. This is what my DH wanted me to do, if he left this planet, and I am working on it, slowly but surely.  Grieving, missing him and being alone, really takes a toll but, I’m getting used to it all, by taking things one day at a time, one step at a time, trusting in God all along the way. I do have times of tears, but also have moments of joy.  I am excited about projects I want to do, inside and out and will do them as I can. Gardens are doing well, roses are blooming along with other things, weeds.  I love this time of year coming up.  Gardening is a joy instead of a miserable chore. Below are some roses in bloom now. La Marne is one of my favorite simple roses. This is ‘Maman Cochet’ climber.  She smells wonderful. This is an unknown rose I bought this past spring. An old fashioned rose. Another shawl. That’s it from Plum Cottage.  Enjoy your weekend, count your blessings. FlowerLady
4 days ago
3 Decorating Conundrums Solved with Kraft Paper –> Pop Sugar Home There’s something very appealing about taking simple, everyday items and elevating them to so much more. Take these inventive uses for Kraft paper – who thoug...
3 Decorating Conundrums Solved with Kraft Paper –> Pop Sugar Home There’s something very appealing about taking simple, everyday items and elevating them to so much more. Take these inventive uses for Kraft paper – who thought it could be so chic? I’m especially loving the table-runner concept, topped off by brilliant seasonal bouquets. I’m definitely stealing this idea for my next dinner party. – Jessica Mordo, senior web editor.  James van Sweden Dies at 78; His Designs Urged Lawns to Grow –> NYT Last week, landscape architect James van Sweden, passed away. I’ve unearthed my old copy of Gardening with Nature to remind myself why I loved his gardens so much when I started working in the nursery business so long ago. The movement he started was known as The New American Garden: Big swathes of grasses, meadows of native flowers, and wide borders of easy care shrubs swept away the then de rigueur foundation plantings and fussy rows of bedding plants. His gardens looked like works of art. And best of all, his insistence that plants should work with their surroundings helped me convince customers to plant what their gardens were able to grow. – Margaret Sloan, production coordinator  Giving New Meaning to the Term Treehouse –> Gardenista We’ve seen brilliant uses of trees grown in pots for indoor décor. But get a load of these homes that use trees as part of the architectural design, from load-bearing structural elements to a lofted treehouse. Talk about bringing the outdoors in! – Jessica Mordo, senior web editor.  Everything You Need to Know About the National Parks Closures –> National Geographic Like many around the West, several staffers here at Sunset are dealing with last-minute changes to their national-park vacation plans. This straightforward guide to the national park closures from National Geo is a must-read for anyone who had a Yosemite (or Grand Canyon, or Grand Teton…) visit on the books this weekend.  – Aislyn Greene, assistant editor
5 days ago