Bold and Bright Poinsettias

Bold and Bright Poinsettias

What is your opinion on poinsettias? Do you love the vibrant hit of red that it can add to any space at Christmas? Or are you so sick of seeing those foil wrapped plants in every restaurant and office around the holiday season? I just want to let all you “haters” know, that if you receive a plant as a gift and really don’t want to chuck it out (which you will have to do eventually as they never die!), you can cut off a few blooms and use them in your holiday decorating. Just give it try and see what you think! I recently collaborated on a photo shoot with Ruth and Dean who create absolutely gorgeous pies and cakes here in Victoria. I had planned on using bright red amaryllis blooms for this holiday inspired shoot but when they arrived they were super tight buds. So plan B it was. Actually, there was no plan B and there were no other red flowers at my suppliers that week other than carnations. What’s a girl to do? Well, you can grab a 6″ potted poinsettia and cut off all the blooms and appreciate it with a whole new perspective. Bright, graphic and bold!! (photo credit: Carla Unger Photography)   (photo credit: Carla Unger Photography)   (photo credit: Carla Unger Photography)   (photo credit: Carla Unger Photography)  ...
Forcing Paperwhites

Forcing Paperwhites

They say paperwhites are the easiest bulb to force indoors. They don’t need a cooling period like most other bulbs. I am giving it a try this year and so should you. Just pick up a bag of bulbs at your local garden center. 1) Find a glass or ceramic container with no drainage hole. 2) Fill with clean rocks, or gravel. 3) Nestle the bulbs into the rocks so that they are secure. 4) Water the bulbs so that the water just touches the bottom of the bulbs.    Be sure to keep an eye on the water level and fill as necessary. Once your paperwhites are in full bloom keep them in a cool room to extend their life. This is a great activity to do with your kids! They will have lots of fun watching the stems grow for weeks. Happy planting!...
Holiday Wreaths

Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths are a wonderful way to welcome guests to your home or business. There are so many possibilities it really is endless! You can never go wrong with a nice simple wreath of evergreens, as long as you have a gorgeous wide satin ribbon in a color to match your holiday style. This year I added some sparkle with some lovely tear drop...
Skimmia, lilies and hypericum berries

Skimmia, lilies and hypericum berries

Skimmia is the name of the gorgeous greenery used in this bouquet. It is such a lovely green to use at this time of year because it really adds a nice lush fullness. Pair it with white lilies and red hypericum berries and it then has a subtle festive flavor! Even a mass of this as a center piece would be quite stunning and good value. It lasts really well. A must have for holiday...
Paperwhites – Holiday Decorating

Paperwhites – Holiday Decorating

With the busy holiday season fast approaching I embrace the use of potted flowers for one reason. It is easy and they last for weeks! No changing water or cutting stems, but don’t forget to water. I’ve already got some paperwhites in my entry and the smell is lovely. Always cover the plastic pot with something more decorative. And experiment with pine cones or moss to cover the soil. Even small ornaments would be nice closer to...