Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thank Goodness for the Greenhouse

It's very chilly out and rain is on the way. After an early morning at the flower market I'm ready to get to work.

Today I have the pleasure of filling a home with fresh flowers, blooming plants and topiaries for a very special occasion.

It's cozy and warm in the greenhouse. Such a nice place to work surrounded by all that I love, flowers, plants and garden treasures.

Arranging flowers in a their natural environment is so rewarding. They open beautifully and the fragrance is almost overwhelming. It's a good day!

When I'm not outside, most likely I'm in the kitchen. Just could not resist a photo of this Lemon Ginger Cheesecake I baked for a friend's birthday. Of course it's topped with pansies and strawberry leaves from my garden. What else did you expect!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A day in the garden...

Caring for my roses

This year I know my very neglected roses would need a little extra tender loving care. I purchased a huge bag of Alfalfa from the local Feed Shop and mixed it with huge bag of compost. Alfalfa helps to promote green growth, especially after such a hard pruning!

Just One month later after a good rain and then several days of pure sunshine my roses are beginning to leaf out beautifully. Looks like it's going to be a good year!

Delightful Daffodils

For ten years I have been choosing daffodils by mail order in the spring, forgetting about them until one day in the Fall, they appear on my doorstep waiting to be planted. First I plant and then I wait, and worth the wait they are. It's hard to resist cutting all of them into bouquets for the house. They have the most delightful fragrance straight from the garden and are truly the happiest flower on earth!

Climbing Sweet Peas

This pot of Sweet Peas are ready to climb. Using large branches from the newly pruned fruit trees I'll make a Tee Pee for them. Pushing the branches down the inside rim of the pot and then tying them at the top with wire then raffia. This is a beautiful natural support for the Sweet Peas tendrils to wind around and climb up.

Lettuce dine!

Lettuce is a very easy vegetable to grow and very rewarding. So delicious freshly picked from the garden. With so many seedlings left over after the first planting, I transplanted them into small pots while waiting for their turn in the garden.

For a whimsical table setting , lots of cut daffodils and pots of lettuce. Looks like a little garden on the table. Why not!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Little Garden Romance.

This blog was inspired by my love for gardening. Valentines is the perfect time to launch this blog. Here are few ways to put a little garden inspired romance into your life.

Create candle holders out of terra cotta pots.
Using florists foam in the pot, insert a candle, and surround with moss.

Set a romantic table by the fire.
Using a larger terra cotta pot and pre-moistening the florist foam surround the candle with fresh flowers. Heart shaped brownies are a delicious touch.

Bubbles are timeless and romantic.
So put on the pearls girls and have a little fun!

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