Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Silk Flower Arrangements

Today I'd like to introduce you to a guest writer. Robert would like to tell us all about silk flowers and how they differ from having real flowers in the home. I hope you find this article informative and thought provoking.

Silk Flowers Arrangements

High quality silk flowers make an impressive centerpiece or accessory in any room. Crystal-clear acrylic water and charming containers provide lasting beauty for years to come. Flowers are so lifelike they can almost only be determined to be fake flowers by touch. While live flowers add scent and appeal to a room or table, fake flowers require no maintenance other than occasional dusting. For seasonal displays, flowers appropriate for fall, winter and spring can be stored and used repeatedly.

Add warmth and color to even the smallest space in the house with small to medium sized silk flower arrangements with a maximum height and width of 18 inches. They're perfect for placing on end-tables, bookcases and other nooks and crannies. Many stores will offer pre-arranged displays or if a person is feeling artistic, several small flowers can be bought along with an appropriate container to create a customized arrangement.

Larger silk flowers such as sunflowers add style and sophistication to every room they may be displayed in. Generally large displays are a height and/or width over 18 inches. Dining room tables, kitchen counters or living room coffee tables could always use a bit of color and flair. Silk orchids are great for your home, the office and even as unique gifts to friends and family

Customizing your display according to season is a great idea and adds further realism to the bouquets and centerpieces. Usually daisies are recommended for spring, roses for summer or various festive arrangements can be used for specific holidays such as red, white and blue roses for the Fourth of July or red Poinsettias for Christmas.

For a couple that just bought a new home or a flower enthusiast, silk flowers make an excellent gift. They are more easily transported and there is no danger of wilting, drying or any damage like there is with real flowers. For about the same amount of money you would spend on fresh flowers, a gift of silk flowers will be admired and appreciated for many years. Most stores offer silk floral arrangements fully assembled and expertly packaged. Unlike live flowers, a picture on a website may be very different from what the recipient actually receives. Real flowers are subject to availability and due to Mother Nature, colors, size and shape cannot be guaranteed. With silk flowers, what you see will be exactly what you get. This is particularly important if purchasing flowers for a set theme or that must match precisely with certain d├ęcor.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Trees - I Beat Old Man Winter

I beat Old Man Winter. I had some last minute tree planting to get in and I didn't think I would make it before the snow started to arrive. We have had some flakes, but nothing has lasted and the ground is still green.
My 10 Colorado blue  spruce and two lilac bushes arrived from the Arbor Day Foundation a week or so ago and we were lucky enough to get a break in the weather.  Planting day for those was a balmy 60 degrees. But where were the two maples I had ordered? 
I soon realized I had put them in on a separate order about two weeks apart, so of course they would be delivered accordingly.
My 3 foot trees arrived on Monday, November 14th and of course our schedule did not permit us to plant that day or the next. Finally on Thursday my husband and I were able to get some  outdoor time just when the sun burst forth.  It was still windy and cold but there were no snowflakes to be seen.
After carefully placing my red maple and yellow sugar maple in the backyard, we staked them so there is no chance of hitting them in the spring with a mower. and we'll be sure to rememeber where they are.  I'm very pleased with what we have accomplished this year since moving in in April to a bare yard with no landscaping.  I will be especially anxious for spring to arrive.  But first we have to struggle with Old Man Winter!  Brrrr!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


"A tingling, misty marvel

Blew hither in the night,

And now the little peach-trees

Are clasped in frozen light.

Upon the apple-branches

An icy film is caught,

With trailing threads of gossamer

In pearly patterns wrought.

The autumn sun, in wonder,

Is gayly peering through

This silver-tissued network

Across the frosty blue.

The weather-vane is fire-tipped,

The honeysuckle shows

A dazzling icy splendor,

And crystal is the rose."

- Evaleen Stein, November Morning