Posts Tagged 'tree'

Early Spring Blooms: Indoors.

I love to see blooms indoors. I’m not a fan of house plants sitting in dark corners or dropping dead leaves all over. So naturally, forcing branches into full-on flowers indoors is a simple garden fix for the last days of winter. And it’s not at all hard to do. Branches from almost any Spring flowering shrub or tree can be used. Consider forsythia, red bud, pussy willow, quince, crab apple and cherries to bring inside for a forced flourish.

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Choose branches that are at least 12 inches long (I prefer at least 20 inches) and should have several tight but plump buds on the branch. Carefully cut the branch away from the parent shrub or tree with a sharp clean knife. You may want to take a few more branches than you need, just in case some fail to bloom properly indoors.

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Carefully split the base of the branch about 4 inches up the branch and then trim 1 inch off the base. Place the whole branch in warm water. After the branches have soaked overnight, remove them from the water and place them immediately into the container or vase where they will be displayed, preferably in a room that’s between 60 and 7 degrees. Large clear glass containers look great with dark branches immersed in water.

Branches from almost any Spring flowering shrub or tree can be used. Consider forsythia, red bud, pussy willow, quince, crab apple and cherries to bring inside for a forced flourish.

The flowering branches will need bright, indirect light in order to bloom indoors properly. Direct light can be very intense and may burn the branches or flowers. Like any flower bulb, your branches should bloom within one to 4 weeks. Make sure you change out the water to keep it fresh to help flowers to last longer.

Oh Christmas Tree.. Where is your new star?

This place is a disaster. I have empty and unruly Christmas storage boxes strewn about the halls, rooms,and  staircase since I pulled the six rather large green and red bins from storage two weeks ago. I have not had the time to return the boxes stuff to my rental box so they remain scattered about the house. {not for long} The annual tree decorating occurred last Sunday and my Frazier Fir beauty is still awaiting it’s newly purchased electric star tree topper {had a golden tinsel one as a kid that was all the rage in our household}. The skirt went off to the dry cleaners and spread out wrinkle-free around my red painted iron ‘old school’ base. Here is my slo-mo decorating process. Fully dressed Fir to come. Fa la la la.

Step One. Take off the twine and hope those branches look good when it opens up!

Step One. Plop that baby into it's base and fill with water. Pronto!

Step Two. Make sure they thing is straight - any bricks, books, and paint stirrers will do. Whew.

Step Two. Make sure they thing is straight - any bricks, books, and paint stirrers will do. Whew.

Step Three. Off comes the twine and out comes the "Please stay up straight".

Step Three. Off comes the twine and out comes the "Please stay up straight".

Step Four. Make sure that baby drinks well and full. This is a great way to fill it without squatting down or laying under the floor.

Step Four. Make sure that baby drinks well and full. This is a great way to fill it without squatting down or laying under the floor.

Step Five: Load her up with shiney balls, crystal garland, and treasures from childhood and years past. And try not to break one. =0)

Step Five: Load her up with shiny balls, crystal garland, and treasures from childhood and years past. And try not to break one. =0)

Step 6. Step back and enjoy the beauty of the holiday. Still waiting for my new star. This crystal Pottery Barn is beautiful but needs a tarnish removing..

Step 6. Step back and enjoy the beauty of the holiday. Still waiting for my new star. This crystal Pottery Barn is beautiful but needs a tarnish removing..

 

A Green and Bright Christmas at Wisteria.

I guess I have to give in to the holiday hype that’s already begun for the season. I can dig it… but it ddooeess seem a tad bit early, don’t ya think? Well, after seeing this tree-trimming fast forward video from Wisteria, and the festive background music, I think I just might be getting in the mood (I swear sugar-plum fairies are dancing around my head). I love the  look of this green and gold tree! We all would love a perfectly trimmed Christmas tree and Wisteria offers up a decoration list of how to get from A to Z. Plus, most of their gorgeous ornaments are apart of their latest promotion — buy 4 or more and get a wholesome 25% off!

Shop a la la la… la la la AHHHHHH!

A Very Merry Green and Bright Christmas at Wisteria!

A Very Merry Green and Bright Christmas at Wisteria!

Happy Autumn!

Check out the Fall Inspection Guide by This Old House for your homeowners good at keeping that checklist checked off!

Fake & Fabulous.

CasaSugar has put together a simple slideshow of fake firs that will liven up even the most ho-hum of any holiday decor. Save a wood tree, decorate a wire one. =)

Fir the Early Tree Hunters.

I love my green and blue Frazier Fir christmas tree. Every year, I search for only this variety of evergreen – 6 feet tall and perfect on all sides. I’ve found beautiful ones at Eastern Market, Measdows Farms, and the local Boy Scouts stand on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, VA. I typically wait until after the first week of December in hopes that the freshness remains until the New Year. =) I know many of you run out on Black Friday and pick up your soon-to-be-dripping-with-tinsel-and-lights-christmas-tree from your local garden shop or charity road side stand. Good for you. But if you feel a little less excited to lug it home – sap, needles, and all – try to find your precious online at Green Valley Christmas Trees. They will personally hand select a fresh fir for you and deliver it to your door. Ring a ling a ling is all you need to wait for until the decorating frenzy begins. Thanks for the idea Daily Candy! Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree!

To Market To Market. Head East.

Washington DC has so many entertaining things to see, do, and love. One of my all time favorites on a lazy weekend is visiting Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.

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Budget-minded individuals like myself scour the flea market for the fresh produce from local farmers, colorful flowers from local gardens, as well as the loads of jewelry and crafts. On my last visit, I brought along my small camera and snapped a few photos for fun.

My niece and I enjoying the sunny day and bright paintings.

My niece and I enjoying the sunny day and bright paintings.

Antiqued tin mirrors and wall art are always a hit.

Antiqued tin mirrors and wall art are always a hit.

Hodge podge of lost keys - what to make with this??

Hodge podge of lost keys - what to make with this??

I had the same door knobs in my childhood home.

I had the same door knobs in my childhood home.

Old stamps and letter forms.

Old stamps and letter forms.

The newly renovated Market building and street vendors.

The newly renovated Market building and street vendors.

And one more note, if you can’t live without a live Christmas Tree, consider getting yours at Eastern Market this year (if you don’t have the energy to cut your own). They ones sold are reasonably priced, healthy, very green and lush. You’ll be happy and jolly! =)


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