Plants and pumpkins? You bet.

November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Plants and pumpkins? You bet.

If you’re like me and not sure what to do with your assortment of small pumpkins left over from Halloween, here is a great idea. Spruce up your outdoor container pots by adding your pumpkins, squash and gourds.

This is so simple and will add a bright touch of color perfect for fall just as your perennials begin to die back!

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Transform ordinary flowers into a luxurious accessory

January 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love flowers.

Growing up in the nursery business and being exposed to many amazing greenhouses has taught me to appreciate that which I cannot grow myself.  Flowers make me gasp out loud even if I am simply walking past them in the grocery store. When we head to the market (Pike Place Market) my heart skips a beat and I feel like I am going into sheer panic just looking at the options in front of me. I would forgo dinner for a week, just to be able to enjoy a handful of fresh flowers in every room.

As it would stand to reason, vases are put to good use in my house.

My favorite is any compact vase. It doesn’t matter to me if it is a fishbowl, a square or a round. I love how a compact vase can take the most ordinary grocery store bouquet and turn it into a full and luxurious arrangement.

I have inserted a slideshow below to illustrate my point. I started out with an average bunch of roses that turned into a beautiful living room accessory. Don’t be afraid to cut, cut and cut again until you get the look you are after.

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I have many “green thumb” tips and ideas to share this year.

For now, just remember that underneath that cellophane wrap and those long gangly stems awaits a beautiful addition to any room. Place this joy on a bathroom counter, a side table, your serving tray atop an ottoman or as a centerpiece at your table (remember to keep those leaves out of the water to lengthen the life of your flowers).

-Kim

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