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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Discovering while learning.

A few years ago I was invited

from the book entitled Art in Bloom by Victoria Jane Ream

to participate in an event, sponsored by the 
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, entitled 
"Art in Bloom" 

Floral Designers were selected and asked to interpret a painting into a floral arrangement. 

I selected the above painting by Jose Aparicio Y Inglada 
entitled "Portrait of Jean Louis Reynier"

The challenge for me was to attach a rose to my sword which would match the color of the ribbon on the soldier's chest.  
The rose had to last for 2 weeks, and out of water. 

The solution was to attach a dried-in-sand rose.

It sounds easy.  But roses change color once dessicated. 


My comment why I chose this particular painting.  

 I own a sword similar to the one in the painting and I wanted it to be part of the story. 

Keeping cut Phalaenopsis fresh presented another problem.

In the above photograph you can see that the flowers are beginning to fade.

I actually cut these yellow Phalaenopsis from a plant when I noticed that several stems were beginning to wilt.  

If you cut the stem and place it in water,
 in a few hours they will have revived and will last in water for many more days. 

If you want them to last even longer as cut flowers, do what professionals do.  
"Condition" by placing them into cold storage for 24 hours.  
That means 54 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Your household refrigerator 40 to 45 degrees F)

Cut your stems every day and replace water. 

Have a great week ahead, dear Friends. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Everyone knows that I love flowers.

But then . . . 

There is that special day 
when I love chocolates best of all.  

Happy Valentine's Day, dear friends. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Should I or shouldn't I.

Remove stamens from Lilies.

At this stage, inside the bud, they can't do any harm.

Many a wedding dress has been ruined by brushing up against a Lily with pollinated stamens.

It has been noticed that Lilies last longer if stamens are removed. 

But they look so empty.

So, I'm making my own rules.

The stamens will be left intact if there isn't a chance for them to brush up against nearby fabric. 

What do YOU think?  

Have a great remainder of the week, dear friends,


Monday, February 6, 2017

The Ginkgo leaf

What does a Ginkgo Tree, A May Bug and a Sago Palm have in common? 

They all appear in today's post written by my charming friend  Rosemary
from England,  

I don't have a Ginkgo tree (anymore).

But that doesn't stop me from painting them onto dinner plates. 

And my bugs are happily ensconced on top of painted leaves.  

Have a great week dear friends, 


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pousadas, historic Inns of Portugal

If you love to travel in style
then staying at a Pousada is your ticket.

Pousadas are an exclusive chain of historic hotels.

Luxurious Inns, often renovated castles, monasteries and palaces.

They were created in the forties by the Portuguese government to help the economy of otherwise forgotten medieval villages and, of course, preserve the historic structures, their national treasures. 

Should you take a little excursion into Spain, similar accommodations exist in Spain where they are called Paradores. 

Often, Pousadas and Paradores are situated on hilltops (defense posts in earlier times) where they can be seen from the valley floor a long distance away, saving you the hassle of searching for the next stopover.  

Regional cuisine is often served at these historic inns.

You are transported through eight centuries of history.

Hotel Bussaco

Many years ago, we traveled through Portugal by car and visited many Pousadas.  We didn't need reservations then.  Pousadas have become very popular and reservations are recommended. 

So much of the old and historic has been honored while guests enjoy every comfort. 
Every single space has been renovated to a standard of the highest luxury.  

Of course I have picked most of our hotels which have preserved the tradition of hand painted tiles. 

This will be our first night's stopover, the Pousada Convento Evora.

The perfect hotel to rest up after a long flight

Can't think of a better place to become re-acquainted with beautiful and historic Portugal.

Wishing you a great week ahead. 


Friday, January 13, 2017

Tulips say the darndest things.

Don't they. 

They stretch and grow in all directions. 

They are talking to you. 

They keep on growing. Don't they know that part of them was left behind?

Some like to show off their faces.

And some like to hide their faces. 

Will they come up again this Spring? 

They will have to work very hard to come through all this snow. 

Have a wonderful weekend dear friends, 
and stay warm. 


Saturday, January 7, 2017

There will be more

Snow, that is

The horse trough fountain is without water,  the Christmas tree has lost its splendor.

Only a little puddle is open, the rest of the pond has frozen over.   The geese and most of the ducks have left. 

Looks lonesome doesn't it. It isn't.

As soon as the sun comes out the world changes.

Have to clear the snow from the windows. 
The greenhouse is heated only by the sun.  

The rest of the snow has melted from the glass. 

That is where my geraniums live during the cold months. 
Some of them are more than 20 years old. 

My greenhouse has blue walls...
they absorb the sun's rays and give off the heat at night. 


Petunias are like geraniums, they never stop blooming.

One of my most favorite greenhouse flowers are the Nasturtiums.  
They don't ask for much, a little water now and then, that's all. 

Iceland Poppies are easy.  I make sure that I plant a few in pots so that I can bring them inside.  

Many species of cacti. 

In other words, I can have flowers all winter,
even if only a little petite bouquet. 

Stay warm dear friends,