Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Flower Bouquet Arranging from My Garden

Well hello there readers! Yesterday I had the idea to collect some of the fabulous blooms from my flower garden and to try to turn them into some arrangements to decorate my home. How did they turn out? Well, that’s up to you to judge. But I think they came out quite pretty given the limited flowers which I had to choose from.

Selecting the Blooms

I began my little project by picking all the “pretty” blooms and filler plants from my garden. I didn’t really plan anything out to begin with— and I also picked blooms that wouldn’t necessarily go well together. Hydrangeas, bachelor-buttons, daisies, violas, gaillardias, ferns, arborvitae, etc. all made it into my mix.

flowers

Arranging the Bouquets

I began my arrangement by randomly sticking certain flowers together to see what would go together well visually. I first noticed that the pink of the cone flowers matched the pink edges of my lime hydrangeas well. I later decided they would make a splendid bouquet when stuffed in  a tall clear glass vase with some Japanese ferns as filler.

hydrangea bouquet

For the next arrangement I grouped together all the brighter flowers: gaillardias, daisies, echinacea, and bachelor-buttons; and put them in their own brightly colored vase. This arrangement is just the hint of color that my living room was needing.

 

For the next few arrangements, I kind of cheated and used only one type of flower  per bouquet…. First the black violas (or pansies…. whatever they are 🙂 ) were placed in their own bud vase. Then I decided to put my sole zinnia in a vase on its own as well. Though simple, I think both add some much needed elegance to my living room:

black violas

zinnia

Well, that’s all that was picked from the garden for now. I can’t wait until more of my flowers bloom so they too can join my love of flower arranging. Until next time!

Dusting off my Cat Hat-Making Supplies

It had been awhile since I’ve made a cat hat, or any kind of hat actually. That all changed this week when I was commissioned to make a fabulous planetary fascinator (for a person!) based upon my planetary cat hat from a few months ago. “What? You do not design hats for humans!” you might be saying…… Alas, this was a special case. A girl named Stephanie Yuhas contacted me about needing a hat for the Philadelphia Geek Awards. Normally I say no to all human-hat requests….. but this one I decided to make an exception on. After all, who am I to deny my one of my fellow nerds and geeks proper head attire for her very worthy awards ceremony? Here is how my hat came out:

Here is a better picture of just the hat (not being modeled on someone’s head)

And here is a picture of the original on Mr. Notso Fluffy!

Planetary Cat Hat

I think Stephanie’s hat came out quite well considering what she asked for and its purpose. I can just imagine this thing parading around the Geek Awards in all its nerdy glory. Ha! I have designed some other hats for humans in the past– here is a picture of a Birthday bucket that I designed for one of my friends about 10 years ago (Fluffy thought it tasted wonderful)

I don’t think I’ll be doing many more “human fascinators” in the near future, but I certainly have had fun making the few I have. Perhaps I might be motivated to make a few cat hats again soon. Perhaps!

Neighborhood Flower Garden Inspiration

Some of my favorite places to get garden inspiration for my own yard are in the yards of my neighbors.  I enjoy looking at my neighbors yards and trying to guess what they have planted before they get flowers on them. From brightly colored annuals to unusual perennials, you never know what is going to bloom at what time. Sometimes I guess right…. others I have no clue. Here are some photos of my recent garden explorations…. Enjoy!

Pansies

Pansies & Chain link

Though I often cringe at the sight of chain link fence, it does create a nice juxtaposition of cold steel next to these delicate pansies. Not all chain link fence has to look horrible 🙂

Garden Inspiration – Fence Line

I have not bothered to plant anything along our front fence line yet, but that might have to change. I think these pretty yellow flowers along my neighbor’s fence are just the garden inspiration I need to start on my own.

Johnny Jump-Ups

I used to treat Johnny Jump-Ups as if they were weeds— but seeing this planter that was over-run with them in my neighbor’s yard has made me think twice. Perhaps they are pretty in their own right…. and perhaps I should stop pulling them out of my garden so readily.

Lily of the Valley

The above picture is what I wish my Lily of the Valley looked like— unfortunately mine is much more sparse. My neighbor’s version serves as proof of how they look once they are mature enough….. I will just have to be more patient! (Not my strong suit)

Neighbor’s Coreopsis

I’m not sure why the photo of the coreopsis above looks so different than the one below. 99% of all the coreopsis that are growing in my area look like the one above. Not sure how I got the one different species that it is possible to grow in this area, but somehow I did.

My Coreopsis

Well, that’s all the garden fun for now! I’ll share some more photos this week of some of my other garden successes— it’s been a good year so far.

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