Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winter bouquet fit for a Princess

A lush verdure bouquet of Princess Pine {sp.L. clavatum, genus lycopodium} with root system intact, collared with phalaenopisis orchid {sp. phalaenopsis amabilis} leaves and an accent of fresh cut Dutch white hydrangea {sp.H. macrophylla}. The bouquet is accented with copper bullion wire and a crystal pin.
Designed & Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Notes of Oakmoss & Amber

Autumn is definitely a unique time of year. People tend to want to snuggle and eat comfort foods. It's a time of gathering and sharing. There's so many things I look forward to when fall arrives. Nothing says romantic like a roaring fire with of course wool, fur and flannel blankets to nuzzle up in. One of my favorite things to do is spritz my pillows and blankets with an amazing vintage cologne. I'm in love with Coty's Aspen circa 1989.
Top Notes
Lemon, Bergamot, Mint.
Middle Notes
Lavender, Vetiver
Base Notes
Oakmoss, Amber.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Firecraker Firecracker Boom Boom Boom!

This slender-stemmed, multi-trunked tropical evergreen tree or large shrub, a native of Cuba, reaches 15 feet in height with an equal spread, and has unusual seven-inch-long leaves varying in shape from oblong, fiddle-shaped, or even-lobed (Fig. 1). The one-inch-wide red flowers are produced year-round in beautiful clusters held upright above the foliage and helps make Fire-cracker an interesting specimen plant. The seed capsules which follow hold several smooth, speckled, and toxic seeds, a fact which must be considered when placing this plant in the landscape; it should be kept out of the reach of children.