Saturday, October 13, 2007

Natural objects themselves...

Natural objects themselves,
even when they make no claim to beauty,
excite the feelings, and occupy the imagination.
Nature pleases, attracts, delights, merely because it is nature.
We recognize in it an Infinite Power.-

(Karl Wilhelm Freiherr von Humboldt)
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

mums, cabbage and pumpkins front of the house..


Widely believed to have originated in North America, pumpkins are now grown everywhere in the world except Antarctica.
Maybe their popularity can be at least partly attributed to their versatility. Nutritionally, pumpkins have no cholesterol and are a source of vitamins A and C. Even their seeds can be roasted or toasted for a tasty snack.
And ornamentally, pumpkins make great jack-o-lanterns and seasonal decorations.

Mums (Chrysanthemum spp.)
Garden mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) are especially hardy in the landscape and will survive winters in zone 3. Their stout stems and long-lasting flowers make them excellent fall cut flowers. Chrysanthemums bloom in a variety of colors including white, red, yellow, pink, and orange and the size and shape of the flower varies depending on the cultivar.
Pinching the mum plants back in early summer will result in a fuller,
bushier shape and more flowers in the fall.

Ornamental Cabbage –
These not-so-edible members of the kale family have highly ornamental foliage that is often bi-colored or tricoloured and tolerates cold weather very well.
The large, ruffled and brightly coloured leaves look almost like colored flowers and are perfect for the fall container or garden.
These autumn stars can be eaten but are much more bitter than traditional kale, cabbage and broccoli.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

hydrangea wreath for the front entrance

Wreaths have been a favorite form of decoration ever since the ancient
Greeks honored their heroes with crowns of laurel. More recently, we’ve
adopted the wreath as a traditional symbol of welcome during the holidays,
and increasingly, all year long. As the popularity of wreaths grows, so too
does the interest in creating them. Many people are discovering the satisfaction
of making wreaths of their own rather than buying them ready-made.
Wreaths can be made from many different materials creating
wreaths using natural plant materials,
from cedar cones to magnolia leaves.
Today I created a new wreath using pink, blue and ligh green hydrangea flowers as well as sage leaves as contrast.