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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.

Monday, November 10, 2014

D.I.Y. Topiary From Cuttings, and Flowers

*I felt like having topiary's. They are enchanting my heart again. I have a few outside but wanted some inside. I knew there must be a way to make some and do it simply, and I did. I used whatever I have growing here on the property, and cutting and shaping it into topiary ball shape, somewhat :D, inserting into an urn or pretty container filled with rocks, crystals, pebbles, marbles etc, and water, and I have topiary's.
You too can make some out of something you have growing.

I have a bush called Thryalis which has fragrant yellow blossoms, and the stems are woody. I went through the stems for length and a roughly roundish head and I cut it, trimmed it and inserted into pots.  This is the first one I did, then I wanted more. :D      How adorable is this?!


 I love odd shapes, not perfect balls, a little bit Nature, when some rogue branches simply must break through forced structure? alot like me :D

 This one sits on the Vanity, its about a foot high. As long as its in water it will do well for a time.


 I love this little guy :D



I wanted more. :D:D:D So I went out and cut three long stems of coleus which I have plenty of, and tied them together at the ''head'', trimmed the lower leaves which were only few, and filled another container with rocks and water, added a stake and tied it.

 I had two of the same containers so I did another one lolol....these two are sitting on the mantle.

I wonder what You have around that you can cut and shape into topiary and put into a nice urn or container?? get imaginative and see what you can come up with. I'd love to see. You can make much larger ones, or much smaller ones....they are all adorable.
I want to do a couple more and line the top with moss....I LOVE moss! Laying on top of the rocks in water will do them well too, for a spell......indoors.

Some random pics of flowers and things that are moving my Spirit......

I moved this vase of dried baby's breath from my bureau to the middle room, and I LOVE how the sun hits them and the little beaded garland which you can't see, mimics them, there is something magical here which can not be created but just happens

 I will explain these pretty jewel tone little boxes in a minute......

I refreshed the plumosa fern I keep in a very tall apothecary jar, and these ones have tiny tiny white flowers. I tried to capture them but they didn't come out, but the wildness and airy lightness of this whimsical fairy fern takes my breath away.

 spray roses and musaenda, rosemary and coleus

Is there any such thing as too many pictures of lavender roses in a silver pitcher??!  I didn't think so :D

 I was keeping tall palm fronds in a vase here but I didn't like it lately. I figured a nice living houseplant with flowers would do well, and I love the peace lily.....such huge elegant blooms! Into a Chinese planter which I wasn't doing anything with, perfect when that happens!

 An odd thing.....I am taking supplements again, and they are helping, but all those ugly plastic jars with odd labels and print makes me dizzy and I don't like seeing them laying around. John found these beautiful trinket boxes a couple years ago and brought them home for me because I have a large jewelry box given for a Christmas present that match them.

I never found a good use for them until now.....I use them to keep my vitamins and now I actually take them every day because it is such a pretty thing to do lolol.......

I was taking only 4 supplements but then I added one more and didn't have a box for them, ugh....:D until yesterday, when I found a small mercury glass trinket box. It is NOT for food only decor but I needed it for my vitamins so I lined it with a silver doiley, and it works just perfectly......



Hope this gives you Pretty Ideas.
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  1. I was so thrilled to see your post tonite! Hadn't seen or received it in my email for months, so very pleased indeed. Hope you are well and having a lovely Autumn, and the pics are lovely!!

    1. oh Hi there! Nice to see you back. Yes often, too often people tell me they are not getting my posts in their emails and they have to unsign up, then sign up again, and then it ''sometimes'' works. But now you have several posts to go through so it should be some fun lolol.

  2. First and foremost, I so admire your Gift of Imagination. Meaning, your inborn ability to "see" how something will look. It is an inborn Gift, it seems.

    Then again, perhaps a lot of people, are born with it. But growing up, kind of knocks it out of us. In the same way, that little children have vivid imaginations. Which they forget, after adults keep "requesting" that they "grow up." :-)

    You must be so Grateful to yourself, for never allowing your Imagination and ability to See What Could Be, to be "adult-ed" out of you.

    And thank you, for sharing it here, with us.

    Gentle hugs,

    1. what beautiful thoughts and sentiments dear Tessa.....I LOVE how you say I didn't get Seeing What Could Be ''adult-ed'' out of me.....yes......or ''adult-erated'' I use that term? I can see things finished in my mind when nothing of it exists yet. I also learned at a very young age that so called adults and sanity were both relative ideologies as well as elusive and by the time I was 10 yrs old vowed to keep my self to my self and not let them ''train'' me into being like them. I did well for the most part except when the 'entrainment' happens because it is slow it is insidious.....but I try to correct that as soon as I see it. Thanks for being here. :-)

  3. Oh dear, how many incredibly beautiful touches of Mother Nature you have spreaded around your home! I adored the topiaries (especially the ones on your mantle), was amazed by the dreamy look of the plumosa fern, and completely fell for your lavender roses in the silver pitcher... Your "medicine" definitely did work again, Anam Cara: my Soul is refreshed and serene after watching your lovely pics!!! (they will never EVER be too many :D )
    Warmest hugs and blessings,

    1. I am so glad my little blog can do that for you. You must be doing your law practice? I look forward to one of your long emails again.
      hugs always.

  4. Oh my Serena......this post surely is a RETURN TO LOVELINESS!! I never thought of making a coleus into a tall topiary.....and who ever dreamed they would keep in water. I'm going to try some of these great ideas here in the "land of sunshine".

    Stay well...



  5. All your plants look so pretty and bring life into your house. I love the Baby's breath--it does look magical! Your posts are always beautiful :)

  6. all beautiful but that fern fills me with joy!

  7. Ah! Such is almost overwhelming...I get so emotional....dear Enchantress, seeing how you have created these whimsical and luscious topiaries...your creativity exhilarates me!
    As you know, I'm up in the "tundra", but right now I have greenery inside...including a hibiscus which keeps blossoming...stunning coral-colored blooms....yay... :)
    No lemons yet, but it's on my wish are your lemons doing?
    And the photo of your gorgeous linens...Victoria magazine heaven...
    What a clever and gorgeous idea for vitamins!
    Ok...on to your newer posts and more joy...

    1. I am so glad I can touch your beauty on the inside, what an honour.
      My lemons are doing very well, they are all yellow now and ready, a beautiful thing.
      lolol, so glad I can bring you any joy, thank you as always, for visiting and sharing your inner vivaciousness.


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