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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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Greens and Happy Solstice

Hello Missy Pammie and Blogland,

I was gifted a card by my friend Pammie, from Jackie Lawson.....the best cards in the universe in my humble opinion, and I was inspired to make something. One led to two, to three, etc, you know how it goes....when it flows :D

I just wanted to post for Pammie the inspiration and to say thank you so very much for your ever present lovingness, distant as it is with you on the other side of the planet......for the cards....such thoughtfulness and usually in the very knick of time........
and to everyone else, a lovely Merry Christmas to you all.

Pammie, one urn got coleus cuttings in Christmas colors with a cutting from the Pink Poinsettia I just picked up today......I added ivy.....that was the point, were the poinsettias with ivy, or amaryllis with ivy.....but all of my amaryllis bulbs did not flower this year, maybe next year.

 This is a Lemon Cypress topiary in almost lime green. I've never seen it in this color but it is lovely.

The goldish pinkish poinsettia I picked up this morning to put into an empty jar.

 These lemons, sweet potatoe vine and magenta coleus are happy family here and I had to take another pic of them....

 The middle room got a little Christmas "tree" with cuttings in a mercury urn, moss on a stick as I call them lolol, and birds.....simple.


And for the inspiration Pammie, the lovely moss covered urn with ivy and poinsettias I happen to have growing in a corner no one sees.....



 Happy dance Pammie, don't know how much making pots, arrangements, and gardening makes makes life worth living, and today, to make something that enchanted me so much, and to think I had everything already, and didn't think to put it together myself! This is why gardening is always, always, a learning curve, and inspiration the ever invited surprise. Thank you so much! :D:D:D

Happy Solstice.


Friday, December 19, 2014

A Simple and Quiet Season

Seasons Greetings Lovelies,

Just wanting to share some pictures I took around the house and gardens, seasonal things and some just for fun.

I only knew I wanted fresh greenery for the season, nothing too decorated, just fresh greens. It is a quiet sense of purity and livingness I love. I found all the greenery I needed in Trader Joe's on my first visit there, what a joyful day that was! ;D

Window boxes planted with baby plants, pansies, ivy, begonias, coleus and sweet potatoe vine cuttings, and fern.This should take all season to fill out which will be really nice.


My Secret Garden beneath my bedroom window. Finally I think I got it right with the right plants for the right lighting, these should stay small.

 I love the pink poinsettias with the plum coleus together.

I wanted pinks, plums, and silver colors.

The Christmas not what I would have bought, and I got a bit depressed when I saw it. The housemate got this and I didn't think I could redeem it, but I frosted it, added a strand of lights and a few glass balls......glittered pine cones around the base. I will always have pine cones around, I just love them.

The very long.....11 feet long.  I added an extra strand of lights, a boxwood wreath with simple snowflakes on it, Hebe Cupressoides evergreens, and pine garland. 


 I didn't do much this season, but I did want the bottle brush trees out, I just love them.

After looking at the trees for a week I decided one day to glitter a few of them, am glad I did! Nothing like sparkle!! :D


My room got a small tree as last year. But the new thing is an adorable Victorian Santa in Pinks from the thrift store.

 He appears to be singing :D.........and he himself seems to be decked with all kinds of things! I didn't need much more...I still have yet to investigate all he is carrying on him.

Even from the back he is resplendent :D....glitter and him.

A beautiful small flowering plant, Winter Wonder campanula.....Trader Joe's carries different things I love to see.

Outside the front veggie patch is doing great. The orange tree finally got planted and around it I planted mustards which are giant now, the collards in the back growing slowly but can grow to 6 feet like the last ones I had and last a few years. And in the front are 4 cabbages doing very nicely....the lush healthy greenery makes me so happy, and I love juicing them.

I love the pink poinsettias so much I bought extra to make hanging baskets for the front porch.

In the back yard where I used to have full sun even in the winter, I realized the mango tree grew so much the past year it shades the entire back yard now, so it will have to be trimmed to have the sun I need to grow the veggies and flowers I want. I bought all heirloom seeds, but they have to wait until the tree is trimmed.
The rabbits were eating everything I planted and I had to cover the cabbages here with cloches. 


 This is my favorite hanging basket now, it is rather big, maybe 22 inches across. I love the colors.

Thanks for visiting.
 I wish for you all a healthy and happy, peaceful and abundant season and Holiday.

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