My Valentines Way

Valentines day is right around the corner, and as a florist my view is not so pretty. With high gouge prices and less than perfect product, it’s sometimes hard to provide quality to clients. My best advise is save the roses for a birthday or anniversary. On valentines day buy a beautiful plant. My choice is an orchid; normally they are expensive but on Valentines day they are less than roses. Most people say orchids are too hard to take care of, but after many years of trial and error and visiting orchid growers I have found the easy keys to keeping mine alive for several years now. So for this Valentine, I am here to share with you the tricks and tips to making this plant a part of your Family. Here is a step-by-step to repotting your orchid when your special someone brings yours to you. Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for the most secretive, crazy but proven way to get yours to re-bloom.

 

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Step 1:  You need a ceramic pot, plastic cup, watering can and a bark/charcoal orchid mix (buy at local greenhouse or online)

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Step 2: Orchids do not like to be in soil. Many places that sell you orchids will ship them in soil to help last until the destination. Please, buy a bark/charcoal orchid mix. The roots need to breath and stay away from too much moisture.  img_1720

Step 3: turn your plastic cup upside down to make a platform for your orchid to sit on.

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Step 4: If your orchid has dead dried roots cut them off so the new growth has room.

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Step 5: Gently set the mass/cluster of roots on top of the plastic cup and let them cascade down to the bottom of the pot.

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Step 6: Fill in and around the roots with the bark until it reaches the top of the pot

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Step7: water so that the water flows down to the bottom of the pot. As the water evaporates the roots will soak in the water from the humidity in the air. Don’t fill up to where the roots are, just below. Orchid come from humid hot places. I’ve learned the hard way to not follow the “set an ice cube on the roots”, you just end up with frozen and dead roots. Follow these steps and you won’t have to worry about watering.  The leaves will tell you when it needs water by starting to droop.

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Step 9: I fertilize with a orchid food or flowering plant food once a year and only when the plant is not blooming.

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The secret, and proven trick, to getting a orchid to re-bloom came straight from a orchid grower. When asked, she said, “Orchids are a very jealous plant. Stick a silk or fake stem of orchid flowers in with the beautiful green leaves and it will start to re-bloom.” I’ve shared this trick with many friends and it truly works. Just keep your plant watered, don’t move it from its well lit space and it will stay very happy.

Happy Planting

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Winter Blue Cure with Herbs

The slower months of January- April are hard on those of us who crave the color green and all the vivid blooms it brings. Living in the midwest where we experience all the four seasons to it fullest. We go through a time of sadness, grey and dormant between the bright white soft drifts of snow. So creating a celebration luncheon with cheerful friends and family may be in order. So start with this Herb filled table runner with gift of seed for everyone invited. Here is the how-to of putting this spread on and enjoying it through out all those dreary cold months ahead.

  1. Start by buying local grown mix of potted 4 inch pots of herbs from your local greenhouse. We used Heartland Nursery or many local grocery store carry them.

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2. We purchases 3 long cedar wood boxes with plastic liners. The liners are most important. If you need to make your own, you can seal them up with a seal spray or heavy duty garbage bag cut to fit all the way up the sides to the top of the box.

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3. See photo for the liner to the rim of the box. img_1679

4. place 3 pots into the lined box side by side of different types of herbs.

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5. Water in between the pots so the water falls to the bottom and the plant drink from there.

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6. Herbs like moist soil and dry out quickly so check the dirt at the top soil every day and keep moist. Especially basil (don’t let it dry out) Keep them in a well lit window and they will last all season and be a perfect addition to all your dinners.

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8. We added guest favors on each plate .Packets of seeded herbs for our guests to take home and plant for their gardens.

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9. Here are the links for these cute. Free Printable seed cards (just add your seeds).

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10. This one is the one we used for this dinner. Free Printable seed packet/add your seeds

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Set your plate setting…

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add your herbs, food, drink and enjoy.

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Solis Romance

Jessica and Jose wedding day was filled with so much happiness and delight. The hot day in July was filled with family and friends who gathered around for all the laughter and fun that these two brought. Laced with pink and white and draped with hanging strains of lilies for a backdrop that reflected the setting sun it was truly a day to remember. Held on the grounds of the historic Longview Mansion and photographed by Picturesque . Naked cake by Sweet Treats by Cassie. Congrats to this amazing couple.

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Courtyard and Secret Gardens

Michaela and Matthew had a lovely day for a weddings. Filled with beauty and grandeur they graced the steps of the stunning Longview Mansion. Blush, pink and golds filled her color palette and succulents, protea and greens filled her bouquet and table arrangements. Captured by Sharaya Mauck Photography. The night ended with a gorgeous floating lantern send off.  Congrats to this wonderful Couple. Take a look and tell us what you think?

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Wedding Location: Longview Mansion

Invitations: Minted

Wedding Dress and Store: Savvy | Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang | David’s Bridal

Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse

Shoes: Schutz

Hair: Amanda

Make Up: Jolie Artistry

Rings: Rosados Box

Florist: Victorian Gardens

Cake:Sugar Beats Bake Shop

Event Rentals: Ultrapom

DJ: Two Guys a Girl and some speakers

Vintage Grace

Keera and I met at a wedding that we worked together earlier this year. Her video work blew me away and she is the sweetest person on the planet.  So imagine my delight when she contacted me to work with her on her wedding. Keera and Jacob were married in a small ceremony on her parents property. The intimate gathering of close family and friends on the back patio and field were the perfect touch for this couple’s love of simplicity. Keera’s favorite flower is the iris and getting to add these into her decor was something uniquely different and we were so excited with the results. A rich palette of gold, blue and neutrals decorated the day and as the evening set in and the air grew crisp her black leather jacket added a touch of flair. These adorable memories were captured by Christian Gideon Photography  A perfect ending to a perfect day. k32keerak15k2k6k34k20k21k7keerak24-1k25-1k40k13k8k18k28k33k3k10k27k14k35k22k26k38k39

 

DIY Christmas Garland

This is the week of Christmas. We are prepping and preparing for a warm home full of family and friends. One way to bring in the scent of christmas is a fresh garland for your mantel. We demo one for you this week that is easy and quick to spruce up your home.

Gather these items to start:

  • Mix of Greens ( great to get at local stores or christmas tree farms)
  • Rope or twine
  • spool wire (gage 22″)
  • Wire cutters
  • Shears

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Lets Begin

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1.  Start by cutting green pieces about 5 inches in length IMG_0535

2. Make piles of all your greens for easy access as you create

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3. Measure your mantel with rope or twine and make sure to account for draping on each side if you like.

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4. Cluster 3-4 stems together and tie off with wire.

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5. Add your twine in to keep your length and for extra security in your structure.

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6. Keep bundling 4-5 stems at a time and add to the exposed stems on the twine.

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7. When you have reached the end of your twine tie the last bundle in the opposite direction to cover the exposed stems and for a finished look

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Drape across your mantle and enjoy..

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We added a potted white amaranths along with our glitter dear

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Potted white Poinsettia and paperweight bulbs.

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Leftover greens make a great addition in a mercury glass vase of water.

 

Merry Christmas from our Family to yours.

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