Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Exterior Flower Box Arrangement - Welcoming the Holiday Season

Jumping from Halloween into Christmas. Where does time go?!

My house colours lend themselves well to those of a traditional Christmas.
Here is a flower box I purchased at my local thrift and vintage store Pass It On a few seasons ago. You can see the before and after transformation here.

Replacing a summer arrangement with a winter one.
Remove all the wilted and dead plants and shrubs from summer, but leave the hearth. Cut a piece of chicken wire about the size of the opening of the box, but add a few more inches all around. Fit it in the box above the hearth so it bellows upwards. Both the hearth and the chicken wire will help support and secure the branches of the winter arrangement.
Fir and yew greenery cut from our trees and shrubs was the foundation of the arrangement.
I added faux frosted berry branches...

 pine cone blooms...
sparkly branches... 
 sparkly cherries and
red peonies.

Many of my accessories are handmade and recycled from previous years, others are found at second-hand stores and redesigned to suit my needs. A few are purchased new at clearance prices.

Add water to keep the greenery fresh; it will freeze as winter gets colder. This will make the arrangement withstand the brutal winds we often get during wintertime.

A welcoming sight for the holiday season.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Miss Havisham's Great Disappointment

A Victorian spirit, returning at night, 
 A ghostly visit, in wedding gown white. 
 Dirty and ripped, a frightening sight. 

 Moaning and crying, floating around, 
 The dining room table, she can always be found, 
 Looking for something, three-tiered and round. 

 Her dark broken heart, has turned to dust. 
 Left at the alter, promises lost. 
 Vengeance on men, she no longer trusts. 

Beware gentlemen, of Miss Havisham. 
 Brian, as well, beware of this femme. 
 In her sick mind, the males are all damned. 

 Set ablaze, her wedding attire, 
 Up in flames, her mansion hellfire, 
 Her ghostly figure, forever bemired.

Hope you had a fun Halloween.

Autumn Colours at the DV

I'm late in posting this subject, but some autumn colours from the DV could cheer up this grey and cold day. The autumn raspberries were big, beautiful and abundant compared to the summer crop. 

Below are some shots of my last blooms to offer their vibrant colours before the cold, wet and frosty days settled on our little town. Appropriate backdrop for Mis Havisham's Halloween apparition.