lovely lavender: any tips for making it thrive in the south?

April 29, 2014

When it comes to landscaping, I tend to stick with what has proven successful in the past: plants, flowers and perennials that are drought-resistant, low maintenance and high drama.  These have worked so well for me in the past that I haven’t been all that open to branching out and trying new varieties of plants. …

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fiddle leaf fig – would you go faux?

February 13, 2014

Everyone loves the fiddle leaf fig; with its gorgeous waxy, emerald leaves it’s easy to see why –  it adds color, texture and interest to any space, but despite their popularity, they can be difficult to find and are a tad on the pricey side when you do.  I picked up this one below from…

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horse play

May 21, 2013

Sometimes, the most utilitarian items turn out to make the most dramatic statement…take galvanized water troughs, for example.  When turned into containers brimming with flowers and plants, watering tubs for horses suddenly become a bold, welcoming statement on front porches and soften the lines of decks and patios.  While this is anything but a new…

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topiary love

April 11, 2013

I stopped in to my favorite local florist yesterday to pick up some fresh flowers to stage a recently completed project, and the most amazing table of different sized myrtle topiaries in crusty terra cotta pots literally stopped me in my tracks!  I have always admired myrtle topiaries-they look so beautiful clustered together for an…

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quick fix for leftover trimmings from the tree

November 28, 2012

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway yesterday; I can’t wait to announce a winner this Friday!  We always get a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and this year was no exception.  There are always a handful of extra branches that get trimmed off the bottom of the tree to fit it into…

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staghorn fern

June 11, 2012

If you’re looking for a dramatic focal point for your garden, porch or deck, try a staghorn fern!  Ever since I saw Steven Gambrel’s amazing collection on his porch, I’ve been obsessed with them. They grow in nature on trees, and I’ve seen them mounted on pieces of driftwood, but my favorite is mounted on…

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needle palms in whiskey barrels

June 7, 2012

One of my best friends and her family are heading over from Australia this weekend to stay with us for the next week and a half, and I CANNOT wait to see them!  It’s actually a great excuse to focus on my own home, for once, and cross some items off my seemingly never-ending to-do…

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May 28, 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  The hubby and I hightailed it down to Charleston for the four-day weekend for some relaxation, house stalking and amazing food and drinks…Charleston, as always, did not disappoint!  No matter how many times I visit this charming seaside city, I fall in love with it…

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connecticut stunner

May 16, 2012

When we built our home, we had the builder dig beds around the entire house, but leave the landscaping to us.  Over the past two years, I’ve added quite a few bushes, trees and ground cover, which are all filling in so nicely, but every year around this time, I get a little crazy about…

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my fiddle leaf friend

April 12, 2012

I finally found a use for that seagrass basket I scored a few months back and hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it alive!  Passing through the greenhouse section at Home Depot yesterday, I almost missed an entire section of Fiddle Leaf Figs on sale for $10 – they are hard to come by here…

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