Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

We'll celebrate New Year's Eve with a look at the last of our three Longwood Christmases Past. I see I skipped 2012 in the last post, so we'll celebrate the coming of 2015 with pictures from 2012. Which is fine. Lots of stars that year!
The New Year is ahead.
What will we see?
(This room was done up as a "gentleman's study" at Christmastime.)

Shoot for the stars!

Stars on trees:



And in the Mediterranean Room...


This was striking:
And this:
Pink stars, pink roses:

My Rose of Roses. Happy New Year, darling!









Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Scrooge's ghosts managed to finish their work in one night; however, bloggers are slower. So, today we have the second of our Longwood Christmases past. I thought we should concentrate on the Pierce-Dupont House, which we enjoyed very much that year. It was the original dwelling when the Duponts bought the property, and they simply added on to it over the years, eventually constructing this conservatory between the two wings of the house. And this was the tree in the conservatory. 

Pine cones and lotus pods.
 
Many prettily decorated mantelpieces made a cozy atomosphere: 




 
Presents in the sitting room: 
 
And a sleepy sitter: 

A peaceful and blessed Christmas to you all!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ghosts of Christmases Past

It's Christmas! It must be, because the Flower Lady is making Christmas cookies. (Kind of looks like something from the Hubble Space Telescope, doesn't it?) Anyway, I'll stay out of the kitchen and we can time-travel back through some beautiful Longwood Christmases past. Scrooge had three ghosts, so let's do the last three Christmases. Today: 2011. 
 
Views of the East Conservatory.
 
 
I liked the amaryllis and the Dusty Miller. Later on in our walk they cutely slipped in the negative:
 
Wreaths: 
 
That's a big wreath.
 
How to decorate those pesky domed skylights: 
 
And I liked this tree:  
It's beautiful, but in a lovable, Charlie Brownish sort of way.

 
Happy decorating to all those still decorating!



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Believe it or not, it's been five years; yes, our first post was November 30, 2009, just before the Flower Lady's birthday. And here it is her birthday again. She hasn't aged a bit, I can tell you, but she has gotten busier than ever. Many more busy, creative years, my beautiful Flower Lady!




 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

White Thanksgiving

...featuring the dreaded snow-covered leaf pile. The Flower Lady and I hope you're in a warm place, giving thanks with friends and family!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Conceptual Cornucopia



For the holiday, the Flower Lady and her class made "conceptual cornucopias," cleverly using palm bark. Happy Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Just In

The Flower Lady presented this morning in a marquis venue of afficianados. I thought you would like to see her arrangements. The theme was "Transitioning from Fall to Christmas."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

There's been a lot of activity, floral and otherwise, this past summer, so let's just load up the tray and have a spin on the old Carousel:
Test arrangement for the FL's summer Floral Fun class. Note the "ice."
 
 
I like the kangaroo paws sticking out of this parallel arrangement.
 
More paws.
 
How's this for a clever use of materials? A garden gate made with tie-wraps.
 
Summer day, two-lane blacktop, one-lane bridge.
 
Why did the peacock...?
 
Home on the deck.
 
 
Formal arrangement.
 
Experiments and techniques:




 
Good inspiration:
 
Whew! Longest post ever, I think.