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Using Mini Calla Lilies to trim a bowl

MiniCallaBowl-CaboWhile in Cabo San Lucas in Dec 2012 I visited the Mini Calla Lily farm, Golden State Bulb Growers De Baja. I took one of the bunches of mini callas and created a video for you, using the mini callas to trim a decorative bowl that we had in our hotel room. I hope you enjoy this FREE video.

Winter Wreaths

Wreaths have become a very popular decoration and are no longer just seen at Christmas time. If you are looking to keep a wreath up for the winter months, there are a number of different things that you can incorporate into your wreath to take it from a Christmasy feel to a lovely way to brighten up dreary winter days.

There are a wide variety of add ons that can bring texture and color to your wreath. Pine cones are among the most popular, but also consider adding acorns or lotus seed pods. Pecans make an interesting addition as well. Berries and fruit always made for a great addition to a wreath. Holly berries and a great splash of color, but you might also want to consider adding was myrtle berries, Nandina berries or even sweet gum balls.

Some other interesting things to add to a winter wreath include mistletoe, hydrangea blooms, rose hips, pyracantha, and even magnolia pods. Preserved ivy, eucalyptus or boxwood leaves can also dress up a plain evergreen winter wreath.

Safety Tips for Decorating With Live Greenery

Nothing smells better than fresh evergreens at Christmas time. The heady scents of pine is one of the most recognized scent of the season. But unlike decorating with fresh flowers, there are some precautions that you should always keep in mind when decorating with live evergreens.

First and foremost, keep an eye on the moisture level of your evergreens. The best way to check this is to bend the needles. If they are flexible and do not break when you bend them, then your evergreen foliage still has a good moisture level. Evergreens can dry quickly. Brown or shedding needles is one of the first signs that your greenery needs to be changed out or removed all together to prevent a fire hazard. So other tips to keep in mind are to not put fresh greenery need space heaters or heater vents. You should also avoid placing them in sunny windows.

This also is true for greenery that you might use outdoors. Fresh wreaths can be susceptible to over drying and a possible fire hazard if they are on a glass door in direct sunlight for most of the day.

Flower Arranging Tip – Cleaning Vases and Buckets

Hi There,

I’m often asked if there is something special that needs to be done to clean vases and buckets used for floral arrangements.  And, the answer is YES.  I like to use Clorox Clean Up for all my vases and buckets.  I also use a toilet brush (only used for my buckets) and a dish washing brush (only used for my vases) to clean my vases.

You can also make a solution yourself of a watered down bleach.  Just use bleach with a little water added to it.  Rinse out the buckets and vases really well and let them dry naturally or dry them out with a towel or paper towel.

Think Outside of the Box

Hi There,

So, when you are thinking about flower arranging, there is absolutely no good reason not to think about unusual containers for holding flowers.  I mean things like shoes, boxes, jewelry boxes, jars, drinking glasses of all shapes and sizes including margarita glasses, martini glasses, wine glasses and specialty shaped glasses.  Just remember if choosing a container like a shoe, you’ll have to use a liner or something else to hold the floral foam and water….you wouldn’t put floral foam or water right into a shoe….did I need to say that???

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