The Gift That Keeps Giving

By on Nov 29, 2019 in Christmas |

Legend has it there are Schlumbergera, better known as Christmas or Holiday cactus that become family heirlooms passed on from generation to generation. The gift that keeps giving. I know this to be true and it creates pressure for those receiving the inheritance. You don’t want to be the one breaking the cycle of care for the beloved family species. In the wild, the species of Schlumbergera grow either on trees (epiphytic) or on rocks making them very different from what you would normally consider a cactus. The stems are composed of segments. The segments are strongly flattened cladodes which means a flattened leaf-like stem with “wings.” The modern genus Schlumbergera is credited to Charles Lemaire in the mid 1800’s. It is named after Frédéric Schlumberger, who had a collection of cacti at his chateau near Rouen France.  

Those were the days my friend

By on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas |

It’s November. A walk through the garden causes a longing for the way thing’s used to be. The leaves rustle under my feet. Frozen foliage hangs from what once were perennials in all their glory. I approach the Hydrangeas soon to be simply sticks in the snow as the foliage hangs limp from the stems. The once bright flowers now brown and brittle. My camera focuses on a lacecap Hydrangea that has seen better days. I sing the tune while focusing my camera. “Those were the days my friends, we thought they’d never end, we’d sing and dance forever and a day.” In a melancholy moment I scold myself not to be such a sentimental sap. It is the season of evergreens. The aroma of boughs linger in the air. What would we do without pinene and the mood enhancing goodness of conifer branches. The evergreens scoff at Jack Frost and the bitter cold to be the...

Creating Mythical Holiday Scandinavian Characters with Evergreen Boughs

By on Nov 5, 2019 in Christmas |

Follow along with this video where I use evergreen boughs, tomato towers and other components to create Tomte or Nisse characters to celebrate the holidays and winter solstice!

Be Holidazzled

By on Oct 31, 2019 in Christmas |

Think Outside the Box….Natural Christmas Window Boxes

By on Oct 31, 2018 in Christmas, General |

For natural beautiful Christmas and Holiday Window Boxes that you can enjoy both outside and from inside the home….November to March….think outside the box! Watch my video and thank you very mulch. Merry Christmas!

Rick Doug and Kristi Interpretive reading of Pick a Pine Tree

By on Dec 13, 2017 in Christmas |