April 13, 2014

Spring Planter Ideas

Facing empty containers or the last vestige of winter? Those of us in the colder zones, 6 most of you, definitely 3, 4 and 5, have been hit hard this winter and are in a spirit lifting mode. Nothing enchances an outlook like getting our hands in the soil, lovingly planting and nurturing these seasonal annuals and bulbs. Smiles abound!
My favorite is the Tulip; great color and shapes, elegantly simple with much needed height in your composition
Alas, they are very short lived, one hot day.....finished. As we head out next week to plant clients spring containers, we will be armed with faux Tulips. These above are called 'Real Touch' as they oddly feel lifelike, in addition to looking lifelike. Being plastic however, they can withstand the elements, re-using each Spring for 4-5 years!  Our in development on line shop, has the tulips. Want then NOW,  we can ship them to you immediately. Visit here

Let's examine these designs for inspiration......
Tulips with Pansies and Primrose, all in one color way
Only Tulips, in one color.
Exuberance with Tulips, Pansies, chartreuse foliaged Heuchera and Ivy (also cold hardy). I will often turn the faux Tulips into a downward fashion mirroring real ones.
Lily Pulitzer colors
Faux Tulips can "thrive" in shade with companions such as Maidenhair Fern and Cyclamen
Mixed with Daffodils, Primrose, mosses, Pussy Willow and Curly Willow sticks for height
 and textural interest. 
Why not create this arrangement that will last year after year versus using real? Stunning for an event but very short lived.
Happy Daffodils. Some day I want to live in a home with stone window surrounds
Pansies, Ivy and grass. Notice how the chosen colors are complimentary to the homes colors? A seamless blend. The favored pink tones of spring would have clashed.
Bellis Daisies. What a great look tucked in a basket
Rose colored Ranunculus and mini Daff's.
One never knows........sometimes nature has other ideas and gets there first.


We have a party coming up and will chat further next post. If nearby, hope you can come for fun and learning a new skill

Join us in welcoming....... 
Amy and Gene Howard from Memphis ! !

Just for us, this renowned interior designer, furniture designer and co-creator, with husband Gene, of the elegant decorative paint and finishing brand, 
    ‘AMY HOWARD, is coming to town! 
When........April 30th, Wednesday evening, 6:00pm
Where......Dunham Woods Riding Club Wayne, Il.
What........An evening of fun and learning! After a meet and great, Amy will demo or discuss every product in her vast line;
‘One Step’ paint, Toscano paint, Spray lacquer, Zinc application, Antiquing mirrors, Eglomise, Gold & Silver
gilding, Bole, creating patina’s of age. And all that’s new!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques * Give-Aways * Discounts 
Buffet of savories, sweets, coffee.... $58.00 + cash bar
To reserve, call the shop; 630.232.1303 

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