Tuesday, July 9, 2013
One of my favorite things in all the world is having fresh flowers in my home. Oh, I love fresh flowers.
Sometimes I'm blessed to have a gorgeous bouquet such as this one my husband brought me on our 28th wedding anniversary a few days ago:
Sometimes I'm blessed to have fresh flowers from the grocery store, and sometimes I'm blessed to have fresh flowers from my own yard.
But what about times like now, when I have no flowers blooming in my garden and no room in my grocery budget for flowers?
Well, inspired by Karianne from Thistlewood Farms, I've come up with a free solution.
Boxwood clippings, meet my living room.
Don't they add a lovely, fresh touch to the room?
For this spot, I wanted a fairly tall arrangement, so I cut long stems and arranged them in a vase. For other spots, I will probably place short stems in a shallow pot or other container.
These clippings stay fresh and beautiful for a long time. And when they do start to wither, I have a great source for more free clippings--right outside my front door!
By the way, these photos give you a sneak peek of my new living room. I'll be sharing the entire space with you as soon as it's complete. I thought it would be done long before now, but we've run into a snag in getting the right rug for the space. Patience, patience.
Guess what's in the other wingback chair?
Yep. Cocoa has a new favorite spot to sleep. Well, sometimes she sleeps. Sometimes she just hangs out with the family and watches TV.
Bonus: greenery looks good for a long time. These clippings stayed fresh inside for two weeks! Follow this simple tip to make all your fresh flowers last longer.
Are you a flower fanatic like I am? What's your favorite way to add freshness to your home?