For the second time this year I realized that I could deal with unwieldy shrubs and fill my house with flowers all at the same time.
Earlier this year I dealt with a particularly aggressive rose bush by clipping off a few of the branches and bringing them inside. The rose bush got cleaned up and the dining room buffet got a little snappier.
Now, it's another rose that's out of control. I have a Rose of Sharon shrub that has developed into more of a weeping willow. A weeping Sharon I guess you could say. The branches are literally bending over and touching the ground. I'm not usually one to complain when something bends over backwards for me, but when they contort themselves to the point of looking foolish, I feel I must put a stop to it.
So I started hacking.
Before I put the branches into the jug, I cut the bottom of the branches with pruners vertically up about 4 inches. So the bottom of the branch was split in two, allowing a lot more room for the plant to suck up water.
I expected the branches to be dead by morning, or at the very least looking forlorn. But it's been 3 days now and they still look perfect. The flowers are fine and new ones are opening.
So if you have a yard (or you have access to someone else's yard) take a look outside for what you can hack. This time of year you can look for Hydrangeas, Rose of Sharon, Rose branches, Sedum, and Hosta flowers. Of course there are many more you can cut but those are the ones I can actually see from my window right now, so I figured I'd go with those. No use using my imagination if I don't have to.
You think this hacking is impressive? You should see me with a computer. Just as fun but the end results aren't nearly as pretty.
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You photo is incredible, Karen, everything I love about home design--classic desk, modern chair, organic floral arrangement, and a little rustic pitcher. Pinning it!
I didn't actually look at it that way, but you might be right, LOL. Looks pretty good. :) At this particular moment it's the only thing that looks good in the house. I'm in a bit of mess. A big mess actually. ~ karen!
Yeah well, you know what, girly? I daresay you're entitled to be a little messy right now. And when you're up to tidying, I hope it will be cathartic. If I know one thing about you, it's that you can't let Halloween go by without an all-out haunting, so hang in there! The inspiration will come back =)
OH! Hah! Don't worry about me. THAT's not why I'm in a mess! I'm actually doing great. In addition to speaking at a conference this weekend, writing my blog, doing my regular this time of year canning and harvesting, I've decided to rip some walls down just for fun. That's the reason for the mess! :) ~ karen
Oh, this should be good...
YAAAAAY Karen! You know, I'm such a mom I worry LOL!
Come speak in Phoenix...because of you, my 20-year-old daughter is building a chicken coop, and will soon brings home the chicks! I'm naming mine Helen =) She is bummed about the coop cam but so loved your coop decorated for the holidays that she cannot stop talking about it. We are excited!
This is a tad off topic, but I can't believe I've never seen that desk before. It's beautiful.
I recently bought an antique sideboard to put under the TV in our den and bought very similar drawer pulls for it. I used them upside down because they centered on my drawers better and I just liked how they looked that way on my piece better, too. Not sure how that would look on yours, I think it would depend on the screw receptacle placement on the back. Beautiful piece though. And I like how you have it mixed with more modern items. Fancier antique pieces, to me, need to remain very few, like one, to a room, in order to keep from taking the whole thing to a scary sort of grandma look.
This is way off topic, but I was looking at some photos from my life at a time that I have few memories of (due to my tender age, not drugs or alcohol) and got confirmation on something. We DID have that same 3 pronged wooden midcentury lamp that you have a pair of (one of which is still in your basement). Not only that, we had it's big sister in the form of a matching floor lamp! Ours each had a tall somewhat narrow drum shade that obscured the "antler tips." Meaning the height of the drum shade was greater than its width. I think today they'd look really cool with a wider shorter drum shade with opposite proportions. Just sayin'.
Recently stumbled on your blog. Love your creative ideas and entertaining writing. Starts my day the right way!
What a great idea! Going over to my neighbors to groom his Rose of Sharon that is all over the place. We both win!
Ah Karen, you have motivated me! I have a desk almost exactly like that, but it's still at my parents and I keep putting off bringing it over. I'm sure my Mother would thank you...
I'm afraid of bugs living in the blooms and bringing them into the house... do you have this issue? We have a lot of earwigs.
I just shake the branches/flowers out upside down before I bring them inside. ~ karen!
those look awesome! I am thinking that I may just have to give this a go!
I was going to do it again today Julie, but when I walked outside I realized all the flowers on my branches were gone. Boo. ~ karen!
Wonderful arrangement and I liked the container as well. I often make such kind of floral arrangements at my home that enhances the appearance of my home in a better way.
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