Shannon Berrey

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Friday, May 24, 2013

 

 Remember me?

I really do miss checking in with you guys frequently, but while I am in May Survival Mode, I just struggle to make sure I am wearing shoes when I leave the house.  When we enter June, we will be back to visiting regularly, deal?

 

 

 A few weeks ago, I was able to plant my flower boxes that sit outside 3 of my windows. I have gotten pretty fast at planting these, since I have had several years of figuring out what grows well in this 'part sun' area of the house.    

 

 

 

 I line up my leading ladies in the position that they will get planted to check the colors and spacing. 

 

 

 The Margarita is a great trailing plant and I love the citrus green against my gray roof.

 

 

 Another good trailer is the 'Snowstorm'. It not only trails, but grows up, and I like to continually guide the new flower stems into the other plants.  

 

 

 Superbells Blue are really more purple than blue, and they have lots of small flowers that grow fairly fast. They also play really well off of the bright green.

 

 

 The ever popular Wave Petunias in red are always a staple. I then plant Coleus and Dracaena{a spikey flower} in the middle {not sure where these pics went!}

 

 

The cocoa liners last years and I simply empty out the old dirt at the end of the season and leave the liner intact. I prop my wire basket up in the wheel barrow and fill it half way up with potting soil.

 

 

Starting with the outside, I plant the Margarita's first, as tight to the outside as I can. The I continue in towards the middle ending with the Dracaena.

 

 

In a few months, these will be almost triple their current size. And with all of the rain that we have had, it makes them pretty much maintenance free -- this month. They need to be watered every day in 'normal' summer heat.

And speaking of flowers...I got the most amazing new book.

 

  

The Flower Recipe Book is a new collaboration from the ladies of Studio Choo. I have been following their blog for a long time and couldn't wait to get this book in the mail! .

 

 

I love bringing cut flowers in the house with flowering branches and loads of greenery, and this book shares the techniques that these 2 flower masters use to create their arrangements

 They show you every tool you'll need and give a break down of all of the flowers they prefer to work with. Just like in a cookbook, each flower recipe provides an ingredients list, instructions, and photos on how to place each stem.     

 

 

 

They also share tips on using unexpected vessels and sweet seasonal wreaths.

 

 

 

 

 If you love putting together arrangements, you really will love this book and learning their great tips and tricks to make them look effortless and professional. I highly recommend it!

{I didn't get compensated nor do they sponsor my site--just sharing what I love}

 

 




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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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