Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gardening – Ranunculus


Seen here, a pink ranunculus (ranunculus tecolote) as it blooms in Tampa today.  With over 400 species in this particular genus of plants, many of which are also referred to as “buttercups,” this particular variety thrives in full sun, Zones 8-11, where it will grow as a perennial—simply allow the leaves to die back in the fall and they’ll return the following year.


If starting from bulbs, plant bulbs in the fall for spring blooms.  In colder zones, the bulbs can be planted in the early spring and act as an annual.  They are low maintenance and come in a multitude of colors—from white to purple, pink to red, with vibrant yellows and oranges too.   A single plant may produce as many as 30 blooms per season.   (However, remember that ranunculus can be toxic to grazing animals.)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lifestyle – Gorgeous Flowers

We discovered the amazing floral designer, Paula Pryke, through another blog some time ago (apologies for not remembering who to credit).  If you are unable to enjoy her creations first-hand in the United Kingdom, consider getting your hands on one of her many books.

StorefrontBelow are a few of her creations:

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Goods - A New Lampe

We've previously extolled the virtues of Lampe Berger (click here for the primer), but the company has just supplied us with a new lamp and oil combination that you just can't beat. The lampe seen below comes with a sample bottle of oil, and sells for only $30! We have a lot of unusual and great gifts, but this one is by far the single best value in our boutique. If you aren't in the Tampa area, we will ship, but even if you don't buy from us, find your local dealer and pick one of these up. You'll love it!!!


Monday, March 1, 2010

Entertaining - Timeless Tablescape

If you're not the type to trade tablecloths with the days of the week, consider the simple, timeless elegance of crystal and soft natural hues. From Christmas to warm summer evenings, it's always in style.



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