Archive for April, 2015



April 24, 2015



Don’t you just love Aeonium Sunbrusts? The variegation naturally brightens any garden, patio, or balcony, and once established it needs occasional watering.

This beautiful photo was provided by Author Nell Foster who has a great article and video on Aeonium Sunbursts. Check them out, and while you are there be sure to read about Nell and her growing business, Joy Us garden.

Thanks for sharing, Nell!





Inspired by Nature

April 17, 2015


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New photography prints available now with or without white matte.

Take a look.

Dianne Andre Photography



April 10, 2015

Last October, I helped the Vista Point volunteers, in Jackson, California, plant 10,000 daffodil bulbs. A few weeks ago, I visited the site. The spread of yellow, white, and orange flowers was a beautiful welcome into Jackson. I’m sure locals and tourists enjoyed the cheerful spring blooms. That is what the plantings were all about . . . putting a smile in the hearts of those who pass by.








Easy Easter Tree Centerpiece

April 2, 2015

By Susie VanDeventer at The Humble Nest of Mrs. V

I picked up some mercury glass mini Easter eggs from Pottery Barn on clearance a while back and just ran across them (again) the other day . . .tucked away {I have a habit of tucking things away and forgetting about them — you too?}


Realizing I didn’t have a way of displaying them I decided to create a little Easter tree centerpiece. I literally snagged a branch from the backyard and gave it a quick sanding, followed by a quick coat of Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I didn’t have any spray paint on hand, but that would of worked too).

I added the branch to a terra-cotta planter that I previously painted in Old White, as shown here, using some floral foam and a bit of hot glue.

I decided to cover the floral foam with left-over artificial grass I bought at Hobby Lobby. I had used some of the grass previously in my sister’s brunch centerpiece.

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 It was easy to cover the foam with this grass.  I just pulled it off the plastic frame and added a large dollop of hot glue to the flat base and held it on the foam for a few seconds . . . working around the branch until all the foam was covered.

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To add a bit of Spring to my bare white branch, I pulled a few buds & blooms off a silk cherry blossom branch that had seen better days. {why yes, I do have a closet full of faux florals . . . why do you ask?} I used hot glue to add these blooms to my new Easter tree.

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The mini eggs look dazzling on their new tree.

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The Egg Hunt sign is a mini-chalkboard on a stick I recently bought from Pick Your Plum. I gave it a quick swipe with Old White Chalk Paint and used a chalk marker to write on it.


I am pretty happy with my little Easter tree —
so much so that I made two and added one to my booth space.
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 Note from Dianne:  Thank you, Susie, for sharing. I think my gardening friends will love this. What fun it will be collecting and creating your centerpiece or at least a similar rendition. I enjoyed re-posting your how-to article and photos. Happy Easter everyone and God bless you and your loved ones.
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