Insider Tips from The Plant Recipe Book: Aloe

October 5, 2014
Posted by in how to

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Itchin’ to create a living arrangement but don’t know where to start?

Pair this info with The Plant Recipe Book and you’ll be whipping up some real live beauty in no time at all.

 

Stay tuned..more posts filled with insider tips, substitution ideas, and online plant finder resources will follow. We’re here to make it easy for YOU to make beautiful statements with living things…

 

 

 

Let’s start with an easy one: Aloe Recipe 1.

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The things I like best about this arrangement are – the plant and the vase mimic each other, it is super easy to make, it lasts a long long time, and it uses a non traditional vessel.

This recipe calls for 3 things: Aloe aristata, Lace Lichen, and a votive.

Let’s gather the items! Once that’s done, it takes only minutes to assemble.

The Vase:
Here’s a similar votive from CB2 or another one from Bliss.

The Plants: The plants can usually be found…

I Love a Good Smoke Tree

August 10, 2014

You may know that Smoke Tree (Cotinus) has wooed me for years  – and the plumes – well, they almost make my knees buckle. But this one was getting too big for its britches and was blocking a sweet view. So I had to do the only noble thing. Snip Snip, Snip, and snip again.

As the stems fell to the ground my almost eyes teary eyes instead began to twinkle.  I had a goldmine. Or at least a fun hour ahead.

What else in the garden ‘needed’ some pruning? I had to find out.

Was this all a grand scheme only to create a floral arrangement or two?

Perhaps,

but it made for one satisfied client (otherwise known as my obliging parents) as the unruly tree had been ruled. Their child (me, yes actually, an adult) was appeased and quite entertained.  And their living room botanically adorned.
That makes for a happy family.

 

 

Take Heed and Celebrate!

March 24, 2014
Posted by in Books

“Chapman’s new book will be cause for celebration”
–Publishers Weekly

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Take heed and join us to celebrate!

The Plant Recipe Book
100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season
by Baylor Chapman
photography by Paige Green

Launch Celebration
Wednesday, April 9th
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
at Lila B. in the Stable Cafe courtyard garden
2128 Folsom Street, San Francisco (between 17th and 18th in the Mission District)

Not only can you pick up a copy of the just off the press book you’ll;
Enjoy nibbles, libations by Stable Cafe and The San Francisco Cheese School;
Do a little western jig to the music of  Scotty Rogers;
Hear stories, see photos, and view a sneak preview video by Garden Tribe;
Get ideas on containers gardens from the most teeny tiny to large overflowing un-liftable ones.

Join us, we’d love to celebrate with you.

Baylor – and everyone at Lila B.

Making beautiful statements with living things