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?
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.
The Plant Recipe Book
February 3, 2014
With huge gratitude, a touch of fear, and a whole lot-o-glee, I’m announcing my forthcoming book: The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season. Due early April 2014, published by Artisan and photographed by Paige Green. This book is a collaboration of so many – and to so many I’m so thankful!
With an eye on today’s modern aesthetic and inspired by natural beauty, The Plant Recipe Book provides simple steps to show anyone how to create stunning living plant decor.
A follow-up to The Flower Recipe Book, it also showcases Paige Green’s beautiful photography and easy-to-follow “how to” recipe style. The Plant Recipe Book focuses on 40 plants and 100 recipes.
Each plant is used in two or three living bouquets, the first is basic while the second and third are more substantial, and employ more unusual plants, sophisticated designs, or hard-to-find ingredients, leading the reader from simple to more elaborate creations.
The 100 container designs included in the book are sometimes sleek, often whimsical, and always contemporary. They range from stark to ornate and from super-easy to more involved.