30 January 2015

Roses by Any Other Name







"What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Romeo and Juliet Act II scene ii
I'm working on a touch of Valentine's Day.







I began with this faux arrangement for the celebration.








The blue-green, zinc, and gold on this can makes it looks vintage, but it's not!









I love flowers from the garden, but it will be a month or
so before I get some blooms. I thought to purchase a bunch, but forgot.







Because this past week, I've been working on the garden. In the planters are butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, chives, basil, mint, petunias, and pansies and one or two rose bushes per bed. I even planted some of my own basil seeds from last year! I still have to plant chilies and tomatoes, but I'm waiting one more week, because my second season mature tomatoes were killed by a couple of cold nights. The yellow on the bushes in the background are fully bloomed now. When I went to the grocery store,  I got distracted and forgot flowers.
So when I drove past the craft store I stopped and bought some faux blooms.











These faux blooms are from Hobby Lobby. Notice the petals! They are veined. If you touch them they even feel some what realistic. The photo from the top is to show you how it's arranged.  A friend that was a florist once showed me how to make some very simple arrangements, but mainly I'm eyeing it to see what it is pleasing. Other flowers would look pretty too, but I was thinking about Valentine's Day.
 I chose only 11 blooms.
3 closed white
2 closed pink
6  pink blossoms
3 pieces of Baby's Breath real or faux
a piece of floral foam or (styrofoam)
Wire cutters
A container
I cut them and then bent them slowly with the warmth of my hand.
About every other week Hobby Lobby's flowers go on sale for half off.






The wreath on the candelabra was made a couple of years ago. Here's
How to Make the Rag Wreath.
I've made quiet of few of these, even from old pillowcases, so it's really inexpensive.
Have a beautiful weekend.

The Enchanting Rose Roses of Inspiration


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92 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! Love your arrangement - so sweet.

    Jud

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I learned some simple things from a friend that was a florist.

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  2. Good Morning! You do have a lot of beautiful jars or should I say containers for your roses. This looks so lovely with the lace on it' top! Oh by the way - yesterday I've got snow!
    Have a wonderful Weekend
    Elisabeth

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth. Snow! It's raining here, but I love it, because it is rare. Have a beautiful weekend. xoox

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    2. Your arrangement is so pretty,love the container

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  3. Very pretty arrangement! I would not have guessed the roses were faux! Love your cupboard in the background, too. Lovely. xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Silly me tried to smell them a couple of times while I was arranging.

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  4. Lovely and attractive arrangement Su and that can certainly gives it a vintage and shabby chic feel!

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    1. Thank you, for your sweet visit and compliment. I agree it does look shabby, which suits an old home. Have a wonderful, creative weekend. xoox Su

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  5. Lovely arrangement. I presumed they were fresh, they look so realistic. The container is beautiful also.

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    1. Thank you. I know. It's surprising. They must use a computer. I even sniffed them a couple of times, because I forgot! Have a wonderful weekend. Su

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  6. Love your decoration. So beautiful.
    Hugs from here

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  7. pretty colours! I love your bouquets. So jealous that you're already in your garden..

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    1. Thank you, Anne, But summers are awful...But I am thankful that after many years that I didn't have to spend the entire summer here last year.. Instead, I froze 3 of the 5 weeks in the Alps. I was not up to that weather. It was like our winter or worse. Living in the heat makes one's blood thin. I think I would rather have the mild summer cold than your winter!

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  8. Lovely arrangement! Being Winter, the selection of flowers is somewhat limited. The recent bouquet of
    Peonies I had, required searching several markets in the area. My go to is faux too, when I cannot find the real deal!
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you, Jemma. Peonies are so pretty. These particular faux ones are amazing. I forgot they were a couple of times and smelled them! Best to get them when they are half price.

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  9. Very pretty. And I love how you weaved a little Shakespeare into your post. :)
    Have a lovely weekend, Su! How amazing to be out enjoying a garden in January!
    xoxo,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. It is. My lettuce is already grew from when I planted a few days ago!

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  10. Oh Su to be out in the garden that sounds like heaven. You are so lucky. We are looking at getting up to 14 inches of snow tonight here in Chicago land!!! Enjoy that little garden. Your roses are gorgeous for Valentine's Day. Have a great week end.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. I figured it can last through Easter or whenever, because its neutral colors for my home.

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  11. The wreath is gorgeous and your garden is going to look good soon!

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  12. I love the can that holds your flower arrangement, Su. The patina is wonderful and looks perfect with the colors of your flowers. I also like the wreath. So pretty. I like the way you celebrate events at your home. It's endearing. Have a happy weekend. ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. My daughter enjoys it so much. Su

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  13. Lovely displays - as usual!

    I never thought much about the fact that we have flowers year round until I began blogging. Now, I am more appreciative of the fact.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. You are fortunate, and I hope California gets some rain this year We usually have flowers year round, but in the winter, not as much as southern California, because some nights can get really cold in the desert due to low water vapor. Three nights in a row at freezing causes frost damage or kills the plant. I covered them, but it was not enough this time. My favorite weather was when I lived in San Diego.

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  14. Your flower arrangement is beautiful and love the rag wreath too.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and garden.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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    1. Thank you, Audrey, for your sweet visit. Have a beautiful week.

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  15. Lovely flower arrangements!!! A nice reminder that Spring will come soon and the flowers will wake up from their slumber. Love your garden. Hugs, Beverly

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    1. Thank you, Beverly, for your sweet visit and the complement. Have a wonderful week! Loved that skirt tutorial.

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  16. I love your garden. I like your statue in the photo too.

    Your flower arrangement is beautiful. I like the color you decided on.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. That is a statue of Saint Francis that I found in Santa Fe many years ago. He is made of canterra, which is kind of like a Mexican limestone. I had that stone around my pool in my former home. It takes on a lovely patina, but really it is to weak to have been coping as recommended due to the elements of salt water pool. It can form a pocket and pieces pop out. Have a wonderful week. xoox

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  17. I doubt I'll get around to decorating for Valentine's Day. In fact I don't even think I own anything to decorate with! But roses of any variety are welcome on these cold rainy days.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. I don't do much, but I always do something on the porch just in one spot. I never did, until I had a child. This arrangement could stay through Easter, unless I move it somewhere else.

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  18. Your arrangement is so lovely and romantic. The wreath is just gorgeous.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs. Su

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  19. Su,
    Lovely faux floral arrangement in an amazing galvanished tub. Your garden is sheer inspiration for me while I'm locked in wintertime cold with an impending snowstorm. Love your rag wreath, enjoyed my visit today to your charming home,
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. It's good to get out and work outside. We can enjoy outside anytime except during the summers. Have a wonderful day. xoxo

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  20. Oh how I am inspired by your plantings, how lush, and plentiful your garden will produce in its time.
    Nothing more inviting then spending time in the garden.
    Love your backdrop to your floral arrangement, the armoire is beautiful.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. I love to get out in the garden and work. Have a beautiful day. xoox Su

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  21. Love the flower arrangement, looks real even if it is faux. I am wanting to get into the garden also.
    My roses in the front yard have been blooming since Christmas. I don't prune way down, just a heavy dead head and they come back much faster. I have enjoyed quite a few arrangements of roses.
    Was at Sprouts on Wednesday and they had some beautiful lilly's, so I got three steams and they looks so pretty. Good luck on your garden. Do you live in So CA?
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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    1. Hi, Mary. Sprouts has such good deals. I'm in Arizona. That's a good idea in regards to the pruning. I noticed that the ones that were not cut back much look healthier. Maybe I don't need to cut much because our "winter" is so short.

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  22. I thought they were real too! They are beautiful and you did a wonderful job with them!

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    1. Thank you. I forgot that they were faux. I smelled them a couple of times while I arranged them! xoox Do you have a blog?

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  23. A beautiful flower arrangement. I really thought the roses were real because they look so authentic. We still have months to go before we will have any blooming roses but I am happy you are planting and enjoying it. I Love being in the garden..........

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    1. Thank you, CatieAn. I know. I smelled them a couple of times while I was arranging! Have a wonderful week.

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  24. The flower arrangement makes such a nice romantic touch in your room. Lovely faded colours, just like I love them!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. It was so funny. A couple of times I forgot they were faux, and I sniffed them.

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  25. I never tire of peeking inside Your gorgeous home.It truly is so romantic. Wonderful job on the sweet soft arrangement.Hugs and blessings sent Your way-Denise

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    1. Thank you, Denise, for the dear compliment. Have a wonderful week. xoox

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  26. I never tire of peeking inside Your gorgeous home.It truly is so romantic. Wonderful job on the sweet soft arrangement.Hugs and blessings sent Your way-Denise

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  27. I love flowers, real and fake, it doesn't matter they are all so lovely! Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I love your youthful enthusiasm! Have a beautiful week. xoox Su

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  28. If you had not said Faux I'd have thought they were real !

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  29. If you had not said Faux I'd have thought they were real !

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    1. Deb, it was so funny. I smelled them a couple of times while I made the arrangement!

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  30. Your images are all so pretty. Real or faux, flowers always bring a smile to my face, and heart.
    I love the container your beautiful rose arrangement is in.
    Lovely post!
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for your sweet visits. I agree. Have a beautiful week. xoox

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  31. Thanks for leaving a comment on my post,the hearts are old commemorative plaques from france.
    I love your flower arrangement,they look so real.The container is very sweet also.I would love to work in the garden too,but it´s way to early.At the moment we have heavy snowfalls.Have a great week.
    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Thank you, Caroline, for your sweet visit. I loved the photo of your heart sculpture.

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  32. Susan,

    What pretty bouquets; faux and fabulous, so delicately lovely! Your home always makes me feel so peaceful when I visit, and I can almost hear the notes of a muffled sonata from behind the French doors!

    Happy February!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. I always enjoy your visits. You have a great way with words. Su

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  33. Hello Su, Happy Sunday.

    I love your pretty and delicate floral arrangement. The roses look very real to me and the container is perfect for the lovely roses. Your home is so pretty and inspiring Su. I can't wait to be able to play in my garden too but it seems to far away yet by the feel of the cold outside today.

    Wishing you a lovely week.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet, that is such a nice compliment and heart warming. xoox Su

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  34. Su you have a great blog, I have really enjoyed reading through it. Got to follow this one! Thanx Jo

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I followed you by bloglovin. I tried to comment on your blog, but for whatever reason I cannot because I don't use any of those platforms. And the one that I could, has been messed up for years, and I am unable to update it for some unknown reason. I could comment by google if you have that and I add you to my circle. Anne, your mannequin is really darling and so is your pink chair. It will be interesting to see what you do. Thank you for visiting. xoox

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  35. You do have a knack for beautiful floral arrangements. The roses do look real and I'll have to head to HL soon. I'm envious is you'll have blooms in 1-2 months, it's more like 4-5 months for me :-{ I so want to get in my garden.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. After Christmas, we know it is going to get warm around here! Most of the year has nice weather except the summers are awful.

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  36. Hi..
    It's nice to meet you.. I'm visiting from the party. The roses are so beautiful.. I really like your photos and your rag wreathe is so pretty. I love the ruffly rag softness. <3 I hope to make one soon. Your cottage sounds like a wonderful place with creating..music.. and kitties. Thank you for sharing your tutorial!
    Best wishes for a beautiful week.
    Tamara

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    1. Thank you, Tamara, for the compliment on the wreath. Have a beautiful week.

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  37. Your garden...I love seeing your garden. I garden year round. We only have three raised beds for vegetables in our potager. I plant herbs everywhere in pots. Currently we are working on a new English Rose Garden since we lost most of our roses last year in the drought. I have never thought to plant roses with my veggies. Yours looks wonderful already!!! But I do look forward to seeing it as it grows. Last year we planted two lemons in pots and we have ripe lemons already! I have tried to grow a lemon tree three times within the past 10 yrs. in the ground but they all died. In the 27 yrs that I have been gardening, I am still learning every year. Enjoy yours xxo

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    1. Thank you, Kerrie. I use to love to garden when I lived in California. It's tricky to grow a veggie garden here. But talking with various gardening people here, they directed us to build beds, and it is okay to put flowers with them as long as they are not poison. The lettuce did fine with the roses last year. I've tried planting the roses in the ground, but they don't do well here due to clay in our area. They apparently do very well in some other parts of the city. The raised beds also allow us to control the water better.

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  38. Your decor style is so romantic and the roses add a pretty touch for this month's Valentine's Day theme. I love fresh flowers, but artificial can look very realistic as yours do. I've bought from Hobby Craft in the past. Some of the pink roses (from my husband) and one red (from my daughter) that were given to me at Christmas have dried out and I've arranged the flower heads in a little bowl. How good to be able to garden outdoors at this time of the year. Thankfully we have the covered yard in which to prepare this year's plants and I still have some basil on the kitchen window sill. Wishing you a peaceful and productive week.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I love to dry them to. They look so lovely.

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  39. So nice to see photos of your garden with flowers! I've spent the day digging us out of 22 cm of snow in the bitter cold. What a treat to see a garden in bloom. The bushes with the yellow flowers in the background are lovely, do you know the name of them?

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    1. Thank you, Judith. Stay warm. The yellow flowers are a type of cassia that grows in the desert.

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    2. Oh, definitely not for my garden then, thank you for the name though, it's really lovely.
      Love the garden photos in your latest blog article. It's so nice to see photos of your garden in the middle of our winter, but, all that snow we had has made perfect "Christmas Card" view. I think I still would rather be looking at a garden in flower instead of covered in snow. Oh well, soon enough hopefully

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  40. I love that white wreath, very pretty!!

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  41. Roses are my favorite flower. Your rose pictures are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and sweet visit.

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  42. Absolutely beautiful, my friend, and they look quite realistic. Thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration - I always love it when you link up :) Hugs!

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  43. Nothing like fresh flowers, but so many of the faux ones look so real anymore. Really look beautiful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  44. I love the tranquil style of your decor...so relaxing and beautiful. I am lucky to have beautiful roses nearly year-round living by the beach in Southern California, and my Luke loves presenting them to me. :) Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/02/05/home-matters-linky-party-23/ :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  45. Beautiful arrangement. I'm so ready for Spring, miss not having fresh flowers from the garden to bring indoors. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  46. Beautiful arrangement. I'm so ready for Spring, miss not having fresh flowers from the garden to bring indoors. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  47. Exciting garden times indeed! Can't wait to see more! xoxoxo Jen

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  48. Hi dear Su! I just wanted to let you know this delightful post was featured at Roses of Inspiration today :) Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su