Thursday, February 07, 2008

Quick winter green

About February I start pining for green plants, but I can't cart home all the cyclamen and ferns stores stock for Valentine's day.

Here's a temporary decoration that relieves my green fever:

Have your kids scrape some moss from the ground, or buy a bag of sheet moss for $1 at Dollar General. Soak in a bowl so it looks moist and lush.

We placed a handful each into these dented silver candy dishes, along with some tiny crevice plants. I used vintage heart molds as accents, but unusual stones and bulbs are beautiful, too.

Ahhh...green.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks pretty outside, but I don't know how you could explain int to your family.

I mean, where do you put something like that inside?

Karla said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

TJ said...

Great minds think alike! My blog today was on pining for spring, and my garden. I posted photos my grandma in Mexico sent of her fresh lettuce and radishes, straight from the garden. (sigh)

At least my African violet is in bloom, and my other plants whose names I don't know are living beautifully in my office. I would never cart home cyclamen, as I can't keep it alive. I like your idea for adding some more green, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

You have some beautiful children. Love the pictures. I hope that in the years to come that your children realize how lucky they are to have a mother like you. I know that they will love you; that is not what I mean; I mean that their mother took the time to spend time with them to teach them so many things. As a day care provider I am around children all the time who do not get near enough of their parent's attention. I try to make my day care 'like going to grandma's house' as much as I can. I do things everyday with the children. Children learn most by example. So seeing what YOU do with them will teach them what to do some day with their own children....Roxie

Ewokgirl said...

Nice! But my cats would destroy that! I can't keep any sort of plants because one pees in them, and the other eats them. *sigh*

Queen of Carrots said...

I have those little heart dishes! I so am going to do this. With whatever green weeds we can find. :-)

The Nester said...

I love that your next post was the answer to the first question in the comments--well done! And lovely!

The Stepford Wife said...

Neat idea!

Every spring, I fill a strawberry planter with herbs, and I paint the outside of the terra cotta with yogurt. In no time at all, it grows this fantastic little moss. Unfortunately, I think in winter, even in the south, it's too cold for that little trick. :(

This year, we're growing bulbs indoors to add some much-needed color, so far with spectacular results. :)

Cyndi Lewis said...

Ahhhh... I would have to go purchase store bought moss right now. I'm not sure I could find any moss under all our snow right now. LOL! Still it is a lovely idea.

Julie said...

Hey, a plant I can't kill. I've been having really bad luck with houseplants lately. my dh refused to buy me plants for my birthday/Valentine's this year because my thumb has bee so black.

Renee said...

I was thinking about your heart molds and thought boy if only we were neighbors I would ask to borrow your molds for a special Valentine's Day dessert I am whipping up. I wanted to try a vanilla bean panna cotta made with the heart molds next to chocolate sheet cake. Hubby will be very happy :)
Hope you all feel better soon!
Renee