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Sallysblooms
South, TX

February 25, 2008
3:05 AM

Post #4584438

Do you all make arrangements under water?

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

February 25, 2008
3:06 AM

Post #4584444

I love making them, so much fun.

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tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 25, 2008
3:08 AM

Post #4584459

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing the pics with us.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2008
5:06 PM

Post #4586425

Never have, but always love new ideas and will be making some this year for sure.
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2008
9:23 PM

Post #4587348

Hi Sallysblooms,
Love seeing your arrangements and glad to see you on the cut flowers forum. Please bring in some more. Also, if you have the time, check out the Flowerpot Cafe' and Floral Clubs #2. We have a lot of fun on this forum. I am a newbie at arrangements, but have learned a lot from the wonderful DGer's here.

Funny, but I just did my first underwater arrangment for the Floral Club.

Traci

May Princess Tammy always have lovely blooms.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 26, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #4588125

Hi Sallysblooms, welcome!
Lovely underwater arrangements with delicate colours. Thankyou.
Do you have anymore to share, please?!
I agree, it is so much fun to make them.

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pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 26, 2008
12:28 AM

Post #4588134

I was wandering how long it would be before you saw this, Terri!

May Princess Tammy never be stuck underwater.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 26, 2008
12:38 AM

Post #4588178

Beautiful one after another. Just can't get enough of these.
starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

February 29, 2008
1:13 PM

Post #4604264

Cool! Never seen them before. Are they made with real flowers? Sure are pretty. : )
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 29, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #4604731

How do you keep them down?
Doesn't look like they are smooshed so how do you keep them from just poppin up to the top? Do you just pack them in there and then add the water?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 29, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #4604839

Hi Star and Candee, Try it!
I did just pack them in there and filled up with water. They still move, which is what makes them interesting to make because you don't know exactly what they will turn out like. I used some twigs horizontaly which helps to hold the flowers down too.

I think Traci used a pincushion to hold her flowers and Sallyblooms used the stones for anchorage.
I hope Sallysblooms comes back with some more and tells us what she does!




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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 29, 2008
5:24 PM

Post #4605066

Thanks for the information, now I need some poseys to try this out.

I love the way yours spills over.

This message was edited Feb 29, 2008 12:24 PM
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

February 29, 2008
6:15 PM

Post #4605255

how do you make the water arrangement
elle
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 29, 2008
8:55 PM

Post #4605779

I did use the pincushion/FROG! It is so heavy, it just pulled it down to the bottom.
starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

February 29, 2008
9:51 PM

Post #4605996

Don't the flowers turn moldy under the water? I think I ammissing something somewhere? (scratches head)
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 1, 2008
7:43 PM

Post #4609465

Hi Star,
The flowers would turn mouldy if they were left in dirty water for days and bacteria was allowed to build up.
If you change the water everyday, they are fine, I use old and fresh flowers.
It's not a traditional way to flower arrange , but it's nice to experiment sometimes!

starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 1, 2008
7:58 PM

Post #4609536

Thanks for the info.. Looks pretty. If my flowers evr get into bloom may give it a try.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 1, 2008
8:16 PM

Post #4609593

You're welcome!
Are you doing a miniature arrangement for the flower club this weekend? I haven't started mine yet.
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 1, 2008
9:38 PM

Post #4609878

I bet silk flowers would work in this type of arrangement too and then you would not have to worry about the mold/decay problem.
starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #4610422

Yep I go tme some minature flowers fresh from garden just need my camers now ; ( can't figure where i left it.

I don't know, seems silk might mold too, cuz they a fabric right, dont fabrics mold when they get wet too long. Not sure.

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 2, 2008
2:09 AM

Post #4610786

I think some experiments may give us the answers!

How long does a 'normal' arrangement last in oasis? 1week maybe2?
So we wouldn't expect an underwater arrangement of flowers to last longer than that?


ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 2, 2008
4:50 PM

Post #4612584

plese tell me how you go about making water
arrangement? i would like to join the group
elle
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 2, 2008
8:02 PM

Post #4613234

Hi Elle, Welcome!
sorry I missed your post earlier.
Basically, Use a clear vase 'arrange' some flowers and foliage in the vase,
pour in water slowly...underwater arrangement done!
You can use a 'frog' to anchor flowers if you want a more realistic scene and
decorate with stones ,twigs, glass objects etc.
Look forward to seeing what yours turns out like, sorry to rush, I have guests!
Terri
starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 3, 2008
12:20 AM

Post #4614076

Hi Elle!

Think you and me both will be learnign together. : )
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 3, 2008
4:44 PM

Post #4616862

i hope i want to make some for my work
i work in aq nurseing home
they sure do like home made thing
they enjoy my wax bear and candle
but i want something new
does the vace need a top or want can some one send picture
and how to do it
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #4631968

Hi elles,
Mine is done with a frog or pin. It is a circular heavy metal piece with prongs sticking up. I will try to find a pic. I started by sticking different lenghts of tulips in the way I wanted them to look and dropped the frog in. It is heavy enough to hold the flowers. I then covered it with heart peebles.

As for other types, such as the vase filled with water and petals, it is really a simple but great idea. I THINK how you do it is to start with some water in the vase and add petals. When it fills up with petals, add more water. Continue until you reach the top. On Sally's first pic, I love that she manuveured a flower in the front and imagine you would have to do that after the vase is filled with petals so the flower doesn't move.

The arrangement of the flowers on top is done the same, so no top is necessary. You just plop the arrangement into the water/petal concoction. Although Sally's second post does have a top and I think that is neat.

Just remember, they won't last but a week or so and make sure to change the water.

I hope that helps some. I will try to find a pic of the frog/pin.

Ask away, as I am a newbie too and this is the only way to learn.

Traci

Please ignore this part as it is a game I am in.

May Princess Kathy always have frogs.
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2008
3:07 AM

Post #4632016

Hey elles,
Well it took a bit, but this is a frog.

http://www.stonelantern.com/ikebanakenzans1.html

I found mine at Michaels. Any craft store should have it and it is worth its weight in gold!!

Oh, they call them Kenzans and use in Ikebana.

May Princess Kathy alway have Fung Shi in her home.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 7, 2008
6:02 PM

Post #4634291

thankyou pupilpropogtr
i hope this did not hurt you in your game
it just look so nice
and i know the old folk will enjoy them
elle
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2008
11:04 PM

Post #4635391

Naw, I just have to acknowledge Princess Kathy in every post. Have to admit, I am not good at remembering.

The elderly will love this and it will brighten their day. Once you figure it out, it will be simple. Good luck and please show us what you come up with. DON'T be embarassed, you should see my first ones I started in...October, I think.

May Princess Kathy always remember!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 8, 2008
2:00 AM

Post #4636064

I am going to try one soon as we get something that looks like a flower here!
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 8, 2008
6:11 PM

Post #4638417

THANK-YOU
now to get everything to gether
i will send picture
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 8, 2008
6:16 PM

Post #4638430

Traci, how many days did your tulips last underwater? I have some I could use for an underwater arrangement.
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2008
9:04 PM

Post #4638971

Hey Terri,
They lasted only about 3 days, but I didn't condition them or change the water. It was a solid three days. I bet, if done right you could get 5.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 9, 2008
2:33 PM

Post #4641607

Thanks Traci, Here's some underwater tulips, good luck Elle, have fun!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 9, 2008
4:25 PM

Post #4642053

They look like jars of hard rock candy! Lovely
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 9, 2008
5:07 PM

Post #4642262

Wow Terri. So many different ways to fill the vase. I see the new wire, pebbles and flowers. What a great idea!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 9, 2008
6:05 PM

Post #4642488

Thanks Candee and Traci.
Sallysblooms was right, it is so much fun!

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ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 13, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #4658480

hi all
how about did
i have no real flower yet
so i use one i got from wal-mart
i use the flower ,glass,stone ,water
will they last
elle

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 13, 2008
3:39 PM

Post #4658580

Hi Elle,
Yey, you did it, well done!, it looks pretty, nice touch with ribbon too.
I really don't know how long they will last, but if I were taking them to an old folks home I would be changing the displays every week! (thats just me)!
If I end up in an old folks home, I would be delighted with a sweet girl like you bringing in flower displays , that would really brighten up the place and cheer me up!!
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 13, 2008
3:44 PM

Post #4658600

thank-you
but i am a little old woman of 64
i love home made thing
i enjoy this forum so much
elle
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2008
3:47 PM

Post #4658603

Ditto! I was going to say the same thing about the ribbon.

Are you doing them for individual rooms or as a main display? If a main display, you may consider buying several different shaped, large clear vases (cheaply of course, dollar tree, big lots). Using store bought flowers, both silk and fresh, change it up weekly, like Terri said. With different vases, each arrangement will look unique.

Just my 2 cents.

Traci

Oh, if you have a Dollar Tree, they have tons of stones and marbles for $1.00. I bought $6.00 worth that I would have paid $18 to $24 somewhere else.
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #4658604

You are only as old as you feel! Definitely a "sweet girl'.
bhaugh
Norfolk, VA

March 13, 2008
6:37 PM

Post #4659199

Miss Traci, too bad you are out of points...you have forgotten to mention our fair Princess in the last few posts! not to mention no use of the tongue...shame on you :oP

may Princess Kathy have mercy on Miss Traci
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 13, 2008
6:41 PM

Post #4659217

hey
give her a nother change
it my fault
asking question about thier flower
elle
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 13, 2008
7:17 PM

Post #4659326

hahaha!
bhaugh
Norfolk, VA

March 13, 2008
7:36 PM

Post #4659374

ok, we will give her one more chance...then off to the dungeon!!! LOL :oP
love all your arrangements, i lurk here every now and again...everything always looks so pretty! keep up the good work...

may Princess Kathy have pretty flowers

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 13, 2008
7:40 PM

Post #4659382

Thankyou bhaugh, Traci will be pleased!
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 13, 2008
9:42 PM

Post #4659810

thank
may princess kathy bless all your flower
elle
starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 14, 2008
12:20 AM

Post #4660321

Well, Elle, you did quite good! : ) Looks so much better than the one I tried.

I only had a coupel of Gerbera daisy flowers and stuffed them in the fish bowl. Big fowers in a little bowl don't look so hot.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 14, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #4660606

thank
i trying to think of new idea
for easter
elle
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2008
11:26 AM

Post #4662080

Sorry we threw Traci "off her game". Glad you are giving another chance cause I say,
"what happens in the flower cafe, stays in the flower cafe!"
Elle, bet you will come up with something extra special for the Easter day.
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 14, 2008
3:02 PM

Post #4662725

Groveling at the feet of Princess Kathy :oP

Miss Beckie/bhaugh, if you have noticed, I have been doing better. I am trying, really I am. LOL.

My Cut Flower Friends, thank you so much for stick up for me. Hugs to all.
bhaugh
Norfolk, VA

March 14, 2008
3:11 PM

Post #4662760

Miss Traci, I know you are trying very hard...I am just looking for ways to catch Miss Thang aka Miss Robbi, she is certain that she will be Princess next month, and I am trying to give her a run for her money!! wouldn't it be funny for Princess Kathy to hand over her throne to Miss Robbi only to take it back and scream APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!! just kidding, NOT :oP

may Princess Kathy smile today
Sallysblooms
South, TX

April 21, 2008
2:00 AM

Post #4838429

I am sorry, I have not been here in a while! I am loving all of your pictures!!!!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2008
11:17 AM

Post #4839969

Nice to meet you Sally and glad you are enjoying. Do you have some to share, I just love seeing others' creativity?
Candee
Sallysblooms
South, TX

April 21, 2008
4:02 PM

Post #4841032

I am the one that started the thread. I will have to get some new photos. :)
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2008
4:27 PM

Post #4841145

Oops, guess I need to go back and "take it from the top" LOL.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 22, 2008
1:26 AM

Post #4843643

Hey Sally, ...You came back, Great!! look forward to your pics.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 17, 2008
11:56 PM

Post #4966224

Underwater arrangement with roses...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 18, 2008
12:03 AM

Post #4966250

another view...

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

May 18, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #4966518

That is SO pretty!!!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 18, 2008
2:19 PM

Post #4968352

Hi Sally, Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your underwater arrangements.
They really are enjoyable to make! and a good way to use faded flowers from previous arrangements.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 18, 2008
5:18 PM

Post #4969010

Underwater Rose petals...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 18, 2008
5:21 PM

Post #4969055

Fun! like flower Art ...

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
5:31 PM

Post #4969114

Now how did you manage to get them layered like that Terri, you got another secret? Both are lovely and great colors.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 18, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #4970328

Hi candee, Thank you, no secrets! I just layered the plant material in the vase then slowly filled it with water. Some movement occured but nothing to worry about!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

May 19, 2008
2:53 AM

Post #4971725

Great job. I can't find my tiny frogs! I love to use them for underwater flowers. Guess I need to get more.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
11:53 AM

Post #4972733

Now where could have have gotten to? Where do little frogs go when they aren't being used?
You did a fine job of not disrupting the layers Terri, I will have to try one of these soon. I love your little jar Sally, so pretty in pink.
firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2008
2:43 AM

Post #5044022

These arrangements are sooo beautiful!

I tried my hand at the simplest, most basic type and got lots of compliments. In fact, I'll be making some for my nephew's rehearsal dinner. (see my thank you post).

I'm thinking of trying to sell some at the farmers market, but first, I'm going to get my feet wet by taking a few to my sister's garage sale.

I have a logistical question. How would you suggest making the container "spill proof" (at least as much as possible).Not only to get them to the garage sale, but for the customers who will be taking them home.

I thought of wrapping them in saran wrap (as mine do not have any flowers sticking out of the vase) but wondered if lack of air could be bad.

I saw the pic of the one with the lid and loved it. Maybe lack of air is not a problem. If I used containers with lids, maybe I could tape the lid on.

Ideas?

TIA,
Sherry
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 3, 2008
5:36 PM

Post #5046830

Hard to make them spill proof. You can a lid on them but you have to fill them high to be pretty. You can take water out before the buyers take them home maybe, then they can fill them up again. You can have a turkey baster for that. Neatly take a bit of water out. I use a baster when I water little plants sometimes.
firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 4, 2008
3:30 AM

Post #5049842

I'll get a turkey baster tomorrow! Great idea!

What abt the saran wrap idea. I could just have a roll on hand and wrap it for the customer. Would it be too "airtight"?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 6, 2008
2:52 PM

Post #5062632

No, not too airtight. The flowers are under water anyway. I think it would work. You can have a practice one to see how it all works for you.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 6, 2008
4:32 PM

Post #5063146

Hi you two!

What is Saran wrap? we probably have another name for it over here.
Have you made an arrangement you can wrap and show us please?!!

I like the turkey baster idea! Have you found your frogs yet? lol!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 6, 2008
5:02 PM

Post #5063301

NO, ha. I can't find my little frogs. Somewhere SAFE I guess. Saran Wrap is clear plastic wrap, it sticks to glass really well.
firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2008
5:05 PM

Post #5063315

Saran Wrap is a brand name for plastic cling wrap - it's not used as much any more now that we have zip lock bags and containers that go from stove to table to fridge. But when I was little I remember covering all the leftovers, with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to go in the fridge. It's still available everywhere tho.

I am going to try it. I'm making the arrangements tonight. FOr transport to the sale I'm just going to put a piece over the vase opening bcs they'll be in towel lined boxes with newspaper in between so no big deal if there is a small spill.

For the customer I will probably do the same unless they have no shocks on their car!! I am also taking small boxes to put the vase in for the customer to take.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 6, 2008
5:06 PM

Post #5063322

Oh we call that cling film. Maybe some nice fabric and ribbon over the top of it then?

Thanks for the translation!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 6, 2008
5:09 PM

Post #5063337

Snap, we posted at the same time... Good Luck with the sales!
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2008
2:02 AM

Post #5065835

Sally, great thread! The arrangements in here are amazing.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 7, 2008
2:53 AM

Post #5066108

Yes, wonderful pictures! I just had surgery, will be a while before I can play with flowers, but KEEP POSTING for my entertainment! GORGEOUS tulips and flowers! I have so many lovely flowers from friends and family. I wish I could take them apart and make other arrangements under water, ha. Maybe in a few days I will feel like it. I need to find my frogs or send hubby to Micheal's for more froggies!
firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2008
1:37 PM

Post #5071460

Well, I did not sell any arrangements. In fact, I barely sold anything at all. We had very little traffic at the garage sale - I made only $20! What a fiasco!

I gave one to a neighbor who commented on how pretty and unique they were. I figure she might show it to some people.

Here's a pic of my favorite one of the group..

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 8, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #5072225

Aw, I am sorry! Too bad more people were not there! Your arrang. is lovely!
firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2008
7:51 PM

Post #5078037

How do you guys get yours to last? Mine start smelling within abt 24 hrs. (not that you can smell from afar but up close to the top of vase).

Since I had so many left from the sale, I did an experiment. I found a recipe for homemade floral preservative (1 tsp. sugar, 2 tsp. lemon or lime juice, 1 tsp bleach to 1 quart warm water) and when I changed the water that night I used the preservative solution in some vases and just plain water in others.

Well, the ones with the homemade preservative were ruined the next morning! 2 of the 3 that were in plain, clean water were ok but one was yucky looking and smelly and I had to pick out all the yucky stuff and rework the arrangement with new stuff.

Today is day 3 and I have only 1 left that still looks nice - doesn't smell so nice tho.

I think that I will not try to sell them again unti I can get them to last 3 full days at the very least.


Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 9, 2008
8:33 PM

Post #5078220

Did you use Distilled water? They don't last that long, but it depends on the flowers/greenery. Then I use thick orchid flowers, they last really well! THIN... not so long. Maybe you can figure out the right water and flower combo.

I just think they are so pretty and you can add neat things like glass, rock, castles from fish tanks, etc.
firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2008
8:43 PM

Post #5078264

No! Never even thought of distilled water. Is that necessary?

I do use a lot of hydrangea (thin petals!) and they are the first to go. Maybe they just aren't suited to underwater arrangements :-(

That would put a real crimp in my plans as I don't have enough of anything else and the hydrangea is just so easy! I aspire to the type of arrangement of your first picture in this thread, sallysblooms, but I'm not there yet.

Well, I'll try the distilled water and see if that helps.

Thanks!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 10, 2008
12:22 AM

Post #5079469

In my African Violet club we use it for a show. If your water has salts and chlorine, it can break down the flower and discolor a bit.

This message was edited Jun 10, 2008 7:25 AM
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2008
11:25 AM

Post #5081383

Firstyard, down there in Georgia do you use a dehumidifier? I use the water from ours for my ironing, perhaps that would do better than your tap or well? Also, be sure you change the water every day, don't let them sit more than 24 hours.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 12, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #5093730

Hi Sally, hope you are recovering well from your surgery. Lovely you recieved lots of flowers. Get well soon! any news on the frogs?!!
I will try to make another underwater one soon!

Hi Firstyard, sorry to hear about the sale, maybe next time it will be busier.
I use tap water and change it everyday with the underwater arrangements and annoy everyone else in the house by keeping them in the fridge at night. They last a long time when kept cold!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 12, 2008
7:09 PM

Post #5093784

Ha, no frogs have been found yet! I am still not doing so fabulous. I just went outside for the first time to water. It is hot and that was enough for one day! I am just sitting here, waiting to be able to be active again! That will be WEEEEEKS!

I did just order a new lighted stand for my violets... I can spend money really easily from my big leather chair!
firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2008
7:42 PM

Post #5093930

haighr: No dehumidifier (I think the central air does that pretty well.) But I have distilled water on hand for my CPAP machine, so I tried it.
What I beleive I have discovered so far is that:

a) Some flowers, like calla lilies and my little pink flower carpet roses) do well in either. The rose petals become translucent after about the first day and they are gorgeous! They almost glow.

b)gardenias that are touching the glass become discolored in either; same with the white petals (the immature ones) of colored hydrangeas and very pale colors.

c) it seems that gardenias *not* touching the glass stay whiter in distilled (or even half distilled and half tap)

d) Oddly enough, the geranium (pelargonium) blooms are holding up better than I expected in either distilled or half and half.

None of this was very scientifically done and I still need to test the thicker colored hydrangeas but thought it might help someone..


firstyard
Dalton, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2008
7:44 PM

Post #5093937

terriculture: great idea! mine will be in the fridge tonight!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 12, 2008
10:32 PM

Post #5094683

Oh sally, sorry you are not feeling too good. It's very frustating not being able to do the things you want to. I know how you feel.
A few years ago I had knee surgery and couldn't walk for six months... I nearly went crazy, some say I did, LoL!!
You will just have to chillax, take it easy, and delegate all those jobs!!!!! While your body is busy healing.
Get well soon! It's a good time to plan your future arrangements though. Sounds like fun ordering stuff from your chair.

Thanks for the results of your experiments firstyard. We try anything to keep our flowers for longer don't we?!!
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2008
10:30 AM

Post #5110552

[quote]Do you all make arraignments under water? [/quote]

Never heard of doing it until reading this thread Sallyblooms. I certainly intend to make them now. Got a pompon dahlia--Irish Miss--selected for the first arraignment.

Have an admission to make here. When I read everyone talking about "frogs" and before investigating , I thought you all were buying some kitschy ceramic frog knick-knack to put in your arraingments and wondered why.

haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2008
11:40 AM

Post #5110704

Hello David Paul, nice to meet you. I thought the same thing about the frogs when these fine folks mentioned them, had to go google them and now I know what they are and use them all the time.
Sally, don't hurt your arm now with all that online shopping from the easy chair!!! Hope you feel better soon and the temps get a bit more enjoyable for you to wander outside.
Firstyard, sounds like you have done quite a study on this, thanks for all the information you have gathered. Will be a great reference.
Um, will have to try some of my dahlias under water when they start blooming. Perhaps I will try a bowl of red valerian since it isn't holding up well in the usual arrangements, wonder how it might do underwater?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 16, 2008
2:28 PM

Post #5111332

I am feeling good enough to look for my frogs today, ha. They HAVE to be in my craft closet.

I have been taking photos of my african violets again. I just have to go slowly and not overdo. Hope I can get some underwater pics soon.


I learned about underwater arrangments in my African Violet club. Part of the show each spring is arrangments of all kinds. One part is underwater arrangments. They are magical!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2008
3:11 PM

Post #5111543

So Sally, what did you find to make the best underwater arrangements from your club?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 16, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #5111693

We use Violets of course since it is an African Violet club. Also, anything else you want, as long as you add violets. I just made this. The blooms are from a Pink Summet violet. I am not up for anything very complicated yet, but simple is good too. In back is a Coleus leaf. I love Coleus.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2008
5:46 PM

Post #5112243

Simply beautiful Sally, now are they weighted with the stones or what? I need to go home and find my clear vase with a lid?????? Now where can it be?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 16, 2008
6:01 PM

Post #5112314

They are little tiny stones, yes. There is a little frog holding the flowers down, stones on top.

I found my tiny frogs! They were right on the edge of a shelf. Gee, how did I miss them!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2008
6:10 PM

Post #5112351

So glad you found your frogs, very nice job on this one. Remembered my one little clear covered dish has some fragile seashells I have collected from different spots around the planet and still thinking where my other one got to?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 16, 2008
11:03 PM

Post #5113594

Love it Sally! The dark coleus is such a good contrast. Nice to see you back in action!
Good to hear you found your frogs.

Candee, don't think I've tried red valarian underwater.. try it!! it all adds to our learning finding out what works well or not.!! I tried an underwater one with those red lilies I had, it looked awful, the water went brown almost immediately.

Hi David Paul, Welcome!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 20, 2008
1:02 AM

Post #5130398

A tree!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 20, 2008
1:05 AM

Post #5130421

a closer look...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 20, 2008
1:11 AM

Post #5130444

different background...

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 20, 2008
1:35 AM

Post #5130554

How pretty Terriculture! I can't get enough of all this beautiful imagination!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2008
11:08 AM

Post #5131870

Very cool Terri. You just reminded me I need to find more containers!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 21, 2008
1:39 PM

Post #5137249

Thanks Sally, hope you are feeling better and are recovering well? Bought anything from your chair this week?LOL!

Thanks Candee, I got that one at a stall for 50p! it's true what they say, one persons rubbish is anothers treasure!!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 21, 2008
6:03 PM

Post #5138208

Ha, Terri! I am getting better. Had my two week post op appt. Wed. and today Hubby and I went to Barnes and Noble and out to eat for lunch. Felt great to be out of the house. Got all dressed and it was nice. I am TIRED now. Back in my chair, BUT Hubby is going to put my new violet lighted shelves together and it really takes two people.

Last time I got on the floor to help and all but this time, I will just stand and hold while he does all the floor stuff.

I don't think I have spent more money from my chair, but we spent plenty at Barnes and Noble! Hey, books are good! :)
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 22, 2008
5:28 PM

Post #5142861

Hi Sally, good to hear you are getting out and about. Good luck with the shelves!
l love going to bookshops too!

Looking forward to seeing more underwater creations all!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 23, 2008
11:27 AM

Post #5145937

Morning Sally, you must have been thrilled to get out to the book store for a bit, tiring as it was. Sounds like you are going to have even more violets with all those lights and shelves, you will have to post when you get a chance so we can see.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 23, 2008
2:14 PM

Post #5146613

WELLLLLL, I hope I don't get too many new violets! The main reason for the new lighted shelves was to give my plants elbow room, they are getting SO BIG! One is 17" wide.

I am trying to be VERY picky now. I have some lovely ones and I should just enjoy them. HA, easy to say...

I overdid it yesterday with the violets, filling the reservoirs etc. Didn't feel good last night. I am doing less today, SO boring.

I want to make an underwater arrang. with orchid flowers, but maybe tomorrow.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 23, 2008
2:58 PM

Post #5146809

I bet an orchid underwater would be stunning, hope you are feeling good enough to make one in a few days. Right now, just take care of yourself and DON't overdo it or you will take twice as long to recover.
You have a violet that is 17" wide, just can't imagine, bet it is gorgeous. Don't be too bored, sit with one of those Barnes n Noble books you just got!
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 23, 2008
4:01 PM

Post #5147060

hi all
here is a picture of the wild flower i pick while we were walking back to the house after feeding the rabbit
it been raing this moring we got enought 1"
it shipping day today
it seem it alway bad on our monday that we ship
well i had 3 day off
now i will feel like going back to work
hope every one have a good day
elle

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 23, 2008
4:06 PM

Post #5147078

Very pretty Elle, that looks like some sort of cocktail glass? Clever idea for an arrangement and lovely mix of wildflowers.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 23, 2008
5:45 PM

Post #5147660

yes it is
with stone with the flower
elle
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 23, 2008
6:13 PM

Post #5147803

Very nice, I didn't know what that was, neat idea. I'll have to remember to use stones once in a while.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 24, 2008
5:28 PM

Post #5152813

Can't wait to see your underwater orchids Sally! Hope you a feeling better today.

Lovely colourful flowers elle, thanks.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 25, 2008
12:16 AM

Post #5154713

underwater rose petals. It's a lantern!

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 25, 2008
2:54 AM

Post #5155631

AW, that is so pretty!!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2008
11:18 AM

Post #5156588

It is glistening, just like your personality !!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 26, 2008
1:26 PM

Post #5162010

You are funny! I'm still waiting to see your underwater arrangements Candee!!!!!!!!

Thanks Sally.How are you today?

haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2008
1:53 PM

Post #5162123

I'll get to it Terri, but don't be holding your breath LOL!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 26, 2008
4:15 PM

Post #5162811

Doing pretty good! I need to do an arrangement. I have to do some violet work first. Just got new shelves, photos. I have been doing lots of repotting etc. Little at a time.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2008
5:02 PM

Post #5163102

Take it easy Sally, don't over do it now. I know you are anxious with all the new shelves and lights but Rome wasn't built in a day either!

Listen to Ms. OCB over hear ^_^
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 26, 2008
6:22 PM

Post #5163530

I like repotting, it's one of the more relaxing jobs in gardening!! Still, it's nice for you to get your hands in the soil again!


What is OCB? BTW!!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 26, 2008
6:46 PM

Post #5163630

I pot my violets inside, not hot, nice and cool. It is really nice to work with them again. I can't do any work outside in my flowers, just watering...

I have a new arrangement. I will post in a minute.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 26, 2008
6:57 PM

Post #5163679

I have a new arrangement with an orchid and coleus.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 27, 2008
4:38 PM

Post #5168382

Very nice Sally. Is the Orchid really big or is it in a small container?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 27, 2008
5:31 PM

Post #5168599

The orchid is HUGE! It is from my hubby's plant. Gigantic plant.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 30, 2008
12:05 PM

Post #5181371

Love the color Sally and it fills that vase nicely. How do the coleus do underwater? do they last a bit? Terri, OCB is obsessive compulsive behavior!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 30, 2008
1:23 PM

Post #5181700

You asked for it, you got it.
This is what I call "Thrown together, I almost drown, Over Under"

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 30, 2008
1:24 PM

Post #5181706

Blonde moment again - I actually started trying to make this while the water was in the vase LOL, then I realized my stupidity and emptied it and made the arrangement, then filled it ^_^

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 30, 2008
4:14 PM

Post #5182491

Well, the last arrangement with the big orchid and coleus still looks PERFECT! So, yes, the coleus lasts, it may depend on the exact kind though. No way to tell, you just experiment.

Your arrangements are great! I just love glass, water and plants! I love your blond moment story, ha! I would NEVER do anything silly...:) I have done plenty of goofy things and water ends up ALL over the counter and down to the floor.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 30, 2008
4:47 PM

Post #5182631

Thanks Sally, I did have water everywhere on my potting table and my shirt was soaked in the front so much I had to change again before going to the dentist. I actually had it filled to the top and then was sticking my hand up to my "elbow" in it to arrange the flowers LOL!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 30, 2008
9:03 PM

Post #5183854

Candee, It looks Beautiful! the textures look so interesting, great job!
Sounds like you had fun making it too.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 30, 2008
11:06 PM

Post #5184391

It was fun and good thing it was a hot day as it made it cool arrangement to make. Thanks, glad you like it. The ismene out of the top was a bit much but it was left over from the bar at the cafe.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 4, 2008
3:11 AM

Post #5201438

A new arrangement in my brand new Flower Aquarium. I bought a BIG and small one. This is the larger one.

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ellesgh
Humansville, MO

July 4, 2008
1:09 PM

Post #5202528

ooooooooo how lovely
happy four
elle
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 4, 2008
6:56 PM

Post #5203996

Ohhh that's really beautiful! Love the way you make your arrangements Sally, so calm and soothing!
Flower Aquarium eh? I'll be on the lookout for one of those! Your flower looks like Frangipani? or is it an orchid from Hubby? LOL!!
Are you feeling better?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 4, 2008
7:55 PM

Post #5204299

The flower is a Plumeria and I used my ever favorite coleus.

I am feeling better. I have been making my tiny fairie gardens! I just have to be careful and not lift etc... Plenty to do with my violets, arrangement and tiny garden fun. In a few weeks I can work a bit outside!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 4, 2008
9:01 PM

Post #5204574

I wish you would start a new thread showing your fairie gardens, I would love to see those!
Sounds like you are getting stronger all the time, thats good!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 4, 2008
11:58 PM

Post #5205266

Look in the Tiny Garden's forum here at Dave's. That is where my pictures are. I hate to put them here in case they are supposed to be separate.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 5, 2008
12:50 AM

Post #5205403

I went to look, and just as I thought, it's for subscribers only!

If I make a fairy garden I will be posting it here on cut flowers because thats where I hang out with my friends LOL!
And if Dave doesn't like it, well, he can take it away!!! no problem.

Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 5, 2008
12:56 AM

Post #5205420

Here you go. I thought everyone subscribed here, ha. Here is one pic. and another is below. I will be making another one soon.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 5, 2008
12:58 AM

Post #5205421

Another picture...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 5, 2008
1:09 AM

Post #5205449

Oh WOW! Thank you, I've never seen anything like it. I'm gonna make one tomorrow!!!!! yay, something new, I love it.
What with your underwater arrangements and the fairys, it's the facinating world of Sallysblooms. LOL!!

BRAVO, posting here!!!!!!!

Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 5, 2008
1:25 AM

Post #5205498

It is just kind of magical! ha. I love underwater things and glass. Have fun with your new garden. Some people make BIG ones outside, some in a small container outside. Mine are inside.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 5, 2008
1:28 AM

Post #5205507

Now, tell me how you made it, Please! Is that soil in the glass and moss? are they real plants, like in a bottle garden?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 5, 2008
1:52 AM

Post #5205611

Yes, all real. Soil, then moss, fern and another little plant. There is also a big Burr Oak acorn, pine cone, little mirror, flagstone she is sitting on, and a little fence in back.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 5, 2008
2:16 AM

Post #5205723

Everything but the kitchen sink! I get the picture. I can't wait to find all the little bits and pieces to make one tomorrow.
AND I'm also making an underwater one, Sally style! nite nite!

Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 5, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #5205822

Happy 4th. Have a great time, can't wait to see!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 5, 2008
3:15 AM

Post #5205890

Happy 4th, although it's the 5th here now! I can't sleep! ... thinking about what I'm going to make.

go to sleeeeeeeep Terri ... zzzzzzzz lol z z zzzzz can you ask the fairies ...zzzzz
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 5, 2008
3:26 AM

Post #5205930

I plan my projects and fall asleep doing that!
Doe41
(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN
(Zone 7a)

July 5, 2008
3:41 AM

Post #5205977

Where did you find the fairy? I want one!!
Audrey
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 5, 2008
3:48 AM

Post #5206001

There are several great sites. If you want to look at Tiny Garden's there are many links.

Here are two, but I can't remember where I got mine.

http://www.finefairyhouses.com/index.html

http://www.efairies.com/index.htm

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Doe41
(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN
(Zone 7a)

July 5, 2008
12:38 PM

Post #5206772

Thanks!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 7, 2008
12:43 AM

Post #5214798

I'm back with my next underwater arrangement!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 7, 2008
12:47 AM

Post #5214814

Hollyhock flower and leaf, Heuchea leaves and glass stones.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 7, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #5214839

Using a stand, another view.


Haven't found all the 'ingredients' to make the fairy garden yet!

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 7, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #5214909

I love that stand. VERY pretty arrangement!!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 7, 2008
1:27 AM

Post #5215025

Thanks sally, I found the stand in the greenhouse and wrapped some gold wire around it!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2008
5:58 PM

Post #5218511

Sally those are fabulous fairy gardens. I started one for outside this year, but has gone by the wayside until I get more time. Glad it did as now you have given me new ideas. That one is really neat. Now for my stupid question of a blonde moment as I cannot tell, are those fairy garden globes filled with water or just look that way? How do you keep the plants so healthy?
Terri, I really like what you have done with that one. The plantstand really gives it a great bottoms up look.
Here is one I threw together for the July 4 holiday. Double hollyhock, lavender and lychnis.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 7, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #5219955

I make underwater arrangements like this. But none with a fairy. I don't want to have the fairies under water. The fairies I have aren't meant for that.

Your underwater flower picture is pretty!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2008
11:17 PM

Post #5220162

I love that Sally, that is just like the snow globes I remember as a kid, but much more beautiful!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 8, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #5220592

True, like a snow globe. BUT VERY HEAVY. I have two, one is very heavy!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 8, 2008
3:15 PM

Post #5223408

Oh I like your red white and blue arrangement Candee! The Candee floss at the top is a nice touch, reminds me of the fairground! Fun, thanks.

Snow globes now? ohh I'm getting very muddled up Sally! I'll be back in a while with something, LOL!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 8, 2008
3:28 PM

Post #5223516

These go upside down. All glass on top.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 8, 2008
4:08 PM

Post #5223835

Here are two I have right now. Made them yesterday.

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South, TX

July 8, 2008
4:09 PM

Post #5223842

One more, the smaller of the two. Just when I think I get all the air out from the bottom, before I invert it... More air comes out of the rose. So I always have a bubble at the top.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2008
4:50 PM

Post #5224114

Now Sally you are going to make me go out and spend my hardearned money$$$. Those are spectacular!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 8, 2008
6:53 PM

Post #5224927

Those are lovely! I especially like the white Roses one, beautiful . Thanks Sally.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 8, 2008
8:04 PM

Post #5225279

Well, I did say I was getting confused! Here's my water fairy, she's just dipping her feet in!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 8, 2008
8:08 PM

Post #5225297

Had fun making this, glitter in the water and everything Lol!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 8, 2008
8:12 PM

Post #5225322

last one!

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 8, 2008
8:46 PM

Post #5225478

That is what it is all about! FUN! Your fairy and water are just gorgeous. So relaxing to look at! The fern background is lovely! Great job!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 8, 2008
10:18 PM

Post #5225935

Thanks sally, I enjoyed making it.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 11, 2008
12:16 AM

Post #5238096

Fairy garden in a basket...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 11, 2008
12:24 AM

Post #5238148

I made the fairy garden in pottery class! it hasn't been glazed yet.
Sprayed Aquilega seed pods gold and used chinese lantern buds.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 11, 2008
12:30 AM

Post #5238173

The faries are hiding today LoL!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2008
12:48 AM

Post #5238284

Is there any art you don't do? Pottery class that is beautiful and I mean the basket in the basket in the basket. I can see the fairies visiting there and putting down roots already.
You will have to check out the fairy garden forum, I started one using harry lauder walking stick, it is a bit bizarre and needs me to finish it one of these days.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 11, 2008
1:06 AM

Post #5238360

Thanks Candee! I enjoy all kinds of Art, and working in the Art dept at a college, I am lucky to get use of a variety of materials sometimes. Lol!

See above for comments about the fairy garden forum! I hope to see yours finished one day!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2008
11:46 AM

Post #5240140

Here is a link to thread I started on the fairy garden I am making if you are interested.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/857333/
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 11, 2008
12:29 PM

Post #5240309

Of course I'm interested!!!!! Hope Sally is too!
Thanks for posting the link, usually the pictures don't enlarge, but this time they did!
I love your fairy garden! Such a good idea making an upstairs, with a cute little door and the sticks are perfect! It certainly looks at home in your Beautiful garden!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 11, 2008
1:51 PM

Post #5240588

I didn't realise the fairies had been busy in the night. Thankyou it's magical!!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 11, 2008
4:34 PM

Post #5241384

I saw that, looks great! I am always on Tiny Garden's. Lots of fairies there!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 25, 2008
5:03 PM

Post #5318294

Always making more...

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

July 25, 2008
5:04 PM

Post #5318301

The stock above did NOT work well. Only a day or two. The color ran into the water. I have found that roses hold up best so far, at least for the long haul. For a shorter time, most work fine.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2008
6:19 PM

Post #5318565

I like them both Sally. I get your drift as I made an arrangement on another thread of rose of sharon in water and they bled as well.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 26, 2008
11:54 PM

Post #5324557

Hi Sally, Hope you are feeling better, glad you've been making more! The stock one is so pretty, shame the colour ran, but they would be lovely for the day as wedding table arrangements.
I've missed your underwater arrangements, so lovely!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 3, 2008
1:00 AM

Post #5360423

Hi Sally, How are you doing?
These pink Hollyhocks have been underwater for 2 days , the water has turned pink!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 3, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #5360457

I quite like the pink water, all the other flowers were white.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 3, 2008
1:16 AM

Post #5360496

That green and pink are pretty. Nice job! Yes, when the flowers bleed it is kind of cool!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 3, 2008
1:50 AM

Post #5360606

Thanks Sally, I night experiment with food colourings in the water next!
Have you made anything new lately, or have you been able to do some gardening yet?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 3, 2008
3:18 AM

Post #5360948

Well, not much OUTSIDE for sure. SOO VERY HOT and humid. We had lots of rain and now the mosquito's are attacking big time!!

I have just been putting roses in my flower aquriums. Nothing very new lately.

I repotted a bunch of orchids today in my sunroom on the floor, tile floor. I paid for that. I had pain in my tummy later. I think it is fine now. I am two months post op and the doc. said as long as I don't lift heavy objects I am fine. Still, I have quit a bit of healing to do.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 3, 2008
3:37 AM

Post #5361005

You do seem to have extreme weather over there. It must be uncomfortable in such heat. Does everyone have air conditioning in their houses?
You will probably be sick of hearing to take it slowly, but it's so easy to give yourself a set back after surgery.
SO, be careful! Nice you got a job done with your orchids.
Have you bought anything new from your chair? LoL!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 3, 2008
4:17 AM

Post #5361121

Well, I have been doing so well. I would not have thought sitting on the floor would be bad. I am two months post op, so I really am safe. I am just not supposed to lift heavy things. Otherwise it is OK. Things still are healing though. It is hard to remember to second guess everything I do now that I feel better. WOW, I had some pain for a little while though.

Let's see, I have ordered from TWO places online. ha. AV supplies. Next week will be fun to open boxes when they arrive!

I got a box from HSN too. I always get something. Last thing I had delivered was a darling playgym for my Parrotlet. She only has SIX playgyms, at least... ha.

Here is her newest gym.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 3, 2008
3:33 PM

Post #5362422

Oh she's lovely! Whats her name? Will all those gyms to play in she must be the fittest parrot in town Lol!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 3, 2008
3:36 PM

Post #5362441

Her name is Chipper. She also has a flight cage. Parrots must be mentally and physically stimulated. Lots of exercise, flying, playing etc. They are active. Flying and playing does keep her in shape!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2008
11:41 AM

Post #5366114

Hello Chipper, nice to meet you - you have a great set up there. So Sally, glad you are feeling some better and on your way to a full recuperation. How is Chippers' vocabulary, does she say a lot, bet she is great company for you these days. Stay in out of the heat and away from those skeeters, there will be plenty of days ahead for outside chores.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 4, 2008
6:40 PM

Post #5367751

She does not talk. Female Parrotlets do not talk as far as I know. Staying cool today, I did some work vacuuming, using the tile cleaning machine etc. I LOVE clean floors!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2008
11:45 AM

Post #5370944

Oh, well learn something new every day. I have a co-worker who's parents have one and he doesn't shut up all day. Even when she talks to them on the phone from work, he is blabbing in the background LOL!

What is a tile cleaning machine? Sounds interesting.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 5, 2008
2:26 PM

Post #5371569

They have a Parrotlet? Or another Parrot? Boy Parrotlets do talk. Lots of Parrots do. I have seen You Tube videos with great stuff from them. Especially Grey Parrots.

The Tile cleaner is Bissell I think. It looks like a thin carpet cleaner. Does a great job. I hate mops. I have a thing about clean floors, LOVE 'em.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #5372014

I'll have to check out that Bissell.
I am guessing from what I have learned from you Sally that he is a boy parrot, cause he does talk a lot. He is quite old as well and has a vast vocabulary. I haven't checked out U Tube, will do that one day when I get spare time.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 5, 2008
8:52 PM

Post #5373264

Lots of other parrots talk whether they are boys or girls. I KNOW, this is nutty! ha. Parrotlets seem to be a bit different. Tiny too!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5374013

Oh gotcha now. What you have is a smaller parrot? Okay, now I get it! Another blond moment LOL!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 5, 2008
11:54 PM

Post #5374088

five inches long at most!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2008
5:17 PM

Post #5404466

Here are our parrots, they don't say much at all LOL!

I talked to Diann today (my co-worker with the parrot) - Hers is a blue-fronted Amazon - sexed female and talks up a storm.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 12, 2008
7:18 PM

Post #5404870

Well, your parrots are great, a bit on the flat side, ha. That is a beautiful area you have arranged. Is the cage empty?

I bet that amazon DOES talk a lot, great!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 12, 2008
7:43 PM

Post #5404955

Hi sally!
I'm working on an underwater arrangement! Hope you are on the mend and everything is ok.

pretty parrots!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 12, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #5405060

I can't wait to see! I have a pretty yellow rose in a flower aquarium, that is all right now. I better get busy!

I am doing well.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 12, 2008
8:46 PM

Post #5405156

I have yellow lilies! have you tried lilies underwater? I haven't.

This thread is getting very long, it's time for a new one Sally!

See you later with the underwater yellows.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2008
1:13 AM

Post #5406177

There is one in the cage Terri and he wears a bell.

Can't wait to see yours Terri, you always keep us in suspense!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 13, 2008
1:40 AM

Post #5406320

Candee, is that a REAL parrot in the cage? or it is one of the gang there? never can tell with your Arty talents!!

I'm afraid I'll have to keep you in suspense until tomorrow, my underwater ingredients are not ready yet.
I'm waiting for my yellow waterballs to swell.!!!!!!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2008
11:46 AM

Post #5407557

Yellow waterballs? I believe I saw you use them once before? I never did find them anywhere - can't wait to see what you have designed.

No he is not real, but is made of metal and is welded onto a perch and does swing in the breeze and the bell makes a faint jingle when he is getting his exercise! I do come up with some interesting stuff don't I? Guess you can tell how my mind goes to those strange ideas, but they work for us! When I am not coming up with some "wacky idea" then Steve is, what a pair.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2008
1:25 AM

Post #5411049

Here is a close up of our friendly cafe parrot!

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 14, 2008
4:43 AM

Post #5411959

Super neat cage and parrot!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2008
11:52 AM

Post #5412424

Thanks, got the cage at the antique mall and found the parrot in one of those catalogs with everying from soup to nuts!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 14, 2008
2:05 PM

Post #5412856

It is a cool cage for sure, as long as the parrot is not alive. Cages sure have changed! My little parrot has a mansion, but she also gets to fly and play with her playgyms near me. Sad when birds are in small cages and do not get out.

Your parrot is so cute.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2008
4:58 PM

Post #5413699

Thanks sally, I agree, I sure wouldn't want to be cooped up. LOL, I used to have cockatiels. They loved the perch they had in the living room. I kept them clipped so they would not fly way far away. Their names were Teal and Jasmine. I took them outside one day, they loved sitting on my shoulders. I went way down back away from any place I though they might skip off to. We were enjoying the sunshine and then suddenly Jasmine took off, soared about 2 ft. off the ground and then up, up and away all the way from the back of the property to the front, across the road, out across the field and way out into the tree line and I was just sitting there stunned. Well I was about devastated, so Tasha and Steve took off over into the woods with one of the perches high on a pole and started calling for her. Steve was all bitten up with bites upon their return empty handed. A bit later Tasha went out and with the binoculars she spotted her up in a tree out in the woods. Steve went back over and I along and he had to climb (with his back out of wack) part way up the tree and we coaxed and coaxed and Jasmine finally got back on the perch and we took her home safe and sound.
I had a friend at the time who adored those birds, so I immediately called her and told her to come over and at that point realizing I was not a fit person to care for them I graciously gave the entire setup of cockatiel land to her with my blessings! That was many years ago and haven't heard there whereabouts in a while as I don't see her anymore since changing jobs 13 years ago.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 14, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #5414483

You were NOT a bad person at all! This does happen and you didn't mean it. Even clipped birds can fly, be carrried by a gust of wind, fly from fear, etc. Chipper has a little play cage for outdoors. That is the only safe thing you can do.

I love parrot forums, you can really learn a lot and help others. Please do not blame yourself, you didn't mean for that to happen. This really happens to people a lot.

I am SO happy that you got her back. I am sure the birds are well.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 14, 2008
9:57 PM

Post #5414834

I would love to make an arrangement with that cage Candee!

haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2008
6:05 PM

Post #5418637

Oh Sally, I had no idea others had similar experiences. Steve and I laugh about it to this day, cause I recall when I was headed out the door with them he thought it a not so good idea!!!

Terri, I would love to see what you would do with that cage, I can't imagine what you would do with it? Now you have made me stop and think again!!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2008
9:17 PM

Post #5419301

I don't know exactly what to do with the cage, but it would be fun to experiment!

Here's my yellow lilies, in a blue vase, which makes them look green.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2008
9:25 PM

Post #5419340

view from above.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2008
10:22 PM

Post #5419619

yellow lilies underwater

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

August 15, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #5419959

Very pretty, Terri!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 16, 2008
12:44 AM

Post #5420179

Thanks sally! I didn't like it very much LoL! The lily petals fell apart as soon as they went underwater.
Oh well, it's all part of the learning experience.
Looking forward to seeing your next one.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2008
1:01 AM

Post #5424434

I like the lantern thebest Terri, nice job!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

September 9, 2008
1:21 AM

Post #5526971

Hi Sally, How are you? Hope the hurricanes don't go your way. Stay safe.
Haven't made anything for a while, how about you?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

September 9, 2008
3:08 AM

Post #5527633

Well, Ike WAS going to the North of the Gulf, now it doesn't look as positive for us in the southern area of TX. Spooky. We are watching carefully. I just got home from my African Violet club meeting. They were talking about it.

I am fine. I can't wait for fall so I can enjoy my outdoor gardening more. SO hot. The flowers and plants all look good, but I really can't enjoy working out there.

I just keep putting roses into my flower aquariums. I need to do something new. They stay that way for WEEKS, SO NICE!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2008
11:30 AM

Post #5528410

Sally, hope you folks can dodge this one although looks like it is headed in your area of south Texas. Guess more will be know about the path tomorrow. Are you near the coast?
Fall gardening sounds splendid, fall gardening here is yanking up bulbs and winterizing a lot of things and bringing in all the tropicals, not so much fun as work, work, work.
Your aquarium roses - well if they last keep them going as they are lovely.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 9, 2008
2:55 PM

Post #5529106

hi
have not made thing lately
i busy making thing to sell at the festvile
will have picture
elle
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

September 9, 2008
3:13 PM

Post #5529183

Hi Sally, good to hear from you. Hope you will be ok and Ike doesn't come near you.
Did you make an arrangement for the AV club?
I don't have any roses blooming!! would be nice to see yours again. I have a glass vase which has a piece of wood stuck inside it, might try something with that underwater next.

Candee, It's off to work work work we go!!!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

September 9, 2008
3:18 PM

Post #5529215

Hi there elle, good luck with the festival, looking forward to seeing what you've made.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2008
3:29 PM

Post #5529265

I just happened to bring a piece of driftwood back from the cabin this weekend that may work well in a small something.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

September 9, 2008
3:44 PM

Post #5529330

well fancy that! Last year I made an arrangement with a piece of wood, and still can't get the wood out the vase, so underwater it goes!!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #5529490

LOL, stuck in the vase, that sounds like something I would wind up with!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

September 10, 2008
12:16 AM

Post #5531401

Terri, my roses are not the big tea roses. I USED to grow MANY of them in CAL. But here in the humidity, they are not fun to grow at all.

I have Knock Out and Butterfly roses though.

I BUY pretty roses for my flower aquariums.

Here is one of them.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 10, 2008
11:59 AM

Post #5532961

Very pretty Sally, I had never heard of butterfly roses. Learn somethin new everyday in here.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

September 10, 2008
10:07 PM

Post #5535454

They are about 10 feet tall right now.Gorgeous, but they need a good trim.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 11, 2008
12:20 AM

Post #5536017

here are some thing i make today
elle

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2008
12:30 AM

Post #5536062

elle, looks like a lot of cute little animals, a bit hard to see in the packaging. I do see the bunny and a skunk? What are they made of? Don;t look like your posey animal arrangements but are they? Should sell quite well.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 11, 2008
12:45 AM

Post #5536130

yes it is a skunk
i wax and sence them
they are suffed animal
elle
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2008
1:09 AM

Post #5536249

I thought they were stuffed, and you sew them wow they are just too cute. Does the skunk smell like skunk? LOL, hope not, but would make a great joke on some!
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 11, 2008
2:53 PM

Post #5538290

no it smell like roses
rose the skunk
i buy suffed animal
then i wax and secent them
here some more picture
the secent here are rose and baby powder
elle

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ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 11, 2008
2:57 PM

Post #5538304

here one the wall hanging just have flower

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ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 11, 2008
3:02 PM

Post #5538334

the bear with the red bow have baby powder scenet on it
it is soft it is not wax just scenet
elle

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2008
5:58 PM

Post #5539074

Oh, so they are actually powdered bears? Where did you ever get such an idea.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 12, 2008
2:44 PM

Post #5542594

the inter net
yesterday i made another puppy
elle

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

September 12, 2008
7:29 PM

Post #5543522

They are all so cute!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

September 21, 2008
2:09 PM

Post #5580065

Lovely roses Sally. I will have to look for my vase with the wood inside, no idea where it has ended up!!
elle, you have been so busy! nice idea with the wall hanging. Hope the sales were good.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 21, 2008
5:07 PM

Post #5580656

well did not go good but that ok
i guess i sell too many in town
elle
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2008
7:55 PM

Post #5581263

Oh sorry to hear that elle after you did so much work. But as you know times are tough right now for everyone and few are purchasing the little extras that we may have a months ago. What with fuel prices and winter coming upon us. Perhaps you can sell them a few at a time over the next few months.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 22, 2008
2:36 PM

Post #5584536

i toook the 3 big candle to work and sold them
elle
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 22, 2008
2:38 PM

Post #5584541

Good for you elle, knew you would turn a profit.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 22, 2008
3:29 PM

Post #5584756

thank-you
elle
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

September 22, 2008
4:11 PM

Post #5584971

elle, thats good you sold some at work!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

November 27, 2008
5:09 PM

Post #5835986

Hi Sally, Anything happening in the Underwater world lately? Miss your arrangements dear!
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

November 27, 2008
6:51 PM

Post #5836273

hi all
have a good thank-giving day
elle
Sallysblooms
South, TX

November 29, 2008
2:21 AM

Post #5839475

Nothing lately really. I will have to work on that. I had a fun Thanksgiving. Hope you all did too.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

December 2, 2008
5:10 PM

Post #5851118

Chrysanths and roses

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

December 2, 2008
5:12 PM

Post #5851124

Fun to make!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2008
7:11 PM

Post #5851402

Very nifty Terri, did you use some of my green beans in that first one LOL! I really like the sexy lady vase there, nice fall colors.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

December 2, 2008
9:02 PM

Post #5851773

Thank you Candee. No they are not your green beans LOL just the rose stems!!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #5854461

LOL, my eyes are getting worse all the time!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

December 10, 2008
4:57 AM

Post #5876939

Put a bunch of hubby's orchids under water. SO pretty.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2008
12:28 PM

Post #5877284

Plum wonderful! My favorite color appears again in your crystal ball! Now, does hubby know you picked them??? Are all of the stems in the frog at the bottom or are they floating, if so how do you get them placed so wonderfully?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

December 11, 2008
1:19 AM

Post #5879616

Hubby knows, ha. I told him and put another bouquet in the bathroom. There are so many blooms on the plant, it is fine he said.

The stems are stuck in the "frog." It was hard to get them inside the hole because they do not bend much. So, that was luck.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

December 11, 2008
1:56 AM

Post #5879766

Beautiful Sally! Your underwater arrangements look really classy, so glad you made another one!
I bought my first Orchid stem today, guess what? it's plum coloured. I'm not going to stick it underwater yet though Lol
Thanks for the treat, underwater Queen !!!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

December 12, 2008
8:47 PM

Post #5885387

Sally, just wondered if my Orchid stem should be in a cool or warm room?
It's gone a bit droopy already!!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

December 13, 2008
12:10 AM

Post #5886027

Is yours underwater? The flowers in a vase didn't look good today but the underwater ones I showed look brand new. My house is cool. I don't ever like to be too warm.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

December 13, 2008
12:28 AM

Post #5886083

I haven't put mine underwater yet, but I might now because it looks sad with the flowers all hanging down!! Thanks Sally.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

December 13, 2008
3:07 AM

Post #5886637

Aw, they do look a little droopy. Try putting them under water, might perk them up.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

December 14, 2008
3:53 AM

Post #5889559

Thanks Sally, I'll try that and see if they look better.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

January 1, 2009
5:42 AM

Post #5950592

Happy New Year Sally!
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

January 1, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #5952317

happy new year every one
elle
Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 1, 2009
10:04 PM

Post #5953158

Happy New Year!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 13, 2009
4:42 PM

Post #6261366


Hi Sally! It's March!!! so long since we made any underwaters.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 13, 2009
4:46 PM

Post #6261383

The beads helped to hold the flowers down.

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ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 13, 2009
6:10 PM

Post #6261727

hi all
very nice
elle
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 14, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #6263306

Hey Terri. So true! I hope to do one soon!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 14, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6265653

Looking forward to it Sally!


Thanks elle.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2009
4:05 PM

Post #6265679

Nice one Terri, okay Sally looking forward to your next creation.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2009
1:52 AM

Post #6273171

Ok, I got a frog. I need a container to put him in!











Speaking of frogs...

hehehe ribbet

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/953765/

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 17, 2009
5:50 PM

Post #6424393


Hi sally, just reminding you!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

June 11, 2009
9:22 AM

Post #6672170

I found a frog...
Just $1.00 at the Salvation Army Store.
Now I just have to find a vase that it will fit into & I can try one of these underwater arrangements.
I have been wanting to ever since I first saw this thread.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6672851

Dalfyre, that is a stunning frog! YOu will have to post it also in the FROGS IN A BASKET thread!

Well, the only way I have been doing ararangements underwater is when it rains. Right now the tide is in again at 1.5 inches and we have water everywhere!

I think I just need to add a flower to this vase!

Sally, your arrangements are stunning!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2009
3:17 PM

Post #6673160

BB I don't know where you are but we must be in the same rainbelt as they are predicting 2 more inches here today as well. I think that my zinnia seeds are just drowning and that is their problem.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 11, 2009
5:13 PM

Post #6673691

Blossom, I am jealous of your rain! I need to make another underwater arrangement. I am so busy. I have my usual arrangements I keep with the slate and frog container. I will try to do it. I have orchids and violets to water today. BIG JOB.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 11, 2009
5:16 PM

Post #6673703

Meant to show some flowers. These are not underwater, just no top of it, ha.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 11, 2009
5:19 PM

Post #6673717

Nice to see your happy smile Sally!
Lovely floating arrangement.

Nice frog dalfyre, what flowers have you got for underwater?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 11, 2009
5:29 PM

Post #6673753

HA, that's what I look like when it is 95 degrees and HUMIDITY! I took that as a test pic. before my hubby got home. It was our anniversary. I can't take pics inside where it is COOOOL because I close my eyes with the flash. It's hard being me! :)
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

June 12, 2009
9:40 AM

Post #6677014

And this is my first underwater arrangement...
the frog works great :)

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
2:23 PM

Post #6677711

Dalfrye, thats reallly neato! Dont forget to post your frog also to the Flower arrangers tool box! Now thats two more threads for you to show in!!

Sally, thats why I never try to take my pic or get it done! I look like my ugly shot on the drivers license! LOL! So thats why I keep doing the WILSON thing going incogneato! Happy Ann. BTW! Congrats. My hub and are going on 20 years this month ! I would send you some rain, but dog gone, the wind just dont blow that way from here, but you have our blessings from the bottom of our hearts!

Haighr, Illinois. Yep, you and are are in the same wind tunnel. Looks to be clear for a day or so... but I am sure more rain is coming.

Well. gotta get to my next project. One day I will try my hand on these.. Just too much going on and just enjoy peeking in here!

Keep up the great workls! They are all awesome!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 12, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6678169

Dalfyre, how pretty! Great job. I think water and glass are so sparkley and pretty!

I can't believe you have TWO bird vases like the one I got from my Grandmother when she passed away.

Where are your vases made? How old are they? I cannot read the bottom of mine. I am curious about mine.

Here is mine. I love it so much!

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

June 12, 2009
8:28 PM

Post #6678998

Sally - I never realised the birds were vases!
I can't make out the markings on the bottom either.
Mine have Made in ? a number 8 in a reddish ink & numbers stamped into the base.
They belonged to my Husband's Grandmother who passed away 2 years ago aged 100.
I suspect they date from the 1940's or thereabouts as much of her china & such is of that vintage.
If you have one all the way over there they must have had a fairly big production run so should be info somewhere online.
New project for me :)
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 12, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #6679056

I hope we can find out more! Glad I could tell you that they are vases! ha. I really love the way they look, the soft glaze. My g. mother passed away three years ago at age 93. Nana.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2009
3:49 PM

Post #6685949

Nice to meet you face to face Sally. And lovely roses in the bowl. Dalfyre you made a great one for your first time at this. Really like the grasses coming out the top. Very nice bird vases you have both got there as well.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 14, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6685994

Thanks, I just wish we could learn more about them. SO hard to read, red ink. I even used a good magnifying glass. Doesn't make sense.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

June 15, 2009
10:35 AM

Post #6689127

the grasses coming out of the arrangement are cabbage tree fronds - cordyline australis.
It is one I had cut down a few years back but it is re-sprouting.
I need to cut it back & poison it.
I actually like cabbage tree but the fronds are incredibly fibrous & ruin motor mowers very quickly of you run over them.
So they are very unpopular in the suburbs...
my neighbour offered to come over & cut it down for me.
He was only half joking when he said if I hadn't brought the garden guys in to take it out he would have hopped over the fence in the middle of the night to cut it down.
I have two other cordylines in pots, they are a lovely red/bronze colour, C. australis 'Red Fountain'
they don't shed like the green ones do and are very popular in landscaping here & in Aussie.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
1:14 PM

Post #6689570

They must be mighty nasty if they ruin a mower blade, wow.
Hey Dianne, could you start a new thread for the underwaters, this one is getting a bit slow even for cable service.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 15, 2009
4:27 PM

Post #6690565


Nice arrangement dalfyre and lovely vases!

Sally!! I think Candee would like you to start a new thread... Blonde!!!!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 15, 2009
6:34 PM

Post #6691191

Underwater flowers part two, here ya go!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1003029/
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

June 16, 2009
7:01 AM

Post #6694162

Sally - I think our bird vases are Made in Slovakia...
I found one on e-bay, different colour bird but the same style.
There were other similar ones from Slovakia or Czechoslovakia...

see what you think

http://collectibles.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=bird+vase&_sacat=1&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_odkw=slovakia&_osacat=1
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 16, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6695732

WOW! Thanks! I do believe that is the same stamp! The vase is almost the same, diff. colors, you are right. I appreciate your help, it was bothering me!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

June 16, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6696022

Oh, your next job is to find the year it was made! ;0)

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