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Monthly Archives: July 2013

How To Make A Simple Corsage With Flowers & Succulents

Corsages are a bundle of flowers, usually worn on either a dress or wrist, which signify that someone special or important to the event.  It's basically a boutonniere on steroids.  They can be small or large depending on the taste and size of the woman wearing it.   Last week I showed you the Read more

Flower Friday: Hibiscus

Some of the newer varieties of Hibiscus are downright wild and crazy.   They'd cause even Lady Gaga's head to spin!  These pictured here are some of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis' I've seen on the streets of Santa Barbara both in shrub and tree form.  They're native to subtropical and tropical areas all over the world and have been sighted tucked behind the ears of women everywhere.

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Mediterranean Ravioli

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 Here's another recipe from my farmers market, local food lovin' buddy Debra Lynn Hempe.Read more

How To Make A Simple Succulent Boutonniere

Boutonnieres, traditionally worn by men on special occasions, are oh so simple to make.  Because they are smaller (usually) than corsages, there is less material used and less wiring required so they are  not nearly as fussy to construct.  Succulents add in an artistic, modern touch.Read more

Flower Friday: Gerber Daisies

Gerber Daisies, in the same family as those jolly sunflowers, are the 5th most popular flower in the world.  In recent years the flower size has gotten bigger, the color combos jazzier and different forms have emerged.  Their meaning is cheerfulness which is evident by their large heads and bright colors - some of them like glowing neon.

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Fabulous Fresh Cut Flowers

It’s summer - floral abundance is everywhere!  I love love love flowers both in my garden and in my house.  Although my own garden is mainly succulents, bromeliads and Mediterranean plants, I’m fortunate to live in an area where I get beautiful, locally grown flowers at our Santa Barbara Farmers Market every week.  Debra... Read more

How To Make A Flower Head Wreath

This is the season for weddings, showers, picnics and enjoying the great outdoors.  I used to work in the plant and event division for a large florist in San Francisco and have picked up a lot of floral techniques through osmosis and execution.  These floral headdress' are favorites of flower girls everywhere and are easy to make.  A word of warning: it does take a bit of patience, time and practice.... Read more

Flower Friday: Yellow Roses

I'm starting a new Friday tradition here at Joy Us garden. My how to and garden goodie posts will now appear on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. On the last day of the work week I'll be posting nothing but pictures of flowers. A few words or some sort of description will accompany the 5 or 6 images but that's it - short and sweet. It's something I do on our Read more