Thursday, February 24, 2011

It Caught My Eye...


Thought I'd share this piece of art with you because it caught my eye.  I'm not sure who the artist is or what it's called, though the file name reads "Poisonous Flower" so perhaps we can assume that's the name.  I found it in a Google image search while researching the poisonous flowers of the Brugmansia plant (a.k.a. Angel's Trumpets) featured in my last post.

Just some eye candy, that's all folks.  I'll be back later with another post on the treasure I found today at TJMaxx during lunch!  AHHHHH!  I know, I shouldn't be shopping, but my mom wanted to go and who am I kidding, I can't refuse!  Besides, I only spent $20 (for four items) and wait until you see what one of them is!!!!  Let's just say it's something that I've seen in this particular TJMaxx over and over floating around for well over a year, I always admired it yet convinced myself I didn't need it, plus the price was never right until now!  It was marked down to a STEAL!  Ok ok, enough bragging, when I get home I'll photograph it so you can see....

 

(image via Google image search)

Flowers and Cacti and Succulents OH MY!




Hi there... it's already Thursday, yipeeeeee..

This post showcases the beautiful plants and flowers at my boyfriend's mother's house.  I went NUTS photographing her garden!  Scroll on and enjoy!!


This incredible fuchsia colored plant is called Cordyline fruticosa, also known as the Hawaiian Ti Plant or Good Luck plant.  Interestingly enough, it's in the same family as Asparagus!  It has such vibrant colored leaves and, as you can see, puts out some pretty seeds...









This tree is one of my favorites, not just because of the SPECTACULAR large flower bunches, but because the underside of its leaves are a dark eggplant purple color!  It's called Clerodendrum quadriloculare, but it's also known as the "Starburst Bush" or "Shooting Star."  My boyfriend's mother has tons of them lining the front of her house and in the backyard as well.  My mother and my grandmother also have this tree and say it spreads very fast, so it's perfect for filling large parts of a yard. 


 Gorgeous....













Some vibrant purple Bougainvillea...




A yellow Hibiscus flower in the process of opening...


And here's one that has already opened.....




Look, I got my boyfriend's mother an Echeveria "Doris Taylor" succulent too! 
It's hangin' out on her patio table with a branch of platanos from her tree....

Mmmm.... tostones... lol...

 This tree is called a Brugmansia, also known as "Angel's Trumpets" due to the beautiful pink bell shaped flowers.... Beware though, because this beauty is deadly, all parts of the plants anf flower are highly toxic to humans and animals!!



 
I had a Georgia O'Keeffe moment here..... hehe....




As for these little pests... Yeah, they're pretty, but when the purple flowers aren't in bloom the plant looks weedy and worst of all, if you should ever decide you don't want them in your yard anymore.... well, good luck getting rid of them!  My aunt and I once went insane ripping all the roots out of a bed of soil and weeks later they were back again.... ripped them out again.... they came back!  They're unstoppable!



And, last but not least... her cactus and succulent planter!  Initially it was just the large cactus, but I added soil and some succulents at the base of the cactus to fill out empty space in the planter and add some color... 

Unfortunately I was not around when the big flower on the cactus bloomed :((





 These Hen and Chick succulents have turned blood red in the last few weeks, wish I had snapped a new picture to share with you...



(All images in this post are my own personal photographs.  Please ask permission if you would like to use them, send me an e-mail at InspireBohemia@gmail.com.  Please link back to Inspire Bohemia.)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Garden Planters and Decor


Hello hello!

Just a quick post to say look at my new cacti and succulent planters and GUESS WHAT I GOT!?!  Scroll down to see...  

It all happened so fast!  No, really!  You see, I mentioned in my last post that last weekend I went to Homegoods and bought a lamp that I was contemplating returning.  Well, I did.  I stood in a return line for 20 minutes with the lamp propped against my thigh... as I  impatiently twisted my neck in the direction of the garden section wondering if there were any new goodies since my last visit raid.  And of course I did my best to convince myself to walk straight out the door with my horse blinders on as soon as my return was complete and NOT stop to look at stuff!  UMMM, YEAH RIGHT!  I returned the lamp (and a purse) and just as I was walking through the exit doors I took a peek at the garden display out of the corner of one eye and low and behold I spotted TREASURE!  Arghhhh.... love me some treasure!  Muhahahaha.... I snatched it off the display stand so fast and with such a happy squeal, I am so smitten with my latest garden decor find (but when I get my own place again it will definitely be living inside so I can swoon over it night and day!)....
 DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....

TA DAHHHH!!  A stunning multi-colored ceramic garden/indoor stool.  It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that I LOVE the pattern!


Some more detail?  Why yes of course....


And a view of the turquoise colored top...

 
Here is one of the new succulent/cacti planters that I made over the weekend...



I love this new Echeveria I found at Home Depot.... especially its delicate flower stalks!


Here's a view of the other side.... Apart from the Echeveria I stuck in a Hen and Chick, Kalanchoes, a creeping cactus vine and some type of Aloe in the center....

I can't get enough of the beautiful pink bell-shaped flowers on the Kalanchoes...



I finally planted my new fuzzy Echeveria "Doris Taylor" in pot....  Doesn't she look fabulous?


 A red flowering Kalanchoe, my Aloe and Echeveria "Doris Taylor" in the background...

 More random shots just because.... because the colors are so gorgeous!...
 




(All images in this post are my own personal photographs.  Please ask permission if you would like to use them and link back to Inspire Bohemia.  Thank you.)