Lumpy, bumpy grass!

On my walk down by the beach the other day I wandered along and waited for something botanically interesting to jump out at me. Something did, well, it didn’t jump but it certainly showed itself and was a perfect subject for a post. The real term is zoysia tenuifolia but most would refer to it as the ‘lumpy grass‘ or the ‘now-mow’ grass. If you’ve never seen this grass with your own eyes, it really is a treat. It feels really interesting too.

The Zoysia grasses family are native to east and southeast Asia and tend to be a good choice if you are looking for low maintenance ground cover and live in a relatively mild climate. The zoysia grasses can handle a wide variation in sunlight, fertilization, temperatures and climate changes.  It grows rather slowly but as it does, it creates interesting lumps and bumps and takes on a rather ‘mossy’ look.

 

Beautiful winter arrangements

I was blown away when I received the Olive and Cocoa catalog a few weeks back and saw their beautiful winter floral arrangements. I can’t decide what appeals to me more, the amazing, natural vessels that the arrangements come in or the actual flowers and organic pieces that are placed  in the containers. Either way, I love all the arrangements and wanted to share them with you. What is your favorite?

 

(All images from Olive and Cocoa website: http://www.oliveandcocoa.com)

California Christmas

I’m working at the Holiday Homes Tour this weekend which is a charity event run by The Sandpipers. The Sandpipers are a philanthropic organization that generates funds for multiple organizations in the South Bay community. To add a little Christmas fun I made a few arrangements for the check out tables. I used some fig leaves off my plant at home and added some lilies and berries. To anchor the flowers a bit I placed a pine cone in the arrangement. I can’t wait to learn more about arranging and do a ‘professional’ job one day!