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November 13, 2015

Friday Quick Notes & Ideas

Plants for the Holidays
I potted up a deep red amaryllis that I'm hoping will bloom around Christmas.  In the meantime my "Christmas Cactus" decided to bloom already.  As you can see through the door I moved the urns from my Fall/Halloween "Deckorating" by the house and that's all I've kept from the whole display.  I thought it would be nice to keep them through Thanksgiving.
So I have both elements of Autumnal decorating and Christmas Decorating mixing together.

I haven't started Christmas decorating except this kind of happened and I wanted to share it. I do not like the smell of Paper White Narcissus and they often grow too tall and become gangly looking so I started looking on the internet and ran across these made by Sage & Co. After doing a bit of research I found these and I ordered from Overstock.com and couldn't be happier.  They sell them as a set of 6 bundles that have six flowers in each bundle.  I saw them for double the price on another website (which was ridiculous).

Don't they look incredibly real!   I'll fuss with the arrangement a bit more but I'm tickled with it already!  You could even fake out that they are potted.  I'm going go add some small stones to the bottom of the glass jars to help stabilize mine and make it appear like they're growing in stones with water which is a common technique of growing the real ones.

The little cedars are from Pier 1 and are going fast.  I got the larger version but there is another smaller one that's real cute.  They come potted in a cute tin with a burlap edge and a bell so they're ready to be displayed.  

I just wanted to share that with you in case any of you are like me regarding the Paper Whites.  

I'm going to try to do a "Friday Quickies" each week!  Now... where's that string to tie on my finger as a reminder!

Have a great weekend my friends!

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  1. I adore Paper Whites Liz! How stunning this is! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Oh, I love the fresh plants and evergreens! My Christmas cactus isn't yet blooming, but then again, it seems to eventually bloom near Christmas and then have even a few blossoms still making the scene at Easter! Love the paper whites. I must get some. Beautiful decorating, Liz!

  3. I have never grown paperwhites, Liz...but those look beautiful...and real.... My Christmas cactus is just getting ready to bloom. Love that you have both elements out. I am hold off until after Thanksgiving to bring out Christmas here. I am hosting this year. xo Diana

  4. Liz, love them and don't care for the smell of paper whites either. Love the cedar tree. Making a move to Pier One. Have a super weekend


  5. Hi Liz, I would love to get myself a paperwhite. I did not know you had this blog...I went by your sit with me site and thought I would check to see if you were doing okay. Then I found this site....so glad you are well and enjoying your days and your flowers. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  6. Those paperwhites are so pretty and look real. I thought they were! They look great with the cedars.

  7. My Christmas cactus is blooming right now too. It must be more excited about Halloween and Thanksgiving. I agree with you about the real paperwhites. These look like a great alternative. Thank you for the recommendation.

  8. Liz,
    I agree that the smell of paperwhites can sometimes be overpowering!!!
    Love your "faux" ones, dear friend!!!
    I like the idea of Friday quickies!!!

  9. Great idea! I've never had real ones. I only have 3 houseplants, a Cmas cactus which is blooming now, a shamrock, of course, and swedish bridal veil. My mom was an avid gardener but we never had indoor plants! She said she had enough to do without caring for plants. 3 are enough for me. I am not hosting Tgiving so I may start Cmas early. I am getting so slow ! I did do some shopping for gifts at the Lenox outlet. They had 25% off everything. Have a good week. Going to be 60 today and sunny! Great for Nov.!

  10. My christmas cactus died, and I have never been able to grow paper whites. I think maybe I need some fakes, too! These look good.

  11. I can't believe the paper whites are faux! Beautiful Liz! I must check them out!

  12. Beautiful paper whites and your cactus is lovely. May some fake ones for me. Not Christmas decorating yet, it's not even Thanksgiving. I keep thinking maybe a simple Christmas.....

    1. Thanks! I'm not decorating for Christmas yet- just sharing some ideas!

  13. Hi Liz, I have not grown paperwhites but these are incredible and do look so real. I could do good with these and not kill them. LOL Love the little cedars too. I thinking Christmas and gathering my ideas. Took down all the tubs to the garage. I'll start the day after Thanksgiving.
    Have a great night.xo

  14. I have been meaning to get an Amaryllis planted. Hope yours blooms just in time for Christmas celebrations. I thought those Narcissus were real! I love the way you have them displayed in the basket with the cedars. So pretty.

  15. Hi Liz, I just stopped and bought my paper whites today. Hubby doesn't like the smell either, but I guess he's getting use to them, because he never says much anymore. Either that, or he's just given up. lol! Yours really do look real. I water mine with vinegar/water mixture to stunt their growth. Heard that somewhere. Your cactus is gorgeous! I"ve got to get an Amaryllis soon. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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