Here's one of the topiary gardenias. I bought two of these. The plastic pots they came in will soon be history because Mr. Willoughby and I will be making planter boxes for them this weekend (I'll be blogging each step of the process in case you want to make some, too). My plan is to have them flanking the back porch steps. It was a challenge driving home with these beauties. I drive an SUV and they were too tall to put in the back without laying them down. Instead I put them behind the driver's seat. They started to tip over onto my daughter (she couldn't reach far enough to hold them up with her seat belt on) so I had to drive all the way home from the store with one hand behind my back holding them upright.
And I couldn't pass up this sweet deal. Ten tulips for $1.33! I bought a pink bunch and a purple bunch and put them in the new pitcher I got at the flea market on Sunday.
The stems are a little limp, but they still look pretty sitting on a glass top table next to my fish votive holder. He's from the flea market, too. I got him last year. He's made of iron and weighs about 5 pounds. Here's a closer look.
He has an opening on his underside where you can insert a candle. The wind blows it out pretty easily, but on calm nights he looks really cool. We spend most of our time on the back porch when the weather is nice and I love having flowers and candles all over the place. I'll give you a tour in an upcoming blog.
Happy, happy, happy!