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September 20, 2012

No- this post isn’t about telling people off using plant verbiage in a clever way. {Though, if said with a New York accent and a gesticulating hand motion it does look something like a tell off!} Propagating plants is something we do around here when a plant stalk breaks and we don’t have the heart to toss it.  We’ve grown ‘new’ jade plants, begonias, trailing succulents and most often the cactus that came from my great-grandmother.  I swear, countless friends and family have a cactus begot from this prolific specimen!

{A cacti Mother & Child reunion.}

What prompted this post was a plant in mid-propagation on a woman’s desk that I walked by today at work.  She had almost lost her beloved plant when she’d taken off for vacation and it didn’t get properly watered in her absence. With a little love it could live on! I guess that’s the whole idea…here are some recently planted propagations at our house:

{In the mix here is a begonia, trailing succulent, and mystery plant!}

My father-in-law propagates pretty much every plant he has and any cuttings  he can get a hold of– he is part scientific madman and part master gardener!  We have plants and trees around our yard that have come from some of his and my mother-in-law’s.

When someone gives you a plant and you care for it throughout the years, isn’t it more precious to you over time?  We have a plant that belonged to another great-grandmother, one that a friend gave Luke’s parents when he was born, one that we brought home with us from the weekend we got engaged in Bar Harbor, one that my mom gave to me when I turned 31…we love these greenies and know when and how we got them.  It’s been fun to share them with others!

For a very simple guide to propagating, with elegant photos {like the first one on this post} click on this link to design sponge: Grow on– do it!

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Radio Silence

September 18, 2012

Well, hello!  It’s been over a month since I posted– what can I say?  It’s been busy and these last bits of summer have been gorgeous, so I’ve pretty much been playing outside and have had stuff going on. Plus, I started a new job– {still in women’s apparel}. Very exciting!

Since the days have shortened and cooled off a bit I’m beginning to think of things to get done inside, like painting.  There are still rooms in our house that we haven’t painted…Geez Louise!

This shade of gold is going in the guest bedroom.  (Thanks Portia!)

Also very much on my mind are boots.  Booties and Tall pull-ons to be precise.

Wear-all-fall-long pieces like cashmere in  jewel tones and denim in an unexpectedly neutral color. (Am I ever on a mustard yellow kick?!)

Now if only I could have the closet of fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw. It was full of amazing pieces, stacked high with fabulous shoes, and served as a walk-through from her bed to bath…that girl had a good set up!

I hope all has been well with you!  Are any of you getting into the swing of the fall season yet?

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