Monday, January 24, 2011

Think PINK-or Should I Say Honeysuckle!

GOLDFLAME HONEYSUCKLE 'Lonicera hackrottii'
Fast growing semi-evergreen to deciduous vine with blue-green leaves. Flowers are coral-pink with yellow inside. Blooms spring through fall. 15' long twining stems. Plant in sun; light shade inland. Zone 4.

For all you gardeners who love pink, this year is the time to incorporate the Pantone 2011 color of the year, Honeysuckle! "A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional standards for the design industries, announced Pantone Honeysuckle, a vibrant energetic hue, as the color of the year."
I first read about this announcement from Jodi, over at http://www.bloomingwriter.blogspot.com/ a few weeks ago in a post she submitted. Since then, I have been seeing more info about this color. I thought I would share it with you. You can now start your own quest for 'Honeysuckle' pink.


I decided to launch my own quest to find examples of this color in flowers. This Mandevilla is pretty close to the Honeysuckle color with its reddish pink color.

I love Mandevilla because of its tropical characteristics! The trumpet shaped flowers and glossy green foliage are so beautiful!


Here are just a few examples of the Honeysuckle pink shade in nail polish, lipstick, and clothing. The nail polish is called Flower-to-flower (how applicable) and the lipstick name was faded on the bottom (so I couldn't tell), but the idea is to find colors that are the reddish pink like the honeysuckle pink.


This is an apron I made last summer. The fabric is a vintage style fabric with flower seed packet designs...there's also some of the honeysuckle pink.










I found this Breast Cancer awareness T-shirt last weekend clearanced for less than $5...nice Honeysuckle pink don't you think?

A local TV show called Studio 5 had this segment showcasing ideas to incorporate "honeysuckle pink" in fashion, home decor, and even cosmetics. I thought you might enjoy viewing the video of the segment.



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sunrise Over the Utah Rocky Mountains

Since there's not much going on in my garden right now, I chose to focus on the magestic beauty of our mountains. This morning on my walk, I brought my camera along to capture the snow-capped mountains in my neck-of-the woods. Like one of our fellow garden bloggers said the other day, when everything is brown (or white in my case) on the ground, look up!

This is the Wasatch mountain range which is part of the Rocky Mountains. The snow has finally melted off the roads, thanks to the warmer temperatures and sunshine we had yesterday and this past weekend. When I say warm, I mean mid forties and low fifties! That is a heat wave in January for us folks!

Beautiful mountains you say! Yes thy are, but unless you are an avid snow skier, snow boarder, or any other winter sports enthusiast, you will begin to get cabin fever about February or March when all our other southern region gardeners are planting their gardens and bragging about their camellias in bloom!











I guess I'll just stay close to the fire and sip on my hot chocolate for four more months until the ground thaws and I can plant something outside! Anyway, enjoy the snow pics and come visit Utah if you're looking for some fun in the snow!




Saturday, January 8, 2011

January Winter Whites

On this crisp cold January winter day, I thought it would be appropriate to post some images of a blooming winter white flower. Everytime I pass this simple single stem white gerbera daisy on my kitchen counter, it puts a smile on my face. Hopefully you will be smiling too!

There's nothing like fresh flowers displayed in a home! If your budget is limited, at least purchase some single stems like this one.

Ahhh! Simple pleasures! When you zoom your camera lens in, you're able to see much more detail in this Gerbera daisy.


The creamy white petals remind me of the blanket of snow covering the ground outside my home.


Attention! Update on my 'Apple Blossom' amaryllis. So far the flower has made this much progress. I patiently wait for my flower to bloom...I'll keep you posted.




Saturday, January 1, 2011

Paperwhites Bloomed for Christmas!

I'm just now getting a few minutes to update my paperwhite experiment...and guess what? They bloomed just a few days before Christmas! What a great Christmas gift! Everytime I walk in my laundry room I get a wiff of paperwhite aroma. I must admit, the scent is a little strong for me, hence this is why they were moved to my laundry room. Everytime I pass by the room, the flowers bring a smile to my face!

A week before Christmas, I drove 3 1/2 hours to visit my daughter at college, and bring her home for Christmas. While I was away, my husband called to let me know my paperwhites had bloomed. That was GREAT news! When I got home I was able to capture a few pictures to share, but because of the craziness of the holidays I am just now posting them. Now with anticipation I am waiting for my amaryllis to bloom.




To give a little stability to the bulbs and weigh the container, I added polished rocks around the base. It also adds a finished look to the bulbs.