I was inspired by Mary Claire’s post this week. She went looking for nature and brought home some wildflowers. I read her post after I was disappointed by the fresh cut flower selection at the grocery store. I usually like to top off my grocery cart with a bunch of flowers, but the flowers just weren’t looking good the other day. I got into this habit in Germany. Fresh cut flowers were so inexpensive there, I’m guessing thanks to the proximity to The Netherlands. Most days I could get 10 tulips or daises for just 1.99 Euros. That is about $2.50. Last week at my grocery store, I paid $4 for 5 daisies. Yeesh! Makes me wish for the day when this was in my back yard:
That was Joshua, age 2, in the backyard of our house in Pennsylvania. Cute little bugger.
So, Mary Claire’s post made me wonder how people like to decorate with plants. Do you use artificial flowers and plants? Or, do you think real is the only way to go? Maybe a mix is more up your alley?
I used to keep artificial flowers and plants in our house, but in recent years I’ve found myself preferring the real thing. We had a decent assortment of real houseplants in Germany, plus beautiful orchids. I had to give them all away before we moved. It made me so sad to part with them. Now in South Carolina, I haven’t acquired any new houseplants yet. I miss them. Sometimes I walk around the house with a half drunk glass of water looking for a plant to water. I think a house feels more like home with plants and flowers. Funny I don’t read or see much in decorating magazines about decorating with plants.
I also like decorating with twigs, branches, grasses, bamboo. The moving guys in Germany wouldn’t pack my assortment of branches and twigs. I guess they took the “No Plants” thing seriously, even the dead ones! Oh well. You can tell the collage above was taken at Target, but you don’t have to buy this stuff. A lot of it can be found, like my son’s pine cone collection. I’m looking forward to using his new collection to decorate for the holidays, probably with silver and gold spray paint.
So, what gets your vote? Artificial or real? How do you bring nature into your home?