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Learn how to plant the perfect low-maintenance plant ever with Carmen Johnston Gardens!

Did you all know that there is a fashion show for flowers? Amazing, right? It happens twice a year, once in Europe and then once in California. Every year, breeders (basically, the people who make the flowers easy for everyone else to grow) come from all over the world and gather together in a town called Essen in Germany. Just like the designers who show at the fashion shows in Paris and New York, these breeders come to Essen bringing their very best! It is such an incredible sight to see and for this flower child, it was nothing short of magical. There were rows and rows of flowers that I had never seen, which brings me to the perfect low-maintenance plant and today’s post…

There, among all the new and unique blooms, one plant in particular really caught my eye. This extraordinary plant was not growing in water or soil but had the most beautiful bloom. Was it real? I had to touch it to be sure. It was most definitely real and “it” turned out to be an amaryllis growing in a bulb covered in wax.

I had to have them!

Several questions and a few emails later and these beautiful bulbs were at my door. Merry Christmas, to me! It was the end of December and I really was like a kid on Christmas Eve. I am so thrilled to finally share them with you all. One of my ongoing missions in life is to find low-maintenance plants for my friends to grow with ease. This is that plant! No matter what shade of green your thumb is, this plant is guaranteed to give you a beautiful bloom.

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

(Bulb at 1 week)

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

(Bulb at 2-3 weeks)

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

(Bulb at 3-4 weeks; in full bloom and still with more to come!)

I am so inspired by its fun, new look. The possibilities are endless!

Learn how to plant the perfect low-maintenance plant ever with Carmen Johnston Gardens! Learn how to plant the perfect low-maintenance plant ever with Carmen Johnston Gardens! With Valentine’s Day only a week a way, I thought it was the perfect time to tell you all about this plant that has stolen my heart. Hopefully, in the near future, these “Be Mine” bulbs can be yours too!

Learn how to plant the perfect low-maintenance plant ever with Carmen Johnston Gardens! Stay tuned! More about this soon.

Photos by The Photography of Haley Sheffield

Make sure to plant flat side where roots emerge at bottom and pointed tip on top.

Make sure to plant flat side where roots emerge at bottom and pointed tip on top.

Want to know even more about bulbs? Be sure to check out our post on planting bulbs!

The month of February is typically characterized by one thing and one thing alone—Valentine’s Day. With this Hallmark holiday staking it’s claim on the first half of this month every single year, it is impossible to ignore the fact that love is certainly in the air and it is something contagious. That being said, this past month I have been inspired by a major symptom of the holiday itself—romance. However, I am not referring to the candy-hearts and chocolate-kisses kind of romance. My inspiration has sprung from something more sensual, dare I say dreamy, and with an irresistible punch of passion that will leave you breathless and give you some different ideas for Valentine’s Day.

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Photos courtesy of (From left to right): Design Love Fest, Rie Elise Larsen via House of Bliss, and Anthropologie

Romance is like floating. Create an indoor escape with decor such as a sanctuary of pillows, a ‘magic carpet’ throw, and a colorful collection of candelabras.

Enchanted Evening

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Photos courtesy of (From left to right): Terrain, Light Locations, and Free People Clothing

Romance is about adventure. Establish a fairytale evening of your own with this woodsy chandelier, an intimate soak, and a dress fit for both the warrior and princess within.

Secret Garden

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Photos courtesy of (From left to right): Harper’s Bazaar via Apartment 34, Confetti Pop, and Darling Magazine

Romance is for indulging. Uncover desire in a lush world of fast cars and feathers, floral toppers for your favorite cake, and flowers in your hair.


Take A Chance With Romance.Still022It’s Friday, you can’t wait for 5 o’clock to get here because you have been working like a dog all week long. In fact, all of your hard work has given you a terrible headache so you head to the drug store on your lunch break to grab something to ease the pain. To your surprise, it looks as though the entire store has been hit by a pink and red tornado. Then it hits you—Crap! It’s Valentine’s Day and you have definitely missed the window for making reservations at any decent restaurant. What the heck are you going to do?

Breathe easy, my friends. While dining with your special someone at their favorite restaurant may be an easy solution to your Valentine’s Day dilemma, it is certainly not the most creative. Stop staring at the 99-cent card section, scratching your head, and wondering if, “I forgot Valentine’s Day (again) but you sure do look cute” will make up for being a total dud. Grab some candles, camellia blooms, and something yummy. You are going to save Valentine’s Day (and possibly your relationship) by transforming your living room into a romantic garden party for two!

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Once again, a special thanks to:
Haley Sheffield for her fabulous photos;
Dynes Media for another outstanding video;
and Kaylee Daily for bringing some style to the blog.

 

Take A Chance With Romance.Still019Like any holiday or special occasion, what makes Valentine’s Day so exciting is all the anticipation leading up to it. It is those little moments of unexpected sweetness that make your loved-ones all ooey-gooey inside. With only a few days left before February 14th makes its grand entrance, putting all you lovers on display, it is time to start busting out the big guns.

Ladies, show your handsome fellow that all of his hard work has not gone unnoticed by packing him a special Pre-Valentine’s Day lunch with all of his favorite eats. But don’t just let the food do all the talking—put your appreciation onto paper with a handwritten love letter that is sweeter than any dessert.

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Let the loving begin!

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Once again, a special thanks to:
Haley Sheffield for her fabulous photos;
Dynes Media for another outstanding video;
and Kaylee Daily for bringing some style to the blog.

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You are probably familiar with the old saying that suggests the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While I do believe this to be of some truth, what about us women? We like to eat too! Don’t get me wrong, diamonds and pearls are much appreciated, but a girl has got to eat. Am I right, ladies? And breakfast in bed—that might just be our favorite way to get our fuel for the day. So, there you have it, gentlemen: the best way to reserve a special spot in your ladies heart—start at the stomach. But don’t forget the flowers! Flowers come in at a very close second in the race for your woman’s heart; especially, for yours truly.

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The countdown for Valentine’s Day continues! Only eight days left so make them count. For fun gift ideas, be sure to follow me on Facebook to see my daily suggestions for “14 Days of Love.”

Special Thanks:
the lovely Haley Sheffield for her impeccable photography;
the handsome duo at Dynes Media for their mad videography skills;
and the ever-so-stylish Kaylee Daily for making pajamas look good.