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Casie Becker
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This is my front entry table. It's the first thing I see every time I enter my home. The things that are displayed on it change regularly throughout the year, except the flowers. Or more accurately, I keep changing the flower arrangement but try to always have one. If you notice today, it's an orchid. It's not very permie of me to keep buying greenhouse grown flowers, but I have a hard time resisting when I walk past the floral displays every night at work.

I get great joy out having flowers great me at the door. I hope to reduce this extravagance over the future by planting more long lasting flowers in my yard. Or maybe just allowing myself to cut them, despite how much the bees are enjoying them. If I had resisted these orchids I could have white bearded irises and long spires of May Night Salvia blooms which would look lovely together.

Anyone else have a guilty pleasure or extravagant luxury item that they want to replace with a more responsible alternative. Not a staple item or necessity, just something frivolous that brings them joy?
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Jocelyn Campbell
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Paul loves buying me cut flowers (when we don't have any of our own - and we don't have a lot, yet).

Though a friend of mine once told me that she was buying potted orchids for her office reception area. Trader Joe's had them for $15 and even though she didn't know how to keep them alive long term (her office was a bit dark) they lasted several weeks instead of the mere days of cut flowers.

So I now try to buy potted plants instead of cut flowers - especially ones we can plant outside later this spring! If they die, they've still lasted longer than a bouquet and it's more to compost. If they die after transplanting, still no big deal in my book. It was worth a little try.

Here are some examples.

An iris with a spent (blossoms done, but plant happy!) hyacinth behind it.

A very sad little holly, which came with fake berries, which we had in too dark of a spot over the holidays. Though if the little spurts of new growth make it, we'll try adding this to our hedgerow.

The last is a happy rose bush that almost expired before Sharla transplanted it for us. It might be/likely is a floral quality, not exactly hardy or heritage variety, but it's lovely to have the green indoors for now, even if it doesn't survive going outside.
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Ann Torrence
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Flowers in the house in winter are guilt-free luxurious! I have a couple of pots of African violets, Christmas cactus and Amaryllis that I keep going in hopes that something is often if not always blooming in the winter. If i would get my act together, I would also have freesias, which smell amazing. And force hyacinths, which isn't happening this spring either. But my Christmas cactus cutting from last fall is blooming, and so is a violet. Then my birthday daffodils will start blooming (we planted 1000 bulbs for my 50th birthday), and it won't be dark in the house and then the dutch iris will come back and by then it will be high spring.

I gave up my worst guilty pleasure last May. Cut flowers pale in comparison. But I like nurturing the perennials to come back again and again.
 
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