Buy a Shamrock Plant, also called Oxalis, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, It’s really an interesting house plant.

The leaves of the Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) as seen open by day.

The leaves of the Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) as seen open by day.

The Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) with its light-sensitive leaves closed for the night.

The Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) with its light-sensitive leaves closed for the night.

Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here, and in super markets and florist stores everywhere you will see the Shamrock Plant also called Oxalis. The Shamrock plant, which some people think brings good luck is a member of the wood sorrel family. The interesting thing about the Oxalis is the way that it opens its leaves by day, and how it closes them at night. The shamrock plant is most often seen in solid green (like the above photos), but there are also ones with burgundy-purple colored leaves and some that even have a green leave with a burgundy-purple center. Depending on the plant chosen, the oxalis will have either a white or soft pink trumpet-shaped flower. Continue reading

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How to Trim a Golden String / Thread Cypress into a Pyramid

The pair of Golden String Cypress before their Yearly Shearing.

The pair of Golden String Cypress before their Yearly Shearing.

The first Golden String / Thread Cypress after its yearly Trimming.

The first Golden String / Thread Cypress after its yearly Trimming.

The pair of Golden String / Thread (sometimes called Mop) Cypress, seen in the two cover photos for this blog post, that are major focal points in my back garden, did not always have pyramidal shapes. The natural growth habit of the string cypress, to some, might be a bit conical or pyramidal, but to me they look like lovely overgrown upright haystacks. This post shows step-by-step instructions on how I turned my unruly haystacks into more formal pyramids. Continue reading

Posted in Bushes, Shrubs, Trees, Garden Design Principles, The Autumn(Fall) Garden, The Spring Garden, The Winter Garden | 3 Comments

How to Pick Paint Colors that go with an Oriental Rug/Carpet

Picking Paint Colors that go with, in this case, a predominately Burgundy oriental rug.

Picking Paint Colors that go with, in this case, a predominately Burgundy oriental rug.

When interior decorating a single room, or a whole house you have to start somewhere. A colorful oriental carpet, also thought of as an inspiration piece will provide many color options for you to work with. This post is about looking at paint color strips, matching them to your inspiration piece and working with shades, tones and tints of color as the professional decorators do. Continue reading

Posted in Interior Decorating Principles, Picking Paint Colors Interior / Exterior / Front Door / Roof | 3 Comments

Arranging Furniture in a 15 foot wide by 25 foot long Bedroom

Sixteen possible ways of arranging bedroom furniture in a large bedroom.

Sixteen possible ways of arranging bedroom furniture in a large bedroom.

In recent years, in many parts of the country, grand houses have been erected, some with very large rooms. A while back, a viewer of this website posted a question about how to arrange furniture in a large master bedroom; her inquiry inspired this post. I’ve come up with 16 possible floor plans for arranging furniture in such a space. The ideas that I’ve come up with can also be applied to a space that is a bit bigger or smaller. Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 780,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 33 days for that many people to see it.

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Easy ways to store Christmas Lights and other Holiday Decorations

Some ideas for storing Christmas Decorations.

Some ideas for storing Christmas Decorations.

Christmas is over, the New Year is almost here, and in the days ahead it will be time to take down the holiday decorations. In this blog post I’m covering the different ways that I safely put away my favorite and cherished ornaments, so they are in perfect condition for next years use . Continue reading

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From My home, Whimsey Hill House, to Yours… Happy Holidays!

A painting of Santa Claus that I made in 1985.

A painting of Santa Claus that I made in 1985.

A painting of Santa Claus that I made around 1990 (click on photos to enlarge).

A painting of Santa Claus that I made around 1990 (click on photos to enlarge).

Christmas presents under the tree, one for you and one for me. Gaily wrapped in ribbons and bows, Santa left them I suppose.

There are walking dolls, and talking dolls, wagons, trains and drums. This is the night for dreams to come true, the night that Santa Comes.
(a poem written by me in the 6th or 7th grade (late 1960’s).

Wishing all of my readers, world-wide, a Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2016.

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