Rosemary topiaries

Our rosemary cuttings developed good roots so we started a few of them in pots.

I tied this one to a chopstick inserted next to the plant. According to Elizabeth Terry in Savannah Seasons, the plants can eventually be put into a larger pot and left to grow until they are about three feet tall. The bottom leaves will be pulled off as the plant gets taller. Once it reaches about three feet, the top can be pinched off. Two stalks will grow in its place. Later those two will be pinched off to make four and then those to make eight. The growth will continue to get bushier.

It will take some time but it will be worth it!

(This was first posted last month; we’ll check on this plant again soon and see how it’s progressing.)

(photo by George Cavanaugh)

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Rosemary cuttings

Mary grows a lot of rosemary in her yard and she gave me some cuttings. I put them in this glass of water until they formed good strong roots. It took about two weeks.

Soon these will be potted and then I plan to form a topiary. Once potted, these cuttings can also make great gifts.

The plant in the foreground is aloe vera; I keep a pot growing in the kitchen to use for treating burns.

(photo by George Cavanaugh)

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Great products; ugly containers (guest post by Mary)

I was telling Peggy that I found the best foot cream ever. It makes my feet look nicer, but it also does wonderful things to my hands (it gets on my hands when I rub it on my feet).

I don’t use it enough though because I don’t like to leave the container sitting out in my bathroom. Peggy found the clear plastic container on the right at Walmart for less than $10. Problem solved!

We tried to find the cream at Walmart to get a price but our Walmart didn’t carry it. You can check it out here if you can’t find it in your favorite store.

Profoot Care Heel Rescue Superior Moisturizing Foot Cream 16 oz

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We are really excited to be home again!


We have decided to move Southern.Country.Elegant back to WordPress. We hope to get things going again; we’ve had several difficulties with storms, power loss, trees down and family obligations.

Both of us have grandchildren visiting so we’ll be consolidating the two blogs for the next few weeks. We look forward to picking up our old schedule as soon as we can manage.

In the meantime, you might enjoy checking out , a fun web page that lets you pin your decorating ideas in one place. You can make boards for different rooms you are working on, for collecting recipes, for gathering fashion and makeup ideas, etc.

Please keep the comments coming; they mean so much!

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A sneak preview

Here’s a glimpse of my living room where we will be staying for the next few days. This picture was taken from the upstairs balcony in my condo. Tomorrow we’ll show you a better view and talk about some of the pieces.

The painting is another by Pang Jen which is easily seen as you come down the steps.

Also this blog will be moving to its own website soon. I’ll let you know details as we get closer.

(photo by George Cavanaugh)

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Accessories make this coffee table

This morning we are back at Carolyn’s (my sister-in-law) lovely home. These pictures show how she placed accessories on her coffee table … (Please excuse George’s camera bags on the floor by the plant!)


The table looks prettier as she adds more accessories.

Carolyn ends by placing substantial candlesticks that complete the look.

(all photos by George Cavanaugh)

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Consider the birds …

Consider the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 6:26

(photo by George Cavanaugh taken in his backyard)

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Carolyn’s fireplace

This fireplace is all brick with a beautiful cherry wood mantle. My brother’s wife, Carolyn, has a wonderful eye for color and a gift for making her home beautiful yet warm and cozy. This is the before and the way she had it for several years.

The next picture shows how it looks now after she decided to add more accessories.

(photos by George Cavanaugh)

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February gardening and plants


Mary has been asking me about the plants in her yard and home. This is a new interest to her now that she’s retired. She wants to make sure she plants and fertilizes at the right times. She showed me this book, Mid-South Garden Guide, which she received as a gift. Looking through it, I can see that it offers great advice for our region of the south.

Don’t forget if you have English boxwoods, they need feeding right now. Combine 6 parts Milorganite, 2 parts bone meal, and 2 parts cottonseed meal together. Sprinkle it over the root area and a little beyond the branches. Don’t scratch it in because you could damage the shallow roots. You should also use lime occasionally.

February is also a time to cut branches of forsythia that are about to bloom and place them in water in a sunny window. This will force the blooms that can be enjoyed indoors.

Houseplants can also often use misting at this time of the year when the heat is on.

(photo by George Cavanaugh taken in Peggy’s front yard)

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A small entry

The entry has marble tile that butts up to the hardwood floors. The rug was picked up at Dalyn. The burlwood chest is topped with a decorative wooden box that was a gift. It’s really old and has different ancient scenes. One depicts Mary and the Christ child.

(photo by George Cavanaugh)

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