Day 15: 2014 Sweet Paul Holiday Countdown presented by Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day


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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!

 

With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”

 

Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.

 

As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.

 

 

I've always had a thing for stamps.  When I was a boy I had a lot of collections, I think my grandmother really fostered the collecting-bug in me. One of my most prized collections was my stamp collection.  I had stamps of every size and shape from countries across the globe.

You'll be surprised at how inexpensive bulk lots of stamps can be.  Keep on the look out at flea markets and you can sometimes buy large bags of used stamps.  Etsy also has a huge selection, often seperated out by color.

You will need:

flat floral craft ring, mine is 12" ( you can find these at craft stores)

vintage stamps, need about 120-150

paper glue-stick

Mod Podge (optional)

  1. I like to start with the biggest stamps first.Glue them in place all over the wreath.
  2. Next, glue the smaller over to fill in any gaps. It's really nice when the stamps overlap and the edges have a really angular outline.
  3. If you like, you can apply a coat of Mod Podge over the stamps. I always use the matte finish.
  4. Allow to dry completely and it's ready to hang!

TIP:

This wreath isn't just for the holidays, you can adjust the color scheme to fit whatever decor you like!
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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