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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

G'Day friends! I'm so glad you stopped by to say hello today! Welcome also to my new friends who have so kindly joined up and are following NatashaInOz.com! It always makes me so happy to find new friends so thank you very much!

I hope that everyone has had a great week so far. It looks like many bloggers are either busy getting kids back to school after the Summer Holidays or getting ready for Spring Break as is the case in our house!
Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

I have started Spring cleaning at our place and as much as I hate cleaning I always feel so much happier when the house is sparkling clean. In my last post I mentioned that I am trying to be greener by using cloth shopping bags. Another way I am Greening up my life is by adding more greenery to our home décor.

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

 I am having trouble finding good quality fresh flowers, though, so I have been using lots of free
foliage from the garden. 

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

I love having fresh flowers in our house because they make our home so happy and cheerful and, according to behavioral research conducted at The State University of New Jersey, fresh flowers can actually improve our emotional well-being!

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

The study was partially funded by the Society of American Florists and it shows that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. Researchers said that many flowers have pleasing scents, shapes, and colors, which may contribute to our positive reaction to them. Flowers also have long-term positive effects on moods with study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. (Source)

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

Another study conducted in 2006 by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that  simply displaying fresh-cut flowers in the home can have advantages because the presence of flowers in the home increases feelings of compassion, decreases anxiety and boosts energy and enthusiasm at work.

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

The greatest mood-boosting effects were felt when fresh-cut flowers were placed in the kitchen, dining room, or family room. "Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room," Dr. Haviland-Jones stated. "They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere."

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

Now, don't despair if you are like me and you can't find any decent fresh flowers! Just do what I do and go walking around your garden (or your parent's garden!), find some foliage and plonk it artfully place it in a vase.

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.


Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home, Gum~nuts from the Eucalyptus tree, an iconic Specimen of Australian flora.

Gum~nuts from the Eucalyptus tree, an iconic Specimen of Australian flora.

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home, Gum~nuts from the Eucalyptus tree, an iconic Specimen of Australian flora.

So, don't think that you can't have fresh foliage in your home. There is always a way to make your home bright, cheerful and welcoming any time of the year!

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.

Dracaena marginata tricolour with Variegated Ginger Alpina zerumbet `Variegata` plant leaves

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home, Dracaena marginata tricolour with Variegated Ginger Alpina zerumbet `Variegata` plant leaves

Using Free Foliage From the Garden to Brighten Up Your Home.


Well, I'd best be off so I can finish my last few jobs for the day and visit all the lovely bloggers who have dropped to Say G'Day this week!

Thank you so much for visiting me in my little corner of the world today.

Best wishes for a fabulous day,

Natasha In Oz 


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64 comments:

  1. Is that more commonly known as a blood nut? Very beautiful...

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  2. Hi Natasha,
    you are so clever. This eucalyptus flowers which grows on your yard are so adorable. We buy those in the flower shops for lot of money. Your mde your home really comfortable.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  3. Hi Natasha! What a lovely post! OH, I've never seen a flower like you have in your dining room. I love it. It looks like some kind of pod? The large leaf in your vase is gorgeous too! OH, I need to go treat myself with some flowers!
    Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;) Oh, you can come help me clean! :)

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  4. Hello Miss Natasha

    the fairy of wonderful has visited your home.
    absolutely stunning - lovely trinkets so beautifully placed to capture the eye no matter where it wanders.

    have a lovely day clever lady

    x
    Loulou

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  5. I just love that green and red palm looking plant Natasha :)

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  6. Beautiful! It only takes a bloom or two and I'm smiling all day long! Flowers are amazing and your greenery today is gorgeous.

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  7. Very beautiful flowers!
    I love flowers too!
    I have a recipe for dessert made with rose petals!
    Have a nice day!

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  8. Fresh flowers - either a fancy bouquet or just cut roses from my garden - always bring a smile to my face & make the day better.
    The eucalyptus is intrigueing.

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  9. Hi Natasha. What cute green flowers. It's great to bring them inside and use them. I have something very strange growing in my field that I ought to bring too. Love your silver tray and the way you've displayed it, and could I borrow that window in the background with the diamond pattern? Love the way you decoarate. Kathi

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  10. Gorgeous. :)
    Have a great night/day!

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  11. Fresh flowers in the house are so uplifting to the soul and always brighten my day.

    I love the leaves lining that vase. Beautiful colors.

    Are those brown spikey balls from a Gum tree? Oh Kookaburra... I hear a song coming on ;)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Home of Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party

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  12. Seeing things for the first time today. Loved the pictures a lot. Hope your week is going great for you.
    Odie

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  13. I buy flowers every week. But next summer, I am putting in a cutting garden. Fresh flowers in the home are the best thing any girl can do for herself. My daughter moved into her own home last year and she now buys flowers for herself too.... Good girl. Your flowers are not only unusual but pretty.

    Thanks for stopping by and yes, we need Sunday dinners.

    Cynthia

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  14. Lovely flowers darling......love from me...xxx...

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  15. Natasha, your home is so lovely, and the plants are stunning the way you arranged them! Thanks for stopping by, and I enjoy your "pins"! :) xo

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  16. Hi Natasha .... what an unusual but beautiful arrangement... It looks very smart...
    hope you like to visit again for a pretty pincushion
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  17. I hear you on the cleaning the house thing. Now I am getting the shop sorted, the house upstairs is coming together too because I am moving a lot of stuff out to the shop! After many years I am really starting to feel organised finally!!
    alicia

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  18. I love seeing pictures of your home, Natasha...it is so beautiful! I love that flower, too. I know we have nothing like that here!! It is awesome!!

    Are you on your spring break yet? The children here are starting school and fall is in the air. I hope all is well with you!! :-)

    XO,
    Jane

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  19. Sparkling beauty!

    Linda
    beachside cottage

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  20. So glad you told us what the gum nuts were! Natasha, You have put into words and researched some of the feelings I've had this week. I bought a dozen roses very inexpensively at Wal Mart of all places. They were pretty and in the bud stage. I don't remember buying flowers just for my husband and I but it was our anniversary. I decided to go all out and pull out the china etc. for our celebration. The fresh flowers made all the difference in our mood and the sense of creativity invigorated me. Later this week I recut the stems and rearranged in another vase and they are still bringing the happy and cheerful mood you mentioned. I decided I must buy fresh flowers at least once a month. They were only $10. Thank you for putting into words what I was feeling.

    The artful arrangement of wrapping foliage inside a vase is pleasing and is like art to contemplate.

    Stop by BNOTP Thursday and see my flowers.

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  21. Hello,
    I visited your blog today - I saw you on Picket Fence Fancy. Your photos are lovely. I was scrolling down and saw the red roses with the table setting. That caught my eye, and if you visit our blog, you will see why. We have alot of the same interests. I love the old classics like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra (what a voice). The movie Amelie is one of my daughter's favorite movies. We started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would really enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your beautiful photos and creative ideas. Hope to hear from you, and have a lovely evening.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  22. What a lovely post! A simple detail, just like flowers in a vase, makes a huge difference and turns a house into a Home. That's the great Secret of living!!! Kisses, Zaza

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  23. Marvelous work!! Happy Wednesday!!

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  24. Love Fresh Flowers. Thanks for the post :)

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  25. I have to say a big 'AMEN' to the phycological energy
    that fresh flowers bring to a room!
    Very interesting arrangement you have. . .I have never
    seen anything quite like them.
    Thank you for your photos and post, have a great Wednesday!
    Sue

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  26. Hi Natasha, this is such a beautiful post! I love how you displayed the fresh foliage and vibrant flowers around your house... beautifully displayed in crystals and on antique silver trays! The picture of the gum-nut in the vase on the silver tray is spectacular! Such beautiful texture, never seen anything like this before. And the plant leaves inside the vase is looking so pretty... amazing photography!It amazes me that you are ready for spring and we are heading towards winter very soon... you are doing "spring cleaning" and we are gearing up for "fall clean-up"..all due to living in different hemispheres... lol! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post and for taking the time to leave me such a sweet comment. Happy Spring Cleaning! Hugs~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  27. Beautiful flowers and greenery in your home, Natasha!

    I'm in WI so my great outdoors and gardens are green and blooming right now. I love working out in my gardens in the morning, after returning from my walk with my sister.

    We are on the cusp of starting school, next Monday! We homeschool so I've been working hard to get ready. We'll see just how ready we are, very soon!

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  28. I agree completely with that flower study! You have some wonderful exotic stuff on your side of the planet! looks lovely!

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  29. What a great idea when there are no flowers to be picked!
    Am happy to have discovered your blog, thanks for stopping by and say hello!

    (btw - Just Martha, I believe that "Blood Nut" is a coloquial term for a red haired person!)

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  30. Oh Natasha, those gumnuts are making me homesick...have been feeling a bit down...missing my home in Melbourne (and my daughter and sis)...not helping that the weather here is feeling distinctly Autumny whilst you are all heading into Spring and then Summer...also missing my friends and the beach at Yeppoon...haven't visited in over 12 months...just need to walk along in the sand gazing out at Keppel Island...then a champas on my friends balcony....BTW your arrangement looks great...Robx

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  31. Beautiful photos!!!!
    Beautiful post.

    Spring cleaning -- ha ha!!!! I love having a friend who lives "upside down" -- which is what my daughter says instead of "down under." :D

    Now off to clip some roses from the garden.
    Love,
    Karen

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  32. So true! Flowers really put me in a good mood. How can you not feel happy when seeing them? :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  33. How lovely Natasha! I was just out clipping some roses today and bringing them inside so I agree with everything you said in this post. :-) Those gum-nut branches are so interesting and they look great clustered together like that. Way to be creative!
    Vanessa

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  34. I don't have kids going to school or kids on Spring break; but I did enjoy seeing the fresh flowers posted on your site.
    Joyce M

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  35. Your gum nuts are splendid. I adore flowers and greenery in the house. Flowers are like art. We need both. I usually have a rose or two in a vase in my kitchen window or some thing on the dining room table. hugs♥Olive

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  36. Oh my natasha, you have summarized in your blog today so much of how I feel. Yes youbare right - 5 minutes with me is such a fabulous message and it's exactly what you get. I love it -so positive.
    I also love your flowers today. I am a florist and adore someone who really gets flowers. Foliage is a super way to spruce up your home. Gorgeous. I am glad I found you.
    - Suzi x

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  37. Your home looks so warm and welcoming. I love the idea of using things beside flowers in vases.

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  38. Hi Natasha! I am so glad to have discovered your blog and I was never much of a flowers person but if it can reduce anxiety I may have to give it a try! Also...your photos of your baked goods look amazing that zebra cake and the oreo cupcakes look out of this world!

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  39. Those gum nuts have got to be one of the wildest looking things I've ever seen! cool...
    Jeanni

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  40. Your home is so lovely, Natasha! As are your garden beauties!!

    I love fresh flowers! They definitely lift my spirits and make me smile!

    Have a serene evening!!
    Hugs,
    Becky

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  41. I'm not surprised at the results of studies of the impact of flowers in a room. They bring my shoulders down from up around my ears and help me to breath more slowly.

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  42. Hi Natasha, what a lovely post. I cut flowers and greens from my yard all year through and love having something fresh on my counters. Today I cut my last blue hydrangea and brought it to the lovely 90 year old lady I care for on Wednesdays and all day long she admired it and smiled and found so much joy in it. How simple it was to make her day and bring her a little joy from my yard! I love your gum-nuts - I was dying to know what they were through this whole post! How interesting and pretty in their own way! They look lovely in that vignette on your silver tray!!

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  43. I was wondering what those green things were - I'm so glad to learn that they were "gum nuts" from the eucalyptus tree. Very interesting and informative post - Now I know why I like fresh flowers!

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  44. Fresh flowers are so stunning and beautiful. You really outdid yourself putting this all together. Thank you for sharing with everyone. Anne

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  45. I so agree Natasha, flowers do wonders for a home. When we were selling our place a couple of years ago, I was buying at least 3 bunches of fresh flowers per week. The colour, scent and freshness they provided to the place was delightful. I honestly don't do it enough these days, but you've inspired me to bring some of the glorious outside, back in, this Spring :o) A gorgeous post xo

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  46. I think that is wonderful that you have seen Les Miserables so many times. I am completely jealous! :) I think it is so fabulous! Love your flowers! You have inspired me to spruce things up tomorrow. :)

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  47. Natasha,
    Very interesting, and lovely! Flowers are just make me feel good!
    I love having them around, right now I'm waiting for the sunflowers to show up at the market!
    Rebecca

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  48. So true, all this on flowers! When I buy fresh flowers, I feel 'rich'. It's such a luxury. And it does make me just a bit happier! :) An art teacher of mine also once told me that, "All women should paint flowers".

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  49. Hi!

    Love this post & pics!

    Have a great weekend & look forward to *seeing* you again next time,

    XOXO LOLA:)

    Alphabe-Thursday

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  51. Fresh flowers really do brighten up a home. And I love arranging them, too.

    =)

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  52. Gorgeous photos, they are so crisp and pretty.
    Double link-up, come join the conversations every Thursday and Post your questions on Thursday Two Questions Meme

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  53. Natasha, great minds think alike. I'm always right behind you on Pinterest! Sure, so ahead and link up.
    Brenda

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  54. That is the most unique flower I have ever seen Natasha. Looks just gorgeous with your silver displays. Thanks for giving me some inspiration options on my pallet. I am on pinterst, but not enough.

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  55. Such a beautiful post!

    http://carabossesbedchamber.blogspot.com/2011/08/alphabet-thursday_26.html

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  56. Totally love the gum nuts! Thanks for linking up to Open House Party. Happy Spring Break!

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  57. I love that plant Natasha! It looks great in a vase. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  58. Hi Natasha :)
    Lovley ideas,,,,,and really nice home :)
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  59. What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed reading this.

    I do the exact same thing. I wonder around my garden and yard...snipping, picking and end up with all kinds of interesting arrangments...tomato vines mixed with zinnias, asparagus cuttings accented with a few late summer roses.

    They always make me smile!

    And so did you today!

    Thanks for sharing this.

    A+

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  60. Wonderful photos. Flowers add a lot of positiveness and life to a house. They calm the atmosphere and clean the air.

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    house cleaning

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  61. lovely, just lovely. I'll be featuring this wonderful post at Katherines Corner tomorrow. Hugs!!!

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  62. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment on my giveaway.

    Enjoyed my visit... first time here.... look forward to future ones.

    I love flowers so it was wonderful to see all your lovely pictures.

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  63. Hi Natasha,

    Stopping by via a link on Bonnie's blog. And I'm so glad I did. Wonderful post. Great inspiration.

    Bill

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  64. Hi Natasha,
    Just caught up on everything your way. I've kind of lost my blogging mojo at the moment...so have not been visiting or commenting like I used to.
    Anyway I love your gumnuts - they look fantastic. And I love the dracaena and leaves in the vase. I am so doing that when I get the chance.
    Hope you and the family are good. xxx

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