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2009, 2015

Front Door Fall Color – The Shopping List

By |September 20th, 2015|Gardens|0 Comments

The last blog, “Glenwood’s Six Simple Steps to Create a Pop of Front Door Fall Color” received great feedback both online and offline. We decided to provide an online shopping list to expand more on how to create a seasonal, festive focal point for your front door using pottery with fall colored plants and flowers.

 

Outdoor Pottery

Below is a list of materials and plants to help you get started on the right foot for this fall season:

Front Door Fall Color – Shopping List:

MATERIALS:

PLANTS:

  • Croton ‘Mammey’
  • Hamelia ‘Lime Sizzler’
  • Plumbago auriculata
  • Alocasia ‘African Mask’
  • Bulbine frutescens ‘Tiny Tangerine’
  • English Ivy
  • Dianthus ‘Amazon Neon Duo’
  • Fiber Optic Grass
  • Cyclamen Magenta
  • Crossandra

Click here for a downloadable PDF version of our Front Door Fall Color Shopping List

Be sure to check out our previous blog, “Glenwood’s Six Simple Steps to Create a Pop of Front Door Fall Color” and video for more in-depth description on how to create this seasonal project.

Glenwood Weber Design is a Botanical Artist Florist & Boutique Landscape Design Firm centrally located in the historic Avondale area of Montrose in Houston, Texas. We offer innovative and unique garden design concepts and installation for residential and commercial clients. Our visionary approach to fresh floral design using lush, exquisite blooms acquired from around the world is our signature. We create something beautiful everyday. Let us create something beautiful for you. Call us at 713-360-6281 or email us at info@glenwoodweberdesign.com

109, 2015

Glenwood’s Six Simple Steps to Create a Pop of Front Door Fall Color

By |September 1st, 2015|Gardens|0 Comments

Glenwood Weber Front Door Fall Color outtake

Day of the shoot warm-up opener for the “Front Door Fall color” video.

 

Glenwood has some awesome outdoor pottery ideas for fall! As we wrap up summer and move towards the fall its time to start decorating for this season’s festivities. Maybe you just want to do something creative around the house. Glenwood Weber Design shows you six simple steps to creating a pop of  fall color to your front door using pottery.

Step One: Select Your Outdoor Pottery

First and foremost we have to select an outdoor pottery. If you have a vibrant front door color (ours is pink) we’re going with a nice amber colored large opening outdoor pottery. This will give us plenty of room to plant numerous plant materials, such as seasonal color and tropicals.

Step Two: Create Good Drainage

The next step is the most important step. Prepare the drainage for your outdoor pottery. First, place a piece of screen wire over the pottery’s drainage hole. Then, add a 2″ deep layer of pebbles to cover the screen. Next, cover the rocks with a piece of fabric. Polyfil roll fabric is what we have chosen to use. This fabric will allow the water to pass through while separating the soil from the gravel.

Step Three: Fill with Soil

Next add potting soil to cover the polyfil fiber. This soil layer prepares a base for the plants.

Step Four: Arrange the Plants in the Pottery

Since our front door is located on the north side of the house, we have decided to use shade tolerant plants and tropicals. Arrange the plants by color, form, height and texture.

Start by placing a little pop of color in front of taller plants in back of the pottery. Fiber Optic grass has great texture. The form of a cascading ivy works great placed in front. Th color of the bulbine blooms works perfectly in combination with the other plants we’ve chosen.

Step Five: Eliminate Air Spaces (between plant root balls)

Now that the pot has been completely arranged, the next step is to make sure that soil is tucked in between the root balls. Adding soil between plants a handful at a time will eliminate any air spaces.

Step Six: Add Drip Irrigation

You can add a drip tube to the pottery. Connect to the existing landscape irrigation. Place a spike umbrella head style dripper inside the pottery for water.

 

For a detailed shopping list including a list of materials and plants used for this seasonal project. Check out the next installment: Front Door Fall Color – The Shopping List

At Glenwood Weber Design, We Encourage YOU to Create Something Beautiful Every. For more creative ideas to spruce up your home decor, garden or landscape, be sure to subscribe to our social media channels. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Glenwood Weber Design is a Botanical Artist Florist & Boutique Landscape Design Firm centrally located in the historic Avondale area of Montrose in Houston, Texas. We offer innovative and unique garden design concepts and installation for residential and commercial clients. Our visionary approach to fresh floral design using lush, exquisite blooms acquired from around the world is our signature. We create something beautiful everyday. Let us create something beautiful for you. Call us at 713-360-6281

1608, 2015

GLENWOOD WEBER DESIGN’S FLORAL HOT AIR BALLOON CENTERPIECE PARTY DECOR

By |August 16th, 2015|Media|4 Comments

Glenwood Weber Design takes a client’s one year old birthday party to new heights with stunning floral hot air balloon centerpieces!

Kara Party Ideas recently featured Glenwood Weber Design’s floral arrangement for a very special one year old’s birthday party in their newest blog. The theme of this special event was hot air balloons. The party room was decorated with pastel colored hot air balloons floating from the ceiling and welcoming guests on the tables. The take-home goodies all shared the hot air balloon theme, including the layered-cake with the one year old’s name embroidered on the middle layer.

Glenwood Weber Design provided beautiful lush floral centerpieces that went along with the theme and colors of the birthday party.

” Planning and communication are integral for a special event with this amount detail. We suggest working ahead to create the parts of party decor which could be eliminated from the day of to do list.”

Below are images taken from the birthday party provided by Photography by Costas. You can also visit our Event page for more exclusive images.

Hot Air Balloon Theme Baby's First Birthday Party Children's Table

Hot Air Balloon Theme Baby’s First Birthday Party Children’s Table

Garden Rose, Freesia, Calla Lilly, Gerbera and Ranunculus in bud vase

Garden Rose, Freesia, Calla Lilly, Gerbera and Ranunculus in bud vase

Hot Air Balloon Floral Centerpiece of Garden Rose, Stock, Peony and Ranunculus

Hot Air Balloon Floral Centerpiece of Garden Rose, Stock, Peony and Ranunculus

Small Spring Bouquet Vase of Garden Rose, Snap Dragons, Stock and Ranunculus

Small Spring Bouquet Vase of Garden Rose, Snap Dragons, Stock and Ranunculus

Hot Air Balloon Theme Candy and Cake table of Baby's First year Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Theme Candy and Cake table of Baby’s First year Birthday Party

Bright Bouquet Garden Rose, Peony, Stock and Ranunculus

Bright Bouquet Garden Rose, Peony, Stock and Ranunculus

This is what the client had to say about Glenwood’s work:

“Glenwood surpassed every expectation we had. The flowers made this special event extraordinary. A delicate and hand picked color palette of the most beautiful flowers. His superior service and incredible details in the centerpieces and arrangements which had everyone in awe.”

907, 2015

Peonies: Summer’s Power Flower!

By |July 9th, 2015|Flowers, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Floral Bouquet, Coral Peonies, Peach Roses, Red Mokara Orchids, Purple Passion Flower

Coral Peony, Red Mokara Orchid, Peach Spray Roses and Passion Flower Floral Bouquet Composition by Glenwood Weber Design

What Spring Produces by Bud, Summer Grows to Full Bloom

Glenwood Weber Design says goodbye to summer’s most incredible floral gift. We have been advised that somewhere around the middle of July marks the last Peonies of the season from the northwest. The majestic Peony is of course, not native to Houston’s Zone-9 climate. Peonies are grown mostly in the northwestern region of the United States they are flown in from mid-Spring through July.  Although Peonies can be imported as cut flowers from other parts of the world even during the winter months, nothing compares to what’s grown in the United States during spring in Zones-2 through 8.

Peonies Vibrant and Long Lasting Colors

Colors range from pure white to white with a blush cast through darker pinks, magentas, corals and burgundy. The lighter colors seem to be more long lasting with ‘Burgundy or Red Charm’ being the most fragile and short lived of all. The ‘Coral Charm’ can also have a shorter vase life as a cut flower than the whites or pinks. There are new ‘Yellow and Lavender Peonies’ on the market. We expect to see both the yellow and the lavender availability in the coming seasons.

Peonies can look great on their own as a statement in a vase. One color alone in mass has maximum impact in home decor, especially when the color choice accents or contrasts colors in the room.  For example, hot pink Peonies can really pop in orange or coral decor.  As shown in the pictures below, hot pink can also look dynamic against red.

What’s incredible about Peonies is how long they last as cut flowers. The secret is fresh water (changing the water daily) and cool temperatures in the room where they are displayed. The best advice Glenwood Weber Design can give is to know the source of the Peonies being purchased. A reputable supplier will have Peonies in bud form. Don’t be afraid to buy Peonies while they are completely closed. Its best to select Peonies about the size of a golf ball or slightly larger.  A smaller bud can be difficult to open and often times is too tight to fully bloom. Initially place the blooms in slightly warm water to encourage the stems to drink. After the blooms pop and open its best to give them one night in refrigeration. This will set the bloom in its fully open state and provide the longest lasting Peony bloom time.

Striking colors that defy descriptionPeonies are not only brilliant to look at, their fragrance is quiet charming as well. The essence of a Peony’s bloom scent can be subtle and fresh like clean laundry. Each variety has its own sweet personality and aromatic perfume. Growers are actually working to bring back the natural Peony sweetness which is often lost in productivity.  Like any other produce off season the blooms can be pricy. During the height of the blooming season sheer quantities drive prices down so June and July show the lowest prices of the year.

Floral Bouquet, Floral Arrangement, Pink Peonies, Peach Roses, Pink and Yellow Tulips

Light Pink Peony, Peach Ilse Spray Rose and Pink with Yellow Edge Tulip in a Cheerful “Thinking of You” Bouquet by Glenwood Weber Design

If the petals from a single bloom fall off DON’T WORRY! Gather the fallen petals and place them in your bath water. Light a few candles in your bathroom and have yourself a delightful, relaxing “Peony Petal Bath” 🙂

2806, 2015

Power Line Safe Tree Choices in Houston

By |June 28th, 2015|Houston Tree & Power line Safety, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Power Line Safe Distances for Planting Trees in Houston Texas

Q: As a homeowner have you ever thought about planting a tree between the sidewalk and curb in front of your home?

Q: Have you ever considered planting a tree to provide privacy from your neighbors behind you?

Q: Did you know a tree can reach mature height within 10-15 years?

Q: Do you know when your tree reaches it’s mature height how tall it will ultimately be?

Q: Will your mature tree disturb the power lines above?

Through our efforts with various community organizations we are in the process of creating a database of trees that would be good choices for planting under Houston power lines.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and is expected to increase exponentially over the next decade. With new construction on the rise both residential and commercial projects HAVE TO consider installing proper trees.

Landscaping should always be a part of the urban planning & design process rather than an after thought. As homeowners we have to consider our home’s foundation, swimming pools, sidewalks, fences and driveways when planting new trees. It would be smart to plant a tree knowing  it’s mature height, width and root growth. The dangers of planting trees without this mature tree height information can be hazardous.

Planting Trees Safe Distances for Clearance of Overhead Power Lines

Glenwood Weber Design Guide to Planting Trees near Power Lines

Planting Trees Safe Distances for Clearance of Overhead Power Lines

Palm Trees and Power Lines

A Palm tree planted directly under a power line spells disaster! The average height of a residential power line is 17 feet, but some are even lower. Within 10 years a palm tree can exceed 17 feet with it’s direct vertical growth habit, causing a civil fire hazard and property damage. As a safety precaution, we recommend avoiding planting palm trees directly under power lines altogether. Instead consider planting a distance of 10-15 ft. away from the power line.

Glenwood Weber Design is a Botanical Artist Florist & Boutique Landscape Design Firm centrally located in the historic Avondale area of Montrose in Houston, Texas. We offer innovative and unique garden design concepts and installation for residential and commercial clients. Our visionary approach to fresh floral design using lush, exquisite blooms acquired from around the world is our signature. We create something beautiful everyday. Let us create something beautiful for you. Call us at 713-360-6281

1705, 2015

Glenwood Weber chats with Houston’s OutSmart Magazine and shares Floral Home Decor Tips

By |May 17th, 2015|Media, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Glenwood Weber of Glenwood Weber Design on the issue of OutSmart Magazine May 2013

Photo courtesy of OutSmart Magazine

Weekdays are super busy at Glenwood Weber Design. Because of the hectic weekly schedule, weekends are spent cleaning and organizing around the office. While going through some back issues of OutSmart Magazine, we ran across one that featured members of the Houston GLBT community. Erin Spencer and Marjory Hawkins owners of Theme Designs and Glenwood Weber are on the cover and also featured in the magazine. The piece about Glenwood talks about how to decorate with flowers and plants as well as how to use items from your own garden to enhance your home.

In honor of Pride Week in the City of Houston, Glenwood Weber Design pulls from the archives Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday style to repost this cover article. Here is an excerpt from the article as seen in OutSmart Magazine May 2013, “Flowers Make a House a Home

Home Decor with Fragrant Blooms and Aromatic Plants

Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant Orange - Purple Blooms www.glenwoodweber.design

Orange and Purple Blooming Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant set in recycled glass vase with celadon green micro pebbles by Glenwood Weber Design

Can’t afford an interior decorator and new furniture, or don’t have the time to spruce up your home with fresh paint? Don’t worry sometimes the simplest little touches can make your place look new. Glenwood Weber of Glenwood Weber Design has some excellent ideas that won’t break your bank.

Glenwood does have a beautiful garden that he enjoys tending, and he says that if you have even the tiniest piece of dirt, you can plant flowers that can be used to decorate your home. “The easiest way to spruce up the indoors is if you have a flowering vine, passion flower, clematis, or sweet pea,” he says. “Just cut a few blooms and put one each in a shot glass. Put three glasses across a bathroom vanity or kitchen windowsill.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assorted Flowers in small vases in a circleGlenwood also suggests planting high-producing flowering or fragrant plants such as hydrangea, roses, gardenias. “With those blooms you can put little bunches in glass vases and make a collage of them on a table.” Weber suggests hitting IKEA for inexpensive glassware for your designs.

“A long line of small vases with cut flowers makes a great design for a dining room table,” Weber explains. “It’s elegant and stylish, inexpensive, and really the easiest thing to do.”

Perhaps even easier is the designer’s tip of just clipping a stem off a bush to use as foliage along a fireplace mantle. “You can decorate with potted plants indoors, too,” Glenwood says. “But be aware that they have a date stamp. People tell me they don’thave a green thumb because their plants die. You can get a nice indoor plant at any grocery store in town for twenty dollars, and if it lasts for a month, you’ve gotten your money’s worth.”

Of course, if you don’t have a garden or your own window boxes or herb pots, you can still buy cut flowers and greenery and display them in simple glassware, vases, or whatever’s on hand to perk up your abode.
Oh, and don’t be afraid of the orchids you see for sale. No, they won’t last forever – naturally they bloom as long as they bloom, but orchids are beautiful, and Weber says they are actually easy to care for. “Pop them into a decorative pot,” Weber says, “and just give it an ice cube once a week.”

For more helpful tips in brining more color inside your home with flowers, subscribe to Glenwood’s YouTube channel and “Like” our Glenwood Weber Design Facebook page.

Glenwood Weber Design is a Botanical Artist Florist & Boutique Landscape Design Firm centrally located in the historic Avondale area of Montrose in Houston, Texas. We offer innovative and unique garden design concepts and installation for residential and commercial clients. Our visionary approach to fresh floral design using lush, exquisite blooms acquired from around the world is our signature. We create something beautiful everyday. Let us create something beautiful for you. Call us at 713-360-6281

 
Lime Green Lady Slipper Orchid in Mossy Clay Pot by Glenwood Weber Design

Lime Green Lady Slipper Orchid in Mossy Clay Pot by Glenwood Weber Design

Dendrobium Orchid Home Decor

Chartreuse Green Dendrobium Orchid Plant by Glenwood Weber Design

3110, 2014

Glenwood Weber Design Helps Celebrate Baccarat’s 250 Year Anniversary

By |October 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

baccarat iconic spirale vase
Baccarat Iconic Spirale Vase lined with a swirl of red “Freedom” roses

Luxury Fine Crystal Manufacturer, Baccarat celebrates 250 years

Timeless legend and crystal glassware manufacturer Baccarat celebrates 250 years! Glenwood Weber Design was asked by local Houston Galleria Baccarat retail store to create striking red rose floral compositions for three of this luxury brand’s most iconic pieces. The Spirale Vase shown accented with a swirl of twenty blood red blooms.