Awesome Orchids
In Bloom
www.awesomeorchids.com April 2010

Where will April Find You?Outdoor Living Awesome Orchids Style
Where will April find you? For us, sun-filled days mean slowing down to enjoy every possible moment outdoors. Yet, as fond as we are of strolling by the edge of the sea and paddling down tranquil waterways, we've discovered that each passing April finds us closer to home.

We've thrown open our windows to welcome in gentle breezes and golden hazy light. We've rearranged interior chairs to accommodate our view out to the garden with its newly potted plants and hanging orchids. Weekend days and evenings are most often spent out on our lanai. Set up with our most comfortable seating, a cloth-covered table welcomes family and friends for casual afternoon gatherings in the shade of tall oaks or cocktails and dinner under the night's twinkling stars.

Springtime entertaining, coastal Florida style, has become our favorite way to reconnect with the people in our lives whom we love and cherish. We vow to keep it simple, laugh often, enjoy the season's abundant sunshine and never, ever close the windows.

Eve, Alan & Martha

Going Green
Going Green Going Green Going Green

Fresh.  Vibrant.  Green.  It's the color of spring, of course, and right now we've got the most divine orchids in the season's coolest hue. Create an oasis of beauty and serenity with locally grown Green Star, Green Ice and Green Hornet orchids that evoke the color of Key West limes, fresh mint and ocean tides.  Resting on bedside tables, office credenzas and family room consoles, these orchid showstoppers connect your modern condo, beach cottage or Mediterranean-style villa to the great outdoors. Go ahead. Satisfy your urge to go green.

Our Tip:  Weather conditions are perfect right now for orchids to be outside.  Warmer days also mean thirstier plants. This time of year, check your orchids weekly to be sure they have just the right amount of water to thrive.

Good Table Manners
Good Table Manners

Make yourself right at home this season with our garden tables inspired by nature.

We love a touch of the unexpected and our handcrafted in the U.S.A. pineapple shaped tables from Orlandi Statutary fit the bill. Sporting a high gloss rustic white finish that lends a modern feel to a traditional symbol of welcome, these tables are an ideal way to brighten any room or outdoor space.  (Photo left.)

Not to be outdone, our caramel colored cloud table with its reflective sheen (foreground) and textured tree trunk table (background) do double-duty as extra seating on your terrace or favorite indoor spot. Mix or match  tables to entertain with ease and express your own unique style.  (Photo right.)

Good Table Manners
Hearts of Painted Palms
Hearts of Painted Palms

Become an avid collector of these botanical-inspired dishes that bring a tropical vibe to your table settings. Perfect for lunch, brunch or first course dinner, each dish features a different hand-painted palm frond on white glazed terra marrone (brown clay). Handcrafted from Vietri, these plates are dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe.

Allow nature to take center stage on your home's indoor or outdoor walls.  Bright and shiny green glazed leaf wall plaques, rendered from impressions of the real thing, hold orchids, plants or even festive and fun  tropical cuttings. 

Deck the Walls

Our Tip:  Enjoy refreshing spring color year-round.  Position several palm dishes around your hanging leaf plaque for an attention-grabbing wall display.

Mother's Day is May 9Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th
She was there when you took your first step, lost your two front teeth and rode your tricycle round and round (and round).  This year, be there for her with the perfect orchid, plant arrangement or gift basket filled with hand-chosen delights that she will adore. 

Mom's special day will be here before you know it.  Stop by our shop to be inspired by all the charming possibilities.

April GiveawayIn Bloom Give-away
This month, our randomly selected In Bloom winner will take home a softly worn white glazed dove from Orlandi Statuary.  Our April In Bloom Give-away winner is Pam.  Check your email later today, Pam, for details on selecting and picking up your peace loving dove from our shop.

Not our give-away winner?  April showers bring May flowers.  But, until your luck has blossomed, stop by our shop or visit us at the Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings to see what's new and blooming. 

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