hayfever





it's flower's in the house monday again over at small but charming.  instead of flowers, i have hayfever.  i've never had hayfever before and i hope i never have it again.  i can't even look at a flower, tree or shrub without sneezing.  so while there is a riot going on outside there are no flowers inside.  but i do have these 2 fake topiaries.  i get a few questions about them now and again so this is a good time to answer.  i got these about 4 years ago at pottery barn.  i walked in the store to look at linens and 10 minutes later i walked out with these.  i had never seen them in a catalog or in the store since.  they were pricey, i think $75 each but i loved them.  they are really well made and it appears to be freeze dried moss and real sticks that make up the base. 

















 






44 comments

  1. oh no! Hayfever is not good for a gardener! Something must be floating in the air...

    Love the topiaries - sometimes you gotta splurge, especially when they make a huge statement next to the even huger Ralph book!

    and I love the pictures looking down - very cool. :)

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  2. Might want to consider air plants also. No work no sneezes.

    i have terrific allergies and am on meds year round with an extra inhaler for spring and summer. nice in my line of work.

    But they do work and allow me to work with flowers indoors and out.

    but of course i love your post, and have come to expect the unexpected from you.

    One of the 10 reasons I love you.

    xo Jane

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  3. oh, I whished your hayfewer would origin from fashion, seeing the hay/straw-hats in the first photo.

    Are the plants alive? I have never seen a thing like those before.

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  4. Love the topiaries. Hate to hear you have hayfever. Hope you get over it soon.

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  5. I've heard that this is the worst year in YEARS for hayfever in our area. It's definitely been true for me. Sorry you've had it too.

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  6. Hope you feel better soon. My allergies have been worse than usual this year. I do love those topiaries.

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  7. I love your fake topiaries. They're so much easier to care for than the real thing.

    Love your flag outside. That would be gorg on a white house.

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  8. I love this post...very RL. Love seeing the flag outside your window.

    So sorry to hear you have hay fever. It's like having a cold that doesn't go away. Not good for a gardener.

    xo annie

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  9. Hi Janet,

    How unfortunate it is to have hay fever when you enjoy working and sitting in the garden! I hope the pollen will blow away soon, so that you can get a bit more air!

    Lieve groet, Madelief x

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  10. Hay fever is no good. I sneeze when the sun comes out. What does that mean? I love your photography.

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  11. Janet I am sorry to hear about your hay fever...what a bother.
    Have you tried pure saline nasal spray?
    Our public health nurse swears by it for germ protection and allergies...thought I'd mention it, no harm in trying.

    I wondered about the toparies myself...they make a statement and I really love those boots.

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  12. My heart goes out to you! I fought with perennial allergies earlier this spring. I adore the topiaries. They aren't really fake...they are made up of what once was living matter. Hugs to you!

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  13. oops dear!!! this is not good specially now that your wonderful garden is all in bloom!!! It has to be only once and go away!!!!
    Lovely topiaries!!
    muchos cariños

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  14. I feel your pain, although it's not my first time with hayfever, unfortunately. This time of year the generic version of Zyrtec is my best friend.

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  15. I never had hayfever till I moved to London (over 20 years ago now!) - and I've really suffered this year, possibly because we haven't had much rain (?) Like min hus Zirtek and Piriton are my best friends

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  16. You poor thing, hayfever is not very pleasant. I love your moss topiaries and I am mad about your hall, its gorgeous. Have a wonderful week, love Linda x

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  17. First, I LOVE your straw hats sitting casually on the little table. What a pretty vignette! Funny, I posted today about that very thing, and I'd say you pretty much hit the mark of sublime.
    Camille

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  18. P.S. Hayfever is awful. Like having a nonstop cold for several months...
    Love the Wellies off-center at the bottom of the table too. Forgot to say that.

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  19. janet, you are the queen of style! And I hope the hay fever goes away very soon. xxx.

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  20. I hope you feel better soon. I'm a big fan of topiary, and like to make them out of any little plant or herb cutting. Glad you splurged those years ago so you have something to get your through these days of hay fever :)

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  21. I get hayfever and it sucks. I loved the before and afters Janet, your garden is so pretty. I loved the Knives over Forks trailer. Australia is facing an obesity epidemic too. Depressing. x

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  22. Hayfever is awful and I get too, makes me feel lousy.
    The topiaries are pretty and very lifelike. Are you still considering painting the cottage Janet?
    xx

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  23. That first photo looks like a magazine. Allergies come with age I guess. I didn't have them until I was forty.
    Good over the counter meds out there for those of us who love flowers!

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  24. Hope it settles soon--
    Being allergic is NO. FUN. AT. ALL.
    Hang in there--Better days should come around.
    :-)
    You are a really excellent photographer, by the way. Love today's photos.
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  25. Love this posting and SORRY about the hayfever. When mine really starts bothering me I do bouquets of garlic scapes, broccoli, rosettes of lettuce leaves, bunches of carrots. They're show stoppers and NO HAYFEVER inducing problems. Guaranteed.

    Stop sneezing!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  26. Hi Janet! Merci for the last post on your Target' chapeau! Found the same one you did in the grey I had been looking for!! Perfect, thanks to you!
    As for the hayfever...yep, comes with age even to us So Cal native. I have had relief with Sudafed 12 hour. There are many more OTC helps...Take a nightly shower, especially washing your hair, helps a lot to rid your body of pollen and to keep it out of your bedding. Good luck! Triumph over it!! Hugs, Chris

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  27. Gorgeous topiaries! My allergies starting kicking up just this afternoon too :o(
    ~Des

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  28. Love your baby trees. And your hats too... (and of course your RL book!).... XXX

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  29. Love this vignette...the hats the book, the boots, the topiaries...it's all just too good!!!!

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  30. So thrilled to have found your blog through Annie at Lovely Things. Your vignette is just gorgeous! I also suffer from allergies and they have been horrible this year. Thankfully, I'm feeling better today since it started to rain. Happy to be your newest follower!

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  31. hey~
    say it ain't so! hope you and your hayfever part ways soon. I love the real and the fake things you bring inside.
    pve

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  32. Great topiaries and lovely home. The floors are gorgeous! My daughters both get terrible allergies this time of the year and I know how they suffer. Hope you feel better!

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  33. You entrance way is very appealing and welcoming. I am sorry about your allergies and hope you will find relief very soon.
    Enjoy your weekend

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  34. Hiya Janet,
    I've been LURKING for ages, because wordpress will not let me comment on blogger blogs.
    So, I come across to the Blogger side and opened an account.
    Your hat is gorgeous, and you are very clever.
    I love your topiary trees too, cute as!!!!!
    I'm getting some new parts for my back in a month, v. excited about that.
    Love
    Louise in Townsville
    (fromnorthqld.wordpress.com)
    xx

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  35. i just bought 2 real ivy topiary balls for my mantal. if only they were made of moss, because i have no idea how to care for them!

    ps. i noticed your ralph lauren book. my best friends brother is attending dylan laurens wedding this weekend! i've got the inside scoop on this private event too and will share with you hehe.

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  36. Hi Janet, Hope you are feeling better. ooxxoo, Joyce

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  37. Hi Janet Hope you're okay? Missing your regular style update and insights. Best wishes "Joburg Pam"

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  38. Hi Janet, We miss you, write soonest. ooxxoo

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  39. Hope you're feeling better and all is well. Miss your posts.....
    Cheers

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  40. I think I can safely say; we are all missing you and we hope all is well with you and yours.
    I love your garden pictures, your decorating is inspiring, you give me new ideas about food, and I adore your fashion sense. I am truely missing your thoughts and ideas. Sending good thoughts your way.
    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

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  41. I have hayfever too and I can be miserable this time of year.
    What usually helps is clariton and a trip to the beach. Somehow the wind off of the ocean seems to help me breathe.

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  42. Hope you are well. Missing your posts and getting concerned about you. Love your blog as I downsized to a cottage four years ago and am loving it.

    Regards,
    Priscilla

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