Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Diwali Decor ... and a touch of green ...


A touch of green and tons of lanterns ... I saw the gardener triming the Casurinas, and oh! do I love the dainty leaves ... Sarah ( my daughter) and I picked up basket loads of the trimings ... the size of our takeaways , assured the gardeners ... daughter excused ... the mother has to be nuts ...:)


... O.k so I did use my daughter as an excuse to get all the trimmings and I won't argue about being nuts ... but I just had to use these beautiful casurinas leaves ...
Thoughts are running wild in my head ... and knowing that I may just be using these old lanterns of mine this year again ... I want a new look, though ...

... I'm sure mayur pankhi leaves (sorry, I am not sure of the English name for these) ... could be a great alternative as well ... cause they too look fresh and green for a good few days even without water ...


... emptied the whole basket loads of the greens all over my window ... since these don't whilt away like most other leaves ... I 'm looking to enjoy the decor way before the Diwali day... just to drum up the spirits before hand ... :)

29 comments:

mindspace said...

Hi Rajee, I read you regularly.. Interesting decor pics you have there..

Mayurpankhi is "Platycladus orientalis", I had a small one when I was in Delhi..

Veda Murthy said...

oh its so beautiful raji! cant wait to see ur diwali decorations!

Urban Green said...

Hi Rajee!
Loved the arrangement. You reminded me of mor pankhi and what a beautiful plant that is...

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Aditi said...

Rajee, i am enjoying your series. Would look lovely during Christmas too, don't you think?

Shruti said...

hi rajee,
really nice! I love ur nutty ideas.. who could of thought of this but u!!
I am thinking i'll team it up with marigold petals and line it along the doorway :)

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

Hi Rajee,

Your starting to sound very much like me. I will follow a truck if he has a load of green leaves and interesting looking sticks and my children get so embarressed.

Sorry I haven't been to visit for a while, I have just had so much on.

Your images look gorgeous and I love the way you have draped the green leaves down. It must smell beautiful as well.

Greetings from Australia

xx Coty

Monika,Ansh said...

Lovely Rajee.......great idea.

Rostrose said...

Dear Rajee, it looks wonderful - and it reminds me a bit to "Christmas in Austria"... (In December you can see there the combination of lanterns with star-decore and lots of green (hamlock)-twigs, too ;-))
Hugs, Traude

Southern Aspirations said...

Love this idea- looks great!

Rajee Sood said...

Hi there at Mindspace,
Its always great to meet my readers ... thank so much for leaving me your comment ... oh! thanks again for the name as well ... need to add that to the post ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Veda,
Thankyou ... as for Diwali in our home ... I am really excited too ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Urban Green,
I do love that plant a lot ... something gorgeous about the leaves and how they are green for a long time even after drying up as cut stems ... thanks for dropping by... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Aditi,
I agree ... would look great for Christmas too ... while living in the Bay area I used to love using the pine and the red berries that grew all around ...
Hey. I'm so glad you are enjoying the Diwali series ... thanks Aditi ... :)

Indian As Apple Pie said...

Hi Rajee. I just love your ideas. I need to get going but I'm so busy writing and cooking that I have no time do anything else these days. I have a major article on Diwali coming out in a huge paper over the next few weeks so am working double time on that! Hopefully I'll be Diwali ready like you...Anupy

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Shruti,
Now I love your idea ... hopefully I should have some more nutty marigold ideas coming up ... ha-ha... I like being nutty ... wouldn't have it anyother way ...its so much fun and you have no idea what all I can get away with ... ;)
Hope to hear from you soon ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Coty,
I had to do a double take ... to check if it really was you ... WOW! it is ... its lovely to hear from you ...
Oh! dear ... you too ... well Coty I have a reputation now of being a lil' different kind of a lady( how more polite can people be )... it sure feels nice to know I am not alone doing all these weird things ... :)
I do keep myself updated about your blog ... and fully understand you being so tied up ... but hey I can't complain ... you are the lovely one leaving me a comment ... thanks for dropping by and leaving me your beautiful compliments ... thanks Coty ...:)

Rajee Sood said...

Hey Monika,
Thank you ... its so nice to know you take the time to leave me your comments ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Traude,
You are so right ... I am a mountain girl ... but here in the warmer regions of India ... no conifers ... and so my love for the Casurinas ... reminds me of pines and ferns and ... oh dear I can go on and on ... but in the US I used to have the challenge of how to set my Diwali and Vhristmas decor apart in style ... I love using the greens so much ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Traude,
You are so right ... I am a mountain girl ... but here in the warmer regions of India ... no conifers ... and so my love for the Casurinas ... reminds me of pines and ferns and ... oh dear I can go on and on ... but in the US I used to have the challenge of how to set my Diwali and Vhristmas decor apart in style ... I love using the greens so much ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Southern Aspirations,
Loved to hear from you on my blog ... and I'm glad you enjoyed this post ... :)

sinnlighet said...

Godmorning, Sweden here....

I must tell you, that I love your virtual & image blog!! Amazing mix of pic's & so much inspiration!

Regards from Agneta

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Agneta,
Its so wonderful to hear from you.And I am so excited that you enjoy my blog ... I hope to keep up with more new and interesting posts ... would love to hear your comments in future too ... 'my source of encouragment' ... :)

Morning T said...

Gorgeous photos, love those lanterns!

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Anupy,
All the best for the article ... you'll be well in time for Diwali ... multitasking lady like you can sure do it ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Morning T,
Thsnkyou ... its great to have you leave me your comments ... :)

Sunita said...

Lovely look, Rajee! I use casuarina leaves in my festive decor too but haven't thought of teaming them with lanterns. Thanks for the tip.
Another great leaf to use is Silver Oak. It does start wilting slightly (leave it on the branch) but as it wilts there is such a lovely fragrance that I always associate with festival time.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Sunita,
Guess gardening lovers think alike ... :)
I love the silver oak too ... and I agree about the fragrance ... infact I love to pick up the fallen ones and think of something to do with them as well ... ah! I do have something I have been thinking about ... hope it materialises into another post ...its always such fun to exchange thoughts with you ... if you were my neighbour ... we'd both pobably be down with Acidity ... exchanging notes over tea...and some more tea... ;)

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

nice idea rajee..

marilyn scott said...

Lovely decor ideas! I love greeneries when it comes to decorating so I really love your idea on Diwali decorations with the touch of nature. Thanks for sharing!

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