The Ritz-Carlton isn't the only reason to go "over the hill" to Half Moon Bay.
Two or three times a year I pay a visit to Schickenberg Nursery who specializes in ivy topiaries and the Nurseryman's Exchange next door, a wholesale nursery.
I was long overdue for some living plants in the house when I drove to the coast with the Suburban last week, ready to fill it up.
The Nurseryman's Exchange caters to florists and designers, so one is always guaranteed to find lovely arrangements like this orchid potted in a lovely brown basket weave pot.
Schickenberg Nursery specializes in ivy topiaries like ivy birdcages, candleabras, baskets and animals.
Although lately they're limited to balls and circles as you can see here.
The circles last longer and are less expensive, so I ended up with quite a few!
One for the family room console.
One on the kitchen table...
...along with two little olive trees.
Two on the kitchen windowsill...
...along with a potted sunflower to go with the rose filled demijohn on the kitchen island.
Two on the living room mantel, right...
The red metal urns are a latest find on One King's Lane.
In fact, they're available again, here.
Yet another ivy circle for the coffee table!
The antique urn from my mother-in-law gets three mini orchid plants while Oscar supervises.
And last, but not least, the dining room gets a pretty salmon colored hydrangea.
The house is all spruced up for a few months.
Now if I can just keep them alive!