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Giveaway :: Sea & Asters

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

{please visit Sea & Asters here}

I spent six years living in Hawaii, surrounded by everything that IS summer. The clear water, warm breezes, and thriving flora created an environment of perpetual summertime in my mind, body, and soul. There is something truly magical about living a life where the best parts of summer are your daily routine. It changes you, gets into your blood. And, even when you leave and move to another state, it stays with you. For me, this turned into a need to have a lot of green around me. From plants to trees to flowers, I feel like my best self when I am surrounded by greenery. Too bad my thumbs don’t have the same desires. My solution? Succulents and air plants.

Sea & Asters has been a favorite shop of mine for quite awhile. Run by the husband and wife team of Monica and James, Sea & Asters is full of perfectly curated Tillandsias (a lovely member of the Bromeliad family), terrariums, and other gorgeous vessels to house your air plants. If you are like me and you struggle with keeping an aloe plant alive (sigh, it’s true) let me introduce you to the sunshine filled life that exists for you with air plants. They are low maintenance enough for any color thumb and they will bring that feeling of a long summer morning into your home with the least amount of work on your part. What better way to celebrate our “Endless Summer” than with a gorgeous way to bring the outside in? Hello, September. We welcome you.

 

Sea & Asters is giving away two $25 gift certificates to two lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Tuesday, September 11th. *Also, please note that this giveaway is open only to US residents (except Hawaii and Puerto Rico)…thank you!* Comments now closed…good luck!
What is your favorite plant or flower and why?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 17th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Tabetha says:

    I love gardenias & daisies– gardenias for the smell & the gorgeous vintage vibe & daisies because they are so happy!

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    echo says:

    The purple oxalis in my living room. I love how he moves… opening and closing his little umbrella leaves, the occasional hard twitch of a stem in the sun. He has so much personality, and I love the deep purple that is so different from my other plants. He has a name and my husband and I talk about what he is up to sometimes. 

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    heather f says:

    I love all plants, but fushias are just about at the top because I love to watch the hummingbirds “work them” in the morning

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    Jessica says:

    Mint and Bay, because they smell and taste so lovely, and because they are almost impossible to kill, even for a certain someone who’s got a brown thumb!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i adore sunflowers–they are so pretty and cheerful!

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    Jenni says:

    For my wedding I had the florist incorporate soft pink and golden yellow coxcomb. The ruffly soft texture of the flower was the perfect added touch to our fall nuptials. I just love the texture, and the natural feel that the flower gives off. So beautiful! Coxcomb made our bouquets seem magical.

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    Brittany K says:

    i love sunflowers – they remind me of beautiful weather and friends. 

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    Luisa says:

    My favourite flower is the Sunflower. I fell in love instantly once I saw Van Gogh’s painting of the sunflower. I usually have fresh sunflowers on my dining room table.

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    Metalicious says:

    I love irises, the deep purple ones remind me of my favorite time of day: twilight.

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    Sarah says:

    I love frangipini flowers, they are so beautiful and they look so perfect, my fave thing about living in SE Asia!

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    Pj says:

    favorite plants are my elephant palms. I’m not great at remembering to water plants and they still love me in spite of it! plus they are so pretty and green and curly!

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    Samantha says:

    I love Christmas Cactuses–the little flowers are so pretty and I like how their limbs droop. They are so unique!

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    Alexis S. says:

    I have always love peonies, as they’re huge but so delicate and beautiful.  

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    Meg T says:

    I love the forgiving nature of succulents! I just moved into a rental that (to my surprise) has a backyard FULL of them and have spent hours cleaning out old, dead and overgrown pots and making new succulent arrangements. I love their varying colors, shapes and textures. For the price of some dirt, I have found something that makes me so happy! Succulents are my new love!

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    Erin says:

    I’m partial to wild poppies, but I have a special place in my heart for orchids because my dad used to grow them. I really love the Ladyslipper.

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    AmyB says:

    Peony, ranunculus, dahlia are all so beautiful and sophisticated but my favorite of all plants are the wild ones. A handful of violets in a mason jar is just so friendly.

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    sam says:

    I love Queen Anne’s Lace – simple yet pretty and you can change its color by adding a few drops of  food coloring to the water in the vase : )    

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    Courtney says:

    I love Flowers of Paradise b/c they remind me of Maui and always make everything look tropical and relaxing.

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    ren says:

    i do love daisies, they are just so cheerful, but they also last forever. but really, any flower on my kitchen table makes me happy.

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    Mary M. says:

    I love orchids & peonies because of the wonderful colors and shapes available!

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    Anne K says:

    Birds of paradise because they’re so sassy.

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    Allison H. says:

    i love the air plants.. no work and so pretty!

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    Kirsten W. says:

    I love gerber daisies – they just make me happy.

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    Andrea G. says:

    Lilies of all varieties! They are so pretty, you can have just one sitting in your house and the world can seem more elegant!

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    Michelle Perry says:

    Sunflowers and Daisies. I know its silly, but I love the simplicity of them. And that remind me of summer. Beach daisies are one of my favorite varieties,

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    I love chrysanthemums. I had a book by that title as a child and it made me fall in love with the flowers. I live in the desert now so I won’t have any for a while but I do love them 🙂

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    Lydia says:

    I love the aloe that has been passed down for 3 generations in my family.  It’s useful and pretty and low-maintenance!

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    Amzi says:

    Daffodils…because 1) they’re yellow and 2) they always show up first in the spring and 3) they just have an awesome shape!

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    Loretta says:

    I love orchids because it’s what my hubby always buys me!

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    Lauren G says:

    My favorite are black eyed susans because they remind me of my mom

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    Lauren says:

    I love Queen Anne’s Lace because my sister and I used to ride our bicycles around the neighborhood and pick huge bouquets for our mom. Whenever I see them growing on the side of the road, it takes me back to my childhood.
    Second place goes to the corpse flower because it takes years to bloom and then smells like a rotting corpse. Gotta love Mother Nature’s sense of humor with that one.

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    Renee Richardson says:

    I love gardenias because the smell reminds me of my grandmother.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

    Renee 
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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    Nikki says:

    Scented geranium, I love the feel of the velvety leaves and that the heavenly smell stays on my fingers when I rub it, & I love the pretty flowers. Plus you can tear off pieces and start new plants–share the love!

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    Kristen says:

    My current favorite is my little Ludisia (black jewel orchid). It’s compact, slow-growing, and has such subtle, beautiful colors. So little work for such a great payoff—just like the Sea & Asters plants! ^_^”

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    Amy M says:

    My favourite flowers are morning glories.  I love that they emerge each day and curl up later in the afternoon, it makes it all the more exciting when they re-announce their presence!  

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    Tulips…..I love them

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    Kath says:

    Gardenias are my favorite- growing up in Georgia, we did a lot of yard work on the weekends and my dad would always point out the gardenias bushes to my sisters and me, and invite us to smell the open white blossoms. Their scent reminds me of him and of our family time which I now realize was such a treat.

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    Lily of the Valley.  My Grandma had a big flower bed of them next to her front door as I was growing up.  Once or twice a year, she would pick a bouquet if them, wrap the ends in aluminum foil, and let me carry them to school as a gift for my teacher.  I remember the anticipation I felt during the whole walk, just waiting for the moment when I could give my teacher such a beautiful gift!

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    Susan says:

    I love daffodils, they’re so bright and sunny!  🙂

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    Lisa P says:

    I love succulents in general because I like the colors, texture and simplicity. I also love jasmine – pretty and I love the scent!

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    Peyton says:

    Obviously, my favorite plant is the Tillandsia Bulbosa – an air plant! No soil, no mess. Just water it once or twice a week. It needs little care, but brings a lot of comapany. I love how it grows in a snake-like manor, creating somewhat of a ‘medusa’ effect!

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    Patty says:

    My favorite plant, or flower, would be the Rooster Cone. It grows tall, and comes back every year. The flower (hard to explain) looks like an actual rooster cone. It’s feels like velvet, and has a beautiful color. I have them all around my house.

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    Keith says:

    My favorite flower would have to be the Masquerade Nemesia. They are white, and have a golden ‘bell’ on the front, almost like a mask – hence it’s name. They are small, and easily handles, and perfect for the indoors. My favorite part about this plant is that it gives off a coconut-ish smell!

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    Jessminda says:

    Hibiscus! They are beautiful without being overly delicate or precious.  And the fact that their flowers are unabashedly fluorescent helps too.  

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    holly says:

    my favorite flower is a camellia. they’re full of color and happiness during bleak winters. my mom is an avid camellia grower, and shared her love of camellias with my daughters and myself. my youngest daughter’s middle name is camille, after granna’s love of camellias.

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    Emma says:

    My favorite plant is ferns. I love hiking in the woods and ferns remind me of that feeling of ancient trees watching over you, the smell of rain on moss, the sound of animal voices through peaceful silence.

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    Madeline says:

    i fell in love with a plant in vancouver that i saw sitting prettily at the flower stand as we drove by. i made my uncle stop & bought one. turns out it was cabbage! i absolutely was stunned that such a simple vegatable looks so beautiful.

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    Nicole says:

    I’ve always loved daisies. They are such a happy flower!

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    Nicole Friedrich says:

    It’s sort of cliche, but I do love sunflowers! Nothing cheers me up as much as the happy, sunny face of a sunflower..

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    Amy Grace says:

    peach roses, always make me think of romance novels, the South, hot tea, and Great Britain.