The Sunken Garden at Como Park Conservatory

The Sunken Garden at Como Park Conservatory

In June I had the pleasure of visiting several beautiful public and private gardens in the Minneapolis area. It is so overwhelming to try to accurately describe the beauty of these gardens in a single sitting, so I am breaking down some of the different garden and spaces individually. Whew!  I want to make sure to share some images from the beautiful Sunken Garden at Como Park Conservatory. I was completely blown away by the colors and textures in this conservatory. The mixes of tropicals and perennials were perfect and the color combinations were spot on.  Enjoy these images of this great garden! The Sunken Garden has a pool of water running down the center, allowing for water lilies and gorgeous reflections.… Read Full Post
Make Your Own Hanging Succulent Terrarium

Make Your Own Hanging Succulent Terrarium

Have you noticed these cute hanging succulent terrariums popping up in your favorite catalogs and decorating blogs? Don’t be fooled by their sleek design and beautiful colors, these are extremely simple to put together and are a great way to add plants to even the smallest spaces. Read on to learn how I make mine and how to maintain your plants. Supplies. Keep it simple. All you need is some potting soil (less than 1 cup per globe), simple top dressing like these stones, succulent cuttings and your globe. The one that you see here is from CB2 and is actually in their catalog as “whirly hanging candle holder.” They are pretty cheap at $4.95 each and I love the flat bottom on the globe.… Read Full Post
Planting a Foxtail Palm

Planting a Foxtail Palm

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifurcata, is one of my favorite palms. It has a nice full look and it is “self cleaning” so you do not have to try to trim off brown fronds because they simply fall to the ground. If you look at the part of the palm where the trunk meets the leaves you will see an area called the “crownshaft”. This crownshaft is essentially an extension of the leaf that wraps around the trunk where it is attached, so when the leaf dies it essentially lets go of the trunk and falls off. Less pruning equals less work! The green crownshaft of foxtail palms is very attractive and helps make them easy to identify. While most palms with these distinctive crownshafts are very tropical, the foxtail palm does well in central Florida and can tolerate occasionally cool temperatures.… Read Full Post
My 5 Favorites of Boerner Botanical Gardens

My 5 Favorites of Boerner Botanical Gardens

A break from the Florida summer was just what we needed last week when we visited Milwaukee. Between baseball games, the Zoo and a brewery tour, I managed to sneak in a trip to Milwaukee’s Boerner Botanical Gardens. I am very lucky to be blessed with a 4 1/2 year old niece who loves plants as much as I do, so a quick “gardens-gardens-gardens” chant was all we needed to add this to the agenda. The gardens themselves are quite extensive and there are at least 13 named gardens within the formal garden space. We didn’t make it to the surrounding arboretum, but I am sure it would be easy to spend more time exploring these areas. Our entire visited lasted about an hour and half, which considering we had little ones with us was quite a feat.… Read Full Post
Succulent Planter Windowbox

Succulent Planter Windowbox

A boring fence in our backyard has been calling for some attention lately and I finally found the perfect project for this area. This succulent planter window box seemed like a great way to add to my succulent collection (obsession?) and also add another element to our garden. I found this 30″ long window box at Lowes and it came with the liner and the frame. It didn’t take more than five minutes to put a couple of screws into the cross-piece of the fence and hang the window planter. Let’s be honest, most of the time window boxes require an amazing amount of work and dedication to keep them watered and growing well. With succulents you certainly don’t have to worry about that part and good drainage is a non issue.… Read Full Post
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