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Come Rain Or Shine: A Garden For All Weather

Come Rain Or Shine: A Garden For All Weather

We all want the dream garden. Even so, it can be hard to use the outside space in the way we would like. Even if you have things looking the way you want, it can be hard to make the most of your garden! You won’t want to spend time outside when the weather is extreme, right? Whether hot or cold is the problem, the ideal weather conditions are hard to come by. But, why should the space go unused for most of the year? If you want to get the most of your garden, learn how to use it in all weathers.  Here are a few additions that will make your garden work come rain or shine. Photo by Bibhukalyan Acharya from Pexels Decking If your garden is mostly grass, you will not want to use the garden if it has been raining.… Read Full Post
Creating a More Guest Friendly Garden Bursting With Character

Creating a More Guest Friendly Garden Bursting With Character

Being a host is something you enjoy doing, but you never want to do anything by half measures. Your garden will always be your pride and joy; it is also one of the best places to entertain your guests. Your backyard doesn’t have to be plain and simple like most of your neighbors. It can be as luscious and extravagant as you like, as long as it is welcoming to your prospective guests. There is something enjoyable about getting stuck into a new garden project, so consider the following ways to create a more guest friendly garden that is bursting with character. Perfect Patios There is nothing quite like sitting outside when the sun is shining with a freshly made jug of cold sangria.… Read Full Post
Should I remove succulent flowers?

Should I remove succulent flowers?

This is a tough question. “Should I remove my succulent flowers?” has been asked at more than one presentation over the years. My preference is yes, but let’s look at the pros and cons of both options. An argument for keeping succulent flowers The aeonium flowers above are beautiful on their own. Their bright yellow color is a welcome site in winter. Succulent flowers come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, but most are not nearly as showy as these– and I hate to ruin the ending, but I still cut these off! However, if this is the first time you have seen your succulents flower and you want to experience it for yourself, go ahead and let that baby bloom.… Read Full Post
Everything You Need to Know About Succulents

Everything You Need to Know About Succulents

Cut flowers and potted flowers tend to have reigned supreme for years when it comes to flowers for property interiors. But succulents are rapidly growing in popularity and increasing numbers of us are beginning to add them to the list of plants that we want to incorporate into our homes. So, let’s take a moment to get to know them a little better! What Are Succulents? While many of us will be able to identify succulents apart from other plants in a crowd, relatively few of us actually know all too much about them. Put simply, succulents are plants that store water in their leaves. These leaves are generally thick and fleshy. Some genus of succulents have thicker and fleshier leaves than others.… Read Full Post
5 Tips for a Beautiful Yard Space

5 Tips for a Beautiful Yard Space

Most people don’t make the most of their outdoor areas. They just keep it limited to the bare minimum, and that’s all. While we don’t want to tell anyone what to do with their property, it’s possible that this is a mistake! If you put the effort into making your yard area look presentable, then you won’t just have the satisfaction of creating something beautiful — you’ll also have a de facto new room on your property to enjoy, the benefits of which you’ll definitely feel once summer gets into full flow. Below, we take a look at a few tips that’ll lead to a pretty and enjoyable outdoor space at your home. Source: Pexels.com A Range of Colors Is there anything on earth more magical than a beautiful plant?… Read Full Post
How to grow oats for cats

How to grow oats for cats

My nephew picked up this package of “oats for cats” seeds last spring at our local nursery and since that time it has just been sitting on my desk. Yes, I meant to get around to it but it just never became a priority. Now as the winter is in full swing it seemed like a perfect time to get this quick growing project underway (and maybe help me put off starting other seeds a bit longer!) Supplies to grow oats for cats: Oat seeds (there are SO many options online for this, but if you need help Gurney’s has these at a pretty reasonable price)Potting soilContainer — we used old take-out containers! A tray or any shallow container will work just fine.… Read Full Post
Growing orchids indoors this winter

Growing orchids indoors this winter

Having orchids indoors during the winter months is one of the things that keeps me from going crazy during this season. I’m not sure if there is anything better than checking out my orchids indoors while there is snow falling outside! This lovely little miniature orchid was an impulse by from a visit to Home Depot. I am a sucker for all of the things near the checkout line, so a display of small orchids for $6.99 wasn’t even worth fighting. Large or small, you can get an orchid bloom again. I find that most orchid flowers last 3-4 months in our house if they were purchased in good condition with a several of the balloon-like blooms yet to open. What a deal these orchids are compared to cut flowers!… Read Full Post
Gardening Christmas Gifts

Gardening Christmas Gifts

What’s on my list for gardening Christmas gifts this year?  Oh boy, read on for some great ideas! I’ve been trying really hard to scale back, but for the loved ones in your life a thoughtful gardening Christmas gift will make their day– and return throughout the year to remind them of you! This might sound boring, but its hard to beat a gift certificate to a local garden center!  Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that this would be the easy way out, but what if you include yourself and a lunch after? While this gardening Christmas gift would make your loved one happy now, the true gift would be spending time together in the spring shopping for plants. For a stocking stuffer, how about this Hanging Glass Bulb Vase from Ferry Morse?… Read Full Post
Winter Containers

Winter Containers

I know it seems so early, but now is a really good time to make your winter containers. These simple instructions will show you just how easy it is to add some holiday cheer and interest to your garden with very easy winter containers. At the end of the summer and a good part into fall, it seems like this is a now or never type of project. As in, if I don’t do it now I will never do it!  These bare planters need some sprucing up and today was the day to get it done. I’ve always had good intentions of doing this, but it seems like it just hasn’t taken priority. I started by gathering some broken branches from evergreens around our home, looking for branches that were crossing or were just starting to get in the way of the lawn mower.… Read Full Post
Tips for Using Your Garden to Help Sell Your Home

Tips for Using Your Garden to Help Sell Your Home

First impressions are important. Seeing as your garden is the very first thing somebody sees when looking up, visiting, or driving past your home, it is imperative that you keep it in pristine condition. Follow these tips for using your garden to help sell your home fast! You should start preparing the outdoor aspects of your home at least a month before you plan on hosting showings. In doing so, you will be given some leeway in case anything happens to go wrong, or in case you decide to change anything. Listed below are some things you can do to keep your garden looking sharp throughout your home selling process. 1. Seasonal Plants and Aesthetics: One way to catch the eye of any passerby is through a little pop of color!… Read Full Post

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