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
Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths

Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday I had the pleasure of meeting my good friend Grace for lunch in Colonial Williamsburg.  We had lunch, we drank some wine, and we spent  time walking through the main street of Colonial Williamsburg and enjoying the beautiful Colonial Williamsburg wreaths. With previous discussions about how these are made and the materials that are used, we were very excited to see these beautiful wreaths made with live or dried materials. These wreaths and swags are absolutely beautiful.  I was expecting to see the citrus, apples, and pineapples but I was intrigued with the pomegranates, dried okra, oyster shells, feathers and unique preserved materials.  I hope you find these images as inspiring as I do! Last but not least, I think this is a great “gardeners” wreath.  … Read Full Post
How to Make an Air Plant Wreath

How to Make an Air Plant Wreath

Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching a class to a great group of folks where we made beautiful moss and air plant wreaths.  I promised to get the easy directions posted today, and as you will see, the creativity in this group of folks was amazing!  I was blown away by all of the different looks they were able to create with the same supplies. This article will teach you how to make an air plant wreath to impress your family and friends anytime of year.     The supplies needed include: 14″ grapevine wreath (any size would work!) 3 air plants. Ours were Tillandsia argentea, T. harrisii, and T. ionantha. Mixed moss pack from Quality Growers Moss Collection. Included lichens, sheet moss, and two different colors of reindeer moss.… Read Full Post
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