DIY Terrarium: Now is the time!

DIY Terrarium: Now is the time!

Yep, we all have some extra time on our hands right now. It makes a DIY terrarium the perfect way to fill an afternoon. If you are looking for garden projects to do with your aging parents or your children, this is a good one! While I titled this “DIY Terrarium” it probably could also be called “Terrarium Refresh” or “Replanting a Terrarium” because this was an old terrarium that needed a new look. After more than three years sitting on my desk it was time! As you can see this terrarium is sad, S-A-D! I decided to scrap everything, including the pepperomia with the green and white leaves. With more tropical and water loving plants to go in here it didn’t seem like it would do well in the moist environment.… 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
What’s that purple flower vine?

What’s that purple flower vine?

On our recent trip to Florida I was literally stopped in my tracks by this purple flower vine in Winter Garden. I’ve been familiar with Petrea volubilis, or Queen’s Wreath Vine, but I’ve never seen it like this. Driving down Plant Street in Winter Garden, there is always something beautiful to see. This town does a great job of maintaining and growing their green space for residents and tourists to enjoy. But this. This was too much for me! The purple flowers were dripping off of the trellis. Petrea volubilis is sometimes called “Florida Wisteria” and it is easy to see why. Wow. I can’t tell you how many people I heard talking about this plant. How often do plants get this kind of attention?… Read Full Post
Garden Gifts to make Mom smile

Garden Gifts to make Mom smile

Yes its early, but now is a great time to start thinking about garden gifts for the special people in your life. I am getting so stir crazy for spring that I might start getting garden gifts for myself soon. Garden Gifts 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? How cool are these?!? I would love to get these Marimo Moss balls as one of my favorite spring garden gifts. They are easy– you simply take a cool container and drop them in. The folks at The Sill have these available.… 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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