Author: Barb

Lamps with a Gardener’s Touch

Flower Pot Lamp Shade

I’ve had a couple yard sale lamps on the potting bench in our garden room for sometime now. My intent was to find some wonderful shades to replace the stained and torn existing ones. But, do you know how much lamp shades cost? Especially the cute gardening themed ones, that I thought I wanted, were

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Flower Pot Fairy Houses

Flower Pot Fairy Houses

    Do you want to have a fairy garden or make a special gift for a friend or grandchild? If the cost of those fairy houses in the retail stores is holding you back, wait no longer! For the price of some oil-based paint pens, a little acrylic craft paint and some time, you

DIY ~ Horseshoe Fairy Door

Horseshoe Fairy Door

Recently, I saw some wonderful hand-forged fairy doors for sale and fell in love with them. The only problem was the price – $58 each! I tried to come up with a way to get the look without spending that kind of money. Here’s what I came up with ~ Horseshoe Fairy Doors. A horsey friend

Himalayan Blue Poppies ~ A Gardener’s Dream!

Himalayan Blue Poppies

The good news is that the wonderful Himalayan Blue Poppies ( Meconopsis “Lingholm”) are blooming at Longwood Gardens! The bad news is that most of us will never be able to grow them in our gardens unless a hybridizing miracle takes place. These true blue poppies are featured each March in Longwood Gardens’ conservatory and are quite

Field Trip ~ Philadelphia Flower Show

2017 Philadelphia Flower Show

Set ahead to the second week in March to avoid bad weather, ironically, the Philadelphia Flower Show opened on a snowy day and experienced Storm Stella midweek during its run. Despite the weather, it was worth the effort to attend this year’s “Holland ~ Flowering the World” themed flower show sponsored by the Philadelphia Horticulture

March Ice Storm ~ Stella Smudge Pots

March Ice Storm ~ Stella Smudge Pots

Here on the East Coast, our recent March storm, Stella, worked her magic. Bringing sleet, freezing rain, snow and then ice, she turned our yard into a set from the movie “Frozen.” Iced and crystalized, many branches could not bear this additional weight and bowed, some to the point of breaking. In the bitter wind,

Scrabble Tile Plant Labels

Scrabble Tile Plant Labels

  A year or so ago, I saw a wonderful idea featured at the NorthWest Flower Show posted by one of my favorite bloggers, Sow & Dipity. (Click here to see her inspiring post) I loved the idea of repurposing old Scrabble letter tiles into plant labels for use in the garden and houseplants. It

Loving Touches ~ Create an elegant wedding for less!

Wedding Cake Topper

Want an elegant wedding but you are trying to keep the costs down and work within a budget? Well, I’ve been there! My son and his sweetheart really wanted something more than backyard nuptials and a barbeque for their summer wedding. Our sweet daughter-in-law-to-be also happens to be an interior designer and her whole firm

Blue Hydrangeas ~ how to get and keep those blue blooms!

Blue Hydrangea

Did you fall in love with a beautiful blue Hydrangea and plant it in the garden, only to have it bloom purple or pink the next year? There’s a fix for that! Acidify your soil using Aluminum Sulfate. Understand that it is only Bigleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) that you can change and some hybrid varieties

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