Category: Things that inspire me in the garden

Book Review ~ Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix

Veggie Garden Remix

Getting tired of growing the same old ho-hum vegetables every year? Niki Jabbour’s new book, Veggie Garden Remix , is the answer for spicing up your garden life! Even if you aren’t an avid grower, the photos and descriptions of these 224 lovely greens, tubers, beans and herbs from all over the globe should prove fascinating.

Chalk Paint Magic ~ There’s Money in the Basement!

Chalk Paint Magic

True confession time!! I frequent local garage and estate sales and buy “projects” that I never seem to get around to. Do you, too? At the time that I buy them, these odds and ends seem like diamonds in the rough. Later, I realize that there isn’t any perfect spot in the house or I

Decorate for Fall Naturally!

Decorate for Fall Naturally

How do you decorate for Fall without spending a lot of money? Go natural! Find a good farm stand or farmer’s market nearby and purchase just a few select items to mix with your own garden abundance. For these window boxes, I only used one large ornamental Kale, one medium-sized pumpkin, four interesting colorful gourds

Wheelbarrow Water Feature

Wheelbarrow Water Feature

Recently, a good friend gave me his parents’ vintage metal wheelbarrow! It was just what I needed to put together a water feature that I had been dreaming about making for awhile. If you have an old wheelbarrow that is water tight, consider making a Wheelbarrow Water Feature from it. Less mess and maintenance than

Flower Fairies

Flower Fairies

  Want to have some fun with the kids or grandkids or just amuse yourself on a summer day? Make Flower Fairies to leave around gardens for folks to find! Use a dried poppy seed pod or two and some acorns and fine-tipped permanent pens. Draw little whimsical faces on each one and, then the

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

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

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