Category: Things that inspire me in the garden

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

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

Field Trip ~ Ashland Reiki & Wellness Center

Ashland Reiki & Wellness Center

Up on the train to the Boston-area this week to help my sister. Hannah Stein, celebrate the opening of her new shop, Ashland Reiki & Wellness Center. Located in a historic building at 54 Front Street in Ashland, Massachusetts, this new boutique is what shopping local is all about. If you enjoy small shops with personal service,

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