(Have you heard? Dept. 56 has a new line, Garden District, including a collection of wonderful fairies and fairy garden accessories called Enchanted Guardians! See how I displayed them in my own garden and enter the Dept.56 sweepstakes to win your very own!) * This post has been sponsored by Dept. 56 who provided me with the
When you are planting bulbs in the fall, do you find yourself scratching your head trying to remember where you needed a few more of this or that? The remedy is actually quick and easy, and I cannot believe it took me all these years of gardening to figure it out! Just plant
For several weeks, our front porch has been the holding place for my gathering of spring bulbs, just waiting for the days to warm. Hardening off and adjusting to cool nights in a protected area have kept the blooms from bolting. Finally spring has arrived and I can start working in the garden again.
What an amazing sight to find the Jade Vine (strongylodon macrobotrys) blooming in the Longwood Gardens conservatory this week! This waxy flower is such an intense turquoise blue, it looks almost artificial. A woody ornamental vine that grows in the fast-disappearing Philippine rainforests, Jade Vine is in the legume family. Bats pollinate it in the
DIY ~ Garden Hose Wreaths I have been wanting to make hose wreaths for some time now. Unfortunately, all our garden hoses are in good shape, so I actually broke down and bought a 25 foot garden hose! It was held together with four large, black twist ties which I reused in the
I am all about using natural materials, making pretty things and spending little or no money doing it! Here’s a little project that would be a sweet gift or home accent for yourself. These wreaths made of dried plant materials can be colored to suit your decor or left as nature intended. Best
When planning for spring windowboxes, it is always a good idea to look back at past years’ efforts. Depending on your style and the local supply
February is the longest, shortest month of the year. Winter is dragging its heels, the wind is blowing and the landscape is bleak. What a wonderful time for a dose of spring encapsulated in a four-acre conservatory at Longwood Gardens. The annual Orchid Extravaganza is in full bloom now through March 29th. Thousands of orchids, spring
It is a balmy 32 degrees Fahrenheit today, perfect for switching the winter windowboxes over for Valentine’s Day! As I was thinking up a design for these Valentine’s Day Windowboxes, my first order of business was to salvage the winter greens and keep it simple. Can you tell I’m not so crazy about the cold?
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