Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Musings

Mama and her kitties taking a nap........ all 5 girls

I love this time of the year when Azaleas are in full bloom.....

Over the weekend we converted our old sandbox into a feed shed.....

To feed these little chicks that are getting bigger each day.....

My favorite time of the day and place....mornings in my garden

What's your favorite time of the day?
I hope you had a wonderful Easter and a great weekend. 

PS. Stop by tomorrow when I share a tablescape inspired by my Azaleas.

Grateful for~
Family time
All our 4 legged friends around the farm

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Build a Succulent Garden in under 5 mins

I wrote this post specifically for the green and non green thumb plant lovers. You know who you are....we won't tell.

Succulent gardens..... Aren't they pretty?

The definition of a succulent, is a plant that retains water. That's why the leaves are generally thick and full looking. For the non-green thumbs, they require little maintenance and for you green thumbs, the options and designs of succulent gardens are endless.

I have a few gardens around the house and during these 'almost spring time days' when things aren't quite in bloom, the gorgeous colors of some succulent plants more then make up for the absence of color outside.

I wanted to share a super easy method of putting together a succulent garden that you can do in less than 5 mins. Really..... you can.

Container for your garden. In these pictures I am using wood crates and milk glass 
Small rocks for drainage
Succulent plants- you can pick these up at a nursery or home inprovement store. I use at least 2-3 different varieties in my gardens. You can pick these up for $2-$4 each,depending on the plant.
Potting Soil
Sheet Moss- found in floral departments

Step 1
Choose your container and place a few small rocks on the bottom for drainage. For the wood crate or anything else without a solid bottom, I would line it with some sheet moss first.

Step 2
Place potting soil 1/4  full in the container right over the stones.

Step 3
Take your plants out of the container and gently break up the root ball. Place the plant in the center of your container. The base of the plant should not be higher then the container.

Step 4
Take your other plants and divide into several pieces. You don't want the smaller plants to grow bigger then your center plant. Be gentle as some of these smaller plants are fragile and will break easily. Place these plants around the center plant in the container.

Step 5
Fill in the container with potting soil, covering all the bases of the plants.

Step 6
Water your plant thoroughly. You can place rocks, marbles or wine corks on the top of your soil if you want to add some added interest and bling to your garden. Be assured that your garden will still grow without the bling added. I cut up wine corks and added them to the first garden picture shown above and the picture below.

Okay, I fibbed a little. It actually takes 3 mins and 21 seconds to put a succulent garden together. Are you ready to make yours?

Do you have a green thumb or one that's not so green?




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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Nothing could have prepared me for the week that my household has had. Not even this....

Little did I know that my household would have a similar 'Royal Carribean' cruise experience .....just on a smaller scale and not on the water, called Rotavirus. It actually got it's start last week with my little girl for 2 days, and then decided to attack the rest of the family starting on Monday with the boys and dad, and following up with me on Wednesday. I am sorry, you can spray your household products, open the windows and not touch each other, but once it's present.... at least 2 days in bed. My house anyways.
To see more info and prevention tips click here.

So, I managed to get on the computer on day 3 while on the couch and spotted some amazing inspiration that made even a sick gal smile.....hope you to.

Campbell soup can...really? Amazing!

Seriously cool for the outdoor patio. Wish I knew the source cause I would give them a fist bump on this one.

Update- After I published this,  a sweet reader ( thank you)  sent me a link to more details about constructing that cool solar lamp here 

Real simple and pretty way to display spring flowers from here

or a perfect alternative to the real thing from here

Incredible shot of nature, nurture and photography

source tumblr

So, what tricks do you have for keeping the crud out of your house?
I hope you have an amazing weekend. Sick free of course!

PS- to see more of my weekly wow's click here

Grateful ~
That my BFF's mom made it through surgery successfully

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

4 Simple Tips to Care for your Orchids

The Orchid. A beautiful and exquisite flower. Some plants look to perfect to be real. And contrary to what most people think, this perfect looking plant is not very difficult to maintain. In fact some orchids are quite easy to grow and require little maintenance........ The only problem may be figuring out which of the approximately 25,000 species would be best for you. Yes, 25,000.

When I got my first Orchid plant years ago, a friend gave me the best advice on how to care for my plant..... 4 simple tips that I am sharing with you today.

Tip 1- Orchids need good bright, indirect lighting.

Tip 2- Don't over water your orchid. Water once a week in the winter and twice a week in the summer. In fact, if Orchids could talk they would tell you that they prefer the humidity over watering.

Tip 3- Once your orchid stops flowering, cut the flower stalk down. While your orchid is resting, continue to water and provide it plenty of light.

Tip 4- Be patient......... it will flower again. 
Just, wait and you'll see.

Have you ever grown Orchids? Success or failure?

Grateful for~
A green thumb
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Grow it and just....Wait

Before we moved to the country, I would have classified myself as a pretty impatient gardener. Well, make that really impatient. On the weekends, I would run to the Garden center for my flats of flowers, shrubs and trees, come home put them in the ground and expect overnight maturity and beauty.
But something had to change when I moved to the country. Now with a surplus of land, plopping a flower, tree or bush wherever I wanted wasn't part of the plan nor was the expense to buy the number of plants that I would want to fill such vast space. I needed to change how I approached gardening. I needed to change........ me.
I remember my girlfriend calling me one day and asking if I wanted some daylily plants from the side of the mountain where her mom lives in North Carolina. I said sure, give me what you got. So she did and brought over 14 full size Daylily plants.  
I divided each of those 14 plants into as many plants as I could. I dug deep into the hard Georgia clay and planted them all in a single row along this wall. Although they looked slightly weak and almost pathetic ( imagine Charlie Brown Christmas Tree) I envisioned that one day with care and patience watching them grow, my single stem daylily plants would grow into something spectacular and amazing.
 So year after year my single stem daylilies all planted in a row, began to grow...spread and naturalize. My patience was paying off.
And if that's not enough, during the past 8 years I divided those daylilies from the wall and planted them along a walkway to our Guest Cottage. In a single row from a single stem.

So each year when the daylilies are in full bloom and I am walking on that pathway that I call the 'pathway to patience', I am reminded of that very impatient gardener and how she learned a valuable lesson 8 years ago, how it paid off and how she never bought another daylily at the Garden center again.
Have you learned your lesson in the garden yet?
PS- My thoughts and what's worked for me on the best times to dig up and divide-  Spring and Early Fall. Either before your plants have blooms on them or after they have bloomed. 

Grateful for~
The friend who gave me those 14 plants

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Years Arrangements and the 'Stare Down'

I look out the window and not much of anything is blooming right now, except for my Camellia bushes. Yesterday I decided to cut a few and scatter them throughout the house.

For a festive look that didn't scream Christmas and more like New Years, I added the stems to a few mercury glass candle holders that I got at Garden Ridge Pottery for next to nothing, and placed them on top of a mirror with a few glass balls sprinkled around.
For an extra touch of whimsy I added these silver curly sticks ( I have no idea what you call them) that I got in the dried floral section of Hobby Lobby.
I love seeing the pops of pink especially with all of this dreary, rainy, cold weather we have been having. 
I know it's a winter bloom, but it just screams Spring to me.... 
but not so fast. 
I look in the other room and not only is the Christmas tree staring at me ready to come down, but also the dog and the new pony are in a stare down of their own. 

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day.

Grateful for~
wonderful 2 weeks with my mom

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