Bring Those Flowers Inside

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One of my favorite things to do in the Spring, besides admire all of the beautiful flowers outside our home, is to bring them inside to enjoy. Right at this moment I have a vase of amazing white peonies right on my desk so that I can stare at them all day. Here is a little snippet of what I have brought inside.

As you can see, this branch was yelling at me to give it a trim. So I brought it inside after shaking off as much pollen as I could. 2018-05-28 10.30.46-2

It’s currently occupying this corner of our dining room. I’ll be posting a full reveal very soon of the dining room, but here are a couple of sneak peeks. How amazing are these lights? I have two of them! 2018-05-29 14.50.41-2

And here are the peonies in the ‘wild’ at the bottom of our driveway.2018-05-28 10.31.17

And here they are in the dining room. The wallpaper is actually the first choice that I made for this room redo, about 3 years ago. I’m so happy this room is finally finished! 2018-05-29 14.54.37-2

Click below for more photos of our gardens. 

Save Your Coleus by Cutting It

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If you are like me, you love to plant coleus in your garden each year. It’s such a beautiful plant that comes in so many different colors and works well in shade. This plant is known for its leaves, but it will flower. When it flowers it actually takes away from the beauty of the leaves, so keep it in check by snipping off the flowers as soon as they appear. They are not hardy in our zone, so at the end of each season it’s sad to see them go. This year you can try this technique to save them all winter, and you can plant them outside again in the spring.

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Coleus at the end of the season before cutting it

Use a pair of scissors and snip off a few nice pieces of each coleus that you want to save. I suggest picking the hardiest plants to use. You want to have a piece that is about 5-8″ long. Just approximate, there really is no wrong way to do this.

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Coleus pile

Yard Work

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We absolutely love our yard and the many garden areas. But it is definitely hard work to keep it looking nice! I actually really enjoy doing yard work, however, I have been so busy lately that I have been severely neglecting it. This morning we had a couple of free hours and tackled some weeds that look more like trees, and the never-ending battle with the ivy. DSC_0011DSC_0012

For the love of god, don’t ever plant ivy. I have to say it does cover an area nicely, but it won’t ever stop growing and it will become a life long battle to keep it in check.

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Above is one of Winnie’s favorite spots, right in the sun. Below is an area that has especially been neglected. That area is at least 60% weeds.

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The tree below is my favorite tree in our yard. It gives perfect dappled light right over this whole area.

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Spring

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In my opinion, the best season is spring! Each year it seems to get better and better. After months of cold weather and barren trees, it’s so amazing to see everything sprout to life. Here is a little trip around our gardens.