Bring Those Flowers Inside

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

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

Spring

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.

DIY Staghead Fern Mount

I have wanted a wall hung staghead fern for an eternity. I don’t remember exactly where I was when I first saw one, but I know over the years I have seen them everywhere. I’ve gazed upon a lot of them at Longwood Gardens  and have seen them in magazines and blogs and of course on pinterest.  Most recently I was going to buy one at the Philadelphia Flower show on Sunday, but then saw the plant by itself for less than 1/4 of the cost of a wall mounted one. Knowing that I was staring down a week of “me time,” I knew I had to DIY it. I googled and found these wonderful directions, which is basically what I followed. I ended up using floral wire instead, but it’s the same technique. The directions are from Gardenista, and if you haven’t read this blog yet, you’re in for a real treat!

Supplies:

-wood to mount your plant to (I used a wood slice from a craft store, but you can use anything)

-moss

-hanger for the back of the wood (or two nails with a hanging wire)

-nails

-floral wire, or fishing line

-pencil

-hammer

 

Directions:

  1. I found it easiest to start by adding the hook to the back, so you’re not trying to do it with the plant hanging on one side. Add the hook according to directions of what you are using. I just needed to nail in the two small nails that came with the hook.
  2. On the front side, mark a round shape that is about an inch and a half larger than the plant base, on add sides, with a pencil.
  3. Nail the nails around the circle. I used about 8.
  4. Take the plant and slip it out of the pot. Then untangle the root ball to remove some of the dirt that is around the roots. I removed about half of it.
  5. Place a small amount of dirt in the middle of the circle and place the plant on top. Move the dirt around so that it is making a mound of dirt.
  6. Cover the plant base (dirt, roots and some of the bottom flat fonds) with moss. I wanted to use moss from my garden, but there is a few inches of snow and ice out there, so I bought some at the craft store.
  7. Wind the wire from one nail, up and over the plant and secure around another nail on the opposite side. Wrap it around each nail a couple of times and then move across to another nail. Keep going until the plant is secure.
  8. Place the plant and wooden board in a container of water and submerge. Let it fully dry.
  9. Hang it up on your wall to enjoy. From what I read it will need a weekly soak, but be sure they dry out between waterings.

 

Let me know if you try this DIY project and how it turns out!