DIY Outdoor Chandelier

   DIY Outdoor Chandelier Ok… so I do a ton of projects in spring. But then everything happens in spring for a garden writer. We’re planting, watering, growing, creating and well… just celebrating… like the BEST season of the year. (until fall… oh…and then winter….oooh!). Yes, I guess I love them all, can you blame me??  If seasons were like people, Spring is the Princess of them all. Included in my daily garden chores and on line shenanigans… I make stuff. Recently, I was excited to partic ...

How to Harvest a Flowerfetti

    How to Harvest a Flowerfetti Everything is blooming! I’ve been so busy gathering flowers for drying and making Flowerfetti’s that I seem to be spending all my time in the garden. No complaints here, but my husband has learned that if he doesn’t get dinner started… I won’t come in. (Why didn’t I think of this before!) So, what is a Flowerfetti? It can be a mix of dried flowers used for making potpourri, floral paper, candles or other floral crafts. An edible Flowerfetti is for sprinkling on cupca ...

DIY Terra-Cotta Fountain

  DIY Terra-Cotta Fountain I’m always telling folks how to jazz up an outdoor room by adding a small water feature. The sound of the water is soothing and can act as a white noise if you happen to live by a noisy highway or in a townhouse complex with neighbors that don’t value your down time as much as you do. I did this fountain up for a DIY event for the Downtown Langley Summers Series and I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed taking my own advice. The water is bubbling away right now as I work on my patio and it soun ...

DIY Bird Feeder

    DIY Bird Feeder Pallet Projects are fun to do. I challenged myself recently with trying to create 5 projects out of 1 pallet. What can I say… I like to stretch my recycled materials as far as I can go and make them into as many things as possible. Plus, I have a ton of wine bottles that I need to do something with…. my friends helped me with collecting those, lol. Here’s how I made this rustic DIY Recycled Bird Feeder. ...

Tea Cup Tire Planter

 Tea Cup Tire Planter Making planters out of old tires is nothing new. But when I saw a photo of my Aunties Pinterest inspired Tea Cup Tire Planter… that was it. I had to have one for myself. Regular tires are a tad big for this I thought. Especially since I was going to make mine for an Outdoor DIY event I will be speaking at and I know how darn heavy those tires get filled with wet soil. So I hunted around for a destroyed flat golf cart tire at the nursery I work at on the weekends, Art’s Nursery and found a pitiful misshapen one ...

5 Most Useful Herbs in the Garden

  5 Most Useful Herbs to Grow There are SO many plants and not enough thyme… sorry… dumb garden humor. But if you had to choose just five plants to grow that followed this criteria: Easy to grow Produces flowers (both for human enjoyment and bees) Used in cooking Used in household cleaning products Used in personal beauty products Medicinal Can be grown in a container Then I have 5 MUST grow herbs that fill all the above requirements. If space and time are an issue, then read on and be prepared to get your grow on… ...

Patio Trees for Small Gardens

   Patio Trees for Small Gardens The number one question I get asked at the nursery is: What tree can I put into a container that won’t get big? Or a variant of the above… ‘can you suggest a small tree for a planter’ ‘I need a small evergreen tree for a shady patio’ ‘what tree only gets to be 7-8 feet tall’ … etc. etc.     I get it, gardens are getting smaller but we still want it to feel like our own private oasis. Unfortunately, my parents generation was the last to enjoy h ...

12 Jumbo Planter Design Ideas

  12 Jumbo Planter Design Ideas   There are a lot of situations where a large planter needs to look fabulous. Restaurants, business’s and large entryways require a prominently planted focal point, so here are some ideas for those of you that need to go big. ...

12 Night Garden Plants

  12 Night Garden Plants If you work long days or are just a night owl, then maintaining a beautiful garden that could only be enjoyed during the daylight hours won’t work for you. In this article, I will share with you 12 Night Garden Plants that bloom, give off fragrance or simply glow in the moonlight; perfect for those of you who prefer enjoying their outdoor spaces after the sun goes down. I realize that some of us don’t get to garden… or simply don’t have the time to do it. But you deserve to benefit from the ...
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