Category: Gardening

Did You Know?

August 25, 2018

Thinking of decorating lately? Me neither. It is just that time of year when you can become overwhelmed with September right on our heels.  September means back to school, working becomes a priority again, summer starts to wind down, weeknights out are not so easy to plan, etc. etc. So, I am not giving you much to think about today. Since the great response on my last ‘Did You Know’ series, I thought I would again share with you  more hints and tips on a variety of subjects you may or may not know.

Did you know??

*  This is the time of year when sunflowers are in bloom and abundant.  Why don’t you make a beautiful table centerpiece with them?  I think they are especially gorgeous when mixed with blue flowers:

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Here are a couple arrangements I made from the flowers in my garden:Read More

Pretty Garden Accessory & A Few Favorite Gardening Tips

August 21, 2018

Want to bring in interest, color and something that will actually work for you? Put a mailbox in your garden:

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Looks so great and can also hold your gloves, clippers and all of your small gardening tools:

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Your tools will be protected AND you will be able to find when you need them!Read More

Best Petunia Gardening Tip Ever

May 22, 2018

Off to the garden we go! I still have indoor projects but now with the warm weather here, I rather be outdoors.

One of the best tips I have ever learned about gardening was from a garden center when deadheading petunias:

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The key Is not to pinch off at bottom of flower, (like I have always done before I learned this trick!):

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Instead, pinch or cut off at the end of the stem that is holding the spent flower:

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This will help prevent seed pods forming instead of new flower growth:

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I first shared this tip with you here in 2015. Since I started deadheading my petunias this way, my flowers are definitely fuller and I see none of those ugly seed pods anymore:

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Best petunia tip ever, right? You are welcome. Be sure to remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming throughout the season.

Have a great week everyone!

Amazing Air Plants

May 2, 2018

When I visited the Maine Home & Garden Show in Portland last month, my favorite find was this beautiful air plant:

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I had heard of air plants, but wasn’t really sure what they were. I bought it with the sea urchin shell on, (it hides the roots) and thought it was so pretty and unique. Little did I know that it would bloom with flowers:

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I was so excited! The best part is that the plant only needs sprayed twice a week.Read More

8 Simple Tips For Fresh Cut Summer Flowers

July 2, 2016

Do you cut your flowers from your garden to enjoy indoors? I hope so! To help you enjoy your flowers indoors as well, check out this list of 8 quick tips!

1. If using a clear vase, be sure to change the water daily to keep the water CLEAN.

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2. Keep floral arrangements simple, two at the most. One for color, one for filler.Read More

Outdoor Rug Magic

March 31, 2016

Looking for a way to make your outdoor area more comfortable and inviting? If I had to suggest one item that can transform your front porch as well as your backyard deck, my suggestion would be an outdoor rug:

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There is no other accessory that is as inexpensive and easy-to-find for the perfect way to dress up your outdoor area:Read More