Category: Gardening

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

Matching Flowers With Pantone Colors

March 18, 2016

Are you as excited as I am that Spring is almost here? Hooray for warmer weather! I wanted to share this interesting article that FTD wrote matching Pantone’s Top Ten Spring Colors with Spring Flowers. I love seeing the colors with the description and care for each flower and thought you would also enjoy. Here is a special introduction from FTD for the color boards:

Early spring is one of the best times of year. The frost starts to melt, the weather gets warmer, and flowers start to bloom. Whether you enjoy planting bright blooms in your yard, or prefer using flowers indoors to brighten up your space, there’s no denying that the right flowers can really transform a home or garden.

There are endless options for colorful spring flowers. To help you choose the ones that are right for you, FTD put together spring flower color palettes based on the Spring 2016 Pantone colors. These ten colors range from soft pinks and reds to vivid reds and yellows, creating a contrasting yet balanced group of colors that will inspire you as you decorate this season!Read More

A Few Random Thoughts and Good Advice

March 8, 2016

* It is that time of year again when our thoughts and projects are beginning to include outdoors. If you are planning on using wood mulch this year, take notice:  Please do not use red-dyed wood chips in your yard! You are trying to make your garden look beautiful and your landscape natural. The wood chips that are dyed red are not natural looking. A better color choice to use outdoors with your plantings is brown- like the color of Earth. Mother Nature  will thank you, (and so will your neighbors)!

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