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    December 18, 2014
    Plants That Grow On Fences

    I’ve always loved gardens that look a bit “wilder” than the average. Ivy growing up the side of the house, bursts of wildflowers and tall grasses, and hanging vines– I want it all. I like to give Mother Nature some control (there is a fine line between natural and unkempt!), and I love the look of plants that are more untamed. That’s why I was thrilled to find this post by Heather Rhodes at Gardening Know How- it has a long list of plants that will grow on fences. They can cover up ugly chain links, or simply just add more character to your yard:

    -English Ivy

    Photo Credit: K. Oliver 

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    December 17, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Offbeat Air Plant + Geometric Hanger

    Photo from Etsy 

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    December 8, 2014
    Plants for Winter Color

    Winter is my least favorite season. I hate being cold, I hate not being able to go outside or open a window, and I hate how dead everything looks. It’s just a major bummer! During the colder months, my yard basically just looks like a barren wasteland. The trees have no leaves, the grass is covered in frost, and all my flowers are dead or hibernating. I think it would definitely help my winter gloom if I was able to see something beautiful in my garden, instead of frozen dirt. I might try my hand at one of these plant ideas from John Riha at House Logic. They continue to bloom in winter, and give your yard some amazing color:

    Flowering quince (Chaenomeles)- If you’ve got a black thumb, flowering quince is a good choice. Virtually indestructible, flowering quince tolerates climate extremes and neglect. (This sounds like the perfect plant for me, to be honest).

    Snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii)- When most other plants are hiding away from winter’s chill, snowdrop is eager to get going.

    Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) (This one is GORGEOUS! Pictured!)

    Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)

    Witch hazel (Hamamelis)- Fragrant in summer, witch hazel puts out clusters of spidery red-and-yellow flowers that blaze like little suns in the midst of winter.

    Photo Credit: N. Houlihan 

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    December 3, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Grown Up Treehouse With Bamboo Blinds

    Photo from Studio G Blog

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    December 2, 2014
    Winterizing Your Garden

    Where I live, the winters are fairly mild. We hardly get any snow, and the temperature usually doesn’t get below 20 degrees. Still, I don’t like for my yard to look like a frozen wasteland. There are plenty of ways to maintain a healthy and gorgeous yard in winter, as well as ways to keep your plants alive. Read this post by Jessi Wohlwend at Practically Functional for ways to winterize your yard in time for the colder months:

    -Keep watering and mowing your lawn

    -Fill in patches, control weeds, use fertilizer

    -Prune, mulch, and transplant your perennials

    -Clean up your annuals

    -Keep on composting

    Photo Credit: Tatrattery 

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    November 27, 2014
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    November 24, 2014
    Composting Basics

    As a beginner gardener, I always buy soil for my plants from the store. But, the fact that I need to has always frustrated me. Why should someone have to pay for dirt? It’s all around my yard, free! But regular dirt usually isn’t great for plants. You need nutrient rich soil for them to grow. How can you make your own (again, for free)? Easy! The answer is: composting. You essentially take all of your kitchen scraps (excluding meat, bones, etc.) and some garbage, let it stew, and voila! Yummy, yummy plant food. Check out this post by Brittany Bailey at the Pretty Handy Girl for a beginner compost recipe:

    -Leaves, newspaper, and grass are great ingredients

    -Kitchen scraps like veggies, fruits, coffee grounds, and eggshells do wonders for your soil

    -Toss scraps in a bucket. When bucket is full, toss it outside in a designated compost pile. It can be a hole in the ground, or any shady spot where it won’t dry up.

    -Layer the kitchen scraps with newspaper.

    Photo Credit: Kirsty Hall 

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    November 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: I Want A Lake House

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    November 17, 2014
    Basil In Winter

    I love growing my own herbs. I use fresh oregano and basil in my cooking, and I use lavender and eucalyptus in homemade bath products. The best thing about herbs is that they’re easy to grow, and easy to transport, meaning you can grow them indoors during the colder months. Check out this post by Melissa at Melissa K. Norris on how to grow basil during the winter for some tips:

    Buy one or two bunches of basil (usually about three plants are inside each package). Growing basil in water during the winter months is actually preferable, as you don’t have to worry about your soil molding.

    Choose a planter, and add a bit of water.

    Place your basil plants in the water. Find your warmest and sunniest window, usually this is a southern exposure side of the house. 

    Photo Credit: Isaac Wedin 

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    November 12, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Gorgeous Tile Path

    Photo from Hometalk

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