I had to make a flower arrangement for my fall table so I thought I'd video tape for you all to see. It's fun and easy to put together a floral centerpiece. For this one I used marroon mums and alstroemeria, mauve stock, green hydrangea and white hypericum berry.
The weather is starting to turn and with warmer temps comes different activities. Here in the Midwest spring is highly anticipated and people get anxious to get outside. I’ve put together a short list of things that you can do now to prepare for spring, so when it arrives, you can just enjoy it.
1. Clean cushions – Outdoor chair and bench cushions can get musty while stowed away over the winter. Its easier than you might think to freshen them up. Get an empty spray bottle and fill it almost to the top with hot water. Add a ¼ cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of dish soap to the water and shake it up. Spray, but don’t saturate the cushions and use a clean cloth to scrub off any surface mold or dirt. Now put them out in the sunshine to dry. After they are dry get another spray bottle full of white vinegar and lightly spray the cushions front and back and get them back out in the sun. The combination of the vinegar and the UV rays from the sun will kill the mildew and leave your cushions fresh and spring ready.
One of my first jobs was a floral assistant. I worked weddings most Saturday’s through high school, pinning boutonnieres while most of my friends were sleeping in. After college, it became quite clear that I was built to be an entrepreneur and would thrive working for myself. I pinched pennies working a few jobs until I was able to pull together the funds open my flower shop. I owned and operated Peppertree Floral here in Bloomington for over 10 years and loved nearly every minute of it. As my kiddos got older the schedule became increasingly more difficult to maintain, so sadly I moved on. Now, years later, I still find myself yearning to clip some stems and create colorful arrangements for my home.
I drove over to Harvest Moon Flower Farms in Spencer, Indiana to talk with the owner, Linda Chapman. She shares with us some history on the farm as well as some tips on how to care for cut flowers.
Well it's been a beat since I put in my new raised bed veggie garden and I wanted to give you an update. After buying great top quality soil, well tended plants and supplies I felt like it would be a clear road to ample crops. I wasn't exactly wrong, but even though I did my research and planned everything out to a "t" it was still my first veg. garden and I was new to tending fruiting plants.
Right off the bat the plants looked really good. The seeds sprouted and the plants grew, but not long after I noticed withering yellowed leaves. I immediately felt that they must be underwatered so I watered them some more. Little did I know at the time that I was actually overwatering them.
Any excuse to be outside is a good excuse, so I've always been one to find a way to keep myself busy outdoors. I wouldn't say I was always into gardening, but my mother certainly showed me the ropes and through the seasons I grew to love it. I've been a homeowner now since 2001 and since then I have had a garden. Perennial gardens are easy, low maintenance and great for curb appeal, so that's what I've always concentrated on... until this year.
This year my daughter, Claire, came home from school with some seed potatoes and an itch to get them into the ground. For years, I have wanted to start a veggie garden but felt I just didn't have the right space.
I have to admit I'm a bit of a indoor gardener. I love gardening outside no doubt, but the control and comfort available to nurturing indoor houseplants really appeals to me, not to mention the wonderful benefit they offer by cleaning your indoor air and adding beauty to your home.
Although there are some plant varieties that go dormant over winter, most plants tolerate being re-potted at any time of year. I usually make it part of my spring and fall cleaning to look over all my houseplants and re-pot any that look crowded, unhealthy or in anyway unhappy. Sometimes, even when a plant still has a bit of room it can benefit from fresh soil.
I love being outdoors and I love gardening. Today represents one of my favorite days in the year... the day to rake up the dead leaves, cut back the old blooms and make way for fresh starts.
Cutting back my perennials gives me great satisfaction. I love how these dead remnants still hold wild pungent scents of lavendar and sage. It happens every year that I get started cleaning my garden out and I don't want to quit. I want to get right into planting new bright blooms, but I have to remind myself that these things happen in stages.