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Gardening Plants

About Dahlias

dahlias in the garden

My friend Deb for years now has grown the most beautiful dahlias. Raised beds upon raised beds dance with dahlias, zinnias and among other blooms in her cutting garden. This spring, I was inspired to try dahlias in my garden. It was Longfield Gardens once again that gave me a boost. They generously sent me some dahlia tubers to put into the ground.

Crafts Gardening Plants Projects Seasons Summer

Garden DIY: The Art of Kokedama

Kokedama a string garden adds interest.
Kokedama appeared hundreds of years ago in Japan. The art of kokedama is based on the age old tradition of bonsai. Kokedama or string gardens are often created when groups of these assorted plants are hung together to form a beautiful living arrangement.  These pot-less plants are wrapped in moss and watered by soaking.  They add a fun touch to the garden hanging on a gate, from a tree or even along a fence.

Crafts Gardening Plants Projects Spring

DIY: Magnetic Air Plant Terrariums

Sometimes I think I might be just as addicted to air plants as I am to succulents. Both are super easy to care for and really add so much diversity to my collection of houseplants. For these, I re-purposed some small tins into these magnetic air plant terrariums which are just perfect for my fridge. I think they’d also make a darling gift and favor for parties too.

Crafts Gardening Plants Projects Seasons Winter

DIY: Indoor Water Garden

 A few weeks ago, the kids started asking if they could keep some fish.
I hadn’t had fish in years, but I knew how to do it. For years, growing up, I had such fond memories of my Dad teaching me to raise tropical fish. Some weekends, just the two of us, would sneak away and drive 40 minutes to the best fish store around. There my eyes would gaze upon guppies, tetras, algae eaters and angel fish. On the way home, my lap would overflow with a few plastic bags filled with fish, air, and twisted tightly with rubber bands. And so it went for years.

Crafts Fall Gardening Plants Projects Seasons

Fall Craft: Wildlife Indian Corn Wreath

indian corn wreath

As fall days and chilly nights arrive, the bird feeders and suet holders are refilled. They help the birds that stick around during the winter survive in our backyard. The birds adore our feeders and unfortunately so do the squirrels. It was not uncommon for the backyard squirrels to empty out all of our feeders in a couple days. It has taken us many attempts but the bird feeders are finally squirrel proof. Instead, the squirrels can be seen with the chipmunks scavenging the delicious morsels that have fallen to the ground. We’re happy to share but most years they are in luck with an indian corn wreath made just for them!