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Adding Raised Garden Beds in the Fall

As most of you know, late this summer we moved across town. One of the most difficult things that I had to do was leave behind what we designed and grew from nothing 13 years ago. Over those years, I turned a vacant lot into a lush oasis, filled with perennial walking gardens, blue stone patios, a fabulous chicken garden, a honeybee apiary and a lovely area of raised garden beds. My heart still pines for those gardens, wondering how they are growing without my daily tending. Weirdly, I miss my plants. I had no idea they were such a part of me.  But with change, comes new opportunities and I got a head start on next year’s vegetable garden at the new place.

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DIY: Cinderella Succulent Topped Pumpkins

Last fall, I created the most fantastic succulent topped pumpkin for HGTV Gardens. It was so much fun and I loved seeing how it all came together so easily. This month I’ll be at the Country Living Fair doing a live demonstration on Saturday afternoon to share how simple and easy it is for you to create succulent topped pumpkins at home. I love creating each and everyone. No two succulent topped pumpkins are ever alike.

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Succulent Tea Party Tablescape

I’ve been on the road for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been traveling non-stop but have had such a blast meeting so many of you in person at both the Beekman Boy’s Summer Garden Party and the Country Living Magazine Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. While I was at the Country Living Magazine Fair, I did a presentation sharing how to create a beautiful succulent tea party tablescape.

I love to entertain and I love to send home a personalized planted tea cup with each of my friends. It’s a little piece of me and memory of the special day we all shared. Well as promised, here is the DIY tutorial for those of you that missed it in person. 

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DIY: Copper Clay Garden Markers

One of our favorite things to do at home on a rainy day is make creations with bakeable clay. It’s great fun for the family. In fact, it’s fun for folks of all ages. The clay comes in every color imaginable and it is so much fun being able to permanently capture the kids’ creations. As we were sitting around the table, I spied a block of copper colored clay. How fun would it be to transform it into clay garden markers? With small cookie cutters, I got to work and made a bunch for the spring inspired windowsill garden.

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Springtime Miniature Garden

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I love gardening in miniature and with spring in the air I could not help myself. My daughter and I decided to create a miniature garden that we would both love to spend time in. With a cottage garden as inspiration, the entire miniature garden came together in under an hour’s time. We had so much fun creating this outdoor scene. For the plantings we chose pansies, grape hyacinths, lettuce, lavender, dianthus and english daisies. We even used a small little bit of sedum. I’ll share more on that later.

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Succulent Arrangement

Tillys Nest succulents

Last week, I took a trip out west to California for filming. I was excited to be back in California close to where I grew up and I was even more excited to be able to connect with a long time online friend, Cindy from The Succulent Perch. With a huge love for succulents and a mutual admiration of them, Cindy suggested that we get together at one of her favorite places in the world, actually one of the world’s largest succulent growers, to put together a succulent arrangement for my sister who I would be seeing later in the week.

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Vintage Seed Label Containers

vintage seed label containers

Today, I thought I would share these vintage seed label containers. As the winter snow collects on the ground, I dream about getting into my gardens again, feeling the cool earth between my fingers. When I garden, I tend to save everything including beautiful seed packets that store the future bounty of summer vegetables and flowers. As a lover of all vintage things, I enjoy the thrill of the hunt. When I was at the Nashville Country Living Fair this past spring, I eyed these seed labels. Piles upon piles of vintage seed labels were to be had. I scooped them up. I had an idea for the perfect garden craft. My potting bench could use some help.

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Back to School Teacher Gift: You Rule!

teacher gift planter made with rulers and filled with succulents
Nursing my love of succulents and spreading the succulent love. The kids and I recently created this adorable back to school teacher gift planter. As we waded through the aisles of Staples, I could not resist those creative gears from turning. I think this will make a sweet surprise on the first day of school.
 Don’t you?
For the complete step-by-step tutorial, please visit my post on HGTV Gardens.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest