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Showing posts from June, 2014

8 Winning Mini Landscape Window Boxes

Window boxes are the perfect solution for  wanabe gardeners who lack room, time and money.  Window boxes do not require much maintenance and for under a hundred dollars you can create a masterpiece. Sprucing up a facade is just the start of the window box's talents. Its potted plantings also bring garden scenes up close and invite flowery perfumes indoors. And because window boxes are so prominently placed—and generally on public view—they claim more attention than patio pots without requiring any additional effort or expense. They're amazingly versatile, especially if you push past a mere gathering of geraniums, as pretty as those can be, for a layered mix with nuance and dimension

Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers
As with ground-level beds, light conditions will determine what you can grow. Full sun accommodates blooming annuals, while shade best suits foliage plants, like coleus and caladium. To properly show off these displays, select a box that's the same width as the…

How to Plan the Perfect Cottage Garden

Plan a Cottage garden today and enjoy a spring floral show. Planning a Cottage Garden does not take a lot of work but will take a multitude of  inspiration and creativity. A Garden Cottage is  whimsical and naturalistic, and it speaks to you, “Come, stroll, stay a while”.
A good cottage garden plan will incorporate many elements, including a butterfly garden, a small water feature, curved  paths, quiet sitting areas, seasonal plants and a herb garden. Cottage Garden’s tend to be a free for all with a plethora of plants and colors and textures and not to mention all sizes and shapes. In a naturalistic cottage garden you will have something blooming all season with the most favorite traditional cottage garden plants being  hollyhocks, foxglove, four o’clock, delphiniums, daisies, coneflowers, echinaceas and last but certainly not least is the lovely roses.

The  steps in planning your  cottage gardens are listed below:
Make a list of the elements and ideas  you want in your cottage garden…

Can You Use a Smart Pot?

Gardeners have known for over thirty years that    Smart Pots grow better plants because of the fabric used in their construction. The tough, long lasting   Smart Pot material has just the right amount of porosity to promote air root pruning, excellent drainage and allow excess heat to escape, producing superior plants.What are Smart Pots? They're soft-sided, fabric containers that feel a lot like felt, but aren't made of felt-it's a polypropylene material. These pots are good solutions for container gardening because they're reusable, weigh less than terracotta, stone and metal pots; even less than their alternative fiberglass pots. Their light weight also makes them ideal containers for older gardeners, gardeners with mobility issues, balcony gardeners and rooftop gardening. DescriptionBag made from durable, heavy-weight, black polypropylene material Design encourages healthy root structure and growth Porous material is better than plastic for releasing heat 14 Siz…

The Birds and Bees in my Cottage Garden

The Birds have come home to roost but not in the birdhouses I so diligently built this winter, the bees have taken over the birdhouses and are busy making honey.

I think the bees decided to nest here because they were busy all day in the garden and it just made sense to stick close to the “feeding grounds” now all they have to do is fly out the door into the garden which is only 3 feet away then come back home in the afternoon, what could be easier?

I used some old flower vases and a bowl I haven’t used in awhile and glue it together with gorilla glue and then put some bird food in the bowl, and sit this about 2 feet from my front porch rocker, and the birds enjoy the feast but not as much as I enjoy watching the birds.  This I where I have my early morning coffee. Just me and the birds (and bees of course)!

The hummingbirds love the new yard art I made and converted to a feeder, all at peace in their world.  It is true the saying “build it and they will come” just maybe not in the o…