Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Growing Foxgloves

Last spring I planted two foxglove plants. After adoring them in photos on Pinterest, I really wanted to try to grow some in our garden. They are one of the prettiest cut-flowers.

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Well, good news is, they grew…and grew :)

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Of course, I had to clip a few stalks to bring inside to enjoy.  I had no idea they would really grow 3 to 4 ft tall! They are amazing.

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If you plan to try growing foxgloves in your garden, you might do a little research first. There are a few things you will want to consider, and I think you will find THIS ARTICLE very informative. Also, there is a lot more info on Pinterest.

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I planted the foxgloves in a spot where they get morning sun…and at the hottest time of day, they are in the shade.

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This spring, we’ve had much more rain than usual…and I’m sure the foxgloves are loving it :)

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Have you grown foxgloves in your garden?

What are your favorite cut flowers?

Remember…come back and join me on Thursday for #salvageswagger where I’ll reveal a project I’ve been working on for the Repurpose Design Series.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Walk Through Our Flower Garden

In the late afternoon as the sun begins to sink below the treeline…this is where you’ll find me. I love to spend time each evening walking through the garden. Here is a bridal wreath bush. It’s taller than I am now.

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We don’t have any veggies planted yet. Tomatoes, peppers…we’ll plant those real soon, I hope. And we usually just mix it all into our flower gardens. But today, I’d like to show you around, to see what’s blooming. White snapdragons. How I love these. This year, I planted a bunch in planters on our deck, and they are in full bloom.

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 Spanish lavender. It’s one of my favorites. It grows so well here, and it smells very heavenly :) The sage is still growing well, too. And in the background, you can see dusty miller and another bridal wreath bush.

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 The pink roses are blooming. Oh their smell is so fragrant. I love roses. I have several white rose bushes also.

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 Oh the chives…they have the prettiest purple blooms each spring. Chives are one of my favorite herbs, and really thrives in our garden.

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 And here is dill, standing tall behind the dusty miller. Y’all it smells like a dill pickle ;) It is a pretty, wispy herb…which blooms sweet little yellow flowers.

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 This is verbena. It spreads like crazy…and this one is a very pale shade of pink.

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 And last, but not least…the foxgloves. OH wow! They grew 4 feet tall! I finally clipped the stalks of blooms to bring inside to enjoy. Did you know they are poisonous? You will want to research foxgloves before you plant them.

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And while I’m walking through the garden, I usually gather clippings of different herbs and plants to make arrangements…like these goblet centerpieces HERE.

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It makes my soul happy to walk or work in the garden. I feel God’s presence. I enjoy His creation. The beauty. The aroma. It’s like a little piece of heaven here on Earth.

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What’s blooming in your garden? Do you bring fresh flowers inside?

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Have you heard about The Repurpose Design Series?

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It's all about bringing new life to old things! I’ve joined a team of 8 talented bloggers who will each salvage an item from the flea market or thrift store..but we can only spend $20! We'll reveal our transformations on April 30. Of course, we want you to participate! We'll challenge all of you to salvage something and choose one winner for the best repurposed item beginning May 4th...and every 3 weeks reveal a new salvaged item of our own. We hope this inspires you to add some #salvageswagger to your home! So, find that perfect item this weekend…and let’s see what you can do :)

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Goblet Centerpieces

I believe in having fresh flowers on our table inside…it’s one of my favorite decorating tips. Candles and fresh flowers.

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When I grow up, I want to be a florist ;) I love cutting all types of blooms and arranging them just so for little centerpieces. I thought three little goblets would look pretty full of flowers.

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 So, I cut Spanish lavender, sage, silver mound, wisteria, red buds, verbena, dusty miller, rosemary & catnip. I love the silvery tones from the sage, dusty miller and silver mound.

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Filling the goblets with water, I just started added a few cuttings at a time, until each one appeared overflowing.

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Wouldn’t these make pretty centerpieces for a bridal shower or wedding?

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Of course, you can use whatever plants are growing in your garden to make a centerpiece. These are just some of my favorites from our garden :)

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What’s growing in your garden? Do you bring in fresh flowers to dress your table?

Remember, you can follow me on INSTAGRAM HERE where I post photos daily :)

 

Also, please check back on Thursday, for the first reveal of #salvageswagger with the Repurpose Design Series…

It's all about bringing new life to old things! I’ve joined a team of 8 talented bloggers who will each salvage an item from the flea market or thrift store..but we can only spend $20! We'll reveal our transformations on April 30. Of course, we want you to participate! We'll challenge all of you to salvage something and choose one winner for the best repurposed item beginning May 4th...and every 3 weeks reveal a new salvaged item of our own. We hope this inspires you to add some #salvageswagger to your home!

Blessings

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Place to Hang Your Hat

Today would have been Poppy’s birthday…we sure do miss him :)

That was his cowboy hat, on the left.

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When he rode down to the pond to feed the donkeys, he always wore his cowboy hat. I’m thankful to have this sweet reminder of Poppy hanging in our room. We look forward to that heavenly reunion where we’ll see him again ;)

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Until then, we’ll think of him on days like today…and be reminded of his smile and how much he loved his grandkids :) And he sure would appreciate our adoration of old things. And especially how we found a special place to hang his hat.

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Do you have something special from someone you cherish that is now in Heaven?

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Thanks for visiting my blog…

Our paint color is Silver Drop by BEHR. The bucket and dresser were found as-is at antique shops. The beautiful chair was a gift from my dad & step-mom :) And the flowers are bridal’s wreath from our yard.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Herb Wreath & Watermelon Salad

The herbs are all blooming in the garden! I wanted to make an herb wreath this spring…using fresh herbs. I’ve had a few favorite herb wreaths pinned to my Garden Pinterest Board for a while…and finally had a chance to make one while Amy from Tennessee was here :)

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So, we gathered these herbs: sage, rosemary, and Spanish lavender. Then we added some silver mound…which isn’t an herb, but made for a pretty addition.

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 We used the smallest available grapevine wreath, which I already had on hand. We used some twine, floral tape, and floral pins.

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We gathered the bundles of each herb, twisted the ends with floral tape, and attached each bundle with the pins.

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Rosemary next, then lavender.

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And last, we added silver mound.

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There are so many uses for fresh herbs…a wreath is just one. And when it’s dried, we can still use the herbs.

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I also wanted to share this Watermelon Feta Salad with you. It’s delicious.

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This salad makes a fabulous side dish with any dinner! You’ll love it! I found the recipe in the book Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequist. You can find the recipe HERE.

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I hope you are having a fabulous week! Let me know if you try making the herb wreath, or the salad. I’d love to see how it turns out for you :)

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