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Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Snowy, Glittery Pine Cone DIY In 3 Easy Steps

I grew up in New England, where as a kid, the thought of snow for Christmas made me downright giddy. I'd trek through the woods for hours with all or any of our 5 dogs to gather things to create with and come home to a warm fireplace. I now live in the Arizona desert where the holidays mean sunshine and blue skies. I still use a lot of elements from nature when I decorate for Christmas and want to show you a snowy, glittery pine cone DIY in 3 easy steps.I... Read more

How to Make a Holiday Wreath Using Plants in Your Yard

Written By: Emily FolkThe fall season brings the beautiful fiery colors of red, gold and brown. As fall turns to winter, decorations incorporate reds, greens, blues, silvers, and whites.However, the purchase of plastic decorations and their reuse every year gets old. Besides, you have a garden of inspiration waiting for you in your yard to create an original and attractive holiday wreath.

Here are some ways to use it:

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How to Grow Christmas Cactus: A Long Lasting Succulent Houseplant

Do you want a really cool blooming plant for the holiday season? Well look no further. Christmas Cactus, aka Holiday Cactus, is the one for you. Here's how to grow Christmas Cactus during it's blooming period and after. It's a long lasting houseplant which I happen to find very attractive.First off, let's get a bit technical for those of you who geek out on all things plant like me. My scarlet Christmas Cactus that you see here and in the video is actually... Read more

A Popular Succulent Houseplant: Caring For Flowering Kalanchoes

If you want a succulent houseplant that blooms, well then, let me introduce you to the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. Perhaps you've seen one but never brought it home. I want to encourage you to do that because they're easy to grow and are in bloom for quite a long time. Caring for flowering kalanchoes is no trouble at all but there are a few things you need to know.This popular flowering succulent houseplant, usually called kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe or flaming... Read more

A Touch Of Elegance: White Blooming Plants For Christmas

The holidays call for decorations to fill us with cheer and festivity during this season. Is there a better way to add beauty to your home other than with flowers?  We think not! There are lots of flowering plants in all colors which are available during the holidays. Today we'll focus on white blooming plants for Christmas for those of you who like decorating in a more elegant way.Read more

How to Plant & Water Succulents In Pots Without Drain Holes

I've done many posts on succulents and there's one thing I always say: don't keep them wet. A couple of ways to keep them from rotting is to make sure the mix drains well and the water all runs out. But what happens if you have a pot with no hole in the bottom? This is all about planting, and watering, succulents in pots with no drain holes.Succulents hold water... Read more

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Indoor Gardeners and Houseplant Lovers

Written By: Lucy Ferreira

Are you searching for a gift to give to the indoor gardeners or houseplant lovers in your life? Well look no further! We've rounded up 18 must-have gifts that any houseplant horticulturist, whether beginning or experienced, would both need and love.Collage with... <a href=Read more

A Fall Table Decoration With Succulents, An Orchid & Natural Elements

Fall has arrived and although our days are still in the high 80's here in the Arizona desert, the evenings and early mornings have definitely cooled. Produce and colors associated with this season (bring on the pumpkins!) are my favorite so it always gets me in the mood to create. I collected a piece of Cholla Wood on 1 of my morning walks and it inspired me to make this fall table decoration.I was planning on doing an arrangement withRead more

Plants With Fabulous Foliage To Add Interest To Your Garden

Blooming plants, whether annual or perennial, are wonderful and light up any outdoor space but there are other ways to turn up the volume on the interest factor. Nell was a professional gardener and designer in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years and loved using foliage to jazz up any client's garden. And yes, plants with foliage can be just as fabulous as flowers!

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