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Thanksgiving Décor from Nature

If you’re short on time and funds, or just have a serious disinterest in plastic pumpkins and turkeys that you have to store for 11 months, Mother Nature can give you a Thanksgiving décor assist. If you have a
yard or garden you can gather supplies right outside your door, but plenty of materials can be found at the farmer’s market and produce sections for little money. Additional items can be scavenged from the
autumn debris at a local park. So you don’t get carted to jail for “shopping” at the park; be mindful of what and how you glean.

Once you get back to the dining table, mantle or sideboard, keep your arrangements simple and use a mix of forms, colors and textures for quick, eye pleasing displays. A bright, white birch branch down the
center of the table with fallen leaves and colorful gourds and/or apples, in random clusters along each side, is a perfect example. Three mini pumpkins, some acorns and a chunky candle work well for a
smaller space and can be given a more polished looked by placing them on a decorative tray or cloth napkin. For a bit more drama and vertical interest – use twiggy branches, single or multiple, in bottles or
vases set amongst your arrangements or on their own. For a nod to the cornucopia tradition, tip a basket on its side and arrange autumn fruit and forage in a colorful tumble from within.

Suggested Materials:

  • Pinecones & Acorns
  • Dried Flower & Seed heads
  • Leaves
  • Twigs and Branches
  • Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Indian Corn
  • Apples, Pears, Grapes
  • Bottles, Vases, Baskets
  • Platters, Cloth Napkins, Table Runners
  • Candles

Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!

Hot, bold hues and diversified shades of foliage are all the rage. From Tangerine Tango, the new Pantone color of the year, to rich jewel tones galore, make this seasons’ garden space your own tropical paradise. Dramatic foliage plants such as Black Lace™ Elderberry or ‘Black Magic’ Colocasia help create that relaxed island feel. Plant them in lively colored glazed pottery. To complete your setting, add a colorful accent such as ‘Jewel Mix’ Nasturtiums or a basket of Caliente® Orange Ivy Geraniums. Continue reading Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!

That’s The Spirit!

Herb Infused and Inspired Beverages for the Adult Gardener

Picture yourself on the patio, enjoying the summer breeze and the company of friends as you sip on a cool, refreshing cocktail that you created with the herbs from your garden. Herb inspired cocktails as well as handcrafted infused liqueurs are gaining popularity and with good reason! They are simple to make and a joy to share! Continue reading That’s The Spirit!

Plants to Celebrate Spring’s Return

Late winter into early spring is when we crave fresh growth, a bit of color…some sign that spring is really returning!! Swelling buds on Pussy Willow and dainty Snowdrop blooms – which might be overlooked or scoffed at if amongst the lushness of summer plant life – bring excitement, praise and hope! These are soon followed by bolder displays, as the likes of Forsythia, Tulips, Magnolias and more burst into bloom and cement our certainty of spring’s return!

If you’d like to indulge in some of this excitement, look around your neighborhood and local parks this spring to note which plants catch your eye. Snap their portraits with your smart phone or camera, then seek them out at your local nursery to plant in your own yard as personal mood boosters come next spring!

Here’s a short list to spark your imagination:

Perennial Flowers (can be planted spring through autumn)

  • Anemone/Windflower
  • Brunnera
  • Hellebore
  • Primrose

Flowering Bulbs (should be planted in autumn)

  • Hyacinth
  • Snowdrops
  • Tulips
  • Narcissus sp.
  • Crocus

Flowering Shrubs & Trees (can be planted spring through autumn)

  • Dogwood
  • Forsythia
  • Lilacs
  • Magnolias
  • Pussy Willow (the fuzzy catkins are flowers)
  • Flowering Quince
  • Redbud
  • Rhododendrons & Azaleas
  • Serviceberry/Juneberry
  • Witch Hazel
  • Winter Daphne