Saturday, May 13, 2017


DIY: Gardener's Hand Soap

Planting and maintaing your own garden has many benefits; however, the dirt-stained hands you get from gardening are far from ideal.

This easy-to-make Gardener's Hand Soap exfoliates, cleanses, and moisturizes all in one use! - See more at:


Friday, May 5, 2017

8 Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden

8 Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden

dōTERRA has 8 Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden that make the process much friendly for those who have yet to develop the green thumb.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fanfare Blaze Blanket Flower-Beauty and power

Gaillardia aristata Fanfare Blaze (Blanket Flower)

Fanfare Blaze Blanket Flower

Light Needs: Full sun
Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering
Average Landscape Size: Compact mounds reach 12-16 in. tall, 18-24 in. wide.
Key Feature: Long Bloom Season
Blooms: Early spring to fall
Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden

Get started with a variety of Gaillardia Blanket Flower seeds.

The Fanfare Blaze Blanket Flower is simply amazing!
Blooming from early Spring right on through Fall, this Blanket Flower is ideal for providing warmth to any garden flower bed.

Consider alternating between the Fanfare Blaze and Black-Eyed Susans.

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Both are great looking & long lasting perennials and are hardy enough to take a beating.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sweet Purple White Bicolor Dianthus

Bi-color Dianthus

Dianthus barbatus 'Sweet Purple White Bicolor' 

A reliable repeat bloomer perennial with fragrant blooms that feature purple-pink petals with a darker purple center.
Ideal for drawing in butterflies and hummingbirds while also being sun tolerant.

The beautiful flowers of this perennial appear in late spring and last until mid-summer with infrequent re-blooming until frost.

Height: 18-36 in 
Spread: 10-12 in
Spacing: 10-14 in

Friday, October 16, 2015

Chelsea Garden Inspiration Tour by Monrovia’s Nicholas Staddon

Chelsea Garden Inspiration – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – Part One

Join Monrovia’s Nicholas Staddon for a tour of the display gardens at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Designs by Tommaso del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz, Alan Titchmarsh & Katie Gould, and Adam Frost are featured. Design elements include water features, strategically planted trees to create dappled shade, and interesting use of foundation shrubs,  topiary and perennials. Part one of two.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Make Glow In The Dark Paint In 4 Easy Steps!

Make Glow In The Dark Paint In 4 Easy Steps!

Create a unique mood every night with glow in the dark garden stones.

Did you know that you can save a lot of money and have fun with your kids by making your own glow in the dark paint?

4 Easy Steps for Glow In The Dark Paint. To learn how to create amazing glow in the dark garden rocks, click here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

5 Steps to having tulips your neighbors want to steal!

How to have beautiful Spring Flowers

Tulips are 
among the world's most delightful flowers.Tulips are among the world's most delightful flowers.
If you really want gorgeous Spring flowers, you can't lose with tulips. However, to get the most dramatic results from your Spring tulips (and other bulbs) you must to start during the fall season by planting your bulbs as part of your flowerbed
You need to plant your tulip bulbs (along with your other bulbs) right now will guarantee you will have a display of color starting up in Spring through Summer months

Simple steps to amazing tulips

Step 1 - Mapping out your flower beds

Since different varieties of bulbs flower at various times, this means that If you choose properlyyou can have flowers from early Spring to late Summer. To get started, draw out all your beds, then do your research to see when specific bulbs bloom.

Step 2 - Use Color to define your landscaping
I'm a hot flower person...reds, oranges, yellow, pinks etc.; but, if you're a cool color gardener I won't hold that against you! 
I recommend buying  a copy of The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book). This will help you determine the best bulbs and flowers to use in creating a color-based flower bed.
Use color pencils to color in the areas where you want your flowers, add in accent plants like Hostas and other perennials.

Step 3 - Deciding on bulbs
Walmart has done the research for you by offering at the entrance of most of their stores, bulb displays. Each box contains bulbs which are labeled with they bloom and shows what the color of each flower. Pick and choose your bulbs according the final design you're shooting for.

Normally, bulbs are incredibly hearty and very simple to nurture, and bulbs will grow every year
The majority of any type of bulbs can be purchased during their dormant phase. You should buy them as soon as possible before they begin to generate roots. You'll want to get your bulbs selected and ready to be planted in early fall to give them enough time and energy to set up themselves
Be careful with bulbs may deteriorate if kept out of the ground too long. Don't buy any type of bulb that is soft or mushy, or looks like it's unhealthy.

Be sure to choose large and solid bulbs. Do not place a bulb which is soft and / or shriveled, as it could possibly be bad or dead within.

Step 4 - Start preparing the site
Tulips grow practically in most garden soil although if the ground is extremely dried up, sow the bulbs 24 hours following it has rained. The optimal site must be sunny or softly shaded. Clear away any type of weed growth or stones and use a fork or even trowel so that you can loosen up as well as aerate the dirt.

Step 5 - Plant the tulip bulbs 
Use a trowel to dig a hole big enough to accommodate all of the bulbs that you are planting. The depth of the hole should be twice the length of the bulb itself. You can also plant them in groups of 2 or 3 depending on what you want.
Loosen the soil inside the hole to help the roots grow more easily. Loosen the soil inside the hole to help the roots grow more easily.
Bulbs must be planted with the tip pointing upwards. Bulbs must be planted with the tip pointing upwards.
Position the bulbs in a random pattern 2 - 3 times their width apart. Position the bulbs in a random pattern 2 - 3 times their width apart.
Bulbs can be planted together in one hole if you have an open, empty flower bed, or individual holes if you're going for a specific design style.

Step 6 - Replace the soil
Using your hands, gently draw the soil across the bulbs, taking care not to move them. Using your hands, gently draw the soil across the bulbs, taking care not to move them. Press the soil down with your fingers.

Step 5 - Water the bulbs only if really dry

If your flower bed soil is really dry, you'll need to water it first. However, be careful not to overwater your tulip bulbs as newly planted bulbs may rot if the soil becomes sodden and waterlogged. There should be enough rain through the autumn and winter to provide your bulbs with enough moisture.

Finally, Set back and watch...
By March or April in the northern hemisphere and September or October in the southern hemisphere, your bulbs should have transformed into beautiful spring tulips.