Thursday, July 24, 2014

Unique Containers: Day 1 - A Gift From Italy

Do you like to container garden?

I do.  

I have annual flowers, herbs, succulents and vegetables growing in a variety of containers around my garden.

Containers are a great way to expand the boundaries of your garden.  Even if you don't have any piece of earth to grow a plant in, you can create a garden in a pot.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw some beautiful containers at a client's home.


As you can see, they weren't being used except to hold a child's pool toy.

The pots were from Italy - Tuscany to be exact.

The pots had come from her husband's restaurant, which had recently had their landscape redesigned and no longer needed the pots.  So, he brought the pots home where they have sat ever since.

My client mentioned that she was trying to get rid of them and did I know of anyone who would want them?

Are you kidding me?

Of course, I knew of someone who would want them....me!

Now, I just had to figure out how to get them to my house.  These pots were big and heavy.  But, I knew of at least two strong men who would maybe help me out.


My husband and nephew were kind enough to come out on a very hot afternoon and help me out.


The pots were quite heavy, but they were able to get them up into our truck bed with a little help from me.


The pots were a little heavier than we expected, but finally we got all three up into the truck.

On the way home, we stopped by a Dairy Queen for ice cream sundaes and to cool off.


I can't believe that I didn't have to pay anything for these pots, saving me hundreds of dollars.  

Of course, I am so thankful for the generosity of my client. 

Now I just have to figure out what to plant in them.  I will be using them in my back garden, which I hope to re-design this winter.

What would you plant in them?  I'd love to hear your ideas...

Come back tomorrow, when I will begin sharing a week's worth of unique containers that I hope you enjoy!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Southwest Plant Profile: Texas Sage

Are you familiar with Texas sage, also referred to as Texas ranger?

If you live in the Southwest, you have undoubtedly seen these beautiful shrubs.



Believe it or not, these purple flowering beauties are a fuss-free plant.  

Unfortunately, some people over prune them...


The one on the left has been pruned into a 'ball' while the one on the right hasn't been pruned as severely.

Want to learn more about this native shrub and how to care for it properly?  Check out my latest plant profile for Houzz.com

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Favorite DIY Posts - Day 6: Growing Vegetables in a Grocery Bag

I enjoy growing vegetables in both my garden and in containers.  While some of my containers are rather traditional, one of mine is not.


This was one of my favorite projects because it was an unexpected sight for visitors to my vegetable garden.

While you would expect to see leaf lettuce poking up from a grocery bag - you certainly don't expect to see it growing inside of one.

This is a very simple DIY project, which are the kinds that I like best.


You can grow many different types of vegetables in a grocery bag.  Would you consider doing this in your own garden?
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Favorite DIY Posts - Day 5: How to Dry Herbs

I enjoy growing herbs for two reasons.  First, they are easy to grow and second, I love to use them when I cook.


In addition to fresh herbs, I also use dried herbs from time to time, especially in winter when some of my favorite herbs (basil) aren't growing.

While drying herbs is rather simple, there are some guidelines to follow, which I wrote a blog post about...


Do you have a favorite herb that you like to use when you cook?


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