Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2017’

Gardens in literature: A Midsummer Night's Dream

7 Classic Books to Get You Inspired in the Garden

Gardens have an enchanting quality that has not been overlooked by artists of all kinds. Many famous authors have featured gardens in their work and used them as a device for character and plot development. In literature, gardens represent spaces of great potential which can promote healing and learning, create romantic bonds, and even send characters into magical realms. These …

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Mason Jar Solar Lights and Full Moon

Mason Jar Solar Lights

I love entertaining outdoors at this time of year because it’s warm enough at night that a garden party does not need to end when the sun goes down. All you need is a way to keep bugs at bay and a little something that glows! Using just three materials and a wee bit of time, you will quickly have …

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Herb Basket

A Decadent-Looking (Yet Surprisingly Frugal) Deck Makeover + Giveaway!

Do you need a deck makeover? Decorating your outdoor space can be a fun way to change the look of a space from year to year. A deck makeover doesn’t need to cost a fortune, either. Forego replacing the expensive structure by sprucing up space with personal touches and crafty decor. With a few well-placed accouterments, you can bring your …

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How to Grow and Use Calendula

More Than Just a Garden Beauty: How to Dry, Use, and Grow Calendula

There are a lot of great reasons to grow Calendula. In addition to their bright orange and yellow daisy-like blooms which bring cheer to the garden, Calendula attracts good insects like bees and butterflies while deterring unwanted pests. But most importantly, Calendula has a long-standing reputation as a natural anti-inflammatory skin care treatment. It’s easy to grow, harvest, and dry …

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Pretty Pollinators: Create a Butterfly Garden

Attract Pretty Pollinators with an Irresistible Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are beautiful to watch flitting about the garden and they are essential pollinators for a large number of plants. Many butterfly populations are dwindling right now, but with a few minor tweaks in the garden, we can help save these pretty pollinators, and enjoy their beauty and benefit in the garden at the same time. Read on to discover …

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Create a straw purse planter

A Thrifted Straw Purse Planter for Summer

These straw purses exude summer beauty when planted with brightly-hued annuals that bloom tirelessly all season. Straw bags are readily and inexpensively available at thrift stores and that makes them a great option for making decorative purse planters for home decorating, summer events, and fundraising. You can very easily collect a large number of purses and convert them to planters …

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