Crafts

Garage Sales and Gardens

Thrift store or tag sale finds and gardens come nicely together in the summertime. Those cheerful dishes and flower pots that were so appealing in sales can be used to supply some instant happy color in a garden. Many have assorted odd dishes already in cupboards or on shelves, just waiting to be stacked in the garden. Here’s a hint: glue them in stages. Find the order you want to stack things in, and then glue them two at a time, allowing those stacks of two to dry for 24 hours before you attach them all together.

Be sure to turn bowls down so that they don't collect water when it rains. Even a tiny bit of water will be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  See below for an idea for making this tower more secure so it doesn't tip in the wind.

Be sure to turn bowls down so that they don’t collect water when it rains. Even a tiny bit of water will be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. See below for an idea for making this tower more secure so it doesn’t tip in the wind.

Use a water-proof silicone glue, attaching two pieces together and letting those harden for 24 hours before you stack them all together.

Use a water-proof silicone glue, attaching two pieces together and letting those harden for 24 hours before you stack them all together.

I found an old terracotta flower pot that had a bottom the right size to fit into my colorful pot. I then buried the top 2/3 of the terracotta pot in the ground. The bottom colorful pot slipped over the terracotta pot so that the tower is securely held upright in the garden.

I found an old terracotta flower pot that had a bottom the right size to fit into my colorful pot. I then buried the top 2/3 of the terracotta pot in the ground. The bottom colorful pot slipped over the terracotta pot so that the tower is securely held upright in the garden. The terracotta pot is then covered with soil.

I love how the colorful stack provides a surprising dash of playful color. I planted the top bowl on my stack with moss from this garden.

I love how the colorful stack provides a surprising dash of playful color. I planted the top bowl on my stack with moss from this shade garden. The flower in the front of the photo is a purple stemmed Angelica, a biennial that travels around my gardens and blooms in August.

 

 

 

 

Food

Easy Green Bean Recipe & A Plant's Mission

Turn the wilted, browned beans onto a plate. Sprinkle with salt to taste or, for those on a salt-free diet use curry or chili powder to taste.

As regular readers of this blog know, Wednesday at Coffee for Roses is for foodies…we spend the middle of the week in the heart of the home. Today, however, before we go into the kitchen I feel compelled to briefly talk what plants are all about. You see, every plant has a goal and keeping

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Gardens

Deadheading Summer Phlox

To deadhead phlox you clip just below the declining flower or seed heads.

Deadheading summer phlox (Phlox paniculata) is a good example of how even within the same species plants can behave very differently, and our treatment of them might need to vary as well. In mid-August the plants that came into flower in July are beginning to either slow down or go by, so clipping the old

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Love This!

I Love Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunset’

The dark stems and strong green foliage are as attractive as the yeloow flowers that have a blush of orange around their centers.

Name:  Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunset’

Type of Plant:   Herbaceous perennial (meaning the foliage dies to the ground in the winter and comes back from the roots in the spring) that grows best in full sun.

Why I love this: This perennial is tall without being too imposing, and because the stems are fine and airy

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Love This!

Tin Can Bouquets

Restaurants often have large cans that they are willing to give away.

There is something about the way garden-grown flowers and tin cans go together…in August, when your annuals and perennials are most abundant, make some bouquets and place them in tin cans. Use them to decorate your kitchen, porch and patio. Leave them by the neighbor’s front door, ring the bell and run. Take them to

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Food

Barbecued Chard

Serve with other grilled (summer squash, here) or steamed veggies.

Love to grill? Want a barbecued dish that both omnivores and vegetarians will love? Look no further than chard. This is a delicious and quick-to-prepare chard and cheese dish. You will need a grilling tray so you can easily prepare and transport this chard to the barbeque grill.

You need large chard leaves, the

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