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Backyard Greens and Supermarket Flowers

Backyard Greens and Supermarket Flowers

One of the pleasures of any winter holiday is making table arrangements using backyard greens and flowers from the supermarket. Here is the basic process for creating a centerpiece or other floral arrangement using an assortment of containers.

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Tomato Cage Winter Urn Toppers

Tomato Cage Winter Urn Toppers

Here is how to use a tomato cage on the top of an urn or large flower pot to create a pretty Christmas into winter display. I used a tomato cage that was already red. You can use the standard silver color, or spray paint it any color you'd like. Here's how to proceed...

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How to Make a Pony or Horse Wreath

How to Make a Pony or Horse Wreath

Pony and horse holiday door decorations have been all over Facebook and Pinterest lately, so it wasn't surprising to me that a customer came into the garden center with this image on her phone. "Can you make one of these for me?" she asked. "I tried calling this place...

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Pumpkin Totems

Pumpkin Totems

Want a weekend project that celebrates the fall season? Pile up the pumpkins! There are so many great shapes, colors and sizes of pumpkins and squash available in the fall that it's easy to make great seasonal decor.  Pick out three or more pumpkins of graduated...

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Garage Sales and Gardens

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...

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Make a Lavender Wand

Make a Lavender Wand

As the lavender flowers in the garden just start to fade it's time to make lavender wands! Your plants need to be deadheaded anyway so that they may produce some new flowers later in the fall, weather permitting. Yet the flowers are still fragrant and weaving lavender...

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Creating a Tall, Thin Planter

Creating a Tall, Thin Planter

There are times when you just have to go up. Very small spaces next to an entry, for example, or in between the garage doors demand a vertical plant or planter, but there may not be the perfect shrub or perennial for the job. All you need to create such a planter is a...

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Chicken Feeder Lighthouse

Chicken Feeder Lighthouse

The Weekend Project is about creating a lighthouse out of a florist bucket and a chicken feeder. Use this as a garden ornament, centerpiece, patio art or...use your imagination! Having a sea-side wedding? Put this lighthouse on the bar, or line several up on a long...

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Planting an Old Wicker Chair

Planting an Old Wicker Chair

Yes, I was driving home yesterday after doing a garden consultation for the garden center and saw this on the side of the road. Since I was on company time, I didn't stop, but thought to myself "If that's still there tomorrow morning when I drive this way, I'll stop...

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Garden Totems and Supports

Garden Totems and Supports

One definition of totem is "anything serving as a distinctive, often venerated, emblem or symbol." We often think of totems as being tall and thin...vertical elements that are visual punctuation marks if you will. In the garden these are usually ornamental, but they...

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