Tag: Spring

Votive Holder Becomes a Vase!

Votive Holder Becomes a Vase!

I’ve had this pretty cool set of  chunky glass votive holders for quite a few years now, but have stopped using them. In fact, I even set them aside to donate with my next thrifting purge. I still actually quite like them, but you know…

Multi-purposing Ombre Barware: Transitioning Flowers from Morning to Night!

Multi-purposing Ombre Barware: Transitioning Flowers from Morning to Night!

Vintage barware can be so much more than meets the eye – you just have to see it with a different eye! Here I take an everyday floral bouquet, and present it in a bouquet of vintage ombre vessels showing you how to multi-purpose the…

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

We had an incredible long weekend with awesome weather, so I was able to get out and tackle the extra greenery that wasn’t really invited to our garden plot.

Our side yard looked like this…

Overgrown Weeds

Yes, I hang my head in shame. 🙁

But it looks worse than it really was. These party crashers seriously seemed to pop up overnight!

Weeds

They look pretty in this photo, but trust me, they are not your friend!

These pretty weeds (what are they anyway?) cover the ground like a floral carpet, and before you know it, you’ve got wall-to-wall!

Well, not anymore.

Now our side yard looks like this!

Wheel barrel of weeds

Two heaping wheel barrels and this mini load later.

I know. Crazy!

And to keep the weeds down, Lush Eco Lawns will be replenishing our bark mulch with a very, very thick layer. I’d call that ripping out the carpet and replacing it with hardwood instead! 😉

How about you, are you battling the first weeds of the season? What are your weed control strategies??

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

DIY Planter Makeover for Herbs & Garden Gnomes

DIY Planter Makeover for Herbs & Garden Gnomes

Not too long ago I was given a hand-me-down planter with these little gnomes that hang off the sides. Now I know these guys are pretty cute, but I’m not so much into cutesy garden things. Don’t unfriend me for that! Okay, they’re actually kind…

Guest Posting at Home Bunch: Putting A Pause In Your Day

Guest Posting at Home Bunch: Putting A Pause In Your Day

Isn’t it interesting how time seems to be flying by? I don’t know about you, but my Spring feels like a blur! Today you’ll find me over at Home Bunch taking you on a tour of one of my favorite places in the Cowichan Valley……

Fennel, Grapefruit & Makaria Farm Kale Sprouts!

Fennel, Grapefruit & Makaria Farm Kale Sprouts!

A salad made with Makaria Farm kale sprouts! Did you know kale sprouts are only available for about 2 weeks of the growing season? It’s not the end of the world, but once you’ve had fresh kale sprouts you’ll wish they were available all year long!

Kale, Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale sprouts *when in season, otherwise kale torn into bite-sized pieces

1 pink grapefruit

1 head fennel, thinly sliced or shaved on mandolin

2-3 pitted dates, chopped

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/4 (+) fresh mint leaves

Sea Salt & Ground Pepper to taste

Dressing:

2 Tbsp champagne vinegar

1 tsp honey

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

Here’s what you do:

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, but whisk the olive oil in last.
  • Peel grapefruit, segment and remove the skin.
  • Place kale and fennel in a large bowl, and dress with a few tablespoons of the dressing; gently toss with your hands until the dressing is worked into the leaves. Season with salt & pepper, if desired.
  • Place on serving platter, and top with grapefruit, dates, and mint.

Kale, Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

Optional:

  • Sprinkle with almonds and serve (which we did, but I forgot to take a photo!).

Enjoy!

What have you got planned for the weekend?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller / Salad inspired by Tina Jeffers of Blissful Blog, pinned on Pinterest

Just When I Thought I Was Done!

Just When I Thought I Was Done!

I know you’re all keen to move on from the photo journey of what we’ve done outside. And I get it. Trust me, I do! But I had to share my ‘just when I thought I was done’ moment with you. See this beautiful home…

A Little Garden Tour

A Little Garden Tour

I promised you a little garden tour after scattering the freshly painted terracotta pots around. So let’s get started! Welcome. This is the planter that greets you at the front door. A new terracotta pot filled with some colourful stuff! I got some great buying tips…

DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life

DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life

Last week I took a little gander at my random collection of plant pots, you know to start thinking about prettifying the yard a bit. I love terracotta pots, but mine have definitely seen better days.

Like this one!

Chipped Terracotta Plant Pot

This is the biggest one I have, and it’s been around for at least 10 years, not to mention through a move or two…

Here’s a few more added to the mix.

Prepping Terracotta Pots to Paint

See what I mean? The big pots are in pretty tough shape around the rim.

So I decided to paint this bunch and give them a new life. It’s not like there’s anything to lose, right?

I started by brushing off all the dust and dirt with a stiff-bristled hand broom, and then lightly primed each pot with spray primer.

Primed terracotta plant pots

The wind showed up just in time, and made spraying evenly almost impossible.

I decided to give this Krylon ‘Make-It-Stone’ textured spray paint a try.

Krylon Make It Stone Spraypaint

But I didn’t notice until it was too late that this paint is an indoor paint. Oops! Oh well, like I said, there’s not much to lose at this point.

The pots took the paint really well, but they looked a little boring all sprayed out in stone.

So I went over the rims and sprayed them black instead.

Painting Terracotta Pots

I was trying a little ombre touch here, but a few days later, decided I didn’t really like that either! My technique was a little too blotchy, don’t you think?

So I prepped the pots for another coat of the Krylon Stone to go over the Ombre attempt.

Taping Terracotta Pots to Paint

This additional coat made a big difference to the finished look. I liked the outcome much better than the first round.

Here’s a little peak at round two.

Krylon 'Make It Stone' & Black Rim

I think they look better like this, even up-side-down 😉

And since I liked the way the pots looked, I gave them a few clear coats to seal them, and called it a wrap. Hopefully this will help protect the ‘indoor’ paint from the elements, at least for this season!

Want to see them all planted up?

I stayed with bright red Geraniums and Dracaena in all the pots. They’re pretty hardy plants that I usually manage to keep alive!

I wanted the red to pop against the black and stone colours of the pot, and once the Geraniums fill out, I think they’ll be showy.

The Rhodoes in the background are actually our neighbours, but we get to enjoy them as a backdrop!

Remember the ‘before’ of the big planter?

Chipped Terracotta Plant Pot

What do you think of it now?

Notice the water on the rim? I think that’s a good sign that the sealer is doing its job!

Have you painted terracotta pots for outside? Were you happy with the results?

We spent our weekend weeding, and planting up flowers, herbs, and some of Makaria Farm’s famous tomatoes. I hope you’ll pop back for a little tour of what we’ve done!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

xo

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 Photos: Sheila Zeller

Hey, Sweet Pea!

Hey, Sweet Pea!

I’ve got a package of Sweet Peas all ready to go. But don’t really have a place for them to grow! You see, our yard is mostly topsoil on rock, and there’s no great spot to plant the sweet peas and install a trellis… that is until…