I removed the Winter Decorations in my garden window months ago. I was sick of winter. Spring came by and I was too busy to come up with something. Therefore, suddenly I realize that I needed to come up with some fresh décor for my window, since it is what I look when I am doing the dishes, smile! Then, I’ll think about making arrangements with my summer flowers.
As thrifty as I am, (and I learned it from the master, Margie Freeman), I decided to look at my china cabinet and found the color I wanted, white. Then, I looked into my craft room and found this Owl flower vase, added some garden herbs and Boom. What a simple decoration, a tea time decor for my window, in no time and cost me no money.
For now, I added my cooking herbs to the vase; however, the summer flowers are about to bloom and they will find a home inside my cute Owl!
The neighbors did it again. During my daily walks I continue to be entertained by the fantastic gardening taste of my neighbors. Keep it going, I will never get tired of it!
It’s no brainer, every year the task of purchasing mulch and spread it thorough your gardens is inevitable. I am lucky enough that I have never done it myself and that my hubby takes upon that challenge every year and do it beautifully. (Thank you Jesus!)
Last weekend, he purchased 20 bags, it’s usually more than that, but I am designating an area for planters and vegetables and I do not want mulch there.
Well, it took him almost the whole Saturday to go to the store, load the bags in the truck, bring them home, mow the lawn first and then start working on the mulch task. (Wow, I am exhausted already.)
Yep, he is a keeper? Smile.
We are in the month of May. Several plants are in bloom now and others are awakening. However, the blooming Azaleas, continue to make a splash all over. It is simply amazing the variety of colors that they offer. They are starting to fade away so hurry and enjoy them while you can.
One thing though, As I walked through several neighborhoods, I could not find a lavender color Azalea. Then on my second search day, I finally capture one. Interesting, maybe it is not a popular color for gardeners or the color is nor openly available at garden centers.
Either way, let’s just enjoy what I was able to capture with my camera.
Shallots are really onions cousins, smile. They are very much related. However, shallots are a bit sweeter than onions and are great to use when you just need a mild onion flavor.
When we plant one shallot, we will eventually get a cluster of shallots that looks more like garlic clusters. The difference from a shallot and an onion is that when you plant one onion, that is exactly what you will harvest, one onion.
So, get those hands dirty now, start them indoors like I did. I found out that one of my shallots already sprouted, therefore, I took advantage and put the roots in a bit of water to allow for more rooting before I plant it outside.
Finally, I want to thank my beautiful son, who started me on using shallots, which a couple of years ago I never used. Gracias my love!
Winters are always so long and I get frustrated when I can’t start my summer garden because of it. Gardening is such a fulfilling and enjoyable hobby. I must add rewarding, because it rewards you with fresh produce to eat, flowers that makes you happy and also deter pests, like Marigold’s flowers.
I started some seedlings in January. So far my peppers have sprouted nicely and are onto their second set of leaves. I have not started jalapeno and tomatoes from seeds yet and I will probably do it this week.
These are some of my gardening pointers that I want to share with you.
Hope that this post encourages you to start your own seedlings at home and enjoy them!
THIS IS THE LAST HOLIDAY WREATHS POST FOR THIS YEAR: THE ABUNDANCE of ROOKIES and EXPERIENCED ARTISTS CREATING these HOLIDAY WREATHS was PRICELESS!
This is the last time that we may have to enjoy these beauties. The December month is running faster than ever and before we know it, year 2022 will be here, with the beautiful snow and the good fortune that we are all expecting:
Health, Happiness and tons of Love!
PART 2: FIGURINES: THE ABUNDANCE of ROOKIES and EXPERIENCED ARTISTS CREATING the 2021-HOLIDAY WREATHS and DECORATIONS for their HOMES!
And the creativity of my neighbors continue to entertain anyone who walks by their homes. Thanks for the show!
I get so entertained daily as I walk by these beauties around my (and other) neighborhoods. The holidays are the time and season to be creative and festive. It is not only the time to make a lot of delicious dishes. It is a great time to try to get something done for your home or friends, so that you get to feel the happiness of creating something with your hands. It is an awesome experience; I challenge you to do it. Enjoy the process, smile.
PART 1: FIGURINES: THE ABUNDANCE of ROOKIES and EXPERIENCED ARTISTS CREATING the 2021-HOLIDAY DECORATIONS for their HOMES!
I get so entertained daily as I walk by these beauties around my (and other) neighborhoods. The holidays are the time and season to be creative and festive.
It is not only the time to make a lot of delicious dishes. It is a great time to try to get something done for your home or friends, so that you get to feel the happiness of creating something with your hands. It is an awesome experience; I challenge you to do it. Enjoy the process, smile.
Let the Holiday Spirit Touch us all by finding ways to transform our beautiful homes and make them even more beautiful with Holiday Decorations.
This arrangement came out of my combine idea of recycling old things and using nature to our advantage. By walking all over, I collected pine cones of all kind, brought them home, baked them at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes to remove any pest that found their home inside.
Then I went to my craft room and found this wooded basket that I had purchase at a yard sale this summer for $1.00. Furthermore, I found some leftover picks that I had left from prior projects and decided to use them. The cost of all these picks together is about $5.00.
Finally, I assembled the basket adding some paper tissue in the bottom to use less pinecones. I added the pinecones on one side, the holiday picks on the opposite side, placed the basket in a disposable red cardboard that I found at Costco and filled the front with more pinecones. DONE!
If you want to make one, just follow my slide presentation, use whatever holiday picks that you may have at home or purchase some at Walmart for few dollars. The rest is just to walk outside and get pinecones, pine tree branches, holly tree branches or anything that catch your attention and start crafting. It is so good for your soul!
I am a blogger, a photographer, a jewelry designer, a gourmet cook, and a recipe book writer. I am also a flea market flipper, an avid gardener, an interior/ outdoors designer, an avid golfer and traveler.