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How to Make a Succulent Wreath

 

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To make a succulent wreath, you’ll need about 100 cuttings, a wire wreath form, 24-gauge florist’s wire, a chopstick or ballpoint pen for poking holes, and a bag of sphagnum moss. The form, moss and wire are available at any crafts store. You don’t need soil; the cuttings will root right into the moss. Wreaths above are by Chicweed (upper left), Linda Estrin (lower left), Bonnie Manion (center), Succulent Gardens (upper right), Linda Estrin (middle right) and Roger’s Gardens (lower right). Continue Reading →

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Top 13 Perennials For 2013

I’ve experimented with several dozen perennials over the years. But there are certain ones that I return to ~ time and again. They are star performers, easy to grow, hardy, can handle a wide range of soils, and moisture. Each of them adds a unique element to any garden. They are classics.

The genii listed below have other species, varieties, and cultivars that are just as outstanding as these ~ several of which I’ve used in gardens (panicum has about 450 species).

Here are my Top 13 Perennials for 2013.

Achillea millefolium

 

Amsonia hubrichtii

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44 Inspirational Quotes About Nature’s Beauty

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa

Doe Run Garden In Brandywine Valley

Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work. Ralph Waldo Emerson

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Henry David Thoreau

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir

Fran Sorin Garden

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within. Chinese proverb

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Why You Need To Take Super Creative Risks In The Garden…And In Life

Do you plant the same thing in your garden year after year?

In my last garden, each spring when I walked around and envisioned what I wanted to plant that year, I always went through the same process of longing for the familiar. An old fashioned climbing rose, bleeding hearts, or salvia that I had used so successfully in last year’s garden would be the first choices that came to mind.

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View of Middle Level Garden

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7 Reasons Why Making A ‘To Done’ List Will Help You Be More Creative In Your Garden and Life

You may see the ‘TO DO’ lists in your life and garden as a necessity.

The problem is that the majority of the time they make you feel lousy.

Why?

The ‘productive you’ writes a list of everything you plan on getting done each day.
If you’re like most people, your list is way too long.

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A Playful and Naturalized Garden

 

You rarely complete what you set out to do. You feel unproductive, negative, and frustrated….and immediately go to that critical place in your head where you’re ‘not enough’. Doing this effects your quality of work, creativity, and enjoyment in the garden.

Think about it.

If you’re always rushing to get to the next task, how can you possibly be in the moment?

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