Category Archives: Make It

Camellia Floating Flower Arrangements–Make It

There are several flowers that lend themselves particularly well to floating on water rather than bunched on their stems in a vase. These flowers tend to hang downward from the stem, so that  their cheery faces are obscured.  Many species … Continue reading

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Insect Hotels–Design Inspiration

Going to the NW Flower & Garden Show yesterday recharged my gardening batteries. Inspiration was everywhere, but mostly in the people I met and those I reconnected with.  Landscapers, horticulturists, welders, sculptors, painters–artists all, whose ingenuity and skillful craft lit … Continue reading

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Flower Solutions for a Shady Front Entry–Make It

What does your main entry say about you?  The front door is the first impression when guests arrive. Whether close enough to the street to play into “curb appeal” or privately situated behind a hedge or gate, it matters that … Continue reading

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Attract Bats to your Garden with the Rocket box

Are you interested in attracting bats to your garden?  If so, this is a great time of year to plan for their arrival.  Many of the bats we see here in the Northwest have either gone south for the winter, … Continue reading

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Contain yourself! Terrariums made with Found Objects

The terrarium craze started picking up steam several years ago and is now THE THING in container gardening.  How fabulous it is to see this art form coming back with a fresh spin.  Last month’s NW Flower and Garden Show … Continue reading

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NW Flower & Garden Show–Rain Barrels of Fun

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show opened Wednesday and I was thrilled to get out of the rain and enjoy some garden theatre at the WA State Convention Center in Seattle where inside it is already spring!  As always, the … Continue reading

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Winter Arrangements with Deciduous Huckleberry—Plant Fix

Hands down, the number one plant I use for wintertime arrangements is the bare, cold-kissed foliage of deciduous huckleberry.  A native plant that many take for granted because it’s plenty common to our local Northwest forests; it’s long been one … Continue reading

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Fresh Thanksgiving Bouquet Garní–MAKE IT

A bouquet garní is a French mixture of loose herbs, collected fresh and assembled according to the dish you wish to flavor.  When we speak of French herbs it conjures up images of tarragon, savory and thyme, but a bouquet … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest Summer: Better Late than Never

My list of summer pleasures here in the Northwest includes a laundry line.  A break from the hum and heat of the drier; I love to hang my clothes out to dry.  It’s easier on the environment and the clothes, … Continue reading

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“Weed” Bouquets–Make It

A fun control option for runaway plants: Arrange them!  How do I keep my patch of Italian Parsley from spreading too far? I create bouquets with the flowers before they have a chance to set seed.  Since it’s a biennial, … Continue reading

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