Category Archives: Make It

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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Biodegradable Coffee Stir Sticks–Viva Verde!

This past week, while enjoying a latte at Hot Shots Java in Poulsbo, my friend Gayle pointed out something so clever, I have to share it: Pasta (linguine it appears to be) used as coffee stir sticks!  What a great … Continue reading

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Cheap Plant Supports–Make It

When you grow flowers for cutting or tend perennial borders, plant stakes are a must.   Some of my favorite plants are “leaners”, thus part of my early spring ritual is to get out, when the crowns start to expand and place plant supports. Years … Continue reading

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Floating Flower Arrangement–MAKE IT

Hellebores, camellias, magnolias, anemones…all blossoms that lend themselves to floating flower arrangements.  Hellebore flowers tend to nod on their stems, their charming faces glancing at the soil and not the sky. To get a look at the freckles and the … Continue reading

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How to Make Shelly the Snail’s Easy Party Hat

While I’d love to say that a post waxing poetic on beneficial insects is my most read of the past year, I would be in denial.  According to word press stats, my “Personalized Party Hats–MAKE IT” has been the most searched … Continue reading

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Reuse & Recycle Holiday Crafts–Make It

Don’t you love the gorgeous ecosystem stamps the Post Office has been putting out for several years now? The most recent release was the Hawaiian Rainforest, which was naturally, lush and colorful.  The problem is there are only 10 stamps … Continue reading

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