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March, 2012

  1. A Little Thursday Garden Link Love

    March 29, 2012 by Jocelyn

    I’m sitting here after a long day at work; I’ve got a glass of wine, Florence and the Machine on my playlist, and am browsing through my Garden Blogs folder in my Reader.  Life is good.  Although, considering it snowed here today, that may be the wine talking.  Oh well.  Either way, I’ve got some great link love for y’all.

    For all my fellow garden-loving folks,  check this out:

    Garden

    Willi over at DigginFood just posted some pics of the demo gardens for Sunset magazine.  This garden is looking pretty amazing, if you ask me.  They’ve got a these awesome orange trellises for peas and other climbers that I love.  The color is just perfect.

    I also found a new blog to follow, and her images are just so pretty!  Tricia’s blog, A Rosy Note, has some pretty lovely posts.  You see, Ranunculus are some of my favorite flowers, and looking at her most recent post, you can see how I was hooked! That, and her post about her grandpa brought tears to my eyes; she has a wonderful way of expressing herself in words that I can never seem to manage, and her post just struck a chord with me. Thank you, Tricia.

    A Rosy Note
    So pretty!

    And lastly, I found a great site called Sprout Robot. Just put in your zip code, and it gives you a calendar for when to plant all of your seeds! Cool, right? I know.

    www.sproutrobot.com

    And one last bonus link love image for you all! This one made me giggle:

    Hey Girl

    Happy Thursday everyone, and have a great Friday!


  2. DIY Friday (on Saturday). Paint Chip Art!

    March 24, 2012 by Jocelyn

    During my many hours spend surfing Pinterest, I came across a link for a great DIY project for creating paint chip art. Which doesn’t sound fancy, but end up looking like a pretty nice piece of framed art when on your walls. And seeing as it was nearly a free project, I had to try it. My results weren’t stellar, but I’m still pretty happy with my final piece of art.

    Now just so you know, I’m NOT very artistic. And it also turns out that I don’t have a lot of patience for tedious tasks.

    My DIY Paint Chip Art

    I am, however, a perfectionist, so those little spaces that you can see in between some of the triangles drove me bonkers. But after an hour of working on this, I had lost patience. I chalked it up to a test of my perfectionist tendencies, and decided that I would force myself to be okay with a little imprecision. I secretly saved my extra triangles, and intend on fixing it later.

    The full piece, completed.

    Anyway, here are the basic steps to having your own almost-free piece of art for your walls:
    Step 1: Go to your local home improvement shop and take a bunch of paint samples. If you like to plan ahead, you can check out Design Seeds and find a color palette ahead of time.
    Step 2: Cut your paint chips into equal sized triangles. Carefully. Otherwise you’ll be cursing yourself later.
    Step 3: I found that it was best for me to arrange them on the tabletop next to me, as it took me a little while to find an arrangement that I liked.
    Step 4: Get your backing, and some sticky stuff. I decided to use some sturdy photo backing board that I had laying around, and I’m glad I did. It kept things very sturdy the entire time I was working, so there were no accidental tears, bent papers, etc. I cut it to the size of my frame ahead of time. I also used some double sided scrapbook tape that I had, which worked really well. Carefully place your triangles onto your piece of paper/board in the pattern you previously made.
    Step 5: Trim the overhanging edges of your paint chips, and pop your completed project into a frame for instant fanciness!

    Paint chips

    Overall, it really was a simple project. I’ve decided that next time I should definitely have a triangle paper puncher, so as to avoid the annoyance of not being able to fit them together properly. Perfectionism aside, I think it looks pretty darn good!


  3. Meanwhile, in my Dream Garden…

    March 20, 2012 by Jocelyn

    I’ve been so incredibly busy lately, it’s ridiculous. I get home and just zone out once I’m done with my workout and other immediate chores. So here I sit at my computer, urging myself to get motivated to do some of my online work, but find myself getting sucked into Pinterest and Khan Academy’s new Exercise Dashboard. At least I’m using my brain at one of the sites, right?

    Anyways, I’ve got quite a large dream garden pinboard going right now, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. These are all amazing garden spaces that I aspire to have some day. I’ve done a bit of extra leg work, so I can hopefully link directly to the source of the photos as well. The first is an absolutely amazing greenhouse that was posted by a Swedish blogger over at Isas Tradgard. Oh how I would love to have this greenhouse. *sigh*

    Beautiful Greenhouse

    And next, grapes. I really really want to grow my own grapes. Jams, wines, I would do all kinds of things with grapes! Don’t they look yummy?

    Grapes in Vineyard
    by Habub3 on Flickr

    Don’t worry, of course I won’t forget the flowers! Someday I hope to live in a house with gardens that are so full that they seem almost chaotic. I want flowers to be bursting from the seams of my yard; tumbling over fences and onto the sidewalk!

    Like so:

    Photo from HGTV.

    “Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm”  ~ Norman Vincent Peale
    by Abby Lanes on Flickr

    So much beauty can be found in gardens, I wonder how anyone can enjoy living without one! Mark my words, someday I will have a garden almost as lovely as these ones!


  4. DIY Friday – Re-Growing Green Onions

    March 9, 2012 by Jocelyn

    Most people don’t realize that green onions can be easily re-grown; all you have to pay for is the first bunch! It’s a great way to be frugal while still using your green thumb (at least a little).
    Green Onions in a Jar
    Just stick them in a jar with water covering the white part of the ends. Place them in the fridge, or on a bright area in your kitchen- both will work.
    Re-Growing Green Onions
    Within a week or so, they’ll be ready again!
    Green Onions
    You can see in the last image where the onions were last cut. The new growth comes from the center of the onion; what you see here was grown in about a week. I’m a huge fan of doing this, especially in the winters when I don’t have an easy way of growing fresh onions.


  5. Blizzards, Begonias, and Winter Blues

    March 4, 2012 by Jocelyn

    Blizzards and Winter Blues

    After months of (very rare) warm and rainy weather here in northern Minnesota, winter caught up with us in only 5 days! We’ve had two huge snow storms, which have left me stuck indoors and feeling pretty darn restless!

    Now my seeds have all been delivered, but my dreams of an early spring have been dumped on by 3 feet of snow. My cabin fever was so bad this morning, that I decided to layer myself up and trudge around the neighborhood in thigh-high snow to take some photos for my wonderful blog readers!

    Snow Covered Trail

    Snowy
    Empty Nest
    Snowy Limbs

    Spring fever aside, it really was quite pretty. I’ve had my fun in it, so it can melt anytime now!

    I had the Winter Blues so badly yesterday during our blizzard, that I must say thank you to Fran Sorin at Gardening Gone Wild for her perfectly timed post How To Have Faith That Spring’s Coming While Trudging In A Foot Of Snow: 7 Tips. I took her advice, and busted out my Organic Gardening magazines while listening to George Michael sing Faith. Looking through the gardening photos got me inspired, and I started figuring out my planting timeline for this year!

    Begonias

    So I perked up a bit, and started tending to all of my houseplants. After all, I’m not the only one stuck inside right now. Some of my plants look a little peaked right now, which is fairly normal, but one of my plants is looking better than ever right now. I’m not even sure what species it is; I only know that it’s a Begonia of some sort. It’s been blooming like mad for the past week or two, so I took a few pics of it.

    Flowering Begonia
    Pretty Flowering Houseplant

    Isn’t it pretty? I’m surprised it’s blooming already, since I got it as a cutting only a year and a half ago! I’m guessing that since I have it sitting next to the window, the drop in temperature at night is what triggered the blooming. I’ve heard that it can help certain plants like Jades, so I’m assuming it’s the same for this plant.

    It looks like our temperatures will edge into the 40s this coming week, so I’ve decided to be optimistic. If things stay dreary, I can always listen to George Michael again! Unless you guys have better tips for me, that is. Let me know what you do to combat the winter blues!