Afer a long cold grey winter, it’s so tempting to get carried away with all the pretty spring flowers. Trouble is, tulips and daffodils don’t last very long. I adore the look of blue hydrangeas, but temperature fluctuations at this time of year mean they often die. I’m a gal who needs bang for her buck. So, if I’m going to spend anything, I want to enjoy my plant containers for months instead of weeks. That’s how I justify splurging on winter and summer pots like the ones I’ve shared with you on this blog. So, the only time I ever go to the effort of making spring planters is if they can be cheap and/or easy (prefereably both). If you want more fab photos and info on the elements I used, click ‘continue reading’ (below). Or, if you just want to see the video demo of how simple these babies are to make, here’s the link to michelleswalnutkitchen easy spring planter demo. Continue Reading
GET READY FOR WINTER…AND I’M NOT TALKING COATS, HATS & MITTS
Appreciating the beauty of this season is easy after a fresh snowfall. But, on those ugly, freezing, slushy grey days, I need a dose of PRETTY! So, part of MY preparedness plan for the drudgery of these cold months is to indulge in beautiful winter planters. Don’t laugh! It’s a splurge that makes me happy and warms my heart. When I see 2 pretty winter containers flanking each side of my front door, it’s the best welcome home hug I can think of.
Winter planters are THE best welcome home hug PARTLY because the window right beside them is where my dog Woody is always perched!
There are tons of beautiful, affordable pre-made winter pots out there. But, I’m a sucker for those extravagant planters in the fancy neighbourhoods done by high-end florists. Unfortunately, they are WAY out of my league in terms of the price tag. So, my compromise is to make them myself! I love channeling Martha Stewart! It’s great to be outdoors, nice to be creative and it is satisfying to know you saved money by making it yourself. The end result isn’t always perfect, but perfection is overrated. Continue Reading
As much as I love travelling and going out (especially to dinner), I’m a homebody. One of the simple pleasures for me is getting my hands dirty in the garden. Hey, can you blame me? I worked on a fair share of gardening shows at HGTV for over a decade. My son, Alex and I are experimenting for the first time since he was a little boy. We planted some vegetables together on Mother’s Day. Fingers crossed that the raccoons, squirrels and abundant shade don’t lead to their demise! What I haven’t done until now, is plant my summer flower garden pots. Every year I like to try something new. I’m SO thrilled with the way they turned out that I just had to share what I did!
It’s a great creative outlet to choose the combination of flowers and greens. Before I commit, I usually scout around the neighbourhood and take pictures of planters I like. I also make a trip to the garden centre to scout out prospects and to get inspiration. As with any design choice you make inside OR out, when selecting the plant material for your garden pots, it’s important to factor the colours surrounding the exterior of your house. Choose plants that are complementary to the existing shrubs, trees and flowers, as well as the roof shingles and paint trim of your windows and doors. For me, the biggest challenge is working with the colour of the orangey brown bricks of my house. I’ve always been partial to blues and purples. In the spring I love the lilac hue of Phlox and lighter violet blue pansies. For summer, though it’s not always easy to find those calming colours. Continue Reading