Archive | 26 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Miniature Garden Houseboat


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Photo Essay: Miniature Garden Houseboat

From the archives, this miniature garden with a houseboat won Best of Show at the Seattle Miniature Show in 2006. First blogged about in 2012, updated June, 2018.

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If you’ve been following my blog, this series is part of the photo archives that got crunched in my old computer. The picture files are too small to be included in my upcoming book from Timber Press, but I can share them with you now!

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About two weeks after the show, the raccoons sniffed out the water and played Godzilla one night. The water flooded into the bank and soaked the plants, I had to begrudgingly take it apart to save everything. I’m glad I took a bunch of pictures though. Remember to document your miniature gardens!

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How does your garden grow?


Sewfrench

Ours grows in a container.  Well, many containers.  On our deck.  We don’t really have a place to put in a *real* garden so this works well, for us.  With deck irrigation, it’s a no fuss, no muss garden.  We have to be careful and choose seeds and plants that work with our short season, but there are so many to choose from, the decisions can be difficult.  This spring, now summer, has been unusually cool and damp and our picks, so far, are really loving it!

Amanda’s strawberries have been very tasty.  Well, they were, until our friend, the baby chipmunk found them….  Since these are everbearing berries, I’m guessing we’ll be watching him grow up….  If he lives.

A pot of basil.  I see lots of pesto, for the freezer, in our future.

One pot of arugula.  We’ve had two cuttings of it, so far.  As you can…

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Crank Up The Color – with Bromeliads


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By Linda Kay Harrison

If you are looking for a way to add color to your home, without the time and expense of new furniture or repainting, try adding colorful Bromeliads to your décor.  Decorating with Bromeliads makes sense for a multitude of reasons.

Bromeliads have bright, long-lasting ‘flowers’ and brilliantly colored foliage. They will provide a wonderful splash of indoor color for months at a time.  The Guzmania varieties tend to offer the longest lasting color, still making a bold statement even past their prime blooming time. Bromeliads are excellent indoor plants that readily adapt to the unfavorable conditions in most homes. They are generally an easy, low maintenance houseplant.

Bromeliads can be quite flexible when it comes to lighting conditions.  They can tolerate lower light conditions for a month or so at a time without adverse effects, but they retain their best color and form in brighter light…

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Bright Ideas For Low Light Areas


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by Linda Kay Harrison

Most homes have at least a few areas in them that, despite our best efforts, still seem dark and dreary due to lack of light. These low light spots might be an entry way without windows, a particular corner of the living room or dining room, perhaps a small bathroom, or even the laundry room. Areas like this can feel depressing, and may pose a challenge when trying to liven them up. But here’s a great suggestion for adding life to those low light locals – houseplants! 

 Although it seems that these areas would be unsuitable when it comes to growing houseplants, in reality, there are many plants that do very well in low light situations. You may be astonished at how simply adding a plant or two can cheer a dark corner. Putting your plants in bright or light-colored containers is another great way to enhance the area while tying…

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Tomato Spectacular


The Ethitarian

I love growing tomatoes.  I love the scent of the plants, the shape of the leaves, the way they branch and grow, and of course, the tomatoes themselves.  I grow tomatoes on my porch in self-watering containers.  That way there’s no weeding, and no matter how busy I am, it’s easy to make time to keep them watered.

This year I’m trying a few new things.  Due to the heat, I want my plants to be a bit more drought tolerant, in case I need to leave them to their own devices for a few days.  In order to accomplish this I’m top watering once a day instead of filling the reservoirs.  I’m also trying a few new varieties this year – determinate, rather than indeterminate.  I specifically chose varieties that are supposed to do well in containers.  Finally, I’m trying a new type of fertilizer, Vganics.  How is…

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