Like a proud mother, I want to show off my babies: my small but delightful-to-me garden. It’s small, but makes me so happy. And this comes from someone who knew not too much about gardening and didn’t know I could get so much from such a small space. But let me start at the beginning if you’re just joining in on reading Lars.
Read along for my tips on how to create a garden even if you think you can’t!
If you follow along on Instastories you’ll know that I’m an enthusiastic, though still a novice, gardener. Like a shamelessly proud mother, I give a daily update on the growth of my garden. I have about 8 peony plants which are going WILD this year. You really must take a look. They’re bonkers. Now, I don’t have a huge or ideal garden, but I do have a bit to work with so I’ve maximized my space by going vertically and turning to container gardens. I now have hanging baskets and a number of vertical planters. I’ve slowly become comfortable with the notion that I just might be that crazy plant lady. So today I’m sharing some of my favorite garden inspirations and where you can buy the flowers to replicate it yourself. Read on →
Gardening season is in full bloom here and we’re all crossing our fingers it doesn’t dip below freezing again until fall! That’s the risk you run planting flowers in these parts. That’s not enough to discourage me, though. No sir. I’ll be a green thumb yet, but naturally, I want to look cute doing it. We’ve rounded up some Lar’s gardening essentials, from gloves to planters, you’ll be set for spring with a variety of tools. Whether you’ve got a pumpkin patch in your backyard, a few pots on your front porch, or some herbs on your windowsill, there’s something for every gardener (or wannabe) out there!
I’m pleased as punch to introduce a guest contributor to Lars for the day, Erin Benzakein of Floret Flowers. I first discovered Erin’s flower farms when I attended Martha Stewart’s American Made in NYC a couple of years ago, and she won the design category! Erin and her family run this Washington-based farm where they sell flower seeds, bulbs, and gifts. They put a ton of research into everything they do you know you’re getting the best quality. They have just released a brand new book called Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvet, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms and it is THE book to turn to if you’re looking to improve your flower gardening and arranging skills. Today, Erin is showing us how to create a spring party table and arrangement. Stay tuned to our Instagram as she’s taking over today where you can also enter to win a copy of the book! BTW, have you seen her Instagram?! It’s one of the most gorgeous ones out there!
As soon as the weather warms, sunny spring weekends are almost always spent outdoors. Any excuse to throw a party and have friends over is jumped at. Because these outdoor gatherings are usually planned at the last minute, I often find myself dashing to through the garden, cutting handfuls of flowers just minutes before the guests arrive to decorate the table. But with fresh ingredients growing nearby and a collection of the right containers on hand, it’s possible to throw together a quick, super sweet display of spring flower in no time.
For this fun little party table I kept it ultra simple, and made just one bouquet for the center of the display and then scattered a collection of mixed apothecary bottles with blooms at varying heights down the table. The combination of double creamy tulips, the last of the cheerful daffodils, a few stems of fragrant lilacs, some buttery primroses, a couple of little handfuls of adorable grape hyacinths, and some wild garden greens all mixed into interesting vases, made for a pretty, springy tablescape.
After living in cold weather cities for the past 15 years, I’ve come to look at spring as my saving grace—it’s the only thing that gets me through it. That and electric blankets. And massive amounts of hot chocolate. For me, springtime means being outside and taking up my pretend hobby of gardening. I say pretend because I don’t really know what I’m doing, I know I just love looking at plants so I pick out whatever I want from the nursery and hope it works out.
But I got smarter this time, folks! I recruited the help of Richard Bingham, a landscape designer here in Utah, who helped me come up with some plants that would be perfect for a container garden. A container garden is perfect for renters like me, especially those who don’t have a full yard to work with, and can take the pots wherever you go. My house is south facing and we get a ton of sunshine so I needed plants that have full sun exposure. Richard helped me pick out these gorgeous plants that will no doubt become even more gorgeous as the season draws on. I partnered up with Monrovia, one of my favorite plant brands, who I’ve been turning to for the past couple of years because of their high quality plants that they grow in California. They also provide great information for growing plants according to your region.
I am so so so so stoked for this peony. I have 4 peony plants already. They tend to be pretty hearty, which is something I need with my black thumb tendencies. And though they are trendy, I can’t help but collect them all.
When planting your container garden, make sure you’re giving your plants ample room to grow in the containers themselves. You can do this by selecting pots that are about twice as big as the plant itself and filling the container with an organic potting soil. Richard recommends the Master’s Pride or Master Nursery Gardener’s Gold, which are both high in organic matter and area good all around potting soil. Follow the instructions on the Monrovia site for specific instructions for your chosen plants.
So, get out there and plant! What will you be planting??? Tell me! And show me pics! You know I love me some garden photos.