Posts Categorized: garden

Design + garden + gardening + Life / Thursday, 31 May 2018

How to plant a Rainbow Container Garden

Rainbow Container Garden

We selected our current apartment while we were still living in Denmark. Because we hadn’t seen it in person before we moved in, we didn’t quite know what we had to work with. A garden wasn’t necessarily on my list of things I “had to have”, but I was so pleasantly surprised to find that I had a little bit of garden to work with once I got here. Our landlords do a phenomenal job at keeping it up, but they said I could add in some of my own flower selections. That was 5 years ago. I have since been bit by the gardening bug and consider it one of my most (and few!) hobbies that I have outside of work.

This year I wanted to make it more colorful than years past and in honor of Craft the Rainbow our new book and this little board book that I read to Jasper nearly every day (here) , I created a rainbow container garden for the front porch. I only added them in a couple of weeks ago so they haven’t had time to flourish yet, but I thought I’d post about it so you can get started to and then we can watch them grow together and keep each other updated.
Rainbow Container Garden

Here are some things I’ve done to get it going and a list of flower divided by color that you can add to your garden: Read on →

Design + garden + gardening + Projects / Monday, 12 Jun 2017

How to grow a garden even when you think you can’t

Lars in the garden

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!

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DIY + garden + Life + Projects / Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The gardens of my dreams and where to buy them

Dream gardens and where to buy them 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 →

Design + garden + Life / Monday, 24 Apr 2017

Lars’ Gardening Essentials

Lars favorite gardening essentialsGardening 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!

DIY + garden + Projects / Friday, 10 Mar 2017

Spring Party Table with Floret Farm

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.

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