Friendship Boot Planter DIY

Here is a great idea to celebrate a special friendship in your life. Find a pair of worn out boots and fill with your favorite flowers. One of the boots is for your friend while the other is for you. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. Beginning with a seed of trust, nurtured […]

Tassel Sun Hat DIY

I love sun hats for gardening, the beach, even driving. The problem is the cute ones are so expensive and don’t always match what I already own. So here’s a fun DIY to customize your own sun hat from the dollar store, enjoy! Supplies: Scissors- already owned Sun hat- Dollar Tree $1 Favorite color of […]

Air Plants- Living Art DIY

My co-bloggers returned from a vacation to sunny Florida (read more about the trip) and did not bring me back a typical plastic magnate as a souvenir. Instead, a bag of air plants and Spanish moss were my gift.

Being from Michigan, my first instinct was, “Well, these are gonna die.”

Surprisingly, they made it through the brisk end of winter and into spring with minor casualties among the plants. But what to do with them? I rummaged through my potting gear and found nothing useful. I searched my craft boxes an realized I had dozens of embroidery hoops. I also trekked through the yard and found the remains of an old tree burl. Grabbing some wire and snips from my tool box I was ready to start.

I cleaned the plants by removing extra debris and untangling them from each other. These plants will create little baby plants right off the big ones so some of the groups may need to be split apart. Decide what size you need based on the item you are attaching it to.

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TIP: If you gather these plants from the wild yourself be aware that they are full of creatures (aka bugs), it’s a great habitat. I’d submerge the plants for a few minutes in a bucket of water to drown and detach any extra creatures you don’t want to bring into your home. The plants will be just fine.

Using a few inches of wire I looped through the air plants gently securing them to the wire.

I decided which way I wanted my burl to be displayed on the wall. And began attaching the tiny plants.

I added an additional piece of wire creating a loop to hang the whole piece of art from.

Next up, those cute little embroidery hoops. There are tons of options online for these hoops and this is just my take on ‘framing’ plants. Follow the same guide as above securing your plants and attaching them to the hoops.

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All that’s left is to decide where to hang these clever creations. You should mist these plants occasionally indoors to keep them healthy. They survive best with moist air like in a bathroom with a shower.

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Edible Flowers

One of my favorite things to do is wander throughout my yard and collect flowers to eat. Some come from my gardens while others from the meadow. This time of year is ripe for some awesome flower picks. Flowers have traditionally been used in many types of cooking from all over the world.There are many recipes that flowers can be added to and some can be eaten on the spot while out on a mornings walk.

I hope you to can enjoy the flavor, color, and texture that flowers can bring to your food.

Here are a few of my favorite flowers.

  1. Common daylily –Hemerocallis fulva . Buds, flowers and bulbs.

2. Calendula –Calendula officinalis.

3. Nasturtium –Tropaeolum. Flowers, leaves and seeds.

4. Pansy Family –Viola, including wild purple violets and Johnny-jump ups.

5, Musk Mallow –Malva moschata and common mallow. The leaves and seeds are also edible.

6. Red Clover –Trifolium pratense. The leaves are also edible.

7. Dutch White clover –Trifolium repens.

8. Roses Petals.

Tips:

  • Eat flowers you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants.
  • Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
  • Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers are most usually contaminated.
  • Eat only the petals unless you know if the entire plant is edible.
  • If you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually.
  • Keep flowers fresh by placing them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight container.
  • Remember, eat in moderation. Some plants
    have medicinal effects.

Here is a link for a edible flower chart.