In this short tutorial, learn how and where to cut stems for making herb bundles and bouquets for drying, that you can later use this winter in the kitchen! Sage leaves can be used fresh or dried in the kitchen, and add a lovely savory flavor to roasted chicken, pork chops, and sausage.
Dried sage can be a beautiful addition to dried herb bouquets, and…to correct myself, from what I stated in the video, it could also be used in fresh bouquets, as long as the lower leaves are removed from the parts of the stem that will be under water in the vase.
This short video demonstrates how to bundle sage stems into a bouquet that can be hung to dry and later used in dried arrangements, wreaths, or for cooking savory meals.
8 Things to Remember When Bringing Houseplants Inside for Winter
One of my followers asked me for some tips on how to make her patio tropicals stay happy after she brings them indoors for the winter. My recommendation would be to:
1. Slowly reacclimate your plant to your indoor environment at least 2 weeks prior to bringing them in. …
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I just found a cool website that has a calculator for just about any DIY home project! So cool, I thought I should share!
Here you go!
My husband, Tim, also a horticulturist, has always been fascinated with the Cardinal Climber Vine, the pentagonal shaped flower with an embossed star shape of sorts shown sitting in the palm of my hand in the photo on the above left.
I have always been intrigued by the beautiful red Scarlet Runner Bean, above right. This year, Tim, who is so awesome at remembering to plant seeds, got them planted by our front porch step this spring!
Now that I have seen these plants in action, I love them even more! Each flower shape is so unique and intricately detailed! I cannot fathom how such small flowers, each smaller than a quarter, can house such fascinating floral architecture! They are truly miraculous specimens to behold! Especially, if you stop for a moment, to examine them up close, and even dissect them.
I hope to one day, get my hands on a macro lens, so that I can capture the intricate details of flowers. Until then, you’ll just have to plant some yourself, or take my word for it!
Both of these vine type plants can be started from seed, and sown directly into the ground once the soil warms up in the spring. If you are living in the midwest, mid to late May would be a safe bet.
We used some wood blocks, and twine spaced evenly along the block, so that each side of our porch had about 6 strings spaced about 6 inches apart going from the ground up to the balcony above.
The vines quickly germinate, and once the heat and humidity take hold, they grow very quickly, especially, if you water the soil around them regularly.
Keep the soil evenly moist until they germinate, and then once they sprout, water every few days, if rain is not in the near forecast.
I almost lost mine, during extreme heat and drought, but luckily, a good drink of water revived them!
Looking for a way to refresh your September garden? Here’s a few easy steps you can take to rejuvenate your outdoor green space!
The Zone 4 and 5 Gardener’s To Do List for August/September
As you are about to see, late August/September is all about cutting back.
1. Remove Dead Flower Stalks from Perennials As Daylilies and Irises begin to die back, you can yank out the brown flower stalks, just give them a tug and they should pop right out.
2. Daylilies and Irises: Remove dead and dying leaves with brown tips. With both, you can just grab the leaves at the base of the plant and give a downward and outward tug, and they will come right off. If it’s the end of August, and you can’t stand the way they look anymore, you can remove all or most of the leaves, as these plants are beginning their dormancy anyway. I just removed all the leaves from some of my day lilies 2 weeks ago, Aug 18, and they are…
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Ahhhh, the Coleus….with it’s beautiful, vibrant color combinations, and intricately shaped leaf edgings, it’s no wonder we all wish they could last forever!
If you live in an area that freezes, you know that your coleus plants will not likely make it through the winter outside. One way to preserve them, would be to build a greenhouse, and heat it all winter, to maintain the tropical climate, that Coleus Plants love.
Not many of us have that kind of cash laying around, so another way to enjoy Coleus a little longer, is to take cuttings and root them. Coleus stems make beautiful, long lasting accents to end of summer bouquets. As an added bonus, if you change the water in the vase once or twice a week, you might even get your Coleus stems to take root!
Down below, is a video demonstration that shows where to cut the stems, and what to do with them to get them to take root! Hope you enjoy!
As I enjoy these last few weeks in my garden, I am reminded of this poem I wrote in 2013. Much has changed in my life since then, but the way I enjoy my flowers the most at this stage in the season, remains unchanged.
Hope you enjoy the little floral photo shoot I did this morning instead of organizing my house after a few busy weeks here at casa de Stephens! How can one not ignore chores when there is such beauty to behold right at her fingertips?
I was so excited to see my 4’Oclocks, blooming! They are the Morning Glory shaped flowers that are blue with the yellow and white throat pictured below.
I started them late, like, in June or later, from seed, and they had a rough beginning, and were almost devoured by caterpillars, suffered drought, extreme heat, and neglect while we were on vacation, but they persevered! So excited to see these colors together!
Never caught up
The more work you get done.
The more work you make up.
Where did the time go?
Where was it spent?
Tree leaves are falling
On my cement.
Zinnias are gorgeous.
Morning Glories are glorious
One Glory survived,
Now we’re victorious!
The one that survived
and beat all the odds:
Vine chewing rabbits
Seed eating birds
Sprout stomping dogs
My childrens’ feet
Not one of these were able to defeat.
Could not defeat this defiant Morning Glory
This lovely blue flower
That gives me satisfaction and power.
The power to see
That all this work:
That all this work is never done.
That all this work can be quite fun
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