Houseplants: 8 Things to Remember When Bringing Them Indoors For the Winter


8 tips for bringing you houseplants indoors in the fall.
Hate saying goodbye to the lush patio plants you lovingly cared for all summer? Learn how to give them a boost before bringing them indoors this fall!


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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Calculators for Landscape and Concrete Projects

How much concrete should I order?

How much concrete should I order?

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!


How to Root Coleus

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!

Radishes: How to Make Haters Love Them

watermarkradish french breakfast 8 x 12Heading out to the garden to pick some radishes, and actually eat them! Finally tried them sliced thin and sautéed in fresh garlic, rosemary, parsley, butter, olive oil, and then seasoned w/kosher salt. They were actually good! And I thought I hated radishes! Even steamed the greens and ate them too.

4 Garlic Cloves Finely Chopped

1 Stem Fresh Rosemary (leave the leaves on the stem)

4 Stems Fresh Parsley Chopped

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Butter

1.  First heat the olive oil in a 12 inch skillet

2.  Saute the herbs on low to medium heat so you don’t burn the garlic

3.  Once garlic is sautéed after about 3 minutes, add the butter and melt.

4.  Then add the thinly sliced radishes and sauté until tender, then add about 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and toss.

5.  Add about 2 Tablespoons water to the skillet, and then steam 4-6 cups of baby radish greens, baby kale, and baby spinach for about 1 minute or until barely wilted.

This makes a beautiful green edible background for Tuna steaks, or whatever steak you are in the mood for.  I had mine last night with pan seared Tuna steaks and a side of Flax and Quinoa pilaf.  Yum, and my kids thought I was a rock star chef and devoured it!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

This is a simple object photographed from above. Can you guess what it is? © 2012 Marie Stephens Design



Some day, they will return.
Some day, they will bloom.
Some day, I will cut them again.
To bring beauty into view.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Just thought I’d add one more shot of all this snow before the rain and flooding carry it away!


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