Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Garden Lovers

Two weeks until Christmas!  To some of you it might seem a little bit strange to be thinking about the garden at Christmas time, but there is never a bad time for gardening gifts. Here, it's summer and prime time for enjoying the garden, but even in the dark of winter I'm always dreaming and scheming of the growing seasons ahead. We're lucky enough to be able to garden year round, but indoor gardening opens all seasons no matter what your weather.  If (like me) you and the elves still have some shopping to do, here's the 2017 edition of our holiday ideas with tips for the gardeners and garden lovers on your nice list.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Easy DIY Plant Marker Ideas for the Garden and for Gifting Plants

I've gone a bit craft crazy with garden markers recently.  It all started when the only wooden sticks that I could find in a marker-suitable size at my local shops were rainbow coloured.  It's not a bad thing to be colourful, but they were beckoning to be played with and I couldn't resist. In our harsh sun, plastic markers don't hold up very well.  They quickly become brittle faded plastic trash. Boo. Wooden markers aren't impervious to our toasting rays or soaking rains, but with a little prep they last longer and are prettier too. Perfect.  

Monday, December 4, 2017

DIY Flower Press Surface Finishing with Creme Wax and Chalkboard Adhesive

Have I mentioned before that I love my homemade flower press? Only about a million times?  It would be a great handmade Christmas present for a gardener or nature lover, or a DIY project for yourself during the break.  When mine was made, I decided to use it for a while before deciding on a finish, and I'm very glad that I did as the finish I chose was not what I would have used at the time.  Here's how I chose to (finally...) finish my press and why, in case you'd like to pretty up your own press or create a finished press for gifting.