April Showers, Bring May Flowers…

April Showers, Bring May Flowers…

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and enjoyable weekend! Although it was a rainy Saturday, Sunday was absolutely gorgeous out, and I hope that you did something that made you feel happy and put a smile on your face!

After debating back and forth about attending the Penn State Master Gardeners, Garden Marketplace at the ice rink at Shady Side Academy, located in Fox Chapel, I decided to go by myself and check it out. Let me tell you, that I am so glad that I went! Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies. I, by no means, am a professional gardener, but I get so much enjoyment while I’m outside planting things and watching them grow! I was completely overwhelmed not only by all of the gorgeous plants, flowers, and herbs, but by the friendliness, kindness, and knowledgeable gardeners and vendors that were there. There were native plants, unique varieties, perennials, annuals, and herbs galore! I was so excited walking down each aisle, imagining how I could landscape these beauties of nature into my own secret garden one day.

When I first walked into the Marketplace, I noticed the local daffodil society’s annual show and competition. I never realized how many different types of daffodils existed. There were some really pretty varieties that I have never seen before.

After walking through the aisles two times, I went back around and made a few purchases. I loved the idea of them having a plant check, (similar to a wine check, only instead of wine, it is for your purchased plants.) This was such a great idea, because it isn’t always easy carrying around a bunch of plants of different shapes and sizes. This Marketplace, really put me in a wonderful mood!  (All that beauty and the wonderful smells!)

On Sunday, I woke up knowing that I needed to plant what I purchased on Saturday. That required adding additional dirt/soil in my flower beds so that I could begin planting. Instead of making things easy on myself and just buying an already prepared soil mix, I tried to make a more organic mix on my own. I mixed organic topsoil, mushroom compost, and organic gardening soil. I will say this process took a lot longer than anticipated, but hopefully in the end, it will be worth it, and my perennials will grow back year after year. Knowing that May is here, I wanted to hang up my hummingbird feeder. I made my homemade hummingbird food and hung up the feeder.  Now, the waiting begins in hopes that the two hummingbirds from last year return again soon! I’ve always wanted a space that I could create with flowers that would attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Today, I planted a butterfly bush, bee balm, bearded tongue penstemon, two types of salvia, english daisies, and blonde platinum lavender. Also, pineapple sage, mint julep mint, pesto basil, and rosemary to start off my herb garden. After the outdoor gardening, I spent some more time planting several seeds that I had from packets. I’ll be anxious to see what grows, since I tried planting many things that I’ve never tried before. You can never have too many plants or flowers, and I can’t wait to add more beauty to my garden throughout summer! Have a great 1st day of May everyone! 

Here is just the initial start of my garden…

Valentine’s Day DIY Plant Craft

Valentine’s Day DIY Plant Craft

Life gets in the way sometimes too often, and we miss out on doing things that we enjoy. I love being creative or trying fun new craft projects from time to time. After having enough of these cold, dreary days, I decided to purchase two plants. The first plant I chose had beautiful hot pink flowers, which was the perfect thing to brighten up a lot of the grey, chilly days that we have had here. (An added bonus was that it was on clearance for $0.98, and I thought it needed a home ♥♥♥♥ ) The second plant that I purchased was also affordable. It was only $3.48. Both plants were purchased at Home Depot.

Once I found my plants, I stopped at Michaels and picked up two different sized terra cotta pots and terra cotta dishes. I chose these to fit the size of the plants. I already had acrylic paint, washi tape, paintbrushes, and mod podge at home.

Next, I was excited to get creative, use my brain and come up with designs. I wanted to use my washi tape and chose to use the colors of pink and red in honor of the upcoming holiday. Since my flowers were hot pink, I chose a pale pink to make the flowers pop and then used the other colors that would match the washi tape. The bigger plant, which has shades of oranges, yellows, and reds outlining the leaves, would look nice with something red on the pot. What else better than a huge red heart for Valentine’s Day? The creative juices were really flowing this day, because I came up with the cute quote, “Love Me and Watch Me Grow!” This cute little saying tied in perfectly with Valentine’s Day and with taking care of plants!

The different design possibilities are endless! These also make really cute, personal gifts. Next time, I’d like to purchase a few cool cacti and an aloe plant. Once spring comes a little closer, I will be super excited to plan what herbs and flowers I’ll want to grow for spring and summer.

Creating and painting these pots was an enjoyable and great way to relax! Plus, the finished product is so pretty to look at! I can’t wait to design more pots for my plants in the near future!

Here is what you will need for a DIY Terra Cotta Pot Project

Materials:

  • Terra Cotta Pot (Depending on the size of your plant.)

  • Terra Cotta Dish

  • Purchase a plant

  • Potting Soil

  • Acrylic or Outdoor Patio Paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Mod Podge (optional)

  • Washi Tape (optional)

  • Paper Plates or Newspaper (to paint on)

  1. First, place the paper plates or newspaper down where you plan on painting so that you don’t get any unwanted paint on your surface.

  2. Next, create a design and choose your paint colors.

  3. Then, let the fun begin! Start painting and decorating your plant pot! I let the paint dry thoroughly. (The first coat took a few hours to dry.) I applied two total coats of paint to my project. I painted Mod Podge over the pot with the washi tape to seal the tape to the pot.

  4. Let the pot sit for at least 24 hours before adding the potting soil and planting your plant.

  5. Water your plant, love it, and watch it grow!

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