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Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters to add some whimsy to your yard and garden

You all know I love to Up-cycle stuff, right? My Hand Knit Rag Rug was a huge hit, and a lot of fun! And who could forget our Juice Jug Greenhouses?  Anyway, my very kind and understanding husband also realizes my need to keep stuff, and was very pleased to offer me his old work boots…so I could plant flowers in them. And I did. 

Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden made from Upcycling Old Workboots

And that got me thinking, what other really unique ideas I could find and share with you for planting flowers…well, check these out:

Unique and Whimsical Flower Planter Ideas

10 Unique Flower Planter Ideas to Liven Up Your Space

 

This Bird Cage Planter – by Crafts by Amanda is really just too pretty.  It would look lovely on any corner of a deck, the center of any harvest table, and would be especially lovely as a hanging planter.

Rain Boot Planter – by A Cultivated Nest is simply adorable, and would make a lovely addition to any front porch!  Great idea for a Grandma and Grandpa gift, if made with little boots.  Talk about cute.

I found some awesome haning planters!  These Bird Feeder Planters – by Petticoat Junktion,  brilliant Fishbowl Planters – by A Beautiful Mess and really clever Rain Gutter Planters – by Restoration Redoux are all really smart up-cycles!  

Garden Glove gives a great tutorial on these eye catching Vertical Cinder Block Planters, and don’t miss out on this how to for a Stenciled Planter Box from Reclaimed Wood – by Saved by Love Creations

I love this nifty Mailbox Planter – by Garden Chick, and my front yard absolutely needs a Chair Planter – by Between Naps on the Porch.

Up Cycled Work Boot Flower Planters

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters

These are too easy, really.  The hardest part may be finding a pair of boots you’re willing to part with.  

Materials

  • old boots
  • newspaper
  • seeds
  • soil
  • water

Directions

  1. Fill the toes of boots with some crumpled newspaper
  2. Fill the rest of the boot with potting soil.
  3. Add seeds and plant according to package directions
  4. Water lightly

I told you it was too easy.  Which ones will you try?

 

 

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Best Gardening Ideas

Top 5 Gardening Ideas

This is it folks.  Get ready for full on Gardening Season.  The snow it is a melting, and seeds, they need to get sprouting.  To help get you ( and myself too!) off on the right foot, here are the Best Gardening Ideas.

Best Gardening Ideas from Seed Starting and a Composter, to Butterfly Gardens and Vegetables

Best Gardening Ideas

From ideas for Seed Starting to Building a Really Easy Composter Nemcsok Farms has got you covered.  We’ve tackled Butterfly Gardens , Fairy Tale Gardens and Vegetable Gardens!  

I put all of our favourite ideas, chosen by you, in one handy dandy little spot – click through to get to your favourites and what interests you most.

Our Most Popular Gardening Post of All Time

It is of no surprise to me that our visitors find our list of The Easiest Veggies to Grow the most useful item in our gardening section. 

Easiest Veggies You Can Grow - EVER.

Packed full of useful tips and advice on growing some high producing and low maintenance vegetables.  The perfect list for those gardeners who are just starting out, or who are just not going to spend all their time in the garden.  If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend you start here.

A Garden With A Happy Ending

Who doesn’t love a fairy tale?  Well everybody loves our ideas on how to Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look, with these suggestions on growing and caring for lupines.  Lupines are a native wildflower to our area and we all know native wildflowers are indeed where it is at.

Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look by Planting Lupines

Top 10 Seed Starting Ideas

After day dreaming about your garden all winter, seed starting is really where it all comes to fruition.  I had collected my favourite posts on Seed Starting Ideas and that collection continues to be a favourite for all of our Readers.  

Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas

Everybody wants to Build a Butterfly Garden

Everybody loves butterflies, and why not?  They are amazing and delightful little creatures that can entertain us for entire mornings and afternoons.  They also happen to be some serious pollinators which means having them around your yard, gardens and property will keep things growing! Make you add the creature comforts when Building A Butterfly Garden

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

A No Tools Required Kind of Project

A super easy and super cheap DIY Composter is what finished up the list of our Top 5 Gardening Ideas.  This project is so easy, you won’t even need any tools.  For real. 

Super Easy Super Cheap DIY Composter Pallet Project

And just think – I haven’t even started on our Best Gardening Printables yet!  Maybe next week

 

 

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How to Build a Bee Garden

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

There is a pretty clear call to action in the world to save the bees.  And rightly so, many of the fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs we eat need pollinators to reproduce.  And well, that pretty much says it all.

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How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

While not everybody loves bees, what with the stinging and the allergies, it is still incredibly important that we keep their populations healthy and active. 

BUILD A BEE GARDEN

Plan for a continuous succession of plants flowering from spring through fall.  Consider providing nesting sites, and a fresh supply of water.

FAVOURITE FOODS FOR BEES

To keep the bees fed all season, have plants that flower at different times.  Plant some crab apple and apple trees, blueberry bushes and foxglove for early blooms.  Add chives, lavender, raspberry bushes and sunflowers for the middle of summer blooms.  Pumpkin, squash and echinacea and asters are all great options for later in the summer and early fall.  Plant flowers of a single species in big groups instead of in scatterings so bees are more likely to find them. Also, a variety of flower shapes and colours will benefit a diversity of bees.

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

BEE GARDEN CREATURE COMFORTS

Besides those great big nectar and pollen filled flowers, bees need a place to nest and lay eggs, and they also need water.  

For nesting, provide dry stems, wood blocks drilled with variously sized holes for twig-nesting bees or a small sunny patch of bare mulch free ground for ground-nesting bees.  You can also purchase a Triangle Bee House, a Giant Solitary Bee Nester, or an Interactive Solitary Beehive 

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

Provide fresh water to drink by lining a shallow bowl or plate with rocks before adding water, leaving some rock surface as landing strips, and top up the water often.

 

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

LOVE THIS GARDEN?

You’ll love our How to Build a Butterfly Garden post as well.  We’ve collected a rainbow’s worth of flowers from Purple Flowers, Blue Flowers and Flowers that have amazing Foliage to the Warmer Blooms of Yellow, Orange and Red.  See how to give yourGarden A Fairy Tale Look, and be sure to check out our fun and informative round up of 30 Ways to Fall in Love with Flowers

 

 

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How To Build A Butterfly Garden

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough – Rabindranath Tagore

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

Everybody loves butterflies, and why not?  They are amazing and delightful little creatures that can entertain us for entire mornings and afternoons.  They also happen to be some serious pollinators which means having them around your yard, gardens and property will keep things growing!

You want to attract the butterflies to your garden and convince them to stay.   Like any home, when building your butterfly garden you need to consider food, water and shelter.  

Favourite Foods for Butterflies

Some great flower choices for pollinators are Columbine – a hardy perennial that blooms in spring and summer, Delphinium – a hardy and tall perennial that also blooms in spring and summer, and Echinacea altogether not my favourite flower.  They can take over, like dandelions and aren’t much to look at before they bloom.  Hollyhocks are very tall also, they can grow up to nine feet, and are hardy perennials and quite elegant, and Lupins are very hardy, and quite unique and their foliage is quiet lovely.

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies
From the top, lupins, cornflower, delphiniums, echinacea, columbine and hollyhocks

Butterfly Garden Creature Comforts

Besides those great big juicy flowers, butterflies love to sun themselves, and they also need water.

Add large flat rocks to the garden you’re building for them, and include a few small dishes of water, or a birdbath. Keep the Butterfly Garden chemical free, it’s better for everyone.

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

Love this garden?

We’ve collected a rainbow’s worth of flowers from Purple Flowers, Blue Flowers and Flowers that have amazing Foliage to the Warmer Blooms of Yellow, Orange and Red.  See how to give your Garden A Fairy Tale Look, and be sure to check out our fun and informative round up of 30 Ways to Fall in Love with Flowers

 

For More Lovely Gardening Ideas 

DIY Garden Markers Inspired by Lois Ehlert | Playground Parkbench

Invitation to Cut Fresh Flowers –  Crafty Kids at Home

Free Printable Garden Markers | Sunny Day Family

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Egg Carton Daffodils

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

Project: Recycle & Create.  Take a predetermined recyclable item, and create something fabulous with it.  The recyclable: egg cartons.  The something fabulous:   Feel free to ooh and aah all you wish.

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

These are even more fun than the Gift Paper Frogs – although not nearly as cute.  And these are just as sweet as the Scrap Fabric Fairy House – but way way easier to make.  Our bouquet here was made by a collective group from age 3 to 39.  It’s hard work keeping the 39 year old in check, let me tell ya.

Egg Carton Daffodils

Materials

  • egg cartons
  • yellow paint – we used tempra
  • paint brushes
  • scissors
  • green pipe cleaners
  • the usual smock and table protection

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

Directions

Just like our Egg Carton Owls and Our Egg Carton Ladybugs – oooh and the Egg Carton Super Bees – I’ve got a thing, don’t I – start by using those scissors, and cutting the egg carton into individual cups.  You will need two cups per daffodil.

  1. Take one cup, and cut it into four panels, and these will be the outer petals
  2. Paint both cups completely yellow.  You’ll get messy, and you’ll love it!
  3. Take your pipe cleaner, and make a small loop in one end.
  4. Poke a whole through the center of each cup, place the cup that you cut into four petals under the other cup and thread the pipe cleaner through the egg cups, so that the small loops is secured inside the cups.
  5. Repeat over and over until you run out of cups, bundle them, and place them in a vase.  

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

 

SEE THE OTHER EGG CARTON PROJECTS FROM THE CHALLENGE

egg cartons
Egg Carton Mache Molds by Teach me Mommy
Intrinsic Hand Strengthening Activity by Sugar Aunts
Flowers by The Gingerbread House
Space Station by Peakle Pie

 

 

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GREEN, CRAFTY & CREATIVE

 
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30 Ways to Fall In Love With Flowers

30 Plus Ways to Fall in Love With Flowers for your Garden, Your Craftroom, Classroom, and Your Lunchbox

It’s Friday and We’re in Love with Flowers!  But then again, who isn’t?

30 Plus Ways to Fall in Love With Flowers for your Garden, Your Craftroom, Classroom, and Your Lunchbox

While we’re all pining away for the long warm days of summer ( it’s coming, I know it is.  I just know it!) we can enjoy the transition of the seasons, and start to get ready for all that spring has to offer.  One of the best ways to transition from winter to spring is to fall in love with flowers, and I’ve got here for you, 30+ ways to fall in love with Flower Gardens, Crafts and Snacks.

30+ Flower Gardens, Crafts and Snacks

In the Garden

It's Friday and We're in Love with Flowers in the Garden

Your Garden in Blue – Nemcsok Farms

Blanket Flower is a native flower for the sun garden – Garden Frog Boutique

Planting Spring Flowers – Rhythms of Play

Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds, and Propagating them – Drought Smart Plants

Flowers the Colour Purple – Nemcsok Farms

Rockin’ The Red Flowers in Your Garden – Blooming Secrets

Wildflower Garden – Drought Smart Plants

Building Perennial Flower Beds – Day to Day Adventures

Flowers for Foliage – Nemcsok Farms

Planting Sunflowers – Rhythms of Play

Flower Garden Tips – Drought Smart Plants

 

Craft Inspiration

We're in Love with Crafts Inspired by Flowers

Connecticut Mountain Laurel – Playground Parkbench

Petal Suncatcher – Craftulate

Giant Flower Collage – Crafty Kids at Home

Flower Suncatchers – Rhythms of Play

Lupine Suncatcher – Playground Parkbench

Flower Stamps – Craftulate

Paper Flower Garden – Cutting Tiny Bites

Fabric Flowers – Little Worlds

Golden Poppy – Rhythms of Play

Forsythia Spring Craft – Playground Parkbench

Paper Doily Flowers – Cutting Tiny Bites

Sunflower Craft – Craftulate

 

Activities and Snacks

Flower themed Activities and Snacks

Colour Changing Flowers – Little Bins for Little Hands

Strawberry Roses – Eats Amazing

Lessons on Sunflowers – Share it Science News

Flower Arranging – Rhythms of Play

Flowers for Lunch – Eats Amazing

Daisy Soup – Crafty Kids at Home

Water & Flowers Sensory Play – Little Bins for Little Hands

Flower Unit – Every Star is Different

Veggie Bouquet – Eats Amazing

Themed Gardens for Kids – Share it Science News

 

 

30 Plus Ways to Fall in Love With Flowers for your Garden, Your Craftroom, Classroom, and Your Lunchbox

Be sure to check back, to see what we’ve fallen in love with next… We’re fickle that way.

An InLinkz Link-up

 

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Fantastic Foliage For Your Summer Garden

Choose these plants for foliage and more green space in your garden
 

& The Summer Garden Blog Hop

In honour of the Summer Garden (yes, Summer will come soon) and in continuation of our colour series, I’ve put together a list of five plants to plant in your summer garden, that will give you wonderful summer blooms, and wonderful foliage throughout.  We’ve talked about Blue Flowers, Purple Flowers, and yes, you guessed it, this week the colour is green.
 
Best Plants to use for Foliage in your gardens
I have also enlisted the help of some of my friends who also put together their own posts about Summer Gardens.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get the links to their posts.

 

Five Plants for Fantastic Foliage

 
Euphorbia, also known as Spurge, is a hardy perennial, of medium height, that blooms spring to mid summer with yellow and green varieties of flowers.  They prefer full sun and moist, rich, well drained soil.  They are drought tolerant, and belong to the same group of plants as poinsettias.

Take care and where gloves when handling these plants, as the milky sap is known to be an irritant to some people’s skin.

 
Hens and Chicks, or Roof Houseleek, – it really is a toss up between which is the better name!  This hardy to semi hardi perennial, is a short plant that blooms in the summer with red, yellow, white and purple varieties of flowers.  They prefer full sun and poor to average, well drained soil.  
These can grow on nearly any surface, even rock – and even on tile roofs.
  
Hostas are without a doubt, by far, my favourite plant ever.  I see the leaves and feel as though I am in the tropics.  The flowers themselves leave a lot to be desired – but the leaves!  Oh! 

This hardy to semi hardi perennial, has low, medium and tall varieties. Also known as the Plaintain Lily, it blooms in the summer and fall, with white and purple varieties of flowers.  They prefer light and partial shade, and fertile, moist and well drained soil.  

  
Peonies are without a doubt, by far, my second favourite plant ever.  The foliage is just as gorgeous and rich as the flowers!  One peony in an island of grass can be just as exciting as an entire garden of them. 

This hardy perennial, is a tall plant, that blooms in the spring and early summer, with a multitude of colour varieties of flowers.  They prefer full sun, and fertile, rich, moist and well drained soil.  The ants also love the peony, so maybe don’t put them in the flower box right by a door or window.

 
Sedum, also known as Stonecrop, is another hardy perennial.  You can find this plant in low and medium height varities, and  blooms in the summer and fall with red, yellow, white and pink varieties of flowers.  They prefer full sun and average, well drained soil, neutral soil.

The lower growing varieties make excellent ground covers and rock garden plants..

 
Choose these plants for foliage and more green space in your garden

 

& The Summer Garden Blog Hop

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Looking for More Great Summer Garden Ideas? Check these out:

Drought Smart Plants- Early Morning in the Summer Garden /

Sensible Gardening and Living- Touring The Garden in Mid Summer /

The Gardening Cook – Budget Front Yard Make Over /

Blooming Secrets- 4 Steps To Beautiful Window Boxes /

Our Good Life – The Summer Secret to Enjoying Your Garden-Parties! /

New House New Home- Creating Your Own Garden Style /

An Eye For Detail- (It’s Almost) My Summer Garden

 

 
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Prettiest Purple Flowers for Your Garden

Purple Flowers for your Garden

Spring is  on it’s way, I’m sure it is.  While we are all waiting patiently for it to get here, why not get a little more garden planning done and consider the flowerbeds, window boxes, walkways, and all types of planters that we will fill? Purple flowers are a great addition to them all for year round beauty. 

I want to bring you the best of every colour, and in February that colour is purple.  So here are my favourites, and they are the prettiest purple perennial flowers, enjoy! 

 

 Prettiest Purple Flowers for your Garden

Spring Bloomers

 

Spring Bloom Purple Flowers for your Garden

Bergenias are hardy and evergreen!

The foliage is perhaps even prettier than the flowers, but none the less these would be a wonderful addition to any flowerbed.  They do best in full sun or partial shade, and are drought tolerant once established.

These beauties also bloom in white, pink and red varieties.

 

Bell Flowers look delicate but are a hardy flower.

The foliage for these aren’t much to look at, but they bloom in the spring and summer, so they get pretty, pretty quick. These also do best in full sun to partial shade, and to help keep them thriving use a mulch.

Reminiscent of fairy hats, you can get white, pink and blue varieties also.

 

Delphiniums are hardy and tall!  Plant them at the back of your flowerbeds.

Again not the prettiest foliage, but they sure do have some fabulous blooms!  They do best in full sun, but need some shelter from strong winds. They bloom in the spring and summer.

These too come in white, pink and blue varieties.

Phlox blooming is a sure sign of spring!

These are hardy as well, and enjoy the partial shade. They are a low creeper plant, and would lovely on the front border of any planter box.

You can get these happy flowers in white, pink and blue blooms as well.

Peonies poking out of the soil always gets me very excited!

They have beautiful foliage and gorgeous flowers.  These may very well be my favourite, and I am sure I am not alone.  One peony can actually do quite well as a stand alone flower right smack in the middle of the yard.  Ants love them also, and despite what you may have heard – they do not need ants to bloom!

You can get these wonderful flowers in white, pink, red and yellow as well!

Summer Bloomers

Summer Bloom Purple Flowers for your Garden

Echinacea is a flower that I have a love / hate relationship with.  I mean, if you could ever really hate a flower….

They are hardy, and tall, and in my experience, are very tolerable.  They do however spread very very easily, and spread nearly as easily as dandelions. Beware of where you plant them, and before they bloom, they are not the nicest to look at.

These too come in white and pink varieties, but are most known for their full on purple show.

 

Foxglove are a semi hardy flower, that grow quite tall.

The foliage isn’t spectacular, but isn’t offensive either.  The prettiness of the blooms more than make up for lack of foliage.  They do well in a bit of shade, and will self seed.

These sweet flowers are available in white, pink, red and yellow varieties.

Hollyhocks are the tallest flowers I have ever seen!  They can grow up to 9′ high!  That’s nearly one story.

These are also hardy, and prefer full sun. Beware, their leaves whilst still growing, are quite ugly.  I accidently pulled one from my flower garden, thinking it was a stinging nettle.  I have come a long way…

I think these bloom in pretty much any colour.

Lupins are wonderfully hardy, and very unique looking flowers.

They can grow quite tall, they self seed very readily and easily, and the foliage is beautiful.

Lupins come in pretty much every variety of colour imaginable – even hot pink!

Fall Bloomers

 

Hostas bloom in fall, but their foliage is gorgeous all season long, from spring to fall. 

They tiny purple flower is sort of a let down, and fails in comparison to the lovely foliage – which is rich and almost tropical looking.

They prefer a little bit of shade, and are a beautiful addition to pretty much any flower garden.

Prettiest Purple Flowers for Your Garden

Purple Flowers for your Garden

Head to the farm and rural properties nearest you, or to your neighbour to see if they are interested in propagating their garden delights for you.  That way you will be sure to get untreated plants that are ‘proven’ to survive in your area.  Local nurseries are also a great place to stock up on plants and flowers.  Perennials are often more expensive than annuals, but are well worth the price when you consider your garden has the potential to last for a very very long time if the flowers in it all self propagate.

Nemcsok Farms sells lupin seeds harvested from the growth on our property, contact me if you’re interested.

I know you will also really enjoy our best blue flowers for your garden!

Blue Flowers for Your Garden

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Beautiful Blue Flowers for Your Yard and Garden

Blue Flowers for Your Garden
I have already shared with you the Prettiest Purple Flowers – and I promised you a post in March with the Best Blue Flowers….

Blue Flowers for Your Garden

 
Beautiful Blue Flowers for your yard and garden.  These are all perennials, and I have grouped them into their bloom season, spring or summer. 

Spring Blue Flowers

Beautiful Blue Columbine

 
The hardy columbine prefers the sun, and are a surprisingly pretty plant.  They bloom in spring and summer, but before they do, they really don’t look like they are going to do anything too exciting.  You can get these in white, pink, red, yellow and purple varieties as well
 

Beautiful Blue Pincushion

 
Another hardy plant, the pincushion can grow very tall, and prefers the sun. These also make very nice cut flowers, and come in a pink, purple or white variety. 
 

Beautiful Blue Primrose

 
This hardy plant blooms in spring and summer, and prefers the sun.  There are many varieties of these plants, with flowers on tall stems, or low laying solitary flowers, and many colours too – like red, orange, pink, purple, white and yellow.
 

Beautiful Blue Anemone

 
These hardy plants can bloom in springer, summer and fall. They prefer a partially shady spot in your garden, and come in white, pink and yellow varieties also.
 

Beautiful Blue Pasque Flower

 
This is a semi-hardy plant, and an early bloomer.  They are usually a shorter plant, and prefer the sun.  They have some really neat leaves and seed heads, which makes them fun to look at, even after the flowers are spent.  These can also be found in a puple, pink or white variety.
 

Beautiful Blue Lungwort

 
A flower that is so pretty shouldn’t have such an ugly name!  Regardless, this hardy plant likes a little to a lot of shade, and has a beautiful foliage as well.  This too can be found in a variety of colours besides blue , such as white, pink and red. 

Summer Blue Flowers

Beautiful Blue Aster

 
The aster enjoys the sun!  It has a very unique stem, and is a hardy plant and can bloom in summer and fall.  You can also find asters in red, white, purple and pink varieties.
 

Beautiful Blue Geranium

 
The hardy geranium is a summer bloomer, that would do best is a bit of shade. They vary from short to tall, and are long flowering.  They can be found in white, red, pink and purple varieties as well.
Blue Flowers for Your Garden

Next up: Fantastic Foliage

 Fantastic Foliage and summer garden blog hop

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Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look

Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look by Planting Lupines
 

“and when she saw lupine flowers blooming outside her window, she knew just what she would do to make the world a more beautiful place”  Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius

How To Plant and Care For Lupines - Give Your Yard and Garden a Fairy Tale Look

 

Fairy Tale Garden

Lupines are a hardy perennial that very easily self seed.  The tall brightly coloured spires really do create a fairy tale like atmosphere in your yard and garden.  They are easy to care for, and the foliage is also quite pretty. 
Lupines are in the same family as beans and peas.  (But maybe don’t eat them…) After the flowers are spent, you are left with paper like pods that literally pop open when they are ready. It’s pretty entertaining for the Little Helpers. 

How To Plant Lupines

Plant from seed.  Lupines don’t always do so well once you disturb their roots.  You can buy lupine seeds here ( we harvest them from the lupines that are growing on our property.)

The best time to plant your lupine seeds is in late summer / fall. Place the seeds about 12″ apart, in soil that is loosened to about 12″.  The winter frost will break up the seed coat, and the seedling should have no trouble emerging the following spring.  Don’t bury the seeds – just let them be on the ground’s surface. 

You can plant them in the spring, after danger of frost has passed.  Just be sure to soak the seeds over night to soften the seed coat.

Where To Plant Lupines

Pick a spot that has a bit of shade, although in full sun is okay too.  Lupines prefer a sandy, well drained furtile spot in your garden or yard.

They can have a big impact when grown together in masses for back borders, and along cottage and country roadways, giving that picturesque fairly tale look.

Lupines in a flower bed, their foliage is unique and stunning

A few lupines look really nice in a flower bed. Their foliage is quite unique and stunning. Don’t overdo it though – they self seed really easily, and will take over your flower bed if you’re not careful!
 

 

 

 

How To Care For Lupines

I honestly have left all of the watering and the sunning to Mother Nature. 

You can deadhead (remove spent flowers) lupines to prolong the flowering season, however you may want to keep a portion of the spikes in place, to facilitate self seeding.

How to Care for Lupines - these pods will dry to a paper like shell, and pop when ready!

These fuzzy pods will dry to a paper like shell, and pop when ready, spilling the seeds inside, allowing for really easy re-seeding of the plant

 

Make the World More Beautiful Series

Click here for a delightful series we have put together, in honour of the Children’s Classic, Miss Rumphius.  You will just love what my friends are doing for you!