Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

OUR GARDENS: EARLY SPRING PLANTER

Don’t let the early spring showers and sunbeams fool you — those long-awaited frost-free days of summer are still a good few weeks away. But for those of us that can’t wait to fill our planters with something pretty in the meantime, this is the perfect project for beautifying your containers.  For early spring, the key is using plants that are cold-tolerant. Here, we used pansies, which are one of the only plants which are hardy enough to handle varied springtime conditions, along with pussywillow branches which. Pussywillows are easy to find along ditches and at the edge of the woods – get out your pruners and snip some free branches!

Let’s start planting!

You may already know that the ‘tried and true’ composition for a show-stopping planter design includes a thriller, a filler and a spiller.

  • The thriller being the attention-grabber, and visual anchor for the pot — the large pussy willow branches in this case.
  • The filler is a mid-height component that fills out the design — our shorter pussy willows twigs play this role nicely.
  • And, finally, and the spiller effectively spills down and trails over the pot’s edge — that’s where the pansies come in. And while these varieties of pansies won’t truly spill out of the planter, the pop of colour near the bottom provides an element of contrast.

With these three components working together, you have a cohesive design that is pleasing to the eye. The result is a fresh and joyful spring planter that will withstand whatever weather spring throws at us — perfect for spring! Our pansies are available for online purchase right now!

Words + photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical

 

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

INSPIRATION: ELEGANT EASTER TABLE SETTING

Spring is the time of fresh blooms and the slow return of those sweet pink, purple and yellow hues.  It makes sense then, that these are the colours often associated with Easter decor. But since we tend to err on the side of green, we thought we’d play with a little something different this year. Here’s a little dose of inspiration for a fresh and undeniably elegant table runner or centrepiece — perfect for spring.

How’d we do it? First, we used reindeer moss to create a soft, but bold, bed of greenery. From there, we layered different varieties of tillandsias, otherwise known as ‘air plants’ along with naturally green-hued farm eggs.  The beauty of decorating with tillandsias is that they only need light, air and moisture to live.  They don’t require soil, so they can be placed just about anywhere.  These soy candles from Winnipeg’s own Soy Harvest Candle provide the perfect pop of colour to complete this table setting. Notice how they highlight the pink-streaked tillandsias?

You could also experiment with small potted succulents, ferns, twigs or low vases of fresh cut flowers.

Now that you’ve set the table, just add a simple frittata, a batch of mimosas and a few friends, and you have an elegant springtime brunch.

Happy Easter!

Words + photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

HOW-TO: LOG PLANTER

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Let’s go into the woods . . .

From ferns, to mosses, to vast forests of tall spruce, it’s clear that all things woodland have been a great source of inspiration this season.  So when we got our hands on these log planters, we dove right into creating a woodland-inspired planter to bring a little bit of the woods into any urban backyard. This project is a great opportunity to work with new plants and get creative. And it’s super simple.

All you need is a log planter, some gravel (these planters do not have drainage), potting soil, and plants of your choice. Simply start by filling the planter with an inch or two of gravel or stones and then you’re ready to get your hands dirty and pot your plants.

Here, we used a small fern, a dwarf Japanese Cedar and an Eastern Hemlock for distinct woodland vibes, but you could use any combination of annuals or small indoor plants.  We finished off our planter with a layer of wood chips, but topping with Spanish moss would also create a unique effect.

 

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Happy planting!

Words + photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical

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