Succulents are succulent; they make me happy

Fine Gardening magazine recently had an article on 10 outstanding succulents to try, which prompted my thinking — midst continuous snow fall and crazy temps — of how happy succulents make me. They teach us snowbunnies much about surviving the winter. They tolerate dryness by holding onto any moisture they can muster up, as best as they can. This…

Terrariums Take 2: Terrific plants make the terrarium

Check out part 1 on making your own terrarium. Read my article at Northern Gardener (it’s the sample article this month). Consider a membership or subscription while you are there. Planting the garden. When selecting your terrarium’s plants, use the same design principles you use in your outdoor garden. Look for a contrast of textures, sizes,…

More funky garden junk: Silverware windchimes

It’s been warming to the soul to discover I have fellow garden junk lovers out there. I knew you were out there, but it’s good to connect. Let me share an old favorite DIY project. These old silverware windchimes were flying around the arts and craft fairs about 10 or so years ago and even…

Garden art on the cheap DIY: Glass marbles in your fence

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Lake Owasso Garden Club this week. It was a full classroom of avid, fun-loving gardeners and the topic at hand was Art in the Garden. As I told the group, I think art and the garden go together like peas and carrots and as I prepped my…

A succulent dish for the patio table is fun and easy to do

I did an article for the current Northern Gardener magazine on succulents and the many choices available these days. If you go to the homepage of the site, you can click on the read a sample article link and check it out. As always happily happens, when I research a topic, I get bit by…

Pining for a pine cone wreath

There is good reason Martha Stewart devoted an entire book to wreaths and wreath making. They are sublime; so festive, welcoming and beautiful. It seems that in my extended family, making a pine cone wreath is a passage to adulthood. There are several of them floating around. I am a few years behind, I guess,…