I can’t fully say spring has sprung here at HGTV Headquarters, but we had some pretty incredible spring-like weather over the weekend. And with Plant a Flower Day coming up on Wednesday, the timing couldn’t be better. Yahoo web trend expert Lauren Whitehouse said users are already searching for spring flowers, and some of the top-searched picks are everything from sunflowers and carnations to lilies and irises. Clearly you can see where my inspiration for today’s board came from.
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The weather may be less than ideal for outdoor gardening in much of the country right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any fun to be had until spring. If your green thumb is getting itchy, why not channel that energy into some totally cool crafts made with old gardening tools and accessories? Here are some inspired ideas I spotted (with some help from MacGyver veteran, Briana)…
Dented or leaky watering cans can become the perfect vessels for the plants they used to water! Take a look at Nancy Ondra’s other ideas for stunning, low-budget container gardens here.
I take a lot of pride in my home. If it was up to me, everything would be cute, right down to the light switch and outlet covers. But sometimes, it’s hard to find an attractive solution for your most basic and utilitarian essentials. Luckily, Garden Glory has risen to the occasion for at least one of those ugly little problems. They offer gold, white, neon pink and black hoses, but I believe the matching antler holder is my favorite part. Even better? Animal decor is right on trend for fall!
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Is anyone else a fan of decorating with books? I tend to squeeze a book or two wherever I can find the space. Unfortunately, I’ve always had to rely on interior book decor. But now, the style of beautiful, old books can be extended to the garden. These unique and stylish brick books are a super cool way to show off your love of books without damaging a classic. And there are so many to choose from, you’re bound to find an old favorite.
I’ve always known that it was good for your health to keep plants in the house. It perks up your attitude and improves air quality. However, I was not aware that some plants do a better job of purifying the air and improving the overall smell in the home. Some of these plants also happen to be delicious herbs that would be great for adding to meals or making a cup of tea. That’s smart planting!
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For city dwellers surrounded by cement or plant enthusiasts who just can’t get enough, these indoor vertical gardens are the perfect way to add a natural touch to your office or abode. Not only do they look amazing, they also improve your indoor air quality. And if an entire wall of plants is too much for you, consider a vertical herb garden for the kitchen.
Last weekend, I decided I wanted to liven up my home with a few (or maybe 11) houseplants. However, when I got home to distribute my new plants, I quickly realized I had gone overboard. I just didn’t have the space for all my leafy spoils. But with this adorable mini indoor greenhouse, several similar plants can be grouped together, and they look right at home. It looks like it’s time for a trip to IKEA!
Gluten-free food has been a major conversation for some time now. And now that the Food and Drug Administration has set a standard for what it takes for food to be considered gluten-free, I did a little investigating. I set out to find gluten-free recipes that would actually taste good, too. It’s no fun giving up delicious foods you love, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that people on a gluten-free diet can still enjoy most of their favorite foods, including gluten-free cookies, zucchini bread, pizza, oatmeal and even cupcakes! Yum!
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Hillside landscaping is one of the hardest jobs around. Many of you have probably just given up on the idea of ever having a beautiful and useful landscape, but take heart! We’re going to work through this together, and hopefully, hillside landscaping woes will be a thing of the past.
Always consider your particular landscape. Is it safe to mow? Are there any existing elements, such as boulders or trees, you will need to work around? Do you experience flooding? Will you need to hire a professional? By taking your time in the planning process, you’re more likely to be happy with the result.
Be sure to add a pathway or stairs. If you have room to add a courtyard or patio at the bottom of your hill, a walkway will be most beneficial for guests. Plus, a usable path will be a valuable investment as it will allow you to better care for and maintain your plants.
And speaking of plants, it’s a good idea to choose perennials. Hillside landscaping is a tough business, and you don’t want to have to re-landscape too often. Also, be careful to pick plants that will work with your soil and the amount of sun your hill receives.
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Aside from the fact that hummingbirds are a joy to watch, these fascinating birds can pollinate flowers that large and small-beaked birds can’t. Plus, they eat many pests that can ruin your garden. So, how exactly do you attract these tiny birds? Our friends at HGTVGardens.com share a couple of tips on how to get them to your yard in little time.
Fill your garden with plants hummingbirds love, like the yarrow. This plant blooms early in the season and can last through mid fall in average to poor soil.
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If you’d like to take a different approach, try making a feeder using only white cane sugar, water and food coloring.
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