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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.

Mood Board Monday: Sunflowers Hair | Flower Heart | Print | Fashion | Bouquet | Dress | Child | Arrangement

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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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)…

garden watering can planters

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.

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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!

Antler Hose Kit

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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.

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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!

air purifying houseplantsRosemary | Basil | Geranium | Jasmine | Woodbine | Coffee Plant | Lavender | Mint

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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!

mini indoor greenhouse

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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!

gluten-free recipes

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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.

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Hillside Landscaping

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.

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Verdi Landscaping

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.

By Jamie Durie

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.

Yarrow Flowerhead

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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Hummingbird

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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When I overheard Adventures in Antiquing extraordinaire Camille gave conditioning her hair with beer a try, my first thought was probably similar to what you’re thinking right now: Whaaaat?

As it turns out, your favorite brew may have more uses than just cooling you off after a long day. And with Father’s Day right around the corner and the first official day of summer close behind, you’re bound to have a couple of extra cans of beer hanging around. Just don’t use Dad’s rare, imported stout on your hair or you might have to double up on the Father’s Day gifts this year.

1. Condition your hair. The natural sugars, B vitamins and protein found in beer can give your hair body and shine. Wash your hair as usual, then pour half a can of a warm, flat beer into your hair. Wrap your hair with a towel and wait 10 minutes. For a deep, spa-style condition, carefully heat the towel with hot water before wrapping. Rinse with a cup of apple cider vinegar (didn’t I tell you vinegar was useful?) and water.

2. Take a bath. If you’re already washing your hair with beer, why don’t you just go the extra mile and bathe in it? Add a can of beer to your next bath to create a skin-nourishing soak. Make sure to rinse off well before getting out of the tub.

3. Sleep better. Hops, a staple ingredient in most beers, is said to have properties that help you sleep. If you’ve got hops growing in your garden, try filling a sachet with the dried leaves and tossing it into the washer with your bed sheets.

4. Make a marinade. Serve up a drunk chicken at your next grill party: add a cup of your favorite beer to your usual marinade recipe for a sweet, caramelized flavor. Not sure what to put in your marinade? Try this beer marinade recipe.

5. Bake some bread. Whether you’re serving it with soup or just eating it as a snack, beer bread is delicious. Try this recipe by Good Eats star Alton Brown. Remember: the darker the beer, the more pronounced the flavor will be in the bread.

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It’s hydrangea season, and it seems like everybody around you (including Grant) has gotten the hang of growing this beautiful flowering shrub. If you’re feeling overwhelmed (I know I can’t be the only one!) — don’t panic. HGTVGardens.com has come up with a little cheat sheet to help you on your way. They’ve made it easy to pick the right type of hydrangea for your climate and how to care for it.

Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Give it a try, and let us know how you’ve successfully grown hydrangeas this season.

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It’s time for another Tuesday confession from your resident Home Survival Skills blogger: I can’t grow basil.

Many of you who have successfully grown basil (and without much effort, at that) are probably laughing at me right now. From what I hear it “grows like a weed.” If only the weeds in my yard were as “lively” as my poor basil plants, I would never have to pull another weed again.

See which HGTV editor is struggling to grow basil and get tips on starting your first garden from the Design Happens crew.

Pictured: Not my basil plant. Get tips on recovering basil right here.

There’s probably something you’re struggling to grow. There’s also a chance that your fear of wilting plants is keeping you from gardening entirely. But don’t let any of that stop you – give those “ungrowables” another shot or start your first garden with these basic tips.

Pay attention to the labels. Though there are plenty of low-maintenance plants that don’t require more than a pot and some water to thrive, the process of creating intricate flower beds and thriving vegetable gardens is a little more delicate. There are thousands of species of plants that all have different needs, so make sure to note the specific variety of your plants to ensure proper care.

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If most of your plants never survive longer than a few months, don’t worry, you’re not alone — “Hello, my name is Grant Dudley — and sadly, I kill plants.”  To offer folks like us a hand, Click and Grow has created an easy-to-use solution.

A Click and Grow starter kit contains everything we need to become instant gardeners: a smartpot and a plant cartridge. These kits will grow our plants without us having to water or fertilize. Just add batteries, fill their water tanks and everything else is taken care of by smart technology.

Click and Grow Pot

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Some people find them creepy, some find them plain tacky — some, like me, find garden gnomes absolutely charming. I think having a gnome or two nestled subtly in your yard or garden adds a touch of whimsy to your landscape. Having a little fellow with a pointy cap keeping watch over things is sweetly exciting.

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So, you get where I’m coming from, yes? I. Like. Garden. Gnomes. With that in mind — these garden gnome doors from Nothin’ But Wood on Etsy are making my Monday. You can attach them to the bottom of a tree (or whatever else suits your little dude). This is an overload of cuteness! Can’t you just see a kid stumbling across one of these doors — and, how fascinated they would be with it? Their imaginations would run wild!

Garden Gnomes

Garden Gnomes

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After recently spending a few (blissful!) days in Charleston’s historic peninsula touring private homes and gardens, I can attest that gardening is a full-contact sport in the Holy City. From manicured formal gardens to rambling flower-lined paths, Charlestonians definitely know how to rock their green thumbs.

In addition to full gardens, flower-filled windowboxes were everywhere: Window boxes in Charleston

Formal gardens boast mounds of color and charming weather-worn statuary: Charleston formal garden

Charleston’s sub-tropical climate provides ideal conditions for South Carolina’s state tree, the Palmetto Palm, and camellias whose ruffly flowers are synonymous with the South: Pink camellias and a palm tree in Charleston

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Now that spring is finally here, have you been working on your garden? With so many options, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. I used to walk around my neighborhood admiring other gardens, but my yearning days are over. If you haven’t checked out HGTVGardens.com, now’s the time. You can rest assured that you’re picking the right plants for your climate with the easy-to-use plant finder, and you can search the thousands of how-tos to help you grow your favorite flowers and vegetables.

China Aster

While you’re browsing the site, create a profile and share your favorite gardening photos and tips. Once you sign up, you can enter the Editors’ Pic of the Week for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! What are you waiting for? It’s time to show off all your hard work!

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I lack a green thumb and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I just didn’t get the know-how or special touch when it comes to gardening. But there are some projects even I can’t possibly mess up. This gorgeous, spring-y living wreath designed by Kim Foren is one of them. It looks complicated, but it’s not! All you need are a few supplies and you’re all set.

How to Make a Living Wreath From HGTV's Design BlogPhoto by Erica Ann Photography and Fine Art

Materials: 3-D wire wreath ring, potting soil, plants with 3-inch roots (succulents, pansies, annuals) and sphagnum moss

Directions: First, soak the potting soil and moss in water. Line the inside of the wreath with moss, then fill with soil. Plant your plants around the wreath. Pat down to secure. Water and lay flat for at least one week. After a week, hang your wreath or use as an eye-catching green centerpiece.

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You’ve seen beautiful photos of our HGTV.com editorial staff’s gardens, but I bet you’re wondering whatever happened to those terrariums and herb gardens I’ve been rambling about.

There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is I discovered the cat had been using my seedlings as his own personal obstacle course:

Your four-legged friends are often the culprit of soil problems in the garden.

The good news is I started fresh (okay, I cheated and bought plants at a greenhouse) and can finally share my garden with you. Enjoy!

Peek into one of our HGTV.com editor's colorful array of container gardens and terrariums.

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We’ve been wishing, hoping and practically pleading with Mother Nature and now the day is here: it’s officially spring! And what better way to celebrate than by growing your own Easter basket grass?

Toss the fake, store-bought grass and try growing real grass in your Easter basket this spring. Get instructions from HGTV.com's blog, Design Happens.

If you start now, you’ll have a good-sized patch of grass within a few days. Kind of makes you wonder why you ever bothered with the fake stuff, right?

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