• How To: Hanging Tray Planter

    July 11, 2014

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    How To: Hanging Tray Planter

    We love when one good basic can serve multiple uses. Our collection of terrain-exclusive Habit & Form trays go far beyond practical resting places for potted plants, transforming into serving trays, boot holders, and even a tiered dessert display. Recently, stylist Alli M. got creative and turned a circular, copper tray into the living chandelier shown above! Read on for easy instructions on how to bring the look home. 

    What You’ll Need:
    Circle tray
    Black rebar wire (7 feet)
    Trailing flowers (Alli chose Superbells)
    Fern (Alli used an Austral Gem fern)
    Clump moss
    Taper candles 

    1. Cut 7' of rebar wire. Beginning with one end, wrap the wire around the circumference of the tray, just beneath the lip. Create a loop with the free end and secure it firmly. Leave extra length, as this will be used to create the handle. 

    2. Bend the remaining wire upwards and twist to create a loop at the top of the handle for hanging. Bend the rest of the wire back down and affix it to the wire surrounding the lip of the tray by securely wrapping the loose end around the wire on the tray.

    3. Fill a shallow pot with soil and place the trailing flowers and fern inside. 

    4. Position the potted plants on the tray and fill in with clump moss as needed to conceal the pot. 

    5. Nestle taper candles into the soil for a final flourish. (Be sure to monitor them once lit.)

    6. Hang and enjoy! 

  • Summer can be tough on the skin-- buzzing bugs, bright sun, and saltwater swims all take a toll on your complexion. This year, we're keeping our faces fresh with natural remedies that incorporate some of our favorite botanicals. While there are countless plants that can keep skin glowing all summer long, we've chosen five favorites to conquer the season's skin challenges.

    Lavender: Lavender essential oil is our pick for taking along on summer hikes or trips to the orchard, since its natural antiseptic and analgesic properties make it ideal for relieving bug bites, stings, and scratches. Rubbing lavender oil on dry or chapped skin is also a way to add a quick burst of moisture.

    Aloe: Thanks to its soothing effects on summer sunburns, aloe is a standby when it comes to botanical skincare. Packed with an antioxidant-rich blend including beta carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, its healing gel also fights aging, reduces inflammation, and discourages blemishes. A touch of aloe before applying makeup also provides natural moisture without a greasy feel-- perfect for looking fresh faced all summer long.

    Clary Sage: This hardworking herb is our pick for treating oily skin in hot and humid climates; clary sage oil has antiseptic and astringent properties that balance skin and cleanse pores. It also promotes skin cell regeneration, helping to prevent fine lines after time spent in the sun. 

    Rose: Once the roses in your garden bloom, make your own rosewater for a simple and sweet-smelling skin remedy that's especially great for dry skin. The natural sugars in rose petals have a soothing effect on tired skin, while natural oils conserve moisture to help skin look smoother and fresher. Some experts also suggest that rosewater helps heal damage to elastins in the skin after sun exposure, preventing fine lies from forming. 

    Witch Hazel: Our pick for beating the heat, a spritz of witch hazel can refresh oily skin or soothe a sunburn, while also tightening pores for a smoother appearance. Witch hazel helps to remove impurities, making it especially great as a cleanser after a summer day outside. When used after washing your face, it also serves as a natural moisturizer, minimizing water loss in the outer layer of the skin.

    Photo Credits: Lavender by terrain; Aloe Vera by Tim Haynes; Clary Sage by James Austin; Roses by Amarpreet K; Witch Hazel by Wendy Cutler

  • What could we love more than a succulent? A whole garden of succulents, of course! Lucky for us, it's easy to grow a collection of these hardy, colorful plants at home via propagation. There are several, simple ways to propagate succulents; we're especially excited to try out these techniques with our new collection of aeoniums. We can't wait to see them sprouting in containers around the house and garden all year long.

    Propagating by Division: This technique, in which new succulents sprout from cuttings, works best with plants that have grown too leggy. To begin, carefully remove any leaves on the stem below the rosette-- wiggle them gently from side to side and make sure to keep the base of the leaf intact. Once all the leaves have been removed, use shears to snip the rosette, leaving a short stem attached. Allow the cuttings to dry for a few days in an empty tray until the raw ends have calloused. Next, the cuttings can be rooted in soil or water. 

    Soil: Once the stems have calloused, fill a shallow tray with well-draining cactus/succulent soil and place the cuttings on top. Within a few weeks, roots and tiny plants will begin to grow from the base of the cuttings. Water minimally until the roots appear, then approximately once a week; be careful to avoid overwatering. Eventually, the "parent" leaf will wither-- remove it carefully, being sure to not damage the new roots. Allow your propagated succulents to take root, then they can be replanted as desired. Avoid placing them in direct sun until the plants are established.

    Water: Once the stem has calloused, rest a cutting on the rim of a glass or jar of water, with the end of the stem just above the surface of the water. Choose a sunny spot for your glass. Over time, the cutting will sprout roots that reach toward the water. Once roots have developed, your new succulent can continue to live in the water (as shown above) or be replanted in succulent potting soil.

    Propagating with Offsets: Many species of succulents-- including aloe, hens and chicks, and some cacti-- will produce offsets, or small plants that grow at the base of the main specimen. Once an offset has grown for 2-3 weeks, check for root development and remove it from the main stem with a sharp knife or snips, or by twisting gently. Be careful to avoid damaging any roots that have already emerged. Follow the steps above for propagating in soil or water, allowing the offsets to dry, form a callous over any open areas, and develop roots before repotting. As a bonus, removing offsets also improves the health of your existing succulents, returning energy to the growth of the main plant.  

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 28

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Last call, gifted gardeners! Entries for Gardenista's Considered Design Awards close tonight. (via Gardenista)

    Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, please! (via Handmade Charlotte)

    We've never seen a prettier pineapple-- seems like just the centerpiece for a summer brunch. (via The Kitchn)

    Fantastic, floral faces from Justina Blakeney. (via Justina Blakeney)

    Cultivating a vertical garden of mixed vines. (via WSJ)

    A fresh and easy three-ingredient pasta dish for summer. (via Cup of Jo)

    We're planning some weekend getaways thanks to these fabulous city guides. (via Design*Sponge)

    Our summer bucket list is growing on Instagram! Tag your must-do's with #terrainsummerbucketlist and we'll regram our favorites throughout July!

  • Summer Cooler: Herb Infused Water

    As we head outside during summer's hottest days, we're keeping our favorite water bottles close at hand to stay hydrated. Lately, we've been dressing up our ice cold water with fresh-picked herbs from the garden. Add a few sprigs of your favorite herb-- we especially like spearmint or lavender-- with a squeeze of citrus for a drink that's refreshingly delicious. To add extra flavor, prep your water bottle the night before and stow it in the fridge so the herbs have a chance to infuse, or toss in a few berry ice cubes.

  • Summer Cooler: Berry Ice Cubes

    As the weather heats up, we're keeping cool with a nod to summer's sweetest harvest by infusing our ice cubes with fresh-picked berries. In an ice cube tray, add whole raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries to your water, then pop in the freezer as usual. We're loving the touch of color these bring to spritzers, cocktails, lemonade, or sun tea, as well as the hint of infused flavor they add as the ice melts. 

  • Could your garden be an award-winner? Now's the time to find out, with Gardenista's Considered Design Awards open for entries. We look to Gardenista throughout the year for outdoor inspiration, and their annual awards are one of our favorite places to see what gardeners around the world are doing to beautify their backyards, balconies, and patios. There are so many amazing, creative gardeners in the terrain community-- we'd love to see one of you in the winner's circle this year!

    Until July 7, amateur and professional gardeners alike can submit their best work in seven categories: Best Garden, Amateur; Best Small Garden, Amateur; Best Outdoor Living Space, Open to All; Best Edible Garden, Open to All; Best Hardscape Project, Open to All; Best Landscape, Professional; and Best Garden Shed or Outbuilding, Professional. Once Gardenista's editors pick the finalists, a public vote will decide the year's favorite gardens. Find out more about the contest here, and take a peek above for some of our favorite entrants so far. 

  • Our Summer Bucket List

    With summer in full swing, we can't help but fill our calendars with beach vacations, barbecues, and evenings on the porch. There are so many ways to spend the season that it can be tough to keep track of them all, so we've assembled a summer bucket list to make sure we don't miss any of the fun. From brand-new adventures to simple traditions, here's what we've got on our agenda until Labor Day. Throughout the month of July, we'll be posting more from our bucket list on Instagram. Share your must-do's with the hashtag #terrainsummerbucketlist and we'll regram our favorites!

    terrain's Summer Bucket List
    Take a roadtrip to explore somewhere we’ve never been
    Eat a picnic lunch with friends
    Host an outdoor, black & white movie night
    Wake up early to watch the sun rise
    Sleep in and make blueberry pancakes
    Go for a hike
    Attend an outdoor symphony
    Go berry picking and preserve the harvest for winter
    Have a campfire to roast marshmallows for s’mores
    Collect seashells along the beach
    Take a sunset bike ride
    Make ice cream from scratch
    Pick a wildflower bouquet
    Invite friends over for a backyard game day
    Spend an entire afternoon in a hammock with a good book