Tagged: Our Gardens

  • The Dirt + The Sill | 2014 | Week no. 15

    To kick off a month-long collaboration, we asked our friends at The Sill to take over this week's edition of The Dirt. Always seeking new ways to bridge the gap between plants and people, The Sill inspires us with creative ideas for indoor, windowsill, and near patio gardening. Stay tuned later today and throughout the month of April as The Sill shares more of their abundant knowledge on indoor gardening. In the meantime, read on to see what captured their interest around the web this week. 

    This museum tops our bucket list of places to visit (via Enea).

    A Q&A with this acclaimed birthday girl (via National Geographic).

    Behind the scenes of the NYBG Orchid Show (via NYBG).

    What to be more productive at work? Get a plant (via Fast Company).

    This sweet omelet with berries has us dreaming of brunch. In bed (via Food52).

    Artist Camila Carlow is giving a whole new meaning to having a green thumb (via Eye Heart Spleen).

    Good news, your macrame planter is cool again (via Apartment Therapy).

    This local find is squashing the multi-use stigma (via Brooklyn Limegreen).

    The Sill and terrain team up for a Pinterest board of windowsill garden inspiration (via Pinterest).

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  • Spring at Styer's

    March 26, 2014

    Tags:
    At Home
    , Our Gardens

    Spring gardens are just beginning to sprout, but a recent visit to our Styer's nursery found the space in full bloom with bright colors, fresh flowers, and an abundance of new items to kick off the season. Take a peek, above, at a few of our favorite scenes from the store this week. Have you spotted any signs of spring around your home and garden?

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  • What's the first sign of spring in your part of the world? We asked four of our favorite florists from across the US to show us the start of spring in their region using an arrangement of fresh, seasonal flowers and their favorite vessel from our perfectly aged Linen Wrapped Pot collection. Read on to find out more about the beautiful bouquets above, which capture signs of spring in California, New York, Utah, and Georgia.

    Mandy O’Shea
    Moonflower
    Athens, Georgia
    Photos by Rinne Allen

    Flowers Used
    Magnolia, daffodils, anemones, ranunculus, maple, variegated boxwood, peach, spirea, forsythia, quince, lonicera, and hellebore in the Linen Wrapped Wide Rim Pot, Slate

    Spring Inspiration
    Flowering branches bring me so much joy. I always get excited to use them. The week of this arrangement was the first week branch blooms started to open. I love their tangling of flowers as branches cross one another. Each type of branch has its own style of architecture, culminating in an overall feel of looseness and flow. This also makes it one of my favorite spring floral elements.

    You know it's spring in your neighborhood when…
    This year was an unusually cold winter followed by a perfectly timed spring. I would say early spring started here in Georgia around Feb 15th. Literally two days after that, 6-8" of snow fell at the farm. Buds on trees and shrubs started to swell quickly and tips of new leaves poked up from the bottoms of our perennials. Hellebores were opening and birds suddenly appeared everywhere, singing.

    *For more of Rinne Allen's beautiful photos, visit http://www.rinneallen.com/.

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  • A Greenhouse Visit

    January 8, 2014

    Tags:
    Our Gardens
    , Grow

    Seeking respite during a recent cold snap, we visited the greenhouse to explore an abundance of fresh arrivals.

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  • New in the Nursery: Holiday Favorites

    Though the Christmas tree takes center stage this time of year, holiday plants from mistletoe and holly to poinsettias and forced bulbs are equally indispensable for festive living décor. The terrain greenhouse is stocked with blooms, ready to add a last-minute touch of color to a holiday tabletop, doorway, or windowsill. Read on to learn about four plants that are making our nursery merry this season.

    Poinsettia: Native to Mexico's tropical forests, the poinsettia is named for US Minister to Mexico Joel Roberts Poinsett, who brought the plant home from his post in 1825. Thanks to its combination of deep red blooms and green foliage, the classic poinsettia has been a popular Christmas plant since the early 20th century; this year, we're adding some fresh colors into the mix. Large blooms in a pale, peachy hue make our "Cinnamon Pink" poinsettia an unexpected pick that we love to pair with white or deep green. With eye-catching salmon petals edged in cream that stand out against its dark foliage, the smaller "Marble" variety adds another hue beyond traditional red. If kept in a frost-free environment with good morning sun and shade during the hottest parts of the day, poinsettias can continue to grow once the holiday season is over.

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  • Gardens Anywhere

    December 6, 2013

    Tags:
    Our Gardens

     

    From living ornaments and terrariums to footed centerpieces, each of these one-of-a-kind, planted presents makes for an exceptional hostess gift or tabletop adornment. Crafted by hand and topped with embellishments like ribbon, baker’s twine, pine cones, and pebbles, these ready-made gifts in glass are stocked in both of our stores for the holiday season. If you’re feeling creative, visit our greenhouse for pint-sized plants and everything else you’ll need to fashion living gifts of your own. 

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  • New in the Nursery: Oncidium 'Mauna Kea'

    Though they're some of our favorite indoor blooms year-round, we especially love the vivid, tropical hues of orchids during the winter months, when our outdoor gardens can feel gloomy. Three fresh orchid varieties just popped up in our online nursery, ready for delivery as holiday gifts or as a way to brighten your own home. There are over 20,000(!) known orchid species to choose from, but we're especially enamored with this brand-new hybrid from Hawaii, Oncidium 'Mauna Kea.'

    Our plant experts chose 'Mauna Kea' for its holiday-ready hues and relatively simple care regime, which makes it a great choice for gardeners who want to begin honing their skills with more challenging plants. This variety prefers indirect or filtered light and warmer temperatures. The right watering technique is especially important for humidity-loving orchids; allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings and give the foliage a gentle misting each morning. Our experts also recommend a monthly dose of mild fertilizer. Additionally, keep your orchid healthy by creating a humidity tray below its pot. Simply fill a saucer with stones and water to make sure the air near your specimen isn't too dry.

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Find our new orchids here.

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  • New in the Nursery: Smokebush

    An eye-catching splash of color among our autumn plants, Smokebush (like the Cotinus 'Grace' variety shown above) is one of our favorite new faces in the nursery. Though perhaps best known for the frothy, springtime blooms that lend the plant its name, Smokebush is also a fall standout thanks to the dramatic reds and purples of its autumn leaves, which often remain on the plant after other foliage has dropped. A hybrid of the American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus) and Eurasian Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria), this hearty, deer-resistant variety prefers sandy or loamy soil, full sun, and drier conditions, which promote denser foliage and brighter fall color. Slow-growing Smokebush rewards patient gardeners, requiring regular pruning for one to two years to achieve its fullest, most robust appearance. Able to reach up to 20' in height and adaptable for a tree or bush shape when pruned, Cotinus 'Grace' will be a welcome addition to autumn landscapes year after year.

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived blooms. 

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