Tagged: Outdoor Living

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 30

    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!

    Free People stopped by our nursery to make a desert-inspired terrarium. (via Free People)

    Since it’s the season for pick-your-own peaches… (via Creature Comforts)

    NYC’s best spots for summer snacking. (via NY Times)

    A gorgeous wedding bouquet filled with unexpected plants. (via 100 Layer Cake)

    A clever way to bring more vegetables into your kitchen. (via The Kitchn)

    Check out these views! (via WSJ)

    The perfect picnic is one click away. (via Saveur)

  • Now that our exclusive collection of J. Franklin Field Day games has arrived, we're ready for an afternoon of old-fashioned, backyard fun that includes badminton, bocce, croquet, and more! Click the image above to download our printable sign collection, including a set of Field Day pennants and markers for eight classic games.

  • New in the Nursery: Flowering Maple

    One of our favorite arrivals to the nursery this month is a subtropical plant called Abutilon. Though commonly known as “Flowering Maple” thanks to its leaf shape, it actually isn’t a maple at all! Belonging to the mallow family, Malvaceae, Flowering Maple offers unique and easy-to-maintain beauty when planted indoors or out. From spring until summer’s end, it puts on a show with bell-like blossoms in hues of white, red, yellow, or blue, while attracting hummingbirds and insects that are beneficial to the garden. Flowering Maples also make great houseplants, thriving in containers that can be put outdoors during the summer months in full to partial sun, and brought back inside before the first frost. If left to grow freely, they can reach up to 10' in height! Lower leaves will begin to drop if the plant is underfed, so be sure to fertilize if you notice signs of decline. Water thoroughly when the weather is hot, but allow the soil to dry out before watering in the winter months. 

    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.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 29

    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!

    We'd love to take one of these design-focused road trips. (via Apartment Therapy)

    A stunning foraged tablescape for high summer. (via Gardenista)

    Botanical destinations in the City of Light. (via T Magazine)

    Summer cocktails from around the world. Which one would you shake up? (via Serious Eats)

    A clever app for identifying any tree that catches your eye. (via Inhabitat)

    Artist and typographer Dana Tanamachi-Williams is joining us for a pair of workshops in August. In the meantime, take a peek at a day in her life (via Design*Sponge)

  • 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!

  • 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