Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July, from my garden to yours!

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Four Cut Flowers to Love Today

One of the many perks of developing beautiful gardens is bringing cut flowers into the home.  Arranging cut flowers inside can bring new perspective to each bloom and of course, instant elegance to your interior space. 

This is what I'm enjoying in my house today:

1. Solomon's Seal on a bedside table.  Just one leaflet of Polyonatum multiflorum allows a renewed appreciation for the pendent flowers.


 
2. A mixed arrangement of Peonies on the dining room table.  A combination of double Peonies, Paeonia lactiflora, Lupines, Lupinus, and ready for this????? Kale!!!! A row of Kale overwintered in my garden and I allowed it to flower this spring.  How lovely and unexpected!
 
 



 
 


Monday, April 28, 2014

Wait, Wait, Don't Waste It!

One of my blog readers, Melissa, recently emailed me a picture of her Easter Hyacinths and asked, "Julie, can I plant this in the ground?"

YES!!!!! Why throw them away when you can enjoy them for years in the garden? Hyacinths are super fragrant and give the garden wonderful splashes of saturated purple, violet, pink, yellow and white.  So don't waste those Easter Flowers- when you are done enjoying them in your house, plant them outside! You can do this with Tulips and Daffodils too. If the flowers are spent, be sure to deadhead the bloom but leave the leaves.  The leaves recharge the bulb for more blooms next spring!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tulip Fix

March is here- and spring is not.  Well, at least not yet.  I recently did a segment for WFSB's Better Connecticut show on how to select the best cut Tulips, arranging tips and how to keep them fresh.  You can see that segment by clicking HERE

While not the first flower to emerge, Tulips to me are a true symbol of spring and the end of winter.  Here is a photo shoot of the Tulips that I used on Better Connecticut.  The Tulips are now sprinkled around my house bringing plenty of spring joy!

Get your Tulip fix below:













And I will leave you with a recent pic of my husband and myself
at a benefit party for Knox Parks, Carnival Style!
We had THE best time supporting the terrific work they do in Hartford! You can see more pics from the event by clicking HERE 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's Missing?


There are thousands and thousands of books about gardening, plants and design on the market and probably lots on your bookshelves at home. 
 
But what's missing?   
 
What don't you like about the gardening books out there?
 
What do you like?
Want to learn simple tricks to designing with annuals?
 
Not sure how to control pests in the garden?
I would love, love, love to hear your thoughts!  Please take a minute and give this some thought, or just send me your knee-jerk reaction.  I want to know what's missing from your bookshelf.
Looking to visit beautiful places with awesome plants and design? 
Please, don't NOT hit reply to this email- I will never see it.  Here is how to get in touch with me:

Go to my web site and fill out the contact form HERE .

Or you can send me an email directly to: jsh.naturalelegance@gmail.com

Many, many thanks in advance. I look forward to hearing from you!

XOXO Julie


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Greening Up the Greenhouse

Think it's too early to start planting annuals in Connecticut? You're right, unless you have a greenhouse! I went to visit The Garden Barn in Vernon and was excited to see a lot of green and feel the warm temps of their greenhouses! Check out the video I did for WFSB's Better CT show by clicking HERE.  Spring is around the corner for sure!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Air Plants

From the mouth of Scot Haney, "Air plants for air heads".  I would say the perfect plant for those plagued by a brown thumb.  Still the greenest of thumbs will adore the unique shapes, textures and joy of growing air plants, so really they are for all of us!

Click HERE to see the segment I did for WFSB's Better CT show about these nifty plants. 
Air plants or Tillandsia do not grow in soil, require only moderate light and a soak in water once a week.  In the wild they only use roots to an object and pull all of their water and nutrients from the air or rain.  You can keep them in anything but my favorite container are clear glass orbs that allow you to appreciate the beauty of each individual air plant. 
So to recap:
1. Display your air plant in anything (but soil)
2. Give it moderate light
3. Soak in water about once a week for 2-3 hours
The kind (and very creative) folks at Kestrel in Northampton Massachusetts gave me three plants to use of WFSB's Better CT today. The thicker, fuzzy one is a Caput-Medusae, the teeny wispy one is an Argentea and the tall thin variety with a flower bud is a Juncea. Click HERE to check them out!
All of the pictures in this post were taken at Kestrel.  It's a seriously cool shop for anyone who likes to decorate their home with plants and d├ęcor by local artisans. Kestrel is located at 22 Masonic Street, Northampton MA.