Thursday, 13 November 2014

Wall Flower Studio's Christmas Open House - Join us to find seasonal, local gifts & inspiration! #ShopSmall

 Wall Flower Studio offers gifts for people on your list who are easy or hard to buy for! 
Our gift & gardening boutique in Minden Ontario, is well-stocked with unique items to fulfill those
holiday shopping needs. 
Join us on Saturday December 6th & Sunday December 7th for some holiday inspiration!

Shop locally in #MyHaliburtonHighlands for gifts made right here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!
  • Organic soap, spa & skin care, created in small, freshly made batches
  • Terrariums, succulents and air plants
  •  Wreaths, swags, and Christmas decor
  • Foodie gifts - Organic artisan condiments, including spices, dips, cocktail sugars & vinegars 
  • Unique selection of items for gardeners
  • Gift baskets & ecofriendly, plantable greeting cards
  • Hostess gifts & gift certificates
  • Paintings & sculpture by local artist, Karen Sloan 
  • Lavender products galore!

Wall Flower Studio has gifts for all occasions, including Christmas! In keeping with that, we will gladly customize something special for you based on your budget, occasion & theme. 

We will also deliver around the corner, or across North America ~ Just call or visit and we'll do the rest!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Foliage in the fall garden as it winds down for the season

The hosta are done like dinner! 
 I took a few photos before cleaning up the garden for the season. Thought the hosta still beautiful, even though they look exhausted as they lay down on top of that Japanese spurge.
Ornamental grasses strut their stuff
 The ornamental grasses seem to know it's their turn to shine. I am personally quite enamored with them.
The garden is winding down for the season, but there are still pops of colour here and there.
 We managed to get the leaves raked, the grass cut, and all of my garden containers and statuary put away until next year. I even cleaned off and oiled all of the garden tools, put the patio furniture away, and mulched the raised beds, too. The snow could fly anytime now here in the Haliburton Highlands, so the garden will offer up yet another dimension with which to view when winter takes hold of the garden.

Have a great week, everyone ~ K.S.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Friday, 26 September 2014

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” - Albert Camus. Plus other quotes for Flowering Friday

 “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
 “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."
[The Autumnal]”  - John Donne
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."
[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]”  ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Sharing a Raspberry vinegar tutorial - An easy DIY visual for foodies!

  Rinse raspberries and let them dry for a couple of hours. I let mine sit overnight. You won't find any chemicals in my garden, so for me it was really just a matter of making sure there was no dirt or insects hanging about.

 Add your raspberries to sterilized jar 

Pour white wine vinegar in, making sure to cover all of the berries. 

Set aside for one week to 10 days.

  Drain the fruit and let that lovely coloured vinegar empty into a clean glass bowl. 

 Package that vinegar in sterilized bottles - A funnel will come in handy for this. These are great gifts for foodies, but make sure to keep one for yourself!

Try this great flavour accent on salads, in soups and even on ice cream!
Vinegar is gluten free.

 If you missed raspberry season and now have a hankering for what I now refer to as 'summer in a bottle', please visit my Etsy shop - I have this product available for purchase. 

Enjoy and thanks for visiting! ~K.S.

Friday, 19 September 2014

FloweringFriday and those wonderful late summer bloomers

Thank goodness for our late bloomers. I have to ask, where would our pollinators bed down for the night, otherwise?!
And everything is late blooming this year. Normally that white phlox is pretty much finished, yet it's still going strong... (At least until a big old frost comes along, that is. ;)
The path through the garden

Here's hoping your Friday flowers into a beautiful weekend.
~ KS

Friday, 5 September 2014

FloweringFriday comes in many different forms! Container gardening, apothecary, and growing in the garden!

Window baskets - One of four, created as a custom order for a lovely client!
Floral waters, apothecary serums and elixirs for bath & body at Wall Flower Studio

In the garden and blooming now! The phlox (in the background) are still going strong, but these native yellow flowers are just on their way out. Once they become seed heads, I'll be collecting & harvesting for seed packets at the shop!

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a fabulous weekend...

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Succulents for Sunday - Going vertical, and a container gardening idea, too.

Succulents in a frame - Vertical gardening at it's best!
Look for a follow up post here soon on how to DIY this for your own home!
Of course, I'd be happy to create one for you, too. :)

I just love Burrow's tail - They really make quite a statement! Can hardly see the container. You know they're happy plants when they fill out so completely.
Hope everyone is having a fantastic & restful weekend!
Happy Labour Day - Cheers for now  ~ Karen
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