Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sharing an apothecary jar vignette - A wee bird nest display under glass.

Those wee Robin eggs are actually made from cedar... They keep moths away from linen and wool, naturally. Thought they looked rather sweet in this nest I found on the ground earlier in the season. Placed the nest in the jar to keep it safe and it's now on display in the window of my shop.

By the way, Wall Flower Studio is open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. : )
~ K 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Having fun potting up hens and chicks, and recycling unusual containers at the same time!


This bunt pan spoke to me at the second hand store! Well, let's just say I saw it and thought it would look great planted up with hens & chicks, and that a pillar candle would be perfect for in the centre! I spray painted it white, but any colour could be used, depending on the look you want.  I also think it could be used on a patio table with the umbrella through the hole! Seemed like a great container idea to be enjoyed indoors or out. :)
I just love 'mossing' up wire containers and then planting succulents inside. Houseleeks work really well and are low maintenance plants. I stuffed this, (the second wire tea pot I've managed to get my hands on), with green moss and then planted hens and chicks in the top. It creates a real 'gardeny' look. Perfect for a kitchen, too!
I found a few of these old muffin tins at our local second hand store. What a great way to recycle old housewares! I've painted this one red, but have also painted them robin's egg blue, as well as white. The green contrasts nicely with the red, and the moss is nice as it covers up the soil and completes the design.

Have fun potting up plants in unusual containers! It's always fun to think outside of the box!

Enjoy your weekend! ~ K

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Spiked speedwell - Beautiful blue Veronica flowers - Blooming now in the garden! - #WordfulWednesday

Veronica spicata, aka Speedwell
As you can see from the photo above, the flowers are attractive to bees, and the butterflies like them, too. 
If you've read some of my previous posts, it's fairly obvious I have a thing for blue flowers, and this is certainly one that I'd recommend for any garden! 
As far as maintenance goes, I tend to prune the clumps back if they get too floppy. They can be easily divided in early spring or autumn.
Spiked speedwells make great cut flowers, too! They have a very 'cottage garden' look to them and last well in a vase. It's always nice to have a flower bouquet from one's own garden! 

Thanks for visiting! Happy Wednesday. ~ Karen

Friday, 18 July 2014

Flowering Friday - Rudbeckia hirta - Such a sunny disposition!

Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'
This lovely little clump of Rudbeckia seeded itself in our gravel driveway. Talk about drought tolerant! The flower is actually quite large... about the size of my outstretched hand.
I just love their sunny disposition! These native perennial flowers always seem to be smiling. : )
Happy Friday, everyone! ~ Karen

Monday, 14 July 2014

DIY indoor or outdoor gardening fun! - Minature Gardens for Fairy inhabitants & other Wee folk!

 Glue gun in hand, I've been creating wee furniture out of twigs, moss, birch bark, and other findings from the forest floor. There are a lot of materials at hand if one is looking for them!
The garden above is in a clay saucer. I've added sempervivums, (aka. Hens & Chicks, or Houseleeks), little polished pebbles for stepping stones, moss, lichens, and some smaller scale flowers which suit the tiny landscapes. There is a miniature chair sitting there waiting to be occupied by some little entities! And who knows???... Maybe there is someone sitting there and we just can't see it! ;)
 Here's a miniature garden I created in a larger moss basket. It has little river rocks to form a stream under the twig bridge I made. Lots of small scale plants, including a spider plant, a few herbs, and a licorice plant with tiny leaves.
And one more Fairy garden with a wee pond in it. I made a twig dock for the faerie folk to sit on! Again, more small plants, lots of moss, and the rocks to denote a water feature. I added a porcelain mushroom, just to glam it up a bit!

I hope you enjoy these little gardens as much as I do creating them! Have fun creating your own, too! Thanks for stopping by!
~ Karen

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Fairy gardens should have Fairy garden tools! It's only fair. ; )

 I got to thinking about these wee Fairy gardens I've been creating. It seems only right that the wee folk who 'inhabitat' them should have some gardening tools of their own. So I decided to create a wheelbarrow, spade, trowel, and a couple of different rakes for them to use!

Have to admit, I'm hooked. Gardening for the 'wee folk' is really quite addictive.
If you are interested in creating some of these for your own Fairy garden, and you're in the Haliburton Highlands this weekend, please visit my 'workshop' page for more info, or to call/email an r.s.v.p. - Spaces are limited. Thank you!

Happy gardening, and thanks for stopping by! ~ Karen

Seashells and succulents - Sharing a container garden in a conch shell

 I came across a large conch shell and thought it would make a great container for succulents, especially this time of year! A beach theme! So, in went some sempervivums, (hens & chicks or houseleeks), some Irish moss, and some creeping Jenny. Next, I added a few wee seashells and rocks just to complete the look.
Having lots of fun in the shop! Drop in and say hello, get/share some ideas, or take a workshop with me if you're in #MyHaliburtonHighlands! Have a great day! ~ Karen

Saturday, 28 June 2014

#Fairy #Garden #Workshop - Learn about the 'Wee Folk' on Sat. July 5th - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

Fairy Garden Workshop

Come learn about the 'Wee Folk'! 
Fairy gardening is one of the fastest growing hobbies in gardening in North America.
Join Karen at Wall Flower Studio and create your very own fairy garden.

Workshop includes soil, container, choice of fairy plants, a fairy house and stones and pebbles. Handmade fairy garden furniture is available to purchase as well.

Snacks and refreshments provided!
  • Sat. July 5th
  • 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    
  • Cost $40.00
 To reserve your space, please contact Karen at: sloanartgallery@gmail.com 
(or)  Tel. 705-286-6999
To view some of my sold pieces, please visit my Flickr page. Thank you!