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

Friday, 29 August 2014

Phlox paniculata and Staghorn Sumac for FloweringFriday - Have a great long weekend, everyone!

Staghorn sumac - Love that red!
Phlox paniculata - Profuse blooms with a lovely scent. Great as a cut flower, too!


Have a great weekend!
~ Karen

Indoors and out - a slightly rustic apothecary and garden boutique experience

A visit inside Wall Flower Studio

Just replanted the containers for autumn. Lime green and silver. Loving the colour combination!

Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap

String of pearls - Unusual succulents at Wall Flower Studio

One of a kind miniature fairy garden furniture - Bistro set
Wall Flower Studio has evolved into a many faceted business! ...Part art gallery, farmers market, apothecary, garden boutique - a destination for all senses to experience!


I am so pleased to be able to offer my locally handcrafted & manufactured artisan bath & body products and the product line is growing weekly. Look for terrariums, air plants, & succulent gardens, which make the perfect hostess gift. I also create wreaths and gift baskets, too! 
Amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs will be arriving in mid-September, and Wall Flower Studio always offers locally sourced organic & non-GMO seeds, too.

Don't miss our fairy gardens and miniature furniture, either. They are walking out the door, along with the lavender dryer sachets!
Anyone, practically anywhere, can shop online at Wall Flower Studio: HERE -  We ship worldwide. 

Drop in to the brick & mortar shop location if you're in Minden, Ontario to say hello!
Long weekend hours are: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday ~ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a terrific break before it's back to work & school next week! ~ Karen

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Climbing monk's hood - A graceful and hardy flowering perennial

Aconitum hemsleyanum - Climbing monk's hood
This unusual climbing perennial is very hardy in my neck of the woods. It has very slender stems that twine gracefully around itself and along our arbor. I've read that it can reach 12 feet in height, but mine is only about 5 feet tall.
Currently, it's producing a combination of many hooded, dark blue to violet flowers, and it certainly lives up to it's common name. Also, I think it's a great fairy garden plant if there ever was such a thing! 
This monk's hood seems to prefer bright morning sunshine, partial shade in the afternoon, really good drainage and moist soil. 
Just a note about its toxicity.... The entire plant is extremely poisonous if ingested.
 
Thanks for visiting! Have a great day! ~ K

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sharing some succulent design ideas for WordlessWednesday - Container gardens, wreaths, a living roof, lithops and more!

Succulent wreath

Living roof on a dog house!

Lithops (Living stones)

Container succulent gardens



Trays filled with possibilities!
 Okay, not completely 'wordless' this particular Wednesday...! 
 Enjoy your mid-week, and hopefully these succulent diy ideas, too..
~ Karen

Friday, 22 August 2014

Sharing some assorted blooms for Flowering Friday - Have a great weekend!

Pink Borage - I never planted it, but I'm not complaining, either! I'm attempting to save the seeds from this one for sure!

Monkshood vine. Some sort of Aconitum. I forget the proper name. Lovely climber with pretty blue flowers.

Lovely and bold. Rudbeckia are native plants, bloom for the longest time, and pollinators love them. This one is actually growing in our gravel driveway, so that tells you how drought tolerant they are. Not fussy about soil conditions either! 
Linaria purpurea - Purple toadflax. One of my favourites. They are dainty, wispy, bloom for a long time, and self seed everywhere. But not like mint because they're easy to remove if they start trying to take over. ;)

Who doesn't love Honeysuckle?! The hummingbirds sure do! 

Here's the blue borage. I just love the fuzzy stems and leaves, especially because the deer do not love them at all! The flowers are edible and taste like cucumber. Nice in salads or soups.

I always let many carrots go to seed so I can save some. This one was being pollinated as I took the photo. Hoping for many seeds from this heirloom variety.

Another favourite of mine and the hummingbirds. I see those lovely little birds visiting the Monarda, aka Bee balm all day long. Oh, and the bees like it, too! I've started making tea with it. Very tasty!

Another plant being pollinated at the time of the photo. This is a Shasta daisy, and it's name is 'Alaska'. They make a lovely, long lasting cut flower. 

I can't remember the name of this daylily, but it's a big one. The flowers are so thick that they look fleshy! The colour was very striking, even on an overcast day.

Another favourite native of mine. I let Rudbeckias grow wherever they like!

And last but not least, another lovely native, with such great colour. No wonder the butterflies like them so much. This Purple coneflower has also sown itself in our driveway... My garden is taking over!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
~ Karen

Sharing the 7th Annual Garlic Festival in #MyHaliburtonHighlands! Visit tomorrow for that "kickin' garlic fix" :)

Wall Flower Studio is pleased to have a booth at the 7th Annual Garlic Fest! Please note that my shop in Minden will be closed until 4 pm as I just can't seem to be in 2 places at once, much as I'd like to be! ; )

Note the New location – at the Stanhope Community Centre grounds, North Shore Rd, just off Hwy 35. approx. 4 kms north of  the intersection of Highway 35 & 118 in Carnarvon.

So, get your kickin’ garlic fix Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. 
You'll find a cornucopia of freshly harvested garlic awaits your taste buds. Fill your shopping sacks with garlic preserves, dips and spreads, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, local artisans ware, lavender products, native plants and much more. Take away prepared foods or sit and snack under our new picnic pavilion while listening to local talent. 

Come join us at this family-oriented event in our new spacious location while completing your garlic list and becoming informed in all matters garlic!
For more information, please visit the Haliburton County Garlic Growers Assoc. Thank you! 



Sunday, 10 August 2014

Twigs and moss and birch, oh my! Creating furniture for miniature Fairy gardens

Miniature twig canopy bed
Creating miniature twig furniture has become quite the creative outlet for me. I'm actually kind of surprised at just how much I enjoy making these wee pieces for fairy gardens! 
This latest one is a bed with a canopy. I added a few inches of white tulle for the top. It seems to add just that little touch of charm!

The matching 'duvet' and 'pillow case'  are made from matching birch bark. Have to add, I only use found items from the forest floor. I don't like to ever take any bark directly from living trees. 
Half the fun is foraging for twigs, branches, moss and bark to make these! Except when the mosquito population is really bad. ; )

If you're interested in viewing some of my sold pieces, please feel free to visit my Flickr photos.

Thanks for stopping in! Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
~ Karen

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

DIY Lavender sugar - Delicious, and very easy to create!

Tuesday is my day off, so I got to play in the garden! 
It looked like it was going to rain, so I wanted to finish harvesting all of the lavender, as well as some of the other herbs I'm growing, like mint, lemon balm, and sage.

Since I've previously harvested much lavender this summer, a few bunches have completely dried already. That's why I decided to create some jars of lavender sugar for the store!

It's very easy to do! I used 5 parts organic cane sugar to 1 part lavender buds. You can use white sugar as well but that is up to individual preference. 
I mixed it all up in a bowl, distributed it into the jars and labelled them.
This must be the perfect way to add lavender's subtle floral flavour to all kinds of recipes! 
Since making it we have used it in hot & cold drinks, especially tea, but it can be sprinkled onto fruit, mixed into muffin and cake batter, or pressed into scones or shortbread cookies. 

Have fun with it! Thanks for visiting. : )
~ Karen