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

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!

Purple coneflower
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