Sunday, 25 January 2009

An Update On My 100 Year Old Amaryllis!

Well, I had to share an updated picture of my Amaryllis! There are 8 stalks blooming, and I'm so happy with it.

Please keep in mind, I don't use ANY chemical based fertillizers, and the soil is all organic matter. The odd time I'll give it a drink from the cold tea left in the teapot, but that's it.

I don't recommend using chemical fertillizer. Once read somewhere, (lost on me now who wrote it) that products like Miracle Grow and the like, cause the plants cells to grow too big & too fast, thereby weakening them.
To me those products are nothing more than a waste of my good money. Plants grew happily for millions of years without these products, so I don't understand why they'd all of a sudden be so necessary now!
If they don't like me speaking frankly about their product, let them sue me. It'a free country, and like my Grandmother used to say, "You can't get blood from a stone"!

Monday, 19 January 2009

Dianthus barbatus ~ Sweet William...And Mrs. Woman!~

This is my Kitty-cat, Mrs. Woman. She LOVES Sweet William and guards it well. However, I've managed to save many, many seeds and I think I can sneak them out of the house without her knowing!

Sweet William - Dianthus barbatus. 50 seeds/packet ~ $2.00 + Postage

Organic, heirloom and open-pollinated. Mixed colours, as you can see in the picture. Very Fragrant! 8" - 14" tall. Is hardy in Zones 3-9, and is considered a self seeding perennial that is treated as a biennial.
Please inquire if interested! Thank you : )

A Bit About Sweet William:

Dianthus are an old fashioned flower dating back 2000 years ago. They include pinks, carnations and Sweet William, among others. You'll find annuals, biennials and perennials in varied heights and characteristics. Some dianthus are hardy all the way to Zone 3! These wonderful little plants are survivors with a few quirky little traits. The carnations we buy from florists are a large hybrid variety grown specially for commercial use. All dianthus are charming and add an old fashioned touch to the garden.

Culture Notes:
Dianthus should not be mulched or over watered. They need plenty of air circulation, and do not like soil or mulch touching the stems and foliage. This too is another plant that needs deadheading to really give you it's full bloom. They also need 4-5 hours of sun per day and a fertile, well drained soil. When preparing the soil for dianthus add a little lime to sweeten the soil. Dianthus can be grown in container as well. Add a little grit, such as sand, to a standard potting mix for containers.

My Herb Drying Rack

Well, this has been on the "honey do" list for some time, but my better half, (who is busy enough with all the things I ask of him, not to mention things he needs to get done for himself), created an herbal drying rack for me. Now I can get down to some serious Pot Pourri business!
As you can see, the Sage is already dried, along with some other mixtures of flowers on the top rack.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Muslin Bath Bags ~ Organic Decadence for your bath!!

Our Fragrant & Organic Bath Bag varieties
contain chamomile, lavender, lemon verbena,
rose petals, sage, and spearmint.

Herbal Bath Bag directions:
Run a bath of warm water and place the bath bag into the tub.
Let the bag steep like a cup of tea for a few minutes!
Use the bag as you would a facecloth or sponge.
It will leave your skin feeling silky soft.
~Can be re-used 3-4 times.
~Hand blended with fresh ingredients when you place your order.
~Treat yourself or a loved one to this spa in a bag today! : )

$3.75 each (or) 3 for $10.00

New at Wall Flower Studio Seeds Etc.. Scented Sachets!

Organically Grown flowers, hand-picked and dried by me here at Wall Flower Studio.

Pot-Pourri tied inside an Organza bag. Your choice of 10 colours:
Red, Green, White, Cream, Yellow,
Orange, Purple, Blue, Black & Pink

Look for new Scents, coming soon!
~Filled with Lavender, Rose petals, and many more organically grown flowers.

A wonderful hostess gift, a great idea to top off a present for just about anyone, perfect as a wedding favour, or even nice just to keep with your unmentionables! ; )

$3.75 each (or) 3/$10.00

Wall Flower Studio Seeds ~ Product Gift Sampler

Left - Butterfly Seeded paper favour.
Right - Wee Watering Can box with heirloom seed packet.
Bottom - Packet of Seeds

Friday, 16 January 2009

What a GREAT Day!! A Recommendation to Purchase Seeds & more From Me On Mother Earth News!

A BIG huge Thank you goes out to "Flora" for her recommendation to purchase seeds and herbal vinegars from Wall Flower Studio Seeds!

I truly appreciate the great feedback, and am going to send a free packet of seeds your way as a gift for your kindness! : )

Please click the picture to connect with Mother Earth News.
One of my favourite magazines.

Please inquire about my organic Herbal vinegars : )

Monday, 5 January 2009

My Garden is Under There...Somewhere!! : )

A very snowy day here at Wall Flower Studio! Had the urge to snap a pic of the fluffy stuff whilst on my way to the mailbox and to replenish the bird feeders.
My garden is all tucked in! We're expecting 10-15 more cm's (6+inches) tomorrow. Guess I'll keep working on my blog and continue to dream about playing in the garden.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Nature's Sonic Jets! The Hummingbird

I have to say that one of the (many) birds that I find such a delight to have come back each Spring after such a long Winter, would have to be the Hummingbird. I hang several feeders out in different areas of my garden because they are very territorial and are quite aggressive at guarding the offerings I hang up. Perhaps I need to get a life, but sitting in the porch and watching them fly around like little jets, chasing one another away from the feeder is something I look forward to very much every year!

Some Hummingbird trivia:

~A Hummingbird will feed on more than 1,500 flowers during one day.
~Hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers, but will obviously go to other coloured flowers in search of food.
~A Humming bird is the only bird that can fly backwards.
~The average hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

More interesting info & links for these incredible creatures!

Remember....Food colouring is not needed in Hummingbird feeders. Just sugar and water. I can't wait until they return this Spring!
: )

Common Composting Materials

Composting materials:

*Cardboard -Shred into small pieces if you use it. Wetting it makes it easier to tear. If you have a lot, recycling might be a better option.

*Coffee ground and filters - Worms love coffee grounds and coffee filters.

*Cornstalks, corn cobs -Best if shredded and mixed well with nitrogen rich materials.

*Dryer lint - Compost away! Moistening helps.

*Eggshells - Break down slowly. Crushing shells helps.

*Hair -Scatter so it isn't in clumps.

*Manure (horse, cow, pig, sheep, goat, chicken, rabbit) - Great source of nitrogen. Mix with carbon rich materials so it breaks down better.

*Newspaper - Shred it so it breaks down easier. It is easy to add too much newspaper, so recycle instead if you have a lot. Don't add slick colored pages.

*Oak leaves - Shredding leaves helps them break down faster. They decompose slowly. Acidic.

*Sawdust and wood shavings (untreated wood) -You'll need a lot of nitrogen materials to make up for the high carbon content. Don't use too much, and never use treated woods.

*Pine needles and cones - Don't overload the pile. Also acidic and decomposes slowly.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Make Moth Repel Bags - Easy Recipes

To make a Moth Repel Bag, use a muslin or organic cotton drawstring bag which will allow the scent to circulate. Here are a few fragrant potpourri recipes to create that are pleasant to people, but not to moths. These sachets will keep your woolen, angora, cashmere and other natural animal hair fibres safe from moths! In all actuality, herbs do not repel moths, but mask the fibres, keeping them safe from harm.

Mint Moth Chase-Away 
2 cups of dried mint, either spearmint or peppermint
1/3 cup of dried rosemary
1 cup dried Thyme
1/3 cup of ground cloves
Cedar Shaving Chaser 
2 cups of cedar shavings
1/2 cup of Lavender
1/2 cup of wormwood
1/2 cup of ground cloves
Lavender  (French recipe)
2 cups of Lavender
1/2 cup of pennyroyal
1/2 cup of ground cloves
1 cup of dried thyme
Lavender sachets can also be thrown in the dryer to lightly scent your sheets & towels. : )
Other herbs said to ward of moths include Tansy, Sage, Santolina, and Southernwood. Pennyroyal is also said to repel fleas! - Enjoy!