Sweet zinnias from my neighbor lady. September is here & summertime has nearly come to an end. It's been hot & wonderful yet I welcome Autumn.
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A peek at the new Ferm Living collection for Spring/Summer 2015 -- it's won't be a huge new collection of wares but a gentle addition to their current products -- added colors & finishes & a few new eye catching pieces.
Forcing paperwhite bulbs indoors is a simple, satisfying project that is both inexpensive and can be done without creating any waste - no fussy packaging to deal with and no plastic pots to dispose of. Plus? Paperwhite blossoms smell amazing.
Purchase bulbs in the bulk section at the garden shop. Not only are you not subject to packaging, but you can pick the best bulbs of the bunch. Don't forgot to use your own cloth bags.
Gather pebbles (or sand, dirt, etc) from the driveway / somewhere nearby or purchase in bulk from the garden shop (again, use a cloth bag!). Bulbs can also be forced in water, check this out.
Find a vessel in your home to use. It can be anything, really - glass vase, pottery piece or terra cotta pot. I used a 10" wide/3" high terra cotta pot that I picked up at the thrift shop some months ago.
1. Fill the bottom of the vessel with pebbles & place bulbs on top of pebbles, root sides down. Bulbs will root into pebbles as they grow. Cram as many or as few bulbs you want into the vessel, however I think the bulbs do best when planted a bit crowded.
2. Water, filling to the bottom of the bulbs. The bulbs should not be floating in water, but water sustains their growth. Water the bulbs daily.
3. Bulbs will bloom in a few weeks .. enjoy watching the progress and the blooms!
4. Once bulbs are all bloomed out, either compost the bulbs or plant outside. Read this article about re-planting forced bulbs. Do not toss them in the trash!
5. Clean the vessel and use for another planting or for forcing bulbs next year. Pour the pebbles back outside!
Forcing bulbs is a beautiful, zero waste (no trash!) project. Natural minimalism!
I intended to post this during Christmas time but alas, gifts in jars works for any time of the year! I love what Linda Lomelino (Call me Cupcake) has done with this project, elevating the beauty of a gift in a jar.
The recipes are amazing and the fact that it's a zero waste gift is even finer. All ingredients can be purchased in bulk (no more buying packaged ingredients & be sure to use your own containers & fabric bags to put your bulk items in!).
The natural packaging (greens, twine, clothespin and of course the jar) can either be composted or reused. The only thing I would change is to omit the printed label glued to the jar and include a small handwritten note instead.
Jars are just so beautiful, especially when received as a gift with treats inside! Valentine's Day is coming up.... For all the recipes and more goodness, click here.
It's a styled space and doesn't really belong to anybody. But I'm tricked! I gather a bit about this person, the layers of life. I grow so bored of spaces filled with products and designs and piles of nonsense only to make it feel like a well styled space.
Styled by Hans Blomquist, more here.