Guerilla garden project #1 – Succulent garden

A lovely beach condo with a not so lovely patch of dirt in the front.

Pretty gross stuff started collecting in that little dirt spot: trash, cigarette butts, clumps of hair:0

So I decided to help out. I went to the nursery and picked up some succulents, cactus dirt and rocks. I got everything planned out and when they were at work I confronted the dirty dirt pile.

I cleared out all the butts and nasties from the pile and laid down cactus mix over the dirt. I used a shovel and tried to mix the old dirt with new.

Then I planted making sure to leave room for the succulents to grow and not overcrowd each other.

Lastly, I poured rocks throughout the plants, covering all exposed dirt and gave the whole thing a thorough watering.

Voila! Guerilla Gardening Project #1 – Complete! I hope my neighbors like it!

A modern take on garden herbs

Well it is the season. Herbs are popping up in backyards everywhere. It’s always so pleasant to have a bunch of fragrant herbs on display in your home to bring yummy smells and remind us of the season!

I’ve always put herbs into tins, glass milk bottles and sometimes drinking glasses but today I mixed it up a bit and put some of the herbs from my backyard in a uber modern Chive vessel. Fun!

(left to right: Curry Plant, English Lavender, Oregano and Rosemary)

I’ve captured some nice garden herb arrangements to get you thinking about summer!

(via weheartit)

(via domestic daddy)

(via pinterest)

Fancy and fancier tulips

Honestly, I had no idea how many fancy varietals of tulips there were out there. I was reading a blog that I follow in Paris and couldn’t believe the gorgeous Virichic tulip.

So, according to Wiki, there are over 150 species of tulips. They are often categorized into 1 of 15 groups. Usually they are categorized depending on when they bloom but of course they also categorize based on certain visual qualities as well. For example, Group 8 are called Viridiflora tulips. The word Viridiflora is derived from two Latin words: viridis meaning green and flow meaning flower. All Viridiflora Tulips have a streak of green somewhere on each petal. I think they are my new favorite!

Another interesting sub group is the Class 10 which is the Parrott tulip category. They are so ruffly, dainty and unusual looking! They also have really interesting colors and often can surprise you with additional pops of color as they bloom! I just did an arrangement with them last week. I had bought the tulips for a green and white arrangement  but realized as they opened up that they had a fair amount of pink so I changed course and made my Parrot Tulip Succulent Wreath!

Blush pink and soft green Parrot tulips with pink hued succulent (milkweed and maple)

If I talked about each category, I would never have enough time to get out and play with some flowers so I will end after talking about Tulip group 8 and 10. Only 13 more groups to go! I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Peach and green Parrot tulips

(via garden party)

Simple blush tulips

(photo: Elizabeth Messina)

Orange tipped ruby Parrot tulips

(photo: Anna Routh Photography)

*Top image: Fuscia and green Virichic tulips blooming in Parc Floral de Paris (via Paris Cote Jardin- photo Alain Delavie)

Continuing with simplicity…

I came across the most amazing design company the other day that makes the most beautiful containers. They are a Canadian based company out of Toronto. Their philosophy is simplicity. Their containers are meant to assist cut flowers to appear in their natural state. I’ve picked a few pictures to highlight below.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Their site: (all photos from




The Wall Dot

Pooley Tube Classic

Test Tube (flat)


Mini Valentines

Below are a few mini arrangements I did yesterday. I started off by ‘griding’ them all with two lengths of cinnamon stick, then just used what flowers I had…