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Friday
Apr272012

diy saturdays

What: DIY Saturdays
When: April 28 and May 5, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: CB2 stores

Join us for interactive ‘backyard’ demos—with local experts—to learn more about container gardening and creating innovative floral arrangements and displays.

It’s a chance to think outside the box and create frogs for arrangements by tying colorful strings and tapes over planters. Discuss which are the best plant selections based on location, lighting, etc. Or, on a ‘low difficulty level’, simply learn the name of different varietals and how to best mix them in vases and planters.

Thursday
Apr052012

how to: create a terrarium chandelier

8-12 colored electrical wires, cut 4-5’ in length
8-12 hanging glass terrarium
assorted plants and pebbles*
wire cutters and hanging hardware**

Directions:
1. Create a 4” loop on one end of each wire, group the wires into sets of 4, then start braiding in a traditional pattern—or gather all together and twist to look like rope. As you get towards the end, separate the wires slightly.

2. One at a time, thread each through the loop at the top of a hanging glass terrarium, secure by twisting it back up and around the length of the wire, and clip sharp ends clean with wire cutters. Continue with each strand until all are secured—if there are extra, twist those ends up and around the ‘cord’.

3. Carefully and safely hang the chandelier as recommended—twist the wires to point terrarium openings outward—and plant each terrarium as desired.

*plants: consult a local nursery for the best advice when selecting terrarium inclusions.
**hanging hardware: as always, we strongly recommend consulting a local hardware store for the best advice.

Tuesday
Jun072011

how to: turn a black thumb green

Succulent gardens are practically foolproof and when varieties are mixed for color and texture, that’s a lot of bang for a summer buck.

Requiring very little care once planted, maintenance should fit easily into a busy summer schedule of events.

For advice from their volumes of first-class information, check out the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, CSSA. They’re the second oldest society of cactus and succulent enthusiasts in the world founded in 1929.

From angora bunny ears and tiger jaws to cat & kittens and hens & chicks to choose from, the most difficult task might be editing by name!

Tuesday
May242011

how to: plant a modern topiary

A topiary is basically a sculpture made of bamboo, wire, etc, that either guides plants—or they’re trained—to grow into the 3-D shape.

Usually perennial plants are used since it can take years to complete larger versions—and ivy is a favorite since it grows fast and its vines can be easily wound around forms.

Weather across the country has caused a slow start to the growing season so this weekend could be the perfect time to get one growing.

Simply add a kiss garden sculpture to a properly sized potted plant and help it along. It’ll pop in contrasting red so, for added texture and visual interest, try multiples in landscapes.

photo by: puuikibeach

Thursday
Mar242011

vertical woolly pocket herb garden how-to

During our summer catalog shoot, our stylists created a woolly pocket vertical herb garden
or pantry for a foodie!

We used fernleaf lavender ‘lavandula pinnata’ and two types of rosemary—‘rosmarinus tuscan blue’ and ‘rosmarinus prostratus’—but any preferred herb or edible flower should work
just fine.

For instructions on how-to create a large woolly pocket vertical garden, go here.

Thanks to curtis and april, CB2 catalog, for making us look so good!