17 July 2019

Mini Tropical Mountainscape Garden...

Miniature gardening has become quite the thing!
It all started with the classic and much-loved fairy and pixie gardens,
and has evolved from there.
Now you can create gardens themed by dragons, dinosaurs, beach, alpine, tropical jungle or bonsai.
Just select the plants and theme that will suit the position you are placing the container in.
Once you have decided on the theme, and the soil requirements and plants to suit, you just add as much (or as little) accessories as you desire.
A coastal beach scene might have a white sand area with a mini Adirondack deckchair made from iceblock sticks.
A beach sign (also made from iceblock sticks).
Plants could be mini grasses, small-leaved succulents, small natural stones and tiny driftwood pieces.
The main focal tree could be a mini size fig or palm.
You only need to let your imagination have free reign to create any type of themed miniature garden. 

The one I've chosen to create today is a 'Mountainscape'.
To do this I used tropical type plants:
Rocks in various shapes and sizes.
Mini size 'Baby Houseplant' ferns x 2.
Coleus Baby Houseplant.
Tradescantia spathacea Baby Houseplant.
Black Mondo Grass (ophiopogon Black Dragon).
A Flamingo Flower plant (anthurium Andreanum).
A round squat type planter.

I filled the container with potting mix.

Placed my rocks into position.

Worked out the best placement...

of plants and planted them.
Final touches - a rocky path and moss to cover the soil.

This Mini Mountainscape Garden is now gracing my afternoon sunny covered deck.
I'm thinking in summer I'll be making a beach themed Miniature Garden for this spot and move the Mountainscape inside while it's hot.
And if you are stuck for a school holiday idea for the kids, this is a fab fun activity for them to enjoy. 

#minaturegardens #mountainscape #minigardens

3 July 2019

Apricot White Chocolate Passionfruit Scones...

Scones are such a versatile recipe.
Scones can be plain, cheese, savoury, or fruity.
You can add custard and chocolate to them.

Today we are baking sweet 'Apricot White Chocolate Passionfruit Scones'!


These are a pinwheel type scone and very easy to make.

You will need:
Buttermilk Scone Dough (see printable recipe below)
Passionfruit pulp or curd
Apricot Jam
White chocolate

Roll out the dough into a 30 by 20cm rectangle.
Spread passionfruit pulp down the middle of the dough.

Spread apricot jam on either side of the passionfruit.

Sprinkle with the white chocolate.

Roll dough - pinwheel style and cut rounds.

Place cut side down on the baking tray.
Bake in a preheated to 205 degrees celsius oven for 25 minutes.

This recipe makes 13 scones.

Serve with butter.

Printable recipe HERE.

19 June 2019

Hyacinth In A Teapot!

It's now the depths of winter here in the Bay Of Plenty in New Zealand.
Today has been the coldest day so far...
a mere 4 degrees at 10am this morning.
I am not a fan of the cold. 
 I am so grateful the beautiful Bay offers a Spring, Summer and Autumn with warm, hot, warm temperatures.
It really is a grin and bear it scenario in winter.  
When the weather is just awful and you are stuck indoors, what do you do?
Well, you fast forward Spring, and jazz up your home decor a bit, that's what you do!

So today I potted up a gorgeous blue-purple hyacinth into a funky teapot.

The white teapot was $8 from KMart.

The Hyacinth sourced from Bunnings.

A hyacinth in a teapot you ask?
Well, I say - why not!

Indoor Bulbs
It's a bit quirky, and once placed onto a French style tray, makes a super winter table centrepiece.
I also made a new table runner.  
You can find out how to make a 'DIY TABLE RUNNER' HERE.

It looks pretty. It smells divine.
And it's a reminder that Spring is coming!

Once the Hyacinth blooms have finished flowering which will be in 2 or 3 weeks time,
 I will plant them out into the garden border where they will rebloom next winter.
Hyacinths have a delightful scent and a stunning form.
If you grow them potted indoors they require a warm position with good light conditions.
Only keep the soil lightly moist as too much water makes them grow too tall!
It is best to place a wood orchid stake in the centre of the pot and make a thin wire loop to thread through the flower stems 3/4 of the way up, to pull stems together so as to avoid the weight of the flowers drooping over.
They do tend to grow towards the strongest light source, so turn the pot regularly to keep the plant in shape.
You just cannot beat the beauty and perfume of the Hyacinth.

#hyacinth #springflowers #bulbsindoors

12 June 2019

Arty Painted By Sharpie Rocks...

Painted Rocks
'Arty Painted By Sharpie Rocks' is an easy decor 'pick me up' idea, 
that is also a great school holiday project for the kids.
Super easy to create.
The design can be as simple or as complicated as you like.
You can use simple shapes or line art images.
For ideas - Google 'simple black and white line art images'.
For this project, I used three designs.
A simple twig, tiny daisy flowers and a more tricky - rose. 

You will need some clean dry flat rocks.

Paint the rocks using a prime and paint spraypaint like Rustoleum white gloss.

Leave rocks to dry for at least one hour before the next step.

Once the painted rocks are dry, you can draw your design in pencil first onto your rock, and then go over the outlines in black sharpie pen.

Or you can freehand draw your design.
If rocks will be indoors leave as is...but to put outside you will need to put at least two coats of sealer or varnish over the paint and design.

Black and white craft
I have used mine inside on a side table as funky arty decor accessories.

Rather fun, don't you think?

#paintedrocks #artrocks #rockcrafts #kidscraft

16 May 2019

Fancy That Yellow Chrysanthemum...

 'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
Over summer I had the complete 'white pot craze' happening...

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
And yellow was the flower colour craze!

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
In the Bunnings rescue stand, I found two half-dead chrysanthemum plants for $1.50 each.
Knowing darn well it's really had to kill a 'mum' I bought them thinking they would be perfect for my white pots on the back deck.  
And they grew... and they grew in their part shade position.
Healthy plants - no yellow flowers!
Lesson learnt - the pot must be placed in the FULL SUN ALL DAY to achieve the promised prolific flowering!
But by then summer was over and autumn had arrived. 
The myriad of white pots were all emptied of their plants,
 and the pots put into storage for winter.
So these very healthy green foliage 'mums' were put into the garden bed.
In FULL SUN might I add.
Then look what happened.
'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
so many flowers...

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
Dainty yellow flowers.

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
And a month later we still have masses of flowers!!!

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
So really it's a lesson to read the plant label properly.
Full sun means just that!
Laugh out loud!
So in case, you have a space in your garden for an amazing pop of yellow
then plant:

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
From Zealandia's Living Colours range.
It's a new breed of free flowering chrysanthemum that is suitable for a low, ground covering in garden beds, pots, hanging baskets and bowls.

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
Just remember that FULL SUN is the secret to success with this gorgeous mini daisy Chrysanthemum.
It's fabulous for picking.
Plus the butterflies will love it too.

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
And lasts such a long time in a vase...

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
or teacup...

'Fancy That Yellow' Chrysanthemum.
 as I have displayed the blooms.

The teacup is Vintage Colcough.

Plant Name: fancy that yellow - Zealandia Living Colours

#chrysanthemum #yellow #floweringgardenplants 

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