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 

27 April 2019

Berry Semifreddo Icecream...

Berry Semifreddo Icecream is exceptionally easy to make!
A perfect treat for using berries fresh or frozen.

Step one: You will need to make a berry puree.
I used 1 1/2 cups of frozen berries - raspberry and blueberry.
To this you add 1/4 cup caster sugar and a tablespoon of lemon juice.
Heat in a saucepan over low heat until berries become pulp like.  Set aside to cool.

Step Two:  Puree the pulp.
I used my Magic Bullet to do this.

This Nutr.Bullet is seriously the best small appliance I have in my kitchen.
I used it for making sauces, smoothies, and milkshakes.
I'm big on making pure fruit healthy smoothies!

 Step Three: Whip 300 ml of pure cream with 1/4 cup sugar.
Step Four:  Whip till peaks form 2 egg whites.
Fold into cream.

 Step Five:  Fold 150 ml of natural sweetened yoghurt into the whipped cream mixture.
Then swirl through half of the berry puree.

      Place it in a small tub.

 The last step is to use a knife to swirl the remaining berry puree through the icecream.

Cover and freeze.

 Semifreddo is much more of an icy texture than icecream.
But is so refreshing on a summers day.
To serve:  Remove from freezer and let thaw for five minutes.  Use a metal Icecream scoop that has been heated in hot water.  Roll balls and serve with fresh or tinned berries or a berry compote sauce.

Berry delishishness...
Not a real word but you'll know what I mean!
Put it on your must-try list when your summer season arrives!

Printable recipe is HERE.

#icecream #homemade #berry #dessert

2 April 2019

Easter Egg Cake, Flowers & More

Easter Eggs
Easter is not far away and like any other celebration holiday, 
we start preparations weeks in advance.
The first fun activity done was to create painted eggs.

This year 'Miss four' assisted.
Her colour choice of paint was pink and purple.
The eggs are polystyrene foam eggs which were purchased from 'Dollar Value' craft section.

Emilee Rose's eggs were placed into an egg carton and used on the Easter table display.

 We added a glass vase of pretty flowers with a ripped rag fabric knotted bow.
Some nests and birds eggs.
And jars of mini Easter eggs.

The flowers are gerberas and chrysanthemums.

Birds nest
I love to collect found nests and eggs...
I think they are incredibly beautiful!
But these eggs in this nest are actually crafted by a potter.

The painted eggs are also hanging from a branch with more found nests mingled in between.

Easter Eggs
Jars of mini eggs greet visitors to 'Mia Bella Passions homestead',
as this table is right by the front entrance.

Easter Cake
Every year we bake an Easter cake.
What's your Easter tradition?

This years cake was a banana cake.
You'll find the Classic Banana Cake recipe HERE.

A simple cake completely overloaded with chocolate toppings! 
Eggs, bunnies and flake.
Nom NOm NOM!

#eater #eastercake #eastereggs #eastercraft #eastervignette

16 March 2019

Vintage Newspaper Covered Books....❥

It was time to change up the fabric covered books on my shelf display.
I had a red theme going on, and it's been like that since 2016!
That's such a LONG TIME!
How did I miss changing this before now?
So for the 2019 book makeover, I decided on a neutral black and white.

I'll be removing the fabric to recover them in the vintage paper.

This is why I used sellotape in the original fabric covering. 
So I could easily take it off and reuse the books.

You can read the original post about the red themed fabric covered books HERE.
Years ago I found a very old newspaper and it's been in my cupboard 'might make something with you' stash since.
The newspaper is from 1946, so it is extremely fragile.

That's why I opted for photocopying the pages so I could still use the interesting font and vintage images for the book covering project.
Also, I wanted black and white not the worn yellow aged paper as it was.

Do you remember covering your schoolbooks?

Well that's the same technique I used.  
Held in place by sellotape.

My black and white themed collectables now look fabulous!

Book Stack
Book stack now in vintage themed black and white font and images,
with my favourite little Wade England scroll handle vase atop.

Wade England

Upcycled books

Love, Love Love!

#vintage #papercraft #upcycled #bookstack

28 February 2019

The Front Porch And Potted Plants....❥

Summer arrived and it was time for an update on the front porch...
It's been a few years since any pots have been located here.
The pots needed to be plastic not pottery or terracotta as our summers are so hot, and the plastic pot withholds moisture much better.
I was visiting the K Mart store and came upon these gorgeous white terracotta pot lookalikes in PLASTIC!
The grade of plastic is very heavy duty.
And the bargain price was just $15 a pot.
The white looks so good.

Potted plants
Into the front porch pots, I planted a 'juniperus chinensis pyramidalis' conifer,

Potted plants
and a 'chamaecyparis Boulevard' conifer.
They are both reasonably slow growing varieties.
So I am hoping to repot every two years in early Spring with a root prune to keep them a reasonable size of about one to one and a half metres.

Companion plants were added.
Viola Penny Yellow and Viola Penny White.
Violas are hardy little plants that flower continuously,
 as well as withstanding a semi-shaded position, 
which all of my three covered porches offer any plants that reside on them.
Violas actually provide more flowers per plant than a pansy does!
Feed with liquid or granular fertilizer and you'll get even more flowers!
So this is how early summer on the front porch looked popping with green yellow and white!

Because these pots looked so good,
and I became besotted with the colour yellow,
I bought another white pot, 
and planted a bright yellow toned gerbera.
What a wonderful pop of late summer colour now the violas have finished.

You can see how much the conifers have grown!
And hiding beneath them are new self-seeded viola plants.
And as autumn begins to arrive I can say I have thoroughly enjoyed my white pots
planted with easy care conifers and plants bursting with the bright colour of yellow!

#violas #conifers #plantsforpots #gerberas #frontporchplants

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