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Spring String Garden

Inspired by my little kitchen terrarium I purchased a couple weeks ago, I find myself once again wanting to fill my house with growing things. Currently, kitchen window sill is the only place that is safe from the cats, the counter tops are very much off limits since I do so much baking. I’ve been looking for some creative ways to decorate around the cat problem, and I think this string garden tutorial by Terrain might be exactly what I need.

Spring String Garden

What You’ll Need:

1. Choose two or three bulbs to plant. Starting with one bulb, cover the roots or the entire bulb in soil, patting gently to form a sphere.

2. Add additional bulbs one at a time, incorporating more soil as needed to completely cover the roots or bulbs.

3. Cut a piece of moss that will completely cover the ball of soil. Soak the moss in water and drain.

4. Place the ball in the center of the moss, moss side down. Wrap completely, pressing gently to keep the moss together.

5. Choose a colorful raffia and begin wrapping the moss ball. Wrap snugly, keeping in mind that the raffia helps the ball maintain its shape when hanging.

6. When you’ve finished wrapping, tie the ends of the raffia together with a strong knot.

7. Cut a length of your favorite ribbon and attach to the raffia near the top of the ball for hanging.

8. To water, submerge the moss ball and watch for bubbles. When you no longer see bubbles, the plant is fully watered. Gently squeeze out excess water and place in the sink to drain before re-hanging. Check your plant’s weight to determine when it needs water– dry plants feel very light.

9. Hang and enjoy your own spring preview!

Saturday brunch and a lot of plants

The weather was gorgeous this weekend. The temperature dropped to 56 degrees and we had one of the rare clear sunny days where everything smells clean and cold. While everyone else was complaining about the cold, Andy and I took the opportunity to pull out our comfy sweaters and use our fireplace. I even stole some of Andy’s socks so my feet would be extra warm in their slippers. Love my wood floors, but they aren’t the warmest things to walk on first thing in the morning.

We met up with my friend Jenn to have brunch at my favorite vegetarian restaurant. The have the BEST  veggie sausage gravy and biscuits.2013-03-02_13-37-04_40
Fresh baked vegan cinnamon buns to go (maybe made it a hour after we got home, so good!).
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They had these cute terrariums for sales at the brunch place, I bought the front left one to hang in my kitchen window.2013-02-27_15-38-31_331
Our azalea’s started blooming this week, it looks like the entire neighborhood is covered in pink & white blossoms. As you can see the ferns in our front yard are starting to take over. Andy doesn’t want to get rid of them because it makes our yard look like where the Ewoks lived in Star Wars.

And so it begins….

Today marks what is hopefully the beginning of the end of our house hunt.  Unfortunately, Andy is tackeling this part of the process without me, I am confined to the apartment today monitoring Octavian.  When we went to feed the babies before bed last night, Andy couldn’t get Octavian to eat or even come over to the food dish.  We tried kitty treats, wet cat food, people food and he wouldn’t touch any of it.  While this may not seem like a huge deal, Octavian has never turned down food in the eight years i’ve been is owner.  I decided to sit up with him for a bit ,and after two hours of watching him become increasingly lethargic and struggle to breathe Andy  and I finally bundled him up and took him to the emergency vet.  A vitamin shot and some med later he is eating enough not to have to go back to the vet, but we were told to keep a close eye on his for 24 hours. So here I sit, trying to keep myself from waking the little guy up every five minutes.

Over the last few months i’ve developed a fascination with bell jars and terrariums. I have been toying with the idea of keeping some above the kitchen sink in the new hour or possibly on the window sills in the bathrooms.

While i’d love to display them in a cluster on a coffee table or perhaps even the dining room table, I don’t know if I can trust the furry ones to keep their clumsy paws away from such easily accessible “toys”.

Images from here.