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Front Door Containers



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First impressions are always important.  When it comes to the front door of your home there is no more important way to greet your guests and makes a good first impression than to pot up some plants and have a colorful, fragrant display.  Unfortunately many people tend to neglect their front doors.  The old adage out of sight, out of mind comes into play here. Here are a few suggestions that may make creating a welcoming easy and doable.

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Patriotic:  this front entrance and walkway screams patriotic pride. Glossy red double door, white trim and pots of blue hydrangeas.  They all come together to show their patriotic pride.  Perfect for the start of summer.

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Tropical Beauty:  A vibrant orange of the sunrise turn this door into a welcoming oasis with tropical palms and red flowers in neutral pots. This front door garden decor scream tropical.

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Big Pots:  When it comes to garden containers bigger is always better. More room for the plant and flowers to flourish but large garden pottery always makes great impressions.  With trailing vines and colorful plants bursting out of these planters you will have guests commenting on what a wonderful first impression you have made.

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Our last suggestion is the holidays.  With so many wonderful holidays celebrated in the United States you will have plenty to chances to create the holiday spirit and feel with potted plants, pumpkins, christmas lights, valentine hearts, 4 leaf clover and more.  Have fun now and make your entry welcoming and playful with items from each holiday.  This is the most imaginative time to decorate.  Go for it!

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Post Last Updated: 8/22/2017 12:34:46 PM 

Let's Make Beautiful Garden Containers



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Whether you shop online (and we hope you do) or visit your local garden center, finding the perfect garden planter, plant materials, soil etc to create lovely flowerpots to decorate your home or garden area is easy to do.  Lot's of choices, colors, textures that when put together can make a look that adds color, beauty and life to your garden decor.

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However, keeping those potted containers looking nice all summer long when the heat and windy weather can beat them up pretty good, is another thing.  We want to give you some tips that may help you over come the garden planter blues.

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Start by selecting the perfect container. Make sure the size is correct for the plants that you are putting in the pot.  Too small and roots are crowded, too large and soil stays too moist and you have fungal issues.  Make sure the pot has drainage. No plants like to sit in standing water.

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Next get a plan on what you are going to plant.  Don't go to the local nursery and buy impulsivily.  Choose plants that will thrive in your area and add some foliage to pots to fill them out when you are planting flowers. Try to buy a plant to place in the center of the pot for height. This really adds a focal point for deciding what to plant around it.

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Get good potting soil.  Don't ever use the ground soil and don't use old soil that has been sitting in the garage for a few years.  If you choose to reuse soil from a spent container make sure there are no spores, fungus or mites and other unfriendlies can live in long after the plants are gone.

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Presoak the plastic nursery pot in a tub of water to loosen and relax the roots before knocking the plant out of the pot.  Just fill a shallow basin, or wheelbarrow with water, sit the pots in so the drain holes are covered and let them soak for 30 mins.  Then knock the plant out and repot in your decorative garden container.  The roots will be pliable and soft and they will thank you for this, presoak.  The after the pot is complete make sure to give everything one last drink.

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Don't underestimate how important it is to keep up the grooming of the finished planter.  Deadhead spent blooms, cut back straggly stems and replace anything that just isn't doing well.  This little weekly step makes a big different in how your planters look all season long.

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And finally, fertilize. Purchase a slow release fertilizer or better yet every two weeks water with a liquid fertilizer to keep everything looking it's best all season.  Every time you water a pot till there is water coming out the drain hole you loose valuable nutrients.  These need to be replaced.

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Post Last Updated: 8/10/2017 11:46:01 AM 

4th of July Decorating Ideas



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With the 4th of July celebration right around the corner, we wanted to share a few ideas to help your decorate your home or garden area for any parties you may have scheduled.  We like to see clay flowerpots use as planters, party favors & more.  Any kind of garden planter can be used to create fun and patriotic garden decor.  Below are some easy and fun crafts and more.

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A really simple idea.  Take some red geraniums and repot them into terracotta clay flower pots.  This looks nicer than the plastic nursery pots they come home in.  Set the flower pots  around your patio or garden area in groups of clusters.  This makes the flowers look happier and not as lonely as only one planter all by itself.

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Take a vintage picnic basket and fill with nursery bought flowers in red, white & blue.  Add a few small American flags and some sparkly flower picks and you have created the perfect centerpiece for your patio or porch table.  The basket makes a unique & adorable garden planter with hardly any expense.  We love seeing recycled items turned into flower pots.

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Take plastic buckets, terra cotta clay flower pots or any kind of container and fill with fun items for your party guests.  Bubbles, Mini American Flags, head crowns & sparkly bands.  This type of party favor is beloved by adults and well as kids.  We would add sparklers, charcoal snakes and any other kid friendly fireworks.

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Lastly, we just want to show that you don't always need to decorate for the 4th of July with Red White and Blue colors. Here a kitchen colander has been turned into a wonderful plant container filled with red & yellow flowers.  By adding a small American Flag to the planter it makes it look festive & original.  Decorate your porch or patio using the colors of your other landscape items.  Just add the flag and it ties it right into the Independence celebration.

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Post Last Updated: 6/21/2017 9:58:40 AM 

Easter Flower Pot Idea



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Easy Easter Craft Project using a clay flower pot!
Start with a nice smooth Italian clay flower pot.  Make sure it is clean. If there are any finger prints or marks on it, just wash with warm water and soap and rinse good.  Dry completely.  

Take Folk Art acrylic Paint and stencils purchased at Michael's craft stores.  Lay the stencil on the pot where you want it placed.  Squirt some paint on a paper plate.  Dip the stencil brush end into the paint and make little circles on the stencil to transfer the paint.  Don't get the brush to full. If you do dab some of it off.

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It doesn't take much to paint on the design. If you keep the brush fairly dry you won't get the leaks under the stencil.  The Folk Art stencils have a sticky back to help it stick to the pot surface.  They are easy to clean up also.

Once the pot is finished, fill with floral foam.  Top with shredded paper and then stick the items you purchased around the pot into the foam until you get the desired look.

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At the end of the Easter Season, you can take it all out and have a great flowerpot to plant in.  

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes



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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to show you a few super easy tablescapes that we think are wonderful.  Many use garden containers and others you will see you can use whatever you want.  Glass jars, ceramic vases and even a stunning display using no container at all.

Letís start with this table arrangement shown above.  As you can see the center of the table is dominated with a large garden planter that is over flowing with colorful gourds.  Fill in around the container with green plant materials that bring a realistic touch.  The base of the garden urn is covered with more pumpkins and gourds and dried berries.  This is a large and dramatic look.  By using such bold bright colorful materials, you can stick with clear glass and simple place settings.

Our next idea is a simple thank-full tree.  Have each guest write on a paper leaf what they are thank full for this past year.  Tie each leaf on to a branch of the thankful tree.  To make the tree, collect garden branches and stack them into a lovely vase.  Place the vase into the center of the dining room table.  This creates an inter-active beautiful centerscape that is lovely.

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This idea is really neat because no garden container is used.  The center of the table is draped with silk fall leaf boughs.  We love the way it drapes over the sides and lands on the ground.  There are a few candles set among the leaves but that is all.  Itís so simple and yet amazing that anybody can re-create this idea.  Easy Peasy!

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The final tablescape uses 2 white pineapple vases that are filled with straw.  With the fall leaves draped over the chandelier the table doesnít need any more color.  The white vases add an elegance that is subtle and dramatic.  Using your garden containers, vases & planters make creating a table that is memorable and beautiful is much easier than you think.

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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 3:42:49 PM 

A Few Helpful Tips.



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Check out this
potted topiary tree made out of rosemary.  Placing it in the center of the gardening area gives the display lots of height and interest.  Surround the top of the pot with colorful edible flowers.

Around the base of the pot are lots of herbs like basil and thyme.  You could just plant the rosemary in the center but by placing it in the garden
planter you get the vertical height that really shows it off.

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Here we have
potted Red Caladiums, spider plant and southern magnolia.  Each decorates the pots and ties them all together.  The large pot in the back is covering a downspout that is unsightly.  The planter holds a large display that is beautiful and draws you eye away from the spout.  The 3 smaller ones are stair stepped and tie themselves together with the larger one in the back creating a organized and beautiful display.
 
Our last display is a grouping of terracotta planters and saucers displayed by a entryway.  Combine daffodils with citrus hues and fragrant seasonal blooms for a colorful display that just keeps on giving.  This trio holds calibrachoa, fragrant sweet alyssuma and cool nemesia.  All Friendly, brightly colored and wonderful soft looking flowers and plants.  Perfect in the natural finish of clay pottery.

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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 2:33:36 PM 

Easter Tablescape Using Garden Pottery



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What a beautiful way to decorate a table for Easter Supper!
 
Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most stunning!  Here is an easy way to decorate your table for Easter using a few simple garden pots!

The centerpiece and focal point of the table is a large garden urn.  Buy an ivy plant at your local garden center or nursery or better yet go to a craft store and get a piece of silk ivy.  Fill the bottom of the urn or garden pot with floral foam.  Take a wire coat hanger and bend it into a circle sticking the ends into the foam.  Place the ivy in the base of the pot and wrap it around the coat hanger.

Next take a reed birds nest and place it on the top of the pot of course filled with a few candy eggs. Shown with a decorative bird on the top but you can use anything you want.   Next take small urns and fill with shredded paper and top with a green apple. The apples will pick up the color of the plates.  The hand painted stone name place cards, ribbons on glasses and brown burlap napkins are all the icing on the cake.  

This project is not that difficult or expensive.  Just break the photo down into the pieces you want to copy and create your own outstanding Easter Centerpiece using Garden Urns or Pottery. 
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 3:16:57 PM 

Thanksgiving Decorating Tips



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Add a colorful touch to your holiday gathering with these tips.

Wondering what to do this year for your holiday decorating.  With family coming for Thanksgiving you want to add a touch of color and warmth.  They key is to surround your home and create a tablescape with warm colors & terracotta tones.  Add burnt orange blooms, petite pumpkins, and rustic touches with plain clay flowerpots

The terracotta pottery has a warm tone to it that compliments the orange and rust colored flowers.  Line your table with pots of mums and geraniums so that after the holiday they will still last and you can enjoy the pots for months not days.


Turn Flowerpots into a Thanksgiving tablescape

Use clay flowerpots as place-cards, to hold crayons for children to use and have them decorate a picture you can all share.  This is not the time for bright spring colored planters or plant materials.  Rust, orange, wine, forest green, deep reds, terracotta, browns & burnt tones.

Try to sprinkle a splash or two around the house.  Place flowerpots on side tables on the entry hall. Of course, adding a few pumpkins or gourds always decorates things up.    Donít forget to put pots, pumpkins and mums at the front door so that your guests will be welcomed with a splash of color and a touch of the Thanksgiving holiday. Fill pots with candy corn and sweet treats. The point is to have fun, come up with clever ideas and enjoy the holiday.


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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 8:55:55 AM 

Pot Toppers!



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Have you ever heard of "pottery toppers"?  Well, we may have just made it up but we think it's a easy and creative way to top your garden planters and containers.  No only does it add a decorative touch but it also serves a great purpose.
   
Let's start from the beginning.  When you plant directly in a garden container you finish with a good amount of top soil exposed.  This is not a bad thing. We want you to give your potted plants as much soil as possible so that they can grow and not be crowed.  However, in harsh weather conditions that exposed soil can cause some major damaged to plants and plant root systems.  Sometimes making them even fatal.

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What you want to do is provide that exposed soil & plant roots to protection.  Something to keep the water off in case of freezing temperatures, or a layer to provide warmth.  Mulch has been used for generations to keep plants protected during the winter months

We suggest using something a bit more decorative.  Maybe add color with pool balls, Christmas ornaments, filbert nuts, acorns, pine cones, or like the photos show, colorful and fragrant fruit.  Get creative!  Your pots will look fantastic and your plants will be happy for the added protection
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 5:11:09 PM 

The Latest Indoor Gardening Trend



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The recent trend we are seeing right now are simple white displays that calm the mind and lift the spirits.  Grouping neutral color pots like white, black, grey, & creme, in front of a window creates a "indoor flower bed" that distracts from the dull, lifeless scene of winter!  When you stick to a serene, all white pallet it instantly adds unity to the floral arrangements you plant in them.

The key to creating a multi-style container display is to plant them with plants that require similar light requirements.  Azaleas, campanula, amaryllis, orchid and pilea glauca all thrive in moderate to bright indirect light.  Then consider the location of where you group the pots.  For the most part vibrant blooms like southern facing windows.  
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Try to arrange each pot no more than 4 inches away from its neighbor. This makes the air circulation around each pot more humid.  That's huge for holiday potted plants that often tropical in origin and require high humidity. 

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For the most cohesive pottery display, go with vibrant white, and fill with colorful foliage.  Bright green plants, colorful blooms like amaryllis, can always balance out the display by adding color & depth.  Next go for visual texture by adding containers
of different height.  Elevate pots with saucers if necessary.  Mix different shapes like rectangles, ovals & rounds.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 5:12:55 PM 



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