The Flower House 7 results

DIY: Painted Vinyl Chair

For the last year, I've been wanting to add a comfy chair to my greenhouse. The only challenge being that the greenhouse while lovely for plants is torturous for furniture. After all, it's a wet and sun drenched environment. I also didn't want to spend a fortune having a wing-back reupholstered in outdoor-rated fabric. So I came up with a solution. I'd use a vinyl chair, but paint it to look like fabric and use a variety of patterns and colors to give it a whimsical look. I think it is a ...

DIY: Painted Concrete Floors

So three weeks ago, I decided to paint my greenhouse concrete floor.  Two weeks ago, I was halfway through the full project and ready to shoot myself for thinking this was a good idea. Now, that it's complete and I've had a few days to recover... I love it!  Best decision ever. Truth is the greenhouse is my she-haven. I spend lots of time from September through June in my little glass house.  But I was tired of the drab gray concrete, and I needed a practical solution for a ...

Love for Ladybugs

If you've been gardening long, you appreciate ladybugs like me.  Beyond the fact they are cute and cheery, they actually serve an invaluable role in protecting our plants.   In late February the ladybugs (also known as lady beetles, Coccinellidae) came to my rescue in the greenhouse.  My young seedlings were just coming on and the tropical hibiscus that overwinter in the greenhouse had plenty of new flower buds, so the greenhouse was like an all-you-can-eat buffet for the ...

Repurposed Containers

It's growing season in the greenhouse and many of the seedlings are ready for larger containers. Admittedly, I love clay pots for the greenhouse, but I also love repurposing containers. While old pails and metal buckets are easy to consider as the next flower pot, you might not be looking in your pantry for repurposed containers. These tins planted with coleus and pineapple sage formerly stored my favorite teas. I hated to toss out the pretty tins, so I drilled holes in the bottom and ...

Propagating Pineapple Sage

Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans) is one of my most favorite herbs.  It's what I call a multi-dimensional plant.  It's not only a great herb to use in fresh salads, cocktails, teas, pork and chicken marinades, cheeses and garnishes, but it also smells heavenly and  looks great in the herb or butterfly garden.  In fact, the Sulfur butterflies might actually love it more than me.  Late in the summer, when the pineapple sage blooms it's lovely red, petite-trumpet petals the ...