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Crabgrass & Clover … Plant lover, horticulture student, mom to 2, wife to 1. Why would someone who wants to talk plants name their blog after 2 noxious weeds? Good Question! See ABOUT ME to learn why.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Inspiration Monthly

Inspiration can be found everywhere: a garden design or plant combination, a vista or a microscopic plant view,  a bird taking a bath or my children playing in the vegetable garden.

I hope these photos of my son running through this garden inspires you.

Photos:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter containers

Enjoying a stroll in downtown Geneva, IL with my husband and our 2 small children on a chilly winter night provided some much needed inspiration for Winter Containers. 



I normally don't make holiday/winter themed containers. 


I blame it on my lack of creativity in the cold months, the usual procrastination that occurs during the holidays, and the unwillingness to drag my little ones out into the cold searching for greenery. 


I also blame it on not having that perfect container to display it all in.



That being said, I felt truly inspired by our stroll and all the unique containers dotting the sidewalk and dressing up storefronts.


If it weren't that Christmas was 3 days away, I might just make a beautiful container.


Maybe next year.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Inspiration Monthly

Inspiration can be found everywhere: a garden design or plant combination, a vista or a microscopic plant view,  a bird taking a bath or my children playing in the vegetable garden.

I hope these photos of my son running through this garden inspires you.

Photos: 2013 Rotary Garden, Janesville WI





Thursday, November 20, 2014

All About Houseplants




I just completed a group presentation in my Horticulture 101 class on Foliage Plants (a.k.a Houseplants), therefore I am now an expert on houseplants and I will never kill another one.  Right?

It may be a little hopeful, but with some practice and my newfangled knowledge, my houseplants have a much better chance to live past Season 1. I've already saved my Boston Fern from sitting in a cache-pot full of water, you can save your houseplants too.

Follow these Houseplant "Commandments" and increase your odds at keeping your houseplant alive... and happy. Let's do this together!










1. Thou shall give my plants the proper water, light, temperature, & humidity

2. Thou will not overwater my houseplant. Instead I will water when I put my finger through the soil and it is dry, and I will water until water comes out the bottom.

3. Thou shall give my houseplants some needed humidity. I will move them away from drafty AC vents and instead help them receive humidity in the dry house by: 1) placing them in a humid location such as a bathroom, 2) grouping plants together (their transpiration will increase water levels around them), or 3) placing them on a tray of pebbles in water (but do not submerge the pot in water).

4. Thous shall give my plants the light they require. Most houseplants can survive in subdued indoor lighting, but not plants like cactus - they need full sun. Read your plant tag or do a search online for light requirements.

5. Thou shall go easy on the Fertilize. If you fertilize your houseplant, do so during the growing months of March - September and don't over fertilize!

6. Thou shall keep my house between 65-75 degrees. Most houseplants are tropical plants and need a home kept in this temperature range. A plant close to a window might be in too cold an area.

Above are photos of my current houseplants: Clockwise from top left:
English Ivy (Hedera helix), Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata), Curly Wurly Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus 'Curly Wurly'), Pothos (Epipremnum aureus)

I'll be working to keep the Commandments and keep my houseplants alive. If you have any tips on houseplant best practices, let me know!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Inspiration Monthly

Inspiration can be found everywhere: a garden design or plant combination, a vista or a microscopic plant view,  a bird taking a bath or my children playing in the vegetable garden.

I hope these photos of this beautiful private garden inspires you.

Photos: Local private residence 2011


Friday, October 31, 2014

Horticulture 101

  
 Going back to school has been an eye-opener.

I haven’t been in a college class since I finished my graduate studies in 2002. So I started this semester with a bit of trepidation taking my first class – the mandatory Horticulture 101.

The nice thing about going to a Junior College (or 2-year college), is that many of the students are older, having already gone to school and are now wanting to learn a new skill. Exactly what I am doing, and I especially see that in the Horticulture Program. I don’t know many 20-year olds who love plants unless their parents were avid gardeners, or own a landscaping company.


Going back means:
 1.     “Yes, technically I could be your mother.” --Be prepared that the guy you’re talking to was born the year you graduated High School.

 2.     “It was all on Blackboard.” – Getting used to looking online for all study notes and assignments.  While I’m tech savvy, I forget that everything is online.

 3.     “I can’t keep my eyes open.” – Cracking open a book at 8p.m. after having been up since 6 a.m. with two small children is like studying at 2 a.m. when you’re 19 years old. You just want to sleep.

 4.     “I can’t memorize these plant parts, but I remember how much my son weighed when he was 3 months.” – Feeling like your brain is only good at remembering the theme song to Dinasaur Train, the names of Thomas’s train friends, and all the short cuts to school. Plant parts? What’s xylem again?

 5.     “It’s my night off.” – Getting released from child care duties one night a week from 5:45 – 10 p.m. is so worth the studying, the $100 book, and the anxiety of failing a test.

I kind of feel like a new person.