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Floral Giveaway (CLOSED)

August 18, 2014

Remember the Garden Guide column we did in the spring with talented illustrator Michelle Schneider? Today we have a really fun giveaway from Michelle! You can win your favorite floral print or a notecard card set – your choice!




Hyacinth, Illustration by Michelle Schneider

Or choose a lovely 6 card notecard set. Send an old fashioned, snail mail letter to a friend!

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Giveaway ends August 25. Enter here:

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Michelle was kind enough to offer a coupon code for her shop this week too! Just enter code “CURTISCASA” for 10% off your purchase. Coupon code expires August 25, 2014.

Garden Guide: Veronica

May 26, 2014

A couple of years ago, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I interned with Amy Osaba, the floral designing guru in Atlanta. Amy taught me so much about floral design, about listening to the flowers, and how to with forage the perfect greenery. Amy combined the Soloman’s Seal that grows in my Mom’s garden and in my garden with ranunculus, peonies and veronica for a bridal arrangement. It was lovely and I was hooked. I had never seen a combination so beautiful and organic. Veronica is one of my favorite flowers now and I can’t wait to grow it in my own garden, and use it in arrangements. Get this beautiful pink veronica print Michelle’s Etsy shop here.


Sun:  Veronica, also known as Speedwell, loves full sunshine
Soil:  Loamy (sandy), well-drained soil.
Water:  Water daily in the summer when the heat is strong. Cover with a layer of compost and mulch to keep moisture in.
Prune:  Deadhead to extend bloom time. After the first frost in the fall, cut back to 1 inch above the ground.
Size:  Grows 1-3 feet tall

Get the veronica print Michelle’s Etsy shop here.
More Garden Guides here.

Garden Guide: Hydrangea

May 19, 2014

Now that we’re finally getting more settled in the new house, I hardly ever think about missing the old house. The only time I do is when I think about my garden. I had four lovely hydrangeas that lined the pebble path in the back and I was so bummed to leave them behind. But when we moved in the new house, I was pleased to find four lovely hydrangeas lining the driveway. I like to think they were waiting for me here. I can’t wait to see them bloom! Get this week’s Garden Guide hydrangea print in Michelle’s shop here.


Sun:  Part sun, part shade. They’ll wilt in full sun, in the summer heat!
Soil:  Hydrangeas are happiest in rich, porous, moist soil. The pH of the soil can change the color of the blooms! Acidic soil creates blue flowers, alkaline soil creates pink flowers.
Water:  Water often. (In the summer, I water mine everyday!)
Prune:  Pruning depends on the variety, some you prune before blooming (when dormant) and some you prune after blooming. Double check your variety before you cut anything!
Size:  Size depends on the variety also, but you can bet on 4+ ft. tall.

Get the hydrangea print Michelle’s Etsy shop here.
More Garden Guides here.