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Herbed Butter

Directions:

Mix together the butter and herbs in a medium bowl. Turn out onto parchment or plastic wrap, and roll into a log, 1 1/2-2″ in diameter. Chill until firm, or freeze for up to one month.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Houseplants as an Indoor Nature Connection

The mere presence of a lone Peace Lily tucked in the corner of the living room is nice. But, with a bit more thought and effort regarding placement, arrangement and interaction with houseplants, benefits similar to those received from being outdoors in nature can be achieved. Of course, this is all based on having more plants than one….lone…Peace Lily.  If a home is to truly be a plant boosted sanctuary, plants should be placed throughout the home. No worries – there are houseplants suited or adaptable to every level of light and a bit of research or experimentation will likely show there is really no need to be limited to one sunny windowsill. Continue reading Houseplants as an Indoor Nature Connection

It’s all in the Form, for Gorgeous Container Combinations!

Upright (thriller, vertical) plants add vertical interest and a sense of height to planting arrangements, making them more lively and dynamic.

Mounding (filler, anchor) plants are used to create stability in planting arrangements. They bring a sense of balance to even the boldest combinations.

Trailing (spiller, spreading) plants are the final “accessory” in planting arrangements. They fill in gaps, soften edges and tie all the elements together for a truly finished look.

 

Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!

Hot, bold hues and diversified shades of foliage are all the rage. From Tangerine Tango, the new Pantone color of the year, to rich jewel tones galore, make this seasons’ garden space your own tropical paradise. Dramatic foliage plants such as Black Lace™ Elderberry or ‘Black Magic’ Colocasia help create that relaxed island feel. Plant them in lively colored glazed pottery. To complete your setting, add a colorful accent such as ‘Jewel Mix’ Nasturtiums or a basket of Caliente® Orange Ivy Geraniums. Continue reading Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!

Spring Strawberry Cobbler

Directions:

Spread strawberries over bottom of greased 8 or 9″ square baking pan. Combine flour, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl. Add egg, mix with fork until crumbly. Spread over berries. Dot with small pieces of butter or margarine. Bake at 375°F for 45-50 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 4 c fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c butter or margarine

Strawberry Dip

Directions:

Combine ingredients and mix. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with assorted sliced fresh fruit, like strawberries, grapes, kiwi or pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c Whipped Topping
  • 1 c lowfat strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 c fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated orange peel

Nature’s Support System

For all those who garden, it is common knowledge that gardening is truly therapeutic.  However, there may be some folks out there that are unaware of the many impacts that a simple plant can have on one’s state of mind.  There have been many studies linking the health benefits of plants in the work place and at home. What happens to the people that are not able to work or need assistance due to physical, emotional or mental disabilities?  How can they experience the many benefits that plants have to offer? The answer may be in Horticultural Therapy. Continue reading Nature’s Support System

Strawberry Spring Mix Salad

Directions:

Place lettuce, strawberries, pecans and radish in a bowl. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Toss dressing into salad just before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups spring mix
  • 1 pt strawberries, sliced
  • 4 red radish, sliced
  • 1/2 c pecan halves or pieces
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c vinegar
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seed

Perennials – A Garden Investment

Perennials come back year after year and give an excellent return on a gardener’s investment of time, energy and money. Perennials can provide a beautifully shifting display of texture and color throughout the seasons, without the removing and replacing of plants that would be needed to bring a fresh look to annual plantings. Most can be divided, after 3-5 growing seasons, providing additional plants to expand the landscape or share with other gardeners. Compared to Annuals, time and money demands for feeding and watering are also much less and the tasks of transporting, planting, removing and disposing of them every season are unnecessary.