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I’m just going to say it…Today’s post rules!

Why is it so amazing? I’m glad you asked! One of my main goals for this blog is to make gardening accessible for everyone. I am passionate about making people passionate about gardening. Being surrounded by beautiful plants is such a blessing and I want everyone to experience that. How exactly does today’s post do that? Well, I am offering you 3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Effortless Entertaining. I like to call each of these glass gardens. (Be sure to read until the end for a very special surprise!)

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

For each of these glass gardens I am using clippings of Soft Caress Mahonia. We planted tons of it in our side yard to hide the hideous air conditioning units. I had no idea that I would fall in love with this foliage, but I did and now I can’t get enough.

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This first glass garden could not be any easier! Simply fill a glass bowl with water and then submerge a few sprigs. Feel free to move them around until you are happy with the placement. Such an easy way to bring some green into your home when it is your time to host!

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I really love this next glass garden because it turns your foliage into a work of art.

I purchased these glass frames from Homeart several years ago. You can use them to bring any corner of your home to life. Just place a few sprigs between the glass and then get ready to impress your guests.

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This might be my favorite glass garden yet! Simply take the framed clippings that you have just created above and lay them flat for place settings or serving trays. They will add an element of elegance to any surface surrounded by guests.

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Side Note: I have recently kicked my coffee drinking habit and have switched over to tea. There is nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold day. My favorite is chai tea with fresh ginger and honey. Mmm…So good!

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

The thing I love most about glass gardens (and what I hope you will appreciate too) is how quick and easy they are to create.

They can also be pretty amazing to look at…

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Images via Chihuly | Dallas Arboretum

A few years ago I visited the Dallas Arboretum. If you appreciate beauty at all, this botanical garden is a must see. What did I find there? The ultimate glass gardens, of course!

Have a great weekend! Oh, and before you go…

I just had to share one of my favs with you…giving away three glass frames.

I promise you will love them!

(Must be a resident of the United States and 18 or older to enter and win.)

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Flower crowns have become extremely popular over the last few years and it doesn’t take more than fifteen seconds of scrolling through your Pinterest feed to understand why. Even though everyone and their mama is wearing one, I love how no two flower crowns look the same. Just like every flower is uniquely its own, so too is every flower crown and today I’m going to share with you three different ideas for making one of your own.

The steps for all three flower crowns are the same, the structure is what sets them apart. The first look focuses on the front of the crown. By using some larger blooms in the front section, and then filling in with smaller blooms, you create a crown that is nice and full in the front. This won’t take as long as filling the entire crown but it is equally as stunning! The second is the exact opposite. Instead of creating fullness, you use smaller, simpler blooms to create a single look all the way around. For the third and final look, we made a crown that is meant to be off-centered. Create a cluster of a few of your favorite blooms and then group them together off to one side. This will make it look as though you have flowers effortlessly tucked behind you ear.

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Having never made a flower crown before, I enlisted the help of a friend for today’s post. Trial and error led her to believe that these flower crowns could be made in three easy steps.

STEP ONE:
Snip the stems! Leave about an inch of stem so that it can be attached to the crown.

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STEP TWO:
Create the crown! Use several pieces of floral wire and braid them together to create a sturdy frame.

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STEP THREE:
Fill with flowers! Using your floral tape, lay the stem on the wire and then wrap with tape. Then continue adding blooms until you’re pleased with the finished look.

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I hope this has been helpful! I may be a garden expert, but flower crowns are not my forte. The important thing to remember is just to have fun with it. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with flowers in your hair.

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Want to turn a strawberry jar into something that can be used for entertaining? Then when you’re guests ask you where you got this fabulous piece – you can let them know that you made it yourself! Here’s what you will need for this DIY project:

– An Iron Table Top

– A Large Strawberry Jar (24″ tall x 22″ wide)

– 2 bags of Pine Bark (1.5 lb)

– 2 bags of Potting Soil (1.5 lb)

– 9 – 4″ plants including 2 Thyme, 2 Trailing Rosemary, 5 Decorative plants including 2 Supertunia Vista Bubblegum Petunia and 3 Creeping Jenny (feel free to substitute)

– 4 wooden folding chairs

– 36″ round piece of glass (optional)

Instructions:

First take your pine bark and put it into the bottom of the strawberry jar. Doing this ensures proper drainage and reduces the cost of the project because you are able to buy less potting soil. After you have filled the strawberry jar up part way, add your potting soil. You want to make sure to select a potting soil (instead of compost) with a time-released fertilizer, which will really help your plants perform. Feeding the soil into the side cups is an important step for planting.

Carmen & Lacey adding pine bark first to the bottom of the container.

Carmen & Lacey adding pine bark first to the bottom of the container.

The next easy step is to get the herbs and flowers planted. Start with the plants that you will be putting in the side cups. For ours, we have selected Thyme, Trailing Rosemary (Rosemarinus officianalis ‘Prostratus’), and Supertunia Vista Bubblegum Petunia. By selecting herbs, it will add a beautiful fragrance while you are enjoying outdoor meals with family and friends. Before planting the herbs, ripe off half of the root ball to make sure they are small enough to fit into the side cups. Don’t be afraid to do this – herbs are resilient and will recuperate quickly. To not overcrowd and give your plants plenty of space to grow, using 4″ plants will be just right for this project.

Simply go all the way around your strawberry jar until every side cup is planted rotating between the herbs and flowering plants. Make sure each cup is filled to the top with soil. After a week of watering, double-check that the soil level is the same as when it was first planted as it tends to escape. If not, add more soil to the side cups to ensure a healthy home for your plants.

Rotate your herbs and flowering plants when filling side cups.

Rotate your herbs and flowering plants when filling side cups.

When planting the top of your strawberry jar, make sure the soil is about 2″ below the rim. Take your Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) and plant it in the top. This is a great trailing plant and won’t grow very high; making it the perfect plant for this project. Three plants are plenty to fill the top planting because it will fill in very quickly.

Three Creeping Jenny will work great for this project.

After everything is planted, give your container garden a good drink of water. Now it is time to enjoy your beautiful container garden as a table. Place four, inexpensive folding chairs around it, add the iron table top and its time to have a garden party! If you would like, add a 36″ round piece of glass to the top of your table when entertaining for a finished look and remove it when guests have gone home.

Your beautiful finished project – a gorgeous, patio table with an container garden as the base.

Invite some friends over for a garden cocktail party and show off your new work of art. Enjoy!

Carmen

Here’s a video to show the simplicity of the project!

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