Succulent container garden workshop at Wall Flower Studio

Succulent  Container Workshop – Saturday May 13th, 2017

Succulents come in an amazing array of colours and textures. Combining them in an unusual container for indoors or out is fun and easy to do.

In this workshop, participants will receive instructions, guidance and all the supplies to create a succulent garden in an unusual container to take home and nurture!
Make one as a gift for your mom, or keep it for yourself. 🙂

Class size is limited to 6 participants due to space requirements at the store.

– Date: Sat. May 13th at 3:30 – 4:30 pm
– Place: Wall Flower Studio – Minden Ontario
– Fee: 25$
– Please rsvp by May 9th. Thank you!

For more information, contact Wall Flower Studio at:  sloanartgallery (at) gmail (dot) com  -or-  705-286-6999 

 

*** Update: This workshop is now full. However, I’d be happy to hold another similar class on May 14th, (Mother’s Day) – Please get in touch if you’re interested – we’ll set something up! Thank you, Karen.

Early spring… gardening à la carte

Once the snow starts melting here in the Haliburton Highlands, it’s like opening Pandora’s Box.

If you’ll forgive me for pointing out the obvious, there’s no stopping spring, but seriously who would want to?!

Life in central Ontario Canada, (zone 4a to a Canadian & zone 3 to an American), means patiently observing (not always), and enjoying (always), other gardeners online progressions of this season.

Living vicariously might be another way of stating this!

For those of you who do live in milder climes, we’re playing catch-up here, (weather-wise), as most living in the rest of this continent, except of course those located farther north, have been experiencing growth in their plots for some time.

One of my yearly rituals, (as that’s exactly what this has become. but I’m likely not alone in this), is to inspect the garden once most of the ground is reviving from its snowy grip. Not only do I see what’s popping up, but it really offers me insight into any damage that may have occurred, not only from the force of winter itself, but any neighboring creatures who co-habitat the property.

Mostly I’m speaking of Voles, but that’s a blog post (rant) for another day!

Sharing here is two-fold – Interested like minds see what happening in this neck of the woods, and it’s a visual compendium to look back upon from year to year. I note any changes that have taken place throughout the property, and this also prompts me with ideas, (sometimes outrageous/unrealistic ones) on what I’d like to continue with/change this coming year.

Many bulbs are shooting up and the daffs are not in flower yet, but crocuses are strutting their stuff, as are the blue scilla.

I was happy to see the forsythia in flower. It didn’t seem happy last year so it was relocated it to a sunnier space. It’s currently rewarding me by way of golden blooms.

A tree partially fell down last year and as you can see, the woodpeckers were all over it! Looks a bit like a totem pole hewn by a beak. Perhaps a flowering vine of some sort will be well suited to that spot! Methinks it has ‘trellis’ written all over it.

In any case, this is yesterday’s garden tromp à la Wall Flower Studio, the garden, not the shop! Pending publishing this post, I shall be out the door for another adventure.

Was a glorious spring day here, and I’m hoping it was for you, too!

Spring is in the air…!

A big welcome back, spring… you’re my favourite season of them all. You’re full of potential and a new start to another year in the garden. I can hardly wait!

Yes I know.. we’re supposed to enjoy each season as it arrives and at first I really do try. But as the weeks drag on and while the snow piles up, admittedly the only thing that gets me through winter is looking at beautiful landscaping pictures on Pinterest.  That, and planning what changes and additions I can make in my own garden.

The photos I’m sharing here are actually crocus pictures from last April. We still have much snow on the ground in my neck of the woods, but with the equinox on our doorstep there is light at the end of the tunnel!

So, like many other like-minded itchy green-fingered people living in a northern climate, I shall celebrate the official beginning of spring by sowing and starting some seeds indoors.

Happy Spring!

Sharing a miniature Fairy garden DIY – Terrariums and furniture for the ‘wee folk’!

Fairy Terrarium with blue chair - Wall Flower Studio Karen SloanOne of my lovely customers ordered a Fairy garden in a terrarium. They requested that it be kept simple. For a container, I used a large apothecary jar. These offer ample room for soil, plants, charcoal, rocks, pebbles and moss that make up the wee garden.

The finished creation includes a small Peperomia caperata and a False aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima). Sheet moss and lichens from our yard were added, along with some wooden ‘stepping stones’ to offer the illusion of a  pathway through the enclosed garden. Last but not least, the wee blue chair.

Fairy terrarium blue chair from above

After our last workshop here at the shop, there were a lot of twig and branch scraps on hand. That worked out well because I cut up all of the long twigs into smaller, more usable pieces. I also had some of the oak disks, (branches cut on their side, like a loaf of bread!), which work well for seats and tabletops.

fairy furniture chairs 1

 

Here are the first 3 chairs created at the kitchen counter. With glue gun in hand, I rifled through the twigs, and came up with 2 wee chairs and a table. It’s fun to try different styles, so one is a somewhat traditional style chair, and the other, a funky recliner!

I dislike seeing the strands of glue that you just can’t get away from when using a glue gun. I refer to them as ‘spider webs’. Hold your creation up to the light and pull those off. And, to hide any glue bumps, add a bit of moss to cover it up. Moss and lichens are great for disguising any of those unsightly mechanics.

finished fairy garden furniture Karen Sloan benchThey say the ‘devil is in the details’, but that’s the fun part! I had a couple of tiny little cuttings from a couple of twigs that ended up on the table as drinking cups. Being a floral designer, a small table arrangement was a must! Putka pods and dried Pee gee hydrangea seed heads worked well to create a tabletop bouquet.

finished fairy garden furniture Karen Sloan 22
After my bench and chair grouping was finished, it was on to bedroom furniture. First a night table, chair and bed! Again, more moss, which gives it a very natural ‘gardeny’ feel, along with paper birch that was lying on the ground in our yard. Birch bark makes terrific pillows and duvets! Just a note, I never rip the bark from the tree.

Fairy night table, bed and chair. Wall Flower StudioSuch fun!

Well, it’s back to the glue gun for me! I’m having too good of a time to stop now, but wanted to share.

I hope you’ll enjoy making your own miniature creations! If you’re located in Ontario, Canada and you’re interested in one of our upcoming workshops, please message me via the contact form below for more information. Thanks!

Wishing everyone a very happy week. ~ Karen