The Pillar, the Thriller and the Spiller. Beautiful Planters.

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You know it’s never to late to plant!

And it seems like there’s always some sort of a fun container kicking around and staring you in the face saying “plant me”!

It’s also a great time to purchase a few “filler-inners” that are discounted.

So with that thought in mind, here are a few tips!

It takes a combination of a few things to make a beautiful planter to enjoy throughout the summer months.

Of course you want to start with your location and the right plants that will do their best.

Whether you are East, West, North or South facing, it’s a good idea to see exactly how much sun or shade your planter will be exposed to.

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The planter above would definitely be a full sun container.

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This planter would do well in a shady area.

So now to the title of the blog, The Pillar, the Thriller and the Spiller. Maybe self explanatory to some but here goes:

The Pillar- the center or tallest plant, for example, a dracena grass, or fountain grass.

The Thriller- The main focus or main attraction to your container. This would be planted around your pillar leaving enough space around the edge for the Spillers. This could be geraniums, begonias, impatiens, & dahlias, something that will get fairly tall, but stay smaller than the pillar.

The Spiller- The cascading color or greenery planted around the edge of your container. This could be wave petunias, bacopa, verbena, potato vine, charlie, and the list goes on.

Wheelbarrow planter

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A few other necessary components are drainage, soil, watering and fertilizing.

Make sure your container will drain. Plants do not like to sit in water. Drill a few holes in the bottom of your container.

Also use potting soil. Of course we strongly recommend Olson’s Potting Soil. And use new potting soil every season.

Watering is very important, but over watering is usually what will kill  a plant almost as often as under watering. Use the finger test. If you poke your finger in the dirt and it feels moist you can probably go another day without watering.

Lastly, but so important is fertilizing. Use a fertilizer with a high middle number. For example 10-52-10. Fertilize regularly and you will see a difference in how well your plants produce blooms.

Whether you’re the do-it-yourselfer or you have your containers custom planted (hopefully by us) we hope this will inspire you to spruce up those planters or plant something new.

It’s great therapy!

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All planters shown are custom designs of Olson’s Garden Shoppe.

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“M” is for the Million Things She Gave Me

   “M” is for the million things she gave me,

“O” means only that she’s growing old,

   “T” is for the tears she shed to save me

“H” is for her heart of purest gold, 

   “E” is for her eyes, with love light shining,

      “R” means right, and right she’ll always be,

Put them all together, they spell “Mother”,

A word that means the world to me.

-Theodore Morse & Howard Johnson –

Mother’s Day is Sunday.

What do you have for your Mother, Wife or Grandmother?

Here are a few gift ideas to inspire you.

                 Decorative CabinetP1010630

               Sugar ScrubP1010637

                 Herb Gift BasketP1010633

           Stationery Gift Basket

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                          Ceramic Bird House

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                               Assorted Planters

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                   Hanging Baskets & Urn Planters

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                  Urn Planter

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                     Bird Cage Gift Basket

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        Fresh Floral Arrangements (sample arrangement, flowers vary) 

        Special order & walk in

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If you don’t see something here, come in and take a look, or maybe a gift certificate would be the right gift for your Mom.

For all of you Mom’s out there…

                  Happy Mother’s Day!

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Also coming up in May:

Creating a Fairy Garden

&

Container planting: The Pillar, the Thriller and the Spiller          

Good-bye Winter, Hello Spring!

SPRING FEVER?!

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The crocuses are in bloom, the trees are budding and those bulbs you put in last fall are just about ready to bloom.  But what else should you be doing for your yard in March?  Here’s a few things to help you get started.

CLEAN UP YOUR FLOWER BEDS

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On a nice sunny day get outside and remove all of the leaves and debris left by your trees (or your neighbors).  I’m sure if it’s anything  like my flower beds you’ll even find a weed or two to pull.

CARING FOR SPRING BULBS

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Bulbs need a little TLC so they’ll come back bigger and better next time around. By removing spent flowers of large flowering bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, the plants energy is then channeled into producing large bulbs and offsets rather than setting seeds.  Allow smaller bulbs to set seeds so they self sow, producing larger drifts.  Fertilize in early spring and then again after flowering to fuel foliage and bulb growth for next season. And your grandmother is right, resist the urge to remove bulb foliage while it is green. The green leaves nourish next years flower buds, which form during the summer.

ADDING AND TRANSPLANTING PERENNIALS

It’s also a good time to divide any of those perennials that may have taken over last fall.  For example, the garden chrysanthemums, the daisies, etc, etc.  A good rule of thumb is if it blooms in the spring, transplant in the fall.  If it blooms in the summer and fall, transplant in the spring.  Move them to another area of your yard or give them to a neighbor, you know the one who shared all of their leaves with you.  Either way it can beautify and change the whole design to your landscape.

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If you have a few spots that you need to add perennials, now is a great time to plant those.  Make sure that your perennials have been hardened off if it is still cold outside.  Hardening off means that the perennials should be acclimated to the weather outside before you plant them.  They’ve been living in a nice, warm greenhouse and need to “take a chill”.  Put the perennials in a garage, or somewhere cold, but not where they could possibly freeze.  After a few days your beautiful perennials will be ready to plant.

OTHER COLD HARDY PLANTS

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Pansies, snapdragon and petunias are very cold hardy. They are safe to put out early. The temperatures will actually make stronger, healthier plants.

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COLD HARDY VEGETABLES

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These vegetables are safe to plant in March and April. They actually prefer the cooler weather.

                                Broccoli                        Cauliflower                     Peas                 Turnips     

                                Beets                             Kohlrabi                         Potatoes

                                Brussel Sprouts            Lettuce                          Radish

                                Cabbage                       Onions                           Spinach

                                Carrots                          Parsnips                         Swiss Chard

Whatever your yard and garden might be in need of,  get outside!

 Enjoy the fresh air & beautiful weather!

NEXT BLOG: CREATING YOUR OWN FAIRY GARDEN 

Love is in the Air

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VALENTINE’S DAY 

is a very significant day for a floral shop.

There are many hours spent in preparing for this event.

Pre-booking flowers, ordering in potted plants, selecting containers and decorative picks, to delight those who might receive these beloved gifts, takes time and effort for the creative florist.

In our much enjoyed endeavor to design, create and select items for our customer’s loved ones, we have put together some beautiful flowers and quotes.

❤ Please enjoy and feel the love. ❤

Dozen Rose“If I had  a flower 

for every time I thought of you,

I could walk in my garden forever”

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

 Valentines 2015 Olson's Cyclamen

“And you will keep me safe

And you will keep me close

And rain will make the flowers grow”

-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables-

Valentines Cyclamen

“All you need is love, love is all you need”

-Lennon/ McCartney-

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“You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars”

-E.E. Cummings-

Spring Mix

 “love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it”

-Swedish Proverb-

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“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song that only you can hear”

-Oscar Wilde-

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“To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when they have forgotten”

-Unknown-

Valentine Dish Garden

“We are all a little weird and, 

life’s a little weird,

 and when we find someone whose

 weirdness is compatible with ours,

we join up with them and fall in 

 mutual weirdness and call it love”

–Dr. Seuss–

Valentine Heart

“You’re in my heart, you’re in my soul, you’ll be my breath, should I grow old”

-Rod Stewart-

❤ Have a Happy Valentine’s Day <3!

The Many Uses of Chalk Paint

We recently became distributors for Old Town Chalk Paint. We were so excited when the boxes of sample paints arrived. In fact, you would of thought we were children opening Christmas presents. There were pots and pots of every beautiful color you could think of.

So, what shall we do with them?

Old Town PaintsWe shall paint! We shall paint to our little hearts content!

It just so happened that we had Flea.o.logy coming up in a few weeks and we had also advertised a “Paint a Clay Pot with Chalk Paint” class.

WHAT A GREAT WAY TO KICK OFF OUR NEW PAINT!

The amazing thing about chalk paint is that it covers virtually everything. No preparation other than simply wiping down the item you want to paint.

Is that totally unbelievable or what?

We had a few items sitting around the store that really needed to be turned from drab to fab! So we started to paint. We started with wood items. Solid and laminate items. Very shiny, heavily shellacked items. But we couldn’t stop there. We painted tin, glass, clay pots, plastic pots and cement items. The paint went on like a breeze. And dried so quickly.

So on we went to the distressing phase. Sanding the edges, antiquing, glazing & waxing. Making the items have our own look and personality.

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Some of the methods we used were:

1) Sanding edges and paint, then applying antiquing glaze followed with soft wax.

    2) Sanding edges and applying a soft wax. This was mainly on items that were painted black. The dark wax wasn’t really visible.

3) Sanding edges and paint, then applying soft wax followed by dark wax and then soft wax again.

These are some of the items we displayed at the store.

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1) a table that was heavily coated with shellac. 2) the top of a cement bench.  The clay pot and a metal tin are also painted with chalk paint.

Chalk Paint Projects 2

1) The bread box is painted barn red with a soft wax finish and a dark wax finish afterward.  2) The mirror is partially antiqued for display purposes with dark wax.  3) The coffee table is painted true black with soft wax.  4) The nightstand is a before and after, painted lazy river with dark antique stain.

WE WERE SO PLEASED WITH OUR PROJECTS!

Our painting class was the next thing on our to do list. I tried painting a few pots at home. After looking on Pinterest for a few ideas I came up with this.

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I painted a old clay pot, a plastic pot and a ceramic pot that was already painted bright green.

I found the cute French print at The Graphic Fairy.com and put french transfers in the search box.

The painting class went over extremely well. We had a great turn out and the ladies were so creative!

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Do you have anything sitting around that you would like to paint? That you would like to go from “drab to fab”?

Chalk paint is amazing. You should give it a try!

HAPPY PAINTING!