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Common Poisonous Plants: Protect Kids and Pets

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The first step in protecting your kids and pets from common poisonous plants is to know the plants in your yard and know your child and pets behaviour. 

Do you know what kind of lawn you have?

How about your trees, hedges, shrubs, vines and flowers?

Can you name them?

 

Curious Kids and Hungry Pets Stay Away From Poisonous Plants!

 

Is your child prone to exploring the world by putting everything and anything in his or her mouth?

"Things" meaning plants, bark, seeds, flowers- the place where plant poisons reside.

 

Does your dog or cat forage and nibble on plants and grass?

Does your dog like to fetch sticks?

 

If your answer to the above questions is "YES," and you don't know what plants are in your yard, please educate yourself!

 

The only way a plant can poison humans or animals is if one actually touches, smokes, or eats it.

Plants will not chase and attack you but they can stop you dead in your tracks if you try to eat them!

This is natures way of protecting plants from predators and securing the safety of their seeds for future generations.

 

 

You may have watched my presentation on "Poisonous Plants with Shirley Bovshow" on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark Channel recently.

This is it!

 

Check out these common poisonous plants that have landed people and pets in hospitals fighting for their lives.

There's a good chance you have one of these plants in your yard or have seen them in someone else's.

 

NERIUM OLEANDER

 

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There's a lot to like about this dangerous beauty.

Oleander is an attractive and fragrant evergreen shrub, popular in warm climates.

As a hedge, it's an excellent choice, growing rapidly as a vertical screen and it doesn't need good soil or much water to flower prolifically.

Some people call it the "freeway plant" because it's a popular freeway shrub.

 

On the other hand, Oleander is one of the most potentially poisonous plants on earth.

Neither human nor animal is safe from a toxic encounter with Oleander.

Touching or brushing up against the Oleander leaf may cause major skin and eye inflammation.

 

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Photo by Jeremy Lee for Crown Media 2014

 

Eating one leaf is enough to cause death in a small child or small animal within hours!

Oleander sap contains "Oleandrin," a cardiac glycocide that regulates heart rythym.

  • Never use shredded Oleander leaves, stems and branches as a mulch or firewood.
  • The Oleandrin is released into the air causing respitory distress.
  • Wear gloves when handling the Oleander plant and never let Fido fetch a stick from this plant!

Do you have Oleander in your yard?

Lot's of people do.

Proceed with caution.

 

LILY OF THE VALLEY (PIERIS JAPONICA)

 

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For hundreds of years, "Lily of the Valley," (Pieris japonica) has been written into literature as the "poisonous plant" used in countless murders!

Yes, this gorgeous plant has a shady reputation and for good reason.

LIly of the Valley shrub has over 30 different chemicals that act as "cardiac glycocides" that will take your heart for a deadly ride!

 

Are you a fan of the hit show, (now available on Netflixs), "Breaking Bad?"

The Lily of the Valley makes an important appearance on the show, but I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't watched!

 

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There's another plant with the common name, "Lily of the Valley, " (Convallaria majalis)  that has toxic parts whose flowers look very similar to Pieris japonica.

Both have leaves, flowers, stems and seeds that are poisonous if ingested.

Potential side effects include:

  • heart arrythmia
  • gastrointestinal distress
  • mental confusion
  • coma
  • death from heart failure

Needless to say, "Please don't eat the Lily of the Valley" and keep foraging pets away from it!

 

On the other hand, if you don't have kids or pets who eat plants, the Pieris japonica is an extraordinary flowering shrub for the shade garden.

Urn-shaped, pendulous white flower clusters ornament this spring blooming plant.

Slight fragrance too.

 

Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

 

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Surprised that Wisteria is on the list of "poisonous plants?"

I am!

NO wonder they named the show "Wisteria Lane" after this dangerous plant!
 

I love the cascading clusters of purple flowers that make a romantic show during spring time.

From the seeds to the stems, to the flowers, Wisteria has the toxic glycocide, "Wisterin," that's present in its seeds, pods, and bark.

Sometimes mistaken for bean or pea pods, curious children and hungry pets are especially vulnerable to Wisteria seeds.

 

Side effects include:

  • Digestive upset
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • trouble breathing
  • fatal (when large amounts are consumed)

 

Exploding Wisteria Seeds!

 

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Photo by Jeremy Lee for Crown Media 2014

Safegaurding your children and pets away from the Wisteria plant is important, but you must to be aware of "exploding wisteria seeds" that can sabotage your plan!

Even if you block access to the Wisteriavine, Wisteria seeds "explode" from their pods in the summer and scatter all over the yard!

Wisteria seeds can be found up to 50 feet away from the vine, making them "accessible" again.

 

Nature has encoded plants with a "will to survive" and exploding seeds is one of the ways to ensure that seeds have a chance to sprout on fertile soil.

 

If you don't have hungry kids and pets, enjoy your Wisteria vine, there's nothing like it!

 

 

CALLA LILY (Zantedeschia aethiopica) 

 

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Calla lilies aren't "true lilies" but part of the Arum family and a plant to "watch" when kids and pets are around.

Showy tall flowers emerge from slender stems in spring, just in time for Easter.

 

All parts of the Calla lily are poisonous if ingested, exuding oxalic acid and other potent chemicals.

The roots are most toxic.

Once oxalic acid enters the bloodstream, it binds to it and can't be released from the blood resulting in toxicity to the kidneys, nerves, brain, heart, eyes and skin.

If you compare the toxicity of Calla lilies to other plants in the "Lillium" genus, or "true lilies," it seems less dangers.

Read on!

 

 

Plants in the Lilium Family are Lethal, Especially to Cats!

 

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"Lilies" are one type of plant that you want to remember the scientific name of.

If you see "Lilium" on a plant tag and you have a cat, keep these plants out of your house!

Liliums are "true lilies" and lilies are not your cats best friend.

 

Plants in the Lilium family are lethal to cats and it takes only a small dose of it's toxins to gravely injure or kill your cat.

Lilies include plants commonly known as:

  • Asiatic lilies
  • Easter lilies
  • Tiger lilies
  • Daylilies

There are others, but this is a good list to start with.

 

The poison in lilies are found throughout the plant including the stems, flower, seeds and pollen!

 

What makes lilies especially scary for cat owners is that pollen from lilies fall onto tables, get on your clothes, and can end up on your cats fur or nose!

If your cat grooms himself and ingests small amounts of lily pollen, time is of the essence to get to your cat to the veterinarian.

Irreversable damage to vital organs can begin within a few short hours!

Lilies are the #1 plant related poisoning leading to feline death according to medical sources.

 

Lilies are also poisonous to humans and dogs but not to the extreme degree of cats.

In any case, don't give lilies to friends with cats, don't bring them into your yard or house if you have a cat.

I've said my peace.

 

Learn more about poisonous plants:

Cornell University

ASPCA

 

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Do you have any stories about your experience with poisonous plants?
I want to hear about it.

Shirley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage!

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My fingers are still tender from working on my DIY bunny rabbit topiary made from a repurposed tomato cage and floral netting!

After trying six different design approaches for the bunny topiary, I finally settled on using a tomato cage as a support.

You can't beat the 2 dollar price tag and the small tomato cage frame is the perfect size to fit a 1 or 5 gallon size plant.

And so, I presented my design on the Home and Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden design expert.

 

I love the challenge of coming up with new ideas and garden design projects every week for the show.

The bunny topiary was a challenge because it had to be easy enough for most people to do, use inexpensive materials, and be structurally viable.

I was excited when I finally thought of using a tomato cage and estatic when I put it together and it actually looked kind of cute!

 

Want to make one?

Here we go.

 

Materials for Shirley's DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage 

  • Small tomato cage (used as topiary support)
  • 4 packs of green floral wire netting by  Panagea  12" x 48"-inches ( $3 each Joann's)
  • 1 pack 22g green floral wire
  • 1 lightweight plant container
  • 1- 5-gallon African Boxwood plant (SEE NOTE)
  • 3- 4"-inch English Daisies
  • 1-4"-inch Festuca blue- (to use as bunny's tail)
  • 1-pack "sew on eyes" (.50 cents at Joann's)
  • Sphagnum moss

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NOTE: Use an evergreen plant for a topiary frame so it looks good year-round.

Select plants with small leaves and dense, green foliage that looks good when sheared.

Examples include boxwood, myrtle, syzygium, laurel, privet, rosemary, ivy, creeping fig vine.

Buy compact varieties of these plants for small topiaries and regular growing varieties for large landscape topiaries.

 

Create the Bunny Topiary Frame

  1. Check  that your inverted tomato cage fits over your plant and sits on the soil of the container.
  2. Remove your tomato cage from plant and wrap with floral netting, securing with floral wire beginning at the base of cage and work your way up.
  3. Pull your netting as you wrap it around so that it is not loose.
  4. Cut off the metal stakes that stick up from the tomato cage with wire cutters.
  5. Place the covered tomato cage carefully over your plant.
  6. Reuse the cut metal stakes to secure the cage to the planter by bending them in half and inserting in soil.
  7. Cut a 8"-10"- inch piece of netting and press it on top of a round object to curve it- this will become the top of the bunny head.
  8. Secure the netting to the top of the topiary form, closing the gap and creating the top of the "head"
  9. Cut another 8-10"-inch netting and shape on top of round object- this will become the bunny's face.

10.Secure the "bunny face to the top of the frame and "head"

Add Appendages

 

FEET

Cut 2 pieces of netting 8"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each piece with moist moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

Bend feet upwards.

 

PAWS

Cut 2 pieces of netting, approx 4"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

 

BUNNY EARS

Cut two pieces of netting, 12"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

 

FINAL DETAILS

  1. Attach the "Sew on Eyes" with a piece of wire onto the "face" 
  2. Plant the Festuca grass where the bunny tail would be.
  3. Plant a few English Daisies along the rim of planter
  4. Finish with a hand painted sign that reads: "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" 

 

HAVE FUN!

 

Watch the video of my segment on Home and Family

 

 

 

 

Miniature Garden: Emerald Isle, Mossy, Misty Irish Landscape

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My latest miniature garden is titled, "Emerald Isle," inspired by the misty, mossy, verdant landscape of Ireland.

I created this tabletop-sized landscape for the "Home and Family" show, Hallmark channel's popular daytime home and garden talk show.

The Hallmark channel is all about the holidays, and with Saint Patrick's Day around the corner, I was in the mood to do some interpretive gardening!

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Shirley Bovshow demonstrates how to plant moss, with Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines on Home & Family show.

 

Selecting Plants For My Miniature Garden

I've never been to Ireland but I've seen lots of photos of the rolling, pastoral hills covered in a thick, persistent fog.

These dense, wet clouds and vapor trickle over Ireland, perpetuating colonies of diverse moss fields.

I turned to Moss Acres, a nursery that specializes in growing moss for the landscape architects, designers, contractors and gardeners for my plants.

 

Did you know that there are over 12,000 recognized species of moss, a plant in the Bryophyta family?

Moss Acres not only supplied the moss for my TV segment, they also sent me a couple of "Mist Makers" to create the foggy effect in my container garden!

 

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I chose only four varieties of moss to showcase in my Emerald Isle miniature garden.

 

Moss Varieties

 

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Sheet Moss (Hypnum imponens)- a flat, creeping moss gaining popularity as a lawn replacement plant.

 

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Cushion Moss (Leucobryum)- a light-green, plump and cushy moss.

 

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Rock Cap Moss- (Dicranum) a dense, medium green moss that grows on top of rocks with little or no soil.

 

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Reindeer Moss-(cladonia) a lichen plant that reindeers eat to keep warm.

 

Mosses are peculiar plants.

Mosses have no roots or flowers and stay relatively small throughout their life.

Mosses are true survivors of the plant world.

Once established in a shady spot with regular water, mosses will respond to freezing temperatures or drought in the same way.

Mosses go to sleep in order to survive extreme temperatures and conditions.

They are brought out of their dormancy by watering and then growth begins again.

 

 

Other Materials Needed To Make This Garden

Container or pot saucer (I used pot saucer on the show and in the example above).

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Gravel (use a small layer for drainage when planting in saucer).

Potting soil

 

 

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Emerald green glass boulder made from recycled glass (sold  in landscape center)

Stones and pebbles

Small glass container (to hide mist pump)

 

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Mister Maker machine (small)

Fairy or St. Patrick’s figurines for holiday theme

Spray bottle with distilled water to water the moss
 

Steps:

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1. Set your glass boulder in middle of planter as a focal point.

 

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2. Make a hole to bury your glass container where mist pump will be placed, leaving 1/2 an inch lip over the soil level.

3. Insert Mister Maker pump into glass container and add water, cover with plastic to keep soil out.

4. Plant mosses, using different types to create a natural effect.

5. Add small stones and cover with sheet moss to create raised, undulating hills.

6. Plant small fern or other plants

 

Detail with St. Patrick's Day or fairy garden decor.

Switch on mister and enjoy the show!

 

 

 

Watch the video of my garden segment on Home & Family Show.

 

Miniature Garden: Emerald Isle Photo Gallery

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Tabletop miniature garden of the Irish landscape.

 

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I bought a glass lampstand at Pier One Imports and used it as a lighthouse for my miniature garden.

 

 

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Close up of "bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow."

 

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I designed the rainbow using bent floral wire and sheer rainbow ribbon which I used a gluegun to attach it with.

 

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The Irish landscape in miniature form includes lots of stone and moss plants to look authentic!

 

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Assorted mosses, stone and Oxalis, a clover plant.

 

Alternative design:

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Here's an Emerald Isle Miniature Garden I designed in a ceramic container!

 

Want to see some more miniature and fairy gardens I've designed?

 

Easy Modular Monogram Succulent Wall Planter From Wood Crates!

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I'm going to show you how to make a trendy, modular monogram succulent wall planter from wood crates you buy at the craft store.
There are no tools involved and this is probably one of the easiest vertical wall planters you can make.

 

ßHave you been watching the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden lifestyle expert?

One of the producers asked me if I could make a monogram succulent wall planter that they saw in a popular garden magazine.

The design was gorgeous but too complicated for the average person to make, so I redesigned it as a modular planter using store-bought wood crates.

Take a look!

 

 

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The letters "H" and "F" succulent wall planters are displayed at the Home & Family deck.

 Some of the unique design elements of this vertical succulent wall planter include:
 
  • The planters are made from ready-made, lightweight wood crates from the craft store, so there's no heavy wood construction involved.
  • The succulent monogram design is created by hanging a series of large and small crates to form block letters.
  • This succulent wall planter is a "no-soil" planter.
  • Succulent cuttings are planted in moist moss so the planter is very lightweight.

 

MATERIALS FOR THE EASY MONOGRAM SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER

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Gather these materials and start making your monogram succulent planter!

 

 

 

  • Wood crates from Joann's craft store. Price ranges from $4 to $8 dollars depending on size.
  • Spray paint for wood in your favorite color, glossy finish. I chose "Sunny Yellow" from Krylon.
  • "NeverWet" waterproofing solution by Rust-Oleum. NeverWet is a two step solution designed to create a moisture repelling barrier on a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, aluminum and more.
  • Moist moss as a planting medium.
  • Plastic chicken wire to keep the moss and plants from falling out.
  • Succulent plant cuttings.
  • Staple gun for securing chicken wire to crates.
  • Screws for hanging on wall.
        

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING SUCCULENT WALL PLANTERS

 

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Helpful Hint: Use a Lazy Susan when painting for easy access to all areas!

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1. SPRAY PAINT one or two  coats of color paint, inside and out and let dry.

 

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2. Apply the BASE COAT APPLICATION of  Rust-Oleum® NeverWet solution.

Shake the can of NeverWet Base Coat vigorously for one minute before spraying and then frequently during use and between passes.

I love this product, it has revolutionized the materials that I can use to make planters because of it's effective waterproofing abilities!

Spray Base Coat approximately 6-12 inches from the surface.

Spray two light coats of Base Coat (right to left, then up and down).
Wait for 30 minutes for the Base Coat to dry.
Apply a second coat if desired, waiting 30 minute before moving to the next step.

 

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3. Apply the TOP COAT APPLICATION of Rust-Oleum NeverWet solution.

Shake Top Coat can vigorously for one minute after mixing ball begins to rattle.

Shake often during use.

Spray Top Coat over Base Coat approximately 6-12 inches from the surface.

Avoid soaking the surface.

 

Spray two light coats (right to left, then up and down).

Wait 1-2 minutes and then spray two additional passes, taking care not to soak the surface.

Wait at least 30 minutes before exposing to water, 12 HOURS IS IDEAL.

 

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Painted and water-proofed crates, ready for chicken wire and after, planting!
 
 
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4. PREPARE PLANTER with moss and chicken wire for planting.

Staple chicken wire inside of crate

 

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Fill tightly with wet moss

 

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Secure the moss in the front of the crate with green plastic chicken wire.

I prefer the plastic chicken wire to the metal one because it's much gentler on your skin!

 

HOW TO PLANT SUCCULENTS IN MOSS BOX

There are a few plants besides succulents that can be planted bare root in moss.
Bromeliads, tsillandsias and orchids are among them.
You could probably add some of these plants to your vertical planter along with the succulents if you wanted to.
 
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Push small plant cuttings through chicken wire opening and secure into moss.

After a few weeks, the succulents will begin to root in the moss, wrapping their roots around moss clumps.

Succulents are able to grow and thrive in the soiless medium with the advantage of slower growth.

Use a small bent coated wire to wrap around plant stem and anchor into the moss if needed for security.

 

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Continue to add more succulents but don't overplant!

 

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Leave some space for the plants to grow.

 

Planting Tips:

Plant creeping plants such as Senecio on the lower areas of planters so that when the plant grows, it doesn't cover other plants.

Buy  small succulent plants (4"-inches and smaller) so that your plants don't  outgrow the planters quickly!

Use cuttings from larger succulents to save money. 

 

HOW TO WATER YOUR SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER

Mist the moss in your succulent wall planter until fully wet once a week or take your planter down from the wall and gently water.

Be careful not to dislodge your newly planted succulents.

I never fertilize my succulents that are planted in moss and they still grow well and last a long time.

One of the advantages of planting in moss is that you can hang your vertical wall planter immediately after planting as their is no soil that needs securing.

 

Do you have any questions about creating a  modular monogram succulent wall planter using wood crates?

 

 

Miniature Rose Garden With Repurposed Glass Bottle Arbor

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I designed a miniature rose garden featuring repurposed glass bottles which I made into an arbor just in time for Valentines Day!

Don't ask me where I get my wild ideas, I just get them.

I have a collection of gorgeous liquor or "spirit" bottles that I picked up in an alley behind a bar in Sherman Oaks, California a couple of years ago.

It's been my intention to use these beautifully shaped bottles in my garden designs, and I finally used a couple of them.

 

If you watch my gardening segments on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel, you might be visiting my blog, EdenMakers, to read more information or to see more photos of the miniature rose garden I presented on the show.

You've come to the right place!

 

 

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Take a look at my "Glass Bottle Arbor and Rose Mini Garden" from start to finish with a little video thrown in!

 

Video, "Shirley Bovshow's Mini Rose Garden on Home and Family Show"

 

MATERIALS FOR SHIRLEY'S GLASS ARBOR ROSE MINI GARDEN

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Miniature roses in 4 or 5"-inch container
 
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Sweet Alyssum in multi pack size
 
potting soil
Urn or container 5-gallon size is ideal
 
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Fill your container up to 1-inch shy of the rim with well draining potting soil
 
 
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 Remove all labels from bottle and wash inside and out before using in your container garden.
 
22-gauge florist wire to wrap around bottle
2- bottles (nicely shaped)
2-wine corks
 
1-Covered wire stem (to make top of arbor)
Sharp scissors
 
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1-heart-shaped cookie cutter
 
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1-package of red "sparkle glass"
Package of small white pebbles
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Instructions

PREPARE THE BOTTLE ARBORS
1. Select two identical bottles, wash inside and out, remove labels.
 
2. Starting at the bottom of the bottle, wrap 22-gauge florist wire around the base and extend to neck of bottle.
    Twist wire to other side of bottle neck and extend downward to bottom of bottle.
    Cut wire and tighten ends together.
 
3. Wrap floral wire horizontally around the bottle to create a "trellis" grid for the roses to be attached to.
    Wrap at least 3 horizontal wires.
 
4. Drill a small hole on top of wine corks with end of scissors or small nail.
    (This will make inserting the wire for the "arbor top" easier).
 
5. Twist a couple of covered wire stems together and shape into a small arch.
 
 
INSTALL THE ARBOR
 
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6. Insert the two bottles into the potting soil, burying approximately, 1/2 – 1"-inch of the bottom of the bottle.
    Make sure the two are at the same level and directly across each other.
 
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7. Insert the wine corks into the bottles and join the two bottles by inserting bent covered wire into each of the corks.
    This is the top of your arbor.
 
PLANT ROSES AND ALYSSUM
 
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8. Plant your roses on each side of the bottle and attach stems to the grid using small pieces of pre-bent wire.
 
9. Plant sweet alyssum along edges of your container.
 
PREPARE FOR DECORATIVE SOIL COVER
 
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10.Cover the soil with old pantyhose or landscaping material so that the topping won't sink into the soil after watering.
     Top with white pebbles.
 
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Miniature rose garden floor covered with white pebbles
 
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11. Insert the heart-shaped cookie cutter into the pebbles and top with red sparkle glass.
 
DETAIL YOUR MINI GARDEN
 
12. Cover the bare soil near the plants with sphagnum moss
 
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13. Hang a small crystal pendant from arbor.
 
14. Place a small bench in your garden.
 
Water lightly and place indoors near sunny window or outside in covered patio in bright spot.
After roses fade, plant them in your yard in a sunny location that get six hours of full sun each day.
 
 
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MAINTAINING YOUR MINIATURE ROSE GARDEN
 
1. Water your miniature rose garden when the soil feels dry to the touch.
 
2. Remove old flowers once they are spent to keep the garden looking fresh
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3. As rose plants grows, you can re-pot each rose in it's own container or plant outdoors in the garden as weather permits.
 
 

MINIATURE ROSE INFORMATION

Contrary to popular practice, you don't have to throw away your supermarket miniature rose when it stops blooming.
 
These roses are just as strong as their full sized counterparts.
 
Many miniature roses will grow up to 2-3'-feet tall when planted in the ground and are ideal for small spaced gardens.
 
Plant your miniature rose outdoors in the spring after all threat of frost is over in a location that receives at least 6 hours of full sun.
 
Water, fertilize as often as you would your full size roses.
 

More Miniature and Fairy Gardens by Shirley Bovshow

I've created a number of miniature and fairy gardens throughout the years.

Here are some links to other blog posts as well as videos of my projects.

Enjoy!

 

Fairy Gardening: Miniature Garden Ideas

Miniature Rose Garden: Container Idea

Butterdish Terrarium by Shirley Bovshow

 

Videos on Miniature and Fairy Gardening with Shirley Bovshow

 

"How to Make Your First Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden"

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"Make a Mini Garden With Sun Parasol Garden Crimson Mandevilla"

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Staghorn Fern Mount Displays From Repurposed Materials

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I have  some creative ideas for displaying mounted Staghorn ferns using repurposed materials and no nails!

This tutorial was presented on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden lifestyle and design expert.

Fans of home and garden TV will love this unique talk show!

 

Enjoy this rainforest wonder plant indoors and learn how to care for it.
 

ABOUT STAGHORN FERNS (Platycerium bifurcatum)

Staghorn ferns grow into a huge plant under ideal conditions which are warm, temperate and humid conditions.

  • The Staghorn fern is an exotic epiphyte plant that grows directly on trees and stone and draws nutrients from falling leaves that are caught by the ferns "antlers."
  • Native to Australia and tropical, South East Asia, the Staghorn fern has two distinct leaf forms with its own function.
  • The smaller leaves cover the roots and help take up water and nutrients and are sterile, (they don't bear spores).
  • The larger fronds resemble a stag's horn and bear spores on its underside which help propagate the plant.
  • The large fronds can grow up to 3 feet long, depending on variety.

 

SHIRLEY'S STAGHORN FERN MOUNTED PLANTS

Browse some of my designs and if you are interested in replicating them, read the instructions below on "Preparing Your Staghorn Fern for Mounting."

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to Acacia Wood Cutting Board

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Staghorn fern mounted to an acacia wood cutting board with burlap 

 

After preparing the Staghorn fern for mounting, I wrapped it in burlap and hung it from the cutting board handle.

This is a unique and affordable way to display your Staghorn fern.

 

HomeGoods offered this acacia wood cutting board for approximately 10 dollars.

In a few years, the Staghorn fern will outgrow the cutting board and become very heavy.

At that point, the basal fronds will attach themselves to the board and not rely on the burlap for support!

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to A Driftwood Photo Frame

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Small Staghorn fern mounted to a driftwood photo frame.

 

My head started spinning with ideas when I came across this rustic driftwood photo frame from HomeGoods.

The opening for the photo measures 5" x 4"-inches, perfect for my small Staghorn fern plant.

The back of the frame is open so it will be easy to water it by taking the frame down and dipping the back of the plant into a bucket of water!

As the plant grows it will basically "swallow" the frame, enveloping it completly.

I suggest that as it outgrows the space, move it and replace it with another small Staghorn fern.

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to a Black Metal Fruit Bowl

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Staghorn fern mounted to a black metal fruit bowl.

A black metal fruit bowl from HomeGoods, (again!) is repurposed as a planter!

I was  looking for a contemporary style product to reinterpret as a planter- what do you  think?

Mounting the fern to the open grid was easy to do with metal wire and will be easy to take down for a good soak of water!

If I allow the plant to grow in the metal planter indefinitely, two things may happen:

  • The metal may rust after a few years
  • The plant will swallow the metal basket

I can't think that far in advance, so I'm not sure what I'll do!

 

Staghorn Fern Planted in Large Driftwood Stump

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Staghorn fern planted in crevice of large driftwood stump.

 

There's a special story behind the stump of driftwood that I used as a "living sculpture planter" for the Staghorn fern.

A homeless man who I befriended entrusted the beautiful driftwood stump to me to be it's "guardian" as he had no place to keep it.

This man found the stump when he was out and about with his daughters when he still had a home and they were very young.

The memory of him being with his girls is connected to this momento so it's a precious possession for him.

He is estranged from his daughters now, making this unassuming stump even more important.

The Staghorn fern is planted in a large crevice along the top.

 

Now that I've served up some inspiration of repurposed Staghorn fern mounts, are you ready to make some of your own?

 

PREPARING STAGHORN FERN FOR MOUNTING

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Materials

  • Small Staghorn fern
  • old pantyhose
  • sphagnum moss
  • fishing wire (25-50lb capacity) 
Directions:
 
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Remove any soil surrounding the roots of a small Staghorn fern and cover with wet sphagnum moss.

 

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 Place inside a piece of pantyhose. Secure with wire.

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Cover the exposed pantyhose with decorative sheet moss or coconut fiber, WRAP with wire.

You are now ready to attach the prepared Staghorn fern to your selected mounting material!

 

WATERING AND MAINTAINING INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

  • Staghorn ferns thrive  outdoors in humid climates (50-90 degrees) or indoors in high humidity rooms such as a bathroom or greenhouse.
  • Indoors, watering should be light but often, approximately every other day in the summer and twice a week during the winter as moss dries up.
  • Apply water to  the root area which is blanketed in sphagnum moss when it feels dry.
  • During spring through summer, fertilize your Staghorn with a balanced, (1:1:1 ratio) half diluted plant food added to the water once per month.
  • Mist-spray your Staghorn regularly to maintain high humidity. 

 

LOCATION NEEDS FOR INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

Bright light but not direct sunlight or it will scorch your plant.

 

OUTDOOR LOCATION FOR STAGHORN FERN

If you live in a tropical and humid area, you can grow Staghorn ferns outdoors!

Ideal temperatures are between 50 and 90 degrees.

Older, established plants may fare well in slightly colder and warmer temperatures, but this is the comfort zone.

Place your Staghorn in light to partial shade and bring indoors to humid room when temperatures dip below 55 degrees.

 
 

STAGHORN FERN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why should Staghorn ferns be hung?

In nature, Staghorns are epiphytes and grow attached to tree trunks and stone and make ideal vertical plants.

The beauty of the shape of the Staghorn fronds are more visible when the plant is hung on its side.

 

How do you water an indoor Staghorn fern? How often?

Indoor Staghorns are dependent on you for their humidity needs and should be watered when the moss area is dry to the touch and misted regularly.

During the summer, this can be as often as every day or every couple of days, depending on how hot and dry you keep your house.

In wintertimes, you may only need to water once per week.

 

Apply water directly to the moss root area. 

You may need to take down your wall mount and dip the roots in a bucket of water, so plan for this when creating your display mount.

Don't drench the roots with water, water lightly as Staghorn roots and basal fronds may rot.

The rule of thumb is frequent, light watering over drenching your plant each time you water it.

 

How big do Staghorn ferns get?

Outdoors, under ideal temperatures and high humidity, Staghorns and their pups, (plantlets) can span 6 feet wide or more!

Staghorns can become very heavy, reaching hundreds of pounds.

 

What other plants can you combine with Staghorns for a pretty display?

Combine your small indoor Staghorn fern display with other epiphyte plants such as bromeliads, orchids and tsillandsias for a pretty combination.

Be aware that with time, the secondary plants will be overtaken by the larger Staghorn fern.

Succulents also combine well with Staghorns as their roots can also be wrapped in moss and watered as needed.

 

How long do  Staghorn ferns live?

Well maintained Staghorns can be passed down from generation to generation as "legacy plants" and live hundreds of years through their progeny.

 

Should the small fronds be removed as they turn brown and old?

Don't remove the small, infertile fronds that attach themselves to surfaces when they turn brown.

Your Staghorn will grow many layers of these round fronds which help capture nutrients from air and water for your plant.

The natural breakdown of these fronds provide hummus for the plant.

 

How do you propagate a Staghorn fern?

Staghorn ferns have spores that can be used for propagation but it's an involved process that takes patience and experience.

An easier way to cultivate more plants is by dividing small plantlets that emerge at the base of the plant.

 

Do you have any questions about mounting Staghorn ferns?

Please leave a comment below!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Legacy Plants: Cloning Your Plants on Home & Family Show

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My latest segment on "Home & Family" show is about "Legacy Plants," or special plants that have been passed to others through cloning.

There is nothing new about taking cuttings to multiply a plant but what is unique about my Legacy Plant design is the way the plants are shared.

 

Take a Closer Look!

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Instead of handing over a cutting of your special plant in a plastic bag or in a small growing pot, create a "gift package" that elevates your plant to heirloom status.

I know I would treat a gift plant with much more importance if it looked like the plant in the photo above.

 

Legacy Plant Gift Kit

Place your plant cutting into a beautiful container after it has grown a decent size.

Don't leave it in your plastic grow pot.

 

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I blinged out my plant with sheet moss and decorative shells.

 

An important feature of the Legacy Plant kit is a framed photograph of the plant and the plant owner that accompanies the gift plant.

In addition to this, I designed a custom plant tag that tells the story of the plant including the year the plant was first received, the occasion, and the person who received it!

The materials are from Michaels Craft store. 

Popsicle stick glued to a pre-shaped wood marquee and painted copper.

The inscription was printed on computer paper and Mod Podged over the marquee.

 

No one will ever forget the significance of your Legacy Plant when it comes with these details.

Take a look at more Legacy Plant packages and start passing on your treasured plants!

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African Violet with photo and plant tag.

I displayed the plant with a cute "Pass it On" decorative piece I had made with birch tree slices and etched ink.

 

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Closeup of African Violet gift tag.

 

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I love the textured photo frame that compliments the rugged container holding the Arrowhead or Nephtitis plant.

 

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Closeup of the Legacy Plant custom tag.

 

Watch my gardening segment on Home and Family, titled, "Creating Legacy Plants for Generations to Come" as seen

For instructions on multiplying a geranium, read Propagating Geraniums by Taking Cuttings.

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I'll post an article on cloning your plants as seen on the show, shortly!

 

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See you soon!

Shirley