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Peonies+Mason Jar=Simple Perfection

Next up in our week of peony arrangements: peonies in a mason jar.  You could just cut 5 or so peonies and pop them in a mason jar, but strategically placed greenery bumps it up to the next level.

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Easy Peony Floral Arrangements from Your Backyard

Peonies are in full bloom in my backyard and I’m yearning to bring some of the prettiness indoors.  This week I’ll be posting different easy ways to arrange your peonies with things that are easily on hand in your yard. First up: a single peony in a teacup.  Super easy.

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My Current Nemesis

I actually have many nemesis lately as I try to whip our new home into shape: ferns (so many ferns!!!), wallpaper, small unwanted trees, big unwanted trees/bushes, the super ugly bathroom, perennials gone wild, just to name a few.  I digress. As soon as the weather heated up, I knew

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The garden is growing and our backyard is slowly but surely taking shape.  I can’t wait to show you the first year reveal, but it still might be another 2 weeks or so away. Until then, this fushia peony will have to do! As for the garden, here’s the latest:

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Long-lasting Purple and Pink Bouquet

By now, a weekend at my Mom’s pretty much means that I will be raiding her backyard and making her a floral arrangement.  She’s a really good sport about it, helping me out and taking pictures or being an extra set of hands when I need her to.  She gets

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Attacking the Living Room Wallpaper

Lately, I’ve made a new best friend. (Don’t worry Vanessa!)  He’s great at getting into tight places and is my constant companion in the living room.  I call him Scrapey. Since I’ve moved in, I’ve gotten into a good routine for working on the house.  Backyard work in the morning

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Garage Sale Truths: What No One Else Will Tell You

I’ve organized many a garage sale in my time, including two estate sales, so I know a thing or two about how to move the merchandise.  Originally when I was thinking about what I would post this week, I thought I would write the usual kind of advice article about

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Backyard Makeover

The housing market in our old city is terrible, to say the least.  We don’t have a lot of showings, but so far the consensus seems to be that the house is great but the yard is too small.  I can’t make the yard bigger, but I can make it

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Planting my Garden: Year One

In my last post I talked about our not-so-great outdoor space at the house.  The garden space left much to be admired, so I made a plan B and am gardening at my mother-in-law’s acreage.  There is a ton of space, so I’m lucky enough to be able to plant the

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The Not-So-Great Outdoors

This is our house.  Out of all the homes we’ve owned, this one probably has the best curb appeal.  We could tell that things were overgrown, but the arrival of spring has shown us exactly how much.

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Kristen

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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