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Zinnia Floral Arrangements for a Beautiful Home

Zinnias are my favourite flower and they are finally in bloom!  They were the stars of my wedding flowers so they will always hold a special place in my heart.  Unfortunately, that means summer, and the bulk of flower season, is over. Until then, lets all make the best of

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How to Make Crab Apple Juice

One of my happiest childhood memories is of drinking crab apple juice straight from the jar at my babysitter’s house.  The juice was always accompanied by some tasty home baked cookies and delightful conversation.  Now that I’m older, I wanted to recreate the magic.

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Triumphs & Failures in my Garden

The harvest is underway and I’m already thinking about what worked and didn’t work this year.  There were lots of surprises this year: volunteer potatoes (that did really well despite much neglect), barely there greens and beets, peas that didn’t perform, and the wonder that is cylindrical beets.  Here’s my

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Raspberry Season

It’s raspberry season over at my mother-in-law’s acreage and they sure are plentiful this year.  I don’t know what it is, but this year they are especially sweet.

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Easy White Peony & Yellow Lily Bouquet

I wasn’t going to do any more floral arrangements for awhile, but a trip to my Mom’s proved otherwise.  The lilies were in bloom, there were a few good white peonies left, and I simply couldn’t resist.  Do you have some peonies, lilies, yarrow, and ferns in your yard?  If

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Peony Table Centerpiece

Today we up the ante a little with a table centrepiece, featuring peonies and lilacs.  (Special thanks to my mother-in-law Barb for letting me grab some lilacs from her backyard!)  Arrangements for tables should be lower, so grab a short container and lets get started!

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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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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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