I don’t have a lot of garden space to work with – or time to tend to it, for that matter – but I do enjoy a bit of gardening, and in usual-Jordana-style, I like to keep things simple. In my back garden, I have a ton of hostas. They’re incredibly easy, they grow like champs, and they’re pretty. I also have herbs in planters, and this year, I’m trying out spinach, too.
In the front, I get a ton of sun, so I plant my tomatoes there, and they produce like crazy! I plant red geraniums in my planters because they flourish in the sunshine. Geraniums always remind me of my time in Switzerland, so I’m happy to have them outside my home.Â I was considering white begonias this year because they looked so pretty at the market, but I’m sure the sun would have burned them, since they prefer shade.
And the new addition to my garden are a few peony plants that I split and transplanted from my parents’ garden last year. The buds are still quite little, so I’m not certain they’ll be fruitful this year, but I’m hopeful they’ll produce beautiful blooms for years to come.
I just love that the garden can produce so much goodness. After trudging through such a long winter, I love seeing spring surrounding my home.
And speaking of beautiful homes in spring, here are a few that have caught my eye.
the gorgeous home of Canadian blogger Monika Hibbs
Giannetti Home – Atherton
These solar powered lamps are great items for under $20. Easy updates for your summer patio (or mine!).
Solvinden LED floor lamp, $19.99
Solvinden LED lights, $4.99 for 2
It is almost almost warm enough to sit outside. I cannot wait to put my furniture back out on my deck, lounge around outside with my latte, and fall asleep on my hammock. I am made for summer. In anticipation of green garden life, I’ve been browsing through many garden-y furniture collections. In particular, I’ve been focused on intricate garden benches.
Gertrude Jekyll garden bench, $1498,Â Terrain
Victorian Fernery garden bench, $1298, Terrain
Maison Jansen bench, $2358, 1st Dibs (matching table and chairs)
cast iron swan bench, $6500, 1st Dibs
Swedish garden bench, $2650, 1st Dibs
wrought iron regency garden bench, $9500, 1st Dibs
What do you think? Did you see any that you like?
I use Fiskars pruners for cutting flower stems for bothÂ inside flower arrangements and outdoorÂ pruning (of my small bushes). They’re affordable and they last forever.
Fiskars deluxe pruner, $19.99, Rona
…When there’s confetti!
Confetti is quite possibly the most fun accessory to a memorable event. It’s exciting to throw and thrilling to be showered with the happy specs. No need to save them just for weddings.
I’ll be bringing seed-embedded paper confetti flakes for an early summer party; if you’re like me and don’t have green space, why not gift them (or throw them!) to a friend who does. I also like the enviro, no-cleanup-required: before you buy, just decide if you’ll be seeding with herbs or wildflowers, and let the festivities be as memorable as your lasting green gift.
Enough boring: plantable paper confetti by Bontanical Paperworks in either herbs or wildflowers- a garden party must for this summer