Adding fall flowers

Add 2 fall favorite plants to your patio this season! After a steamy summer, autumn’s cooler air temperatures are easier on both plants and gardeners, but the soil is still warm enough to allow roots to grow until the ground freezes. 

One of my  fall favorites, Mums aka Chrysanthemums are available in a wide variety of colors, including orange, red, purple, yellow and white. They are easy to take care of and are perennial, so you never need to worry about them not returning the next season. Mums are also fragrant and make great centerpiece flowers. Mums are actually quite easy to grow. They grow best in sunny spots, with well drained soil. I mix compost into the soil, both nourishing the plant and helping to retain moisture near the roots. Although Chrysanthemums do not like to sit in water, they do require deep watering a couple of times a week.

The second fall favorite, Pansy plants (Viola) are cheerful, blooming flowers, among the first of the season to offer winter color in many areas. Growing pansies are commonly seen in late fall and early spring in more northern areas of the United States, while in subtropical areas, pansies bloom throughout the winter. Pansies like full or partial sun, but need cooler temperatures to thrive. The ideal planting site will get morning sun but avoid the heat of the late afternoon. For pansies in containers, if the temperatures are warm, they may even need to be watered twice a day. Always check the soil if in doubt. If the top inch of the soil is dry, you will want to water.

Check your local garden shop for these two fall favorites.

Care for a Donkey tail succulent

Sedum morganianum, the donkey tail or burro’s tail, is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae, native to southern Mexico. It is a succulent perennial producing trailing stems up to 60 cm long, with fleshy blue-green leaves and terminal pink to red flowers in summer.

How do you care for a donkey tail succulent?

Whether you want to keep a donkey’s tail indoors or grow it outdoors, make sure to keep your succulent at a shady place that receives bright light in the morning. Moreover, it is important not to overwater this delicate plant or else; its leaves will start shriveling. A Donkey’s Tail plant is non- toxic and safe to have around children and pets.

Unlike many types of succulents, burro’s tail needs a considerable amount of water to keep the leaves attractive and plump. Soak its soil thoroughly and do not water it again until the topsoil dries out completely, especially when kept indoors because it flourishes in the well-drained container. For a more accurate measurement, stick your finger in the water and be sure that it is at least 1-inch deep around your Burro’s tail.

Choosing the right planter for this fun succulent is making sure to use succulent soil and a planter with great drainage holes.

Blooming Air Plants

The inflorescences in air plants produce beautiful flowers of different colors.

Still waiting patiently for your Tillandsia to flower and wondering how you can help encourage the process. In an air plant’s life cycle, the bloom phase is the first stage. It marks the beginning of the reproductive process in the air plant in which it produces an inflorescence. Tillandsia produces different types of blooms in over 600 species. 

 Air plants only bloom once in their lifetime as for the Tillandsia it produces different blooms, many of them producing beautifully colored blossoms that come in a countless of colors ranging from delicate pinks and fiery reds, to bright purples and yellows. As the bloom cycle has completed you may notice some new growth off the side of your air plant. These are baby air plants, commonly called offsets or “pups.” These little babies will eventually mature into their own “adult” air plant.After the pups grow to about 1/3 of the size of the mother plant, you can remove them  and this will jump start the pup stage! On average, 1 to 3 pups will be created by the air plant after blooming, depending on the air plant species. 

How long does it take for an air plant to bloom? Some plants take longer than others, and can grow for months or even years before they bloom. These larger, slower growing varieties include the xerographica, harrisii, fasciculata, etc. All of these plants will emit a bloom spike that can last months!  Some plants such as the stricta, aeranthos, houston, etc. bloom quicker than others and all have stunning blooms.

What special care can you do for a Tillandsia in bloom? First, keep watering and feeding your plant! Nevertheless, you’ll want to take special care when watering blooming air plants not to get the flower wet, so instead of dunking or soaking the whole plant, you can mist the plant. Because if the bloom is submerged in water for too long, it could rot or wilt. A blooming plant may need a little more water than usual since all of its energy is going into the bloom and eventually the pups. Make sure to keep an eye on your plant so that it stays happy and healthy! 

Will the mother plant die?  Eventually, yes. With proper care, they can last for a long time though but this is perfectly normal. Over time the new offset will take over, and the mother plant will slowly die off as it gives its energy to the pups.

That being said, with proper care, plants will bloom when they are ready, no need to rush it. You can fertilize to promote blooming, but the wait is part of the fun of collecting air plants!

Have you had any of your air plants bloom?

Medusa blooming

stricta blooming

Nature inside

Are you familiar with the term biophilic design? The best way to understand it is by first explaining the biophilia definition:

Biophilia is a desire or tendency to interact, associate, or commune with nature.

In modern interior design, biophilia is more than placing a plant or two in your home. It is about incorporating many design principles into your space to improve health and well-being. Nature connects us to the world around us in ways nothing else can. When you incorporate the natural world into your environment, you help promote health and well-being while reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and stress. Biophilic design helps foster emotional attachments to our environment by satisfying the human need to affiliate with nature. It is through these attachments that we can increase our productivity, creativity, health, and performance.

So the outdoors are calling, as shoppers spend more time outdoors and continue looking for ways to bring organic elements into their homes or on the go. Many look to incorporate old-fashioned florals, plant-based fibers ( macrame), and real greenery, as well as detailed botanical elements into their rooms. You can find several of these trendy natural ways for your home at our Etsy shop or within our blog ( if you wanted to try a DIY project). www.printhousedesign.com

You can add real live small easy to care air plants to any room in the home, office, or dorm room. The shop offers tillandsia and bulbosa air plants. Don’t have the best with plants. That’s okay, the shop offers faux air plants and faux succulents. 

Follow the link to see:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/951765504/faux-succulent-echeveria-artificial?click_key=8a82f26235be86816befae9362cc684c5c2a54e7%3A951765504&click_sum=9513fdf5&ref=shop_home_active_2&sts=1

If you are always on the go and want to add a little macrame look to your style then check out these fun keychains: https://www.etsy.com/listing/988542604/boho-macrame-keychain-o-macrame-o?click_key=412104ddc68dc6c4cc93b983cc2624b352b4453a%3A988542604&click_sum=a333319e&ga_search_query=keychain&ref=shop_items_search_1&frs=1&sts=1

Also our blog has a DIY macrame 

https://the-dirty-hoe.com/2021/08/23/diy-macrame-craft-project-ideas

If you are thinking about adding a fun way to show off your plant the shop offers over 50 different style animal planters. The shop also accepts custom requests, so if you don’t see a style you like, just message and ask!  These cute foxes definitely bring a little cottage woodland charm to any space! : https://www.etsy.com/listing/822727422/cute-fox-planter-for-indoor-gardening?click_key=421b3d5c0ef6d60441f9537eee2a7c9096defc43%3A822727422&click_sum=b6fc560b&ref=shop_home_active_17&frs=1&crt=1&sts=1

If you want to add your own botanical decor to your space then try these easy DIY projects: https://the-dirty-hoe.com/2022/09/01/pressed-flower-lantern-jars/

https://the-dirty-hoe.com/2021/08/18/diy-botanical-print/

Also the shop offers beautiful rose twinkle lights as a peaceful botanical decor: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1089484787/rose-petal-led-string-lights-battery?click_key=7dee2f2b5b50ba45424de2ad528623c9148b7df1%3A1089484787&click_sum=e3dfc7e4&ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1&sca=1&sts=1

These are only some of the many aspects of biophilic design. With artificial light, air conditioning, synthetic textiles, and mass-produced products filling our homes, it is crucial to incorporate living things or their by-products into our interior design ideas.

Pressed flower lantern jars

Make your own pressed flower lanterns that are beautiful, and really easy to put together! With a bit of mod podge and dried flowers you have a gorgeous candle holder. These pretty luminaries are perfect for lighting up summer and autumn evenings indoors or out!

If you are looking for DIY party decorating ideas, these glass jar lanterns will make a lovely table decoration. Hang them up outside in the trees as  a rustic look. 

MATERIALS

  • Glass jars
  • Pressed flowers
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge or any craft glue which dries translucent
  • Sticky Tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Tea lights or LED tea lights

First add a layer of mod podge on the outside of the jar.   Then start adding some pressed flowers around the jar.  Be careful – the pressed flowers are very delicate and can easily fall apart. I find it’s best to use tweezers to attach the pressed flowers to the glass jar. Keep adding craft glue and flowers to the glass jar until you are happy with your design.

The glass jar lanterns with pressed flowers need sealing so that we can use them outdoors. To seal our luminaries, we will paint another layer of craft glue over the pressed flowers and let dry.

If you want to add wire for hanging try this step: take the silver florist’s wire and twist it around the top of the glass jar lantern a few times and tie it off.

Next, take another length of the florist’s wire and twist it underneath the wire that you just attached to the rim of the lantern. Bring the wire over to the opposite side of the glass jar lantern and (leaving a loop for the handle) tie it off on that side. You can add twine as well to finish the look. 

Then hang in the trees or leave the wire off and place jars on tables. 

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