Changing our Blog

Hi everyone,

We have some exciting news to share with all of our followers and supporters. We are gradually changing our blog name from TO :, so we can expand more platforms in the future.  As the sole blogger to our shop I am always thinking more ways  on how to reach new followers and supporters while throwing out gardening tips. So within this year we are thinking about starting our own podcast about gardening.  This new area of podcasting will be a huge step for myself and my hubby.  We have so much to learn before we jump into it, because I don’t think you would want to hear a southern girl rambling  on about how she takes care of her family and all her plants that are taking over the house.  The new name popped up one day, as I was driving back from a local garden shop with new gardening tools and yes of course plants.  Yes, the name is out there and could offend someone, but I see it as a new giant step into my gardening journey. Plus when I do go out to the garden to plant flowers I am always using my little garden hoe and getting dirty!

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Growing Montrose Apple Cactus

Monstrose apple cactus with undulating, twisting, sculptural stems, this plane of the cereus hildmannianus stands out within the genus. 

This beautiful cacti can reach up to 23 ft outdoors, but indoors can vary to smaller size. They can bloom with stunning white flowers, which awaken at night. Attracting pollinating hummingbirds, bats, and insects throughout the night. 

How do you take care of a Monstrose cactus?

Light Requirement: Full sun to part day sun. Plants started in lower light levels should be allowed to acclimate to full sun to avoid sunburn. Water needs: Very drought tolerant. Best with deep irrigation every two weeks but it can take more frequent watering in quick draining soils in warm weather.

How do you propagate Monstrose cactus?

When propagating Monstrose Apple Cactus from cuttings, cut a leaf from the mother plant carefully with a clean knife or scissors. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to grow. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How fast does the apple cactus grow?

between two to four feet per year

This plant grows quickly, at between two to four feet per year under optimal conditions. The Peruvian apple cactus flowers in the summertime, and though its flowers are beautiful, they’re also short-lived.

Growing Medicinal herbs

Growing beneficial medicinal herbs will positively thrive in containers placed right on your porch or patio. Many can even double as attractive houseplants, the likes of which may arouse the botanical curiosity of friends and neighbors.

These hand-picked herbs will round out any medicine chest and add beauty to your home. Adaptogens, first-aid herbs, digestives, and relaxing remedies are all represented.

*Please note that this article’s discussion of medicinal uses is introductory in scope. We’ve provided safety guidelines for each plant, but we recommend that you research any new herb and consult your health care providers for possible drug/herb contraindications and precautions before ingesting.

Lavender has a wonderful proclivity for soothing the nerves, and has been used medicinally for centuries as a remedy for digestive issues, headaches, stress, and grief. It is a gentle sedative, which also makes it beneficial for anxiety and insomnia.

Lavender is often used in formula for the herbal treatment of depression as it has more immediate effects as compared to many of the slower-acting tonic antidepressants and adaptogens. I combine lavender with lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora) in tea to help lift the spirits.

The flavor of lavender tea is stronger than one might expect: it’s slightly bitter, mildly astringent, and very aromatic. A little goes a long way. Try combining it with rose petals (Rosa spp.), mint (Mentha spp.), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), or passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) for relaxation and decompression. It is generally safe for children and the elderly.

Topically, lavender (as a wash or essential oil) can be healing for burns, wounds, and minor infections. It is soothing, antimicrobial, and pain-relieving.

Don’t forget that lavender is also a culinary herb! Cultivation: Lavender’s beautiful purple spikes and uplifting aroma make it a classic garden darling. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most common species grown and used medicinally. However, there are thirty-nine species of lavender, many of which are grown ornamentally! Ask your local herb nursery which varieties or cultivars grow best in your area.

A short-lived perennial, lavender prefers full sun, well-drained soil, and ample airflow. You may want to add perlite, gravel, or sand to lavender’s potting soil to provide ideal growing conditions. And if you live in a region with high rainfall, consider giving the plants cover in a sunny locale so they don’t receive too much water. Bring your lavender plants inside to overwinter—preferably in a place that receives bright, direct light—if your climate experiences hard freezes!

Lemongrass is a popular tea and everyday home remedy for some of the most common health complaints: headaches, stress, anxiety, indigestion, insomnia, coughs, colds, and flu.

It is a staple herb in Brazilian, Caribbean, Chinese, and Indian folk medicines. Much of the contemporary research conducted on lemongrass has centered on the essential oil, which has demonstrated marked antibacterial and antifungal properties.

I use lemongrass as a uniquely delicious medicinal tea. In the summertime, try pairing lemongrass with other citrusy herbs, like lemon balm and lemon verbena, along with hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa), for a refreshing herbal iced tea.

You can add the flavorful “bulbs”—the tender inner base of the stems—to broths, Thai coconut soups, and curries. Teas and broths featuring lemongrass are wonderful for easing the symptoms of colds and flu. 

Cultivation: This aromatic tropical grass is often grown as a container plant and brought indoors to be protected during the colder months. Growing it in a pot helps to keep its size manageable, and it’s quite commanding when planted with other ornamental herbs, such as artichoke (Cynara scolymus) and purple sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’).

For a tropical flair, pair with nasturtium (Tropaeolum spp.) and other cascading flowers. Plan to acquire a large pot for lemongrass and its companions!

Lemongrass prefers full sun and soils that drain rapidly—consider adding extra perlite or pine bark fines to your soil mix. Harvest the stems repeatedly throughout the growing season to increase yields and to keep growth in check.

If you have difficulty finding lemongrass plants  in your area, you can often obtain pieces of lemongrass stem, with attached roots, from Asian grocers. These can be directly planted in pots or encouraged to root in a glass of water before planting. You can also grow it from seed if you get a head start on the season.

White sage’s medicinal uses are nearly interchangeable with its Mediterranean cousin, garden sage (Salvia officinalis), although the former is more antimicrobial and stimulating than its domestic brethren.

I use a steam inhalation of the leaves to help break up respiratory congestion in both the lungs and sinuses. Try combining it with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) in the steam pot with a few drops of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) essential oil.

The practice of burning white sage as an aromatic cleansing and purifying agent has been widely adopted by Westerners, to the demise of wild populations which have been overharvested, primarily for sale as “smudge sticks.”

Cultivation: Endemic to southern California and Baja California, white sage has become increasingly rare in its native habitat due to over-gathering. If you enjoy this herb, please consider growing your own supply. Do not gather or purchase wild-harvested white sage. We have a more detailed growing guide (plus recipes!) on the blog.

White sage favors warm, dry conditions. In humid climates, white sage will sometimes develop fungal diseases or rot. I cut off the afflicted area, and it will often make a comeback, but sometimes the whole plant up and dies. Subsequently, I plant more white sage than I ultimately need.

White sage is especially alluring in a terra-cotta or glazed blue ceramic pot. Add extra drainage material to the soil mix, such as coarse sand, perlite, or pine bark fines, and take care not to overwater. White sage is also prone to aphids; if it seems over wilty, look for the little green, red, or black insects on the undersides of the fresh growth. Use insecticidal soap as an organic pest control.

Rosemary not only tastes good in culinary dishes, such as rosemary chicken and lamb, but it is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

It is typically prepared as a whole dried herb or a dried powdered extract, while teas and liquid extracts are made from fresh or dried leaves.

Rosemary is a perennial plant (it lives more than 2 years).The leaves are often used in cooking.Possible health benefits include improved concentration, digestion, and brain aging.

Beyond the kitchen shelf and bathroom medicine cabinet your home herbal pharmacy can extend out onto the window sill or patio. Given the right light and watering many medicinal plants will thrive and can be a useful resource to have on hand. Label plants so that when you are harvesting them you know what you are taking for the right remedy. You can find copper garden markers at our Etsy shop to help label your beautiful helpful herbs. Follow the link to see

So growing any of the herbs above can bring pleasure and a sense of achievement. If you know of any herb that can be used as a helpful remedy please comment below!

Planting Echinacea

Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. It has ten species, which are commonly called coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas.

 This flower is well-loved not only for its beauty and its ability to attract butterflies, but also for its medicinal value. Several tribes such as Cheyenne and Sioux, used echinacea as an antiseptic and painkiller. They also used it to treat insect and snake bites.

The most widely known variety, the purple coneflower, grows to about 18 inches tall, and sprouts a clump of flowers about two feet wide.The plant’s flowers are daisy-like, with attractively drooping petals in a wide range of colors.

Plant Echinacea plants in the spring or the fall, in well-drained soil in full to part sun. Echinacea is easy to grow from seed, as well, but requires a cold, moist period—called stratification—in order to germinate. Sow seeds thickly in the fall (after hard-frost in the north and before winter rains elsewhere), covering lightly to discourage birds from eating them. Seeds will germinate in the spring. Most plants will bloom during the second year—one reason it’s advantageous to start with transplants.Echinacea thrives in full to partial sun. Plants need at least four hours of sunlight per day. The plants grow natively along the edges of woodlands, so they will thrive in spots with morning shade and afternoon sun or vice versa. Echinacea will tolerate poor rocky soil, but will not grow in wet, mucky soil. Mulch plants with compost at the time of planting.

Echinacea also is an herb commonly used to make herbal supplements, essential oils, tea, and herbal remedies. The tea is made by infusing the flowers and leaves of the echinacea plant in hot water

There are three main types of echinacea plant used to make tea: Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida and Echinacea angustifolia. Echinacea angustifolia boats large leaves and violet-colored flowers while the pallida variety has flowers that are more pale rose in color. The purpurea variety has reddish purple flowers and is revered in Europe as an immune system booster.

Echinacea is packed with polysaccharides and vitamin C that help promote overall health and well-being. Echinacea tea is an herbal tea and naturally caffeine-free so it can be enjoyed all day long.

Echinacea tea has long been used as a staple in improving the immune system and fending off infections. Echinacea offers antibacterial properties that prevent pathogens from making you sick. Echinacea tea can also soothe a sore throat and minimize aches and pains caused by the common cold and flu.

How to Brew Echinacea Tea

Echinacea tea can be brewed using tea bags or a variety of different plant parts. Echinacea root, leaves, and flowers can all be used to brew this flowery tea. Make sure to always use high quality loose teas or tea bags for the best flavor.


  • 1 handful fresh echinacea leaves or 1 tablespoon echinacea root or leaves
  • 8-10 oz water
  • Sweetener such as honey (OPTIONAL)


1. Heat water on the stove or in a tea kettle until it reaches a rapid boil.

2. Place the dried or fresh echinacea in a tea strainer and set in a tea cup. Add the boiling water.

3. Steep the echinacea for 10-15 minutes. The longer the tea steeps, the stronger the floral flavor will become.

4. Add sweeteners or flavor additives such as lemon, honey, and mint. Enjoy!

You can also find the tea already premade ready for your to brew at your local grocery store

Cut Flower Garden

Plant these flowers in your garden to yield endless vases filled with beautiful blooms. You can grow, harvest, and arrange stunning seasonal blooms.

Sunflowers are a great flower to display alone or in small groups in a vase. These plants reach 20-30 inches high, but offer lots of flower power with their gold petals and deep brown “eyes.” The heavily-branching plants produce lots of flowers on long stems that are good for cutting.-Growing sunflowers from seed is super easy, too. Plant seeds after the danger of spring frost has passed and the soil temperature is at least 60 degrees. This will be between March and May, depending on where you live. Plant the seeds no more than an inch deep and about 6 inches apart. ( You can also plant the seeds throughout the summer and enjoy sunflower blooms)

Gladioli grow from corms and form dramatic, tall blooms ideal for displaying in arrangements indoors.Enjoy flowers all summer, plant your Glads every 2 weeks until early July. This will stagger the plantings and flowering times. You can also extend the flower season by growing early, mid and late-season

The sweet pea is a vigorous tendril climber available in hundreds of varieties. It flowers in shades of red, pink, mauve, blue and white and is often scented.Sow sweet pea seeds between October and April. For best results aim for late October/November or late February/March as temperatures and light levels are less than ideal in midwinter. Sweet peas can also be sown directly into the ground in April or May.

Tulips burst with a variety of gorgeous colors making them ideal for a vibrant indoor arrangement.Tulip bulbs should be planted in the fall. The soil needs to have cooled off from the summer growing season before you plant, which could mean September in cold climates (zones 3 to 5), October in transitional climates (zones 6 to 7), and November or December in warm climates (zones 8 to 9).

Zinnias come in a wide variety of colors with large, profuse blooms and are truly an easy to grow annual flower.Plant zinnias in spring after all danger of frost has passed, around the same time you’d plant tomatoes. Zinnias are easy to grow directly-seeded into the garden. For sooner blooms, start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before your last frost date.

Black-eyed Susans are perfect for naturalistic prairie style planting schemes and provide beautiful, vivid color in bouquets. Plant black-eyed Susans in either the spring or early fall. As long as they have a chance to establish roots before the weather gets either extremely hot or extremely cold, they’ll be fine.

Asters always provide brilliant color, but for a show year after year, grow perennial species.Plant asters anytime during the growing season. In the South, spring and fall are best to allow the plant to get established before severe hot or cold weather. In the North, plant anytime up to early fall. This will allow the roots to get established before winter.

Growing these beautiful flowers above can create a beautiful flower garden & beautiful bouquets.

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