Baby’s breath and other filler species are often removed from grocery store bunches to upgrade them to something more refined. When used solo, though, baby’s breath can make for a farmhouse-chic floral centerpiece. Remove the baby’s breath from the bunch, then cut it to size with floral shears. To create a ball effect, place each stem into the vessel with smaller stems around the edges and longer edges in the middle.
Delicate baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata) makes a good filler for bouquets and fresh or dried arrangements. Wait until the morning dew dries before cutting long stems just as the buds start to open. The stems will shrink over time, so use a rubber band to bundle them together, and hang them upside down for a couple of weeks. Give them good air circulation while they’re drying in a dark place.
A fun game to get your guests talking to guess which baby animal belongs with which parent. Download the printable game. Hand each guest a came card when they arrive to the party. Throughout the party, have them match up the baby animal with the parent animal. While you are opening gifts, go over the answers aloud. Whoever has the most correct matches wins a prize!
Make It: Turn outgrown baby shoes into holiday ornaments by adding a four-inch section of rope or twine to the shoes' straps, and then tying two small knots to connect the pair. To hang securely, place one shoe on each side of a branch until they hang evenly.
Korean spice viburnum is beloved for its wonderful fragrance that can perfume an entire yard in mid-spring. Flower clusters start with pink buds that open to reveal white blossoms. Korean spice viburnum also has good fall color with red leaves and is deer resistant. Spice Baby viburnum is a tidy size that suits even the smallest yard, growing 42 to 60 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Eggplant is fussy about its growing conditions, and many insects wreak havoc with it. Flea beetles riddle leaves with holes, tomato hornworms can defoliate a plant overnight and mites also attack plants. Flowers drop without forming fruit if temps drop below 60 F or soar over 75 F. Eggplant is easiest to grow in warmer zones.