Keep your chili easily accessible towards the front of the table. Since it's messy, you can avoid any spills by keeping it away from other vessels which the chili could drop into. It's also wise to consider replacing or reheating the chili every 15 to 20 minutes to avoid guests placing cold chili on top of their hot dogs.
Don’t underestimate the visual impact of vibrantly colored accessories. This set of Calibowl® nesting bowls, sold at Crate & Barrel, is recyclable, made of recycled plastic and beautiful enough to live on the countertop.
An oversized shallow container is the perfect vessel for a combination of echeveria cuttings and aquarium pebbles. “This piece can go formal or informal,” says Sara Fried of Fete Nashville. “The geode leans toward elegance while the concrete container is more farm table. I like the combination.”
Applesauce and space travel go together like PB&J. John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the moon, took pureed applesauce in squeezeable tubes on that first space flight. Applesauce hit the astronaut menu again—this time served as a side to ham—on the Gemini mission.
This bowl water feature provides a relaxing focal point for patios. Aquascape is known for its sustainable, low-maintenance water gardens, and this lightweight patina bowl with interior pump is no exception. In this photo, the bowl on the left is shown with an additional spillway bowl on the right.
Naturally dwarf, Mr. Bowling Ball arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobazam’) grows in a spherical shape. Plants never need pruning, topping out at a tidy 30 inches tall and wide. Use Mr. Bowling Ball as a path or driveway edging, foundation planting or container plant in the warmer end of its range. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
To create a decorative leaf bowl you’ll first need to preserve your leaves. To do this keep the leaves completely submerged in one part glycerin to two parts water for a week. Remove the leaves and let them dry. Once dry you can use paper mache paste and a large balloon to create your bowl. Blow up the balloon and cover with paper mache paste. Layer leaves around the balloon in a bowl shape, covering completely with paste as you go. Let dry completely, then remove the balloon for a beautiful, decorative bowl.
Spring peas are one of nature’s delicacies—a true tonic after winter. St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional pea planting day in warmer regions, but you really want to wait until soil temperatures are in the 45-degree range. A clue for the right pea planting time in your region is dandelions, daffodils and forsythia. When these spring favorites start to flower, it’s time to plant peas. Plant too early, and pea seeds will likely rot in cold soil before they germinate. Plant too late, and vines will only have a short bearing window. For garden planting, soil should be moist but crumbly (think chocolate cake). If it’s too wet, seeds may rot before sprouting.
A small size earns Mr. Bowling Ball arborvitae its memorable name. These slow growing plants form mounds 24 to 30 inches tall and wide. It can play many roles in the landscape beside foundation plant. Use it in planting beds as an accent, or plant several together to stage a quirky and fun landscape scene. Hardy in Zones 3-8. Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobozam’