Include beautiful English lavender (Lavender angustifolia) in your garden plans for a plant that’s packed with fragrance. Leaves, flowers and stems all exude that classic lavender scent, and when sun warms the plants, you only need to brush the leaves to release the fragrance. Lavender helps keep biting mosquitoes at bay outdoors. In the evening, reap its bug-busting benefits by crushing flower buds and leaves and rubbing them on your skin. Tuck lavender into pots or planting beds. Plants grow 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
So-called Smyrna-type figs, such as Calimyrna, need a process called caprification to help the figs mature. In California, commercial growers introduce tiny, stingerless wasps called Blastophaga into their orchards to transfer pollen and fertilize the fruits. Without caprification, the figs would shrivel and drop before ripening. Calimyrna figs are sweet and delicious, with a mild, nutty taste. The trees need a mediterranean-like climate (long, warm summers and cool, wet winters).
Designers wanted the kitchen to be both elegant and functional, so they continued the modern look into this space. Clean lines and sharp edges keep the room looking clean and neat, while the blue-gray tile and rich hardwood floor make the space warm and inviting. To accommodate the homeowners' everyday as well as entertaining needs, designers included plenty of prep and storage space with counters and cabinets on two walls of the space and a large kitchen island with an eat in option. To add to the elegance of the space, designers added stainless steel appliances and stainless steel pendant lights, giving the room a little extra sparkle that highlights the natural light that comes in through the door and windows.
'Gentle Hermione' is an utterly charming English Rose with perfectly formed flowers of true Old Rose character. The pure pink color pales to soft blush towards the outside of the flower. The blooms are very resistant to rain. It forms a sturdy rounded and very healthy shrub of medium height, with slightly arching stems. Its fragrance is a strong, warm, classic Old Rose scent with a hint of myrrh. Grows to 4ft tall x 3 ft wide. (David Austin 2005).
Floral, copper and rose gold accents coordinate with navy in this gleaming fall tablescape. Instead of chairs, the designer chose to add a bench to one side of the table. A cozy throw draped over the bench adds a feeling of warmth. Set in a beautiful courtyard, the combination of the stone and vines provides texture, creating an inviting space perfect for hosting an outdoor party or even Thanksgiving dinner.
Holiday cinerarias are happy with cool home temperatures--in fact, they need a location that stays between 40 and 55 degrees F. Warm temperatures cause them to decline fast. You'll find these daisy-like flowers in shades of red, pink, blue, violet and white, and they'll last for weeks if you keep the soil moist, not wet. Don't let the plants dry out, because you may not be able to revive them. When the blooms finish, toss your cinerarias into the compost.
Traditional wisdom calls for fertilizing trees in early spring, if needed, but some research indicates that fall may be a better time. Wait a month after the first hard frost to feed; fertilizing while the temperatures are still warm and the tree is actively growing may lead to new growth that is killed back. For best results, test your soil and ask your local county extension agent for advice on what kind of fertilizer and how much to use.
Perfect for a portable breakfast, this overnight oatmeal combines heart-healthy oats, ground flaxseed, apples and walnuts then mixes with nutrient-rich milk for a delicious make-ahead breakfast packed with fiber, whole grains, healthy fat and protein. Serve the oats warm or cold with an extra dollop of Greek yogurt for a protein boost. Get the recipe >>
A clever use of a small footprint, designer Kristina Crestin came up with the idea to put a queen sized bed together with a twin bunk bed, thinking a family could fit into the small space. To the right of the queen bed, a closet holds essential storage. Black pipe fittings provide a safety component to the twin bed, but also add a little industrial flair.
A budget-friendly pine V-groove in a semi opaque wash on a warm grey was chosen for the walls so they wouldn't compete with the barn board ceiling.
The guest room was a great space to have a little fun, pairing some fun, white animal heads with a found vintage chair. Layering elements to add to the story of the space.
“The holidays are such an expensive time of the year in general, I wanted to come up with a beautiful, affordable tablescape,” says Fotini Roman of Farmhouse Chic Blog. By incorporating her collection of mercury-glass votive holders with a fragrant cedar garland and mini silver ornaments, Roman created a warm, inviting and elegant holiday table.
You can also run an above-ground spa through winter. If you decide to close it down for the chilly season, start with an inspection of the wood cabinet. Refinish wooden cabinets as needed. This task requires dry weather and warmth, so tackle this while autumn temperatures are still on the toasty side—and before fall rains arrive.
Modern cotton has been bred to be all white for convenience, but gardeners who love novelty, and home weavers who appreciate natural colors, can grow heirloom varieties that are brown, green, and even pale lavender. Saving seed from year to year preserves their unique colors. Cotton needs warm soil and a long, hot season to mature its pods before fall.
Frozen pops made only of fruit are hard to pass up on a warm summer day. Blend together fresh mango and pineapple with a little water, pour into paper cups and freeze. When the pops are almost frozen, add brightly colored wide straws to the center. Once frozen, let your kids tear away the paper cups and dip or roll the pops in toasted coconut.
For intense fragrance, grow this jasmine. It typically flowers spring through fall, but tosses open blooms in winter, too, if growing conditions provide warmth and sun. Give it a spot near a southern-facing window. The perfume is similar to gardenia. Plants may be slow to bloom the first year. Just wait—the flower show kicks into gear as plants age. Botanical name: Jasminum azoricum
David Austin English Rose 'Bathsheba' is a vigorous climbing rose with big, beautiful, apricot-colored flowers. It is David Austin's first new apricot-hued climber in 20 years. Its strong myrrh fragrance has a warm floral character with hints of honey and Tea. It blooms repeatedly from early summer till frost. Each shallowly-cupped rosette is densely packed with up to 170 petals. As with all English Rose climbers, 'Bathsheba' is full from the ground up, with plenty of basal stems to fan up and across a trellis.
With the extra square footage and a french door added to the left of the kitchen, the Cousins on Call demolished old wall that separated the kitchen from the living room. The Betsy family now has two large rooms that flow together. The family can cook on the large oversized island, while others relax in the living room without feeling detached from the rest of the family or guests. The large new windows and french doors fill both rooms with bright warm light.
Grow pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) as an annual shrub in all but warmest zones. It flowers late in the season, but the red blossoms are worth the wait. They beckon hummingbirds heading south for the winter and also carry a lovely pineapple flavor. Leaves are flavorful, too, with tender young leaves packing the best aroma and taste. Use pineapple sage in water, lemonade, punch or tea.
As seen on HGTV's Buying and Selling, Cameron and Krystal wanted a grown up space to entertain their friends and family, so Drew and Jonathan brought in some modern furniture and updated the details of their outdated home. The neutral colors of the walls sofa, and chairs are complimented by natural elements around the doors and windows. The brothers then added color to the space by choosing warm blue and copper accent pillows and chrome candlesticks, chandelier and table lamps to help reflect light into the room.