Collecting Driftwood

I found some cool driftwood the other day while I was rafting on the river. I collected it and loaded it up on my raft. I just knew they were going to make great succulent displays. I used crushed rose quartz and crushed purple amethyst as well as crystal quartz in each. I tend to use my little pups from my leaf propagations for all my projects with driftwood. I like to watch them grow in. Would love to see what everyone else does with driftwood. Feel free to share photos!

Orange Peels and vinegar experiment

UPDATE: We have used the spray in the kitchen area, and definitely see a difference. The spray is so much nicer than the typical sprays available. Smells better and works as good, I will be making more.

We are testing the theory that orange peels soaked in vinegar for two weeks in a dark cupboard will produce a solution that will eliminate ants. In two weeks you drain, throw out the peels and add water 1:1. If you have a cup of vinegar you add a cup of water then put in a spray bottle.  Made ours today and will update in two weeks.

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Orange peesl and vinegar
Orange peels soaking in vinegar

Herbs

Lavender Herbs
A handful of happiness

Having Garden Fresh Herbs always adds a unique flavor and look to your salads and other dishes, some make fantastic teas. It also adds just a little bit of protection from most health problems we all develop in later years. If you have, a nice sunny yard or window try growing a herb garden. They are one of the easiest gardens to grow and will do well with container gardening for those who have no room for a garden. [More]

Essential Oils

Essential OilsEssential oils are the concentrated oils extracted from plants. The oils are often used in aromatherapy via diffuser,  home made candles, lotions, shampoos and soaps. Aromatherapy is a pleasing and natural way to boost both your physical health and your emotional well-being. Our bodies take in the benefits of these concentrated oils through breathing the oils or applying it to the skin with lotions. more

Smudge Sticks

Made some smudge sticks tonight with rosemary, sage, lavender and oregano. They were easy to make and smell good. The use of sage is for healing, the smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal. Lavender smoke is used to invite the spirits and rosemary is for cleansing, peace of mind, and to release all kinds of psychic, spiritual and even physical purification. Oregano fosters happiness, harmony, love, peace, protection, psychic development, growth, and tranquillity. 

Donkey’s Tail Succulent

Donkey Tail Succulent Donkey's Tail Succulent Donkey’s Tail succulent or (Sedum Morganianum), sometimes called Burro’s Tail plant, is a popular and easy to grow trailing succulent. It is native to Mexico. This unique looking plant has long hanging stems. That are covered with thick rows of fleshy blue-green, tear dropped shaped leaves that overlap like the hair on a donkey’s tail. The stems can reach lengths of over 3 feet long. It is happiest when grown in hanging baskets or up high so that it has room to flow down and no one can accidentally bump into it. A Donkey’s Tail plant is very fragile and the stems break and the leaves easily detach and fall off of if disturbed. Donkey Tail needs careful handling. Read more about Donkey’s Tail

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant flowering
Blooming Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera is one of my favorite succulents to have in the garden. It will thrive pretty much anywhere as long as the soil is well drained. Aloe Vera rarely needs to be watered, give it a good soaking and then let the soil dry out between watering.  It has many health benefits and the easiest way to use Aloe Vera is to just snap off a leaf when you need it and rub on the gel. Use it fresh, or it stores it in the fridge for up to a week. Its a nice little burn cream to have on hand.

For more information click on the link:   https://www.surrealgardening.com/Succulents/aloeVera.htm

Bulbine Frutescens

Bulbine frutescens
Bulbine Frutescens

Bulbine frutescens blooms in the spring and is dormant during the summer season. It can be propagated easily by cutting the stems and plant immediately in a shady spot. It is similar to many aloe species, and is touted for the similar healing properties as Aloe Vera such as to ease burns, rashes and itches. It grows naturally in South Africa, we got ours as a bonus plant in a 6 pack of succulents.

For mor information on the Bulbine plant click the link:

https://www.surrealgardening.com/Succulents/Bulbinefrutescens.htm