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PLANTING BOXWOODS ON TYE STREET

June 22, 2016

Gardening / Tye Street Project

Front yard with Monrovia boxwoods on @thouswellblog

This past weekend we took some time to take care of Tye Street’s curb appeal, and bring in some new plants that would create the foundation for a beautiful, classic garden in the two beds that line the front of the house. One of my favorite plants and a bush that makes a great backdrop or border for garden beds is the boxwood. While they take a bit of investment and patience to grow, their small leaves and branches make them a beautiful hedge bush and easy to shape. Since they’re so dense and have a broader shape, they were perfect for placing against the porch as eventually they will grow in to cover the old lattice and cinderblocks at the base of the house. The Winter Gem boxwoods we planted from Monrovia are also ideal since they’re one of the hardiest boxwood varieties. Boxwoods are one of my favorite shrubs because they’re very versatile, and can mix well into contemporary or cottage style gardens. For my dad’s house, I wanted it to keep a more simple, contemporary style in the garden while using all of the classic Southern plants I explored my last post with Monrovia. I also wanted to celebrate Monrovia’s 90th anniversary – that’s a long time to be growing beautiful plants for our gardens!
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5 PLANTS EVERY SOUTHERN GARDEN NEEDS

April 1, 2016

Gardening

Vintage metal French doors leads to an outdoor tile patio by the dining room via @thouswellblog(via House and Leisure)

It’s a beautiful time of year in the South right now. In just the past two weeks, daffodils, tulips, and azalea blooms have emerged and pear and cherry trees have exploded in bursts of delicate petals. In preparation for the beginning of the gardening season, I’ve compiled a list of plants that are quintessential to the Southern garden. While we’ve got quite a few plants that thrive in our temperate conditions, these classics have been used time and time again for their brilliant blooms, evergreen leaves, or easy-going nature. And for me, many of these plants conjure up some nostalgia for their use in many of the green spaces in my memory. Consider adding some of this flora to your own garden this year from Monrovia’s selection online or at your local garden center (find one here). Monrovia has been around for over 90 years and offers high-quality varieties of all of these plants, expertly grown in California.
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SMALL SPACE HOLIDAY: CITRUS CHRISTMAS TREE

December 19, 2015

Decorating / Holiday

Citrus Christmas tree, holiday decor ideas on @thouswellblog

When it comes to holiday decorating, it can be hard to find the perfect spot for a Christmas tree in a small living room. Although I love the nostalgic smell of pine needles, when I spotted this Monrovia meyer lemon tree at our local nursery I knew it would be just as festive as a traditional tree. And the smell it just as good – there were a couple of blossoms left on our tree that have an incredible scent. With some glass ornaments (like fruit!) and a strand of mini lights, our citrus tree looks perfectly festive, and will easily transition out of the holiday season. Read More

EARLY BLOOMING: BRING SPRING INSIDE

March 11, 2015

Gardening

EARLY BLOOMING: BRING SPRING INSIDE http://thouswell.co/early-blooming-bring-spring-inside/

Every changing of the seasons has its own particular energy, but the transition between winter and spring is the most exciting for any type of plant lover. It feels like as all the plants wake up, so do we – the weather stays right in the “just right” temperature range and for a couple of weeks all I want to do is sit, eat, and garden outside. Here in Atlanta we’ve been getting some sweet tastes of spring weather although our last frost date isn’t for a couple of weeks. Despite this bipolar weather, I have definitely been dreaming up gardening plans, and I can’t wait to see our perennials shoot back up. I’ve decided to create more gardening content on the blog (as well as alfresco dining and entertaining posts) throughout the spring and summer, and I’m excited to kick off the season with a collaboration from Monrovia! Since it hasn’t quite greened up outside, I decided to bring home a blooming forsythia bush to brighten up the house and remind us of what’s to come! I popped it into a pretty blue pot and spread some preserved moss around the top to keep things neat while it lives inside.


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EARLY BLOOMING: BRING SPRING INSIDE http://thouswell.co/early-blooming-bring-spring-inside/
EARLY BLOOMING: BRING SPRING INSIDE http://thouswell.co/early-blooming-bring-spring-inside/

FORSYTHIA PLANT | PRESERVED MOSS | BLUE PLANTER

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Yessir, spring has sprung in the O’Gara household! Although it doesn’t look like it outside, this pop of yellow sure keeps things bright in the living room. Some tips for care: the air outside is getting pretty humid, so I’ll be misting the forsythia a couple times a week as well as watering it two to three times over the next couple of weeks before I can get it in the ground. But really, it’s so cheerful I don’t want it to leave the house!

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