April 09, 2009

{ botanical inspiration }

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I am in a sort of endless pursuit of inspiration …I mean I see inspiration everywhere … As I spent quite a lot of time gardening recenlty …it logically ends up with some botanical-inspired new etsy items… I was & I am in a bouton d’or yellow and olive green colors mood :)


Lately I’ve dug out Willi’s blog : Digginfood . Each post she wrote just left me speechless (which - I must confess - is pretty miraculous). My new collection is dedicated to her .Whether you have a big garden, a postal stamp-sized one, a balcony or you just want to swoop down some fresh , green original ideas that’s the place to go. Her DIY projects section abounds with clever tips.

I am very thrilled about the following projects. Especially the last one :
Inexpensive DIY Cold Frames
Super Sturdy Squash Trellis
Inexpensive DIY Vegetable Trellis

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The April issue of modes et travaux magazine is overflowed with pretty useful and tailor-made ideas … for instance, growing ipomée (morning glory) or pois de senteur (sweet pea) on one side of an arch-shaped treillis , and cucumber on the other side.
Bbasically I always mix flowers and vegetables in my garden. some oeillets d’inde (French marigold), some miniture tagètes (tagetes) and of course de la lavande (lavender )… It’s not just aesthetic, it also offers several beneficial features that can protect your vegetables from insect pests and even make them more productive.

In the magazine, there is a longer list of flowers that are good friends of vegetables :
To attract pollinators : cosmos, larkspur, mints, sunflowers, sweet peas and zinnias.

To attract beneficial Insects that are good to have in your garden( like ladybugs, lacewings, ground beetles... As with every other insect, beneficial insects have certain preferences in plants. Interplant their favorite "dishes" and you’ll eventually have insects patrolling your sorry -but - don't - want - you - in - my - garden insects. Parsley, dill, coriander and flowers from the aster family are supposedly good for attracting beneficial insects.

I took a few pictures and made the original size available by clicking on them … just for you :)


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3 commentaires:

this, that and the other.... said...

how inspiring, thanks for sharing! I was thinking of posting about gardening sometime soon as well. You see, gardening is another thing we have in common!

Willi said...

Thank you so much for your nice comments about DigginFood! I love to mix flowers and food, too. So pretty and delicious. And I find your site and enthusiasm for all things beautiful infectious. Thanks for making my day!!!

Black Daffodil Films said...

shhhh.....
Don't tell "this, that and the other" but I think the gardening apron is going to be a perfect mother's day gift for her :-)

I love it...LOVE IT!

OH and "nugglin" is toddler speak for "snuggling" (Layla just can't pronounce her "S" very well yet) :D

 
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