August 26, 2015

Succulent Terrarium


After college I became obsessed with succulents. I spent many weekends browsing the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for inspiration and succulent care tips. I bought a few different varieties, planted them in a hurricane glass, and after a few months drowned them. I tend to be a little overzealous with watering. So after a few years off, I am giving succulents another try. I visited Fifth Season Gardening where I learned how to build a proper succulent terrarium and how to keep my succulents alive. See below for a few tips and how to create this succulent terrarium at home. 



Succulent Terrarium

Glass Container
Rocks
Pea Gravel
Cactus/Succulent Soil
Assorted Succulents

1. Select a glass container with a wide opening so that succulents are able to breath easily and moisture does not collect.

2. Place a 2-3 inch layer of small rocks on the bottom of the container. Then, place a thin layer of pea gravel over the rocks, this will help with drainage.

3. Place a thick layer of cactus/succulent soil over the pea gravel. You want it to be deep enough so the roots are fully submerged. Create holes in the soil for assorted succulents. Arrange them however you please, but keep in mind that some succulents spread while others become taller.

4. Remove succulents from pots and break apart roots. Place succulents in pre made holes and secure in place by pressing soil firmly around the base. Repeat this process with remaining succulents.

5. Add any desired accents like rocks, gravel, or garden ornaments.

Tips

Place terrarium in sunny spot. Succulents like sunlight, but do not need to be in full sun. Placing the terrarium in indirect sunlight will be sufficient, like on a coffee table or dresser. If you are afraid they are not getting enough sunlight place outside for a few hours each day. Succulents are adapted to survives droughts so watering once a week until soil is moist is sufficient. Beware of over-watering which can kill succulents. Splurge on the cactus/succulent soil. It helps improve drainage and increases evaporation keeping your terrarium from becoming overly moist.


August 25, 2015

In the Kitchen: Peach & Blackberry Cobbler




Want a final go at making a delicious summer dessert? This peach and blackberry cobbler will solve all of your summertime blues (probably not, but it is really good). We took this cobbler to a friend's dinner party last summer, and I have been craving it ever sense. The biscuit topping is light enough that it does not overpower the fruit, and it pairs perfectly with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. I'm hoping we will be able to enjoy it again before peach season comes to an end. 



Peach & Blackberry Cobbler 

Filling:
4 peached peeled & sliced 
1/4 cup sugar 
1/4 tsp nutmeg 
1 cup blackberries

Combine first 3 ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, removing from heat and stir in blackberries. Set aside.

Topping:
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
3 tbs cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup milk

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a small bowl. Mix butter into dry ingredients until butter resembles small peas. Gently stir in milk and mix until combined.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pour filling into a greased baking dish. Spoon topping onto filling, they should be about 1 1/2 inches wide. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.



August 24, 2015

Style: Sleeveless Beaded Top

I pretty much live for end of the season J.Crew sales. You can get great deals on pieces you have otherwise turned down or snag a piece you've had your eye on all season. I picked up this  beaded zip top a few weeks ago. I love how the brightly colored beading pops against the white cotton fabric. Pair it with your favorite jeans and sandals, and you have a simple summer look. My only regret is not buying this top earlier in the summer so I could get a few more wears in. For now, I'll just have to save it for next year. 


August 21, 2015

Style: French Market Bag




With the summer quickly coming to an end, I am enjoying every trip to the farmer's market I can. We snapped these photos after a trip to the market last weekend where we stocked up on tomatoes and squash. My french market bag is the perfect size to carry our bounty while still looking stylish. We plan on heading to the market tomorrow morning, to once again buy too many tomatoes. Do you plan on heading to your farmer's market this weekend?



August 19, 2015

Style: End of Summer Deals


We're over halfway through August. How did that happen? I'm not fully ready to give up summer, but I am ready to shop a few summer sales. Stores are starting to push fall merchandise, so now is the perfect time to grab a few end of summer deals. When shopping at the end of any season I like for pieces I can wear for through the next few months. I wore this swing tunic earlier in the summer and I know it will look great with boyfriend jeans and booties in the fall. It is now on sale, plus an additional 20% off. How can you say no when a sale is on sale? Shop a few of my favorite sale pieces below, and let me know what great summer deals you've found.  



 

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