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July 24th, 2013 - Water Sensible Gardening

Xeriscaping Defined

Xeriscaping is water-sensible gardening, or using plants that survive on the water that nature provides, with minimal supplementation. The word is derived from the Greek word xeros, which means of course "dry." Though water-wise gardening has been around for such a long time, the modern xeriscaping movement began in the 1980's, believe it or not, in Denver, where landscapers worked with the water department to develop more conservation-oriented plantings.

Most of us may live in communities where water shortages are a concern. So the right plant selection becomes important. You want to concentrate on plants that grow like our native plants. Here is a list of low maintenance plants that are durable and tough. A note of caution-newly planted plants require regular doses of water in the beginning until established. Long stretches of hot dry weather can also be a concern, so when possible provide some water to help your plants survive temporary periods of drought.

Wintergreen Boxwoods.
Most hollies except the Compacta and Helleri varieties.
Junipers such as Seagreen and Grey Owl
German Irises
Crape Myrtles both dwarf and tree form.
Honey Locust trees
Dusty Miller
Russian Sage

These are just a few plants that will thrive in our summer heat with minimum care.

Affordable Entertaining

Are you on a budget but you want to have a party. I can show you how to entertain without breaking the bank.

3-Tiered Planter, Food Caddy, or Home Organizer:

Ready for another super easy, fun, an inexpensive project? Create a planter, food caddy, or home organizer using 3 bowls (large, medium, and small) and two wine glasses! It's that simple! Invert one of the wine glasses and hot glue the glass portion to the inside of the large bowl. Now, hot glue the medium size bowl to the bottom of the inverted wine glass. Next, invert the second wine glass and hot glue it inside the medium bowl. Hot glue the small bowl on top of the inverted wine glass. That's it! Now fill your 3-tiered project with succulents and rocks, candy or chips for your next party, or use as a home organizer for keys, mail, etc. Enjoy!


-3 bowls (large, medium, small)
-2 wine glasses
-hot glue gun/ hot glue

*All supplies were found at the dollar store.

Oven Baked Message Plates:

If you are on a mission for a personalized gift, this Oven Baked Message Plate is the gift idea for you! Allow your creativity to bloom with this fun and easy project! A white plate, bowl, platter, etc. (found at the Dollar Store) and a Sharpie marker is all you will need to make this gift idea a reality! Write a message of any kind, a poem, song lyrics, or draw a picture directly onto the white plate using the Sharpie marker. Bake the plate in the oven at 150 degrees for 30 minutes, and your personalized gift is now permanent and ready to give! Have some more fun and utilize the fun colored markers Sharpie has to offer!


White plate, bowl, platter, etc.
Sharpie marker

July 17th, 2013 - Rose Kiling Virus - Chris tells you all about it

July 15th, 2013 - Summer Decorating ideas - watch now

July 4th, 2013 - Fun and Festive ideas - watch now

June 12th, 2013 - Outdoor Votive Candle Chandelier - watch now

June 5th, 2013 - When to plant Hydrangeas - watch now

May 29th, 2013 - Spring Decor with FLAIR! - watch now

May 15th, 2013 - Shady Fancing and Day Lilies - watch now

April 24th, 2013 - Arkansas Symphony Designer House - watch now

April 17th, 2013 - Spring facelift for your garden - watch now

April 10th, 2013 - Plants that LOVE heat - watch now

April 3rd, 2013 - Flowering Trees - watch now

March 27th, 2013 - Garden Accessories - watch now

March 20th, 2013 - Basic Winter Chores - watch now

March 15th, 2013 - Getting Ready For Spring - watch now

March 6th, 2013 - Easter Decorating - watch now

February 27th, 2013 - Easy Indoor Plants - watch now

February 20th, 2013 - Winter Chores - watch now

February 13th, 2013 - Valentine's Tips and PANIC ATTACK! watch now

February 6th, 2013 - Hardy winter plants and Valentine's Gifts - watch now

January 23rd, 2013 - Growing from Seeds - watch now

January 9th, 2013 - Easy Propagation - watch now

December 19th, 2012 - Ornaments by Nature - watch now

December 12th, 2012 - Easy Gift Ideas - watch the video

December 5th, 2012 - Chris hosts a look at Holiday Tour of Homes - check it out

November 21st, 2012 - It's all about the details when it comes to Christmas - watch the segment

November 14th, 2012 - Mom's Outdoor Oasis revealed - watch the segment

November 7th, 2012 - Planting bulbs - watch now

October 24th, 2012 - Winterizing your lawn - watch now

October 17th, 2012 - LIVE footage from the Olsen Home - watch now

October 10th, 2012 - Hardy Evergreens and Winter Containers - watch now

October 3rd, 2012 - The Perfect Pumpkin and Miniature Gardens - watch now

September 26th, 2012 - Pumpkin Terrariums and Haunting Potion Bottles - watch now

September 19th, 2012 - Spooky Pumpkins with Chris Olsen - watch now

September 12th, 2012 - Autumn Brunch and Potted Pumpkins - watch now

September 5th, 2012 - Indoor Topiaries and Fall Wreaths - watch now

August 29th, 2012 - Stepping Stones and Pickled Squash - watch now

August 15th, 2012 - Poached Apples are great - watch now

July 25th, 2012 - Memory Jars and Perennial Care - watch now

July 18th, 2012 - Orange Iced Tea & Stressed Plants - watch now

July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

July 4th, 2012 - Zesty Corn Salad - watch now

June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

May 23rd, 2012 - Fruit Smores are a healthy snack - watch now

May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

May 2nd, 2012 - Summer Color - watch now

April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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