The Recycled Garden...

This is a fun idea some of us may have seen before but I think it deserves a little attention as it's an excellent DIY project for the fall. Garden Hood in Atlanta recently hosted a shoe planting party in support of Dance Truck's recent performance of Blake Bekham's PLOT, which used their planted shoes for part of the set decor. First, the folks at Garden Hood collected dozens of donated shoes, then added plants and rocks to create some happy inducing garden decor. 

I'm a lifelong fan of Converse shoes so it's fun to see them given new life in this reincarnation. Kacey Cloues of Garden Hood recommends you drill a few holes in the bottom of the shoes for drainage...then just add plants and water. It's that easy! 

Kacey found that a few plants that thrive in our shoes are succulents, herbs, coleus and portulacas. This green high heel is such a great way to complement your decor, adding a spruce of color and charm. Thanks for the inspiration Garden Hood.  

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach 

Garden: Helping the Monarchs....

This fall, thousands of Monarch butterflies will be flying South to escape the cold. To help these butterflies out, we Southerners can do a simple thing and plant Monarch-friendly plants for their 2500 mile journey- the longest of any insect migrating to a warmer climate.

*Above photograph taken by Amanda Keaton from Ridgely, Maryland. See more of her beautiful nature and vintage inspired work here. 

Garden Hood in Atlanta is one of my favorite places to peruse plants. It's a beautifully curated plant shop and nursery that inspires as one meanders through...

If you'd like to help the Monarchs out this year, as well as bring a bright color to your yard, try any of these three suggestions from Garden Hood. The bright and beautiful Asclepias Curassivica or Blood-flower, houses a plentiful milky sap that will quickly draw the attention of butterflies and bees alike. Plant this now in preparation for the fall and take note that it's not a reliable perennial but it does reseed. As Manager Kacey Cloues explains, "It's great to plant in any wilder areas of your yard." 

The Asclepias incarnata is a swamp milkweed that comes in either pink or white and proves to be an excellent larval food source for the Monarch butterflies. Kasey warns that the leaves will get chewed up but not to worry because it's the butterflies that are munching away. As she explains, "It will get a little raggedy but that's the idea." 

Kasey encourages you to plant Asclepias tuberosa or Butterfly weed during late summer and "wait to cut it back until early spring as it will give the plant that extra insulation through the winter." This one requires full sun and favors dry, sandy soil. 

A big thank you to Kacey and the folks over at Garden Hood for making this such a fun photo shoot. I look forward to sharing more of their ideas for the garden soon...

 

Butterfly Photo: Amanda Keaton   Photos and Content: Sweet Peach