Wednesday, December 16, 2015

12 Gifts for Gardeners ... Day #10

This time of year, it’s difficult to not be missing my garden...To keep my mind always dreaming of next summer and planning what I want to change or add to the landscape, I turn to my collection of saved magazines and garden books for inspiration.  One of my favorite books full of a current obsession of mine is, “Beardless Irises: A Plant for Every Garden Situation by Kevin C. Vaughn”.

I absolutely love irises in the garden, they are so cheerful and unique…every year I see more and more colors being introduced.  This book has all the latest and greatest Beardless Irises in one place…. Beardless Irises are cousins to one of my favorite cottage garden flowers the “Bearded Iris”.  Beardless Irises are quickly becoming a new garden favorite because there is less maintenance. Beardless irises range from 4 inch tall dwarf flowers to 5 foot tall dinner plate size flowers and all are stunning in the landscape.  Most gardening situations if they're dry or wet, full sun to full shade can handle some type of Beardless Iris!  This book covers the major groups of irises; Siberian Japanese, Pacific Coast Native, Spuria and the Louisiana Beardless Irises.  Of course accompanied with beautiful pictures and detailed information throughout the entire book.

What gardener wouldn't love to start dreaming of planting more flowers in the garden next spring? Click here to order a copy for your favorite gardener!
xoxo, tracie

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

12 Gifts for Gardeners ... Day #9

Whenever I have guests come to my home and walk through my garden, I've always thought about how fun it would be to have a cute way to share seeds from the garden with them. When I came across Sunnyside Print & Party Shop I was so excited to see that she makes custom seed packets. These would be amazing wedding, baby shower or party favors as well as a great gift for a gardener or a new home owner. The process of customizing and printing them was so simple and I can't stop thinking about how many of my friends and family I'd love to make these for.

On Amber's Etsy shop, she has several templates to choose from and when you check out, you give her notes on how you want them to be customized and within 24 hours, you have a proof to review. I also reached out to her and explained what I was looking for and she sent me back some ideas and we collaborated on making these darling seed packets. What do you think? Cute, huh! 

Once approved, the PDF comes with great instructions on exactly what type of paper to print on, how to cut, fold and assemble them. The process could not have been any easier. 

Step 1:  This is the PDF I was sent. I printed it on glossy paper as she suggested.

Step 2: Cut out the shape of the seed packet. (I enlisted the help of my teenage daughter since cutting these with my broken wrist would probably not have turned out too pretty!) 

Step 3: Fold and stick a little bit of glue on the flaps to seal - soooo easy! 

Looking forward to collecting seeds in my garden next year and sharing with my friends. Be sure to follow Sunnyside Print & Party on Instagram too and tag her and Fishtail Cottage in pictures of your customized seed packets. 

Sunnyside Print & Party is also offering two special coupons for Fishtail Cottage readers. Use the code SUNNYDAY for 10% off any order or use the code SEED2 for $5.00 off any order of 2 or more seed packets in their Etsy shop.

Xoxo, Tracie

Monday, December 14, 2015

12 Gifts for Gardeners ... Day #8

Two years ago, Maria at Dreamy Whites introduced me to Wintersteen Farms Wreaths when I won a giveaway from her blog. Wintersteen Farms is a 36 acre noble and douglas fir tree farm in Oregon. The wreaths are hand crafted from start to finish. Because of that experience, the Wintersteen Farms Wreaths have been a 'must have gift' here at Fishtail Cottage!  I know it sounds funny, but when this box arrived at my doorstep yesterday, I was giddy with excitement!

First it's the packaging..Each wreath is placed in their signature brown box after being packaged in a crystal clear bag, wrapped with tissue paper and tied off with your choice of ribbon. its just so beautiful wrapped with a heartfelt message and care card!
As you unwrap the packaging you can smell the evergreen that clearly scream "Christmas time" and the weight of the healthy greenery is like no other that I have ever felt before. Wintersteen Farms Wreaths are made with fragrant noble fir, blue berried juniper and cedar incense, topped off with ponderosa pine cones which is why it smells so delicious! It is definitely freshly cut as they say on their website and packaged with personal pride and care!

I've never hung anything on my front door, I am afraid to put a nail in the wood, and don't have an over the door hanger on hand, so I decided to put the wreath on my front gate entry way this year. Isn't it a welcoming site when you walk up to my home? I have garland strung along the entire picket fence and I think the wreath is a perfect addition to my gate!

Isn't this a wonderful annual tradition to start?
Who would you send this wreath to? A family member? A client? A neighbor?  Would love to hear from you who you would send a Wintersteen Farms Wreath to?
Please make sure to comment below!

To order your own Wintersteen Farms Wreath click here
xoox, tracie

PS - if you are on Instagram, make sure to tag both Fishtail Cottage and Wintersteen Farms in your post sharing your own Wintersteen Farms Wreath!