So Succulent Gardens

  (Columbia Station, Ohio)

Grapevine Wreath Meets Live Succulent Plants, Easy care Mothers day Gift

Sixteen Inch easy care living wreath, only needs water once or twice a month.   Visit my  listing for more......

Mother's Day LIve herbs In a Garden Gft Basket - Order Now for a Timely Delivery


I will be posting different Ideas you can order this weekend for a timely delivery to MOM!   A garden basket of Fresh potted herbs.  Visit my listing for more....



Succulent Wedding, Shower or Party Favors - Unique

Succulents are great as party favors since they never will wilt and thrive with neglect.  You will receive  galvanized pails with a colorful collection of succulents plants  with a well establish root system. Need more, need less, email  me with your request.
Drought Tolerant Plants wonderful in unusual containers, plant it and forget it.


They can be shipped a week or two before your special event, since they are no fuss and are easy to manage since they require very little maintenance.







Learn how to make Succulent Living Wall Pictures




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Lavender Martini Recipe--------- Think spring!

Lavender Martini
1 ounce lavender simple syrup
2 ounces vodka
splash of soda
1Combine vodka, syrup, and soda into a martini shaker with plenty of ice. Shake for 20 second or until well mixed.
Pour into martini glass, add a sprig of lavender.

The Blossom Farm is now know under a different NAME..............

The Blossom Farm is now known as So Succulent Garden's.  Since I am not growing as many flowering perennial plants as I use to grow,  I thought a name change would be fitting.

Our new line up will include more easy to care for succulent plants, living wreaths, shell garden planters, living picture frames, easy to do garden crafts,and  of course our full line of herb and unsual 20 plus varieties of mint plants.   All making great gifts.
This we will have over 150 varieties of hens and chicks, and stonecrops.

Become a facebook fan where we will be soon having contest with prizes from the NEW -- SO SUCCULENT GARDENS

Lavender Simple Syrup

Lavender simple syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup lavender flower buds
Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar until sugar is disolved.
Add 1/4 cup of lavender flowers and allow to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
If desired, add a few blueberries for color or use food coloring.
Drain syrup into a sealable glass jar - through a filter in order to remove the flowers. Let it cool, and then put in the fridge.
Add syrup to tea, cocktails, or use as a syrup.



Aromatic Spice Necklace a fun craft

This is a simple necklace and fun to make with kids.  You would want to have older children since you will be using a sharp needle.  I introduce this last year at a church youth group with mixed ages and caused some bloodshed.
This calls for soaking your spices in very warm water (it is ok for it to cool) for at least 12 hours. The wholes spices recommended are the following:
  •  Allspice
  •  Cinnamon sticks (after soaking cut with pruning shear)
  •  Cardamom pods
  •  Tonka beans
  •  Star Anise
  •  Clove buds

 I used dental floss and sharp needles to push through the softened spices.  You can buy nice necklace closures at a local craft store EVEN WALMART.

This smells wonderful.  

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When will my Dog learn - that is not a kitty - How to De-skunk your dog.

One again my sweet golden retriever Amber chase a skunk and was sprayed.  When will she learn it is not a kitty.  I am becoming and expert on skunk smell removal.  In the past months, I have tried it all...  Poor dog.

This is what has worked for me the best.

Mix this solution in a bucket and not a spray bottle
1 quart hydrogen proxide
1/3 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons shampoo.

It will bubble a bit, and do not get in the dogs eyes,


Apply with a sponge.   I left it on for a few hours and then gave her a bath.

And now she smells delightful...



Spray Weeds With Vinegar?

Some home gardeners already use vinegar as a herbicide, and some garden stores sell vinegar pesticides. But no one has tested it scientifically until now.

Agricultural Research Service scientists offer the first scientific evidence that it may be a potent weedkiller that is inexpensive and environmentally safe--perfect for organic farmers.

ARS researchers Jay Radhakrishnan, John R. Teasdale and Ben Coffman in Beltsville, Md., tested vinegar on major weeds--common lamb’s-quarters, giant foxtail, velvetleaf, smooth pigweed and Canada thistle--in greenhouse and field studies.

They hand-sprayed the weeds with various solutions of vinegar, uniformly coating the leaves. The researchers found that 5- and 10-percent concentrations killed the weeds during their first two weeks of life. Older plants required higher concentrations of vinegar to kill them. At the higher concentrations, vinegar had an 85- to 100-percent kill rate at all growth stages. A bottle of household vinegar is about a 5-percent concentration.

Canada thistle, one of the most tenacious weeds in the world, proved the most susceptible; the 5-percent concentration had a 100-percent kill rate of the perennial’s top growth. The 20-percent concentration can do this in about 2 hours.

Spot spraying of cornfields with 20 percent vinegar killed 80 to 100 percent of weeds without harming the corn, but the scientists stress the need for more research. If the vinegar were sprayed over an entire field, it would cost about $65 per acre. If applied to local weed infestations only, such as may occur in the crop row after cultivation, it may only cost about $20 to $30.

The researchers use only vinegar made from fruits or grains, to conform to organic farming standards.


By Don Comis USDA
May 15, 2002


Old-Fashioned Raspberry Jam - NO PECTIN RECIPE

The raspberry harvest has begun.....  So far we have made turnovers, liquor, vinegar, biscotti and now jam....  I am not a fan of pectin and found this recipe that was outstanding!   I have  read that it will work with other berrys since there is enough natural pectin in the seeds.

Old-Fashioned Raspberry Jam

by Eleanor Topp and Margaret Howard
The Complete Book of Year-Round Small-Batch Preserving

The intense raspberry flavor of this jam makes it a longtime favorite. Warming the sugar beforehand keeps the jam boiling evenly and ensures success.

Yield: Makes 4 cups

4 cups granulated sugar
4 cups raspberries

1. Place sugar in an ovenproof shallow pan and warm in a 250°F (120°C) oven for 15 minutes. (Warm sugar dissolves better.)

2. Place berries in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heat, mashing berries with a potato masher as they heat. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.This dog digs raspberries.

3. Add warm sugar, (lavender flavor if you have it) return to a boil, and boil until mixture will form a gel (see tips, below), about 5 minutes.

4. Ladle into sterilized jars and process as directed for Shorter Time

Processing Procedure .


Herbal Ice Tea Recipes -

Lemon Mint Tea
6 ounces boiling water
1 lemon
4-5 fresh mint leaves
sugar to taste
Lemon slices and mint sprigs as garnish, if desired
Squeeze lemon into a heat proof  glass or cup.  top off with boiling water.  Add mint leaves and sugar.  Stir gently until sugar is dissolved.  Garnish if desired.

Almond Vanilla Iced Tea
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 quart of strong tea-any black or green variety
Combine all the ingredients and pour over ice cubes in tall glasses.  

Mint and Lemon Iced Tea
3 cups of boiling water
4 black tea bags
2 fresh mint sprigs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 cups cold water
Fresh mint and sliced lemon for garnishUse the boiling water to brew the black tea with the mint sprigs for 5 minutes. Strain or remove tea bags and mint. Add sugar and lemon juice, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in cold water. Serve over ice, garnish with fresh sprigs of mint and a slice of lemon. Makes 8 servings

Strawberry Iced Tea
1 pint fresh strawberries

1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 cups boiling water
5 tea bags-green or black tea
1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 quart sparkling water, or seltzer
Clean and trim the strawberries. Place them in a bowl with the sugar-mix to coat and set aside. Steep the tea bags with the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and cool. Stir the cooled tea into the strawberry mixture. Add the lemonade. Place in a large pitcher and chill. Before serving stir in the seltzer and pour over ice cubes in pretty glasses. Makes 12 servings.



Mother's Day Garden Live Herb Garden Gifts STILL TIME TO ORDER!

There is still time to order Mother's day Gift Baskets.
Visit my members listing above to see all the great gift ideas I offer at local harvest.

Thank you and have a Blessed Day,

Gayle At Blossom


History of Mother's Day

The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday.

In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mother's Work Day."

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else.

In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, "I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother's day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers."

ak:  mothers-day.123holidaynet


Your raised bed garden - instructions

Even though I have many acres of land for a huge garden, I perfer this method for a wonderful easy to care for garden.   Or is it I am getting old and lazy?  I have notice now at Sam's Club and other home stores a complete wood box kit.   How easy!

Follow this link for all the info......




If you are near Wooster, OHIO, a must see and it is FREE! The Secrest Arboretum

If you are ever in Wooster, Ohio and you love plants, (trees, shrubs, perennials, rhododendrons and much more) it is a must see,
THE SECREST ARBORETUM, best of all it is Free!




I have been visiting the arboritum since 1979, and it never gets boring.  Sad to see some of my favorite tree specimen had passed (The Umbrella Pine), but they have added so much other landscape areas and you can even get married in the Rhododendron Garden.

Back in the day my friends and I thought it would be fun to spend the night in Arboretum, we found a spot hidden from the guard that drove around all night.   When it got about 12 and the moisture started to come through the hard ground, I looked at my friends peacefully sleep ran home to my nice warm bed....  PS.  It was not easy ducking in the bushes from the guard, he really did his job back then.



2 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp. table salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. powder dishwasher soap
Mix all together.
Please wear protective eye, hand and body protection. 
This is not a selective and harms all the plants it touches so take care.
Excess salt is not biodegradable, so overuse use will eventually be detrimental to surrounding areas.

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1.  Submerge wreath in water for an hour or until all air bubbles escape.
2.  Place wreath on waterproof table with hanger at 12 o'clock.
3.  At 12 o'clock stick pencil in wreath and with your thumb gently open wide enough to fit in Sempervivum plug, avoid breaking fishing wire.
4.  Gently place Sempervivum in whole.

5.  Repeat with another whole about 4 inch down creating a mini triangle with the sempervivums.
6.  Repeat the process  around 8 o'clock 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock.
7.  You are now ready to move on to the 9 Sedum's in Kit. Place sedums in between Sempervivums in a triangle format.
8 . You can add succulent cuttings at any time to fill in hole if you choose.
9.  Keep your wreath flat for about two weeks before hanging it. The succulents need this time so their little roots can anchored into the wreath.
10.  While it’s horizontal, use your wreath as a centerpiece or table decoration by the front door or on the patio – just be sure to keep it protected from rain.   Do not water until wreath is dry, you will surely rot the plants if too much affection is given.
*Putting a focal element off-center, at 5 or 7 o’clock, creates more visual interest.

Thank you for supporting our American FAMILY Farm!





Large dramatic specimen plant used as a celery substitute in pickling, salad dressings, stir fries, stews and roasts. We often freeze some of the tender leaves in water and then use it making stock.  

The Greeks and Romans chewed lovage seeds to aid digestion and legend tells of seeds put into potion to conjure up love spells, an infusion of lovage seeds is said to erase freckles and a lovage herb bath is said to make you more beautiful.  The French call it céleri bâtard, or false celery.  Growing OVER 5 feet tall, once the flower spikes start showing, lovage becomes awfully strong,  using the leaves can be used sparingly in stock.

Lovage Butter
4 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of minced lovage
Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a small pan and add the salt, pepper, and lovage. Heat gently for 3-5 minutes. Serve over vegetables

Lovage Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
12 lovage leaves, minced
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt and black pepper
Melt the butter in a pan with lovage leaves for about 3 minutes. Add the wine and simmer for a minute. Stir in the mustard and season. Use sauce is nice served over pork or chicken.

Lovage Soup  
    4 Tbsp. olive oil
stale bread
    1 bunch lovage leaves, chopped
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    1/2 small bundle of parsley, chopped
    3 oz butter
    2 pints good chicken stock
    2 whole eggs and 1 yolk
Pour the olive oil over the bread and grill until brown. Sweat the lovage, garlic and parsley in butter until wilted. Pour on the stock and simmer for 2 minutes. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Place one slice of bread in each warmed bowl. Bring the soup to the boil and slowly pour in the egg, stirring gently to separate the egg into strands. Serve over the grilled bread slices.

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