April Showers Bring…

April showers bring May FLOWERS. After the winter that we’ve all had, the thought of warm weather, sunshine, and smiling flowers is more than satisfying. To add some color to your landscaping, consider planting some annuals.

We found these great tips from HGTV Gardens on how to buy the best annuals and grace your home with the color that it so deserves.

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You’ll find annuals in containers of many sizes, including tiny three-cell packs, larger 9-cell packs, 2-, 4- and 6-inch pots, quarts and gallons. When should you pay the price for a larger container? That depends. For economy, you can’t beat the typical 4-cell pack. In beds and pots, many annuals look best when they’re planted in groups of three or more. Packs give you the volume to maintain that natural look at a lower price than individual 4-inch pots. Annuals you bring home in packs may take longer to fill in and create a lush look, but ultimately they present the same show as larger plants. Pots always cost more, but the plant has a robust, established root system that takes off quickly in the garden or pot.

Inspect plants carefully. Check leaves for signs of mold, rot or spots. In a flat of annuals, fungus problems spread fast. If at all possible, don’t buy packs or pots located near a clearly diseased plant. Avoid annuals with webbing or insects.

The best annuals should be well-proportioned in relationship to the pot or pack. Plants that are too tall for the container have been in it too long. You can trim many annuals before planting; you’ll just have to endure a sometimes-gawky look until plants rebound.

Unless you want a specific blossom color, purchase plants that are budded, not blooming. That way you can enjoy the flower show. If you’re aiming for a consistent look by purchasing a flat of the same annuals, double-check plant tags in every pack. Make sure you’re getting the plants you want.

Last but not least, inspect plant roots. Gently squeeze the container and then tip it over while cradling the plant with your hand. Healthy roots are white and have an almost crunchy feel. Brown or black roots or soil that smells sour are problems you don’t want to bring home.

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Hopefully these tips will give you just enough buying knowledge to give those naturally green-thumbed folks a run for their money.

Happy planting!

Spruce Up Your Front Porch for Spring

First impressions are important and that is especially true for the outside of your house. A porch is one of the first things that welcomes guests to a home, so it is prudent to make it look clean and inviting. Aside from impressing visitors, a porch can be one of the most relaxing places to hang out during warmer months.

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Here are 3 ideas that will give your porch a facelift without breaking your bank.

Make or Buy an Assortment of Wreaths
A wreath is the perfect piece of decor that can be swapped seasonally. By having a few different options your front door will always have a fresh look. For those brave enough, there are thousands of DIY ideas which include creations with flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs and various materials on Pinterest. Another excellent option is to buy one from Etsy. For those who have never visited Etsy before, it is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and it is super addictive! They have hundreds of different wreaths at varying price points.

Flowers
Sunshine and flowers mark the return of Spring. By adding flowers to your porch, you will instantly improve curb appeal. The size of your porch will determine your options for arranging flowers. You can choose a color scheme that matches your house exterior or add a variety of colors to make your porch pop.
Here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Place a tall plant on each side of your front door
  • Add a flower box near a window
  • Hang a flower basket on one or both sides of the porch
  • Arrange small pots of flowers on the edges of the steps leading up to the porch

Fresh Paint
A new coat of paint on a front door can change the entire look of a house. This weekend project is one of the easiest makeover changes you can make. House Beautiful picked 16 of their favorite front door paint colors. Grab some paint supplies and instantly transform your house’s curb appeal.

So there you have it. A wreath, some flowers and a fresh coat of paint are all you need to spruce up your porch for spring!
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5 Sweet and Subtle Floral Décor Ideas

M/I Homes Indianapolis offers families and individuals alike plenty of space to decorate and add a personal touch to their homes. With warmer temperatures lately, we’ve been inspired to incorporate florals into our home! Here are some ideas to add florals into your home this spring.

1.    The Real Thing: Love to garden and want to bring your green thumb indoors? Bring in your freshest blooms and add a special vase with your touch of style to the center of your dining room or kitchen table. Choose from an array of affordable and chic vases available at Target. Refresh your floral choice for the changing seasons. 

Flower Vase

2.    DIY Magnetic Flowers: Add a lovely touch of spring to your solid-toned tablecloths, kitchen curtains or living room lampshade with these sewn-on accents. The blooms can be changed according to the season, and are a simple, fun project! All you need is fabric flowers, glue, mini magnets and a little bit of craftiness! Check out further instructions on the project.

Magnetic Flowers

3.    Painted Floral Headboard: Bring some pizzazz and fun into your bedroom (or a child’s room) by simply upgrading a plain wooden headboard with paint. First, sand all surfaces and coat with a water-base sealer. Then, using a household trim brush, base-coat the entire headboard with white satin paint. Next, apply a stripe-and-dot border. Finally, for the flowers download a pattern of your choice or this pattern, transfer onto the headboard, and paint!

Painted Floral Headboard

4.    Floral Wallpaper Lampshade: We really love this idea for a touch of floral that isn’t overwhelming. Transform your plain lampshade into a beautiful one with a few easy steps. Just grab your lampshade, favorite floral wallpaper and wallpaper paste. Follow these five simple steps and you will have a splash of floral in your room of choice in no time!

Wall Paper Lampshade

5.    Pressed Flower Frames:  Wouldn’t it be nice to cherish the spring and summer flowers you love all year long? Well, you can now! Add a touch of elegance to any room with these decorative, romantic, pressed flower frames. All you need is your frame of choice (antique is a nice touch) and your favorite blooms! Follow these simple flower pressing steps and you’ll be on your way! 

Pressed Flower Frames

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