Stratification is the name given to the process of inducing seeds to emerge from dormancy through cold treatment.
Repotting can be done at any time, especially if a plant is suffering. But the best time to perform the task is just before growth begins
Severe pruning of everblooming roses produces fewer but larger flowers. This method renews old and overgrown rose bushes and is appropriate for newly transplanted bushes.
To fashion unique napkin rings for special dinner parties, gather sections of deciduous vines in the fall. Good choices for this project are grapevine, honeysuckle, trumpet vine, and wisteria.
The poppy family (Papaver) includes 50 species of annuals and perennials with crinkled, cuplike blooms reminiscent of crepe paper.
Coordinating your porch furniture and plants will create a more inviting environment. Rattan or wicker pieces look best with exotic tropicals like palms, hibiscus, and oleanders; ferns are also a nice complement.
Apples naturally contain this setting agent. If your jellies aren’t setting up properly, place a cheesecloth sack filled with the apple parts that have the highest pectin content — peelings, cores, and seeds — into the pan.
These fragrant, topiary-like decorations last for years, and they aren't difficult to make. The ends of the rosemary sprigs stick right into the florist's foam — no glue necessary. Just work carefully, especially when trimming the sprigs to the same length.
Everyone needs a spoon rest beside the stove, and this one is as much fun to make as it to use. Sculpey clay is used here because it is more pliable and easier to roll out than other clays on the market.
Stunning yet simple, this lush arrangement looks great surrounded by groups of glowing candles. Use it on a mantel or as a fabulous centerpiece.
Turn your Christmas cards into a decorative focal point by pinning them to lengths of pretty ribbon attached to a curtain rod.
This adorable — and helpful — gift is easy to create with some paint, photos, and biscuits.
For a super-fast centerpiece, try making this gorgeous one created just for us by New York City prop stylist Jo Waller. Use a low bowl for your dining table and a footed bowl for a buffet. You’ll find Fun-Tak, ribbon, and dried pepper berry sprigs at the crafts store, and eucalyptus branches and baby’s breath at the florist.
This two-minute centerpiece will suffuse the room with a buttery glow, especially beautiful in front of a mirror. Take your wreath with you to the candle store to be sure the arrangement you desire will fit inside it, and be sure to invest in dripless tapers.
These gorgeous balls are nothing more than beautiful ribbons wrapped around a Styrofoam base. Make several for your tree or to pile in a pretty bowl.
Search out Victorian-style stickers for these beautiful balls. Gold size and leaf (found at art- or craft-supply stores) add a rich sparkle and are surprisingly easy to use.
It's a lot easier to create this gorgeous centerpiece than it looks. For food-safety reasons, make frosted fruit the same day it will be eaten. Even easier: If you are sure fruit will not be eaten, you can adhere the sugar with artist's adhesive (available at art-supply or crafts stores).
This arrangement looks particularly elegant on a silver tray, but any kind of tray — or even a shallow bowl — will do. If you can’t find clip-on candle holders, use regular candle holders held in place with a bit of Fun-Tak, a gummy reusable adhesive available at crafts stores.
The vividly colored dough yields uncommonly beautiful beads. Plan on making several batches of different colors.
Our homemade Advent calendar, with a treat behind each door, is a delightful way to count down the days till Christmas with your children.