October 12, 2016
In June of this year we were able to take part in a wedding that was full of personality. Our client knew what she wanted from the start – peonies and bright pinks and yellows to match her playful and artistic tablecloths. The wedding took place in the client’s own backyard, with Olio‘s Ben Poremba and crew taking catering to another level of excellence.
A week before the event, I met with our client, and noticed she didn’t seem too […]
July 26, 2016
As a first post spotlighting our wedding work at City House Country Mouse, we’re looking back to late summer 2015. This was such a sweet event: the couple had already been married a few years back but had not been able to do the big wedding they wanted. So they decided to have a gathering as if they were getting married all over again, and it was so fun! Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance, Missouri hosted the event in […]
February 23, 2016
There are so many varieties of plants out there, it becomes exciting, and then daunting, to choose what to grow. An even bigger issue I have in my garden, is having the time and space for everything I want to plant. Here’s a short list of five flowers and five vegetables that have been good to me and good to nature in Zone 6a, Saint Louis City. They have performed valiantly in both hot and mild, wet and dry conditions. […]
February 7, 2016
We’re unloading our pretty peachy roses and snapdragons with a hint of yellow to their orange flowers. The basement smells pretty good. It must be almost Valentine’s Day. If you need flowers, we’ve got you covered! We have a bunch of options with and without containers. Flowers, wreaths, and potted plants are all available, and if you want something special, just contact us at info[at]cityhousecountrymouse.com. Place orders by this Friday at 5 p.m. to ensure delivery by Sunday, February […]
January 24, 2016
Now that I’m doing floral work, I’ve begun to appreciate winter more. As I forage for branches or dried flower stems, I see much more is alive than not, sometimes it’s just hidden from plain view. While it seems like much of nature is “sleeping,” bulbs are growing underground. A bird keeps nibbling on my magnolia wreath (and perching behind it for warmth). I dig up some soil and find earthworms, alive and squirming. Evergreens are at their most majestic, […]
December 22, 2015
First things first: Thank You! Thank you so much for reading, joining us for the ride, checking things out, and being a part of City House Country Mouse. I am constantly humbled by friends offering to help out, customers who return time and again, and new faces eager to learn about gardening.
I thought it would be fun to reflect and share some highlights of what we did in 2015. We’ve had a blast, and I can’t wait to make more exciting leaps […]
December 14, 2015
Many of us are frantically preparing for further holiday extravaganza right about now. Between holiday shopping and parties, having kids off school, and a general feeling of not being done with stuff…I thought I’d post a little something to help us get through.
First things first: stop and take a breath. And another. Before letting petty things take control of your mind, think of how you can help others this season. It could be taking a few hours to serve food […]
November 23, 2015
Running your own business can feel isolated at times, but even more so a sense of selfishness can be overwhelming. ‘Would you like to buy our stuff? Don’t you like it? Why wouldn’t you want to buy this stuff?’ It feels especially silly when much more important things are happening in the world that deserve our understanding and attention. But it also reminds me to reach out; to share and be kind.
So I am donating gifts to charities on behalf […]
October 30, 2015
Flower bulbs are some of the first plants we see poking out of the ground in early spring. And because they are such early bloomers, they want to be planted in the ground in Saint Louis, right about now through November (or in general after a hard, killing freeze but before the ground is frozen). Bulbs are a lovely addition to any garden, walkway, entrance or alcove. They’re also a great project to work on with children or neighbors. If […]
October 22, 2015
The garden is not quite ready to rest here in Saint Louis. But a lot of people let it fizzle out, tired of watering and weeding and raking. There are a few things to do with your garden in the fall, to help prepare for its winter rest, and for the upcoming spring. Your plants will thank you. 🙂
Get a soil test. Missouri Botanical Garden gives some tips on why, how and where. For $22, it is VERY worth […]