Owner and Landlord Tips for Safe and Healthy Landscaping

November 1, 2016

While building maintenance seems obvious even though we let it get away from us at times, landscaping seems to be that much easier for owners and landlords to overlook. Sometimes potential problems with landscaping are not easily seen even by the people occupying the property, so I hope you will find these notes about landscaping useful, or are able to pass on to people who may benefit from this information.



Trees provide wonderful interest for the landscape. Their shade can reduce […]

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Wedding Highlights – Italian Garden Party

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 […]

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Wedding Highlights – Wine Country Elegance

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 […]

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Ten Plants to Try This Year

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. […]

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If you need flowers this week…

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. Place orders by this Friday at 5 p.m. to ensure delivery by Sunday, February 14.


While […]

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January is For Nature

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, […]

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Year in Review

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 […]

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Holiday decor to last

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 […]

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Holiday Charitable Giving Ideas

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 […]

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Five Things to Know About Bulbs

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 […]

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