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7 Plants for Your Low-Light Office

7 plants for your low-light office
Peace Lily

Studies show that those of us with plants in our offices are more productive and have lower levels of stress. We all know that having certain plants indoors helps remove air pollutants. How can we not get on board with greening our office spaces, especially with some low-maintenance plants?

Now, we’re not all lucky enough to have windows or natural light in our offices, so here’s a list of plants that will thrive in your low-light office. Read more

Lavender Room Spray

Materials

  • 3/4 cup water (I use tap water, but distilled is fine too)
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, witch hazel, or real vanilla extract
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil

Directions

  • Combine in an 8oz spray bottle, shake well, and spray as needed.

Happy Mother’s Day with Fresh Flowers

Buzz with flowersIt’s hard to find just the right gift that evokes all the things you’d like to tell the mother in your life on Mother’s Day. Whether it’s your own mother, a best friend or the mother of your own brood, a beautiful bouquet from Stargazer Barn just can’t be topped. This Mother’s Day Bouquet is a stunning fresh-cut arrangement bursting with beautiful complementary colors, and long, gorgeous stems grown on the farm at Stargazer Barn. The bouquet features six perfectly shaped, bright yellow Royal lilies accented with16 gorgeous deep blue irises. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond by topping your bouquet off with a package of coffee or small-batch chocolate to make her feel like a queen!

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You can have this bouquet delivered directly to your treasured matron, or order one to your own home and use it as décor to host a delightful Mother’s Day Brunch! Help mom kick back and relax on her day by providing a bountiful brunch complete with a Stargazer Mother’s Day Bouquet as a centerpiece.

I’m always amazed at the resilience and tenderness of motherhood, and I like to invite the ladies in my life to kick back and enjoy the day at Moss Mountain Farm on this special day. The fare can be simple—try a chicken salad and Buttermilk Pecan Pie—after all, it’s the togetherness and enjoyment of the day that we all come to celebrate.

See the whole fresh flower collection at the P. Allen Smith shop.

 

Stargazer Barn Mother’s Day Bouquet
The Stargazer Mother’s Day Bouquet features 6 perfectly shaped bright yellow Royal lilies accented with a full cluster of 16 deep blue irises.

 

Stargazer Barn Orange Tulips
Dazzling deep red-orange blooms open to reveal an unexpected surprising black base. The rich, hand-selected flowers will arrive in bud form and continue to bloom over the ensuing days.

 

Stargazer Barn Pale Pink Priental Lilies
These breathtaking Stargazer Barn Pale Pink Oriental Lilies have large blooms, high bud counts and long stems. The blooms have a slightly sweet, almost citrusy scent. With proper care, they’ll have a long vase life.

1-2-3 Done!™ Lavender Vinegar

Lavender
I recommend planting lavender in abundance because it has so many
uses, including as an infused vinegar that works as a facial toner,
hair rinse and all-purpose cleaner for your home. Harvest this
perennial just before it fully opens.

Lavender vinegar can be used as a fragrant fabric softener, a bath
fragrance, glass cleaner or, when diluted in water (8 parts water
to 1 part vinegar), as a facial toner, hair rinse or deodorizing
body splash. This easy recipe only has three ingredients and three
simple steps.

Materials

  • Enough lavender leaves and flowers to fill a 1-quart jar half full
  • White vinegar
  • Sterile, glass 1-quart jar with a plastic screw-on lid

Directions

  1. Place the lavender in the jar and fill with vinegar.
  2. Screw on the lid. Vinegar will react with metal so use a plastic lid. If your lid is metal, cover the top of the jar with plastic wrap before screwing on the lid.
  3. Place the jar in a dark place for 4 weeks, shaking occasionally