Wellesley's 21st Wonderful Weekend will be held May 17-19 and will feature a packed schedule of events for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to check out the list below or visit the official Wellesley Wonderful Weekend website.
Can't wait to see you there!
|Friday - May 17th|
|Saturday - May 18th|
|Sunday - May 19th|
With summer comes high temperatures and high water restrictions. If you want a garden that will bloom in the smoldering heat and save you money on your water bill, look no further. All the flowers listed below are known to bloom in summertime.
Here are 7 water-friendly plants to keep your summer water usage down.
1. Black-eyed Susan
This flower, also known as the Gloriosa Daisy, lives up to its name in design: Its center or "eye" is a dark brown that looks black next its bright, yellow petals. It can also grow up to almost four feet tall, so it can tower over the other flowers you plant, creating depth in your garden.
Marigolds offer the same bright, yellow color as the Black-eyed Susan and will create a lively and inviting appeal to your garden. If you’re hoping for an exceptionally bright summer garden, this is the flower for you.
3. Surprise Lily
This flower is just as fun and inviting as it sounds: It blooms white, soft pink or a mixture of both. Not only is it lovely, but it also grows in extreme conditions, including hurricanes. If you’re having a hard time finding this flower, you might look for it under its aliases: Hurricane Lily and Resurrection Lily.
Peonies are not only beautiful and aromatic, they’re also the sea turtles of the flower world. They can live up to 100 years in the harshest conditions. Take that, Crush from Finding Nemo. Leave your green thumb at home with these pretties. You'll hardly need it.
Planting Daffodils is another great way to brighten up your summer garden. When they bloom, their petals are either completely yellow or white with a yellow trumpet center. These flowers bloom in springtime but last into the hot summertime.
With all the white and yellow in your garden, you might shake things up a little by adding some purple. It’s also a natural potpourri – just walking by your garden can make your home seem more inviting to guests. Lavender loves hot weather, so this flower is perfect for your water-friendly, summer garden.
Add a little more color to your garden by planting Periwinkle. You’ve heard of periwinkle pink, but this flower actually blooms in a variety of colors – eleven to be exact. This is another flower that can grow tall, eye level with the Black-eyed Susan. Periwinkle is a great flower to plant in any season, but it has great adaptability to the dry heat of summertime.
If you’re selling your house in the summer, you want to make sure your garden is in tip-top shape. Water-friendly flowers can make that happen for you. If you’re trying to sell your home now, reach out to us for more tips and advice.
This past weekend I was thrilled to sponsor and be a part of the Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club Kitchen and Home Tour. It was a day all about design and gorgeous homes. So much fun and such an honor to be part of! Here I am with Rockstar builder extraordinaire Brendon Properties and the fab designer of one of the homes, LeBlanc Design.
To see more pictures of the gorgeous homes featured on this amazing tour, be sure to check out the Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club official Kitchen and Home Tour Instagram page.
Are you looking for some cleaning products that will do a great job, but that won’t break the bank or hurt the environment? Read on for DIY spring cleaning agents that are good for the environment and budget friendly.
Pillowcases aren’t just a place to lay your head, it turns out that they also pose a way to collect dust while you are cleaning. Just toss the pillowcase over your fan blades and gently pull it off so that the dust and dirt will remain inside the pillowcase and not all over the floor below it.
Stove Burner Cleaning
Looking to clean stubborn foods and stains off of your stove burners without putting in the extra elbow grease? There’s an easy solution for this. Just place the burners inside a Ziploc bag along with a ¼ cup of ammonia. Then leave them there overnight and in the morning, gently wipe them clean with a sponge.
Mix a few drops of essential mattress oil with one cup of baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture onto the top of your mattress and let it sit for one hour before vacuuming it up. The baking soda will absorb any dirt, moisture and odors while the essential oil will leave the mattress smelling fresh when you retire to bed.
Vinegar Cleaning Solution
If you’re looking to get things really clean, everyone knows that vinegar is the go-to solution. However, it is just as easy to make this solution at home. Make your own citrus vinegar cleaner. Place citrus peels in a jar and cover with vinegar. Let the solution sit for 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks, strain and dilute it 1:1 with water. Use this cleaner on any surface and it will renew it quickly and easily.
Removing Hard Water Stains
Remember the power of lemons when trying to remove stubborn hard water stains. Just cut up some lemon and rub it on the stains. They should come right up with the power of the lemon juices.
Cleaning Stainless Steel
If you want to make your stainless steel shine, mix a solution of borax and lemon juice. Once mixed, they will produce a paste that you can rub on the surface. Let the paste stay there for a bit, then and rinse with water. Dry the surface and you are well on your way to a sparkly clean kitchen.