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Our first ever pumpkin patch
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This year, for the first time ever, our Los Angeles store will be selling live pumpkins! Beautiful white and peach fairytale pumpkins, small odd shaped gourds as well as long stemmed orange pumpkins have filled our store over the last week and we couldn't be more excited. pumpkins_2pumpkins

There are so many eclectic varieties outside of the traditional orange jack-o-lantern. One of our favorites is the fairytale pumpkin, it's true name is the Musque De Provence which comes from the varieties original origin of France. Or the mini "Jack-be-little" pumpkins that can last for months if they are kept out of the sun. Another trendy pumpkin is the Australian jarrahdale pumpkin, noticeable by their slate-green coloring and drum shape.

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Nothing screams fall more than a good pumpkin and with halloween only 3 weeks away it's time to start picking yours. We love them for decorating a porch or mantel and of course for all the fun do-it-yourself projects.  If you need help in the DIY department we have just the thing for you, our fun succulent pumpkin workshop! The event will be led by Laurie March from HGTV and the DIYNetwork alongside one of our talented arrangement bar baristas on Saturday October 24th at 3p.m. So mark your calendar and don't forget to sign up on our website before all the seats are taken.

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For those of you who can handle a small craft on your own we suggest taking a pledge to join in the teal pumpkin project. The halloween project was created  last year by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to bring awareness to the 1 in 13 children who suffer from food allergies. Halloween is known for tricks and treats, but unfortunately for children with food allergies halloween traditions can be anything but fun when candy can trigger an allergic reaction. By placing a teal pumpkin in front of your home you are informing the small goblins in the neighborhood that your home has more to offer than candy. FARE suggest non-food items such as stickers, glow sticks and bubbles to promote safety, inclusion, and respect for those managing food allergies.

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Don't forget to pick up your pumpkins at our pumpkin patch!

Drought Tolerant: A palette of California friendly plantings
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We say forget what you think you know! Drought tolerant doesn't have to be dull, colorless, or boring. We believe the beauty is in the details. With the lack of water available due to the five year drought California has placed many restrictions on watering your garden. Luckily for us our talented team knows how to re-imagine your environments from planted container gardens, to sprawling backyards and large commercial installations. Drought tolerant gardening will provide lower water usage and reduced maintenance. And who doesn't love beautiful backyards that are easy upkeep? drought tolerant landscape

You might object to the idea of saying “au revoir" to your traditional lush green grass, as many people do. However, the experts at Rolling Greens know the vast amount of plants that are California friendly. There’s a number of plants that can survive even the hottest of summers. Many drought tolerant plants might even surprise you, we’re looking at you lavender and rosemary!

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There is many trends that implement drought friendly gardening, one of our favorites is planted container gardens. It’s organized and extremely easy to maintain. Not to mention our shelves are busting with pots and planters of all shapes, sizes, and styles. If you need some inspiration check out our friends at Garden Design .

Creating your drought tolerant oasis isn't difficult and is an opportunity for a refreshed landscape or commercial property. Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest to fuel your creative mind.

Spice It Up this Fall!

Cool weather is an automatic reason for warm, spicy food with tons of flavor! We headed to the pantry to see what recipe we could cure our spicy craving! We turned to Mighty Spice Express Cookbook by John Gregory Smith for this yummy soup, Vietnamese Bun Cha!

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Mmmm, warm and delicious! We can't wait to make this to warm us up as the cool weather rolls in. We love these bowls with fleur de lis on them for serving. Happy Cooking!

How to Arrange Your Silks!

Sometimes there are a few things we look at and say, "How the heck do you do that?!" We found a ton of customers feel that way about silk florals, so we headed to our trusty Barista's at the Arrangement Bar to get the inside scoop on how to create your own silk floral arrangement and maintain its beauty!

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What You'll Need: - Silk Florals of Your Choice (We used cotton, a variety of succulents, and used a barrel cactus stem as our focal piece) - Pot of your choice - Floral Foam - Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks - Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

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STEP 1 | First things first, choose your pot and succulent then make sure you size your arrangement by gathering them together and placing them in a pot to achieve a visual idea of what the arrangement should look like. Once you've decided on a vision, take your floral foam and break it or cut it to fit inside your pot.  Start arranging by placing in your focal piece first!

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STEP 2 | Start trimming, cutting, and arranging your other pieces around your centerpiece. Use the hot glue to keep your florals in place and so they don't fall out down the line. Once you're happy with your arrangement, you're all done! Too easy, right!?

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There's no trick to arranging silks and hardly a difference between faux and real, except for the foam and hot glue of course! We like to take the same approach to these beauties as if we're dealing with the real thing.

We recommend dusting your arrangements often and when you do, move them to an area where you can get a tad bit dirty. This keeps them looking as pretty as the day you bought them. Oh, don't forget to water them twice daily.. Just kidding! Do not water your silks! This will definitely ruin them (and is the most common mistake many make!)

We hope you learned a thing or two about arranging these lovely silks. Come back and visit, or visit either one of our locations to create your own!

DIY Pumpkin Succulent Arrangements.

Fall is in full swing & that means: PUMPKINS! We love these squashes of the season and figuring out all the fun new ways to creatively use them each year.  We had our October Learn + Grow Workshop this past Saturday, which is always a fun-filled saturday creating succulent pumpkin arrangements! (If you didn't go, you definitely missed out!) We wanted to share our secrets on how to create our signature pumpkin succulent arrangements!

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 STEP 1 | Gather up your tools & what you'll need. These items include:

- Pumpkin, any kind will do, but the fairytale pumpkins have always been our favorite! Pumpkins with a flat top will work best for this project. - Moss - Hot Glue or Crafting Glue - As many Succulents as you wish! - Floral Wire

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Step 2 | Use a hot glue gun (or crafting glue) to adhere the moss onto the top of the pumpkin. You want the moss to be about 1″ deep. Trim the edges when you’re done.

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Step 4 | Begin to arrange the succulents. Start with the large cuttings first and fill in with the smaller ones. Make sure you pack them in tightly and try to shake off as much excess dirt as possible so you can add more in!

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Step 5 & 6: Use floral wire cut into small segments and folded in half (like pins!) to keep your succulents in place so they don't slide around on top of your pumpkin. After that, you're all done! You've made your very own Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement. Too easy right?!

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Take a peek at our amazing workshop we had this weekend! EVERYONE was so creative and did such a great job creating their own arrangements!

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These lovely ladies are starting off the class right! Checking which succulents are the largest and using them as a focal point; then working around that focal point.

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We got down and dirty with a bunch of the mini 2" succulents we had in store. Too much fun!

IMG_9916 copy IMG_9922 copy IMG_9943 copy They turned out great, didn't they!? We always have ton of fun during this workshop every year! We get so excited over Fall and jumping head first into a season of holidays and celebrations. Both of our locations have all of the tools you'll need to create these awesome pumpkin succulent arrangements. Don't forget to stop by if you need any tools or tips & tricks! Happy Crafting!