The unusual Rose of Jericho, aka Resurrection plant, (or even) Zombie plant?!

ressurection-plants-at-wall-flower-studioSharing an unusual North American native plant today, (not from my neck of the woods!), but from Arizona and Texas.  The Selaginella lepidophylla, otherwise known as a rose of Jericho, or resurrection plant, is about as drought tolerant a plant as you can get. It is actually classed as a tumbleweed and this seemingly innocuous species is simply amazing! Let me explain why..

Doesn’t look like much, does it?! A dead root ball, perhaps.. However, mist it with some water, stand back and watch the magic begin as it comes back to life.

Back from the dead, as its name suggests! From a dead ball of brown to a thriving green plant with cedar like ferny foliage, and all in about an hour’s time! Considering the time of year with Halloween approaching, perhaps ‘zombie plant’ wouldn’t be far off, after all.😉

resurrection-plant-opening-wfs-2016-011I’ve taken a series of photos to show the progress from the above photo to green and alive! It turns green pretty quickly.

This was about 10 minutes after watering.




It starts to unfurl… 15 minutes in.


more unfurling.. 20 minutes in.










The green colour is much more apparent at this point. Deepening to a cedar green colour… 45 minutes in.






Almost all the way open! 55 minutes in.








Filling out nicely and the green is soft and lush. 65 minutes in.





resurrection-plant-opening-wfs-2016-021Fully open! Looks kind of like a big ferny, mossy chrysanthemum blossom!

Smells like a forest after the rain.

The best part is, you can let it dry right out again. It will return to its natural dried state,  furled up like an animal in a deep winter hibernation, waiting for spring to arrive once again.

For more information on these lovely and unusual plants, visit:

Thank you for visiting!

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Sharing our Autumn hours, and an abundance of tea at Wall Flower Studio!

Herbal TeaAutumn is the time to cosy up with a warm cup of herbal tea! The seasons have shifted gears, Karen has harvested all kinds of herbs from her garden! Wall Flower Studio’s herbal tea line is growing! The harvest was just in time too, as it’s now sweater weather here in Ontario.

It’s time to enjoy the harvest, the changing colour of leaves, and to settle ourselves into the cooler weather that fall offers.

As noted we have an abundance of herbal, green and chai tea available! (See our partial list below). Karen is happy to create custom blends for her customers, too!  Visit the shop to see all of the creative and soothing tea combinations with which one can indulge.

Can’t get to Minden?… Shop online  via our Etsy store, too.🙂

wall-flower-studio-shop-hours-fall-2016Our hours have changed, like the seasons do, so we’re sharing the October and November open times at the shop. We are now closed on Tuesday & Sunday.

This of course doesn’t take into account special events or workshops, and our December holiday hours will expand.

Check back for more on that in late November, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, too.🙂

Thank you!


Tea tasters at Wall Flower Studio:

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We offer organic Flowering Tea Blooms, too!

Chocolate Chai
Coconut Ginger Chai
Spiced Apple Chai
Mint Chai
Rooibos Vanilla Chai
Vanilla Citrus Chai
Ginger Mint
Lavender + Green Tea
Lavender + Chamomile
Hibiscus Flower
Jasmine Pearls

An abundance of Lemon balm!

An abundance of Lemon balm!

Citrus + Ginger
Lemongrass + Mint
Lemongrass + Sage
Licorice + Lemongrass
Orange + Chamomile
Calendula + Mint
Hibiscus + Green Tea
Chocolate Mint
Dandelion Root + Fennel
Lemongrass + Fennel
Lemonbalm + Green Tea
Rosehip + Ginger
Lavender + Rosehip
Chamomile + Comfrey
Green Tea + Jasmine
Green Tea + Sage

We are happy to create custom blends, too! Contact Karen to create your own personal cuppa tea! 


Happy Autumn!

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Handy hints for starting seeds – An easy DIY for any gardener

Starting seeds - clothes pin label at wall flower studioWhen you’re in a pinch, pardon the pun, and need some quick, inexpensive, yet effective labels for starting those seedlings, I’ve found clothes pins to be the way to go.  Simply write the variety of seed in the container on the clothes pin and clip it on the pot.

When the time comes to plant your seedlings in the garden, the clothespin can be switched to a bamboo stake and stuck in the ground.  Of course, they can be decorated too, and you’ll find a plethora of ideas on Pinterest, but to be honest, other than Martha Stewart, who actually has time for that?!

newspaper pots at wall flower studioAlso, I like to make my own newspaper pot containers to start my seeds in. Not only am I recycling, but the whole enchilada can be planted in the ground, when the time comes, which means those tender roots won’t be disturbed. Many plants do not appreciate being repotted or replanted.

Since the newspaper will break down in the garden, there’s not muss and no fuss. My kind of gardening.

Happy planting!


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Wordless Wednesday spring blooms – Alpine Clematis ‘Constance’

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Blooming blues – Sharing floral hues and flower symbolism while waiting for spring

bachelor button

Centaurea cyanus

Veronica spicata

Veronica spicata

A blue flower, according to Wikipedia, “is a central symbol of inspiration“,  standing for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. It also symbolizes “hope and the beauty of things.



That’s quite a mouthful. Obviously, the colour blue has much historical significance, and reverence!

Admittedly that’s easy to relate to right now, and this post has come about due to an infinite hope for spring’s seemingly unreachable arrival. You see, we had snow fall overnight here in cottage country, and it’s chilly outside to say the least.  Like many of you, I am itching to get in the garden.

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Feeling starved for colour,  with a monochromatic landscape looming outside, I took to viewing some flower photos on my Flickr site.

In doing so, it dawned on me just how many blue flowers are in my garden.

bearded iris


Baptisia australis – False indigo

Of course, they don’t all bloom at the same time, (a bit of a shame considering the show they’d offer!), but on the other hand, it’s nice to have constant flow of colour throughout the season.  In any case, Wikipedia’s description seems quite fitting, indeed. So, in honor of spring’s imminent arrival, I’d like to offer up some visual hope right here.

Feel free to share your favourite blue flower here with me. Happy Spring!



Scilla siberica

Scilla siberica


Not quite blue, but I do love lavender.

Not quite blue, but I do love lavender.

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Blue cardinal flower

Blue cardinal flower


Morning glory

Morning glory

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A unique and unusual native woodland plant: Jack-in-the-pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum - Wall Flower StudioThe unusual and unique Jack-in-the-pulpit is an excellent perennial woodland garden plant.

The Latin name is Arisaema triphyllum. This plant is easy to recognize, even when not in bloom, due to the foliage combination of 3 leaves.

These lovelies are easy to cultivate under the right conditions. They require no care at all once established.  Jack will thrive in most soils, moist to dry, as long as it’s shady. They will happily accept seasonally wet locations.

The good news is that deer will not eat this plant. Having said that, neither should you or anybody else! It is poisonous.

Jack blooms for a long time; May through June in my neck of the woods, (which is considered a ‘zone 3’ USDA),  ‘zone 4 A’ in Canada.

Jack in the Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllumThis exquisite  native woodland perennial is a treat to see every spring!  For more information on this lovely fellow, I’d recommend a visit to:

Happy Gardening!

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Classic garden elements – Adding unique structures to your landscape

This is a just a sampling of some of the garden structures we create in-house here in Minden Ontario, at Wall Flower Studio – Garden obelisks, vertical gardens, and bee hotels.

Obelisk at Wall Flower Studio

Garden obelisk trellis

Planting peas and runner beans on the trellis

Obelisk in the garden, early spring.






Obelisks are perfect for vertical gardening which adds height and an added growing dimension to any garden. We especially love them for the winter interest that they add. Our garden structures are constructed of high quality timber and we offer a variety of paint colours to choose from.  One can grow almost any herbaceous climbing plant on these sturdy, simple, classic and elegant structures. 6516101931_34f3dd889f_o
Obelisks at Wall Flower Studio front of shop

Obelisk with peas and runner beans at WFS


Square succulent wall garden for indoors or out

Our rustic vertical wall gardens are very popular, with good reason! Presently, we have 3 sizes available but we are working on creating different shapes, as well.  These space-saving, artistic plant containers are a work of living art. They can be planted with succulents, herbs and more. The only limit is one’s imagination!17240632025_41d3dcb7b2_o




We are thrilled to offer solitary bee hotels. 1795607_10153309127676488_1229602207476800234_n

Each one is unique and one of a kind, but they all offer a habitat for our native bees and other beneficial insects.  They can be mounted on a fence, a tree or anywhere you like.

Bees are vital for cross pollination of flowers, vegetables crops  and fruit trees not only for suburban gardens but also for farms,
parklands, plant nurseries and community gardens.
One way we can all help is to re-introduce these often unknown  little pollinators back into our environment and our gardens.

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