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Decorative Garden Stakes

On a recent Target haul (yeah, going to Target is THAT dangerous), I picked up these plastic herb markers and wax crayon for my herb garden. I had previously considered the chalkboard kind… but it seemed silly to me, since any water would likely remove the writing. Or just make the writing run and look all gross.

Decorative Herb Markers //

I decided to fancy them up a bit by practicing my (not good) cursive and adding a bit of knotted twine. The best part is: there is no right or wrong way to tie them. Each one turned out slightly different, and that’s what I love about them.

Decorative Herb Markers //

Decorative Herb Markers //

Decorative Herb Markers //

Decorative Herb Markers //

With the odd exception of today, the weather is getting warmer by the day. So, I’ve been outside digging around and tending to our patio pots and planters. GIRL, dirt under my nails and evvvvverythinggggg.

It’s fine, I haven’t had a manicure since January.

Hm, excuse to get one?

Maybe so. (Like my rationalization?)

For real, I’m trying my best to spruce things up in time to use the patio for entertaining before it gets WAY TOO HOT. Because if you live in NC, you know ALL TOO WELL that springtime goes a little something like this:

Day 1 of Spring – Wow, what a pleasant and beautiful day… I wish it could stay 75 degrees forever!


Have you starting grilling? Planting herbs and veggies? Decorating your patio or deck? I’d love to hear!

xo Cassie


  1. These turned out SO cute!!! And I think your cursive looks fine! In fact, when I saw the first pic, I assumed they came that way! Love the twine too! Oh, and sorry to ruin Spring — but don’t forget about the gawd awful pollen — which to me is THE worst part of NC weather!

    • Cassandra

      March 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks!! I love them. And UGH, I had forgotten about the pollen… Guess our windows won’t be open for toooooo long. They are closed today, of course, too cold!

  2. They are really cute markers Cassie and you are brave planting this early! Next week may be a light frost so keep them covered – remember the last frost date for our area isn’t until April 4 I believe.
    I looked at herbs yesterday and almost bought some but decided to wait – perhaps when I get back from DC I’ll look for new Boston ferns for the porch and a few plants. Did gather some packets of seeds – parsley, basil, pretty little white squash, cosmos, daisies etc. and will be scattering them after the frost date.

    Just couldn’t resist – had a piece of the zucchini bread while still hot – it’s awesome. Thanks Suzanne for your original, recipe and thanks Cassie for making it even more healthy!

    Love you all XX

    • Cassandra

      March 18, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Eek, I will certainly cover them up when the forecast calls for cold nights. I was too impatient, though, and just had to get planting, haha!! As for seeds, I just couldn’t bring myself to bother with them this year… Again, maybe I’m simply too impatient. I wanted to be able to start cutting and using the herbs right away!! I’m so glad you like the bread — and that I was able to “reinvent” it. xx

  3. Those decorative garden stakes are really cute. It seems like they would be really helpful to have so you know which plant is where. I wonder how often people buy them online. My aunt likes to make her own sometimes, but if she doesn’t make them she gets them online because there are so many different styles to pick from.

    • Cassandra

      March 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you for your comment! Wow, yes, that link does have quite a variety of garden decorations. And it is definitely helpful to know what is where sometimes, especially when you have multiple varieties of one herb — such as German Thyme and Silver Edge Thyme! They can start to look very similar!

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