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A Trip to Garden Supply Co.

I really can’t believe that I am just now getting around to visiting Cary’s own Garden Supply Company. This fantastic combination nursery / home decor / antique shop is only 10 minutes from home!

I planned a trip last week because one by one, the recent storms destroyed my front porch terra cotta pots, leaving the woeful plants sitting as naked little root balls to simply dry out in the sun.

Sidenote, “naked little root balls” looks really silly and inappropriate when its typed out.

So, I bought plastic “terra cotta” pots.

Yep, I know.

You’re thinking, “That is so cheap and tacky.”

Honestly, I can’t tell the difference from the road. Plus, REAL terra cotta pots absorb water and leave ugly “water lines” halfway down the pot! Sorry guys, plastic from here on out.

Anyways, here are some other fun treasures that I picked up from the more thrifty / home decor side of the shop!


Hanging candles


Gold lantern

Dip-dye vase

As you can see, I’ve already found a spot for the beautiful dip-dye vase. It’s holding a silk flower arrangement in the guest room – my favorite room in our home!

The hanging votives will be beautiful around the back patio during a fall get-together with friends, once the mosquitos have dissipated!

As for the mirrored gold lantern, I’m thinking that it will stay inside, and only be brought outside for events as well. I quite like it on the buffet in the dining room.

And of course, the “vintage” clock needs to live somewhere near the teal living room! Even though it’s fake vintage, I couldn’t pass it up when I noticed that the center reads, “Designed in England”. Too cute!

What are your favorite garden / antique shops in your area? What was your best find?

I can’t wait to go back to Garden Supply Co. and buy some more of their beautiful vases. Loving the dip-dye look!

xo Cassie

Propagating Basil

Aaaaah summertime food.

Olive oil, heirloom tomatoes, oregano, baguettes, balsamic glaze, rosemary, mozzarella, basil… ((singing)) These are a few of my favorite things!

But today is all about basil!


After an overflowing (and delicious) homemade caffè latte, I ventured outside to tend to the patio plants before the 93° heat rolls in.

Yeah, yuck.

While in DC, my brother showed me some tiny basil cuttings that he had snipped from a larger plant and was “propagating” to grow new plants. I had never tried propagating anything, so I decided to give it a whirl at home… since we’ve got basil galore to snip from!

The process couldn’t be simpler.

Cut basil from the top, keeping 1-2 pairs of leaf nodes. Give yourself enough of a “stem”, so that the leaves can help suspend the cutting over water. These photos show two different cups because I started my cuttings in espresso cups (so cute!), but quickly realized that the clear plastic “World Beer Festival” tasting cups that we had lying around were the perfect size — AND we were able to watch the root progress without having to pull the cuttings out of the water.


Okay, obviously these pictures do not show what happens “overnight”, but the roots appeared and grew about 1.5 inches in just about 3 weeks.

Basil cutting 1

Basil cutting 2

Basil cutting 3

Since the roots seemed strong and plentiful, I decided that today was the day that these new “baby basils” were ready to venture out into the REAL WORLD.

In other words, it was time for them to meet soil.

Planting basil

I also did some new cuttings and harvested more basil (likely, for pesto) before heading inside to beat the heat.

Harvesting basil 1

Harvesting basil 2

Washing basil

Drying basil

Seriously, is too much basil even a thing?

Didn’t think so.

Already have a basil plant?

Try propagating it, so simple and fun — it’s like a science project!

xo Cassie

Garden Updates

The weather that we’ve been experiencing has been PERFECT for gardening. Alas, we took a trip to Lowes today for some more plants, terra cotta pots, ant killer, and a huge bag of soil.

You know, the necessities.

It’s been so perfect, that Richard and I even GRILLED our tilapia (in little foil packets with lemon butter) for dinner tonight!

We made sure to do it early enough that we beat the mosquitos, too.

Here are some pictures that I snapped this evening of the “garden” progress. It’s more of a container garden, but hey. Without much of a yard, we do what we can.





Tiny flowers


Pepper plants

Oh, and then I made these.

Banana chocolate chip muffins

Banana chocolate chip muffins, yum!

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

xo Cassie

Fresh Paint & Caribbean Style

Since having our house and front door painted, I’ve been working to spruce up the outside living area a bit. Hanging baskets, potted herbs, flowers on the doorsteps, the works!

Here are some snapshots of the exterior progress…

Potted plants


Basket and pots

Patio plants

Front porch

One can never plant too much basil. Also, did you notice the little kitty in the window in the very first picture above the title of this post? Sweet Merlin is always crying to get outside…

I’m loving the seafoam/peach/yellow combination — makes me feel like we’ve got our own little Caribbean beach cottage in the heart of Apex!

xo Cassie

Yep, It’s a British Invasion

Wow, where to even begin?! So many fun things have been going on that it’s hard to know where to start. All the beer and wine I’ve been drinking for the last week probably doesn’t help my memory either.

Literally, I have drank every single day for 9 days straight.

Is this college again? (Kidding, Mom!)

(Not really kidding.)

Last night, my sister, my Mom, Richard, his Mum, and I (wow, that’s a mouthful!) met at my Mom’s parents’ house in North Raleigh for tea-time turned champagne/beer/wine/snacks/cake time. A little background: my Grandma Mary and Richard’s Mum are both from England. We just knew they’d hit it off!

We had a blast.

I love listening to their travel stories; and it was certainly a lot of fun to hear Susan and Mary talking British things! Bubble and squeak, Marmite, dripping, all of these odd-sounding food names had my Mom, sister, and I cracking up! My Grandma made an amazing Treacle and Spice Victoria Sponge Cake that was topped with a sweet frosting made with fresh orange juice. Divine.


Wow, check out the feet photo-bomb in that picture.

Kara? Those your toes?

Anyways, I’m going to have to make that cake sometime soon. It would be perfect for gently (it crumbles easily!) dipping into a frothy espresso drink. Mmmm…

I am in love with their garden. And very jealous of it.

Pink rose

Lemon verbena

Front porch

I would have taken more photos, but I was fiddling around the garden with an iPhone in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other!

You can find my Grandmother’s blog here – she has been blogging for 8 years! Her travel photos and stories as well as her love for all things cottage quaint and shabby chic keep me coming back to read daily. My goal is to post as often as she does. Right now, she’s surely winning.

Susan leaves for the UK tomorrow afternoon. I will certainly miss having her around. It’s been such a treat showing her around the Triangle and introducing her to my family. So happy that she will be returning in December for our wedding!

xo Cassie

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