PILEA Peperomioides; the happy houseplant

Have you ever had a houseplant that makes you happy? Pilea Peperomioides truly bring smiles to my soul & happiness to my day! Otherwise known as the Chinese Money Plant & Friendship Plant will make YOU Happy too! photography by: Erin S. Pilea Peperomioides Super Cute Happy Houseplant! Oh Pilea, You Indeed bring such Happiness to my Heart!Why does this cute little houseplant bring happiness to my heart & smiles to my face? Lilly Pad & Pancake Shaped Leaves who wouldn't love these almost perfectly round floating pads? Sporadic Stems who wouldn't love these free flowing pops of fun? Unique Growth who wouldn't love the no two are alike growth? Babies who wouldn't love baby Pileas, how could you ever resist? Easy Care who wouldn't love a houseplant that's so easy to care for? Grace who wouldn't love the forgiving graceful ways of the Pilea? Crayon Colored Green who wouldn't love the color almost as if colored with crayons? Waking Up to a Smile who wouldn't love waking up to this houseplant smiling back at you? Friendship who wouldn't want to share a Pilea pup with a friend? (ok I admit, I've kept all my babies for myself, I can't part with them) Lots of Pilea Blogs on my Other Home & Garden Website:You May Enjoy My Pilea Blogs More "In-Depth Care of the Pilea" Featuring my FAVE Fungas Gnat Free Soil, I ONLY USE this Soil for my Beloved Pileas and other Houseplants! It's the BEST Soil EVER! I also NEVER go without these Fungus Gnat Traps. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you'll subscribe to my newsletter to be notified of future posts & join my journey. Feel free to leave a comment below, I'd Love to Hear from Ya!PEACE, LOVE & SMILES,Erin S. IF INTERESTED, HERE ARE THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THE BLOG

By |July 4th, 2019|Categories: House Plants|0 Comments

define LIFE; a blog about life

define LIFE; a blog about life. It's really that simple. This is me, writing about Life as I see it. What is this thing we call Life all about? Love Life, is to Love One's Self. photography & illustration by: Erin S. I sit here with my mac upon my lap, a blank screen looking back just waiting to have it's white space filled. I think to myself what is Life? Should life be defined as a one line statement? I think not. Let me bore you for a brief moment....(Life defined within the Cambridge Dictionary) LIFE |noun:-the period between birth and death-a particular type or part of someone's experience-the period during which a machine or object that produces power works-energy or enthusiasm Even within the dictionaries we are taught to rely on for the pure definitions of the words we use, "life" has many meanings. Therefore as I write this Blog titled as the most simplest of words "LIFE," it is full of the most in-depth of thoughts. Grab yourself a cup of coffee...I may be a while. What is Life to me at this very moment?Life according to E (E that would be me, the E within the E+C, aka Erin S.)I'm gonna be real. I mean after all that's what this blog is all about The Snapps in front of the lens being real. That being said, to be perfectly honest with you, LIFE at the moment is me with my feet propped up, in a big comfy chair, laptop upon my lap typing about LIFE while every so often glancing across the room looking at my Cute C (he would be the C within the E+C, aka Corey S.) He's over there reading about our next cameras.It's cold as heck outside because we are currently having some sort of winter half-jacked burst of 30 degrees or below here in North Carolina. what do we do when it's cold on the coast? We stay indoors; write blogs about LIFE & read about cameras....and there you have it, that is my life at this moment. Boring, right?If you are still here reading along then I'll let you in a lil' deeper of this crazy mind of Erin Snapp. Let's get a little less boring, let's go deep.LIFE.......... (those dots? they would be the silence of my brain, pausing) My life could seem simple, or completely complicated.My life could seem barebones boring, or perfectly paced.My life could seem a delightful dream, or a nasty nightmare. In my eyes my life is Love, Blessings, Stillness & Workloads. In my eyes my life is my Art & Photography defined through creations. In my eyes my life is full of silly worries & sometimes big worries, and those worries = Anxiety....yes lots of Anxiety. That's indeed a blog within it's self! Suppose you could compose the Dictionary Definition of LIFE, what would your life's definition description be? Erin's Life as a Dictionary Definition | noun: -the period between birth and deathErin

By |July 4th, 2019|Categories: NC Lifestyle|0 Comments

Pilea Peperomioides Online Order Unboxing, Repotting, Propagation blog video

I simply adore my Pilea Peperomioides, I'll share my latest experience with online order unboxing, repotting, propagation blog with video included! Many of you may be wondering how a live plant can be shipped through the mail, many may be wondering will it arrive alive and will it survive! You may also be wondering the best way to care for your Pilea when it arrives. I know I wondered all of the above when I purchased my first Pilea a while back. No worries, I'm here to share it all with you! I'm SUPER EXCITED TO SHARE MY PILEA PEPEROMIOIDES ONLINE ORDERING UNBOXING AND REPOTTING & PROPAGATION BLOG VIDEO TIPS WITH YOU! photography by Erin S. of Simply Living NC Where to Purchase Your Pile Peperomioides via Online Ordering?I purchased mine through a company on Etsy called Garden Goods DirectAnytime one orders a product online it's always the "unknown" feeling of how will this item or product arrive, of course this feeling of purchasing a live plant triples!After reading many reviews of customers pleased with their Pilea Plants and communicating with the company, I decided to take the plunge and my oh my I'm so glad I did! UPON ARRIVAL: Placed my Order Was Notified of Shipping Received 2 Days Later Arrived at My Front Door The Box was clearly marked and sitting pretty when I opened my front door After carefully cutting open the box, I found the prettiest Pilea Peperomioides Pilea was wrapped in brown paper, had a warming pad, and was stapled to prevent spillage After I carefully removed her from the packaging, I inspected her for bugs with no signs Upon inspection I was happily surprised with a baby Pilea Pup sitting proudly beside her Momma! She was indeed old enough to separate! photography by Erin S. of Simply Living NC With any Pilea Purchase, I always immediately change out my soil.Please understand I am by no means saying my online order was tainted was perfectly clean with no signs of bugs, pests, or fungus. I just personally feel better replacing all soil with my FAVORITE SOIL MIX to prevent any chances of the dreaded fungus gnats. I seriously swear by this soil! I've had so much luck with this soil, that all of my Pileas are happily growing within this soil, producing pups, and have no signs of fungus gnats. As a precaution I always have my Favorite Sticky Gnat Traps on Hand and the first sign I see they are caught instantly, the soil I use stays so dry there is hardly any chance of egg laying.Now onto my typical repotting and propagation process of all of my Pileas.... REPOTTING AND PROPAGATION PROCESS: Using my FAVE SOIL MIX, I fill a terra cotta pot with the soil. (any terra cotta pot will work nicely, I always use terra cotta because it breathes and keeps my pileas healthier. I have my eye on this cutie of a hanging terra cotta pot, maybe next

By |May 18th, 2019|Categories: House Plants|Tags: |0 Comments

Vegetable Garden Planning Made Easy in a Small Space with Bonus Garden Pest Spray

Vegetable Garden Planning doesn't have to be difficult, nor does it have to be large!I'm here to help inspire you with Vegetable Garden Planning Made Easy in a Small Space. I don't know about you, but there's just something inspiring and soul fulfilling growing your own food. That being said I personally live in a small coastal town on a town lot with very little land. ....I thought to myself, I can't ever grow a garden with enough food to enjoy, oh boy was I wrong! It all started with the foundation which of course is the structure of the garden. My hubby and I wanted to make certain everything was recycled as much as possible. We were able to create a Rustic Garden which You can Read More on My Blog Rustic Garden...our Pocket Garden. Next would be the planning, which I like to make so simple it's actually drawn out within my journal. Of course since I love to draw, this is another fun part of the Garden process.Here you can see my thought on what our garden layout may look like.Starting with "Late Winter / Early Spring" planting, moving to "Summer Transition" and ending with a bit of "Summer Update Planting" Late Winter / Early Spring Planting Summer Harvest Transition Plan Summer Update Planting Plan Well, as you can see we planned, we planted, we made some changes along the way and the most important thing is....we are growing! Our Favorite Garden Pest Recipe of these Products:THIS Bug Killer is such an Awesome ProductCombined with a couple of drops of This Natural SoapMix the Two in a Sprayer, such as this one and apply with a fine mist. A few changes we made:-Added a Lettuce Patch-Decided Not to Grow Collards (they took up too much space)-Added a Top Trellis Branch for our Cucumbers to Grow on-Made a Switch-aRoo of spots for our melons and cucumbers Our Pocket Garden / Small Space Rustic Gardening New Lettuce Patch, Deer, Bird, and Rabbit Resistant Lettuce Growing Nicely! Tomatoes Growing! Sugar Peas contacted Aphids, however gone overnight with our Garden Spray! Link Above Carrots, So Fun! Broccoli will be Ready to Harvest Soon! Every morning we enjoy our walk to the garden and every morning each crop has grown a bit more.We can't wait for the day of harvest! Continue to check back on our progress of our Sweet Pocket Garden, we love it so very much. We hope our Pocket Garden in Small Space has helped to inspire you to grow your own food. It's such an amazing feeling!Don't forget to Mix Up our FAVE Garden Spray Listed Above to Help Prevent those Nasty Bugs. IF INTERESTED, HERE ARE THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THE BLOG

Camellias; the Southern Shade Loving Evergreen

Oh the beautiful, graceful Southern Belle of the South...the Evergreen Shade Loving Camellia.She sure does make my Heart Shine! I don't know about you, but my heart just tends to get full of happiness when I gaze at these beauties! Thankfully I'm surrounded by Camellias not only here at the Pocket Cottage, but also throughout our Sweet Southern Coastal Town of Southport, NC! I Simply Adore Camellias; the Southern Shade Loving Evergreen! photography by: Erin S. of Simply Living NC A Little Bit About Camellias: Camellias are indeed known as one of the South's beloved plants! Also known as the Camellia Japonica or Sasanqua Camellia An Evergreen Shrub, which can also be shaped or formed into a Tree Camellias produce gorgeous flowers ranging in colors of pink, reds, & whites Some produce single bloom flowers, others produce double bloom like a carnation or peony Flower when other's in the garden are not producing, Sept, Oct, Winter Months until Spring. Most are Deer Resistant Hardy in zones 7-10 Can grow quite large from 6-10 feet tall and wide Love Shade, Dappled Sun/Shade and Some will Sunburn with too much Sun Camellias Don't Like Wet Feet, do not plant in Soggy Soil and Plant a little Higher than soil Camellias enjoy organic matter mixed within their soil when planting They Prefer to be fertilized after their Flowers have Dropped and again in Summer if needed Prune as needed AFTER blooming Camellias are Slow Growing Camellia Pests and Problems: Leaf Scorch or Leaf Sunburn, look for yellow or scorched leaves, provide shade Tea Scale, look for tiny white or brown specs under the leaves, treat with a horticultural oil Petal Blite, look for blooms rapidly browning & dropping, treat by picking up dropped ones Bud Drop, look for buds dropping before opening, caused by freezing, drought or overwatering Root Rot, make sure to plant base of plant a little higher than the soil to prevent soggy feet photography by: Erin S. of Simply Living NC photography by: Erin S. of Simply Living NC Why do I Simply Adore Camellias? Well now, I simply say...who wouldn't love this graceful flower filled beauty?I'll never forget the first moment I laid eyes on a Camellia, strolling through our local park. I say local, because this park is indeed local to me now. However when we first moved to North Carolina I had never even seen a Camellia in person. A simple stroll through our park and my heart was filled with what I thought were some form of rose or peony trees, little did I know they were Camellias!Years later, my own yard is graced with their beauty and I still walk daily through our local park to enjoy the original Southern ladies who filled my heart. Here at the Pocket Cottage we have Several Varieties and are always adding, in fact we just planted a new addition to the garden and can't wait to see her strut her stuff next September! photography by: Erin

By |April 7th, 2019|Categories: Garden|2 Comments

How To Build a Rustic Deer Resistant Small Vegetable Garden

Is your desire to build a Small Rustic Vegetable Garden that blends within the surroundings, flows with the style of a cottage garden, all while being deer resistant? We had the exact desires! We wanted to find a way to blend a vegetable garden into our existing cottage garden beds. We felt it was best to create a very natural garden with a little pop of whimsy! Damage from deer A national survey by USDA’s in 1992 identified deer damage as the most widespread form of wildlife damage. Forty percent of the farmers reported having deer damage. There are many ways to combat deer damage such as repellents, deer resistant plantings and as fencing. We have found fencing to be the most effective for us to prevent having to spray pesticides and chemicals near our crops. Deer have the ability to jump as high as eight feet so a fence should be close to that height. Our garden is so small we felt for us closer to six feet was tall enough. Starting with a plan and dead standing Oak trees We started this project like most, knowing what natural resources were available to us. We knew we had nice dead standing Oak logs in our back woods that were solid and free of rot that would work great for post. You could also use something like a Steel Stake which would work just as good. We also had some leftover bricks for the raised beds within the garden. With that and a plan it was time to get started. photography by: Simply Living NC The full plan We stared with tilling the area where the garden was going with a small tiller like this one. At this time we also added some soil amendments of compost. Next was digging for the post holes to set our six Oak posts with a post hole digger. We then wrapped the entire enclosure with Poultry Netting with staples as well as wire to hold to the posts. We also dug a small trench and folded the wire fencing into the ground to stop any animals from digging under the fence. Next was to lay the brick border and mound the dirt up we kept this very simple just standing bricks on there edge with a hardwood mulched path down the middle. Lastly was to make a gate that would keep all the little critters out. For this we went back to our natural store of the wood and found cedar branches and grape vines to make the one of kind whimsical gate. Once the frame was made we once again used the Poultry Netting attached to the gate. photography by: Simply Living NC photography by: Simply Living NC The end result What we ended up with is what we think is the perfect rustic garden that takes up minimal room and flows with our surrounding. We now have a 6' x 12' garden with 16" raised beds on three sides and

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Garden|11 Comments

Salt Damaged Plants; how to help plants recover

Are your plants dying? It could be from Salt Damage to Plants. We share our secrets of how to help your plants recover from too much salt! Salt Damage to outdoor plants is a rare thing to happen in most parts of the country. It could happen from a faulty water softener if you use that water for your plants. Here are a few ways you may have Salt Damage: You live next to a highway or road treated with snow melt Your plants were watered with water from a faulty water softener. Plants were exposed to Hurricane Flooding and/or Flooding In our case our plants were damaged by salt from one of the worst hurricanes to hit our area of Southport, NC! Hurricane Florence created storm surges at astronomic levels. Our outdoor plants were exposed to the type of flooding we had never witnessed before. Since this type of flooding was from the ocean and area saltwater filled bodies of water, it carried along heavy levels of salt and deposited into our soil. After three weeks of being away from our home we came back to many damaged plants and sadly many plants that had died. Some plants like Sable Minor Palms thrived since they are so salt torrent others did not fair so well. Non-Native plants faired the worst and may not be able to recover come spring. Happy Palm! Signs of Salt Damaged Plants: The salt damages the roots of the plants which causes no nutrients or water to get to the plant. After time the plants will start to yellow and parts will start will start to die and the plant growth will also be stunted. This only happens to more sensitive plants verses others are more salt torrent.   Sad Salt Damaged Plant How to Protect Your Soil: In most cases you could fix the faulty water softener or use less snow melt or even build up soil to redirect runoff. All these items would be things to look into to keep from having a constant battle. Another would be to think about more salt torrent plants and replace your damaged or dead plants with more salt loving native plants. First Step Building Up Your Ground: For us, we have started the process of building up the ground slightly and planting more native plants that are used to that occasional salt water flooding. We are hoping with just a few changes we can make a big difference to continue to have thriving plants in the future. Next Step Leaching Your Soil: Once returning back home I went to the internet for advice of how to save the plants. Within my research I kept coming across the word "leach". There are serval ways to help leach one's soil. The first way is to water the affected area thoroughly and often; making sure the water is draining well. If the soil is not draining well you can add organic material to the soil. This will assist

By |March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Garden|3 Comments

Pilea Peperomioides Dying How to Revive & Care

Pilea RESCUE 911!Pilea Peperomioides Dying How to Revive & Care My oh my how I know that feeling of your beloved Pilea Peperomioides Dying! Living in Coastal North Carolina, we were faced with our recent horrible Hurricane Florence. We were evacuated for 3 weeks from our home staying in hotels throughout. Sadly I had to leave my three beloved Pileas "Cali, Caroline and Virginia" behind to fend for themselves. photography by: Simply Living NC Who knew one could worry so much about houseplants...right?Well I worried about these three lovely little girls like they were my own babies. After all I have indeed raised them from teeny tiny babies.My heart simply adores these three plants. The day had come, we were finally able to return to our home after being evacuated for the 21 days. After checking over the outside of our home, we thankfully did not suffer damage. The first thing I did when entering our home was head straight for my three Pileas. I knew for certain in my heart they would be dead...... || WARNING : GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW! || What you see is a result of no water for 3 weeks, and no sunlight. Our home had to be secured while we were gone, which meant darkness.My heart was broken, but at the same time there was HOPE!I swung into action, it was time for Pilea Rescue 911!   photography by: Simply Living NC   photography by: Simply Living NC   photography by: Simply Living NC Pilea Peperomioides Dying How to Revive & Care: STEP ONE: Water, Water, Water, drench the babies with water until it runs all the way through. STEP TWO: Soak, Soak, Soak, soak the babies within the same water that ran through in step one. I always do this when watering, however this time I let them sit in the water for a couple hours, verses my typical 20minutes soak time. STEP THREE: Light, Light, Light, keep the babies in as much sunlight as you can provide them. Many would tell you to place them outdoors, however I always advise against this as it's a very risky way to get the dreaded Fungus Gnats. (read how to get rid of fungus gnats here) STEP FOUR: Love, Time, Love, Time, give your babies lots and lots of love and realize it will indeed take time for them to thrive again. You can now return to your normal Pilea Care. THE SOIL I LOVE THE FUNGUS GNAT TRAPS I ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND It has now been 3 months since I preformed my version of Pilea Rescue 911 on my beloved girls and I'm proud to say they are thriving more and more each day! They have perked up, and have lots and lots of new growth! Just look at those sweet lil' leaves popping out! "Cali, Caroline, and Virginia" are all doing well.   photography by: Simply Living NC   photography by: Simply Living NC   photography by: Simply Living NC   photography

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: House Plants|Tags: |15 Comments

African Violet is Dying How to Revive & Care

Is your African Violet Dying How to Revive & Care! For any houseplant lover, none of us want to use the word "dying" however sometimes things happen, life happens. Sadly life happened to us when we had to evacuate our home for 3 weeks due to Hurricane Florence in NC.Our 3 weeks were spent hoping from hotel to hotel where sadly it was just too difficult to bring along my beloved African Violets. They would have to be left behind and fend for themselves. photography by: Simply Living NC Three weeks went by, these lovely African Violet beauties were deprived of a drop of water and limited sunshine. I thought to myself many times throughout these long 3 weeks, surely I would arrive home to find them dead. Thankfully that wasn't the case, when I arrived back home I found them hanging on trying to survive and thankfully our home too survived. || WARNING, GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW || My heart sank the moment I set eyes on my once so very strong Violets.They had weakened, shriveled up, and were severely wilted. They were simply begging for help. Operation African Violet Rescue 911..starts now!   photography by: Simply Living NC   photography by: Simply Living NC How to Revive & Care For Your Dying African Violet: STEP ONE: Water, Water, Water, water your violets under the water drains through many times. I even let my violets sit for an hour within their own water just to make certain they were full replenished. However I would not recommend that in a normal care circumstance. STEP TWO: Break, Pinch, Break, yes it may sound violent in a way...however you will need to break off and pinch off any damaged or wilted leaf. By the time I did this step, there wasn't much left to my lovely little lady. However I gave her hope! STEP THREE: Love, Time, Love, give lots of love and lots of time as your Violet is most likely in shock and needs ample amount of love and time to get over such a shock. Don't worry, she'll come back. STEP FOUR: Care as You Typically Would Care for your African Violet. You can Enjoy My African Violet Easy Care Guide Here. My Favorite African Violet Food I will NEVER be without THESE FUNGUS GNAT TRAPS....EVER! Three months have now passed and I'm happy to report my Lovely Ladies are doing well! They have produced new leaves, have bloomed, and the little one I thought for certain would not return...she has grown strong! Just look at how cute she is as she's growing each and every day!   photography by: Simply Living NC   photography by: Simply Living NC I leave you for now by simply saying, never ever ever give up hope no matter how small or how sad your lil' African Violet may be! IF INTERESTED, HERE ARE THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THE BLOG

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: House Plants|4 Comments
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