Oak Tree Recipe

Ever wonder how to grow Oak trees from acorns? It’s easy! Late Fall is the perfect time of year to collect acorns to start growing new Oak trees over the Winter. Late dropping acorns (October and November) are typically healthiest. A healthy acorn specimen suitable for growing an Oak tree is one that is plump with a cap that is loose and/or easily removed. A naturally split or cracked acorn is fine, but do not collect damaged, crushed or moldy acorns.

How To Grow Oak Trees From Acorns:

  1. After inspecting the collected acorns, place them in a mixture of 1/2 peat and 1/2 loose barley in a clear zip-lock plastic food storage bag. Do not crowd the acorns. They should be loose in the mixture and the bag should not be more than half-full.
  2. Seal the bag and store it in the refrigerator throughout the Winter. Periodically check the moisture level -it should be damp, but not wet. At some point during the winter, the acorns should split open and white sprouts should begin to appear and grow.

When To Plant Acorns:

  1. In early Spring (late March to early April), fill individual plant pots with clean potting soil. Place the sprouted acorns horizontally in the soil about 1 1/2 inches deep and water. Place the pots in a south-facing window or under an artificial light source and keep the soil moist.
  2. During the next few weeks, the acorns will sprout into a sapling, with a few tiny, yet visible Oak leaves. As the trees grow, transplant them into larger containers. Do not allow the trees to become root bound, or dried out.
  3. You may keep your trees in plant pots indefinitely, or until they have reached a desired size to plant outside. Before planting them in the ground, introduce the trees slowly to the outdoors by placing them in cooler areas such as on a porch, or in a shed or garage for a few days at a time. Transplant them outside in the early Fall before danger of frost.

Fall Forecast

When we think about Autumn, there is a color that quickly comes to mind: Orange. That being said, Autumn Maple is a hue that is one of the top color trends each Fall season, an Artful Living Blog perennial favorite for introducing dazzling warmth into any palette. A quintessential Autumn shade that blends Tawny and Russet, and instantly infuses any outfit or home with energy and vitality. A rich, textured color that looks good enough to eat!

More than any other color in the palette, Autumn Maple tells a visual story through its expressive Fall coloration. It speaks of sleepy maple trees with leaves that hang low, exhausted from the Summer sun, exuding an Orangey-Brown glow that compliments the seasonal changes with a storyteller’s touch.

Lots of brands are embracing the beloved Autumn Maple look this season. A surprisingly versatile hue, it is one that you can integrate into your everyday wardrobe, for it has a sporty feel to it, and can be dressed up for a sartorially sublime occasion. This warm shade in various tones radiates optimism, and brings depth and refinement to any look or interior design project.

Keep the color going in your Fall garden with a combination of annuals and perennials with an Autumn Maple color scheme. For the perfect late-season bloomer, you can’t go wrong with Fall Mums, perfect for mass plantings with their domes of rich, jewel-tone colors, and tight, mounded habit and stunning bloom cover. To get the maximum effect from far away, stick to only one or two colors. A large grouping of Mums can awaken any drab Fall landscape.

Pumpkin Butter’s festive taste and intoxicating aroma make it a Fall classic. The name is a little deceiving because there’s actually no butter in the recipe, but you use it like a spread or jam. It tastes like delicious pumpkin pie -sweet, rich, and full of flavor. The look + taste of Fall! It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it’s fun and easy to prepare. As you might expect, this packs well and makes a handsome Autumn Maple gift. Just don’t forget to make a batch for yourself! It also keeps in the fridge for a few weeks and freezes well so you can make it now to share, and have one on hand to savor the season. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup organic almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  2. Simmer the mixture on a low heat until it thickens ensuring to stir it constantly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It should take approx 20-30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize a canning jar by washing it in very hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry in a low oven for about 15 minutes. In the last 5 minutes put the lid in the oven.
  4. When the butter has sufficiently thickened transfer to the jar & screw the lid on immediately.
  5. Decorate with burlap twine and label and tag for gifting.

Terrain Style

Terrain Garden Center & Home Goods Store + Garden Cafe In Westport CT, A Charming Artful Living Blog Favorite That Celebrates The Cycle Of The Seasons & The Bounty Of The Land.

Founded in a historic nursery in southeast Pennsylvania, Terrain is a nationally renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with an entirely fresh approach to living with nature. It’s an approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces.

From Terrain’s Autumn Teak Tables & Seating Collection, Designed To Weather The Elements, A Protected Teak Table Offers Timeless All-Season Outdoor Dinning. In Addition To Gardening Supplies, Terrain Also Stocks Vintage & Handcrafted Furniture.

In the 10 years since opening the first Terrain store, hundreds of unexpected ideas for decorating the garden and home have been collected -many of which are shared to enjoy each season on The Blog at Terrain, but now, for the first time, they have gathered the very best of those ideas and tips into one place. Edited by creative director Greg Lehmkuhl and their community of garden and design experts who have been with them since those early days in the nursery, Terrain the book, is a seasonal guide focusing on the art of styling the spaces in and around the home with nature.

Terrain: Ideas & Inspiration for Decorating the Home & Garden, By Greg Lehmkuhl (Author), Hardcover, 400 pgs., Artisan Workman Publishing, Forthcoming October 2018.

Spanning all four seasons with ideas and inspiration geared towards each distinct time of year and organized by décor statement -container plantings, wildcrafted wreaths, and arrangements, the book starts each section with a design philosophy and hardworking guide to materials and plants, followed by gorgeous examples of the design principles in practice.

Terrain + Garden Cafe Westport CT, Autumn Inspired Garden & Gastronomy Events & Workshops October 2018.

The book not only captures the brand’s unique and appealing sensibility in over 450 beautiful photographs but also shows, in project after project, tip after tip, how to live with nature at home. Here are ideas for flower arranging beyond the expected bouquet, using branches and wild blooms, seed heads and bulbs, colorful container gardens inspired by painterly palettes, and dozens of ideas for making wreaths out of vines, dried stems, evergreens, fresh leaves and fern fronds. Decorating with heirloom fruits and flowers and weathered baskets by scattering them around the patio, and more involved projects, including taking inspiration from Scandinavia & Britain to create a truly natural Christmas. With insight for every season, Terrain blurs the indoors and out to bring the subtle and surprising joys of nature into our lives every day.

Beloved By The Artful Living Blog, Westport CT Anthropologie, Complete With One-Of-A-Kind Décor, Boasts Everything From Exclusive Apparel Collections To Insider Beauty Finds, Custom Furniture To Handcrafted Ceramics, Designer Bridal Gowns To Work-Of-Art Shoes.

Greg Lehmkuhl is the creative director of Terrain garden, home, and outdoor lifestyle brand from the team behind Anthropologie. Founded in 2008 on the site of a 100-year-old nursery in Glen Mills, PA, Terrain now has a second store in Westport, CT -both stores feature an on-site nursery, home store, and café, as well as shops within two California Anthropologie locations, and will soon open five more stores across the country. Terrain has been featured in a wide range of national publications, including the New York TimesVanity Fair, Vogue, Martha Stewart LivingElle Décor, and InStyle.

Star Is Born

And The Oscar Goes To…. A Star Is Born (2018), A Remarkable Refashioned Rendition Of The Classic Romantic Rock Musical Circa 1976 For Modern Moviegoers, Written & directed by Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut, staring Lady Gaga. An instant cult classic. Now in theaters.

Shallow From The Motion Picture Soundtrack A Star Is Born (2018), Original Music From Bradley Cooper & Lady GagaReleased October 5, 2018, by Interscope Records. Preview Soundtrack. Master class in simple love song meets high drama. Gaga is transcendent.

Autumn Time

Keep Calm And Carry On. Autumn Has Arrived In New England. 

  • Harvest ( har*vist ) 1. the time at which ripened crops are fathered & collected 2. the fruits of one’s labor
  • Autumn ( ot-em )1. the season also known as Fall; coming between Summer & Winter 2. including the months of September, October, and November -characterized by the changing leaves, the return of school & a time of gratitude 3. coinciding with the dropping of leaves from the trees as they go into a Winter rest, which is why it’s also called Fall
  • Harvest Moon ( har*vist*mo͞on) 1. the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the Autumnal Equinox
  • Pumpkin Spice (pump*kin*spīs) 1. an Epicurean recipe that includes cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg & cloves 2. goes with everything nice
  • Foliage (fo*le*ij) 1. leaves on a plant or tree 2. brilliant in
    color during the Fall months

Yankee Magazine September 2018 Issue. Features include: Peak Perfection | How to Find Peak Foliage Color in New England. As the Fall foliage display makes its spectacular journey from northern elevations to valleys and shorelines, these seven hot spots along the way will keep you in the thick of color. There’s plenty of prime color to be found in surprisingly little-known spots, too. Plus The Best 5 Drive-to Foliage Views and What Autumn Teaches.

Goodreads & Playlists

The Artful Living Blog Now Creates Carefully Curated Goodreads & Playlists Each Season For Your Reading & Listening Pleasure.

Admirable Autumn goodreads & a perennially powerful playlist. Inspired by The Artful Living Blog’s favorite season. #informedandinspired

From Autumn Playlist, The Legendary Robert Plant Of Led Zeppelin With The Sensational Space Shifters Performing “Carry Fire,” The Title Track To His New Album, Live In Manchester.

Very enchanting. Infused with ancient myth & modern music magic. Carry Fire is an artful, atmospheric gem of an album. #groovesandmoods

Observer’s Notebook: Trees, Princeton Architectural Press, Hardcover, 160 pgs.

Curated pick from Admirable Autumn Goodreads. This foliage season, whether you want to make a tree map of your yard, identify a tree by its leaves and bark, or create your own naturalist’s notebook, the Observer’s Notebook: Trees is the perfect resource. Filled with useful and charming charts of shapes, leaves, stems, and fruit to help you name a tree, this beautifully designed notebook from Princeton Architectural Press, also features ruled pages and blank maps to create your own tree census or simply reflect on the beauty of the planet’s longest-living, grandest organisms. #fortheloveoftrees