Easter Eggs from the Garden

We have put together this great list of natural egg decorating ideas from our favorite crafting sites! Read how to create natural dyes and how to use plants on and in your eggs for egg-stra elegant and spring inspired egg decor.

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Recipes

Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.

Add coloring agent.

Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or longer for the deepest color.

Strain liquid into a large mason jar, and allow to cool to room temperature, 2-3 hours.

Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.

Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.

Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish (optional).

Botanical Leaf Imprint Easter Eggs

Before decorating your Easter eggs this year, head out to the garden and hunt for leaves to imprint on them. The spring garden may just be emerging, but there are surely plenty of unusual shapes of leaves that you can use to adorn your Easter eggs. With just a few supplies, such as nylons and a bit of food coloring, leaf imprint Easter eggs are a fun way to celebrate the season. This project can be done with natural vegetable dyes such as red cabbage and beets as well.

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Prep:

To make leaf imprint Easter eggs, start by blowing the yolk and whites out of the eggs. Use a nail to gently tap a hole in the round end of the egg. Move the nail around in the hole a bit to make it larger. Tap a second hole in the pointy end of the egg; this one can be a bit smaller. Use the nail to stir up the inside of the egg and break the yolk. Blow on the pointy end of the egg so that the egg’s insides come out into one of the bowls. Rinse the inside of the eggshell with water and pat the shell dry.

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Dye:

1.Place the eggs into sections of a nylon stocking that are tied on one end with baker’s twine. Press a leaf, top side facing the eggshell, inside the nylon and pull the other end tightly to hold it in place. Tie the other end of the nylon firmly with baker’s twine.

2.Prep dye in the other three glass bowls by mixing a half cup water, two tablespoons vinegar, and some drops of liquid food coloring. Start with 10 drops and add more for a darker color.

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3.Dip the egg into the dye and use a spoon to baste it. Basting it with the dye will allow the color to be more even around the egg. The dye should be transferred in just five minutes or so, but you can remove the eggs and test the color when you think they are ready. Add them back into the dye if you want a deeper color.

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How to Make 9 All-Natural Easter Egg Dyes

If you're turned off by the chemicals in store-bought Easter egg dye, try these nine all-natural options. Each features a coloring agent — a vegetable, fruit juice, or spice — that gives color to hard-boiled eggs.

“Egg-speriment” with Easter egg planters!

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Easter egg planters are a great way to add a pop of color to your Easter dining table. Get a dozen eggs and crack them at the top. Drain the contents, clean them with water, and put them back in the egg carton. (You can dip them in dye if you’d like to color them. Fill the bottom of each egg with dirt and then fill them with your favorite flowers, succulents or grass. You can place them on your table or anywhere you like. You can keep them in the carton and fill in around them with colored grass. Or, you can place them in a dish or pot of your choosing.

Drought Tolerant Plants an article from Dave's Garden

These plants can thrive in even the driest conditions. 

Hot summer temperatures and reduced rainfall can make any garden look a bit gloomy at this time of year — and since many drought-prone areas have water restrictions in place, watering more isn’t always an option. However, there's still a way to maintain a beautiful summer garden. All you have to do is cultivate plants that are sure to survive the seasonal heat and water limitations. Here are a few particularly good varieties to work into your yard, as well as some tips to keep them looking lush all season long.

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1.Lantana: 
With flowers that range from orange and red to pink and purple, lantana is a fiery flower for any garden. Although it can grow to be eight feet tall and four feet wide, there are also more compact varieties available for those gardeners who don't have a lot of space to work with. The lantana may be known for its showy flowers, but it also boasts blue-green, chartreuse, and gold foliage.
 

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2.Salvia:  A member of the mint family, salvia features blue and purple flowers and thrives in hot, dry conditions. Growing to about 30 inches tall, salvias (or sages) make for fragrant additions to any garden. Although it grows best in sunny locations with well-drained soil, you may also be able to grow it in partial shade. Encourage it to continue to bloom by removing existing blooms as they fade.
 

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3.Coneflower:
Also known as echinacea, coneflower is a colorful flower that resembles the cheerful daisy. Attracting butterflies and bees alike, coneflowers do best in spots with full sun and well-drained soil. They tend to spread quickly and come back again year after year.
 

4.Lavender:
Known for its strong fragrance, lavender grows to about three feet tall and can thrive in even the poorest soil. Still, you may have to add some compost or other organic matter in to improve drainage if you have clay soil. Cut lavender sprigs after the plant has bloomed to bring its fresh, relaxing fragrance indoors.
 

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5.Agastache:
A member of the hyssop family, agastache features tall blue and purple flower spires and grows well in poor soil. An easy-to-grow plant, agastache thrives in full sun. Although you may need to water the plant more while it’s getting established, it should be drought-tolerant and low-maintenance thereafter.

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6.Russian Sage:
This fragrant plant grows up to five feet tall and is a showstopper in any garden. All it needs is sun. It even does well in poor soil. The best part is that it needs very little watering once it's become established in your garden. Although it resembles lavender, it has a scent that's all its own.
 

7.Artemesia:
If foliage is your thing, you'll love artemisia's silvery blue-green leaves, which have been known to form mounds between three and five feet tall. These tough plants also spread as wide as 10 feet in some cases.
 

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8.Yarrow:
A hardy, low-maintenance plant that's a favorite of both bees and butterflies, yarrow features compacted flower heads with tons of small flowers in shades of yellow, pink, red, and white. It’s also extremely fragrant and can be cut for its fresh flowers.
 

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9.Verbena:
An ideal accent for containers, verbena is easy to grow and will only shoot up to about three feet in height. The flowers will bloom all season long, since the plants consistently produce new flower buds. The colorful verbena is ideal for small gardens and container gardens.

10.Sedum:
Every garden needs low-growing groundcover. Sedum grows best in well-drained soil that is average to rich fertile. It also thrives in full sun and is often easiest to grow from divisions or cuttings. Although they may be finicky while they’re growing, they require little care once they’ve established themselves. By dividing these plants up twice a year, you can prevent them from spreading too much throughout the garden.

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