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It's a happy hour terrarium party

It's "Terrarium Takeover" time. Photos courtesy
Green Acres.

Green Acres hosts live Instagram event Friday

Too hot to garden outside? Retreat indoors and make your own cool oasis
-- build a happy hour terrarium.

At 4 p.m. Friday, July 17, Green Acres Nursery & Supply presents the third
part in its summer series, "The Art of Terrariums."

And no face mask necessary; this garden party is all online.

Presented as a live Instagram event, this fun and informative online workshop
includes a special themed cocktail, a live deejay and great indoor garden ideas.

Themed "Terrarium Takeover," the workshop starts with a classic terrarium container --
the glass bottle, jar, bowl or other container of your choice.

"We're working with a completely blank canvas," say the Green Acres experts.

"You can create and customize your terrarium project to fit your space and style. Have fun with it!

While glass is the traditional 'house' for terrariums, you can build from small to very large,
using houseplants or succulents, adding accents or colors that match your décor."

The Wardian Case is a cool refresher.
As for the cocktail, it's a icy green cooler: The Wardian Case.
It includes some unusual ingredients.

Here's the recipe, courtesy Green Acres:

The Wardian Case
Makes 1 serving

1-1/2 oz. white rum
1-1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. green Chartreuse
3/4 oz. Velvet Falernum
Absinthe (for rinse)
Extra large ice cube

Recommended tools:
Cocktail shaker with strainer
Hand citrus juicer
Vermouth atomizer (optional)

If using a vermouth mister, fill it with Absinthe and mist the inside of the cocktail glass
with 1-2 sprays. If not using a mister, pour a dash of the absinthe into the glass, swirl
around and pour out.

Add rum, lime juice, Chartreuse, and Velvet Falernum into a cocktail shaker with ice
and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into glass and add an extra large ice cube.

Garnish the rim of the glass with a piece of lichen or a lime wheel.


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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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