Thrifty Tip: Accent Plants for your Pots

Susan here. Okay, this is a good one, folks! Most of you probably plant at least one pot in the summer — right? One by the front door, a few on the deck, or maybe you go nutty and have about twenty?! To make a pot of flowers really pop, you need an accent plant or two.

Popular ones are dracaena (spikey), licorice plant, and asparagus fern, to name a few. These come at about $4 a pop around here, and maybe more elsewhere. I have a wonderful tip/source for free accent plants. See the pic below:


The spikey guys are “baby” spider plants. You know those little thingies that sprout on the ends of your houseplant. Snip them off, stuff them in a water-holding device (I used a cottage cheese container), let them grow roots, and then plant them with your annuals in pots.

The Gracious woman blog is written by me, Susan Karsten. I am happy to announce that my first novel, “A Match for Melissa”, has been published! It released on July 7, and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or on my publisher’s website:

Here’s an excerpt from a recent review:

“A Match for Melissa” is a Regency romance. My acquaintance with this genre is limited so I looked it up. To be a real Regency the novel must be set in early 19th century Britain (don’t quote me on that last) and have a very defined style. A Regency novel will transport the reader back two hundred years so we know how the characters dressed, what their homes looked like and how they socialized. We see a world with clearly defined social classes, morality, manners and conversation.

The author did her homework. “A Match for Melissa” is chock full of details on life in rural England and upper class London. The characters are delightful. Unless they are bad. (The bad ones are really wonderfully bad.) Melissa is an intelligent woman with an independent bent to her nature who still functions inside the strict rules of protocol for her class. Her father, also independent, but with greater latitude and freedom than a woman, is in charge not only of the family fortune but also the choice of Melissa’s future husband. Much of the tension comes from wondering when Melissa will be able to be matched with the man she really loves.

Plenty of minor characters add flavor and fun and dimension—the English dressmaker who affects (badly) a French accent, an ancient butler, and a cad of a suitor. The author has a gentle wit and a passionate, unashamed faith. “A Match for Melissa” is my first Regency from this author but Lord willing it won’t be my last!

So, please give my book a look! Thanks, Susan Karsten



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