5 Good Plants for Droughts

russian-sageFor anyone with a yard, a drought can be a bummer. For anyone with a garden, a drought can be devastating. There is no way around a water shortage, but for gardeners, keeping up with the hobby is manageable. With the right plants, you can have your thriving garden without the worry of drought-shaming from neighbors. Here are 5 good plants for droughts.

Russian Sage Russian sage is a beautiful wispy plant with tiny purple flowers to give your drought-tolerant garden a little color from spring all the way through fall. It prefers well-drained soil with full sun. Initially, they’ll need water to get growing, but once the roots have claimed their soil they do very well in hot, dry conditions.

Blackeyed-susanBlack-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susans are yellow wildflowers that are native to North America. Not only do they practically care for themselves, but as a decorative plant, they’re ideal as they bloom from June to October. Even though they are drought tolerant, black-eyed Susans do need fertile soil and prefer full sun, but partial sun is OK, too.

YarrowYarrow Yarrow is a very low-maintenance plant with blooms that come in yellow, red, white, and pink. They can grow to be quite tall — up to four feet — but its delicate flowers make it approachable. In addition to its drought tolerance, easy care and subtle beauty, it also has medicinal value. It can be used in tea to soothe allergies and congestion as well as used externally to reduce skin irritation and rashes.

lambs-earLamb’s Ear Lamb’s ear is a native plant to Iran and Turkey, which means lamb’s ear not only tolerates a hot dry climate, it thrives in it. It’s named for its fuzzy leaves but it flowers in late spring and early summer in shades of pink or white. It needs very well-drained soil — too much moisture may create a problem as they can be invasive like mint. But it’s easy to grow and transplants well.

voodoo-stonecropVoodoo Stonecrop Voodoo Stonecrop makes an elegant red ground cover. It’s a succulent and blooms mid-summer so it needs full sun. It doesn’t like cold weather, so it needs to be protected from frost, but it is generally a low-maintenance plant. It’s good for both a garden accent or as an element in a container garden.

We take gardening seriously at The Lakeside Collection! From ideas for what to plant during a drought to yard decorations to keep your lawn pretty year-round, look to Lakeside for all your gardening needs.

Rocky Road Day: Rocky Road Recipes You Didn’t Know About

There aren’t many holidays in the month of June (who needs holidays when you have this much sunshine to celebrate?!), but we’re celebrating a special day on June 2: Rocky Road Day! Rocky road is that favorite summer treat: chocolate chips, almonds and marshmallows swathed in chocolate ice cream. It was created during the Great Depression to give people something to smile about — and close to a century later, it’s still making people smile. But rocky road has been re-invented many times — here are 5 ways to enjoy rocky road that you didn’t know about.rocky-road-parfait

Nutella Greek Yogurt Rocky Road Parfait This one is an easy one! Baker By Nature put together this Nutella Greek Yogurt Rocky Road Parfait with just five ingredients, so if you’re in the mood for something sweet and don’t have a lot of provisions stocked in your cupboard, you may be able to whip this one up. In addition to only five ingredients, this recipe only takes five minutes to complete, so if you’re short on time and long on kids to treat, put this on your weekly summer dessert menu. Basically, you mix the yogurt and Nutella together and start layering it with the marshmallows, peanuts and chocolate.rocky-road-clusters

Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters Here’s another easy rocky road recipe — it only takes about 15 minutes to construct Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters. Farm Flavor  put together simple step-by-step instructions for this no-bake sweet treat. Packaged nicely, these make a great potluck treat or snack to bring to events.

rocky-road-saladRocky Road Fluff Salad Though “salad” is in the title of this recipe, it has absolutely nothing to do with lettuce, tomatoes and vinaigrette! But Inside Bru Crew Life adjusted the definition of salad to include chocolate pudding, dessert whipped topping and marshmallows. It only takes about ten minutes to stir together all the different versions of sugar and another hour in the refrigerator for it to reach its flavor peak, but when this dessert is ready, the only reason you’ll be thinking about salads is to figure how to make up for the bowl of sin you’re eating.

rocky-road-milkshakeRocky Road Smoothie This list wouldn’t be complete without a milkshake recipe. A Cozy Kitchen broke it down into 4 ingredients that take approximately three pulses on the blender to turn it into the perfect frozen treat. As a bonus, she threw in a recipe for rocky road cookies — in case you want to bake your rocky road and take it on a picnic.

rocky-road-bundt-cakeElvis on a Rocky Road Bundt Cake This is probably the most decadent and labor-intensive rocky road recipe out there — It’s Yummi somehow blended Elvis Presley’s love for peanut butter and bananas and wove it together with marshmallows and chocolate to come up with the richest bundt cake ever made! This cake isn’t for beginner bakers — it takes some practice in the kitchen to work your way up to this recipe. But it’s fun to look at and something to aspire to make.
The Lakeside Collection is all about tasty treats and anything to make summer more fun! From baking gadgets to outdoor water toys to keep you cool during the hottest season, shop Lakeside for fun products at spectacular prices.

Pinteresting Picks for May

From garden gadgets to seaside decor, our Pinterest followers are getting ready for a fabulous summer. Our top pins have sunshine written all over them. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for May.owl-throw

Fanciful Accents Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow. The multicolored tapestry artwork brings the 50″ x 60″ Throw with a fringed border to life. It’s a soft cotton/polyester blend that’s machine care. Imported. The 17″ Sq. Pillow has piping trim, and its cotton/polyester/rayon exterior is plumped with polyfill for extra comfort. The owl design is on the front while the back is solid-colored, so you can reverse it for a bit of visual variety.casserole

Cute Carriers Effortlessly transport delicious homemade treats with this stylish 2-Pc. Cooler and Casserole Carrier set. Secure food or beverages in the single-strap cooler. The casserole carrier has two handles that can be made into one using the fabric-magic closure. Both pieces zip closed, are insulated for cold or hot use and collapse for easy storage.bird-feeder

Feed Your Feathered Friends Give your feathered friends a cute place to eat or bathe with this adorable Umbrella Bird Feeder or Birdbath. It hangs from the umbrella’s handle, which is decorated with a 3-D garden friend that coordinates with the print on the umbrella.coastal

Seaside Settings The Coastal Gift Collection adds a touch of the ocean to any room. The wind- and water-weathered look of these pieces will create a tranquil, beachside vibe. Greet visitors with a Welcome Sign that features seahorse and seashell accents. The Sailboat has a tropical fish and captain’s wheel on its sails, and the hull looks like it was carved from driftwood. The charming Pelican figurine also looks like driftwood with curling feather accents. The Lighthouse has an LED light on the top, so it glows like the real thing.tie-backs

Let the Sun Shine In A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains. The design features a circle with a coordinating stick. Gather the curtain in one hand, lay the circle over the front, then push the stick in on one side, behind the curtain and out the other side. Works with any type of fabric without damaging it.

National Stress Awareness Day: 4 Ways Gardening Relieves Stress

GardeningApril 16 is National Stress Awareness Day — we’re all victims of stress and there are many ways to manage but, since we’re in the middle of spring, we’re looking toward the garden for stress relief. Here are 4 ways gardening relieves stress.

Exercise Gardening isn’t quite like running a marathon, but it’s an activity that gets you moving. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise reduces tension, stabilizes mood, reduces fatigue, as well as improves alertness and concentration. Pruning and weeding makes your garden look nice, but the up and down motions and repetitive actions require your muscles to have a range of movement that gets your blood pumping through your body and brain. If you look at gardening as something you get to do rather than something you have to do, you’ll be on your way to a stress-free summer.

Garden-ScooterQuiet When we think of gardens we think of a quiet place where nature rules. Leaving behind your smartphone to tend to your plants and flowers gives your brain space and peace. It makes sense, but researchers in The Netherlands have facts to back up the claim. They found that spending just 30 minutes a day in the garden doing chores actually reduces the amount of stress hormones your body creates. If you’re feeling stressed, maybe it’s time to take a break from daily stimulus and get in the garden for a few hours a week to relax.

Sunshine Plants need sunshine to survive and working outdoors alongside your precious plants exposes you to the same sunny goodness. While we know that sunshine gives us vitamin D to help strengthen our bones, it also boosts serotonin — the neurotransmitter that helps us feel good. We need bright light that we get from summer sunshine (brighter than anything we can get indoors) to get adequate amounts of vitamin D to improve serotonin levels (which is why we see so many cases of seasonal affective disorder during dark winter months). Working in the garden to spruce it up for as little as ten minutes a day can give you a good amount of sunshine to help with your vitamin D and serotonin production to make you feel relaxed.

gardeningThe Right Plants While some budding shrubs and flowering plants are easy on the eye, some are also easy on the brain. Plants like lavender are known to relieve stress through their scents. Lavender can relieve stress just by being next to it and inhaling its fragrance, but lavender, along with other herbs like chamomile and lemon balm can be used as tea to relieve stress. Whether you’re pruning your lavender or harvesting chamomile for tea, your garden can have the calming effect your brain and body craves.


Daily stress can get in the way of good moods, so if you’re playing with the idea of starting a garden, let stress relief tip the scale in favor of getting it growing! The Lakeside Collection can help you get started — we have ideas and products for a lush garden this spring that will thrive all summer long.

Gadgets To Keep Pests Out of Your Garden

Spring is here and our garden prep is well underway! Making our gardens bloom is one of the more satisfying summer activities, but it does require work. Some of that work includes keeping pests out of our flower beds and yards to help our plants thrive. But there are a few gadgets to make pest control a little bit easier. Here are 5 gadgets to keep pests out of your garden.solar-animal-repeller

Buzz Off Pests don’t have to be bugs to bug you — they sometimes have four legs and fur! The Solar Animal Repeller keeps critters like rabbits and woodchucks from wrecking your grass and plants without having to resort to cruel traps and poisons, plus it’s easy to install. Just stake it in the ground and it charges in sunlight to activate a built-in infrared motion detector. When pests come within its 20-foot detection range, it triggers powerful, ultrasonic waves that turn animals away. It only activates when motion is detected, so it can run around the clock when it’s charged.pest-diffuser

Good Scents The Patio Egg Pest Diffuser slows down the menacing whir of mosquitoes with good scents! The egg uses a DEET-free formula of essential oils that mosquitoes and other pests steer clear of. Fragrance diffuses through the porous egg and into the surrounding area, darkening the egg as it absorbs oil. The pleasant floral scent will “hatch” within 24 hours and be effective continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Protects up to 200 sq. ft. for up to 4 months. Hang it with the included plant-fiber net or set it on a flat surface.citronella-streamers

Double-Duty Decor Don’t let bug spray ruin your next cookout! Repel bugs with style with this Set of 8 Citronella Streamers! The streamers add whimsy to your outdoor decor as well as fight off bugs —  each colorful streamer is coated with lemongrass oils and natural citronella that mosquitoes and pests don’t like. The scent lasts up to 48 hours so you’ll have protection from the start of the party all the way through cleanup!wasp-traps

Nature’s Bug Bait Don’t let wasps ruin your day in the garden with this Set of 2 Wasp Traps. They use all natural ingredients you mix up at home — just sugar and water! It lures wasps to three spots where they can get in, but they can’t get out. You can hang them from a tree branch or put them on the porch where there’s a flat surface. They’re long-lasting and durable so you can use them day after day.fly-pistol

For the Kids Lock and load a Fly Pistol and get rid of pesky bugs with a pull of the trigger. Just take aim and pull! The hands clap together, squashing the flying pest. The  target on the inside of the hands turns bug swatting into a game. Check your accuracy and aim as you go.

5 Kitchen Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed

We’re always looking for new, fun ways to make household chores a little bit easier — especially in the kitchen! With all of the spring parties and barbecues coming up, we need all the help we can get to shave time off prep so we can entertain! The Lakeside Collection has a few products that can do just that — here are 5 kitchen gadgets you didn’t know you needed.

Corn-StripperPain-Free Prep Get ready for your summer bounty with this Set of 3 Specialty Kitchen Gadgets. Summer sweet corn just got sweeter with the corn stripper — remove all the kernels with just a few strokes! With the pepper tool, the stem and seeds are gone with a twist of the wrist and the mango pit is no longer an obstacle to your breakfast smoothie! With one or all of them, making fresh food is simple and painless.

Lemon-SqueezerSimple Squeeze Add a bright splash of color to your kitchen with these Colorful Kitchen Gadgets! Have a fresh squeeze of lemon ready to go at all of your cookouts this summer with the Lemon Squeezer! A couple of lemon wedges turn to juice in the silicone container, leaving the peel and seeds behind! You can use as little or as much as you need, and the leftover juice stays fresh in the refrigerator once you close the screw-on top. The Set of 3 Knives is perfect for the precise work of trimming, peeling and slicing all of your summer vegetables and fruits.

Kitchen-gadget3Basket of Bags If you’re like the rest of us, you have a stash of plastic bags somewhere waiting to be reduced, reused or recycled! With this decorative woven basket, your plastic bag dispenser is more convenient and easier to look at than stuffing the bags in a drawer or under the sink.  Load the bags at the top, then pull them out through the hole in the bottom one at a time.

Memory-Foam-RunnerPleasant Posture You don’t know how comfortable prepping food at the counter can be until you’ve done it with the Memory Foam Kitchen Runner underfoot. It gives you extra support when you stand for a long time, and brings a punch of color to your kitchen. The memory foam conforms to your feet as you move and stand.

 

Wine-ChillerKeep Your Cool White wine lovers just got a little more excited to show up at your barbecue! The Wine Bar Bottle Chiller keeps your wine cool and refreshing while you socialize on the patio. Just place it in the freezer for a couple of hours and use it in place of a cork once your wine bottle is open.


The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of products to make your next entertaining adventure easier and fun! Keep checking back for more ideas and inspiration for every season and every holiday.

National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups

spinachMarch 26th is National Spinach Day and we’re celebrating it because there are so many reasons to celebrate spinach. It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods — it keeps our eyes young, our bones strong and our blood pressure low. It’s also pretty tasty — though, for a period, it did have a reputation of being one of the most disliked vegetables. These days, it’s a little less feared and more liked and we want to share our easiest spinach recipe for National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups.

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Cream Sauce:

  • 1 TB butter
  • 2 TB all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ½ cube chicken bouillon
  • 3 TB Parmesan cheese, grated

Roll-ups:

  • 8 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 9 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

For the sauce, make a roux by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. When you have a really thick paste (almost dough), lower the heat and whisk in the milk and bouillon cube. Keep stirring until the bouillon is dissolved and you have a creamy sauce. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and set aside.

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Preheat oven to 350℉.

For the roll-ups, stir together the spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, onion and garlic powders. Lay out your cooked noodles on a flat surface.

Spoon out even portions of the spinach mixture onto each of the noodles. Spread the mixture so there’s an even layer of spinach on top of the noodles. Sprinkle about half of the mozzarella cheese onto the noodles.

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Gently roll up each of the noodles so that the spinach is on the inside of the rolls. Place the rolled noodles in a casserole dish prepared with cooking spray.

Pour all of the cream sauce over the noodles. Top the noodles with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the sauce is bubbly.

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This is a kid-friendly recipe — not only will they love to eat it, but they might just be able to make it themselves! Of course, it’s tasty enough for an adult as well and it’s great for leftovers if you can’t eat it all in one sitting.

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The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Garden Items

Spring has sprung! We’re celebrating the first day of spring by planning our gardens and we are looking for fun ideas to make our outdoor space lively. We came up with a few things we want to put in our own gardens and thing we think you’d like, too. Here’s this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Garden Items.

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Put a smile on the faces of passersby with a Solar Gnome Tree House in your yard. This whimsical garden accent features windows that light up using the power of the sun.

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Hummingbird Feeders will encourage these delightful birds to hang around so you can enjoy watching and listening to them. Completely functional and decidedly decorative, these feeders come ready for use–just fill them with sugar water and hang. Put them near a window or porch to attract hummingbirds for an up close and personal look!

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Dress up your deck or add color to your front porch or balcony with this Coco-Lined Rail Mount Planter. The metal hanger slips right over the railing and adjusts by hand without tools to fit rail widths up to 2-1/4″. Won’t blow away or fall off!

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Add colorful decor to your landscape with a Set of 4 Beaded Garden Bells. The dainty bells provide a touch of melodious embellishment to your shrubbery. Each piece features bronze toned bells and colored beads and tassels.

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Enhance your meals using fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables you’ve grown yourself with this Cook’s Vertical Garden. You can add zest to pasta, make homemade salsa or eat fresh strawberries right from the vine.

5 Garden DIY Walkway Ideas

garden-walkWith spring nearing, we’re looking for all sorts of ways to make our gardens unique. We have ideas of what we want to plant, now we’re moving on to how to showcase our vegetables and flowers. A DIY garden walkway is one way we can make our garden one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 garden DIY walkway ideas we’ve come across we think you might like.

Pallet Path Wooden pallets can be upcycled into many useful items around the house. In the garden, a dismantled pallet gives you the slabs to lay down for a flat and sturdy path. You don’t have to be a master woodworker, but you should know how to use a saw at the very least. The wood can be cut so it’s all a uniform length or you can get creative and stagger planks at different lengths to give it a unique style.

wood-slice-walkWood Walk Laying down little slices of wood can turn an unused bit of land into an adorable path. Celebration Generation takes you through each step of the process — clearing out the space, lining it properly and then placing each of the slices of wood along the path. It actually looks nice as a regular dirt path, but the wood makes it look classy.

wine-bottle-garden-edgingWine Bottle Way Upcycling wine bottles to make a path is one of the more popular ways to add character to your garden. VertAustin does a quick tutorial on using wine bottles as garden edging, but the idea could easily be expanded to line a garden path. If you’re good at cutting glass, the bottoms of wine bottles can also be transformed into tiles to smoothe out a dirt path.

Pop Bottle Cap Passage A more labor-intensive way to give your garden walkway character is to apply bottle caps (plastic or metal work) to the tiling idea. It would take quite a while to collect them and lay them all out, but if bottle caps are something you happen to set aside for no good reason, this may be a way to put them to good use.

stepping-stoneUncommon Concrete DIY stepping stones are surprisingly easy to make. You can use just about anything as a mold for your ready-to-mix concrete. A cake pan, pizza box, shoe box — you can make it any shape you want and you can make it as fancy as you want, too! Break old dishes to make a mosaic or use glass craft beads to add color and character. The hardest part about making the stones yourself is waiting for the concrete to dry.

However you decide to build your garden, The Lakeside Collection has more products and ideas to make your garden just right. From garden stakes to bird feeders, we have what you need to make your garden brighter.

Learn About Butterflies Day: Fun Facts About Butterflies

ButterflyThe days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising and birds are singing the sweet songs of spring! Pretty soon we’ll start seeing butterflies fluttering around the trees and flowers and,  since, March 14 is also dedicated as Learn About Butterflies Day, we dug up few fun facts about butterflies to get you excited about the season.

Eating and Drinking According to the San Diego Zoo, there are a few ways butterflies get their nutrients. Before they transform from from caterpillar to butterfly, they eat leaves to survive. After they go through metamorphosis and change from a squirmy insect to a beautiful flying bug, they only sip on liquids — juice from fruit, nectar from flowers and sap from trees. Those things give butterflies most of what they need, but they don’t provide minerals, so male butterflies sip water from mud puddles — it’s called “puddling.” They share those nutrients they get from puddles with females during the mating process.

ButterflyAfter mating, when butterflies are ready to lay their eggs, they scope out leaves and plants by tasting them with their feet! If they find leaves tasty enough for their offspring, they’ll lay eggs on the leaves. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars will eat the leaves on which they are born and the life cycle begins again.

Flying While we usually just see butterflies fluttering from flower to flower without urgency, they can fly quite fast. Most butterflies fly about 5 to 12 miles an hour, but some skipper butterflies can reach speeds of up to 35 miles an hour! Skippers are a little bit different from other butterflies — you can tell them by their antennae; they look like little crochet hooks.

But butterflies can’t fly all the time — they are ruled by the weather — which isn’t a surprise since we usually only see them during the spring and summer. Temperature is very important in their travels. They don’t take off if the air temperature is less than 55℉ and if their body temperature is less than 85℉.

ButterflyLifespan Butterfly life span varies. The brimstone butterfly lives the longest with an average of 9 to 10 months, but some species live only a week or two. But that is over-simplifying the complicated lives of butterflies. There are many things to consider when calculating the lifespan of a butterfly: how long they’re in the larval (egg) and pupal (cocoon) stages, hibernation, and weather conditions. Butterflies and Moths of North America goes into detail about how long butterflies live.

Defense There are many ways butterflies protect themselves from predators. As caterpillars, they either roll themselves up in leaves or burrow into fruit or wood to hide — some even make themselves look like twigs. As winged adults, they can hide the brightly colored side of their wings and show only the dull side to make them less visible. Some butterflies can even disguise themselves as dead leaves. The more beautiful butterflies — like the Monarch — don’t taste very good to predators — of course one has to die for a predator to learn its lesson, but the death of one beautiful butterfly means many more will survive.

We’re excited about all the life spring brings to our gardens! Butterflies, flowers and birds — we’re working on making homes for them in our yards and The Lakeside Collection has dozens of products and ideas to make your garden attractive for all your favorite critters.