Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 8:17 pm
This time of the year there is a designated first-out-of-storage Christmas decoration in almost every home.
Kalanchoe ‘Flapjack’ , the ceramic Christmas tree has a perfect conical shape with the coating of pine green glaze.
This plant emits a cozy glow thanks to tiny, multi-colored lights that sit on the branch tips.
This is also one of the perfect Christmas gift and everyone in your family will appreciate it. Holiday decoration is the other plus of this plant.
This trendy succulent is blessed with leaves the size of a business card, the shape of a paddle and a delicious silvery blue-green color, edged in soft red. Each pair sits opposite another pair along a stubby central stem.
Like most succulents, it’s at home in desert zones. ‘Flapjack’ forms a tall triangle, its leaves gradually tapering in size as they reach the top. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 10:31 pm
Lovely scent of pine is in the house will make you feel happy for the Christmas Eve carols, then presents, holidays and fun.
There are eco-alternatives to buying a cut pine tree, such as potted Christmas trees – usually small pines or cypresses. You may buy a prickly cypress in a pot.If you do have space to plant a small pine, then go for it.
You could also try recreating pine tree smell if you want to avoid cutting down a tree.
Go for trimming shoots from a wilding pine tree then wind the foliage in a loose wreath around the base of your artificial tree, or at your front door. Or set up a large vase with pine foliage as a backing to the flowers.
Alternatively, go hunting pine cones and put some in a basket by a sunny window, so pine fragrance will permeate the air.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Poinsettia is a plant generally affiliated with the Christmas season. This plant will add colorful bracts brightening your decorations.
The color spectrum of poinsettia is truly remarkable. Colors range from red to white to even maroon. There are bicolored, speckled and marbled poinsettias.
While buying the poinsettias it is better to be well aware of the wide variety available. Take your time to select the very best. Poinsettias are fragile plants, and the stems can break quite easily from mishandling.
Growers and florists have been using poinsettias in combination containers in recent years. Poinsettia combination containers sometimes feature contrasting colors, such as snow white chrysanthemum with the traditional red poinsettia. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 8:34 pm
If you often visit to your neighborhood nursery or garden center you must have observed that there is a wide range of plants available for your garden.
Sometimes, the great variety of choices makes seasoned gardeners cringe and beginning home gardeners leave with a feeling of hopelessness. Don’t despair!
You may want to include some of the many perennial flowering and foliage plants, such as those pictured above. With little care, these perennial beauties will perform year after year. They often provide a balance for a garden bed that includes small trees, shrubs and annuals.
If you’re planning on developing a new garden that will include perennials, mid-summer is a good time to visit a public or community garden to get ideas on garden design, edging, hardscapes and plants you’d like to have in your garden.
Take notes and possibly make a sketch now of your ideas and plant choices. Then this fall you’ll be able to purchase and plant these perennials at the best time
Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 11:30 pm
From creating a flower border in the back garden to working on a large scale building project, buying landscape materials in bulk quantities can save a great deal of time, effort and money.
Buying in bulk is cost effective and efficient for almost any gardener.If you have all the materials you need for your project right from the beginning, you will get the job done much quicker and cut out the inconvenience of trips backwards and forwards with small bags.
garden stores and garden centers now days offer a range of services that have appealed to gardeners for years, offering a wide range of quality products alongside expert advice and assistance to help customers complete their garden projects. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 10:41 pm
It is a good time to plant up final summer plants, especially those that are perfumed, for scented air has been an essential ingredient of expatriate Mediterranean gardens since the times of Phoenician Greek Roman and Arab immigrants. Fortunately, of course, those living in Apartments can plant up containers on covered balconies and terraces regardless of the rain.
So let’s look first at the perfumed plants included in our book Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style.
Marigold, French marigold perfume and a good insect inhibitor; Dianthus or carnation-pink, petunias, chrysanthemums – also a useful insect inhibitor; Lady of the Night – which pumps out perfume in the late afternoon and evening; Datura – although poisonous so best not used in apartments or gardens with children; gravoeolens or rose and lemon scented geraniums; lantana montevidensis – the low growing and Read the rest of this entry