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Sunday March 11th 2018

Tips for Perfect Flower Planting

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“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” 

Ancient Indian Proverb

Today is “Plant A Flower Day”! What a perfect time to cultivate your inner green thumb and officially welcome the start of Spring. Would you try your hand at planting but aren’t sure how? Not to worry. Here are a few tips to get you planting like a pro.

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t grow flowers. 

  1. Choose your container. Most would say to start with the flower but we like to get adventurous and start with the container. Be creative! You can use a traditional flower pot, a fish bowl, a recycled mason jar, a tea tin, a light bulb... anything that captures your individual style. 

  1. Identify plants that will thrive in your container. Different plants (like people and puppies) like different things. If you’ve chosen a clay pot for instance, try flowering plants like petunias and geraniums. They tend to thrive in clay pots. If your container is on the smaller side, a plant that doesn’t grow quickly or too largely is your best bet. Check out your local nursery and bring your container along. They’ll help you find the best options for you.

  1. Do some soil searching. Okay, we apologize for the pun. But the soil you choose is critical to sustaining your plant. Depending on the plant you’ve selected, straight potting soil may not be enough. Do a little digging to find out whether you’ll need to mix in some top soil or supplement with specific ferterlizer.

  1. Get serious about what you’re capable (and willing) to do. If you’re someone who forgets to water, go with a cactus or succulent. These types of plants are very resilient and don’t need a ton of care.

  1. Finally, find a little nook to place your new friend. Place it on your desk at work, or in the center of your dinner table, in your garden, or in a window bed. Think of where you spend your time and how you can improve that space with just a simple plant!

Still not sure you have what it takes to be a plant parent? Here are a few low-maintenance plants you can start with: 

  • Tillandsia: a unique air plant that requires no soil, and grows vivid pink bracts
  • Echeveria: a succulent that blooms in various pigments with a gorgeous flower shape
  • Snake plant: a plant whose leaves grow straight up in wavy, ribbon-like way
  • Pothos: a quickly-growing plant that is great for hanging from high spaces. Watch as its leaves spread out over its pot
  • Philodendron: a house plant with large heart-shaped leaves
  • Aloe: a succulent that has medicinal properties. Its leaves are plump and contain a soothing gel that can soothe the skin 
  • Hosta: a shade-resistant plant that can vary greatly in size 

Bring life to your:

Happy planting!

Posted by Mary Dimacali in Plant Care
Friday December 29th 2017

7 Ways To Reuse Christmas Decorations For Your New Years Eve Party

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Take a moment to look around your home. Did you spend a lot of time creating and putting up Christmas decorations this year? If so, there's no reason to put them all away: Many of them can be repurposed for your New Year's Eve party. Try out these easy ideas that will make your New Year's Eve décor a hit with your guests.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Thursday December 21st 2017

The Winter Solstice Is Coming

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Are you looking forward to the winter solstice? It's coming up on Thursday, Dec. 21, this year. You probably already know that the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Today, I've got some more facts about this incredible event that may surprise you.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Wednesday December 13th 2017

How The Poinsettia Became The Flower of Christmas

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Poinsettias are a popular favorite around Christmastime. Going to church and seeing red poinsettias with their pots wrapped in shiny green foil makes me feel festive at this time of year. Chances are good that you have a lovely gathering of poinsettias in your home or office already. But have you ever wondered how this distinctive plant became so closely connected with the Christmas season? This week, I took a closer look at the poinsettia and its interesting history, and here's what I found.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
Wednesday December 6th 2017

8 Crazy Facts About Hanukkah

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This year, the celebration of Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12, and ends on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Even if you're not Jewish, you probably know about the lighting of the menorah. You may even be familiar with some of the foods eaten during this celebration. But there are some things that may surprise you about Hanukkah. This week, I'm letting you in on some interesting facts connected with the celebration of Hanukkah.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Thursday November 30th 2017

Get Your Shovels Ready For A Snowy Winter In 2018

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Are you going to get a lot of snow and extremely cold temperatures this winter? The answer to that question depends on where you live. As always, the Old Farmer's Almanac has a lot to say on the matter. What sort of weather are you likely to see outside your window while we're waiting for the spring growing season to arrive? Let's find out if you'll need your snow shovel, snow blower, salt, or all of the above for winter 2018.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Wednesday November 22nd 2017

Bulbs To Plant Now For Beautiful Spring Flowers

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We've been blessed with a fairly warm autumn, so I hope you've been spending lots of time outdoors with family and friends. While there's still a little time before the ground freezes, why not dedicate an afternoon to a little gardening work? This week, I have some tips for planting bulbs this month that will yield a gathering of beautiful spring flowers next year.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Wednesday November 15th 2017

How Other Countries Celebrate Thanksgiving

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I love getting together with family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving. I like to combine traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, and cranberries with new dishes like rosemary sweet potato stackers and crescent rolls stuffed with veggies and cheese. Most of us think of Thanksgiving as a uniquely American holiday, but days of gratitude are celebrated all over the world. Check out how other countries celebrate Thanksgiving around this time of year!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Wednesday November 8th 2017

Our Favorite Fall Flower, The Chrysanthemum

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This time of year, chrysanthemums can be spotted on walkways, patios, and porches and in window boxes and yards. They are such cheerful flowers, and they look so gorgeous in the autumn light. I think the chrysanthemum is the perfect choice for November's birth flower; don't you? In celebration of the chrysanthemum, I dug up a few facts you may not know about these personable blooms.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Thursday October 26th 2017

15 Unexpected Ways To Use Pumpkins

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Carving a pumpkin into a jack-o'-lantern for Halloween is something you might do around this time every year, but there are plenty of other fun, creative ways to use pumpkins, too. Check out these 15 unexpected ways you can use pumpkins this fall.

Posted by Ava Rose in General