Lush gardens don’t materialize as a sheer stroke of luck. Happy premise owners with well-trimmed lawns understand that attaining their goals demands a year-round obligation, even during winter.
There a couple of lawn care duties that you have to carry out during winter to guarantee your lawn retains its great look come summer. These responsibilities include fertilizing, soil aeration, weeding and over sowing. Continue Reading
Large Indoor Plants – Indoor plants are an interior design accessory back in fashion. There are many new houseplant varieties now available, as well as the old favorites, providing a bewildering choice of size, form and color to complement any interior design theme.
If you are starting your design from scratch think about plants and containers early, as plant displays are relatively inexpensive they may be used to replace more expensive items such as artwork and help with your budget.
Poinsettia – The symbol of Christmas outdoors is the Holly with its bright red berries. Indoors it is now the Poinsettia (proper name Euphorbia pulcherrima) with its large, scarlet flower-heads. This was not always so – in the early 1960s it was a tall-growing shrub which was distinctly difficult to keep in leaf or flower in the average home. Things have changed – modern varieties are bushier, more attractive and much less delicate – in addition modern chemicals are used to keep the plants small. The result is that the Poinsettia of today is compact (1-1,5 ft high) and the flowers (which are really colored bracts) should last for 2-6 months.
Garden Jobs In December – The holidays are a busy time of the year for all gardeners, but for those who love to garden, there is still plenty to do in December.
Harvest the fall vegetable crop. It’s time to start harvesting vegetables from plants sowed in September and October. You can even add more vegetable plants before it gets too cold. They include artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, peas, potatoes and radishes. Note: expect them to grow slower than those vegetables planted in spring.
The Best Indoor Trees – Trees are great things to have in your yard. They clean the air, they give shade and privacy, they are great for climbing and they are beautiful to look at as well. While many trees are just too big to think about growing inside, there are many trees that make wonderful accents to the inside of your home. Here’s just a few:
If you like more of a desert type tree then the Yucca is for you. They have thick woody stems and pointy leaves that come in a variety of blue to blue green colors and have yellow, cream or white tones to them too.
The Croton (Codiaeum) is a popular house plant and its attraction is obvious – vivid foliage colors and varied leaf shapes. Stiff leaves are borne on an upright plant – the usual pattern is large and lobed foliage on which there are distinctly colored veins. A tough-looking plant in the shop or garden center, but before you buy one of the hybrids of Codiaeum variegatum pictum you must make sure that you can satisfy its fussy requirements. It will need a fairly constant temperature which will not drop below 60°F and it will need high air humidity.