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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Sunflowers

Sunflowers belong to Asteraceae family and Annuus species. The flower is botanically referred to as Helianthus, which is a combination of two Greek words, helios and anthos, literally combining to form the word – “Sun-flower”. Its resemblance to the sun has also contributed to its name.

Sunflowers were originally grown by Native Americans for food. Since Americas was its original habitat, sunflower needs dry and hot conditions to properly bloom. But, now they are grown the world over. They require moist and fertile soil with heavy manure to grow properly. They also need good exposure to sun and this is the reason why their best season of growth is summer. In addition, growing them in clusters is generally preferred, as this allows the roots to remain moist and cool for a longer period. Sunflower clusters can also withstand winds.

Sunflowers comprise a relatively larger flower head and central part that contains small florets, which grow into seeds at a later time in their growth cycle. The flower head can reach up to a meter in diameter and typically contains yellow flowers. It has large leaves with rough edges, while the stem is hairy and coarse.

Sunflowers have food, medicinal and many general uses, but their use in weddings is something that needs discussing. These flowers are typical flowers needed for a wedding as they provide brightness and brilliance to the special occasion. The cheerfulness and glow of yellow petals with the dramatic touch of the dark central part throws in a splendid contrast. They are perfect for a celebration planned in the countryside and can even be combined with other flowers to bring a more formal look to the occasion. While using these flowers in any arrangement, it is vital not to use them in excess. The right amount of these flowers would leave the right impact. Try and restrain yourself from going overboard. Sunflowers are at their peak from July through to September, so try and plan your wedding in this period. Here are some ways you can use this flower in your wedding.

  • An all sunflower bride’s bouquet looks really elegant with a bit of greenery. You can use a combination of sunflowers and some blue flowers to add a rustic touch to the bouquet.
  • A romantic ceremony arch made from a combination of sunflowers and eucalyptus would create a great backdrop for exchanging wedding vows.
  • A centerpiece with just yellow sunflowers with a few blue flowers or a mixed bloom centerpiece arrangement with sunflowers would be a great pick.

Tips to Achieve a Neat Garden

If you’re not happy with how your garden is looking, today is the perfect time to bring it into shape. And to give you a helping hand, below are seven simple tips which if followed will help your garden blossom.

The Grass Could be Greener:

The lawn is often the focal point of any garden, but there’s a good chance at the moment it could be looking a little worse for wear. Spruce yours up by:

  • Regularly mowing. With summer (officially) here, you should have cut your grass a few times by now. But to help get it looking its best, it’s recommended you cut it little and often. Ideally, your lawnmower’s blade should be set to 2cm (until autumn) and you should be cutting your lawn on a weekly basis.
  • Feeding your lawn. To help promote healthy growth, your lawn needs to be fed with a dedicated lawn feed which includes a moss and weed killer – as this will keep unwanted weeds from sprouting in your lawn, whilst helping your lawn grow.
  • Water regularly. During hot spells your lawn should be watered first thing in the morning and last thing at night, helping to ensure it remains hydrated. A quick sprinkling of water as you water your flowerbeds can make all the difference to healthy growth of your lawn.

Add Colour:

Flowerbeds are the best way to introduce walls of colour and scents into your garden, whilst also encouraging wildlife to visit. Make the most out of your flowerbeds, by…

  • Weeding your flowerbeds. If weeds are left to grow in your flowerbeds, they can suffocate other plants – preventing a wall of colour blossoming. Ideally, once you’ve weeded you should provide your flowerbeds with a three inch layer of compost as this will not only help make your garden look neat, but it’ll also help improve the soil for your plants.
  • Provide a neat wall of colour at the front of your flowerbeds with low-spreading annual or perennial flowers, which will define the edges and set off any taller plants behind them.

Add Finishing Touches:

  • Bring your patios, pathways and decking back to their former glory by vigorously sweeping away any debris which is littering them before giving them a blast with a pressure washer to remove any remaining dirt.
  • Water features can bring a new dimension to your garden, and if you have one currently you’ll need to give it some TLC too. This includes removing any debris and algae and ensuring the water is fresh enough to encourage wildlife.

Each of these tips will help you tidy your garden, ready for the hard work to begin and ensuring this summer you’re greeted with a wall of colour and scents throughout your garden.

Tips to get a Garden in Balcony

Why Balcony Gardening Is Difficult?

The biggest problem with balcony gardening is the absence of soil. There isn’t enough sun light, or perhaps excess sun. Then you have to figure out how to water your garden and finally there are kids pets to worry about. Once you have figured these points out it’s all about getting the following simple points right.

Setting up focal points in your garden

No garden, no matter how big or small is going to need a focal point. Some use evergreens to create focal points, other make use of size to create an aesthetic contrast in the garden, while some others explore pops of colour to create that effect. Find out what works best for you and create a focal point you like.

Find good container plants

Container plants don’t need a lot of space to grow – which makes them perfect for a balcony garden. Search for container plants and buy those online or you can approach your local nursery for seeds & saplings. This is also where you will find all the necessary instructions on growing them back home.

Get Good Designer Planters

The charm of your balcony garden will truly pop only when you use Designer planters. Finding illuminated planters isn’t that difficult. Tons of online sellers sell them and they will even ship it for an additional charge. This is where all the magic is. The exoticism of your balcony garden won’t be very evident unless you get premium Designer planters.

Protecting against elements

Protect your balcony plants against the onslaught of nature. Too much heat or rains will cause your plants to wither and die. Whenever you observe too much heat or rains, take a hint and bring your plants indoors to prevent serious damage.

Gardening In the Shade

Shade loving plants are great at pleasing you with beautiful flowers year in and out. Just plant and water them, these plants won’t mind if you keep them in the shade.

  • Lily of the valley

The sweet and mild smell of the lily of the valley is famous now thanks to countless poems. If you thought it was an exotic and hard to grow plant you need to give it a try right away. The lily of valley grows really well in shady areas too. You will be pleased with a sweet offering of white flowers every spring and summer – without actually doing much to support it.

  • Star-shaped amethyst

Cute blur hued star shaped amethysts grow very nicely even in place where the sun doesn’t shine as nice and bright. Even warm shades are good enough for amethysts to stay nice and healthy. The flowers are a beautiful mix of violet and white and grow to be about a foot or two in height which is just perfect to display in balmy shades indoors.

  • Copper plants

All of the shrubs we have mentioned thus far aren’t evergreens. This one is. Copper plants will stay nice leafy with hues of orange throughput the plant and if you place it in Outdoor planters in shaded areas you will never be bored with concrete. It is advised that in winters you should replace the outdoor planter pots with an indoor pot or just move the outdoor pot inside. Copper plants can’t tolerate cold temperatures.

  • Creeping jenny

Perennials are plants which grow in a particular season in a year and then die only to regrow the next year. This is why these plants are called perennials. Some perennials exhibit different behaviour in non-native conditions. In normal condition the plant keeps shooting new stems from its roots, but under non-native conditions you may have to plant it every year like an annual plant.