Archive for September, 2014

The Dreaded Decor……..these ideas work great for halloween too!

September 30, 2014

outdoor_xmasThe Classic Wreath
Perhaps the most well known option for Christmas door decorating is the wreath. It is simple, beautiful and traditional. In many cases, this is all that you will need to communicate your holiday festivities to those who visit you.

Wrapping Paper
Another way to add a much bolder statement to your Christmas door decorations is through the use of wrapping paper. If you want to cover your front door in something amazing try this. Use beautiful metallic colors such as silver, gold, green and reds. You may want to invest in an oversized bow to add to it to complete the look. Xmas_Door_Decorations2

You may want to consider what is happening as guests arrive at your home or place of business. For example, add lighting and decorations to the space that leads up to your front door so that the Christmas door decoration stands out and looks perfectly placed. Some items that you may want to consider including small, even mini sized trees, nutcrackers and decorative wreaths.

traditional_outdoor_xmasPerhaps you want to do something that will make a grand statement. For example, why not create a front entrance to your space that is actually just a huge greeting card? With a festive greeting on the outside and a place for guests to sign on the inside, it will serve not only as a Christmas door decoration but also something to help you remember the time.


10 Plants That Can Survive A Drout (and your black thumb)

September 16, 2014

2013-02-13_11-16-07_708No plant is indestructible. However, there are a few that can’t be beat for their tolerance of light abnormalities, lack or abundance of water, and humidity fluctuations. If you want easy success with house plants we recommend these power players:

  1. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens) Also known as the Sweetheart Plant, this is the most popular of the philodendrons because this one stays small and it is so easygoing. It’s drought-tolerant. We don’t recommend letting it go too long without a drink, but it will recover nicely.
  2. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) Put this one in a bright location and it will reward you with beauty. The Dracena doesn’t like its feet wet, so I recommend good drainage.
  3. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) Jade Plant gets more beautiful with age. Tolerates room temperatures year-round. A succulent foliage plant, it’s happy with indirect sun and little water.
  4. Cactus (Cactaceae family) You knew this one would make the list, didn’t you? Because of its ability to store water and nutrients, a cactus seldom needs watering. Loves to bask in the sun. Tip: Cacti look great together in a sunny window.
  5. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) Often mistaken for a palm (it looks like one, hence the name), this plant is actually a succulent more closely related to the yucca. Its swollen base stores water, so occasional lack of water will do no harm. It is slow-growing so buy one already the size you want.
  6. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant (Sansevieria) If all else fails, grow Sansevieria. It thrives in full sun or partial shade. Prefers dry air and soil. Rarely needs repotting. Ideal for beginners, but we love this accent plant’s dramatic, sword-shaped leaves.
  7. Pothos or Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) This vigorous plant is well known for its long, trailing stems that can grow to 8 feet or more. Cut them back a couple times a year to keep the plant bushy and full. Pothos is forgiving if you forget to water it once in a while, but it doesn’t like waterlogged soil.
  8. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)  ZZ Plant makes a great room accent and practically thrives on neglect. This easy-going house plant is forgiving if you forget to water, tolerates low light, and rarely needs fertilizer.
  9. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) An impressive plant for beginners. The stems produce little white flowers. Prefers bright, indirect light. A dependable plant.
  10. Wandering Jew (Zebrina pendula) Beautiful and low maintenance. Glistening purple and green leaves make this one a fashion necessity. Fast-growing stems can reach 3 feet, so pinch often to keep it from getting leggy. Likes moist soil.

Spider Mites

September 9, 2014

Spider mite2 (2)Spider mites are hard to see, as they’re only about the size of a grain of pepper. Still, for their size, they can really wallop your plants. If leaves of your plants look yellowed and have tiny webbing between them, you might have spider mites

Spider Mites like dry, dusty conditions. Spray your plants’ leaves or needles with water. Hose down garden walkways and other dry, dusty spots. That will make them unhappy.

Homes tend to stay fairly dry and this encourages feeding and reproduction. Mist infested plants 2 times/weeks with a mixture of water and liquid soap. A spray bottled filled with water with a couple squirts of liquid soap will work. I know there are other recipes but this seems to work well. Remove dead leaves and stems and dispose right away to reduce the spread of the pest. This pest can create a lot of gritty dirt on the leaves especially on ivy. Wash the plant 1-2 times/month. Bring outside and wash with a hose. Continue misting with soapy water regardless if it has spider mites or not. This will help deter the spider mites.

Living Art

September 3, 2014

Who said that you need big yard or gardens to fulfill your desire of having lovely flowers and plants? Vertical garden design does not require much space; in fact, they can be made in various styles to suit your need. Vertical gardening ideas are a great way to be both beautiful and functional.

Here are a few ideas we’ve had in the past and a few ideas we have for you!

Living Art

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