Posts Tagged ‘terrariums’

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Tap into Terrariums

by Ardith Beveridge on October 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Terrariums — Farrell's Florist in Drexel Hill, PAA terrarium is a glass container used for growing ornamental plants. Inside, is a living breathing world, a bridge between indoors and outdoors. A terrarium allows you to bring nature into your environment; a way to imagine nature indoors.

While you don’t need a green thumb to create or care for a terrarium, your local florist  can help you realize your vision.

Your florist can recommend the perfect plants. Small, shade loving plants work best as do plants that love high humidity. And your florist has great options for terrarium containers, such as art glass, hanging glass in delicate metal frames, handcrafted vases, or fun small containers with magnets on the back to display on an office file cabinet.

Be sure to keep your terrarium away from direct sunlight, heat and sudden extremes in temperatures. Always place a tray beneath your terrarium to protect your furniture and flooring from water damage, staining and mold.

Caring for your terrarium is rather easy. Water as needed, remove yellow or damaged foliage, and keep the glass clean.

What do you think about terrariums?

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Moss Gardens

by Lisa Greene on March 18, 2014 at 8:43 am
Photo Courtesy - Lisa Green, AAF, AIFD, PFCI

Photo Courtesy – Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI

My family and I enjoy spending time together outside, walking in the woods and enjoying nature. Whenever we see something interesting, we have a tendency to pick it up — rocks, moss, pieces of driftwood, shells, sea glass, etc. Well, I finally decided to do something with some of these little items: I created a moss garden.

Moss gardens are simple to make and a fun family project.

  • I used a glazed square pot. Make sure your container is glazed so water doesn’t seep through and ruin your furniture surface.
  • Toss in some all-purpose potting mix and make a mound in the center of the container.
  • Next place various types of moss over the soil. But first, soak the moss in water, get it moist, and gently ring out any excess water.
  • Then, I added driftwood and some tiny ferns.
  • To finish it off, I added rocks and mulch.

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Fun and Fabulous Succulents

by Leanne Kesler on March 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Orchid & Succulent Planter - Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.Succulents, often called “fat plants” derive their name from the Latin, Sucus meaning juice. The broad definition for succulent is: A plant with thick, fleshy leaves and/or stems that are able to retain water. This water retention trait enables the plant to prosper in dry climates and in poor soil conditions or with no soil at all. A sub-category of the succulent is the epiphyte, also known as an air plant. This variety actually derives all of its nutrients directly from the air and does not have any soil-based root system. You may be familiar with the most common plant classified as a succulent, the cactus. Of course, there is a crowd that claims the cactus is a stand-alone genus. Enough already! Now you know more than you ever cared to about the succulent genera. Time to move on to the fun stuff!

From an artistic viewpoint, succulents are perfect “flowers.” Fabulous, dramatic, exquisite, odd and unique are all words used to describe this long lasting botanical. Florists love it for its diversity both in looks and use. It can be cut from the stem, wired into a design, placed into water, laid upon a table, glued to a branch or utilized as a full plant, roots and all. Flower lovers choose the succulent because it is cool, hot, trendy and fun! There are not many flowers that work so well in so many ways and that are loved by everyone.

One fabulous succulent creates a dramatic accent for this planter. The phaelenopsis orchid pops with color towering above the epiphyte and a bit of kiwi vine. This trendy planter will last for weeks. Perfect as an antidote to the busy life, this soothing basket calms the soul. Best of all, it takes little care and attention. These plants will thrive on neglect…even better for the busy lives we lead.
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5 Tips for Father’s Day Flowers

by J. Robbin Yelverton on June 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Father’s Day Flowers by Blumz by JRDesigns in metro DetroitFathersDay-Robbin

This arrangement features vivid yellows, greens and whites with a keepsake dress tie in coordinating colors. The use of the exotic pincushion, bold fatsia leaf and unique blue eryngium thistle adds a distinctly masculine touch. Bells of Ireland add height and hydrangea lends its visual volume to help balance that height. — Photo Courtesy Blumz by JRDesigns in metro Detroit

Papa, Father, Padre, Pop, Dad … whatever name they go by, when it comes time to think of gifts for them, thoughts generally run the gamut of he-man tokens — rarely flowers. But yes Virginia, REAL men love flowers, too. They may sometimes act like they don’t, but that’s just dad following the rules laid out in the Old School Testosterone Playbook. The same playbook that says men don’t cry and shouldn’t wear pink. But trust me, it’s a fact backed up by actual research, men like flowers.

My dad gave me grief for the longest time when I announced that I was going to go to college to study plants and flowers. You see, my dad worked for the railroad; a brakeman hanging on the side of boxcars, switching the tracks, chewing tobacco and wearing cowboy boots. A REAL man. Playing with flowers was for sissies. But guess what that very same man did when he retired — he started playing with flowers. Daylilies to be exact, but flowers none the less. The truth was out: REAL men do love flowers.

Don’t be afraid to send dad flowers or a blooming plant. But when you do, give a nod to the Old School Testosterone PlayBook and keep these tips in mind: Read More

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Everyone loves a “pat on the back” or a “high five” for a job well done, and it’s no secret that a simple “thank you” can go a long way. Smart managers know Administrative Professionals Week, also known as Professional Secretaries Week, is a time to recognize office professionals for their accomplishments and contributions.

Be the boss who says “thank you” during Administrative Professionals Week, April 21–27, 2013. Giving flowers is a sophisticated way of saying ‘I appreciate all you do,” and science proves it’s good for business. Research from Texas A&M University reveals that flowers and plants lift an employee’s mood, create a lasting memory and boost productivity. Read More