Posts Tagged ‘plants’

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Family Fun with Herbs

by Ardith Beveridge on August 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Herbs-Photo-Courtesy-Koehler-&-DrammCut herbs are at their peak outdoors in the summer and early autumn.

Make plans with your kids to visit your local flower market to learn more about herbs. You and your family will be delighted, amazed and intrigued to see the large variety available. You’ll recognize many herbs right away. They are the ones that are most often used in cooking, such as dill, coriander, mint and lavender.

Try saying the names of herbs out loud. Do you immediately taste, see, feel and smell it with pleasure? Isn’t it interesting how easy it is to recall their fragrances and textures?

What herbs do your kids like on their pizza or other food? Tell them about the plant. Bring herbs home and look up uses for them in your food. There are wonderful recipes online. For the grownups, try Mint Mojitos.

In addition to enhancing our food and beverages, herbs have other uses. One of my personal favorite ways to use herbs is cutting a few fragrant stems, placing them in a charming small vase for display beside the bed or in the bathroom, or a work desk. Did you know your florist knows how to use herbs in floral arrangements, and can create a special gift for you to send to a loved one? Read More

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How to Say Thank You this Summer

by Carol Caggiano on July 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

Make Any Day SpecialThere is something about summer that causes our social lives to “bloom.” Maybe it’s that we are outside more to connect with neighbors and those around us, or possibly that we have some time off from work, school or other commitments, which then gives us the opportunity to travel, visit friends and family, or maybe they come to visit us. Picnics and barbeques are the norm, and the “living is easy” and fun.

Summer also represents the space between adventures. The end of the school year starts summer and the beginning of a new school year ends it. Work often slows down during the summer months giving everyone a little break before things ramp up in the fall. Camp, vacation and other special activities pop up during this season, which is no wonder why we all look forward to it so much.

No matter what our plans are for summer, there are always people that make this time of year special and remarkable. Your favorite teacher or coach, a graduate, a host or hostess, all play a part in our summer experience. Or what about those great neighbors or friends that take care of our pets, water our plants, bring in the mail, watch our kids or any number of tasks that make it possible for us to do what we do? Read More

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— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. http://www.lafayetteflorist.com/It seems like only yesterday it was early spring when you journeyed to the garden center to select your blooming treasures. With the anticipation of good weather on the horizon, you were all aflutter with excitement of a good growing season. You stood in marvel at the greenhouse, looking in at the sea of colors and textures that soon would be yours. You carefully selected the perfect pot, the best potting soil and the best looking bedding plants they had to offer. You were on your way to an epic spring display after a long winter. So, you got it all hauled home, got it all planted and placed in the perfect location to enjoy all summer long.

Things are looking great. A month goes by, and still everything looks pretty good. Then all of sudden one afternoon, you notice it. The shine has worn off; you need help. This is a common occurrence for all of us flower and plant lovers. Care and maintenance is essential. There are many reasons things deteriorate a bit, such as a lack of dead-heading or fertilizer, insect or disease issues, weather, or even the location needs changed.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your patio pots, hanging baskets and flower beds performing at their best all the way into the fall. Read More

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Celebrating Father’s Day

by Shelby Shy on June 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

PothosFather’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19. It is one of those holidays that can be challenging to find just the right gift.

Lucky for me, my father’s passion is gardening. This year, the big buzz for gardeners is potted flowers and plants, and interesting containers.

Even dads who are non-gardeners appreciate flowers and plants, so consider making your dad smile with a floral gift.

Simple grasses or hanging green pothos in industrial concrete containers make a masculine gift for dad.

Surprise dad at work with one of these plants — they’re perfect to spruce up office spaces. Read More

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As summer is fast approaching, one of our first and most enjoyable thoughts is about vacation. Where to go, when to go and for how long are all part of the plan in progress. As I think of places I have been, some of my favorites include beautiful gardens that I have experienced along the way.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia

Sometimes the garden itself was part of the reason for the choice of location, as it was when I visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. I had seen so many stunning photos of this magnificent place and couldn’t wait to see it in person. I was certainly not disappointed! I don’t think I have ever experienced a more beautiful, well-planned collection of flowers and plants.

Over 100 years ago Jennie Butchart transformed an exhausted limestone quarry into one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. She had tons and tons of topsoil brought in by horse and cart to line the abandoned quarry. That was just the beginning. Over the years, the gardens grew to include the Sunken Garden, the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Concert lawn just to name a few of the popular areas of the gardens. They even open the gardens at night for guests to enjoy spectacular lighting effects that give the gardens a totally unique perspective. A visit to Butchart Gardens was truly an unforgettable experience. Read More