Little Green Fingers Gardening Set

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The weather here is getting hotter. Flowers are blooming and summer is nearly here. Our garden tool set for kids is an excellent gift for Christmas, birthdays or just because.  Gardening teaches kids confidence and allows them to have an area that is their own. Getting dirty, messy and having fun are just part of exploring the environment and of course this helps teach kids about the outdoors. Happy Caterpillar helps with this journey.

Kids love to help and what better way than giving them tools that is just right for their little hands.

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Fall Planting

Fall Planting

Colorful Maple Tree in Fall. Image courtesy of num_skyman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Colorful Maple Tree in Fall. Image courtesy of num_skyman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Most people don’t think of Fall as a time for planting new landscaping and garden plants. To most, it’s time to put garden ventures to sleep until Spring. While it may not seem so, Fall planting of trees, shrubs, Perennials, bulbs, and cool weather grasses like Fescue is a very good idea.

Roots of newly planted plants and trees can continue to grow and become established in temperatures as low as 40 degrees. And since the roots don’t have to supply the rest of the plant with energy to grow, more energy is focused on root production.

Come Springtime, because of an established root system, plants shoot out of the ground with plenty of energy for top growth.

Soil Temperature

Planting in the fall, soil temperatures are still warm from a long Summer. The warmer soil temperature encourages root growth.

In the Spring, the soil is still cool from the Winter and roots are very slow to become established. Even if you grow plants from seed indoors and transplant outside when the temperature warms, new sprouts still don’t have the advantage of Fall planted plants.

When Exactly Is Fall?

The Fall season officially begins with the equinox in late September. However, Fall weather varies considerably from one part of the country to the next.

Basically, the best period for fall planting is around six weeks before the first hard frost in your area. You can get an idea of the average first frost date near your area from here: http://www.almanac.com/garden/frostus.php. Just keep in mind that the roots need to have time to become established before Winter sets in.

Yellow Marigolds. Image courtesy of sritangphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Yellow Marigolds. Image courtesy of sritangphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Autumn Bloomers

Fall isn’t just a time to put the garden to sleep and start getting ready for Spring. The growing season isn’t quite over yet.

You can add color and new life to the garden by replacing dying Summer Annuals and Perennials with Autumn blooming plants like Pansies, Chrysanthemums, and Ornamental Cabbage and Kale, Marigolds, and others.

It’s also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs and divide Perennials.

Ease Bug Bites with Easy Herbs

Ease Bug Bites with Easy Herbs

Summertime means insect bites and stings. Ouch! Take a leaf from Susun S. Weed‘s storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal, and prevent bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live: north or south, east or west, city or country. The best natural remedies for insect bites are right underfoot.

Plantain, also called ribwort, pig’s ear, and the band-aid plant, is a common weed of lawns, driveways, parks and playgrounds. Identify it by the five parallel veins running the length of each leaf. (Most leaves have a central vein with smaller ones branching out from it.) You may find broad leaf plantain (Plantago majus), with wide leaves and a tall seed head, or narrow leaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata), with long thin leaves and a small flower head that looks like a flying saucer. Many Plantago species have seeds and leaves that can be used as food or medicine. A South American variety (Plantago psyllium) is used to make Metamucil.

How to use plantain?

Make a fresh leaf poultice. Pick a leaf, chew it well and put it on the bite. “Like magic” the pain, heat, and swelling – even allergic reactions – disappear, fast! (Yes, you can dry plantain leaves and carry them in your first aid kit. Chew like you would fresh leaves.)

Maple Leaves. Image courtesy of num_skyman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Maple Leaves. Image courtesy of num_skyman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Poultices ease pain, reduce swelling, and help heal. No wonder they’re the number one natural choice for treating insect bites, bee and wasp stings.

  • Mud is the oldest and simplest poultice. Powdered white clay, which should be mixed with a little water or herb tea, can be applied directly to the sting as soon as possible. Clay can be kept on hand at all times and is less likely to contain fungal spores than the real thing. Finely ground grains such as rice or oatmeal, or bland starchy substances like mallow root, grated potato, or arrowroot powder are also used as soothing poultices to ease itching and pain from insect bites.
  • Fresh-herb poultices are a little more complicated, but not by much. Just find a healing leaf, pluck it, chew it, and apply it directly to the sting/bite. If you wish, use a large leaf or an adhesive bandage to hold the poultice in place. Plantain, comfrey (Symphytum uplandica x), yellow dock (Rumex species), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), wild mallow (Malva neglecta), chickweed (Stellaria media), and yarrow are only a few of the possibilities.

In the woods, you can take a leaf from a tree, chew it and apply that to the bite. Any tree will do in an emergency, but if you have a choice, the best leaves are those from witch hazel, willow, oak or maple. Play it safe: learn to recognize witch hazel (Hamamelis virginia) and willow (Salix species) leaves before you chew on them. Maple (Acer) or oak (Quercus) leaves are easier to recognize and safer to chew – unless you live where poison oak grows. If uncertain, avoid all shrubs and any trees with slick or shiny leaves. If the leaf you are chewing tastes extremely bitter or burns your mouth, spit it out at once.

How to repel ticks, mozzies and black flies

To repel ticks, mosquitoes, and black flies, try a diluted tincture of yarrow (Alchellia millefolium) flowers directly on all exposed skin. A recent US Army study showed yarrow tincture to be more effective than DEET as an insect repellent.

Mosquito Biting Hand. Image courtesy of SweetCrisis / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Mosquito Biting Hand. Image courtesy of SweetCrisis / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 If you’ve spent the day in an area where lyme disease is common, take a shower right away and scrub yourself with a bodybrush. Have a friend check you out for ticks. Also, it takes the tick some time to make up its mind where to bite, so most are unattached and will wash off.

“If the worst happens and I do get a bite, I help my immune system by taking a daily dose of 2-6 dropperfuls of Echinacea tincture. I avoid Goldenseal as I believe it could have adverse effects. If I have symptoms, I use a dropperful of St. John’s wort (Hypericum) tincture three times a day to ensure the lyme’s organism is inactive.” Susun S. Weed

Fragrant Flowers

Fragrant Flowers

A lot of money is spent in this country to reproduce fragrances for perfumes and air fresheners. The majority of these manufactured fragrances have alcohol and other additives that can actually irritate the membranes in your nose. Nature has done it the best and these are some of the most heavenly fragrances you’ll ever smell.

1) Hyacinth

This highly fragrant flower is actually a member of the lily family. Lily’s tend to grow much larger than the hyacinth but if you look closely at this flower you will see that the clusters of these blooms are tubular in shape just like the lily. Hyacinths have been a popular garden flower since the 17 hundreds because of the brilliance of there color (of every shade) and because of the incredible fragrance they have. Whether you have them planted out doors or in a pot in your home, this beautiful flower will brighten up any space and give off a constant heavenly fragrance, but, it is not overpowering. I just can’t imagine a perfume that smells any better than this. And men, instead of giving her some fresh cut flowers, try giving her a hyacinth plant. It will last longer and she can replant it again next year if she wants to put it in a garden.

Blue Hyacinth.  I just love the vibrant blue and the smell! Image courtesy of digidreamgrafix / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Blue Hyacinth. I just love the vibrant blue and the smell! Image courtesy of digidreamgrafix / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

2) Casa Blanca and the dark pink Stargazer lily

The most fragrant flowers are the pure white Casa Blanca and the dark pink Stargazer lily. They are absolutely beautiful, but beware; the fragrance they give off is so strong, that, one bouquet of lilies can fill up an entire room. Don’t place them where you are going to sit for any length of time unless, that is what you want. They don’t do well in direct sunlight or drafts so place them in a more diffused lit area. If you replace the water every couple of days and add flower food plus a new snip of the ends, you’ll have a long lasting, beautiful fragrant arrangement.

3) Tuber roses

Tuber rose are not actually roses. Like the hyacinth, a tuber rose has a stem with clusters of flowers that are all white. Once again, the smell is fantastic. I once picked off one little petal from the cluster and put it in my car. A few hours later I return to my vehicle and was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it smelled. My children noticed it as well. It was the perfect natural air freshener.

4) Gardenias

These flowers that bloom on trees have a very short life after they are cut, but for the little time you have them in your home is worth it. Generally gardenias are made into a corsage for special occasions, but if you don’t want to do that, you can place the flower in a low dish of water and then just leave them alone to do their work.

Gardenia has such a lovely perfume. I love it! Image courtesy of panuruangjan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Gardenia has such a lovely perfume. I love it! Image courtesy of panuruangjan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

5) Peach colored Oceana rose or the Sterling Silver rose

There are some roses that have been bred for their fragrance such as the peach colored Oceana rose or the Sterling Silver rose (which is actually purple). Each of these have a light perfume to them. Any of the purple roses have a wonderful smell.

You can order any of these flowers from your local florist. If they don’t have them on hand you can ask them to order some for you. In most cases, if you place an order before noon, you should be able to pick them up later in the afternoon.

Rather than putting chemicals in the air, you may want to get some flowers now and again and enjoy nature’s perfume.

Enjoy!

Tomatoes: Apples Of Love

Tomatoes: Apples Of Love

greentomatoesNative to the Andean region of South American and under cultivation in Peru in the sixteenth century, tomatoes (Lycopersicum esculentum) have been grown for thousands of years. The Spanish introduced them to the European cultures. Europeans were not open to trying tomatoes until the end of the sixteenth century, as tomatoes, being part of the nightshade family, were considered poisonous.

Later, the French tried them and began to call them “pommes d’amour”, apples of love. They felt that tomatoes carried aphrodisiac qualities. It wasn’t until the 1900’s when the tomato gained popularity in North America.

Scientific research shows the health benefits from this tasty fruit. In recent years, researchers discovered that tomatoes were natural sources of the element lycopene. This antioxidant has been shown in tests to dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and many cancers, including prostate and colon cancers. Tomatoes are an excellent source of phytochemicals, nutrients, fiber, and contain practically no fat or sodium.

They are significant sources of vitamins A, B, and C and a source of iron and potassium. In fact, one medium-sized tomato provides 20 percent of the daily-recommended value of vitamin A and 40 percent of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C.

Tomatoes are very easy to grow from seeds. In all, there are more than 100 types of tomatoes to choose from. Though most people believe ripe tomatoes are red, they actually come in many colours, including green, yellow, purple — even striped.

Unless you grow your own, you will not have the opportunity to experience the many varieties. If you don’t have the time, buy tomato plants from garden centres. Look for different varieties as they are becoming more readily available from growers.

Six to eight weeks before transplanting, start tomato seeds by filling a seedling flat with a good quality seedling mixture. Use an excellent quality potting soil from the garden centre to make sure the soil is sterilized and has a high percentage of sphagnum peat moss and perlite. Don’t use garden soil, as it tends to become hard and inhibits proper rooting of seedlings, and it may contain insects, disease, weed seeds, or chemical residue.

Tips on Growing Tomato Seeds

  • Tomato Plant Seedling. Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Tomato Plant Seedling. Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Sow seeds no deeper than the thickness of the seed: sprinkle the seeds onto the soil-filled flat and press them down gently.

  • Cover the seeds with a thin layer of fine, horticultural-grade vermiculite to prevent drying.
  • Water just enough to moisten the soil with a fine mist spray such as the sprayer on the kitchen sink or a mister bottle.
  • Keep the seeds evenly moist to ensure the mixture never dries out as both germinating seeds and seedlings are very intolerant of dry soil and will die if they are dry for even a short time.
  • Cover the flat or pot with plastic wrap or a clear plastic bag.
  • Remove the plastic as soon as seedlings emerge.
  • Tag each container with the date planted and the tomato variety.
  • To promote rapid germination, place the flat on a heated table, top of the refrigerator, or a heat register.
  • Once they germinate and seedlings begin to appear, move them from the heat source into a location with lots of light.
  • They need very high light levels to grow properly: a south-facing window without blinds or curtains is ideal. Use grow lights to enhance growth. Hang the lights 6 inches (15 cm) from plants and leave lights on for 14 hours a day.
  • Transplant the seedlings into larger, individual containers once the first ‘true’ leaves appear.
  • After transplanting, fertilise once a week with a plant-starter fertilizer such as 10-52-10 at ¼ strength. As an organic gardener, I do not use commercial fertilizer, only fish fertilizer on my transplants. They are strong, healthy plants and are fed weekly until moved outdoors.
  • Harden-off and plant them very deeply where the stems will develop roots helping the plant become established.
  • Tomatoes are heavy feeders and need ample quantities of compost or decomposed manure.
  • Mulch and water in dry weather to maintain soil moisture and stave off wilt disease and blossom-end rot. Blossom-end rot is caused by water stress or calcium deficiency. Watering regularly and evenly is the key to preventing blossom-end rot.
  • Never water tomatoes from the top. Water tomatoes from below and water deeply.
  • In the garden, tomatoes are compatible with chives, onion, parsley, marigold, nasturtium, and carrot. Tomatoes and all members of the Brassica family repel each other and should be kept apart. Plant garlic between tomato plants to protect them from red spider mites.
  • Tomatoes will protect roses against black spot.

Tomato Plants. Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tomato Plants. Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How to Make a Spray For Roses

To make a spray for roses, place tomato leaves in your vegetable juicer, add 4 or 5 pints of water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Strain and spray on roses when it is not convenient to plant tomatoes as companions. Label and keep any unused spray in the refrigerator.

Tomatoes Have a Variety of Uses

In the kitchen, tomatoes can be used for salads, soups, juices, sauces, stews, baked dishes, sandwiches, stuffed, grilled, broiled, pasta dishes, and salsa. They combine well with meat, fish, poultry, pasta, rice, as well as other vegetables.

Store tomatoes at room temperature. To ripen green tomatoes, place in a brown paper bag with an apple at room temperature for several days. If fresh tomatoes aren’t available, use canned tomatoes or canned tomato juice, which are fine substitutes.

Plant a tree or flowers to celebrate The World Cup!

Plant a tree or flowers to celebrate The World Cup!

Plant a tree or lovely flowers to celebrate The World Cup!

Mark the occasion by adding a special plant to your garden.

Start this tradition and your garden will be full of wonderful memories.

 

Plant a tree/flowers to celebrate the World Cup

Plant a tree/flowers to celebrate the World Cup

 

Once you plant your tree/plant. Take a picture. Tweet about it. Add it to your Facebook or Google + pages. Make sure to add this hashtag below:

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The Different Roses You Can Grow

The Different Roses You Can Grow

There are actually many kinds of roses, with each one different from the other.  If you are planning to grow your own roses and plant your very own rose garden, what type of rose do you think you should have?

The Floribunda Rose

Gardeners love the floribunda rose simply because it is easy to grow, easy to take care of, and constantly in bloom.  The floribunda rose is the result of crossing the modern hybrid tea rose with the polyantha rose.  Its flowers are medium-sized, rarely larger than three inches across, and it produces clustering flowers on a single stem.  Though the floribunda rose is always in bloom, it is not really known for its perfume.  There are nonetheless some kinds of floribunda roses that are indeed perfumed, though these are not common. Floribunda roses grow best in beds although they can also thrive as edgings. If you do not have a lot of space for planting, you can grow floribunda roses in pots without any problems.

Rosa Friesia. Image by Anna Reg.

Rosa Friesia. Image by Anna Reg.

 

The Grandiflora Rose

As its name suggests, the grandiflora rose is a type of rose that blooms in clusters of big flowers.  It is a tall and sturdy rose, often growing up to five feet in height.  Despite the height, the grandiflora rose does not really require support from a stake; it can support itself.  The grandiflora rose has long stems, which make it excellent as cut flowers for inclusion in bouquets and flower arrangements.  Another characteristic of the grandiflora rose that makes it so attractive to gardeners is that it blooms constantly when it is in season.

 

Queen Elizabeth Rose. Image by Yoko Nekonomania

Queen Elizabeth Rose. Image by Yoko Nekonomania

 

The Hybrid Rose

The hybrid rose is considered to be the most beautiful among roses, and is thought to produce the perfect bloom, blossoming as a double flower with a high cone at its center.  It is also the most popular among roses, and they are the typical rose that florists carry in their shops.  Hybrid roses are large, and they come in a wide range of colors, including purple and blue.  They are also sparse in producing flowers, and each flower grows on a single stem.  Hybrid roses require a lot more care than the other types of roses, and it is always necessary to prune them often.

 

Rosa 'La Reine', Híbridos reflorecientes, sect. Rosa. Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid. Image by A.Barra

Rosa ‘La Reine’, Híbridos reflorecientes, sect. Rosa. Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid. Image by A.Barra

 

The Miniature Rose

Though miniature roses generally grow up to no more than six inches in height, there are some types of roses that grow up to three feet and yet are considered to be miniature roses. Miniature roses come in large varieties, from shrubs to creepers, and from single-stem blooms to clusters.  Some miniature roses are perfumed while some are not.  Most miniature roses bloom continuously whenever they are in season, and many gardeners have come to consider them as the only type of roses that can be grown as house plants.

The Polyantha Rose

Mostly grown for breeding purposes, the polyantha rose is older than most of today’s modern roses.  It is also not as popular.  But for all its low popularity among rose gardeners, the polyantha rose is actually a very hardy flower that is very easy to grow.  It usually outlives its more exotic sisters.  The polyantha rose blooms late in spring, and it appears as clusters of small, very vividly colored flowers with small leaves.  It usually grows up to two feet in height.  The polyantha rose grows as a bush and it is best planted in groups.

 

Polyantha-Rose "The Fairy", fotografiert in Heidelberg (Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland). Image by 4028mdk09

Polyantha-Rose “The Fairy”, fotografiert in Heidelberg (Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland). Image by 4028mdk09

 

Caring for Your Rose Garden

Regardless of what kind of rose that you have got planted in your garden or whether you have different types of roses gracing your flower beds, it is important that you spend ample time and effort in caring for your rose garden.

Roses need a lot of water, and they will not be satisfied with brief watering sessions in the morning.  They need to get their roots truly soaked, and this can only be done by slow watering over a period of hours.  Naturally, you would be too busy to deal with that kind of watering, so it would be a great deal if you install a sort of irrigation system that will help you water your roses whenever you need to.

Constant pruning is another detail that you need to attend to in caring for your rose garden.  Dead canes and unhealthy growths need to be cut as soon as they appear so as not to steal nutrients from the healthier canes.  Dead blooms need to be removed to encourage the roses to produce more flowers.  Regular pruning also airs out the rose plants, letting the air circulate more freely and discourage the growth of disease-causing germs and mold.

Roses also hate the winter season. So that your rose garden would see the coming spring time, they must be protected against the cold of winter.

Caring for your rose garden can be a laborious task, especially if you are growing different kinds of roses.  But the rose rewards any effort put into its upkeep by becoming as beautiful a flower as it can be.  The rose is the queen of flowers, after all.

The Great History Of Roses

The Great History Of Roses

Pink Roses. Image courtesy of artur84 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Pink Roses. Image courtesy of artur84 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“It was roses, roses all the way.”
– Robert Browning

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 scene 2.

Roses have a long and colorful history. According to fossil evidence, the rose is 35 million years old. Today, there are over 30,000 varieties of roses and it has the most complicated family tree of any known flower species. The cultivation of roses most likely began in Asia around 5000 years ago. They have been part of the human experience ever since and mentions of the flower are woven into a great many tales from the ancient world.

And there are so many beautiful stories that include roses through out the ages that we all can recognize. Greek mythology tells us that it was Aphrodite who gave the rose its name, but it was the goddess of flowers, Chloris, who created it.

 

One day while Chloris was cleaning in the forest she found the lifeless body of a beautiful nymph. To right this wrong Chloris enlisted the help of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave her beauty; then called upon Dionysus, the god of wine, who added nectar to give her a sweet scent. When it was their turn the three Graces gave Chloris charm, brightness and joy. Then Zephyr, the West Wind, blew away the clouds so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. And so the Rose was…

In another story, an ancient Hindu legend, Brahma (the creator of the world) and Vishnu (the protector of the world) argued over whether the lotus was more beautiful than the rose.

Vishnu backed the rose, while Brahma supported the lotus. But Brahma had never seen a rose before and when he did he immediately recanted. As a reward Brahma created a bride for Vishnu and called her Lakshmi — she was created from 108 large and 1008 small rose petals. Several thousands of years later, on the other side of the world in Crete , there are Frescoes which date to c. 1700BC illustrating a rose with five-pedaled pink blooms.

Discoveries of tombs in Egypt have revealed wreaths made with flowers, with roses among them. The wreath in the tomb of Hawara (discovered by the English archaeologist William Flinders Petrie) dates to about AD 170, and represents the oldest preserved record of a rose species still living.

A rose close up. Image courtesy of antpkr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A rose close up. Image courtesy of antpkr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Roses later became synonymous with the worst excesses of the Roman Empire when the peasants were reduced to growing roses instead of food crops in order to satisfy the demands of their rulers.

The emperors filled their swimming baths and fountains with rose-water and sat on carpets of rose petals for their feasts and orgies. Roses were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Heliogabalus used to enjoy showering his guests with rose petals which tumbled down from the ceiling during the festivities.

During the fifteenth century, the factions fighting to control England used the rose as a symbol.  The white rose represented York , and the red rose symbolized Lancaster . Not surprisingly, the conflict between these factions became known as the War of the Roses.

In the seventeenth century roses were in such high demand that roses and rose water were considered as legal tender. In this capacity they were used as barter in the markets as well as for any payments the common people had to make to royalty.

Napoleon’s wife Josephine loved roses so much she established an extensive collection at Chateau de Malmaison, an estate seven miles west of Paris . This garden of more than 250 rose varieties became the setting for Pierre Joseph Redoute’s work as a botanical illustrator and it was here Redoute completed his watercolor collection “Les Rose,” which is still considered one of the finest records of botanical illustration.

Cultivated roses weren’t introduced into Europe until the late eighteenth century. These introductions came from China and were repeat bloomers, making them of great interest to hybridizers who no longer had to wait once a year for their roses to bloom.

From this introduction, experts today tend to divide all roses into two groups. There are “old roses” (those cultivated in Europe before 1800) and “modern roses” (those which began to be cultivated in England and France around the turn of the 19th century).

Until the beginning of the 19th century, all roses in Europe were shades of pink or white. Our romantic symbol of the red rose first came from China around 1800. Unusual green roses arrived a few decades later. Bright yellow roses entered the palette around 1900.

Red Rose. Image courtesy of Chaiwat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Red Rose. Image courtesy of Chaiwat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It was the Frenchman Joseph Permet-Ducher who is credited with the discovery. After more than 20 years of breeding roses in a search for a hardy yellow variety, he luck changed when one day he simply stumbled across a mutant yellow flower in a field. We have had yellow and orange roses ever since

The rose is a phenomenal plant and is rightly known as ‘the world’s favorite flower’. No other flower has ever experienced the same popularity that the rose has enjoyed in the last fifth years. In temperate climates, roses are more widely grown than any other ornamental plant, and as cut flowers they are forever in fashion.

It has been estimated that 150 million plants are purchased by gardeners worldwide every year, and sophisticated breeding programs have produced a plant that dominates the world’s cut flower market; the annual crop is calculated in tons. Roses have also made a tremendous contribution to the perfume industry.

Roses boast an ancient lineage, and they are intricately entwined in our history and culture. As a motif, the rose has been and still is depicted in many national emblems. It has been adopted by countless political factions, and even by businesses and several international events.

It is no wonder so many of the beautiful rose varietals are greatly appreciated and cultivated by hobby gardeners around the world.

Are you planting or growing roses? What are your favorites?

7 Great Garden Decoration Tips!

7 Great Garden Decoration Tips!

Are you looking for a way to add to your garden decor? Want something everlasting, nature-based or stylized? There are many things that you can add to your outdoor living space to make it comfortable and inviting and still provide you with few hours of work on maintenance. Here are 7 ways to add decor to your garden.

Tip 1: Unadulterated Is Best. When adding products outdoors, from furniture to statuary, you should always look towards the most organic of products. When you do this, you’ll allow for something that fits within the landscape, not something that sticks out in it.

Tip 2: Flow Is Essential. If you have a large garden or landscape, you can create a flow throughout it to make it a much more liveable and organic environment. For example, a pathway leading through the garden is important as it provides for a way to move through the area enjoying all of the principle sights along the way.

A great garden path. Image courtesy of Keerati / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A great garden path. Image from of Keerati @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Serpentine Pathway Stones On A Park Lawn. Image courtesy of artur84 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Serpentine Pathway Stones. Image from of artur84 @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tip 3: Overboard Isn’t Good. Overcrowding a space with too much decor or even to a multitude of plants is bad business. Instead, look for a more nature-based landscape component. Overcrowding plants can cause them to eventually die or take over the entire garden. Too much decor can make it look cluttered instead of lavish.

Tip 4: Use Lines. Lines from your home or your edging can help to create a lovely look within the garden. The roof line of the house can be a line that leads the eye to something excellent at the end. Use the lines that you have to create a flow to the eye.

 

Comfortable and Sylish Patio Furniture. Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Comfortable and Sylish Patio Furniture. Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tip 5: Charm Means Theme. While you don’t need a specific theme throughout your garden decor, you should look towards the same or similar offerings. For example, if you place a white metal table under your trees to produce a restful place, make sure that the chairs that go with it match it. Add a white picket fence or other matching pieces to tie certain areas of the garden together as well.

Tip 6: Uphold it. A large amount of the aspects within a garden are going to need some upkeep. If you pull your weeds, don’t let this be overshadowed by the fact that you haven’t washed that white possessions in a year. Keep up on broken or misplaced items as well. Within the duration of harsh winter months, make sure to put as much as possible in storage that can be broken.

Tip 7: Garden decor is not done without the look for lovely patio items. Allow it to mesh with the settings that you have created too. For example, in a woodsy area, look towards an organic, lovely product such as teak to keep it looking as if it belongs there.

The aforementioned points can help to contribute to a lovely and fashionable garden decor that is everlasting, easy to manage and a welcoming place to call your own.
We hope this has given you some inspiration and ideas on how to improve your garden.

25% OFF Kids Garden Tools

25% OFF Kids Garden Tools

CELEBRATING HOME IMPROVEMENT MONTH


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The kids are helping improve our lovely home.

The kids are helping improve our lovely home.

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2. Add the garden tool set to the cart.
3. Follow the prompts to purchase the Little Green Fingers Gardening Set.
4. Your coupon code can be found in the picture above.
Here is it so you can copy it for the Amazon page:

Discount Coupon Code: FFFJ3EYB


4. When you get to payment options you will see an area that you can enter a coupon/promotional code (see screen grab below)

Add your coupon code here on Amazon payment page

Add your coupon code here on Amazon payment page

5. Once you have entered the coupon code 25% should come off of the original price. Once that is done, follow the prompts to finish your order.
6. We hope you have great fun with our Little Green Fingers Tool Set.

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