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Garden Of Peace



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Tips for creating your own peaceful garden by following these easy tips.

Everyone wants to create an area in their yard where you can find peace, serenity and quiet time for mediation and reflection.  It is not all that difficult if you are willing to look inward and get deeply personal and open to trying a few suggestions.  How about a place to escape from the daily stress that surrounds us all.  Take your time and be open to some of these suggestions and you will be greatly rewarded.

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Visualize your garden ideal:  To relax and connect to your garden you need to create something that speaks directly to you.  This means a safe place from your childhood, whether that means potted fragrant plants  you love or stones from a river you loved to visit. Try to copy the feel you remember and find restful and comfortable.  Use colored pottery that expresses your moods.  Light blue or bright red can speak to you in completely different ways.  Find your mojo!

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Plan your privacy.  Nobody wants to go to the back yard to rest and find yourself looking at your neighbors over the fence.  Ideally you want an enclose of some sort. This can be an area surrounded by large planters with bamboo, trees or palms in them.  You can even do a gazebo or a portable awning that will give you a canopy.  This gives a sense of protection and privacy that you desire.

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Fun elements:  How about adding a water fall or garden bowl.  The sound of water flowing is very peaceful.  Wind Chimes soothe you or a birdbath that will attract birds chirping?  Glass globes that reflect light and fire pits and torches that light up the night. Lay down carpets for warmth and color and add lots of comfortable pillows to relax in.  This is the time to have fun and get creative.

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And lastly, keep comfort in mind.  Have a comfortable chair or garden bench handy.  Maybe a chaise to relax or a table to write.  Use your privacy garden for yoga or pilates where you can exercise slowly in the fresh air and sunlight.  Keep a storage box to hold towels and mats so they are ready to go.  Garden art or statues are always beautiful.  Buddha or St Francis statues make these privacy areas very personal for prayer.

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 3:00:32 PM 

Smashing Succulents



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Add structure, color and exotic flair to your garden throughout the year with smashing succulents.  Planting succulents in large garden planters works really well in the West, where drought tolerant plants thrive.  Succulents have strange and exotic looks making your planters truly stunning and different.  From spikes, sticks, paddles, leaves, tubes, fingers or whatever you want to call them, succulent plants are really unusual and uncommon looking.

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What is a succulent?  Well, they are basically plants with thick skins that hold moisture. This makes surviving in heat easier.  The most common are Jade and aloe which everyone has had at one time or another.  Potted succulents are really easy to grow because they don't need a lot of attention. However, by not following a few easy steps when it comes to watering you can have real problems.

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Potted succulents can survive in poor soil with low water.  They like coarse, porous soil if you have a choice.  You can test the soil to see how long it takes water to soak into.  It is best to start the pots off with potting mix that is made specially for succulents.  You can purchase it at most garden centers and nurseries.

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During the summer months when you can be gone as long as 2 weeks on vacation, most potted succulents will be fine.  These types of plants like to go bone dry and do not like moist soil.

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You don't need a large yard for these types of plants because they love the confines of garden containers.  You can plant an array of types of succulents, in the same pot with no adverse effects.  String of pearls a succulent that looks like a woman's necklace is perfect when draping over the side of a planter.  If you have never seen a succulent called Lithops, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  They look like garden candy with bright colors, and fat bulbus leaves.  Check them out.

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Succulents are very popular right now and finding a good supply is getting easier and easier.  If you can't find them locally go to the computer since they ship beautifully.

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 2:26:44 PM 

Healing Houseplants



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Did you know that a potted houseplant can do much more than just add beauty and color to your home?  In this blog post we want to talk about healing houseplants or potted indoor plants that can add happiness, ease of worries and an end to headaches.  Yep you heard us right.  Potted houseplants!

Remember after reading the wonderful way houseplants can help your life that you also get to pick out beautiful colorful plants and the garden containers to pot them in.  That is really where the fun begins but for now lets start at the beginning.  Selecting the plants themselves. We hope these tips get you motivated.

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Heal Dry Skin with ferns:  Potted ferns are natural humidifiers.  They constantly suck water up thru their roots and stems, then let that moisture evaporate into the air through millions of tiny pores in their leaves.  Isn't that amazing!!!  By decorating with lush green ferns you will boost your homes humidity level into the physiologically ideal range of 40 to 60 percent.  This increases the skins content by 25% moisture.  Yep you read that right.  Back off of the body lotion and place a potted fern in your bathroom, bedroom or living room and keep your skin moist.

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Ease Nighttime Worries with jasmine:  Inhaling the scent of the jasmine plant at night  calms edginess and anxiety, significantly improving sleep quality and bolstering A.M. energy and mood.  The credit goes to jasmine's sweet floral aroma, which induces the formation of relaxing alpha brain waves.  Place a lovely jasmine in a decorative garden planter on your nightstand so you can enjoy it's scent all night.

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Feel Springtime Happy with jade:  Surrounding yourself with any plants can help you feel more upbeat in just 2 days.  But placing a potted jade plant in your bedroom can provide an even bigger boost.  That's because succulents produce a steady stream of brain nourishing oxygen during the night.  So, getting up in the morning after breathing in that extra oxygen can bolster your mood by 20 percent.

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End Headaches with English ivy:  Potted English ivy is a powerful natural air purifier.  The plant microbes that grow along it's roots suck p as much as 75 percent of the ammonia, benzene and other nasties that sneak into homes.  This cuts the risk of foggy thinking and painful headache flares by 20 percent.  Just amazing!

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Lastly Rev Energy with a potted palm:  Add a few regular or dwarf size palms, spider planter or philodendrons to the rooms you use most and you will be amazed at how quickly you will sail through your daily to do list. That is because lush, leafy plants like these score high on the photo synthesis scale.  They draw in so much carbon dioxide that they can quickly improve indoor air quality by 25%.

So, it's time to get serious.  If you care about your indoor air quality, worries, happiness or dry skin than it's time to pot up some of these houseplants.

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 12:41:08 PM 

Tiny Pots



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Every one loves tiny pots.  Right now the rage is tiny homes, tiny cars, tiny pots...why not!!!
Small garden containers are big on charm but quick to dry out.  Keep your tiny pots in tip top shape by following these easy tips.

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Place your tiny pot containers where you unwind in the evening or drink your morning coffee.  That way you won't forget to water them.  Group your small pots together for a big visual appeal and easy one stop watering.  Try grouping them by color, style or type.  All red pots, all terra-cotta planters, all colors of the rainbow.  This is the time to get creative and playful.

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Get your creative juices flowing when it comes to selecting the containers.  Use coffee mugs, decorative saucers, children's toys, baskets, bowls or birdhouses.  Any type of container that can hold a small amount of potting soil and water

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Fill your tiny pots with similar plants that have similar watering needs.  All succulents, cactus, sedums....preferably drought hardy plants.  Mix all greens or add a mix of colors to create a cohesive look.  If you have room, top the potting soil with small pebbles. The rocks will keep the moisture in the soil from evaporating.  Idea:  top with colored rocks, small beads, small toys.

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Finally if you set your containers in a saucer of sand the sand will absorb excess drainage and then allow the pots to wick moisture back up as they dry out.  Damp sand also makes great sipping stations for butterflies.  So you get double the loveliness!

We all love small decorative containers.  If you just head the warning about watering you should be able to create some lovely and playful creations that will last a long time and bring smiles to everyone face.

Enjoy!

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 11:45:49 AM 

Perennials In Flowerpots



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It's that time of year again to be thinking about cleaning out those winter worn flowerpots and planting new flowers.  If of course you are into perennials then you won't have to do that.  A perennial flower will last longer or apparently infinite amount of time if the conditions are good.  Basically they come back every year.  You only need to plant them once.

Now doesn't that sound good?

When choosing perennials for your garden containers, first pick one that will be the dominant center and then choose at least two others with foliage and flowers that contrast or blend with the primary plant.

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Thank about foliage color because it will dominate the planter and determine which flowers best suit the design.  Also think about the ultimate size of the plants and make sure they won't overwhelm the garden container as they grow.

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Honestly, we love them overflowing and spilling down the sides of the planter.  It adds so much color, fragrance and beauty to your porch or patio areas.  If you are using a basic terra-cotta planter you won't care how much of the planter is covered by plant growth.  If on the other hand you purchase an expensive Frank Lloyd Wright Sandstone Planter than you would like the container to show to back off on the amount of perennials you plant.  Pretty simple stuff.

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Perennial containers are much easier to care for than annuals.  They require less deadheading and deadleafing.  You can water them less often and they stay looking nice till after Labor Day.  They will last all summer and look lovely the whole time.  Try experimenting with different types to see if you can have full blooms from start of summer to end before they become dormant for Autumn and Winter.

Potted Perennials are colorful, fun and long lasting. Enjoy!

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 9:41:01 AM 



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