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All Around Garden Pottery Tips

Today we are going to just put together a bunch of garden planter tips that we have come across over the years.  Pick and choose the ones that fit your needs. We just hope you find some that are useful. 

Freestanding planters on stairs.  Whether on the front porch or back patio, where ever you have stairs group your garden containers together,  Try mixing sizes, but keep the plant materials similar.  When placed side by side all colors with intensify.

Hanging wall planters are a natural way to decorate a bare wall on your patio or in the garden.  Always end by filling the outside edge with trailing ivy. As it grows down out of the planter it adds texture and beauty.

A tabletop planter doesn't have to be anything more than a clay pot bursting with colorful flowers to add so much to the whole conversation/eating area.  Mix up the colors for interest.

Entryway planters can be tall and stately spilling over with flowers or evergreens. We really like topiary here where they look like they are flanking your doorway for a class yet traditional look.

Fireplace mantles can handle many different kinds of containers.  A traditional windowbox is perfect because they are narrow and wide and can be filled with all kinds of plant materials.  How about an outside fireplace.  Don't leave them empty.Place decorative containers on each end for a finished look.
Garden urns come in many sizes. Small urns are perfect on a fireplace and larger urns flanking a entryway. But we love them tucked into a garden where they create a traditional English garden vibe.  They can be displayed empty like a piece of garden art.

Color planters are best when you need a burst of brightness.  Desert landscapes really need a colorful planter and plant materials.  All green landscape can use a pop of color and mountain naturalscapes can use some colorful garden pottery to break up the repetative look.
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Post Last Updated: 5/23/2016 4:10:21 PM 

Orchids at Home

Blooming orchids looks like it would be a super hard project but it's not all that you would think and much easier if you follow a few great tips.  For the best success choose the right one for your conditions and the watch them grow!
It's hard not to just pick the one potted orchid that you think will look the nicest.  But, it's better to take into consideration the conditions your home has to offer.  Light, temperature, humidity, and more.  Of course you need to pick a great container to compliment the stunning beautiful orchid.  Keep in mind that they will need repotting so while you may want to spend big bucks on a beautiful flowerpot maybe hold back a bit.  Clay pottery is still the most recommended because it breathes and is the most healthy for strong root systems.  However you can use other pots but just make sure you follow some of the tips below.

Light is the most important variable since most orchids prefer high light and streaming direct sunshine.  Some varieties grow in med light which means bright but not direct sunshine.  While others will grow in med low light you will need to have northern exposure to help with reflective light properties.

Temps should be cool, warm and humid if possible.  Make sure you select the correct one.  We all know orchids are considered tropical so grouping them together or placing them on a saucer with stones on it to support the roots up out of the standing water. As the water evaps it acts like a humidifier for the potted orchids.

Water is tricky because most of what you pour on the orchid runs out the bottom of the pots.  It's best to submerge the pot in a bucket of water for 10 mins so that the mix can absorb as much water as possible.  Using a clay pot will help keep the mix moist.  Fertilizing is easy since most aren't heavy feeders.  But try to delivery fertilized water at least once a month.

What's the easiest potted orchid to grow?  Moth Orchids.  They blooms last for months once they bloom but these will re-bloom.  Care for your potted orchids and they will continue to amaze you with their beauty.
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Post Last Updated: 5/23/2016 3:43:51 PM 

Welcome Guests Properly

Easy ways to welcome guests into your home!

Everyone has guests come to visit from time to time.  You always try to do the right thing and have the home ready to greet them but other times you are so rushed and crazy that you only have time for a few small attempts.  It's not as hard as you may think to welcome your guests beyond the usual clean sheets & towels.

Add some fresh flowers.  Yep, simple eh?  A small vase on a night stand with a bouquet of flowers or a simple daisy in a bud vase.  It adds life to your guest room, color and of course smells heavenly.  Maybe move in a potted houseplants.  So many houseplants are know for their air refreshing properties.  Make it one that not only keeps the air clean but fragrant.  This is so much easier than healthier than a plug in.  

Keep an extra blanket and pillow in the guest room so that they have access to them at all times day or night.

Make sure the window opens and closes easily.  Get the WD-40 out if necessary to eliminate squeaks.   Stock the bathroom with travel size shampoos and soaps. I keep a tray full of travel sizes on the counter in the guest bath so that they can pick and choose as needed.  I also keep a potted plant on the counter to add life, and cleansing properties.  

Lastly, keep a few snacks in the fridge for grab and go's.  String cheese, apples, deviled eggs, carrots ticks, berries.  Put bowls of nuts on the table for snacking.

These are all just small easy things but they really do make a big impression. What better way to let your guest know how much they mean to you!
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Post Last Updated: 4/11/2016 2:39:43 PM 

Tips for creating a fairy garden.

Creating a mini fairy garden in a fun container has become very popular.  They are basically a new take on the old terrarium ideas of years gone by.  What makes these extra special is all the miniature goodies that you get to place in the pot with the plants. Little things like benches, water features, houses, walking paths, stone, mini birdhouses, all things that are miniature and fairy like.

First you want to find the container. We have seen everything from a terracotta clay flower pot to picnic baskets, wheelbarrows, tea cups, boxes, suitcases, purses, colorful glazed garden bowls, metal cans, and pretty much anything you can think of.  Next add soil and please use potting mix not dirt.  Select your plants.  Herbs, ferns, bonsai trees & bushes. Make sure it's miniature and you can keep it small.  Then add your fun and playful accessories.  Seating areas, paths, fences, furniture, and tables. Use natural materials like reeds, rocks, raffia, twigs, bark.  A small mirror makes a great reflecting pool.  You get the idea.
Fairy Gardens should have a taste of whimsy..  This isn't the time for being realistic. Use seashells, marbles, buttons and bottle caps for stepping stones.  Finish off with a few touches and that should do it.
Keep it clean, watered and replace items as necessary.  These are perfect for a patio table or any garden area where you want a touch of playfulness.
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Post Last Updated: 4/20/2016 11:06:42 AM 

Need Help Transplanting Plants!

Most plants will eventually have to be re-potted.  As a plant grows their roots grow along with them. Since there is only so much room in a pot they will eventually get root bound and the health of the plant will suffer. You want to re-pot before it gets to that stage.  Here are a few tips to consider....

First select a planter that is at least 2 sizes larger than the current pot being used. The transplanting process is not easy on the plants health so you don't want to do it more than necessary.  Use a new clean flower pot or one that has been cleaned and completely dried.  Then start with fresh potting soil. Do NOT use dirt out of the ground or old soil that is depleted of all nutrients.  Make sure that the pot has a drain hole so that the roots do not sit in standing water. There is nothing that will rot your roots faster.

Fill the new pot half way with the potting soil. Carefully remove the plant from the pot.  Gently loosen the roots from the bound ball they are compacted in.  Center the plant in the new soil and spread out the roots gently.  Then add more soil to fill.  Company carefully.  Water lightly because you want the roots to rest for a day or two before they have to start working again.  After a couple of days water to moisten the soil completely. 
You would be good to go for at least a couple of years or more.  A lot will depend on the type of plant you have and how fast it grows.

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Post Last Updated: 3/28/2016 3:25:28 PM 

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