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Potted Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds



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Potted Vine that attract hummingbirds.

Who doesn't love looking out a window and seeing those amazing hummingbirds flying around your potted flowers?  They are so small and colorful and they flap their wings so fast they make a humming sound.  They fly right, left, up, down and backwards!  Amazing creatures that everyone loves to see flying around their porch or patio setting.

Well, here are a few tips on plants that attract hummingbirds.  These plants and vines can be easily planted in garden containers and moved to where you can see them from indoor windows.  Or place the garden pots around your patio table so that you can enjoy the hummingbirds while relaxing or eating outside.

Hummingbirds like nectar-filled blooms so here are a few good suggestions:

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1.  Trumpet Honeysuckle:  Hummers, butterflies and bees all love honeysuckle.  By keeping the potting soil moist and placing the garden container in full sun or even partial shade will you will the best flowering results.  The bright red flowers will attract the butterflies and hummers.

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2.  Mandevilla:  Since this is a drought tolerant vine it's perfect for garden pottery but can also be used in a hanging basket. Put this container in full sun or partial shade with well drained soil.  This vine can climb so place the pot next to a patio pillar or garden fence.

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3.  Canary Creeper:  Another wonderful vine that likes full sun or partial shade with moist well draining potting soil.  It can trail so you can put it in a hanging basket outside a kitchen window where you can watch the hummers eat.  If you look at the flowers closely they look like canaries. Potted canaries, who knew! Wonderful.

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4.  Candy Corn Plant:  Love the look of these but you can't eat them.  Only the hummers can dive bomb this flower.  Again full sun and moist soil in your planters will work best.  You can move this potted flower indoors during winter and make it a houseplant if you want.

So here are few suggestions on what to pot up on your porch or patio and attract some hummingbirds.  Give one or two a try and let us know how it works out!

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Post Last Updated: 1/31/2018 2:56:41 PM 

Down in the Dumps? Indoor Flowers Help




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Has this dark, cool winter weather got you feeling a bit blue?  Well, we can all agree that it tends to bring you down but here are a few easy things you can do that will help to bring you back up and boost your mood.  Pot up some indoor blooms this time of winter and brighten up your home.

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Pick up any women's magazine and you will see articles on Seasonal Affected Disorder.  The winter blues are real.  Studies from around the world have shown that indoor potted flowers promote relaxation and happiness.  Why not try a few and see how you do because what have you got to lose?

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Below are a few types that do extra well indoors in garden pots during the winter months.  Everything from elegant types to houseplants are easy to pot and grow.  These flowers can stay in a decorative container and look lovely when topped with decorative rocks, colorful pebbles, or deep green moss.  All  of these pot toppers not only look lovely but help to keep the soil damp and increase the indoor humidity around the plants.

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Primroses - Perfectly lovely for a kitchen windowsill or bedroom table.  These are so delicate and colorful which come in many colors.  Potted primroses like bright light so this is not the time for a dark corner or room without windows.

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Orchids - Very elegant and stunningly beautiful these are not the easiest indoor blooms to pot and grow but once you dive in and get your toes wet you will realize that they are not that hard either.  They just look difficult and intimidating.  Keep the roots drenched once a week and drain off the excess water.  These make wonderful gifts.

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Cyclamens - Star blossoms that come in lots of colors that will compliment the color of your indoor decor so have fun when selecting them.  As with other types of houseplants they like damp soil but not wet water.  Misting is also a great benefit.

Pretty flowerpots placed around your home during these stark winter months can really perk things up and bring on a happy mood.

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Post Last Updated: 1/30/2018 9:32:13 AM 

Grow Flowers Now In The Dead Of Winter



Grow Flowers Even In The Dead of Winter

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You may have read the blog title and thought what are they talking about?  Who can grow flowers in the dead of Winter?  Well, have you ever heard of "forcing bulbs"?  It's the process of forcing potted garden bulbs to bloom earlier than they normally world.

By following the few steps listed below you can have colorful fresh flowers blooming indoors, on your patio, or a porch area.  It's fairly easy to do and we can almost guarantee great success.  Just think, sweet smelling flowers in January!

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Step 1 - Select the containers you are going to use.  There are many choices of garden pottery you can choose.  A shallow terracotta bowl is perfect since bulbs don't have deep roots.  You can also use a standard flowerpot that does have depth.  This type of pottery is perfect if you want to layer your bulbs.

You may ask yourself, why layer bulbs?  This is the method of putting a layer of the tallest bulbs on the bottom of the pot because they will grow the tallest.  Covering them with soil and creating a second layer. Put Daffodils next, cover with soil and create another layer for shortest crocus bulbs.  If you stagger each layer, they will bloom at different times so you will have flowers blooming longer instead of all at once.

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Back to containers - you can also use pretty much anything you choose except they must have the drain hole covered with broken pot shards or pot filler.  This helps to keep the moisture inside.

Next have potting soil that is well draining & your bulbs.  Plant the bulbs in the soil ending with soil on top so that all bulbs are protected from the cold.  Now place the garden container in a cool, dark spot for 12 to 16 weeks.  Make sure it's cool and never gets over 50 degrees. Under a staircase or on a spare closet are good places.

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Step 2 - Once you see good root formation, it's time to place them in a cooler spot in direct sunlight.  This lets the potted bulbs become accustomed to the warmth.  Keep the soil moist.  After they have good growth move to where you want to keep them.  They should bloom in 3 to 4 weeks.

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Enjoy the blooms through out Winters harsh months and let the fragrance fill your home.
 
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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2017 12:46:38 PM 

Welcome Guests With Potted Flowers



Simple Ways to Make Your Guest Feel Welcomed In Your Home

Now that the holidays are over it usually means no more guests.  Well for some of us that isn't the case.  Maybe family that couldn't make it during the holidays can now plan a trip.  How about unexpected guests?  Here are a few simple ideas that can make a huge impact when it comes to making them feel extra welcomed.

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Fresh Flowers - sounds simple but it's easily forgotten.  A bouquet of store purchased flowers not only smells wonderful but adds life & color to a guest room.  We love the idea of a potted plant or blooming flowers on a dresser or bed side table.  Purchase a plant from your local nursery and drop the plastic pot right into a  decorative garden container.  Prefer a more decorative pot?  Use a tea pot, water pitcher, or tall glass.   Wa La easy and lovely.

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Guest Items - Fill a empty flowerpot with mini sizes containers of shampoo, soap, liquid soap, close soap (for small messes) & a sewing kit.  Leave a note that lets them know that it's ok to use any items they wish.  

Use a small ceramic pot as a candy dish.  Fill it full of individually wrapped chocolates or mints.  Set on the dresser or side table so that your guest not only feel welcomed but they can enjoy a sweet reminder from you anytime they wish.

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Lastly, make sure there is an extra blanket available so that your guests don't have to ask if they get cold.  In the summer maybe place a water bottle next to the bed or a spray water bottle to help keep them cool during their visit.

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The point is to think of your guests needs before they even know they need anything.  Be welcoming and loving and you will be remembered as the perfect hostess!  So simple!
 
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Post Last Updated: 1/4/2017 1:53:44 PM 

Welcome Guests Properly



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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: 12/14/2016 2:56:23 PM 

Fall Potted Flowers For Your Garden



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Don't leave your garden planters empty this fall.  Here are a few types of flowers that are recommended for potting that will add color and beauty to your garden or patio areas!
 
Aster:  New England aster bears loads of pink, blue, purple and white flowers. Butterflies love them.
Toad Lily:  Need shade so they are perfect for fall with orchid like flowers that bloom till mid fall.
Goldenrod:  Cheery yellow flowers that are tough yet lovely.  Grow to 4 feet so use a big planter.
Russian Sage:  A great purple flower to add to your pots instead of the usual fall foliage colors
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Colchicum - big cup shaped blooms will fill any planter and will add color with white or pink.
Helenium:  Daisy looking flowers which are also tough and easy to grow in a planter. Red, orange,
Sedum:  A most popular flower for autumn containers.  Grows to 18" tall.
Red Spider LIly:  A truly exotic bulb that burst with bright red flowers. Love the spidery clusters!
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Japanese Anemone:  Large poppy shaped pink or white flowers that stand tall in any planter.
Turtlehead:  A funny name but a beautiful white or pink bloom with glossy green foliage.
Fall Crocus:  Sun or shade, 6" tall and overlooked as a fall crocus. Perfect in any garden.
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Monkshood:  Beautiful blue that adds to the yellow and orange of fall flowers
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When you have a lovely garden or patio area planters, you need to keep it looking great during the fall season. Hope these suggestions will help you choose the best flowering plants to add that extra finished look to your fall planters!

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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 10:22:18 AM 

July 2014 Around The Garden



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Here are the list of things you should be aware of that need to be tended to in your garden area.

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Grow Blueberries NOW:  One of the simple joys of summer, potted blueberries are an excellent fruit for new gardeners.  Northern high bush blueberries are best for the upper and middle south.  Try selections such as Patriot and Liberty.  Rabbiteye blueberries are best in the lower and coast south.  Use climax or premier.  They all prefer slightly moist, well draining potting soil.  Place the planter in a sunny spot and rotate the pot for best coverage.  It's important to plant at least 2 or more varieties so you will have lots of fruit.  Buy the starters at your local nursery or order online.  Make sure you pick a planter that is large enough so you don't crowd the plants root system.

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Fertilize:  Feed potted veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatillos.  Looking for some organic options?  Miracle Grow Organic Choice is available in granular or liquid form.  Dynamite Organic All Purpose or composted manure for easy feeding.  Just follow package directions and keep those veggies healthy all season long.

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Fragrance:  Add some sweet scents to your potted garden this season.  The blooms of gardenias, ginger and lilies.  Honeybells, hostas, and tuberoses will all add a welcome perfume to this summers garden and planters.  Enjoy their fragrance inside by cutting a few stems for casual bouquets.

Herbs:  Cut potted basil, thyme and rosemary frequently to keep these plants in full production.  Keep a pot of your favorite herbs near your grill for a reminder to flavor your summer meals.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 12:17:35 PM 

Melody of Pink In This Garden Planter




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How would you like to duplicate this stunning garden planter?  We can show you how with a few simple tricks we discovered.  Just follow the steps and you will see how easy this is to do.

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In a basket weave rectangle garden
planter, sugar pink petunias are planted with ivy leaved pelargoniums and shaggy flowered pink dianthus with a deep red eye.  None of these plants require depth for its roots and provided they are fed and watered regularly, this will be very happy.  Of course any rectangle garden planter will work but we love the look of the basket weave.

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First fill the base of the window box
shaped planter with a layer of washed gravel or a thin layer of pot filler.  Then add the compost or potting soil mixing in 2 teaspoons of plant food granules.  Now you can start the planting process.
 
Plant the tow pelargoniums 4 inches from either end of the window box.  Next is the petunia's, evenly spaced along the back edge of the rectangle.  Lastly plant four dinathus along the front edge, and the other tow on either side of the central petuna.  That's it!

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We recommend you spread a thin layer of gravel around the plants.  Besides being decorative it also helps to retain the moisture and keep the soil from being wash away.  Make sure you place the planter in a sunny place so it get a lot of natural sunlight.
Once summer is over, the petunias and pelargoniums will need to be removed.  The dianthus will overwinter quite happily.  Just cut off any flower stems and add a fresh layer of gravel. Be sure and plant in Late Spring or early summer.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:41:49 AM 

Outdoor structures/Indoors terms




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When you think of a garden, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?  Pottery, flowers, textured foliage.  Without a good structure a garden is just a collection of plants.  Follow these simple steps a turn a boring garden into a indoor room.

The 3 most common structures are arbors, trellises and pergolas.  They can create doorways to your garden, walls that aren't there and a ceiling which to hang potted plants on.
 
 14539Arbor:  Creates a sense of arrival to an outdoor room.  You can cover it with plants, set 2 pots on each side like an entryway, and create an inviting way into your yard or garden areas.  It provides a sense of arrival that comes with passing through it, comparable to arriving in a home through a foyer rather than simply entering a doorway.

This little passageway becomes a room of it's own.  A few simple tips are a deeper passageway extends the experience and you should allow a height of 7 feet to make it comfortable to walk under.
 
 14540Trellis:  Works just like a wall, where no wall exists.  It is mostly open but lends a feeling of enclosure when you cover the trellis with potted plant vines.  You can attache one to an outside blank wall to add decoration or make it freestanding and use as a barrier to block unsightly air conditioning equipment or a neighbors window.  It doesn't provide the same privacy as a solid fence, but it is more decorative when there are plants covering it.
 
 14541Pergola:  Thought it doesn't provide closed, coverage, it does provide shade and a sense of enclosure.  Often used to cover seating or dining table options.  Set potted plants around the posts and let the potted plants climb up them and cover the top, creating a living ceiling.

Grape covered pergolas are very popular and they can keep you dry during light rain or shaded in intense sunlight.  Try to match the style of your house or any other garden structures you may have
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 3:32:50 PM 

5 steps - Seed to Centerpiece!




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Listed below are the 5 easy steps to take you from a seed packet purchased at your local nursery to a lovely table centerpiece!
 
1.  Shop your local garden center for seeds.  You will find a wide assortment of fast growing annuals in a rainbow of colors.  If you prefer to shop online there are tons of websites that you can find that ship seeds packets directly to you.  Try to select colors and fragrances that you hope to enjoy and will fit into your decorating designs.

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2.  Prep your flower pots or beds.  Pick a sunny spot (at least 6 hrs daily) with well draining soil.  Work in organic matter, rake smooth, and water to moisten the soil.  Having ground to grow cutting flowers is not always possible.  You can easily grown them in garden containers.  Simply follow the same instructions listed above but make sure the planter you use is deep enough and wide enough to hold the amount of seeds you hope to sow.
 
3.  Sow the seeds.  Follow the planting instructions on the back of the seed packets.  Cover lightly with soil.  In as little as five days, many sees will sprout.  Once you see two leaves, thin to ensure correct spacing for future growth.

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4.  Harvest Early.  Flowers are freshest in the morning.  Use a sharp pair of scissors or snips, cut stems a little longer than you will need for the arranging, and place them in a bucket of water.  To encourage more blooms, cut flowers regularly - especially zinnias.  Measure the vase or pot that you will be arranging the flowers inside of in advance.  Make sure that you cut enough length in advance.
 
5.  Assemble flowers, and your container.  Recut stems at an angle right before arranging.  If you change water daily, you don't need flower preservatives.

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These cherry blooms are easy to grow, require minimal care once established, and yield plenty of flowers for cutting.  They also like garden planters as well as the ground.  Give it a go and let us know how it works for you!
 
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