Archive for May, 2011

I have tried to cover many different articles in my blog to satisfy my diverse readers.  One topic I have neglected is hydroponics. Some interior plantscapers use plants grown in water for their interiorscapes. Valerie Garner is a writer and photographer with a passion to assist families to lower stress levels and raise the joy of life. Here is her instructions on how to grow hydroponics in your house.

Hydroponics refers to the art of raising plant life in water, and more recently the definition of the word has been widened, to include the art of growing plants devoid of soil. Hydroponic methods are widely-used around the globe and are a very popular alternative in areas of the world where rich land is absent, or rare. Read More→

May
25

Tips on Urban Gardening

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This is the best article on urban gardening that I have seen on urban gardening.  It was written by Marie Iannotti, an about.com guide.

Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you don’t love and long for plants. Not everyone can have a full blown garden, but with some creativity, you can bring the garden to the city. Whatever size space you are working with, the following urban gardening ideas can put your green thumb to work.

Blooming City Window BoxPhoto: ©Marie Iannotti
1. Are you ready for an urban garden?

There’s nothing unusual about urban gardening – gardeners will find a spot to plant some seeds just about anywhere and city dwellers are some of the most creative. However there are some considerations that urban gardeners have to take into account, like hauling water and radient heat from so much concrete. Here’s a look at questions, concerns and challenges facing the urban gardener. Read More→

Interior decor has many facets.  It increases the pleasure of our living and soothes our feelings.  For interior decoration, indoor plants add a special charm to both modern and classic interiors.  Whether they are alive and growing or artificial replicas of botanical specimens, house plants can lend a touch of warmth and vitality to any living area or commercial environment, helping to relax visitors and guests and delivering a message of welcome.  Their presence shows that the occupant has an appreciation for things natural, something to which we can all relate.

The benefits of indoor gardening are numerous.  They brighten up your home or office, blend in with all types of themes and can be used with different types of pots according to the theme of your home.  Caring for indoor plants makes for a great hobby.  Home decor should aim at creating a welcoming feeling and make guest feel at home. Read More→

People who grow bonsai for various reasons are different then people who merely are looking for an interesting plant, see and like a bonsai, buy it and take it home. One thing that these people may not realize is that the bonsai is supposed to be an outdoor plant, not an indoor plant, although since the 1990s it is becoming more and more as a piece of indoor decor. Different kinds of plants are used for indoor bonsai as opposed to outside, so make sure you place the tree in the appropriate location.So, once you’ve got it home, and inside your house, then what do you do with it?The bonsai is not frozen in time in precisely the shape you like, never to change, never to die. It’s still a living plant and must be carefully tended and pruned to remain the way you want it to be. Read More→
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New research shows that ornamental plants can drastically reduce levels of stress, ill health and boost performance levels at work because they soak up harmful indoor air pollution. Researchers have now identified five “super ornamental plants” which every workplace should have to clean up indoor air. They include English ivy, waxy leaved plants and ferns (see a full list below). Read More→

African violets (Saintpaulia species) are those rare house plants that will flower continuously all year long, even through all those dark, winter months, and add color and cheer to any area you put it in. In fact, African violets are some of the easiest indoor plants to grow once you are aware of a couple of their very simple requirements. They naturally like filtered light and temperatures that most houses have on a year-round basis, and provided you know a few key other things which we are going to share with you, there is no reason you can’t have a house full of colorful, velvety, African violets for years to come.

So if you have ever struggled with African violets, follow these 6 key tips, and you’ll be amazed how well they will respond for you. Let’s get started! Read More→

Gardeners, both new and experienced, love annuals. Their vibrant colors carry us from Spring to Fall. However, there are so many annuals that it is not only hard to choose which ones to plant but also which ones will flourish in your garden.

I came across this interesting article written by Kathy Van Mullekom for The Daily Press. It answers many questions we have about annuals while providing a good overview of what are types available. I thought I would share it with you. Read More→

Interior plantscaping can create the perfect environment for your business, bringing color and vitality to your office space. No longer do offices need to be colorless and dull, as many office plant rental companies have great fixtures and displays which will liven the place up to no end. With a bright and beautiful office space, there is no doubt that your staff will be happier working and altogether more productive and successful. Healthy and happy employees will be the key to your business being all that it can be.

Plantscaping is a great way of decorating your office because the responsibility for the plants is in the hands of professionals, so you need not concern yourself with their set up or maintenance. Many companies choose to use real plants, while others go for the option of using artificial plants. Read More→

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