Archive for Flowering Plants

There is so much being written about establishing a native garden. In some areas of the country, new developments are being landscaped using only native plants. Here is an article by Annie White , a research assistant, from The University of Vermont. It explains very well the benefits of having native plants.

A native plant, by definition, has existed for thousands of years in a particular region. Without the help of gardeners with watering cans, bags of fertilizer, and bales of straw mulch, these plants naturally adapted to the conditions around them.  A plant that is native to a particular region is naturally more tolerant of the local climate, rainfall trends, soils, insects, and diseases. These attributes can contribute to a lower-maintenance, longer-lasting, and environmentally friendly garden.  Here are five reasons why native plants will like your garden as much as you like them. Read More→

Feb
01

All About Anthuriums

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The are two groups of Anthurium grown in greenhouses. The only ones you’re likely to see in the garden center are the flowering varieties with their multicolored spathes and red or yellow tail-like flower spikes. They will flower any time of the year, provided they are healthy.

You might also come across a few of the large-leaved, deeply veined foliage types.

Foliage Anthuriums are mostly found at specialty greenhouses or through online nurseries. To grow them, it’s best to replicate conditions found in tropical zones. Keep them in very high humidity and warmth, and provide a climbing support if necessary. Read More→

By Randolph Craig

Interior plants and modern architectural designs go hand-in-hand. The people who do the internal decoration of buildings understand that all rooms are improved when healthy, natural vegetation, is present, whether flowers or leaves. The atmosphere in these areas becomes alive, rather than sterile and unwelcoming.

They may be placed in pots that are positioned to break a hard, uncompromising line in the architecture. Their presence adds warmth, creating an ambiance that is synchronized with the nature around them. They grow and change, making people get a sense of life from their surrounds and even become more aware of their natural environment. Read More→

With all the designs, colors and materials out there, it can be hard to settle on a certain theme for a Christmas dinner. Some families opt for a rustic look, while others prefer their table gilded in reds and golds. If you’re at a loss for what to do to incorporate your favorite aspects of Christmas decor into your holiday table, it may be best to stick with a white and silver scheme – this way, you can add touches of color and sparkle without going overboard. Read More→

By Dr. Leonard Perry
Extension Greenhouse and Nursery Crops Specialist
University of Vermont

Are you a trivia buff? If so, perhaps you’d be interested in knowing a little bit more about the poinsettia plant you buy every Christmas.

For example, did you know that the poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers, but its leaves? The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center. The colored leafy parts are actually bracts or modified leaves. Read More→

By Hazel Jennings

You might buy the newest trend in dresses or jewelry for mingling at holiday parties every winter, but local florists are keeping it classic with traditional flowers for their customers.

Lisa Keith of Bloomers Floral Studio is sticking with the demand for traditional holiday design concepts this season.  Read More→

Christmas Floral Facts and Fancies Christmas Trees and Wreaths Winter was a time of celebration to pre-Christian Romans and they decorated fir trees in honor of this seasonal change.

The Votayk tribe of Finland believed that certain branches of the evergreen were family gods and they made sacrifices to these branches with bread, meat and drink. Traditionally, these items were placed under the tree. The tribesmen further believed that a new house would have bad luck unless a pine tree was placed under the roof. Each tree was complete with cloth spread and a feast was laid in sacrifice to the family gods dwelling with the tree.                                                               Christmas Rose Read More→

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