On February 28th, we honor the art of floral design! Floral Design Day is dedicated to celebrating a tradition that stems back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian times.The Egyptians used flowers for all religious temple ceremonies and funerals. You can find papyrus and lotus flowers depicted in the ancient wall art of the Egyptians. It was not just the Egyptians who used floral design, but the ancient Greeks and Romans as well! Floral Design Day was established in 1995 in admiration of Carl Rittner who founded The Rittners School of Floral Design.Floral arrangements are used to observe numerous occasions such as weddings, baby showers, Christmas, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries. Although you do not need a special date on a calendar to order flowers, “just because” flowers are usually the most exciting! There are many floral design competitions, but the Sylvia Cup Design Co...
Spring is just around the corner…It is time to start prepping your garden! During the winter months, our gardens tend to become rather messy without maintenance. It is important not only to prepare the land, but also to set aside time to plan your crops, make sure you have the right equipment and supplies, and repair any gardening fixtures such as fences or greenhouses.Caring for Existing PlantsBefore thinking about all the new and exciting plants you are going to grow this spring, do not forget about any winter plants that are in need of attention! If you have perennial flowers such as roses, and you live in a warmer climate, January and February are great times to prune them. If you live in a colder climate, it is best to wait until closer to April. Start by using a sharp pair of pruners at the base of the plant and cut at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outs...
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare must have known the worldwide love for
roses to mention their sweet fragrance in his writing. Roses are not only the
flower of love but are acclaimed to be the most popular flower worldwide. There
is no wonder why so many want a rose garden to be part of their landscape.
Maintaining a rose garden is an exciting activity but with many options for
fertilizers it can get overwhelming trying to choose the right one. Let us look
into a few different types of rose fertilizers so you can determine the best
option for your roses. Homemade Fertilizer There are a number of recipes for DIY fertilizer. SFGate
has a great article on homemade recipes using ingredients such as kelp,
molasses, coffee grounds, white vinegar, egg shells, Epsom salts, fish tank
water, and banana peels. Homemade fertilizers are a great ...