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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Tulips at Home

First, make sure that you plant other bedding plants before you put in your tulips. Tulip bulbs are fairly delicate and they can be injured if you slice them with a trowel. Instead, put in the other bedding plants first and then plant the bulbs. When you put in the bulbs, they should be planted at a depth that is about three times their height. This will ensure that they are producing good stalks that will break the ground. You should plant them immediately after you get them, but if you are having an unseasonably warm season and you are worried that they will sprout, you can put them in the refrigerator for upwards of two months.

When you are looking for a place to plant your tulip garden, look around for a spot with relatively sandy soil. Tulips and in fact most bulb plants do very well in soil that is well drained. The bulbs themselves should be planted in October or November. Look for a place that will get full or partial sun when you want to plant your tulip garden. Tulips do very well underneath trees because they will get all the sun that they need during the spring, and during the harsh summer months, they are going to be able to have protection in the shade.

If you want to make sure that your tulips will thrive, consider giving them plenty of room. Tulips that are overcrowded will start to compete with each other for scanty resources and nutrients in the soil, so consider digging up some of the older bulbs and pulling the smaller bulbs away from them.

You should allow the leaves of your tulip plant to die off naturally, but feel free to deadhead the flowers. This will give your yard a much more put together look, and if you are further worried about the deadened leaves, consider braiding them together for a more groomed appearance.

When you are looking at fertilizing your tulips, consider using bonemeal. If you are worried about bonemeal affecting dogs, consider looking into special bulb fertilizers that will nourish your plants. To prevent animals from digging up your bulbs, lay down a piece of chicken wire over the bulbs and remove it before the spring arrives.

About Planting a Flower Garden

First off, determine the size and shape of the garden plot. Each flower should have enough room at its maximum breadth. For example, if you are planting flowers that spread up to a foot when in full bloom, then allow 12-16 inches around the base. Think of how many flower groups you’re going to have in each row, and give each flower its required space. Also, consider that width is preferable. Think rectangle and not square. A healthy, beautiful flower bed is usually from 4-7 feet wide. They are more aesthetically pleasing arranged this way and allow you to layer as you go.

Secondly, keep in mind that symmetry is naturally pleasing to the eye. It’s a well-known fact that people who are physically symmetrical are generally considered more attractive and it is no different in gardening. If you have flower borders on one side, have the same flower borders on the other. If you have a rose bush on one side of an entrance, have another rose bush on the other side. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a perfectly symmetrical garden-how your garden looks depends on your own preference. You can also do well with a strong backdrop and layering of all sorts of rich colors that fade into a pleasant, light edger.

This brings me to the focal point: you only need one strong attention-grabber to tie the plot together. Focal points are important to give the viewer’s eyes somewhere to rest amongst the vibrancy of the different textures and colors. A bit of pottery, a lawn chair, or an elegant tree that stands out from the rest are all excellent ideas that catch’s people’s attention as soon as they approach your garden. The bigger your garden, the more focal points you can provide, or perhaps bigger ones. If you have a larger garden, then benches, fountains, and bird baths are lovely choices to add.

Gardens are an expression of creativity. They fuse a bond between the earth worker and the nature he or she is directing, creating harmony between people and the earth. A flowerbed can be much more than just a pretty thing to look at: it is a work of art in itself. However, they take a lot of work to initially put together. You have to consider the size and shape of the garden, the balance, and the eye catchers that tie the end product together when designing your garden. In the end, you’ve arranged a work of beauty for everyone to enjoy.

Flower Garden Design Technique

1. In making a flower bed, opt for one which is as large as possible. A lot of gardeners specially the first-timers would normally create a flower bed which is not wide enough thus the plant only end up with limited opportunities to grow. In most cases, flower bed must be 5 to 6 feet wide.

2. Never forget to create curves and lines that would set a section of the garden apart from another. This is especially helpful to create definition among the entire garden area. This will also be more appealing to the eye. Try to shun away from snaking or creating inconsistent lines, it is better to opt for smooth curves.

3. Plant in group for aesthetic purpose. Doing this will give unity among flowers of the same kind and you will also be able to maintain them easier. Those flower garden design that possess no grouping at all normally look all messed up thus experts suggest to plant in group of three or more. Also, this will add up texture and colors to the garden.

4. You should also add up a plant which can be used for edging, filling, and for background. Also, plant taller flowers at the back so they would not overshadow the small ones although these can also be planted on the side and in front for some cases.

5. Practice spacing, it would totally be annoying to see your flowers all filled up in one area. Aside from looking awful, this also would do the flowers harm since they will rob each other with the necessary nutrients obtained from the soil and water since they are highly jammed. Flowers must be planted as far as possible.

6. Always ensure that there should be balance and unity among the flowers. It would be wise if you could create symmetry through the use of a same plant along the sides of the walkways, gates, and paths. Moreover, to achieve unity you can just plant in group of three and try to blend complementing colors.

7. See to it that your flower garden design will be maintained no matter if some of the plant grows in abundant shape or dies. Flower garden design is not stopped since it is a continuous job of maintenance.

8. Get flower colors that will match with one another. All flowers are beautiful but it would be more attractive if they complement each other. You could ask a florist to decide specific colors and designs or you could just do your own research to save money.

9. Don’t forget to water the plant each day so the flowers can bloom beautifully, sometimes you will be asked to use fertilizers on them. Never neglect this duty if you want to have a jaw breaking flower garden design.

Care for Long Stem Roses

Since the first discovered Hybrid Tea in 1867, there has been an explosion leading to thousands of long stem varieties coming in virtually every color except for blue or black. These long stem roses tend to flower continuously and can grow 2-6 feet tall. High susceptibility to disease and less fragrant smell, when compared to other types of roses, is often attributed to the great deal of inbreeding that has taken place to achieve the attractiveness of long stem roses.

When planting your long stem roses, be sure to select an area where they will get 6 hours of sunlight and good air circulation.

Do hard pruning in the late winter or early spring just as new growth begins. Remove old damaged canes from the center to let in fresh air and sunlight, leaving the thick healthy ones forming a circle on the outside. Cut the remaining stems to 12-24 inches and fertilize in a few weeks time.

To protect during harsh winters, tie the canes together and mound with soil. Surround the mound with insulating materials such as leaves or straw and shelter with a cylinder, perforated with breathing holes.

Adopt a regular spray program to protect the roses and their leaves from disease.

And, don’t forget to give your long stem roses lots of water!