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Indoor Flower Garden

1. Design: there are 3 different ways in which you can approach an indoor garden. Container gardening, hydroponic gardening or using artificial plants. Container gardening is simply keeping all of your plants in containers, it is easy to maintain and the plants can later be moved outdoors if you so wish. Hydroponic gardening is a specialized gardening that uses fertilized water and a non-soil starter. Artificial arrangements are a fantastic way to have a less time consuming yet still visually stunning indoor garden.

2. Choose a space. You need to find the perfect space in your home to put your indoor garden in. It should be a place that will encourage the plants to grow if you choose to do a natural garden. A room that has access to natural light and windows, so that the plants have access to fresh air. It is also better to not put them in a room that is too cold.

3. Choose your plants. You will need to select your plants carefully so that you can easily maintain them. It is best to choose flowers and plants that can thrive in different environments. Consider using Peace Lily and African Violet for the flowers.

4. Control your environment. Once the plants have been placed in your indoor garden, you will need to make sure to control the environment. This means maintaining the soil temperature, water and lighting. In order to save water and energy consider natural and green options to maintain your indoor garden. This could include a drip system which uses small pipes that are supplied to each plant that works on a timer. Providing your plants with exactly the right amount of water.

5. Create the space. Once you have got all of your flowers and pots in place, you then need to create the space. Unlike a garden outside, you will have more control over how exactly the plants grow and where you want them to grow. You can create a visually stunning indoor flower garden that has modern angles that will certainly create a fantastic space in your home.

Successful Seedlings

Vegetable seeds need a light, friable soil that will hold moisture, to grow. Seeds must absorb 40-60% of their weight in water to trigger germination. They also need air. When they sprout, they take up moisture from the film of water around the soil particles, they take up air from the space between those
particles. So soil quality is extremely important. Compacted soil will not allow your seeds to sprout.

A good seed raising mixture could be the answer if you are unsure of the quality of your soil. Individual ‘peat pots’ are a great invention because the whole pot goes into the ground without disturbing the roots of your baby plants.

Warmth is also important to growing from seed. Most garden seeds will germinate if soil temperature is around 20C. For colder climates seed beds must be kept warm either by having them in a sunny protected spot in or near the house (like a
porch or garage, out of the elements) or in a glass covered cold frame.

For most vegetable seeds you can expect a germination time of 6-20 days. In another 4-5 weeks, those seedlings should be transplanted into your outdoor no dig garden bed.

It’s a good idea to treat seeds with a good, all purpose fungicide (something like a Rose Dust or Tomato Dust will be fine) before planting. Place a small amount, just
the tip of a knife end, into the packet, reclose and shake until the seeds are covered. This will protect them from ‘damping off’, a common problem with very young
plants.

Care of Seedlings

Seeds must be kept moist but not wet until the seedlings emerge. This may take between 1-3 weeks, depending on the plant type.

As they grow stonger, thorough but less frequent watering is required. They will need shade when young but should be increasingly exposed to the sun so they become used to
conditions in the garden. Water in the morning rather than at night.

Your no dig garden bed should be prepared about one week before you are ready to transplant. That will give it time to settle.

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!

Winter Flowering

Following is a list of winter flowering garden plants that can bring your dreary garden back to life, creating an optimistic landscape, a winter bright spot with an endless array of colour. Let’s start with the world’s number one flowering winter garden plant, the pansy.

Pansies: The world’s foremost favourite flowering annual, the pansy has an enormous array of colours and colour combinations. Pansies grow and flower readily in cooler conditions and with correct positioning can flower all year round. A must have annual in any garden anytime, especially through drab winters.

Kale: Renowned for its ornamental foliage, kale is actually a variety of cabbage. With stunning colour displays in pink, brown and purple, the colours deepen and change as the temperature drops.

Viola: Similar to pansies but with smaller flowers, these fragrant little beauties flower abundantly throughout early autumn to late spring. Their masses of flowers in endless colours are a wonderful sight in any garden.

Primula: These slender plants usually grow on a long stem surrounded with either small pink, white, or mauve flowers. Easy to grow and able to withstand climatic fluctuations, primula add a touch of elegance and a cottage garden feel to any array of winter flowering garden beds.

Polyanthus: Low growing and compact, the polyanthus has small but striking groups of flowers which grow from the center of a leafy plant. Polyanthus enjoy cooler conditions, enduring cold days even better than the loyal pansy. They are available in many colours.

Cineraria: A stunning, compact mass of flower and foliage. The cineraria is a shade loving winter annual which proudly displays flowers from winter to late spring. Available in many colours.

Begonias: Another quick growing and winter loving plant is the Gypsy begonia. Small and compact, this shade loving plant can actually grow and flower anytime of the year. vailable in both green and brown foliage with pink, red or white flowers, the begonia requires little water and little care.

While many more flowering annuals are available to bring winter colour to an otherwise dreary garden, the above list is simply 7 of the most popular varieties and easily the most attractive. Preparing and planting up your winter flowering garden plants can begin as soon as summer is nearing its end.

Post Blossom Tulip Care

When the tulip petals fall from the flower, a seed pod is left on the stem. The tulip plant will continue to feed the seed pod by extracting nutrients from the soil. Since the flower won’t bloom again, the seed pod robs the tulip bulb of the energy it needs to regenerate. When the pod is removed, the plant draws energy from the environment and stores it in the tulip bulb. So, if you remove the seed pod, you give the tulip bulb the chance to renew itself.

Deadheading a tulip flower is easy to do. Simply take a pair of garden shears and snip off the seed pod about one inch below the seed pod on the tulip plant. Once you have removed the flower from the plant, leave the rest of the vegetation alone. Allow the plant dry up and turn brown naturally. Don’t even water the plant. After the leaves turn yellow or brown, prune the vegetation down to the dirt.

If you keep the tulip bulbs underground, they will remain dormant until the fall months. In July, you can dig up the bulbs, shave their roots, and allow them to dry. Place the bulbs in a plastic bag and freeze them until fall planting season. Allow the tulip bulbs to warm up to room temperature and then replant them.

Despite the best care, tulip bulbs do not always grow back again the following year. Many bulbs will re-flower for one-to-two years. However, the tulips will be smaller and have less vibrant colors. Make sure to replenish your garden. Purchase and plant more bulbs in the fall, at a density of five bulbs for every square foot of garden space.

Get the best prices on tulip bulbs by pre-ordering them in late spring and summer when nurseries offer a sale on bulbs. If you want a specific tulip species, you will receive a better chance of getting it, if you pre-order. Many on-line garden centers guarantee your order and hold your shipment until the planting season in September. If you wait to order your bulbs in the fall months, you may pay more and the flowers you want may not be available.

Wild Flower Garden

I was new to this and thought that this particular section of my yard would require little work. After all, if these flowers grow wild without any human help then I had found the ultimate “no maintenance” garden…right. Wrong. As I researched, I learned that I had to design my wild flower garden to take account of soil type, light and moisture.

However, I also found that if you are prepared to learn from nature, it becomes a delightful journey with guaranteed success, after all, mother nature has been growing flowers and trees since time began.

If you are considering a natural wild flower garden, remember for success you need to work with your local environment and choose plants that will thrive in those conditions. Again, learn from nature, check out local forests, meadows and parks. What kind of wild flowers grow there and just as important, exactly where are they growing, under trees, out in full sun, between rocks or at the edge of a pond.

Your garden can be anything you want, a full wild flower garden or a garden within your existing garden, it can have a simple mulch path with a small bench for sitting, or elaborate brick walks and walls, water feature and lighting. The amount of work involved is determined by size and layout.

You can start your garden from wild flower seed or plants but whichever you choose, for a successful garden you need to plan and prepare and then plant.

This is the first of a series of articles on how to plan, design and grow a wild flower garden.

Perennial Flowers

When selecting a site for a perennial flower garden, you should be certain that it receives enough sunlight. Most perennial flowers thrive on six hours of sunlight a day or more. If you are stuck with a shady place, however, you can still grow some perennial flowers. You will just need to be careful of which varieties you choose, and make sure they are shade tolerant.

You also need to consider soil quality and drainage in your proposed perennial flower garden site. Avoid planting in areas with an abundance of weeds, as they will compete with the perennial flowers for needed nutrients and water. You should also avoid areas that have poor drainage. While perennial flowers will be able to survive in a wet area for a short period of time after a rain or watering, they will not survive in an area where there is standing water for long periods of time. Ideally, the soil in your perennial flower garden site will also be fluffy and rich, but if not, try to incorporate sufficient compost into the soil before you plant your flowers.

You should also consider foot traffic and children and pet play habits in the area you are considering establishing your perennial flower bed. Try to avoid planting your perennial flowers in an area where they will be trampled underfoot.

Perennial flowers come in a wide array of colors, shapes and types, and the perennial flower gardener may quickly be overwhelmed by choices. One tip for making your flower selection is to consider how colors combine. Try not to choose flowers whose colors may clash (such as orange and pink), and instead focus on complementary colors in your garden (pinks and blues often make a beautiful combination).

You should also consider the height of different flower species. Try to make sure a tall perennial flower you have selected does not hide a smaller one behind it.

Finally, pay attention to the blooming period of the perennial flowers you are selecting. Most perennial flowers have a short blooming period lasting from two to four weeks, and for maximum impact you should coordinate the blooming periods of different perennial flowers.

If you are starting your perennial flowers from seed, you should be aware that it is unlikely you will see any flowers during their first year of growth. This is because most perennial flowers will put all their energy into root and plant growth during the first year, but during the second year (and future years) you can expect a beautiful display. If you do not think you have the patience to wait a full two years to see flowers, consider planting some annuals with your perennials so that you will have some color in your garden during the first year.

You can also try using transplants you first year, in order to get your perennial flower garden off to a quick start. If you decide to use transplants, try to select plants that are not in bloom when you plant them, since this is not a good time to establish them in your garden. Also avoid transplants that have pale or yellow stems and leaves. Try to do your transplanting on a day which is relatively cool and overcast for the best results, and be sure to water the plants well after transplanting and continue watering until the plants have become well established.