“A thing of beauty is a joy forever”
This lovely quote by Keats illustrates perfectly why bulbs make a thoughtful gift. With a little kit containing everything the plant needs to flourish, your loved one will have a thing of beauty that just keeps giving. Gifting flowers is always effective, whether you are offering harvested flowers arranged into a professional bouquet, or as a potted plant and nothing says “I care” quite like a handmade gift. Combining the two will result in a gift that is not only made with love, time, attention and care but looks beautiful enough to be store bought. Grow the bulbs yourself, and give them as gifts when they reach their flowering stage. The time and energy you invested will give the gift a deeper meaning, as opposed to simply purchasing a pot plant.
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Flower season brings with it all kinds of possibilities for the garden. You can maximise the value of your bulbs by caring for them correctly, and the wide variety of products on the market make this so much easier than ever before. If your indoor plants always seem to succumb to various problems, like wilting, or disease, or simply not thriving and slowly fading into nothing, there is always a reason for it. This is great news, because it means even the least green-fingered among us can have houseplants that thrive, with the right information, because knowledge is key, and of course, the right artillery! Here are a few examples of summer bulbs you may trying to care for either out in the garden or in planters inside your home.
Continue reading Bulb care 101: Making the most of summer
Chrysal is an innovative company that supplies high-quality products to consumers. Their post-harvest and flower food products were designed to keep flowers looking vibrant longer, and stall the wilting process. Anyone who has ever had to pay for a bouquet would appreciate the value in that, and if you are harvesting your own flowers you have grown from bulbs, all the more reason to want to extend their longevity.
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If you are planning a colourful summer in the garden, the time to prepare is definitely upon us. Planting season is here, and bulbs are rather specific in their requirements, so it is great to prepare your garden beds and soil so that it feeds and offers good hospitality to your bulbs, after-all, you want them to blossom and thrive, rather than just survive. Along with preparing your garden beds, you can also start planning where to place the pots that will house bulbs.
Continue reading Gregarious gardens: Planting preparations are underway
Summer is the season to rise, shine and celebrate the warmer days and shorter nights. Gardens burst into life, parading vivid colours and glowing sweetly with delicate fragrances. A garden that beckons you outdoors takes some planning and preparation beforehand. The right time to start deciding what to plant, and ordering your bulbs is now, as winter draws to an end. It means that your orders arrive in time for Spring planting, while still allowing for soil preparation time too. Continue reading Summer bulbs: Sensational season blossoms
Capi pots and planters: A blooming delight
Decorating your home inside and outside with plants and decorative pots is an effective way of bringing colour and a sense of freshness into your decor. Adding a splash of vibrancy with your favourite bulbs either indoors or outdoors can complement existing decor or add something new. Finding suitable planters that are weather resistant and lightweight can be quite a challenge, however. Although a multitude of pots and planters exist in numerous shapes, sizes and designs, finding an elegant and neat pot that can be used both indoors and outdoors is rare. Continue reading Capi pots and planters: A blooming delight
Today, let’s talk practicalities: we are approaching mid-winter; what’s to be done right now? Continue reading What to do now that it’s winter?
Plants need water. This might sound ridiculously obvious but have you asked yourself why?
For a start, water is the main constituent of the protoplasm*of plant cells – like humans, the bulk of a plant is made up of water. In many instances the turgidity (plumpness) of cells gives plants their shape which is why they wilt if water levels drop too far. Continue reading Watering – good garden practice
I don’t know if you are keen on walking but I am. I love the gentle rhythm of a measured plod and the slow passage through a landscape. I particularly delight in the all the things I can see or touch, and the smells: funny bumbling beetles, fluid sjongololos with over-countable, tickly legs like the ones we had in our garden when I was a child, damp earth, curious pebbles and jewel drops of water trapped in the hairs of long grasses. Continue reading Natural Capabilities
Every year over 800 000 visitors descend upon Keukenhof Park, just outside the city of Lisse in the Netherlands, during its two-month opening during the spring season. The garden is a rainbow reverie of multi-coloured delight, with around four-and-a-half-million tulips and some three-million other bulbs covering its 32 hectares. Walking along the 15km of pathways of this spectacular petal-bursting showcase is enough to leave you speechless. Continue reading Muscari, from edible delicacy to river of dreams