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5 Secrets To Transform Your Garden 

5 Secrets To Transform Your Garden 

Gardens can begin to look old and tired after a few years of growth. Shrubs become overgrown, perennials no longer produce the way they once did and outgrow their space, and the overall garden appearance is dull and shaggy. If this describes your outdoor space, it may be time to transform your garden into a more welcoming environment. A well-planned garden will add value to your home and encourage the family to spend more time outdoors. Check out these 5 secrets to transform your garden so your outdoor living space will be as lovely as your indoor living space. [caption id="attachment_1850" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Photo by pankaj-shah[/caption] Monochromatic Color Scheme Monochromatic gardens use a single bloom color to create a visually appealing floral display. Variations of...

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Gladiolus Meaning and Symbolism

Gladiolus Meaning and Symbolism

Gladioli: Beautiful, proud, tall flowers. We commonly recognize them by their striking stems and large, abundant flowers that grow in vibrant colors. As August’s prized flower, they have much more to give than just their beauty. What exactly is the gladiolus meaning and symbolism? Etymological Meaning of the Gladiolus Flower The gladiolus has a long history of symbolism. In ancient Rome, it was believed that the gladiolus represented the soul of the deceased, which would rise from the grave at night to visit its loved ones. It was also associated with the god Mercury, who carried a golden torch and wore a cap adorned with a pair of gladiolus flowers.  The word gladiolus comes from the Greek words gladios, meaning sword, and...

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Hydrangeas Varieties

Hydrangeas Varieties

What is the origin of hydrangea flowers?  What was the first variety of hydrangea flowers? Hydrangeas are perennial flowering shrubs or vines native to Europe and Asia. They are also known as water hyacinths because of their ability to thrive in wet areas. The word hydrangea comes from two Greek words meaning “water plant” and “flower.” Hydrangeas are commonly grown as ornamental plants in gardens and parks. Their meaning is intertwined with grace and gratitude, which makes them the perfect gift for friends and benefactors. So, what are the best hydrangeas varieties? Hydrangea Varieties Hydrangeas are perennials that bloom year after year. Their blooms come in various colors, such as pink, white, red, purple, blue, yellow, orange, and even black. There are over...

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Which Flowers Are Blue?

Which Flowers Are Blue?

Blue flowers are beautiful and rare. There are many different kinds of them. They come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. Here we'll cover everything from their unique characteristics and symbolism to what they've represented throughout history. According to the National Garden Bureau, blue flowers are typically found in the following families of plants: Compositae, Lamiaceae, and Ranunculaceae. The most common types of blue flowers include: Dianthus (Carnations) Blue carnation means "I love you" or "I miss you." It is also considered a symbol of friendship and loyalty. Hibiscus Blue hibiscus flowers are also known as "mahogany blossoms" or "African lilies." They have been cultivated since the beginning of times for their beautiful blooms and medicinal properties. It has been reported that...

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Protecting Your Plants From the Cold

Protecting Your Plants From the Cold

Cold weather can be fatal for your plants, but winter-weather damage is difficult to avoid. However, you can prevent some of the worst effects of winter temperature with a bit of preparation. You will need to learn when the cold front will reach you. It is helpful to know your first and last frost date to prepare your plants accordingly. Invest in a good minimum/maximum weather thermometer. Your iPhone app will give the average reading for your location and not the current and accurate temperature for your garden. [caption id="attachment_1966" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Photo by Thomas-park[/caption] Many plants do not survive freezing temperatures. Tender plants will get killed when the temperature reaches 29° to 32° F, and most vegetation when it reaches - 25°...

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How To Say I Love You With Flowers

How To Say I Love You With Flowers

Expressing how you feel for someone through flowers is a time honored tradition. It has been done since the dawn of time and continues today all across the globe. In all parts of the world, it’s well-known that the giving of a single rose means ‘I Love You’. However, that is not the only way to say ‘I Love You’ with a gift of flowers. Each floral bloom has its own assigned meaning, and the way the flowers are presented to the recipient can also intensify the meaning. There are different types of love, such as romantic, friendship, and that will feel for relatives. Different flowers varieties can express these types of love in a way that words can’t fully convey. Check...

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