Mother’s Day is almost here and one thing that we love to do is have kids drop by to plant a container garden (which they may even give to their mom). So on Saturday, May 12th bring the kids by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and they’ll be able to create a potted masterpiece. We’ll provide the container, plants, soil, instructions and advice – and even take care of the cleaning up. Cost is just $8 per container.
Along with the wonderful weather, plant trucks have been arriving this week and you will be delighted by the selection of plants now in the outdoor yard. In addition to the colorful annuals and perennials lining the benches, there are many varieties of Clematis and other vines, all types of hanging baskets, and cool new succulents.
One plant that caught my attention, was this lavender trained in a tree form. I’ve seen my share of plants over the years, but this is the first time I recall seeing lavender done this way. It even comes with a color-coordinated price tag!
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Do not despair; Incahoots is here for you. Whether your tastes lean toward glass and metal or colorful enamel, or even ceramic with a bird on top, treat yourself to a fun new design element to spruce up your counter today. Combine one of these cute dishes with a fresh candle, relaxing bath bomb, new lotion, your favorite flavor of tea, and a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, and we become a one stop shop for your next spa day.
I hope you’ve had some time to get out in the garden recently. Last Sunday was such a perfect day to be out doing a bit of pruning, weeding and mulching – we even fired up the electric mower and gave the grass a quick once over. On the first nice gardening day it’s easy to overdo it and it’s a good thing we had other things to take care of or we would have been really sore on Monday.
Spring is now less than a week away and that means it’s time to get out and put some veggies in. Fresh arrivals in the garden department this week include tray packs of Lettuce, Snow Peas, Kale, Spinach, and Cabbage. All these veggies are USDA organic.
Scientific name: Zebrina pendula
Common name(s): wandering jew, inch plant
Origin: Mexico, Guatemala
Light: medium to bright diffused
Fertilizing: an all-purpose mix every 1-2 months
Silver, green and purple leaves make this plant an eye catcher; it’s ease of care and adaptability make it a favorite. Zebrina is great as a groundcover in a mixed planter, as a hanging specimen, and also grows wonderfully in water gardens.
Scientific name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Common name(s): ZZ plant, the toughest houseplant ever
Light: medium to low
Watering: moderate moisture is best, but tolerates dry or soggy soil
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 3-4 months
This plant requires no green thumb. It is famed as the toughest houseplant ever. It tolerates all kinds of abuse (low light, soggy soil, drought, drafts) and no pests are known to bother it. It’s naturally shiny foliage always looks great. It grows very slowly and seldom needs repotting in fact it enjoys being rootbound. It’s only requirement is to keep it out of direct, hot sun.
Scientific name: Yucca
Common name(s): palm lily, false agave
Origin: The deserts of North and South America
Light: high to very high light
Watering: water thoroughly, then allow soil to dry out before watering again.
Fertilizing: use a cactus mix every 3 to 4 months
This is one of the toughest house plants around. While it won’t tolerate low light, it can endure dry air, dry soil, and cold drafts without ill effects. It is not extremely fast growing, but can eventually reach 6 feet tall. A must for homes with a desert, or southwestern decor.
Scientific name: Tillandsia cyanea
Common name(s): pink quill plant, silver bird, wild pine
Light: medium to bright. Bright for blooming
Watering: let soil mostly dry between waterings.
Fertilizing: all purpose every 2-3 months
This fascinating plant adds a small piece of the tropics to any setting. Its bright pink central spike lasts for months, and in addition, along the sides, one by one large purple flowers unfold exuding a sweet clove like scent. (See also Bromeliad for more information)
Scientific name: Tradescantia
Common name(s): inch plant, wandering jew
Origin: Central America, Tropical south America
Watering: moderate moisture, let soil surface dry a little between watering
Fertilizing: an all purpose mix every 1-2 months
These vines adapt gracefully to nearly any situation: terrariums, dish gardens, or water gardens, but looks most stunning when used as a hanging specimen. Beautiful, usually variegated, leaves come in many different varieties and colors.
Scientific name: Saxifraga sarmentosa
Common name(s): strawberry begonia, strawberry geranium
Light: medium to high
Watering: allow soil surface to dry between watering
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months
Unlike the common names might suggest, this plant is not a strawberry, a begonia, or a geranium, however like a strawberry, it sends out runners with small plantlets at the ends.
If they land in soil, they root and grow. They can either be snipped off and potted up are left to dangle attractively from the parent plant.