A GARDEN IS NOT COMPLETE…

 © Linda Nelson 2013
© Linda Nelson 2013

… without a garden cat.  This is HiKitty, who adopted my garden and me about one year ago.  He was very cooperative during the photo shoot.

BOOTS AND BLOOMS

© Linda Nelson 2013
Looking for a different way to display fresh cut flowers or greenery?  Just slip a glass jar into the leg of a cowboy boot, and you have an instantly fun and playful vase. I added Chasmanthium latifolium, commonly known as Northern sea oats.

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID REBLOOM

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Have you ever purchased a phalaenopsis orchid or received one as a gift, but have never gotten it to rebloom?  The one shown will be in its glory for the third consecutive year this April.  Here are my tips for reblooming success –

  • When your phalaenopsis orchid drops its last bloom snip the entire stem off at its base from where the shoot first emerged.
  • Continue with your watering schedule, but incorporate a liquid fertilizer application about once a month.  There are orchid specific fertilizers out there, but I have success with good old-fashioned Miracle Gro.  Your orchid should send out a flowering shoot in about one year.
  • Hate to wait that long?  Stagger your orchid purchases to one every three months until you have a total of four plants.  Place the blooming one out for display while tending to the others in “waiting”.
  • Repot about every two or three years.  I use a mix of sphagnum moss and orchid bark.
  • These particular orchids like bright light, though not direct sunlight, nor do they like soggy roots.  With the right amount of light the leaves should be a light to medium shade of green.  Dark green leaves indicate not enough light; very light green leaves with red undertones indicate light that is too strong.

STROLL THE BEACH

© Linda Nelson 2013

Living along the shores of Eastern Long Island, New York, I can’t help but be inspired by its rustic seaside influence.  If you happen to live by the shore, grab a tote bag and start walking.  Gather what captures your attention, be it pebbles, driftwood, shells, etc…  Place your findings in a bowl, dish or tray, and choose a spot to display your collection.  I will share simple ways to intermix the beach with a home garden in a future post.  Stay tuned…

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