- Beneficial Natural DécorWhen decorating your home or office, you follow the basics: paint, furniture, flooring, wall décor… but once all is in place, you still may need more of a feeling of comfort. Adding plants and flowers to your décor is a great way to bring warmth and vitality to any interior decorating plan.
There are numerous ways to decorate with plants, from creating a “jungle” atmosphere, to simply disguising an unattractive view or filling an empty corner.
Plants with slender shapes can enhance a contemporary style design. If choosing a Southwestern style, you may prefer succulents. A grouping of plants can add drama and an unexpected look. If using Feng Shui guidelines in your décor, plants and flowers are a great way to achieve a positive flow of Chi.
Choosing the right decorative containers for your plants can also add emphasis to your interior design.
There are hidden benefits to using plants as well. Plants stimulate a creative and productive environment. They can also absorb harmful chemicals and improve air quality. Any plants you choose will increase the concentration of oxygen in their immediate surroundings, helping to suppress common harmful airborne chemicals found in the average home or office.
To beautify your surroundings and breathe a little easier, add several of these living air cleaners to your home and work spaces. You�™ll feel better and make your indoor environment more pleasant for living and working.
A Greener Image provides countless varieties of plants and flowers, as well as the design and weekly service to maintain your “plantscape”. Contact us today for pricing and details!
- Lucky BambooLucky bamboo has become quite popular due to being easy to grow, and for the belief in Feng Shui that it will bring prosperity, fortune and happiness.
While typically called a bamboo, this plant is actually a Dracaena Sanderiana.
Lucky bamboo can be found as single stalks or bundled together, and in curly and straight forms. If you are following the Feng Shui elements of choosing a lucky bamboo, consider things like the number of stalks, and how it's planted. 2 stalks are for love and marriage, 3 are for happiness. 3 is also associated with the east, 4 is associated with the southeast, 5 for health, 8 for wealth and abundance, and 9 is considered lucky for overall good fortune and happiness. A bamboo is most lucky when it represents all five elements of Feng Shui. Wood (the bamboo itself), Earth (the rocks it grows in), Water, Fire (usually a red ribbon tied around the pot), and Metal (the pot; glass pots belong to the metal element).
Lucky bamboo is typically placed in the east or southeast,as both of these areas symbolize wood. They don't require a great deal of light, and should be kept out of direct sunlight. For care, simply replenish the water as it evaporates, keeping the water at a consistent level. It's a good idea to completely clean out the container and rocks occasionally. Add a dilute fertilizer every now and then to give it a boost.
If you purchase lucky bamboo wrapped in string, remove it. If it is tied too tightly it can damage the stalks.
Yellowing leaves are usually caused by too much light, lack of water, or chemicals in the water. If one of the stalks turns yellow, there's really nothing that can be done to save it. Remove it from the container, or it may affect the remaining stalks.
A Greener Image offers lucky bamboo as well as many other plants associated with Feng Shui. Contact us today for pricing and details!
- Decorating With FlowersFlowers can add a cozy and inviting atmosphere to any interior decorating plan. They emanate a positive energy that people respond to. A few well-placed blossoms or exquisite arrangements can do wonders for the personality of any interior space.
A good place to start is at the entry. Visitors will feel welcome by a cheerful bouquet. The arrangement can be simple or elaborate. A seasonal wreath or floral swag in the outside entrance can also create a lovely greeting.
Throughout the interior, flowers can be used on the various tables, dressers, etc. Use colors which complement the room, keeping in mind that the flowers probably shouldn�™t contain colors which don�™t normally occur in nature. They will be more pleasing if they are realistic. Choose colors that are more of complementary hues, and not necessarily exact matches of your drapery and upholstery.
The most simple and practical way to keep flowers in your environment is to have typical vase arrangements, but you can also tie flowers into a casual bouquet. These can be laid on a table or dresser. You can also use garlands for mantles, bookcases, and armoires. These are recommended ideas when using dried or artificial flowers.
A Greener Image offers floral services for all occasions, and can artistically customize floral designs to your living or working environment. Contact us today for pricing and details!
- Houseplants in the DesertArizona is a very popular place to relocate, however when one brings their houseplants here from out of state, they usually find a whole new set of challenges for houseplant care.
Houseplants are usually of a tropical variety, and our climate has nothing like the moist, temperate conditions of the rain forests. The main factor to consider with houseplants in the desert, is the moisture level of the soil. Plants will dry out much more quickly in the dry, hot conditions. You will likely need to water more frequently. Always check the soil before watering to make sure it really needs it. The location of your plant is a major factor in how quickly the soil will dry out. If it�™s located in a dim, cool room it won�™t need to be watered as frequently as one that sits in a window.
If you like to have plants on your windowsill, only use plants that have higher light requirements during the summer. Low light plants may be damaged from the excessive sunlight. Don�™t let the leaves of window plants touch the glass, as this can cause the leaves to burn. The type of container your plant is in can also be a factor. Hanging and clay potted plants tend to dry out more quickly.
There are also certain types of houseplants that we do not recommend for southern Arizona residents, including ferns, ivies, zebra plants, and begonias. These are not hardy plants for our dry environment, and do not typically do well.
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- Mother's Day Gift IdeasMother's Day was established to show our respect and appreciation for our wonderful mothers.
Flowers and plants are a great way to let Mom know you love and respect her. The carnation is the traditional Mothers Day flower, but it can be fun to try something new and different.
You can send flowers that represent your mother's unique traits. Here are a few flowers that will make your gift unique and express a personal message.
• Chrysanthemums - “Mums for mom” represent cheerfulness and optimism.
• Magnolias - Represent dignity and nobility.
• Orchids - Delicate and fragile, yet a hardy plant that's easy to maintain. An orchid will let your mother know she may be beautiful and delicate, but you know her inner strength.
• Tulips- Represent caring (pink) and forgiveness (white).
• Roses - Symbolize purity (white), and thankfulness (pink).
Your mom will love the thought you've put into a unique arrangement featuring flowers with meaning.
- Easter LiliesSpring is here and you may be giving or receiving Easter Lilies, the time-honored flower of Easter. It's a symbolic flower of resurrection, starting out as a brown scaly bulb, then growing into spectacular white blooms.
When shopping, look for lily plants that are fragrant and well-proportioned, with buds in different stages of bloom. Plenty of dark green foliage is an indication of a healthy plant. Don't buy any that look wilted.
Remove the yellow anthers as soon as the blooms open up. The flowers will last longer this way, and the pollen won't stain the white petals. Remove wilted flowers as soon as they begin to fade. Keep your lily plants in a cool environment, between 60-65 degrees F. Blooming lilies like bright indirect light. Water moderately, letting the soil dry out slightly between watering.
When the lily finishes flowering, cut off any remaining withered blooms and continue to care for the potted plant in a sunny location.
Lilies can be planted outside during mild weather conditions. Plant the bulb 3 inches beneath soil level, and water thoroughly. They bloom naturally in the summer, and are typically forced under artificial conditions to bloom in the spring. You may have to wait until next year to get another round of blooms.
A Greener Image offers many flowering plants in addition to foliage. Contact us today for pricing and details.
- St. Patrick's ShamrocksHave you ever wondered where the tradition of using shamrocks as a symbol of St. Patrick's Day came from?
St. Patrick was born in about 389 A.D. in Northern Wales. He was captured at the age of 16 by pirates who brought him to Ireland. During his 6 years of slavery he became a devout Christian. He eventually escaped to France, where he became a monk. In 432, he returned to Ireland as a missionary bishop. He founded the Christian Church of Ireland, blending old Irish rites with Christian customs.
His most famous feat is forcing the snakes out of Ireland, although this is likely to be a myth.
Patrick would travel around to talk about his faith. Several members of a tribe once approached Patrick telling him it was difficult to understand the Holy Trinity. Patrick picked one of the wild shamrocks. "Here are three leaves," he said, "yet it is one plant. Imagine the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as each of these leaves. Here they are, yet they are one plant." The tribesmen understood, and Patrick adopted this method to explain the Holy Trinity in the years to follow. From that time on, the shamrock has been a revered symbol of Ireland.
St. Patrick died in 461 AD. Depending on which story you read, he was either born on or died on March 17, and people began to commemorate him on that date. What originally began as a religious feast celebrated in Ireland, has become a secular holiday celebrating everything Irish all around the world. It's interesting to note that the shamrock clover flowers around this time.
The most common way people celebrate is by wearing green, or adorning themselves with other symbols such as the shamrock.
PLANT TIPLearning to water is one of the most important skills in plant care. Applying too much water can suffocate plant roots and too little water causes growth to become erratic and stunted. Watering frequency will depend on the conditions under which the plants are growing.