Lady Slipper Orchid

July 29, 2016

Growing Lady Slipper Orchids

Lady Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum) can sometimes be intimidating, but with proper watering, light, soil, temperature, and fertilizer they are quite easy to grow, and they show they put on is certainly worth it!  Now for the details:

 

  • WATER: Since Lady Slipper orchids do not have pseudobulbs, they need regular watering.   Watering every 5-7 days is typical, but potting mix and humidity can alter that.  It is important to make sure the plant does not completely dry out between waterings, or stay soggy (which can lead to root rot).  One tip can be to add decomposed leaf litter to the potting mix which helps hold moisture.

 

  • LIGHT: Medium light is best – 800 to 1,000 foot –candles throughout the year is optimal. Avoid direct sun, except in the early morning. At home, move plants away from the window if in direct sun, or grow them behind a sheer curtain.

 

  • SOIL: Lady Slipper Orchids are terrestrial and need a medium that drains well but retains some moisture. Finely chopped (1/8 to ¼ inch) is best.  Wet the bark thoroughly before potting.

 

  • TEMPERATURE: Minimum night temperature is around 50 F, and day temperatures should range between 70-80 F (the typical temperature inside a home). Humidity should be moderate – between 40-50 percent during the day.

 

  • FERTILIZER: Use a 20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to ¼ strength, applied every 1-2 weeks during active growth.  Apply the diluted fertilizers with new growth first emerges and then regularly until flowering stops.

 

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Fun Fact:  When many Americans think of Lady Slipper orchids they often think of the native Cypripedium (also called “Hardy Lady Slipper”) that grows wild in the U.S., but the Lady Slipper is a type of orchid that grows naturally on six continents!

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FUN FACT:  Although most commonly known orchids are epiphytes (meaning they derive their moisture and nutrients from the air, rain and sometimes debris around them), Lady Slipper orchids are sympodial terrestrial orchids, which means they grow in the ground and have multiple growing points.

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Delightful Dahlias

July 13, 2016

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Growing Dahlias Outdoors

1- Find a location where the soil drains well.  Dahlias won’t thrive in soggy areas.

2- Plant your dahlias where they will receive full sun.

3- Check the mature size and spacing information provided with each plant variety and design your placement accordingly.

4- Water your dahlias generously to settle the soil, roots will form within a few weeks.

When your dahlias bloom feel free to snip blossoms for bouquets. This will not hurt the plants, dahlia flowers are exceptional for arrangements and for some varieties snipping blossoms prolongs the blooming period.  After blooming has finished for the year, leave the foliage in place, don’t cut it off. The leaves gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the plant for the future.

In late fall, your plants’ foliage will fade and wilt with the onset of colder nights. If you live in an area where the soil freezes and you wish to save your tubers for next year, pull up the plants after the first frost. Rinse off the soil, cut the stems to 3″ and let the tubers dry for 2-3 days. Then tuck into paper bags or cartons with peat moss and place in a cool dry spot. Check the tubers monthly and sprinkle a little water into the peat if the tubers are drying up.

If you live in an area where the weather stays warm year round, just trim out the dead stems or spent flowers to keep your plants looking their best until fresh growth begins to appear in the spring.

Your dahlias will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle.

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Black Necked Stilt

June 30, 2016

The black-necked stilt is a locally abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. It is found from the coastal areas of California through much of the interior western United States and along the Gulf of Mexico as far east as Florida, then south through Central America and the Caribbean to northwest Brazil southwest Peru, east Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. The northernmost populations, particularly those from inland, are migratory, wintering from the extreme south of the United States to southern Mexico, rarely as far south as Costa Rica; on the Baja California peninsula it is only found regularly in winter.

Adults have long pink legs and a long thin black bill. They are white below and have black wings and backs. The tail is white with some grey banding. A continuous area of black extends from the back along the hindneck to the head. There, it forms a cap covering the entire head from the top to just below eye-level, with the exception of the areas surrounding the bill and a small white spot above the eye. Males have a greenish gloss to the back and wings, particularly in the breeding season. This is less pronounced or absent in females, which have a brown tinge to these areas instead. Otherwise, the males and females look alike.

Downy young are light olive brown with lengthwise rows of black speckles (larger on the back) on the upperparts – essentially where adults are black – and dull white elsewhere, with some dark barring on the flanks.

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This is a creative way to add a splash of color to your old or new fence and it’s really pretty easy.  Follow these steps below and you will have a be-jeweled fence.

Step 1 –  Find some marbles and some comparably sized drill bits.

Step 2 –  Get a piece of “test wood” to drill into so you can determine the correct size drill bit for your marbles.  (A snug fit is better for no adhesive, if you choose to use an adhesive, use one that dries clear.  I always have a 2 part – epoxy on hand at my house =).

Step 3 –  Choose your marble pattern and start drilling & inserting marbles!

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Stunning Planters!

June 28, 2016

If you want to get creative with your outdoor space this summer, you can use your imagination to make some simple and clean planters.

Below are examples of beautiful plant combinations & some are in very unique planters.  Enjoy the inspiration!

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.

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This glorious grandiflora rose produces flawless gold blossoms brushed with raspberry-red on the tip of each petal, all set against matte green foliage.  The long-stemmed, long-lived blooms are about 4.25″ in size on this vigorous, continually blooming plant.

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Voted People’s Choice Best Rose in 2013 by Portland’s Rose Society, your dreams really will come true when you add ‘Dream Come True’ to your garden!

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Turk’s Cap is a drought-resistant member of the Malvaceae family, which also includes hibiscus, cotton and various mallows, among others.  It forms a multi-branching bush that grows several feet high, but can be pruned back to a desired size.  It can grow in full sun to deep shade, with a long bloom season through summer and into fall.  The flowers consist of approximately 2 inch long petals that fold into each other and create a tight bloom that doesn’t “open”.  The bright red flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and put on a striking summer show.

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Turk’s Cap gets it’s informal name from it’s flower that resembles a fez, the type of hat previously worn by some Turkish men (you may have seen them worn in Shriner parades in the U.S). The plant’s variety name ‘drummondii’  is named after Thomas Drummond the Scottish botanist who curated the Belfast Botanic Garden in the early 1800’s.  Drummond arrived in Texas in 1833 (when Texas was still part of Northern Mexico) and over 21 months collected over 2,000 specimens of plants that he sent to Sir William Jackson Hooker, the founder of Kew Botanical Gardens in London.  Drummond’s collection was the first from Texas to be distributed to museums and scientific institutions around the world and there are 28 other Texas plant species named in his honor.

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Butterfly ‘Anouk’ Lavender (also knows as Spanish or French lavender), is a hardy, drought tolerant, deer resistant shrub with highly aromatic flowers and foliage.  It has a long blooming season from late spring to late summer and forms bushy mounds that can reach 18″ tall by 24″ wide.  This showy lavender does best is full sun with well-drained soil, either in pots or in the ground.  Mass plantings create a spectacular show and will be a magnet for butterflies.

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Retro Campers

March 7, 2016

Re-done retro campers make camping fun and stylish!  Check out these glam-camping jewels to get your “glamping” inspiration!

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