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Succulents

March 31, 2015

You won’t find any plants better adapted for growing in pots than succulents. Mostly native to arid regions, succulents store water in their fleshy leaves, stems, and roots, enabling them to resist drought. This means they don’t need to be fussed over with frequent watering, so you can go ahead and enjoy a week long summer vacation without giving them a second thought.

Succulents are the easiest to grow for they do not need to be fussed over with frequent watering, so you can go ahead and enjoy a weeklong vacation without giving them a second thought.  Succulents are like cacti, and the key to a happy succulent is giving it an environment like a desert—hot, sunny days, cool nights and very little water. They are easy to keep and make for a fun DIY project no matter what your skill level.

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For beginners these top 10 succulents are perfect for those who are just starting and getting into the bandwagon and they are: Agave, Aloe, the Baby Toes plant looks exactly like little plump feet, Crassula, that ubiquitous Jade Plant, Echeveria, Faucaria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, Sanseveria and Sedum of all kinds.

To start your own succulent garden you will need small pebble rocks for drainage, potting soil mixture for cactus or succulents, sphagnum moss for filtration, activated charcoal for filtration, succulents of your choice (preferably from the list above), moss, gravel, rocks or marbles for decorating.

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Succulents can be planted in any container, you can use mason jars, glass terrarium or a tin can so take your pick. Once your container has been chosen first put in pebbles, charcoal, followed by the moss and the soil last. Plant you succulents and add a decorative flare. Essentially just have fun and experiment, check out ideas on Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.

Once your succulents are planted remember not to over water them and believe it or not the only thing that can harm them is too much water. Stick with watering them once per week until the soil is wet to touch but not soaked. Place them in areas where can they receive bright filtered light.

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival called Zenbei Sakura Matsuri is a spring celebration in Washington D.C. commemorating the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to Washington on March 27, 1912. The planting of the Cherry Blossom trees took the coordination of many people. The first batch of 2,000 trees arrived diseased in 1910 but this did not stop them. Coordination between Dr. Takimine, Dr. Fairchild, Eliza Scidmore and First Lady Helen Herron Taft ensured the successful arrival of 3,000 trees in Washington in 1912. On March 27, 1912 the First Lady Helen Terron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador planted the first two trees from Japan in a simple ceremony. These two original trees are still standing today near the John Paul Jones statue at the south end of 17th Street. Workmen planted the remainder of the trees around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park. This began a cycle of gift giving between the two great nations, and it included the gift of flowering dogwoods from the United States to the people of Japan in 1915. Japanese horticulturists received cuttings from the Washington, DC cherry trees to replace trees that had been lost in a flood in 1981.

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Since Helen Taft all recent first ladies have served as honorary chair of the festival and many have been directly involved in the Cherry Blossom Festival and its activities. In 1965 Lady Bird Johnson known for her beautification work in the district accepted 3,800 Yoshino trees from the Japanese government and reenacted the original planting. Currenly there are approximately 3,750 cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC with most species are Yoshino Cherry. Other species include Kwanzan Cherry, Akebono Cherry, Takesimensis Cherry, Usuzumi Cherry, Weeping Japanese Cherry, Sargent Cherry, Autumn Flowering Cherry, Fugenzo Cherry, Afterglow Cherry, Shirofugen Cherry and Okame Cherry.

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Every year the date of the cherry blossoms peak blooming season changes, the average peak bloom date when 70% of the flowers of the cherry blossom trees are open is April 4 and this year the peak bloom range is predicted between April 11-14. The entire blooming period can last up to 4 days which include the days leading up to the peak. The most popular place to visit the cherry bloom trees during the National Cherry Blossom Festival is at the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  The majority of blossoms are located near the Tidal Basin and along the shoreline of East Potomac Park, extending all the way to Hains Point. Meanwhile, small clusters of trees can be found along the National Mall, just northwest of the Lincoln Memorial and around the Washington Monument.

As can be expected more people visit the cherry blossoms on weekend and when the blooms are peaking and the least busy time to visit the cherry blossoms is in the early morning or early evening but whatever time and day you visit, it is a time well spent.

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Duchesse de Montebello Rose was bred by Jean Laffay in France in 1824 and is a Hybrid China, a rather rare pale pink Gallica and is a very fine rose. It is of hybrid origin with some suggesting that is a China-Gallica hybrid while others believe it is of a Gallica-Noisette hybrid. This rose is very exquisite looking that one would think it has emerged straight out from a Botticelli painting. This rose is blush pink in color, very old-worldly, quartered and flat. The stems are long and slightly lax making them adorable roses for bouquets. The Duchesse de Montebello has strong fragrance with medium, full (26-40 petals) bloom form. Gallica roses are compact, prickly shrubs with dull green foliage and generally fragrant, single to double flowers in small clusters in mid-summer.

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David Austin has used this rose in his breeding program and it is capable of producing some repeat blooming progeny. This rose was named after the wife of Marechal Lannes, one of Napoleon’s soldiers who was honored with the title of Duc de Montebello. This rose is one of the sweetest of the soft pink Gallicas and has earned its place in the history of its clan. The Swedish Rose Society recommends Duchesse de Montebello for northern Sweden and is considered to be one of the finest Old Roses ever created.

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Lewisia Cotyledon

March 25, 2015

Lewisia cotyledon is a species of flowering plant known by the common names Siskiyou Lewisia and Cliff Maids. It is an evergreen perennial of magnificent beauty and well-balanced proportions. It is native to southern Oregon and northern California where it grows in rocky sub-alpine mountain habitat. Its foliage can reach up to a foot high and 10 inches wide, can grow well in rock gardens but would need excellent drainage.

This species of flowering plant is one of the most treasured rock garden plants. They form low, fleshy rosettes of tough spoon-shaped evergreen leaves bearing large star-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. The Sunset strain features clusters blooms in sunset shades of yellow, peach, salmon, orange and pink. The true species has candy-striped pink flowers and the hybrids bloom in shades from white to magenta.

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Lewisia plants are deeply tap-rooted so they do not require a lot of water. They can also benefit from some dryness so you can plant them in a clay pot with some gravel added or stick them in the cracks of a rock wall or enjoy them in a well-drained rock garden. They will typically begin blooming in Many and continue to put on a display of flower clusters clear in to early Fall. It is drought tolerant once established and quite possibly hardy in Zone 3 or colder. It is the winner of a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit and was originally developed by Jake Drake of Scotland.

Lewisia cotyledon ‘Sunset Strain’

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Jadeite has a rich history and has been manufactured by several companies in the United States, each company having their own style, opacity and shade of green and is known by several names one of which is Jadeite also known as Fire King. Jadeite is a glass tableware made of Jade green opaque milk glass. There is another variety in blue called Azure-ite and both glass tableware (in green and blue) were produced by Anchor Hocking.

Anchor Hocking is said to be the most well known manufacturer of jadeite with its Fire King line displayed various designs such as “alice”, “restaurant ware” and “charm”. Anchor Hocking was founded by Isaac J. Collins, in 1905, near Lancaster, Ohio started manufacturing Fire King Jadeite in the 1940’s producing the most output between 1945 and 1975. Jadeite is very durable, functional and fun looking making it the most popular product Anchor Hocking has ever produced.

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Fire-King Jadeite debuted in 1942 is the company’s wildly successful line of ovenproof glass and was made of 30 years. One of Fire King’s designs called Alice features a delicately embossed floral pattern. It came out early in the 1940s and is the oldest Fire King style. Only cups, saucers and dinner plates were made with the cups and saucers made much more plentiful than the plates. They were given away with Quaker Oats crystal Wedding Oats while the plates were a move goer’s premium. Charm is a square Fire King pattern produced from 1950 to 1954 and is the hardest Jadeite style to find.

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Restaurant Ware was produced from 1950 to 1956 and is the most well-known and collected pattern. This pattern was once used in diners all over the country, it was sold in five and dimes and was produced in a wide variety of tableware objects including mugs and bowls, different sized cups and partitioned plates.

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Today jadeite green is a popular term for the soft green color when describing other kitchenware such as Tupperware. In 2000 Fire King introduced a new line but quickly stopped as it didn’t meet the standards of the older glass. Fire King didn’t mark all of their pieces, they produced pieces for brand name companies as giveaways for department stores. Fire King Jadeite can be found in antique shops and in auctions sites like eBay.

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The Kaffir Lily (also called Clivia Lily or Bush Lily) is a fantastic container plant for shady balcony gardens. This flowering plant is native to damp woodland habitats in South Africa as well as in Swaziland.  It is also reportedly naturalized in Mexico. The flowers are generally a delicate pink or orange red in hue, and seem to be completely at ease with whatever autumn weather is thrown at them. The flowering clusters look so fragile as to be non-hardy, but hardy they are, and should find a place in any border or garden bed. The kaffir lily is an undemanding and easy-to-grow bulb. While it is generally a slow grower, the plant will eventually become quite large, reaching around 2 feet tall. They grow wll in indoor gardens and should be kept in 12-inch or larger pots and be a few years old before they are expected to bloom. While the plant is not blooming, its fascinating thick, dark green leaves still make for an attractive display in the balcony container garden.

Plant Kaffir Lilies in masses beneath trees or on the shaded side of your home as these plants prefers areas of shade and will thrive in even the darkest corners of the garden. They are suitable for growing as houseplants in colder and frost free areas. They can also be grown outside and when they are they should be placed in a shade.

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Kaffir Lily is the one most commonly found in cultivation in many gardens  in the United States. In late winter or spring, tall stalks shoot up from the leaves and bear crowded beautiful clusters of brightly colored blossoms, after reaching 3-5 years of age. These evergreen plants typically have a large head (umbel) of between 12 and 20 trumpet shaped flowers on top of a thick stem.

Expect Kaffir Lilies to bloom in early spring although some growers can get them to produce flowers at other times. Planting Kaffir Lilies require patience for this is a slow growing plant where the first bloom would take approximately 2 -3 years. The flowers last for a couple of days and then they should be removed (when they are deteriorating) to allow new growth and others to bloom. When they are in bloom, do avoid moving the plant.  The plant contains a substance called Lycorine which is poisonous, please keep them away from cats and pets that like to nibble plant leaves.

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French Lace Rose

March 15, 2015

The French Lace Rose also sold in plant nurseries as Jaclace rose has delicate ivory buds with a slight apricot tint open into very full, classic  fully cupped white blossoms. French Lace is a popular variety of Rose, which belongs to the Rosa genus (Rosa ‘French Lace’) and is classified as an upright floribunda rose with well-branched growth producing high-centered, fully double, fragrant white flowers with mid-green leaves. The tall, upright growth habit makes for a statuesque appearance in the landscape.

The flowers have up to 30 petals with a mild, fruity fragrance. It has good disease resistance, ivory flowers with a pale creamy apricot pink center, very elegant looking. This variety is a flower that typically grows as an perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. French Lace is known for its shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 6.50 feet.

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This rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture works beautifully into the landscape, and can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This rose requires regular care and upkeep and is ideally pruned in late winter once extreme cold has passed. Gardeners plant this rose to attract bees to the garden. It is recommended for general garden use, mass planting and for hedges / screening.

Take note that this rose should only be grown in full sunlight and does best in average to evenly moist conditions. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and can be planted in city environments.

 

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Mason’s Vista Ironstone China was made by the English pottery of Charles J. Mason after 1813. Mason was given a patent for this improved earthenware, it is usually called Mason’s Patent Ironstone China. Some experts believed it was named ironstone because of the slag it came from but others think it came from the fact that the ware was as hard as iron. Mason’s Patent Ironstone China resisted chipping and breaking so it became very popular for dinnerware and other table service dishes.

Of the patterns Mason has produced, Vista the most popular amongst serious collectors and novices alike. It is easily recognizable by its castle and park like scenes with oak leaf borders. The Vista pattern started production in 1890 until 2000 and is attributable to Francis Morley who purchased from Charles Mason his business and factories in 1848. Mason Vista is available in several different colors, the most popular being the pink / red vista followed by the blue vista. The pattern was also made in green and black but they are less common. Dishes manufactured before 1921 had the back stamp “England”, those made after shows the back stamp “Made in England”.

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The ironstone was decorated with orange, blue, gold, and other colors, often in Japanese inspired designs. Over the years Mason’s experienced financial problems and the company was acquired by many buyers including Francis Morley, Taylor Ashworth, George Ashworth and John Shaw and these owners continued to use the name Mason in the products. When Mason joined the Wedgwood group in 1973, the name is still found on dinnerware.

The Vista pattern was largely made for export to the United States beginning in 1890 with brown coming first and then followed by blue. The pink / red color is most sought after, the most common and the most produced color. The green color had a short lived production dating to about 1900, purple and multi-colored ones were also produced dating approximately between 1918 and 1944 however these colors are very hard to find these days.

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