Conservatory is a Truly Ideal Plant Situation

Conservatory
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Conservatory

Not everyone given the choice between an old and new house will make the same decision. One person, without the slightest hesitation, will choose a modern house: after all, it is planned for efficiency is easier to keep clean and it probably has central heating. Another will prefer an old house. The room arrangement is less predictable, it usually has lots of interesting nooks and crannies, and room which, with imagination and relatively little effort, can be turned into something really personal and special.  Continue reading

Herb Garden Indoors for your Kitchen Decor

Herb Garden Indoors
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Herb Garden Indoors

When considering plants for the kitchen, the first things that spring to mind are herbs, and rightly so. No plant is more aromatic, and a supply of garden herbs within hands’ reach is not only decorative but extremely useful. Not that it is particularly easy to grow a complete herb garden indoors. Their natural habitat is, of course, out in the fresh air and a large number of herb varieties are perennials, thus winter-hardy and not accustomed to warmth. They prefer to grow in the open ground and enjoy fresh, moist air. Continue reading

Complete Indoor Greenhouse with Indoor Plants

Complete Indoor Greenhouse
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Complete Indoor Greenhouse

Plants bring a breath of life into every interior, and create a cheerful ‘lived-in’ atmosphere in the home with their natural beauty. When choosing your indoor plants, it wise to consider the conditions under which they will have to live. A sunny, south-facing windowsill for example, offers different possibilities than a dark hall or a frequently damp bathroom. No matter how attractive a plant may look in particular spot in the room, it will not flourish if it is not happy there. Continue reading

Monthly Calendar May for Caring your Houseplants

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Monthly Calendar May

Geraniums should not be watered too copiously; this encourages too much leaf growth which is detrimental to the plant’s bud formation. It is better to keep the Geranium indoors until the second half of May, as night frost my still occur at this time of the year. Azaleas that have been plunged in the ground outdoors should now be sprayed daily over the crown if the weather is dry. They also need feeding once a fortnight. The flowering Gloxinia (Sinningia) needs to be protected from direct sunlight and watered freely over the soil around the tuber. Continue reading

Monthly Calendar April for Caring your Houseplants

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Monthly Calendar April

The Azalea and Cyclamen, having spent some time in a cooler location after their flowering season, may now possibly be plunged out of doors in a cool, shady spot in the garden, if the early spring weather is favourable. The Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is now ready to be brought into growth. If you haven’t already done so, cut it back now, unless it is still flowering. April is also a good time to taking cuttings of the Bellflower (Campanula Isophylla). Continue reading