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Many of us look at a garden as one thing – when in fact each individual plant within the garden has its own personality. For instance, I have a passion vine that reminds me of a rebellious teenager;) no matter how I try to train it it has a mind of its own and does the complete opposite (LOL-many of us can relate).
Here is the challenge – take a stroll through your garden. Whether it is with your coffee in the morning or your wine in the evening, get to know the individuals in your garden – you’ll be surprised at what you will learn about them;)
Feel free to introduce us to the individuals in your garden in the comments.
The perfect summer treat when it’s hot outside? Ice cream! In honor of #CreativeIceCreamFlavorsDay, we have a challenge for you 🍦 If your son or daughter could invent a new flavor of ice cream, what would it be and why?
The temperatures in the Houston area are steadily rising – Summer is in full swing!
The best time to water our lawns is in the early morning hours, between 5am-9am. This is best because the risk of evaporation (mid day and afternoon watering risk) and of fungal infection (night time watering risk) is lowest. Watering early in the morning gives the water a chance to reach the roots and perform its magic:)
As for how often – this is a tricky question. The amount of watering depends on the health of your soil. Clay and sandy soils need watering a little more often because they dry out faster. A basic rule of thumb for established lawns – when temps are at or above 85-90 degrees, water every 2-3 days about 1.5 inches. NOTE: don’t forget about your trees and shrubs whose roots run deeper – do a deep watering (with a hose) directly to the roots of large trees once a month or so during the summer.
That being said, I have started researching some of the plant & pest identifying apps out there. Have you seen or heard of these?
Most of them free, these apps are designed to identify plants or pests from a photo that you take – such cool concept! Just imagine being at a friend’s house – a plant gets your attention and no one knows what it is, just that it is beautiful. At that point you could take a picture of it and instantly find out what it is – cool! Right?!
We would love to hear from all of you! If you have tried these apps out leave your reviews in the comment section for us all to learn from.
A few Apps we are aware of (this is not an exclusive list and we are not endorsing any App.) – Garden answers Plant Identification, Garden Flower Identification, Flower Checker (.99), Garden Compass, Leafsnap, Plant ID (4.99)
So far I am noticing that flowers are easier to identify than foliage…
What are your thoughts?
Did you know that your Angel Trumpet is a pig;)? Fertilize this beauty every 3-4 weeks with general use fertilizer (they love tomato fertilizer:) for optimum blooms.
The passion vine is a show stopper! This vine dies back in the winter- so it is an easy-to-control vine for the yard. With only a spring and summer fertilizing schedule, it is simple to care for.
We can incorporate these and more into a show-stopping landscape – give us a call us.