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Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor

There are several types of exotic flowers to best suit any occasion. And of course, depending on your personal taste, you will want to choose the best exotic flowers you can obtain to be the perfect flowers, the most adequate for the purpose they will be serving. For example: at someone’s funeral, you may want to choose bouquet of flowers that the deceased would have loved. Here are some other examples (after all, these flowers are for happy occasions as well as the more tragic ones.

Musas:

The Chinese Musa flower is a stunning example of the kinds of exotic flowers that are perfect for gardens or bouquets.

Calatheas:

The exotic flower called the Genus Calathea is in the Marantaceae family of plowers, however it differs from other genera. The Marantaceae family of exotic flowers, in which Maranta and Ctenanthe are included, are unbranched inflorescences cone-like clusters.

The calathea comes from tropical South America, Calathea, it has about three hundred different species. These flowers love the shade and humidity, they are virtually all grown in much of the world only indoors. These flowers require full shade from the sun. However, if they must, they can handle a small amount of morning sun. These exotic flowers need their soil to be moist but well-drained soil, the use of a fertilizer is recommended.

When, on the rare occasion that these exotic flowers are grown outside–you must be sure that they are healthy, they must be free from all pests and diseases. Some of calathea will die midwinter, but will return again midsummer.

Cymbidiums:

Cymbidiums contain approximately forty-four species they are found in the tropics of the old world. The elegant, large flowered types of cymbidiums come from the higher regions of the Himalayas, and they must be kept in cool conditions in order to bloom well.

Dendrobiums:

Dendrobiums actually have about one thousand different species in their enormous family, they have countess hybrids as well. However, there are many varied growing conditions for this type of exotic flower. It is recommended that one establish from where in the world, and at what altitude their plant is accustom to, in order to determine how to best take care of the plant.

Miltonias:

Miltonias are referred to as the Pansy Orchid sometimes. There are approximately ten different kinds of species, and miltonias are found primarily in Brazil, therefore they are warm-weather flowers, and there are many hybrids with wonderful fragrance, because the militona is such a fragrant flower to begin with. These flowers will add a wonderful sensory ambiance to their surroundings, because in addition to their scent they are extremely pleasing to the eye.

Odontoglossums:

Odontoglossums also have a wide range of species, approximately 0ne hundred and seventy-five. These exotic flowers originated in the mountains of South America, as well as in higher altitudes and are used to wet clouded forests. Thus these wonderful flowers must be tended to under cool conditions, many hybrids exist as well, so there are many types to choose from.

Oncidiums:

These are among the most popular exotic flowers and there are approximately six hundred different species in existence. They come from the tropics of the Americas, and few of them even grow in high altitudes, these also must be supervised under cooler conditions. Fortunately, the hybrids are more tolerant than the species, you will find that this is true for most plants.

Paphiopedilums:

Paphiopedilums, the root word being Paphinia–who was the greek Goddess that the Romans later named Venus. Around sixty species exist, coming from Asia India and New Guinea. There are species with mottled leaved which need to be kept in warm conditions. And the paphiopedilums that are plain leaved and single flowered require intermediate/cool conditions, and plain leaved multiflowered species have to have warm environments to survive.

Phalaenopsis:

Phalaenopsis, or the exotic flower that is often called the Moth Orchid comes from Java and the South Seas, the Philippines and Queensland Australia. Therefore, they are definitely warm weather growers, and they do prefer to be in the shade. Phalaenopsis would make the perfect houseplant, they are very free flowering and also make great gifts.

Vandas:

Vandas have approximately fifty species. Several hybrids have been derived from the tropics, Asia, and the orient–as far down as Australia. These hybrids require a warm environment that includes plenty of bright light. Many people hang them in their homes or gardens from wooden baskets.

Water Gardening:

Water Lilies and Lotuses are a beautiful touch to your pond, or waterfall etc. Major cultivars of water lilies and lotuses–almost all of which are hybridizers–explore the best landscapes in which to grow these exotic flowers.

Nymphaea and Nelumbo:

The genera Nymphaea and Nelumbo are beautiful species of exotic flowers, other genera in the waterlily family include Nuphar, Victoria, Euryale, Barclaya

Draecena:

Draecena (otherwise known as the dragon’s tree) is an exotic flower that neither requires regular watering, nor does it need much light at all. It’s a symbol of power and prosperity. These flowers may live up to one thousand years. A perfect gift for yourself or a friend or family member who does not have that much time for gardening, but would love to have a beautiful garden, however small, and something elegant and exotic to pass on for generations to come.

Home and Garden Book Review

Many people want a beautiful garden, but it can take a lot of time to have such perfection. But what if I told you that you could have an almost perfect garden without the high cost, intensive effort or without spending all your time creating it and keeping it that way; if I showed you the secret would this please you?

Now then what if I told you that I learned most all of my “Secret” gardening tricks from a book? Would you believe it? What if I told you the name of the book, so you too could be one with a beautiful garden in 20% of the time, or less? Would you buy it? I did, and the book is simply called;

“Instant Gardens – Practical Projects for the Impatient Gardener” by Peter McHoy; Lorenz Books, Anness Publishing, London; 1999. ISBN: 1-85967-959-5.

The best part of this book is that it is fully illustrated with step by step instructions. Everything you’ll need for each project is listed, as well as substitutions if you cannot get the supplies, want to save a little extra money or modify the project as you go. The book goes into drawings, use of space and renderings, before you start you’ll need a plan; the plan is to have a low-cost beautiful yard and garden, that is easy to make and easy to maintain.

Build lattices, ponds, brick walkways, retaining walls, water features, fences and grass that looks like a golf course green. Understand the eco-system you are building, the birds and critters you’ll attract and how to make it all look like the garden of Eden.

Ensuring the Home and Garden Are Protected

It’s probably fair to say that, for most people at least, home is where the heart is. And it’s through no coincidence that most people’s heart will be exactly where they invest so much of their time, money and energy.

Indeed, a house is a physical embodiment of all the blood, sweat and tears that has gone in to it over the years, and it’s not difficult to understand why people grow so attached to it. And this is also why so many people choose to protect their home against the unexpected, because, after all, ‘you just never know’.

Indeed, little persuasion is needed as to the wisdom of insuring against life’s little mishaps. Those who choose not to have home or contents insurance, risk losing everything they’ve worked for. And as for those who do choose to have home and contents insurance, well, they too still risk losing at least something if they’re not savvy when it comes to their home insurance policies.

It may surprise some to learn that all the contents within their property aren’t automatically covered by their contents insurance policy. Furthermore, it’s probably the most ‘at risk’ area of a property that is most likely to be overlooked. And that place, is in the garden.

Known as ‘contents in the open’, many policies don’t actually cover items outside the four walls of the house, and this is probably the most easily accessible place for any would-be thief. People are spending an increasingly large amount of money on their garden, due in part, perhaps, to the growing popularity of garden-makeover programmes on television. Subsequently, it’s estimated that up to £400million worth of thefts take place in gardens each year, with many people unable to claim against their home or contents insurance.

As with anything, it pays to read the small-print contained within any contents insurance or buildings insurance policy. And when establishing which parts, if any, of the garden are covered, ensure that protection is offered for walls, gates, shrubbery, patios or even the garden gnome. Furthermore, it’s worth ensuring that all the potential scenarios that are covered within the confines of the house, such as fire, water and even accidental damage, are also covered in the garden area. After all, if it can happen inside the house, it can happen outside the house too.

Most people are well aware of the latent hazards that exist in any functional house, which is why it makes so much sense to insure against those potential pitfalls. This wisdom should extend beyond the four walls too, but many people simply aren’t aware that their garden might not be covered by standard policies. So, check the small print and take action now. Because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

Use it to Decorate Your Home and Garden

Flags can be used for many different reasons; parties, decoration, welcome signs, etc. Many people like to use Garden flags to decorate the outside of their homes and to make their gardens stand out. They can be placed in the ground, or you can hang them on the side of your home. To hang them on your home, plastic sleeves are mounted on the wall and then you would just simply slide the flag in place. You can find Garden flags in different designs and color pictures; usually bright enough to stand out.

You can place flags inside your home as well if you desire too. A lot of people like to use them as wall decorations when they are inside of the house. Some flags you will see located at or near a mailbox, lawns, porches, patios, and on decks. When a certain sport is on people like to take out their flags and place them in the same places mentioned above to show their team spirit. National flags for states and countries can be found in parking lots or schools, banks, and other business buildings. All flags are colorful and there are so many varieties of colors and sizes that available. There are the small garden flags are usually stuck in person’s garden in their yard, but they can be used to stick on windows of your vehicle or your windows in your home. The ones that can be stuck on windows will usually have suction cups on the ends of them so that they will stick well.

Sometimes a garden flag will be used for announcements for a special occasion or other public events such as weddings, town picnics, new baby announcements, etc. No matter what the whether is like or what time of the year it is, you can have your flags up in your yard. They are made of sturdy materials to keep them in great shape, and for water resistance. Something that you should consider doing before putting a garden flag in whatever location you desire, is to measure that area to determine what size of a flag you should be getting. You also want to make sure that you are not placing a flag somewhere that it might burn such as over a fire place or near a barbecue pit.

The most beautiful design that a garden flag can have is a sick screening design. This process involves a heat sublimation of whatever design the artist draws. The inks of the design are then permeated onto the fabric causing the picture on the flag to have a very beautiful and natural design to it. With this sort of design, the picture is only visible on only one side of the flag, but if you want a picture to be visible on both sides of the flag then you will want an appliquéd design. This design requires stitching that will make the picture visible on both sides of the garden flag. It is up to you want design you choose, and there are plenty to choose from.

Home and Garden the Right Way

We all want to make our house our home, so after the walls are done, and the furniture bought and placed, it’s time to decorate. The most important way in making your home your castle and have that welcoming feeling is the decor and accents. This also means your garden and yard, because we spend a lot of our time outdoors when the weather is nice. We like to entertain indoors and outdoors so just the right decor and accents bring out the complete feeling of home. A warm, welcoming, place where we feel safe, and enjoy being in and having our family and friends around us.

There are all kinds of home decor and accents to consider. Candles, Candle Holders,Vases, Mirrors, Pictures, Clocks, Figurines, Pillows, Statues, Ornaments, Indoors and Outdoors Fountains, Birdfeeders, Chimes, Birdhouses,Planters, Birdbaths, just to name a few. Use your own personality and themes. You can stick to one theme or you can pick several themes. This is entirely up to you. And the kids always have fun thinking of their own theme for their rooms.

Decorating can be so much fun, and isn’t hard to do. Some of the things you might consider and might be helpful are if you have a room in your house that always seems a little dark, a great way to brighten it up is to add a mirror. Place the mirror on the darkest wall opposite a window, and then try to find a low hung light. This will allow the light to reflect off the mirror and reflect around the room. Also, remember a picture should be the feature of the wall, but never over power the room. It’s a good idea to use a nice dark colored frame to highlight the image. Also, when considering vases, remember, nothing adds more accents to a room than beautifully colored vases. Try to find a vase that suits the character of the room. It should be in a contrasting color to the rest of the room.

Another important accent to consider are the pillows. Use pillows to brighten up your couch, sofa or chair. Try to find a contrasting color to the sofa and chair, but make sure you accent them with other accessories within the room. And remember a few plants or flowers here and there can add another accent and fragrance to a room, but try not to go overboard.

A few featured plants in beautiful vases is all you need. Now since you have all your home decor and accents it is all about displaying them on the walls, on shelves, tables or the walls. Even to set up a nice decor or accent piece on your floor always will be a great way to display it.

Decorating the garden and yard can be just as much fun as the inside of your home. This is where you spend lots of your time also, so you want to make it a peaceful and inviting as much as possible to watch the wildlife and nature around you. This is where you can just let go and really let your imagination take over. Just remember your wildlife friends when placing fountains, and birdhouses and birdfeeders. Don’t be afraid to put garden accents on your fences, and buildings around your garden and yard. Put statues out, and hang several wind chimes around that cling in the gentle breeze. Running water from a fountain is so soothing and releases the stress and your birds will love it too.

So, now its up to you how you want to make your house your home. Be proud of what you decide, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Decorating with accents and decor is really what makes a home and the love within ourselves. Be proud of what you decide, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Decorating your home with accents and decor is really what makes a home and the love within ourselves.

Home and Garden Balcony Spaces

Now is the time to consider what would work for next year for those who are considering creating a garden room on that balcony or rooftop area of your home, apartment or condo. Your balcony backyard is becoming more and more popular and with a little attention, can become a focal point of your home and wonderful area for entertaining.

Because balconies are usually quite small, space is a major design consideration. The main design principle is to keep the design as simple as possible. The last thing you want is a cluttered, busy look.

One major consideration for those narrow or small areas is to use a square or rectangular container or garden planters that follow the angles and edges of balconies. They will also save space. Hanging baskets, espaliered, and climbing plants will bring the walls to life. The plants themselves can be grown in your containers, easily moved around with the seasons. A trellis attached to the wall is a great place to grow climbing plants and still leave enough room for a small table, bench or a couple of chairs.

Rooftop gardens and some balconies are often blasted by wind and sun, so select plants that are suitable for these conditions. Some suggestions may be Cacti, Kalanchoe, Ivy and many ornamental grasses for they are somewhat drought resistant. Others that may need a little more care are Roses, Citrus, Daisies, Geraniums of course, Bamboo and Conifers. Surprisingly the biggest killer of balcony plants is often overwatering. The urge is great to add water every time you check on the progress of your garden. Beware of being too kind!

Garden pots and planters filled with clipped shapes or standards create a truly elegant effect and may be used as dominant features for your rooftop garden. You can create an exquisite look in a small space by using several pots of clipped shrubs. Boxwood can be clipped into spheres, squares or any shape you desire. Keep in mind that it is less expensive to purchase large unclipped boxwood and then create your own design.

Containers filled with your shrubs make great portable hedges or screens. They are ideal for separating the space from the rest of the area in order to create a separate garden room.

Think carefully about the style and function of your balcony, or rooftop space. Do you want it formal or informal? With a formal look, you can create a modern minimalist style with a few containers filled with select garden plants. In either case, be sure to use heavy, wide pots and planters in windy areas to prevent the pots from being blown over.

If you have a large area, or one that is elongated, consider using repeat plantings to give a clean, uncluttered appearance. Several large containers or planters can be more eye-catching than a collection of small pots.

Use your imagination and just get started. From season to season you will learn what works best in your space and how to make the garden room part of your home.

Home And Garden Lighting

Previously, outdoor or the gardens were lit to facilitate people to see clearly when entering your home and to avert thieves. Today, landscape lighting is more for aesthetic purposes. Landscape lighting has turned into a work of art. The aim of landscape lighting is to exhibit a garden and a home in its complete splendor after dark. The lighting has its practical aspect and offers a well-lit area to deter thieves. The following are tips for landscape or garden lighting.

It is best to hire the services of a certified lighting consultant who is will give the best advice. Also, study your garden thoroughly before deciding what you would like to highlight using lighting. Make sure that the lighting professional has a copy of your design.

Include outdoor lighting when planning the garden landscape to make it easier to lay wires and pipes. Try and get more than one quote, so that you can compare the prices. Install a big transformer to meet your present and future lighting needs.

If you are thinking about doing the lighting in parts, lay all the electrical groundwork in the initial stages. Try and use soft light that is akin to moonlight. Don’t overdo it. The landscape should be seen, not the lights. Hide the lighting system source behind shrubs and plants.

Make sure the fixtures are not visible. Use water resistant fixtures. Most people tend to favor white light for garden lighting. However, you could try different color variations with the help of a professional. Use fluorescent lights, as are they are less expensive and a lot more effective than incandescent lights.

Tips For Your Home and Garden

The entry to a home or the doorway into rooms is where your first view is encountered. Doorways and entrances to anything should feel welcoming. They should be clear and the pathway should allow ease of movement.

The Chi, (or energy flow), should never be made stagnant at this point. Pictures and ornamental decorations in this area of your home should be pleasing and round leafed plants in pots attract prosperity into the home. Another tip to remember is that if you have doorways from front to back that are visible, the flowing of energy should be stopped from escape.

A Feng Shui cure for this problem, can be by placing a plant as suggested to the side of the entry: thus creating an environment to capture the Chi flow. The essence of creating good flow and attracting harmony, involves placement.

Feng Shui recognizes that small problems can have a major effect on your life, and that a well kept home will always have better chi than one where maintenance tasks have been allowed to pile up. The minor problems and inconveniences that plague a poorly maintained home can restrict your freedom of movement, cloud your ability to understand a situation, make it difficult to take advantage of opportunities, and waste your resources.

Think of Chi as an important guest you wish to welcome to your home, and make your formal entry – and the access to it from the street – as inviting as possible.

The principles of Feng Shui can be applied to your garden as well. By applying these principles to your garden you can attract positive energy, wealth and good fortune. Given below are a few tips and ideas on how to Feng Shui your garden.

The most important principles to remember in the garden are curves and proportion. Your house is the Yin energy and your garden is the Yang energy. The Yang aspect in Feng Shui is about light and space. Try to incorporate all the five elements of Feng Shui in your garden as much as possible.

– Use a pond, birdbath or fountain to represent the water element.
– Use a sundial or bronze statue in the garden for metal.
– Use trees and shrubs for wood.
– Use plants or flowers that are red and orange in color to represent fire.
– Use earth to represent the earth element.

Water features such as pools, ponds and fountains are beautiful and encourage beneficial chi. They also symbolize prosperity and create yin (feminine) energy.

You can create more Yang (masculine) energy by using garden lights to add light to the garden’s dark areas. Remember balance and harmony is the key to a Feng Shui Garden.

American Modern Art For Home and Garden

Weathervanes are like instant memories. With a weathervane the sound of changing wind will be an immediate reminder of our culture and heritage, with others the mere sight will invoke past experiences and pleasant memories. Art can change society if it wants to or even bring inspiration and insight. The most traditional of American modern arts in the home and garden, is the weather vane. From the oldest documented colonial weathervane of Deacon Shem Drowne in the 18th century with his most famous Grasshopper weathervane that sits upon Faneuil Hall in Boston to the present day, weathervane sculptures have shaped American modern art.

Weathervane and American Modern Art

When we think of American modern art, most people tend to think of paintings and sculptures that sit in galleries and art museums. Weathervane are some of the most traditional works of American sculpture art because they have told the direction of the wind on the tops of houses, fences and barns for hundreds of years and represented important elements in our history. They are made by hand and no two can be exactly the same. Each weather vane is in and of itself a work of human expression, crafted by the hands of an artesian who takes their work seriously and with great passion. Old North Church (1740, Boston), First Church in Cambridge (1721), Province House (1716, Boston), Goddess of Liberty, the Federal Eagle and many famous race horses have all been immortalized by the sculpture of weathervane and banners upon the highest tops.

Weathervane Give The Direction of The Wind and Feed Imagination.

The Compass Rose is held firmly on a weather vane and will always show the direction of north. The weather vane itself will always point in the direction from which the wind originates. The movement of wind and air is physically the disbursing of energy that has picked up speed and travels through the sky abiding the laws of the cosmos. Indicating in a subtle way, what the skies are about to do. Wind may normally tend to stand idle without a weather vane, but it is always doing something, even if it is absent. Metalworkers and historians alike have been enchanted by the fascinating beauty of weathervane and those delicate “cathartic” moments they captivate in our hearts. Curving and spinning like a dancer, the weather vane fuels our human imagination with its beauty and becomes our link to the sky.

Art In Home and Garden Inspires Peace and Contemplation

This deep and intricate realm of American modern art can be most appreciated in the delicate things. Home and Garden is a place where that kind of traditional hand made art restores the splendor of the subtle and peaceful. “Home is where the heart is.” And through the art of weathervane our expressions of self and family become most attuned to the sky, wind and land that we call home. The weather vane inspires peace and contemplation wherever it stands. Mythical creatures, farm animals, creatures of the sea, sailboats, airplanes, national prides; creative works of an artistic imagination that follow the moving patterns of the wind, a wind that only sleeps at the calm of the storm. And in those moments the weather vane asks a question, where is the wind?

Design Your Home and Garden With a Solar Water

Are you in the midst of designing or redesigning your home to be more environmentally friendly? If so and you’re trying to add in, either an indoor or outdoor peaceful water fountain, then you’ll want to go with a solar water fountain for you home/business. What is a solar fountain? It is as its name suggests – a solar water fountain that runs on the energy the sun produces instead of electricity or batteries, often seen in older water fountains.

You can find solar water fountains in many design varieties. One type includes the tabletop water fountain, which can be placed in your home or office. These fountain types come with a detachable solar panel that you place 15 feet away from the fountain. It allows the sunlight in and powers the solar water fountain even though it’s not nearby the window. The solar fountains will put humidity back into your air, which is vitally important during those long winter months when the air tends to dry out.

Types Of Solar Fountain Designs

Not every garden fountain manufacturer designs solar fountains. However, the companies that do produce these solar water fountains design all kinds of shapes so that a person can find the one that they would really like to accentuate their home and garden with.

Periodic Maintenance On Your Solar Fountain

For instance, you can purchase a tabletop design that can sit atop an end table, shelf or table. Water will circulate continuously so there is no need to hook it up to a water source. This keeps you from consuming a lot of water. However, you will need to check it often to ensure that the fountain is not near empty. Evaporation will tend to occur over time so check it at least once a week. If you don’t check it, the fountain’s motor could be damaged beyond repair.

Other Types Of Solar Fountain

There are many kinds of solar water fountain designs out on the market. Besides the tabletop solar fountain design, you can choose a wall-mounted fountain, which can be hung on your home/office walls. Why are fountains like these so nice? They are nice because they don’t use the space you may need for your shelves or tables. Instead, they are a wall ornament.

Wall ornament solar water fountains have backs to them that sit right flush to the wall. The bottom of the fountain is a water trough. As the water circulates through the fountain, it will fall to this area, only to get circulated back again and again. Many wall ornament fountains will be uniquely designed.

Some designs include flower and vines; some others have geometric shapes. Solar water fountains can be made from copper, stone and wood, among many, many more materials. Keep in mind that the floor units are often larger and must sit on the floor (or on level ground if it is an outdoor solar water fountain). If you have an indoor solar fountain, be sure to place it on a pedestal.