Teddy Bear Magnolias fresh in today 🍂 🍃 with beautiful white flowers all year round these are a great evergreen small tree.
Great for pots or as a garden specimen we have varying sizes starting at 250mm for $149.00! 🌳
@Regranned from @rapidled - It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away not one, not two but THREE of our new 75W CXB3590 fixtures! To enter simply do the following:
1) Follow us on Instagram
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We’ll choose winners randomly next Thursday, 1/18 at ~9am PST. Winners within the US will get their unit shipped for free, international winners must cover their own shipping/VAT/duties/etc per your customs. Only one winner per household. Link to light is in our bio. Good luck to all! #rapidled#growlight#horticulture#cxb3590#giveaway - #regrann@jgctrees#GrowWithRapid
Today I worked with my son's 3rd grade class to sew milkweed seeds! They will be breaking ground for a Pollinator garden in Spring, so the milk jug method of sowing was perfect for them. .
First we talked about what makes milkweed special and why we were planting it. I am never amazed at how much kids know--they are so intelligent! Kids love the hands on activities so much, it is really easy to keep a room of 22 engaged and enthusiastic. .
Once we answered questions and went over our steps to sow, we had one group count an estimate of how many Common milkweed seeds we had (I really underestimated this one.) Then the kids came up to our station in groups to help us fill each container (which we prepped with drainage and a cut halfway) about halfway with soil. Then we took turns sprinkling our seeds out, grouping by species (we had Swampy milkweed too!) .
Milkweed is a surface sown seed, so we didn't need to cover with dirt. (It just lays on the surface! How easy!) Next, we used a spray bottle to wet the seeds and soil really well. The spray bottle is super important! It ensured that our seeds didn't get pushed down into the soil. After this, we duct taped the containers closed and got them ready to go sit in a safe place outside where they would receive plenty of sun. .
With 6 containers, we decided to keep 3 open and 3 with a closed lid to compare results. We labeled our species and seed estimates prior to sowing. .
I can't wait to work with @proudnjteacher 's class and compare our results! 🌱
There are only a few spots left for next month’s Succs & Suds event. B&P workshops tend to be an overload of info so I’m putting together some guides covering care tips, a brief overview of the different species, and probably a lil somethin’ about soil biology because WE GO HARD FOR HORTICULTURE. Grab a ticket from the @jackrabbitbrewingcompany event page on Facebook! Thanks to everyone who already signed up. In addition to delicious beer, expect some heart shaped chocolates in celebration of galentine’s day. 💕💕💕💕💕
Dream big, work hard & make it happen. Don't stop until you're proud 😘 What was the last thing you were proud of?
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The HEMSMAK series was a limited run of jars designed by @reykjavikletterpress for IKEA in 2015, to "celebrate the world of pickling and preserving". I used them to celebrate plants.
Mouth blown jars are rarer and costlier in KL. They do not have joint lines unlike machine manufactured jars and are thinner, around 3mm, allowing contents to be seen with less distortion. They are the ideal terrarium vessel.
I only have 3 of these jars left in my collection. I wonder how many who bought the terrariums I sold in 2015 still have them. Needless to say they're very precious.
The MLSA New Member Welcome Pack is brimming with special offers and merchandise from our wonderful sponsors. Here is just a small selection of what’s included. 👉🏼 A reminder to all those who have received your Welcome Pack within the last few months to use your vouchers before they expire! 👈🏼 And, for those of you who haven’t signed up as yet - click on the link in our bio to apply 😎 #chooseamasterlandscaper
Behold the 2018 Color of the Year - Ultra Violet! 💟 Ever wondered how this annual color gets proclaimed? Join us for an exclusive #SlowFlowersPodcast interview with Leatrice Eiseman, the woman behind the Pantone Color of the Year! Link in bio for FULL interview fun! 🔮 #SlowFlowers
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Green Dreams ⌓⌇◡◦
We have layer upon layer of curious greenery for you to explore in our little greenhouse store. Been looking for Tassel Ferns? We’ve got ‘em. Pilea Peperomioides? Heck yeah, that too - and so much more. We’re collectors of the strange and wonderful, connecting growers of the magnificent plants we adore with the people who love them (you lot!) 🌿✨⌇◯⌢◦
Improving upon the sun: LED lights fuel plant growth in space
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) used in medical devices and for growing plants, like potatoes seen here, are used by NASA to grow plants in space. The U.S. space agency plans to grow food on future spacecraft and on other planets as a food supplement for astronauts. #Horticulture#LEDs#Moon#Potatoes
🍃🐝🌸 Thought I'd take you on a stroll through the front yard this morning🍂🐦🌞
Last night, I had this vision of us building and opening somw sort of botanical garden - event/class center - nursery - retreat space. Maybe one day... 🙄
Now to get out there, harvest the rest of the radishes left in one of the big beds, prep it with compost for re-seeding (more radishes, and maybe some bunching onions we have started), and keep chipping away at removing the dead crabgrass in the back. I hope you all have a fabulous Saturday! 💚 #frontyardgarden
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There are a number of Ficus elastica varieties grown successfully indoors which includes, "the most common one" F.elastica decora (has shiny leather type leaves which grow to a 30cm / 1 ft long), F.elastica robusta (has larger leaves than decora), F.elastica black prince or burgundy (has near black reddish leaves) and a selection of variegated types.
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🌱 Homegrown turmeric powder 🌞
If you're curious to see our process of turning fresh turmeric into powder, flip through these videos 🎥 I go over how we chose certain rhizomes to use for replanting vs. drying or freezing, and each step of dehydrating. It's a very simple process, though there are many variations out there - some folks sun-dry, some peel the roots, some boil first...
In summary, here's what we did:
• Despite the overwhelmingly common instruction to "boil rhizomes for 45 minutes before drying", we skipped this step. We did last year and it worked just fine, but I'm not stoked on the idea of boiling the crap out of something that is so wonderfully nutritious raw, thus killing, leaching, or otherwise losing a lot of it's beneficial properties. It's said to help soften the rhizomes and possibly reduce a little bitterness, but since we're using freshly harvested rhizomes that are tender and not bitter, I felt this step unnecessary. If you're attempting to make powder with older, dry rhizomes, this may be useful?
• Wash chosen rhizomes, cut into thin slices (without peeling!), fill up a food dehydrator with slices, and dry 'em.
• I started at 125°F but soon realized they were drying fairly quick, so in an effort to avoid high temps (deactivation of precious enzymes) I turned it down to 100 for the remainder. Dry until they're crunchy, snapping easily in half without any "bend" (about 10 hours). If they still have any flexibility it means too much moisture is still present.
• Once dry, the chips go into the Vitamix to turn into powder. You don't need a Vitamix, but a decent food processor or blender is helpful.
• After blending, carefully dump contents from blender/processor into a fine mesh strainer, placed over another bowl to catch the powder, and sift out any chunks that didn't get completely ground. Set aside and re-process in the blender again. Repeat until you feel you've gotten all you can get out of it.
• The result is a healthy, delicious seasoning. Ours tastes wonderful (earthy, but not bitter!) so I'm pleased to report that the experiment of not boiling was a success! One less step + more nutritional value = win win! ✊ #deannasturmeric
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Victoria amazonica, the national flower of Guyana. Endemic to the lakes and backwaters of the Amazon River and prized for its huge leaves, up to 240 cm across.
The flowers are white the first night they are open and become pink the second night. They are up to 40 cm in diameter, and are pollinated by beetles.
Victoria cruziana is a popular water garden plant in botanical gardens where its very large leaves can reach their fullest, up to 2 m wide with a thick rim up to 20 cm high. It can be grown in cooler waters than its sister within the genus, the more familiar giant waterlily, Victoria amazonica.
Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’ Nutt is a hybrid developed by Patrick Nutt of Longwood Gardens fame by crossing the two species plants (V. cruziana x V. amazonica) It is an intermediate between the species parents, tending toward cruziana characteristics. Pads are green/bronze with intermediate rims, dark red on the exterior. Buds are somewhat rounded with some thorns on the medium pink sepals. Flowers are creamy white the first night with slightly rounded petals and medium pink the second night. It is a much hardier plant than either of it’s parents. It can withstand higher winds, lower air and water temperatures and it begins flowering 3 to 11 days earlier than the parents.
Probably there is no clear answer, who is the true queen of the waterlilies.
💚 Like a proud new mother, I am completely smitten. Our first head of Romanesco! For anyone unfamiliar with this trippy little beauty, it is a brassica (related to broccoli and cauliflower) and tastes similar to cauli, but a bit more nutty, earthy, and crunchy. 🌿
In other news, I spent some time going through old posts and archived many under a new tag: #deannasgardentips. I tagged anything that had some good "meat" to it (hold the meat, please!😋) that you may find helpful or interesting, for example: FAQ on our raised garden bed materials, amendments and compost, hand pollination, companion planting, favorite veggie varieties to grow, seed starting or harvest tips, organic pest control, and so on... along with some posts where I queried you all for your opinion or expertise on something, so those comment sections are loaded with good info. We certainly don't claim to have it all figured out over here! I just thought this may be useful or fun for anyone who wanted to get a feel for some of the practices we use in our garden, or tips we've learned over the years, without having to go through ALL my posts in search of relevant info. And as much as I truly do love helping people and answering questions, I'll admit this was in part a selfish move - this makes it much easier for me to go back and find the more informative posts when I need them for reference, or for when I want to point someone else to them.
I hope this is helpful! Happy Gardening! 🤘🥕🍏🍅🍆🥑🍋
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Elephant ear taro is a massive aroid with a spectacular cluster of upwardly pointing, arrow-shaped leaf blades. The swollen underground stems are used for food and animal fodder, and the roots and leaves are used medicinally in some countries. For example, in Hawaii, it has been used to treat digestive complaints, as a topical dressing for burns, and as a love charm. In the Philippines, the leaf stalks have been used to relieve toothache and on Java the roots and leaves have been used to relieve pain and redness. The rhizomes contain an anti-fungal protein called alocasin.
According to Kew Species Profiles.