Flower Gardens

National Orchid Garden Free Admission 2019

National Orchid Garden Free Admission 2019

A more energy efficient cooling system to create an optimal environment for orchids to thrive will also be added.There will also be food and beverage pop ups from Common Man Coffee Roasters, House at Dempsey, Open Farm Community, Open Door Policy and Tiong Bahru Bakery, as well as activities for the whole family from yoga to flower wreath-making, and painting fruits and veggies.The festival also includes free entry to the Orchid Garden, the popular Plant Bazaar and performances by various music groups such as the T’ang Quartet at the iconic Bandstand and Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

How Do I Make A Rose Garden

How Do I Make A Rose Garden

While these long-lived shrubs have a reputation of being somewhat fussy, newer cultivars bred for disease-resistance and vigor have made growing roses easy for even novice gardeners.Even smaller spaces can accommodate roses in containers, raised beds, or narrow side yards.Make sure the site gets at least 6-8 hours of sun a day and has good air circulation to help prevent disease.Select varieties for traits including size, shape, flower color, and form, fragrance and repeat or continual bloom.Many newer varieties such as Oso Easy Roses are bred for disease-resistance, vigor, and long bloom time.Create a design with formal rooms or mixed borders that are grand in scale so it doesn’t get lost in the surrounding landscape.Keep scale in mind when adding hardscape, seating and structures such as arbors and pergolas, which are typically included in rose gardens.Choose roses with lighter colored flowers in hues of white or yellow to make the space look larger and brighter.Leave plenty of room around rose plants so they don’t crowd sidewalks or other trafficked areas.For foundation plantings, allow enough distance between shrubs and the home’s facade to provide adequate air circulation.Include seating areas in different parts of the yard, which will encourage you to spend more time enjoying your rose garden.Place a bench, water feature, or statuary at the far end of the rose garden to draw the eye through the landscape and encourage visitors to wander and linger.Train other vining plants such as clematis to grow up through shrub or climbing roses to create exciting flower combinations.Many roses can be successfully grown in containers, a good solution for small spaces, apartment balconies, patios, and decks.A row of shorter groundcover roses can be planted along a foundation, in a curbside strip, or used to define garden areas.Create a grand entrance to your home with an inviting entryway complete with a rose arbor and adjacent plantings to soften the landscape.Place climbers along a tall wooden fence to soften the backdrop and break up the expanse of wood.Combine landscape roses with other shrubs that bloom at different times along the front of your home for a season-long display of color.Use low-growing ground cover roses near the front of a mixed border or taller semi-climbers in back to establish height and layers.Choose plants that have the same cultural requirements of full sun, ample water and rich soil.Hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, climbers, and miniatures all require regular maintenance and pruning, as well as winter protection in cold climates.Species, shrub, old garden, and landscape roses require only minimal maintenance: cleaning up in winter and deadheading as needed when in bloom.A gold-colored rose such as Oso Easy Lemon Zest® would pair well with Rapido Blue Carpathian bellflower or ‘Violet Profusion’ salvia.These can include snowbell (Styrax japonicus), fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), dogwood (Cornus) and crabapple (Malus).Good rose companions include perennial geraniums, dead nettle, bugleweed, and lady’s mantle.Good rose companions include alliums, lavender, catmint, salvia, phlox, and speedwell.These may include clematis, climbing bleeding heart (Dicentra scandens), morning glory and jasmine.A formal rose garden is characterized by distinct lines, clipped hedging and structures such as pergolas and arbors

Will Ants Harm My Flower Garden

Will Ants Harm My Flower Garden

As the tiny aphids feed on plant juices, they produce a sweet byproduct known as honeydew, which the ants crave as food.Especially in dense soils, ant tunnels help transport air, water, and nutrients to plant roots.But if the problems outweigh the benefits for you, there are several methods for ridding your flower garden of ants.Another method is to place hot peppers in a blender with a bit of water to create a dense mash, which you can spread in problem areas.Ants will feed and carry this toxic mixture back to their queen, which will result in the death of the entire colony.You must be patient to see the results of this method, as borax is a slow-acting poison, and it requires time for the workers to distribute the toxin throughout the colony.Warning The same pesticides that kill ants are also toxic to many insects that gardeners want around the flowerbed, like Monarch butterflies caterpillars and ladybugs.Mix a 50-50 concoction of powdered sugar and baking soda and place it near the ant colony.Cut the flowers when they have fully opened, as ants are attracted to the sucrose that collects on buds.In exchange for this nourishment, the ants protect the aphids from their enemies, attacking such beneficial insects as ladybugs.These aggressive invaders can crawl quickly up the gardener’s arm or leg, delivering dozens of painful bites before the victim detects them.A deluge of ordinary household vinegar will also dispatch an ant colony instantly, though it can also acidify the soil unless you immediately drench the area with water.Sometimes the very things we use to care for our gardens have the unfortunate side effect of drawing ants.The compost pile you nourish attracts ants when it sends the sweet aroma of rotting cantaloupe rinds and banana peels into the air.To discourage ants, maintain a hot compost pile, using the proper ratio of green and brown ingredients.A thick layer of wood chip mulch is important for weed suppression and moisture retention in the garden but also creates a cozy habitat for many ant species.If this makes you dread digging in the soil for fear of unearthing a swarm of angry ants, try an inorganic mulch like crushed rocks, ground-up tires, or synthetic landscape fabric.These materials won't enrich the soil, though, so you may still want to add compost or manure at planting time.It's fairly hard to ant-proof your entire garden, but specific plants can often be protected by spraying them with a citrus-based horticultural oil.Keeping the ground fairly clean of fallen flowers and other debris will also eliminate the habitat that favors ants.The common black garden ant usually takes wing to mate in the fall

What Is Garden Party Decoration

What Is Garden Party Decoration

Whether you’re simply taking the family outside for dinner, or hosting a big group of friends, bringing things outside creates a new and fresh dynamic for your garden party ideas.Deciding on a theme or color scheme early on can be a good starting point when it comes to planning a garden party.Avoid using the lawn if there has been a lot of wet weather, as chair legs might sink into soft ground.Make garden chairs comfier for guests by adding extra seat pads and cushions and a few knits and blankets to keep things cosy as the sun goes down.Having a stash of folding chairs on standby in the garden shed or garage is always useful too, should you need to seat extra numbers or any last-minute guests.Using taller items like pot plants, pitchers filled with florals or cake stands piled high with fancies will give a table arrangement extra height and creates an eye-catching focal point.‘Consider draping outdoor festoons or fairy lights amongst trees, shrubs or adorned on fences to create a pretty and effective way of keeping your party going long into the night.’.Finding matching tableware to accommodate extra guests can be tricky, but opting for an informal mismatched scheme in jolly brights and clashing florals is an easy way of getting around the problem.Look out for pretty floral tea cups, saucers, plates and serving dishes at thrift shops or garage sales, building up a characterful collection of mismatched pieces that are perfect for bringing out for parties or special occasions.Using in-season blooms is an inexpensive way of decorating a garden party table and breaking down a large arrangement into separate smaller posies will make your flowers go further.For quirky place setting markers, create personalized rosettes for guests using remnants of fabric and offcuts of colored ribbon.‘Having an area for guests to help themselves to drinks is an easy way to make sure you’re not spending all day topping up glasses or mixing cocktails.‘A drinks station or table with spirits, glasses, ice and mixers means guests can get creative and make their own concoctions.‘Similarly, if you have the time to prepare salads and food in advance, try to do so the night before and then let your friends and family serve themselves.Set up a few easy chairs away from the main table area where guests can go to sit and chat or enjoy some quiet time away from the hubbub of the party.‘A basket of blankets or throws hung across the backs of chairs also makes it easy for people to grab and use if the evening turns cooler.And a few floor cushions situated on outdoor rugs provide an alternative and inviting place to rest if there are not enough chairs.’.Plan garden party lighting ideas that will take your table from day to night and create a magical mood outside.Position pillar candles and lanterns along the length of your table, ready for lighting after dark, adding nightlights at each place setting to give extra sparkle.‘For the perfect finishing touch, place connectable string lights overhead to create a magical atmosphere all around,’ says Claire Bassett, Senior Product Manager at Lights4fun.Finally, add solar bulbs either to the string of fairy lights or surrounding tree branches, securing them in place with fishing wire.For a quirky, homespun look which is easy to create, why not use what you have and layer up a selection of vintage floral, block-printed and lace-edged tablecloths with mix and match crockery, glassware and cutlery?For a feminine flourish tie cutlery with ribbon and dot about plenty of freshly cut garden flowers.'I have always wanted to create an awning on the terrace to shade from the sunlight whilst we eat or read the newspaper,' says founder Susie Watson.The towering hollyhocks echo the colours of the jolly tassels, the ideal tone to transition from early spring to high summer.'.Make sure your trolley is fully equipped by loading it up with flutes, gin glasses, drinks, an ice bucket and coasters.Add in your favorite aromatic herbs in pots so that you can have a freshly picked supply for your summer cocktails and don't forget some candles to create that magical atmosphere after dark.'Beautiful bar cart ideas make a perfect focal point when styled with wine glasses, flutes, goblets and tumblers all of different heights.As the sun moves around the garden you can easily reposition the trolley wherever you wish,' says Mark Winstanley our chief creative officer at The White Company.Creating a beautiful effect when fluttering in the breeze, tying ribbons to a chair is an easy and inexpensive way to bring a playful touch to garden party decor.Pick out ribbons to co-ordinate with the colors in your table linen and choose different widths for extra interest, you could also add in floral sprigs, too.Decorating garden party food with edible flowers is a fitting finishing touch for a summer spread that is guaranteed to bring sparkle to an al fresco celebration.If you're thinking of using flowers to decorate food then it's important that they are certified as edible – be sure to do your research first and to buy them from trusted specialist suppliers.There are plenty of sets to buy online from classics such as croquet and French boules to oversized versions of indoor favorites like Jenga, chess and Connect Four.If you're planning on hosting an intimate gathering on the patio then factor in plenty of outdoor lighting ideas and cozy textiles to create a magical atmosphere after dark.'When entertaining outdoors you want to ensure the set up is stylish and comfortable, almost like an extension of the home, says Suzy Humphreys, founder of Layered Lounge.I also like to dot lanterns and candles around the garden as the gentle glow of candlelight adds a real sense of occasion and will beautifully highlight your al fresco bar or dining table.'.Begin by laying down colorful patterned rag rugs (brilliant for disguising dirt and stains) and then add in miniature rattan furniture and a selection of Moroccan pouffes.Great indoors as well as outdoors, leather pouffes are easy to wipe clean if marked by little grubby hands.Once you have that important element nailed, consider budget, color schemes and whether your garden party decorations will need to be waterproof or child-friendly.Add chic, modern country charm to your garden party by looking to unusual ways of displaying practical necessities

What Flowers Are Good For Pest Control

What Flowers Are Good For Pest Control

Now I’m not endorsing abandoning your garden chores completely, but there are a few things that you can do to make your work a little easier.Using plants for pest control not only cuts down on your workload, but it also reduces the amount of insecticides that you use in your garden.Artemisia – This plant produces a strong antiseptic, although not unpleasant aroma that repels most insects.I prefer to use this plant in flower borders and not in my vegetable garden because it produces a botanical poison.It repels tomato hornworms and cabbage worms and attracts beneficial bees and wasps.I use sachets of dried catnip to deter the annual parade of ants that invade my kitchen.My favorite variety of catnip is ‘Six Hills Giant’ because of its proliferation of sky blue blooms.Not only do I love the flavor but their grassy foliage and round flower heads also add so much interest to my garden.In the garden white flowering chrysanthemums are said to drive away Japanese beetles and C