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A greenhouse is actually a closed ecosystem having glass or plastic surfaces. Fresh plants and flowers which are not in season are grown in greenhouse because greenhouses regulate heat balance, humidity as well as light requirements. For this, you will have to keep in mind certain considerations while building a greenhouse. For example, you must make sure that your greenhouse faces southern part of direction. Some other tips on growing flowers in greenhouse are as follows:

  • First of all, you will have to maintain proper temperature in your greenhouse. Day time temperature should not exceed 90 degrees. To maintain this temperature, you will require having doors and windows in greenhouse so that they can be opened to provide flowers with proper ventilation especially on sunny and hot days.
  • As far as night time temperature is concerned, it should be not less than 50 degrees. You can use a number of ways to maintain night time temperature of greenhouse but it will all depend on area in which your greenhouse is located. One easy method is to fill some 5 gallons bucket with water and place them in greenhouse so that they can collect heat during day. In this way, heat will be retained and greenhouse will remain warm during night. Always place buckets of waters with their lids on them. It is necessary to prevent insects from reproducing in water.
  • For proper air circulation and ventilation, use a circulating fan. Circulating fans can be used even when doors and windows are not open. Air circulation is important to provide as it helps growing plants properly.
  • Make a schedule to water plants and follow this schedule on regular basis. If you have a smaller greenhouse, it would be enough to water plants once a day but in larger area, you will need to water plants more frequently. Also remember that water requirements of plants increase when temperature rises.
  • Tropical plants need humid conditions for their growth. If you have grown tropical flowers in greenhouse, make sure you have provided them with humidity trays. It is very easy to prepare a humidity tray as any plastic tray filled with water and having pebbles in it serves as a humidity tray.
  • Last but not the least; you will need to be careful about fertilizing needs of your plants. You can fertilize your plants with either ½ or ¼ strength water soluble fertilizer. Make sure to fertilize plants on weekly basis.

After following these tips, you will be able to grow varieties of flowers in your greenhouse. Some of the popular flowers which can be grown in greenhouse include poppies, zinnias, marigolds and snapdragons.

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Despite of hot summer, many flowers bloom in August. If you also want to add colors to your garden in late summer, you can have a number of options of beautiful and bright flowers that can bloom in sleepy and hot August. You can not only grow these flowers for garden beauty but also for making bouquets. Here are names of some flowers which bloom in August.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a hardy perennial which grows in variety of colors, sizes and fragrances. Actually they are tropical flowers which require ample sunlight and moisture to grow well. These flowers start blooming in late spring and continuously bloom through July and August.

Lilies

There are different types of lily flowers which bloom in August including water lilies, tiger lilies and gold band lilies. Tiger lilies generate orange flowers having black spots. This lily blooms in delayed July and beginning of August. Gold band lily produce exotic white blooms. All varieties of lilies need enough space to grow and protection from summer sun.

Turtlehead

Growing in humid areas, turtleheads are small flowers which bloom from July to September. They mostly produce flowers of white and pink color.

Hydrangea

These are ever green bushes which produce flowers in different colors including white, purple, blue and pink. They are easy to grow bushes and can grow 3 to 10 feet tall. They require morning sun to grow but they should be protected from noon and afternoon sun.

Dahlias

August proves to be the peak blooming season for dahlias. Dahlias come in colors like white, orange, yellow, red and purple. They can tolerate all types of soil and require full sun to grow.

These were some flowers which bloom in August. If you are interested in growing these flowers, plant them at proper time and watch them blooming beautifully in August.

There are a large number of flowers that can be planted in early spring season because at that time of year the ground is soft enough to plant different types of flowers. Early spring flowers will give your garden a colorful and elegant look with their refreshing colors and look. Here I am providing you names of some flowers that you can plant in your garden as early spring flowers.

Snapdragons

Being annual flowers, snapdragons can be planted year after year. These flowers bloom in cool climates and are very attractive looking flowers as they have colorful borders. The best time to plant them is early spring when the soil is still cool. They grow very well when they are provided with well-drained soil and full sunlight but they can also bear light frosts as well.

Lilies

These flowers are very easy to grow and can be planted at any time of the year especially in early spring. The method of planting the lilies is somewhat difficult as compared to other early spring flowers. Before planting the lily bulbs in the spring, you are required to place a 4 inch coating of mulch over the area where you want to plant the lilies. Afterwards you can remove the mulch when the shoots start to appear. Like snapdragons, lilies also like full sunlight and well-drained soil. Excessive water in the soil will become a cause of perished and rotten bulbs.

Roses

Roses are also grown in early spring when the soil is soft enough to plant these flowers. Most of the home gardeners like to grow roses in the bush form but some types of roses are very small and they are required to be grown in pots. Most of the roses are sweet-smelling but some don’t have any fragrance. The blooms of roses can range from one flower to several flowers on one stem. All types of roses like full sunlight and drained soil for their proper growth.

Pansies

These are lovely early spring flowers as they come in a variety of colors including purple and off-white. They flourish best in cool spring season. They grow well both in full or partial sunlight and require humid but well-drained soil like most of the others early spring flowers. They continue to bloom until the weather gets hot and then they start to wither.

Daffodils

They are another very popular type of early spring flowers having an eye-catching yellow color. Most of the people know about only yellow daffodils that grow in early spring but there are some other very attractive colors of daffodils including pink, white and cream.

These were some of the most popular early spring flowers that you can plant to beautify your garden.

 

The garden sheds are not only used for the gardening purpose but also they can be used in different ways for different purposes. In most of the gardens, garden sheds are treated as a neglected place. But it is a fact that garden sheds can be used in a variety of ways. Here in this article, I am going to share with you some ideas to use the apparently useless garden sheds.

Home Office

The first very useful way to use a garden shed is to make it a home office. Most of the people have such businesses and jobs that require some work to be done at home. So they can use garden shed as a place where they can do office work. It will provide peaceful surroundings to work in. It will also serve as a quiet place where you can do your work with full attention and concentration. To make it functional throughout the year, you can reinforce the walls with wood and add windows. In addition to it, you can also install heating and cooling systems.

Greenhouse

A garden shed can also serve as a greenhouse. For turning a garden shed into a greenhouse, all you need to do is to add lights and heat so that the plants can grow well during winter season. Some sheds have designs having windows in them which allow the sunlight to enter in for the healthy growth of plants.

Playhouse for Kids

A garden shed can be transformed into a playhouse or dollhouse for kids. It will be cost effective as well. To make it attractive for the kids, the inner walls of the garden shed can be painted with their favorite cartoon characters. To decorate the exterior of the garden shed, you can grow hollyhocks, sunflowers or pink coneflowers.

Place to Entertain Guests

Some people love to do parties and entertain their guests but find inadequate space inside the home. For such people, garden sheds can be used as a place where you can entertain your guests in a cozy and peaceful environment. If your shed is made in a way that it can be used only in winter season then you can make some minor adjustments to use it throughout the year. For this to happen, add a ceiling fan and a table lamp to use it throughout the year. To decorate a garden shed for the purpose of entertaining guests, you can décor it by using different items like beautiful and trendy furniture, vintage items, and fresh-cut flowers can also be placed on window sills. A mini-refrigerator can also be added to entertain your guests with cold drinks and other food.

Place for Potting and Repotting

Garden sheds can also be used as a place where a plant-lover can pot and re-pot the plants. For this, shelves and counters can be made. It will also help to keep the chaos out of the house. Here you can also store the items that are used for gardening like shovels, fertilizers or potting soil.

Party Place for Teens

Teens are fond of throwing parties. When a party takes place inside the home, a lot of clutter and mess is created which mothers usually dislike. In that case, garden sheds are proved to be the best place for arranging a party. You can add the party items like music systems, speakers, furniture in garden shed and your teens can enjoy a wonderful outdoor party in a healthy and beautiful environment.

These were some ideas to use garden sheds in different ways. Follow these ideas and make a good use of your garden shed.

 

Orchid flowers have different uses. They are used for making wedding bouquets, floral arrangements and most interestingly for making corsages. You can choose orchids to make a corsage for your wrist. Just select some beautiful orchids from your garden and choose those colors that will go with your dress and make a stylish corsage for your wrist. If you don’t want to be specific then choose white orchids for making corsage. But the question arises that what is the method of making wrist corsages using orchid flowers. To answer this question, here are some important instructions:

Selecting and Cutting Flowers

First step is to choose fresh and elegant looking flowers from the garden. Now separate your favorite flowers keeping in mind that their buds remain in tact. While cutting the flowers, make sure that you leave the stems adequately long to be tied jointly so leave about one inch of stems. You will require 3 flowers for making a corsage.

Attaching Wire to Flowers

Next step is to attach floral wire to flowers. After doing this, you will need to wrap the flowers with floral tape so that they hold in place.

Arranging the Flowers

In this step, the orchids are gathered in one hand making sure that a simple bouquet is formed.  Now flowers are arranged in such a way that largest bloom remains in the center and smaller blooms remain on either sides.

Forming One Stem

Now firmly grasp the flowers and use floral tape to tie the three stems together. Now one single stem would be formed.

Removing the Buds

In this step, buds are removed from stalks. Cutting of buds should be done in such a way that a longer stem is left as compared to the stems you had left on blooms. Its length would depend on the bloom size. The length of bud stem should be 4 to 6 inches.

Attaching the Buds

Now corsage is turned upside down and bud is attached to the back. Again floral tape will be used for attaching the buds. Stem of the buds are attached to other stems in the same way as it was done with blooms.

Cutting Ribbon

Using a length of ribbon; measure your wrist. You should add almost 3 inches to make sure that the ribbon’s length is sufficient to tie the corsage and wrist as well. Now cut the ribbon according to the measured length.

Fastening the Ribbon

In this step, the corsage is turned in such a way that its back is in front of you. Then ribbon is tied in a single knot to the taped stems which are at the back of arrangement.

Preserving Corsage

Before wearing corsage, it must be preserved in fridge for 24 hours.

After this your orchid corsage is ready to wear. Now wear it on weddings, parties or prom nights and enhance the elegance of your stylish looks and beautiful dress.

 

Sunflowers are the bold and attractive flowers that add height and beauty to your garden. Their seeds can be sowed directly in outdoor soil, but they are the big attraction for the seed-eating birds and squirrels. Therefore, it is best to start seeding them indoors and later, when the danger of frost and animals is gone can be transplanted to the garden.
Following things are needed to plant sunflower seeds indoors:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Terracotta pots
  • Terracotta flood trays
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Peat moss or Potting soil
  • Old spoon or garden trowel
  • Water

To start, place newspapers or an old cloth on the work area to keep the floor or ground clean.

Prepare the terracotta pots for the sunflower seeds:
The first step is to fill about three-fourth of the each pot with peat moss or potting soil. Place the filled terracotta pots on the flood tray.

Planting the sunflower seeds:
It is important to plant two or three sunflower seeds in each terracotta pot. You can either push the sunflower seeds down into the potting soil or place them on the top of the soil and cover them with another layer of potting soil. It is highly recommended to cover all the seeds with 1 inch of soil.

After planting, gently press the soil and water thoroughly until the soil is humid but not drenched. It is essential to keep the outside of the terracotta pots damp, and also try not to let the water stay in the flood trays for a long time.

Help the sunflower seeds sprout:
After planting the sunflower seeds in pots and placing them in the trays, its time to create a greenhouse effect for the seeds to germinate. For this, tightly cover each terracotta pot with the clear plastic wrap. Ensure that the plastic wrap is free of wrinkles and that the pots are fully sealed. This will help in keeping the moisture inside the growing area.

Place these covered pots in a sunny window and check them daily to ensure they are staying humid. Water them when the top layer of soil is dry. You can check the humidity and give water to them by peeling away a corner of the plastic wrap.

Once the seedlings reach half inch high, remove the plastic wrap and keep them at the room temperature so that the seedlings remain warm enough. Water them whenever necessary and provide enough light to make them grow fast.

The ideal time for transplanting the sunflower seedlings into outdoor soil is when they are a couple of inches tall and strong enough to grow in the outdoor environment.

Starting sunflower seeds indoors not only saves them from animals and cold temperatures but also provides them a good start on the growing season, giving beautiful and lovely flowers and adding splendor to the garden.