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Most of us know that sunflowers come only in bright yellow color. That’s not actually true. Sunflowers are available in other colors also like pale and dark orange and deep red. Drying such beautifully colored flowers for floral arrangements is quite enjoyable. After drying, these flowers can be used in a number of ways combined with other flowers and foliage. But for all this to happen, you need to follow some reliable method of drying. Here an easy way to dry sunflowers is presented after which you can use these flowers for beautiful floral arrangements.

Method of Drying

Method of drying sunflowers for floral arrangements is as follows:

  • First step is the careful selection of flowers. For floral arrangements, choose the flowers that are newly opened without having broken or damaged petals. After selecting suitable flowers, cut the stem in such a way that only ¼ inch remains back.
  • Next step is to cut a wire having a length of 2 inches. The top half inch of wire should be now bent in the form of a hook.
  • Now the long end of wire is pushed into flowers so that the hook comes at center of flower and the flower is protruded from its back. Keep in mind that the hook should not be visible from the front. Actually the purpose of hook is to attach floral wire to the flowers so that they can be easily placed in floral arrangements.
  • Take some silica gel and make a layer of about one inch in a container made of plastic. Make sure that the lid of the container is tight. Take flowers and lay them on the top of silica gel layer. Keep in mind to place the flowers facing upwards. Now gently push sunflowers into gel.
  • In the next step, silica crystals are sprinkled on the top of flowers. To keep the sunflowers in their natural shape, try to make sure that crystals reach between and under sunflowers petals. Continue to sprinkle the gel until the flowers are fully covered with. Now cover the container with its lid and leave the flowers in the mixture for 2 days.
  • After two days, remove lid. In order to remove gel and disclose the center of flowers, brush the gel carefully. If the center of flower is dried then it is ready to be used but if it is not dried completely then leave it for one more day.
  • The last step is to lift the flowers out of gel. To perform this process successfully, take down or slip your fingers under sunflowers and lift them. Now remove the excessive gel by turning flowers upside down and tapping them on the back. Your sunflowers are now dried and ready to be used for arrangements. These flowers can also be stored in sealed bags if you don’t have any intentions to use them immediately.

Following the above method will enable you to dry sunflowers in a better way to use them for floral arrangements which can further be used for various purposes.

Orchids have been included in list of home plants for their gorgeous fragrance and variety in shapes, color and sizes. Like other plants, orchid plants also need proper growing conditions. Giving right amount of water at right time to your orchids is one of the basic needs of orchid flowers to grow and thrive. Remember that different species of orchids have different water needs, so you are required to research your particular plant as well as you should also be aware of general watering needs of an orchid.

Orchid plants are typically found in tropical areas. The areas where many orchids are grown receive tremendous rain. These areas can also be very humid in native habits. Ideal humidity level for orchid flowers is 80% but this humidity level could be quite uncomfortable for human to live in so you need to think other strategies to provide your orchids with healthier environment. A very convenient way to humidify your orchids is to water them frequently. You may purchase a deep saucer or and some pebbles. Pour these pebbles into the saucer then water the pebbles. Make sure that the water never touches the actual orchid pot. This way you will be able to create artificial humid climate for your orchid plant.

Very common mistake that people do is over watering their orchids. Many people wait for the soil of their orchid pot to look dry and when it becomes, they feel that their orchid plants need to be watered now. This is not true especially for orchids. The rule to water your orchid plants is to water once a week. Let the potting bark of your orchid plant dry out completely before you water again.

Orchid plants also need to be fertilized but sparingly as well. Buy best fertilizer for your orchid plants from nearby garden shops. Make sure to maintain for watering and fertilizing your orchids is a guarantee in itself that your orchid plants will grow best and you will have exotic plants for a long time.

Orchids will thrive in your home environment if you succeed to provide them with proper care, for instance right amount of water at right time, proper sunlight and best fertilizer occasionally. Orchid flowers are quite beautiful and can also be temperamental. Once you get to know exact needs of your orchids, it is not so complicated to maintain your orchid flowers healthy conditions.

Decoration with Orchids

Decorating interior spaces and gardens with orchid flowers is a good idea to fill spaces that will make you relaxed and feel good. Orchids have long list of advantages that make them perfect for home decoration if you are aware of special care these plants need. You can have this plant by following simple rules to create a huge visual space it is placed in.

Decoration of house or interior space needs much consideration. Use of plants within the whole area is a common idea but it needs much care. Green and leafy plants are always attractive that can greatly transform interior spaces, gardens and offices if perfect orchid is selected to decorate these spaces. Have you ever thought to decorate your home, garden and terrace with orchids? If not then you should think of this to get a new green environment in your home or office.

  • A very big advantage of these flowers is that you can keep these flowers fresh for months contrary to other indoor plants.
  • These are hardy plants and don’t require much water. They are virtually immortal if and only if you are aware of proper care and maintenance needs of orchard plants.
  • They are also considered as best for indoor and garden decorations as you can get wide range of colors that you exactly want for decoration of your chosen space.

Definitely you need to know details that you have to pay attention from very first day you grow orchid plants in your home. Here is very useful information that will help you in making your decoration successful and attractive exactly you have dreamed.

Make Sure to Buy Orchids in Healthy and Good Condition

Remember that healthy and fresh orchids, without diseases and pests, you are guaranteeing more than 60 percent of your success to make your decoration project great. Make sure that there should be no spots on leaves. Bulbs and flowers will help you in determining the health status of orchids you are going to buy.

Think about the Space You Want to Decorate with Orchids

Determine if that selected space is too hot, too cold or it is exposed to lot of breezes. Any extreme condition will be bad for your orchids.

Check Availability of Light of the Place You Want to Decorate

Light is a very important factor to be considered before thinking to select a place for decoration with plants. Some orchids are very resistant to light than others. Make sure to choose right orchids for the space according to light and other conditions to ensure proper growth of orchids without any problem.

Determine Moisture Level of the Space Where you Want to Plant in Orchids

No extreme situation is good for orchids. Don’t make a mistake to place the plants in the area that has either very high or low humidity.

Follow above mentioned basic information that is very necessary to keep your orchid healthy and happy. It is hopped that information provided here will help you to create very attractive space using best orchid flowers.


Also known as ‘dwarf sunflowers’, miniature sunflowers are shorter and have smaller heads. They are easy to grow therefore they are popularly grown by kids and amateur gardeners. Being an amateur gardener, I also grew these sunflowers in my garden for which I researched a lot and gathered some useful tips to grow miniature sunflowers. If you are also interested in growing these flowers, read this post carefully:

Planting Plan: Firstly I would like to tell you that you should make a growth plan for mini sunflowers at least two or three weeks before the last snow fall. And one more thing! Start growing mini sunflowers indoors and after they have grown properly, you can transplant them.

Selection of Containers: Now, select containers for your mini sunflowers. While choosing container, make sure that their opening is spacious and they are not too narrow because a narrow container will make it difficult for you to transplant sunflowers. Mini sunflowers also need drainage so select a container that can drain well.

Filling Containers with Soil: After carefully selecting containers, fill them with rich and fertile potting soil making sure that you have left half inch of space. Mini sunflowers take essential nutrients from the soil rapidly so if you are growing sunflowers in containers, you will be required to recondition the soil a number of times in a year. Now, you can sow seeds of mini sunflowers. Sprinkle seeds equally on the surface of soil.

Sowing Seeds: Don’t forget to cover the seeds lightly with half inch layer of soil. You can do so with the help of a garden spade or you can use your hands also. I prefer you to do this with your hands. If you are growing miniature sunflowers in more than one container, repeat the same process of sowing seeds in each container.

Watering Soil: Soil needs to be watered after sowing seeds so water each of your containers openhandedly until you feel that soil has become damp enough. You can check dampness by putting your finger one inch deep in the soil. It means that you should feel dampness up to one inch deep in soil.

Placing in Sunny Location: As mini sunflowers need sufficient sunlight, place your containers near a window that receives full sunlight. After the last frost, when the ground defrosts, transplant sunflowers. You will again have to choose a place receiving full sun. Bury your seedlings keeping a distance of 3 to 4 inches between them.

I hope that the above mentioned tips are enough for growing mini sunflowers. Follow these and have healthy miniature sunflowers in your garden. 

Sunflowers grow very fast and have beautiful blooms so they are very popular among flowers growers. To recognize a sunflower is very easy because of its bright and eye-catching yellow color. But there are some species of sunflowers that are having so many types making it difficult to recognize their plants. There are some features of these flowers that can help you to recognize and identify sunflower plants. Here I am going to describe these.

Notice the Growth of Plants

If you are facing problem in identifying these plants, then the first thing to follow is paying attention to their growth. The daily growth of sunflower plants is quite easy to notice as they can grow tall in several inches daily. Also remember that the flowers on these plants start blooming in late summer.

Feel the Leaves

The next method to identify these plants is to feel and watch the leaves carefully. The leaves are of dark green color having coarse edges. As far as feeling the leaves is concerned, they give a furry and shaggy feeling making it easy to recognize.

Watch their Position Carefully

As the sunflowers turn their heads towards the sun during daytime and stoop in the night so this feature can be proved very helpful in identifying these plants.

Looking Carefully to the Blooms

There is another distinguishing feature of sunflower plants that can help you to recognize them. For this, look carefully to the blooms. You will find that the blooms are made of several mini-flowers. This feature is not found in any other plant so you can easily recognize them. The mini-flowers will have five petals which will be merged together and surrounded by five stamens as well. This is another way you can identify sunflowers.

These were some steps describing the method of identifying sunflower plants. Hope you will find them very helpful.

Garden decoration accents and garden ornaments such as water fountains can be a very positive experience to any garden by requiring minimal space. Garden fountains can provide an oasis and best retreats from stress of daily life. Garden decorations and garden accessories like water fountains can be a centerpiece of a garden. Running water in a fountain can add a soothing element to any garden. Garden fountains and other ornaments personalize the garden with unassuming charm and good taste. Well arranged and settled garden fountains can become a focal point and enhance natural beauty of garden.

Rules for garden decoration are vague. Nothing is pre-defined and all depends on tastes rather than set of rules. Here are some quick facts for installation of garden fountains that will give you cool environment at home:

  • The first thing you need to know when you start choosing plants and other ornaments for your entry garden is to think of the places you want to decorate and consider light and other conditions of that place.
  • Remember that fences can add authentic appeal and can create sense of privacy in your garden.
  • Right selection of water fountain can make your garden best place for enjoyment.
  • Garden fountains come in different sizes, styles and shapes. Some are designed to be placed right in the center of garden to make an attractive focal point. Some fountains can be incorporated into an ornamental landscape or can be mounted on exterior wall of home or can be placed on a deck.
  • Indoor fountains can be used to place in various locations with various models designed for indoor wall mounting, usable in upright floor standing, to be used as room divider or table top versions that can be adjusted any where.

After installing the garden fountains, you need to take proper care for maintenance of its beauty. Follow the instructions of manufacturer about cleaning and care of installed fountain. Follow these tips for care of your fountain:

  • Clean the foundation on regular basis as debris can collect in and on the fountain easily. Make sure to remove leaves, twigs and other debris.
  • Check fountain’s water level on daily basis and add fresh water when needed. If you let the water level below the pump’s intake level, it can cause burnout or other damages to the pump.
  • Remember that combination of water and sunlight is best for growth of algae therefore add vinegar or hydrogen peroxide or sea salt to the water for prevention of algae growth. You can also add bleach as an alternative.
  • Drain out all the water before thorough cleaning of fountain. Use a brush to clean inside of the water reservoir with soap water.
  • Thoroughly rinse water in the fountain to remove soap residue.
  • Special care is needed in winter season as water can freeze in cold weather. Frozen water will expand that can crack the fountain. It is recommended to drain out all water from fountain in winter season. Keep the fountain dry completely and cover it with non-porous material.

Remember that taking the proper steps can extend life of your garden fountain.

Daylily is usually referred to the species, hybrids and cultivars of the genus Hemerocallis. Gardening experts hybridize these plants, resulting in a wide range of colors and forms of its flowers. To identify its bloom in a garden, one should know about the different parts of plant and also flower characteristics of Hemerocallis.

Here are the main points that will help you in identifying a daylily bloom in a garden.

Hemerocallis Bloom Structure:

Daylily is the common name of Hemerocallis. Its flower is a tubular shaped bloom and is often scented. The petals of the bloom mostly consist of six perianth segments arranged in two rows. If looking at it from above, you will see three inner petals covering with three outer sepals. A daylily with double flowers is known as Polymerous because there are more than six perianth segments in it.

The center vein of a petal or sepal is called midrib that runs along the length. The term midrib is used to describe the color or pattern in a daylily bloom.

The centermost inner part of the flower is called throat, and the place above the throat is called eye zone which creates a visual circle around the flower.

Daylily plants bloom from summer through winter and its blooms last for only one day. Flowers of some species of Hemerocallis open in the morning and shrivel in the evening, whereas some of its species bloom at night.

Perennial Daylily Plant Form:

A daylily plant is the perennial, and grows in a large bunch with long strap-like leaves, mostly 1 ft – 2 ft long. The plant has vertical leafless flower stems known as scapes.

Excluding the bracts, scapes are leafless that appear from the crown of the daylily. Bracts are modified leaves affixed to the scape. These bracts indicate whether more branches will develop in future or not.

The white core between the leaves and the roots is called the crown of a daylily plant. It is planted underground. A part of the crown should be included when dividing the plant. The roots of a plant are quite fibrous, but the whole root system is very thick.

Hemerocallis in Flower Gardens

Generally, daylily plants grow in direct sunlight but they can also easily tolerate partially shady areas. They prefer humid and well-draining soil modified with organic matter. Daylilies also have enough ability to tolerate hard soil conditions, e.g. heavy clay, competition with tree roots for getting water and minerals etc. Also, strong and fully grown daylily plants can tolerate dearth conditions.

Daylily plants need minimum fertilizer for blooming and stay in good health when dug, separated, and replanted almost every three years. They can grow fast, and can easily fill the garden spaces.