20April2018

5 Plants Safe for the Most Rambunctious of Kids

Having an excitable group of kids in the house can be nerve-wracking when it comes to house plants. Make sure that plants are not a child hazard by keeping the garden and the house green with kid friendly nature. These plants make your house look beautiful without resulting in any issues that could be caused by a little roughhousing or curiosity. Also, if pets are a worry, remember, what is safe for kids will also be safe for pets.

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Are You Sure that Plant Needs Water? 5 Signs of Overwatering

Having a green thumb is not innate, it is a talent that must be earned through hard work, patience and dedicated learning. An easy rule of proper gardening and plant care is to water your plants. But, as with all gardening, even hydrating your garden can lead to complications and poor plant health. To know if your plants happen to be struggling from overwatering, take a look at these five signs below. Don't stress, if you have overwatered, you are only guilty of giving too much love. Learn to take it back a few notches with these clues.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Sending Flowers To a Girl

For a lot of guys, sending a girl flowers can bring on a lot of pressure and confusion. With so many arrangements and options to choose from, it can be hard to decipher what exactly is the best bouquet to send. To simplify the process, follow the tips below:

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Picking Grooms's Flowers

For a lot of guys, picking out a boutonniere for their wedding day might be quite the challenge. While there are hundreds of other important things to consider when getting married, appearance is certainly up there.

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Crinodendron...A Stunning Shrub - Gareth Austin

This Crinodendron or Lantern Tree was simply stunning when I walked past...so I had to take a picture... These stunning early summer flowering plants thrive in acid soil, so its right at home in this garden in Crolly in Gweedore in North West Donegal.

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Some Sights from the Buncrana Gardens - Gareth Austin

I saw some super gardens in Buncrana recently whilst judging the Buncrana Tidy Towns Garden Competition. Despite a number of weeks of solid rain the gardens are a fabulous credit to the dedication of their owners, as despite the afore mentioned rain the baskets and containers in the garden looks great and the flower beds and lawns were pictures of perfection..

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Heritage Week

Heritage Week 2014

Date: 23rd August-31st August 2014
Location: Nationwide
There's lots of fun in store for you during National Heritage Week! From medieval fairs, night time bat walks, classical music, poetry, theatre, traditional music, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks and talks, maritime and coastal events, food fairs, traditional skills workshops and archaeological digs. There's something for everyone and most events are free!

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Men Explain Their Floral Beards

Beards, the ultimate symbol of masculinity, are getting a floral makeover. Men have been decorating their beards with flowers and plants and then sharing photos of their makeovers online. The earliest photos of these bearded men are from the seventies, like the one recently posted by Soup.io user Erial. It is a photo of her father, taken by her mother in 1977.

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ISNA

ISNA Plant Fair this Sunday at Wells House & Gardens, Co Wexford

In conjucntion with Wells House & Gardens this Sunday Wells House & Gardens Isna will host a plant fair in the beautiful surroundings of this Ballyedmond venue. The plant fair will take place next Sunday 27th July 2014 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The members participating at this event will be Rare Plants Ireland, Camolin Potting Shed, Harrington Exotics, Caherhurley Nursery, Rare Bits, Sarah Largue, Kilmurry Nursery, Mulhall Obelisks and Leamore Nursery.

Source: ISNA - Plant Fair this Sunday at Wells House & Gardens, Co Wexford

Buddleia

Buddleia: The Plant that Dominates Britain's Railways

More people are buying buddleia for their gardens, but it's classified as an invasive species and is a problem on British railways. It's hard to walk by a railway line in Britain and not see buddleia.

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ISNA

Last ISNA Plant Fair for 2014 – Fota House Sunday 14th September

Why not join us for the last ISNA plant fair for 2014. Where's the year gone ? This event will take place on Sunday 14th September from 11am to 4pm at Fota House, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, just a few miles outside Cork City. Click Here for more details.

Source: ISNA - Last ISNA Plant Fair for 2014 – Fota House Sunday 14th September

Wedding Tip: Picking Flowers for a September Wedding

September may be the first month of fall, but that doesn't mean that summer's bright colors have gone. September's blooms are full, hardy and gorgeous additions for any wedding, and each flower comes in such a variety of colors that a seasonal floral bouquet can match any color-scheme.

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Classic & Affordable Bouquets for Overwhelmed Brides

Your wedding day is a celebration you'll hold in your memory forever. With that said, a wedding is also a symbolic beginning to sharing the rest of your life with another person. Getting married is also potentially a sign of taking on more financial responsibilities, whether that be buying a house, leasing a new family-sized car or sending the kids off to college.

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Flower Picks for August Weddings

August is the height of wedding season, and if you're looking to tie the knot during this summer month, it's important to find the right flowers to accompany the festivities. Find flowers that are in season and complement the time of year. Flowers that bloom in summer will ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch.

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Propagating Cleome Hassleriana from Softwood Cuttings - Philip Voice

I kind of discovered Cleome late in life. Cleome hassleriana (spider plant) is a plant that tolerates dry conditions, therefore it's a favourite here in south west France.

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How to Revive Flowers Scorched by the Summer Sun

A common problem with both indoor and outdoor plants is that they can suffer from too much sun. The sun's rays can stress a plant's leaves to the point of dehydration, causing the plant to lose much of its green vigor. A sign that your plant has been overexposed to the sun is a collection of dark or bleached spots on the leaves. Often times, the soil beneath the plant will have little or no moisture, causing it to harden. If this happens to be the case with your plants, follow the instructions below for a quick fix. But remember, not all plants are easily revived, so have patience, and keep a good watch over your greenery.

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Scottish Pansy & Viola Association Show - Gareth Austin

I enjoyed an intriguing day visiting the Scottish Pansy & Viola Association Show, which was held in Dobbies Garden Centre in Ayr. Here's a link for the National Viola & Pansy Society of Great Britain website The display of delicate flowers were beautiful, and the chat with Mr Albany McKay, president of the group was fascinating.

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Succulent Love - David Corscadden

Succulents are something that I have really only grown interested in over the last year or so. Before this I would see them in garden centres and just think 'eh they look nice but they would never work in my garden.'

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What to Do When a Bridesmaid Is Allergic to Flowers

You have the perfect flowers picked out for your summer wedding, and then you learn that one of your best friends and bridesmaids has awful allergies. It's okay, don't panic, there are a number of flowers that won't cause her to break out in sniffles during your ceremony. (Well, maybe she will, but preferably out of happiness.)

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8 Tips to Take Care of Your Plants While You’re on Holidays

I like most of you out there go to a lot of trouble to obtain the perfect garden. A tranquil place, where after all of my hard work in the spring can sit and enjoy the fruits of my labour. Watching and enjoying the beautiful buds opening and taking in the different scents. It is very important to me not to allow all my hard work to deteriorate while I am on holidays. Here are a few helpful hints to help prevent that from happening.

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