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Taking Care of Perennial Flowers

The benefits of perennial flowers are many, and the main advantage is that they bloom each year, unlike annual flowers which need to be planted on a yearly basis. It is true that the flowers of perennial plants do not usually last for the entire season, but their foliage is lasting and remains verdant until late in the autumn.
Taking Care of Perennial Flowers
Perennial flowers include sun loving perennials and shade preferring perennials. The group of the former includes peony, poppy, salvia, black- eyed Susan, geranium, and many more. Shade perennials include plants such as bleeding heard, Solomon’s seal, violet, spiderwort, etc.
Taking care of perennial flowers is essential to maintain them attractive and healthy. For example, when they grow exuberantly, they get too crowded, and they do not flower attractively and efficiently. Then it is time to dig them out and replace them with new plants, or some parts which re well rooted can be planted individually to give the plants a new start.
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In the beginning perennial plants are slow growers, and the reason is that during the first year of their growth they use the time to develop their root system. Then, when it has been fully established, perennial flowers start to grow, and their flowers become more attractive and appealing year in, year out.
The choice of perennial flowers for your Putney garden is difficult, because there are lots of them on offer, in flower shops and garden centres. Shops selling flowers and garden items are replete with perennial plants for sale, both early in the spring and in the autumn. There are both commonly grown perennial flowers and more unusual varieties which can be bought to add a new look to the garden. The abundance of perennial flowers on offer in Internet stores is even more impressive. People can take the time to choose and order the best perennial plants they find online.
Shopping for perennial flowers is advisable in the end of the summer, when they are available at reduced rates.
The care that should be taken of perennials includes providing the sufficient amounts of water and enough feeding. The need for water varies with different plants, and there are moisture loving as well as drought tolerating ones, as well as varieties whose needs are in between. The needs of perennials for water should be taken into account when choosing them for specific garden conditions. But water is a crucial factor for healthy growth, because it the roots to get established and to expand after the plants are inserted in the ground. Feeding is equally important for robust and more exuberant growth and blooming. All purpose garden fertilisers are good feeding agents, but perennial flowers should not be fed when autumn is approaching and the growth of all plants starts to slow down.
Perennial flowers grow for minimum two years, and a decade as the maximum. When good care is taken of them, and they receive enough water and food when they need it, they are certain to delight with their beauty for as long as possible. Perennial plants are definitely a good companion throughout the year.

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Pretzels & Mashmallow Bones For Halloween Treats

317304_624907734205985_937010001_nUse stick pretzels and insert a tiny marshmallow onto each end. Cover with melted white chocolate or white bark. Let rest on cookie tin covered with wax paper. Very neat snack!

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Halloween Spooky Gingerbread House

317753_10151220111449316_289108533_nJust think of all of the fun you could create taking the standard recipe for gingerberead and make a spooky Halloween house. Here I used graham crackers. This is just very basic – the more elaborate the better.

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Rice Crispie Treats Decked Out For Thanksgiving or Halloween

555301_10152635216305354_1622944507_nAs the standard mixture cools add more whole marshmallows and M&M’s that are autumn colored when stirring and then top with more of those colored M&M’s to the top. I also thing this would work if you can find this color combo in Peanut M&M;s.

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Candy Corn Banana Corn Cob For Halloween or Thanksgiving

1474589_10153534251255230_1808621433_nI always have loved this time of year because we get to consume candy corn. I love candy corn when it is made of real honey instead of cheap sugars for sweetness. This is also done very quickly and is a great snack – Bananas and Candy Corn!!!

You can use a ripe banana and insert the tips of candy corn into the banana. You can also use peanut butter over banana and then insert candy corn. The peanut butter adds two import factors: It tastes better with peanut butter and it helps keep the banana from going bad quickly since air is kept from it.

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Halloween Ghost Bananas & Orange Pumpkins

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Ghost Bananas: Cut bananas in half – push a large chocolate chip in for mouth and two small for the eyes

Orange Pumpkins: Use tangerines and push in a piece of cut celery for stem

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Does Your Garden Need A Lawn?

Knowing full well the kind of care and time it takes to create and maintain a lawn of enough quality that it looks good enough to be worth having, you may be wondering as to whether it is the right thing to have in your home. Whilst larger houses will almost always benefit from a big back or front lawn, there is no loss of pride in deciding that the old style of having a well manicured lawn may not suit your home, and it can often be a massive waste of time to try and procure one, if it is only going to turn out as some patchy scraggle of land. It is much better to try and ensure that you are getting the best out of your outdoor areas in terms of size, shape and the style of building. It is also a good idea to ensure that you have a garden that you find easy and time efficient to keep in check. You don’t want the expert garden maintenance to become such a trial that you end up having to call in the gardening experts every week, so ensure that your garden clear up leaves you with an area that you can enjoy and maintain with ease.
Does your garden need a lawn
For a start, gardens of a strange or unaccommodating shape can be difficult to make work. This is particularly the case with a lawn. A narrow strip of lawn set amongst the high walls of a terraced home’s back yard will often look a bit flat and oppressive. If you have a garden that slopes drastically, then the use of the lawn will often be difficult, in that you can really play games on it, and putting tables and chairs out will lead to uncomfortable seating! Instead, why not build tiers with old railway sleepers, and plant them with interesting plants or vegetables? This will yield a lot more interesting looking surroundings than fastidious lawn care! You should find that there are a number of ways in which you can break up the levels as well as the angles in your garden, to ensure that you are less at risk of missing the idea of a lawn.
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In terms of the shape of the outdoor area, you will need to understand the ways in which the eye moves. You may want to have a conversation with a landscape gardener, as they will have an excellent understanding of this, and a brief introduction into landscape gardening can be all that you need to get things going in terms of planning your dream space. They will likely tell you that curves in the plot as well as obstructions for the eye to move around, will break up the space in a less linear way, leading to more interesting spaces, that feel bigger, or at least more interesting. If you have a long and narrow garden, you can break it up with raised decking at the back, or even an overhanging tree in a corner. If your garden turns a corner, making it difficult to enjoy the space properly, why not turn that extra part in to a vegetable patch, and grow yourself some fresh produce? The use of hard decking or paving in conjunction with large terra cotta pots and large plants will give the place a sophisticated yet still verdant feeling. This is prefect if the soil beneath is not of optimum planting condition, or you simply want a more sturdy place to relax! You should find that landscaping with garden design services yields a great number of ideas!

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10 Old Fashioned things We Should Make Cool Again

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Winter Wedding Flower Arrangements and Flowers Used

People who prepare to get married in winter should obtain information on the types of flower arrangements predominant in the winter season, and especially on the colour of flowers for bridal bouquets and other wedding floral arrangements. There are also typical flowers suitable for wedding floral designs. For a special winter wedding ceremony you should find which flowers suit most the occasion and the white season when everything is covered with sparkling snow.

First of all, there are amaryllis flowers, available in a number of colors, and even a single stem, with its typical three to six large flower, can be the centerpiece for any table arrangements, surrounded in greenery. Anemone flowers also come in different colors, and they are fitting centers of table centerpieces; the dark centers of anemones give a stylish black accent to each arrangement comprising them. Bells of Ireland have also become popular recently, with the increasing trend for using green flowers in wedding floral arrangements. Bridal bouquets which contain Bells of Ireland should be stored upright, as the flowers will bend towards any nearest light source. Camellias are a beloved sentimental choice for wedding flower arrangements, especially for bridal bouquets, not only because of their beauty but also because these flowers feature great longevity.
Winter Wedding Flower Arrangements and Flowers Used
Furthermore, the wonderful waxy camellia leaves are a wonderful complement to each wedding floral arrangement, even without the flowers.

Poinsettias, most popular as Christmas flowers seen in pots, can also be gorgeous elements of bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets. They typical pointsettia colour is red, but there are also other colours in which pointsettias are available. If people decide to make their own flower arrangements using poinsettias, they should take care to seal the stems well, as they can leak milky sap which can cause stains.

Ranunculus flowers are also known as buttercups; they enjoy their peak from January to May, and they are available in different colors. The Star of Bethlehem flowers are mostly used as fillers, as they tend to grow in clusters around long stems, and they also feature outstanding longevity in vases, of up to three weeks. The Star of Bethlehem flowers bend in the direction of any light sources, and that is why it is necessary to keep flower arrangements containing them in upright position.
Winter Wedding Flower Arrangements and Flowers Used
Carnations are available throughout the year, but they are welcome in winter because of their enticing scent, as well as owing to the variety of colors, and finally on account of their low cost. Carnation centerpieces are also favorite choices for wedding decorations. For outstanding scent, sweet pea flowers are also favorites, coming in different colors and featuring exquisiteness, especially in wedding corsages.

Tulips are universally known as popular elements of all flower arrangements, and because they come not only in one, but also in bi-color varieties, as well as in fringed and frilled options, they are truly dainty elements for wedding flower arrangements.

Finally, wax flowers, with their abundant foliage, are worth including in wedding arrangements; the leaves give out a fresh citrus aroma, which is another advantage. Originating from Australia, wax flower plants are widespread evergreen shrubs, but they can feature as wedding floral arrangement elements everywhere.

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A Guide To Cleaning A Gas And Rayburns

An AGA or Rayburn, the traditional range cookers from Britain, often form the heart of a country or farmhouse kitchen. AGA owners are simply passionate about them, while others rave about Rayburns, which also provide hot water and central heating. Reconditioned AGAs now sell for a small fortune in the major cities, where they’ve become very fashionable kitchen accessories.

With oil, gas and the traditional solid fuel versions all available, there’s great flexibility in fuel sources. Of course, solid fuel versions require more cleaning as soot and ash from coal can quickly build up. With potentially harmful fuels used in the first two versions however, it’s absolutely vital to take extreme care when cleaning – especially inside.

A guide to cleaning agas and rayburns
It’s crucial to have both types of range serviced regularly to keep it running in tip-top condition, and safely. Always use a qualified, trained AGA engineer. But a lot of cleaning and prevention of problems can safely be undertaken yourself at home. While the ranges are simple to clean, the best way to keep them looking as if they were new is to prevent dirt and grease building up in the first place.

If anything spills onto vitreous enamel surfaces, it needs to be cleaned away immediately with a damp rather than wet cloth. That includes the doors and front, and sometimes the back plate. If spills are given a chance to bake dry, they can stain and are much harder to remove. Milk and fruit juice is particularly important to get off straight away. If you don’t, the acids will weaken and stain enamel.

Inside the oven, splashes aren’t a concern as they simply burn off. The dust left behind can just be brushed away, and it’s OK to use wire brushes on anything that’s cast iron inside. There are even self cleaning models now. It’s the same with the hot plates: most spillages simply burn away fast. Avoid cleaning them when the range is hot.

So its the delicate enamel that’s the most important to protect. It can be scratched and dented, so make sure the doors and wheel vent are treated with care. Far better to handle them with oven gloves than to kick them shut when they are hot. You can buy branded cleaners and cloths specifically designed for cleaning Aga and Rayburn enamels. A soft rather than abrasive soap pad also works well. Look for products that have the VEA – Vitreous Enamel Association – seal of approval.
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It’s very important not to use oven cleaners in spray form either inside or out, nor scourers, nor abrasive creams. Also don’t use very wet or cold cloths: damp only and warm is good. A gentle cream south east London cleaner should be fine. You can hoover away dust, but only when the range is not lit. A good polish with a lint-free, soft cloth, will buff up the surface, rails and lids to a shine. For ease, the doors can be removed as can the insulating rings: just don’t mix them up! Each only fits perfectly on its original position. Don’t soak any of the parts in water, however.

Older ranges may be more prone to scratches, stains and scorch marks than modern models. Enamel has come a very long way since the 1950s! A modern Rayburn’s surfaces should be able to withstand sudden temperature changes, and maximum heats of 400 degrees centigrade. Acids in food should not stain them these days. The enamel is hard and wont chip very easily, and it has the advantage of not allowing bacteria or mould to develop on the surface.

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