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Organic Kitchen Garden

15 Jul

The owner wanted to have an inviting herb garden close to the kitchen and have an area where she can enjoy a morning tea. We created it a fusion of French, Italian, Latin and Asian kitchen garden, using herbs from around the world, a dwarf peach, a chandelier topiary form gala apple, 3 different varieties of strawberries, salvias, sage, stevia, 3 varieties of oregano, lemon grass, coneflowers, mints, rosemary, laurel, cat grass, catnip, borage, bee balm, Chamomile, chervil, dill, cilantro, 3 varieties of lavender, calendula, lemon balm, thyme, marigold, purple basil, basil, curry… and many more. We installed 4 planters with 4 different themes: Asian herbs, French herbs, Latin Herbs and Italian Herbs. The incorporation of a water feature as a focal point gives the complete area a relaxing touch. We left space to have a sitting area using a Faux bois style bench and finally we installed beautiful maintenance free grey tone pea gravel.

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For more information visit our website www.arcoirisdesign.com

 

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Atlanta Blooms at the Botanical Garden!

22 Mar

Every year the Atlanta botanical garden brings to their visitors the best Bloom exhibition of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses. Featuring a quarter – million flowers of different colors, shapes and fragrances. I visited yesterday and I truly recommended for a nice family weekend!
Here are some pictures of the gardens and some inspiration for planters.
I hope you enjoy!

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Orchids

Tulips

Tulips

Tulips

Planters

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Planters

Planters

Press – Magazine Recognitions – Mom.me

20 Feb

Our ORGANIC gardens are highlighted in magazines and our gardening tips are published year around! For the last couple of months I have been writing tips and advices for home gardeners for the Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. This week I have been asked to participate on another editorial opportunity for Mom.me about Garden Fruits and Vegetables!! I will update this note as soon as I have the link for Mom.me

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Colors of my Garden NOVEMBER

10 Dec

Pink double knockout rose stamens and pistil

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry

Cape gooseberry

Boston Ivy on wall

Boston Ivy on wall

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Cucumber

Cucumber

Hydrangea flower

Hydrangea flower

Tea olive flower

Tea olive flower

Japanese maple leaf

Japanese maple leaf

Tomatoes and Cucumber

Tomatoes and Cucumber

Colors of my Garden – OCTOBER

10 Nov

Bee on lime coleus flower

Bee on lime coleus flower

Moth

moth

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

Pupa – Chrysalis swallowtail butterfly

Pupa - Chrysalis swallowtail butterfly

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Squash flower

Swallowtail larva eating

Swallowtail larva eating

 

Colors of My Garden – AUGUST

5 Sep

Blackeyed Susan

Goldstrum rudbeckia

Purple Petunia

Crape Myrtle Natchez

Ornamental Bamboo

Big Blue Liriope Flower

Delosperma cooperi

Gold Lantana

Colors Of My Garden – JULY

14 Aug

Tickseed ‘nana’

Verbena bonariensis

Sunflower ‘sunspot’

Butterfly  bush – pink

Hosta

Eggplant

Tomato ‘roma’

Cucumber Flower

Cucumber

Crape myrtle

Curry Plant

Bell pepper flower

Peach

Frangipani flower buds

Squash Flower

Best Of Atlanta – Arcoiris Design Gardening: Best Landscaping Company.

9 Nov

Thank you very much for voted for us, we won! For us is an honor and privilege to have won in the Best Improvements category as the Best Landscaping Company in Atlanta. Since we started our business in 2005 we have encouraged ourselves to offer always the best to our clients. This is the result of our love for plants and environment. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your outdoor living spaces. – Adriana Hernandez

Read more at: http://atlantatribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=68

Which Plants Can I Bring Inside During Winter?

12 Oct

                Being a plant lover and full time gardener is hard when you need to actually remove healthy plants from flower beds to start the planting season for winter. Sharing my passion for plants hereby I can guide you with some plants that you can actually bring indoors and then plant them again outdoors in spring for warm days to come. As you can imagine not all plants will survive indoors, so don’t try to prolong the life of true annuals such Lantanas, Marigolds, Salvia, Ipomoea, Petunia, Torenia, Verbena or Angelonias because these won’t make it.  

                 In many articles I have found plants well known for their ability to make the transition indoors. Some great examples are Coleus, Geraniums and Begonias, which will even bloom. Coleus will be great for a glass vase; cuttings will root and can be kept growing indoors during all winter.

                Tropical plants like Hibiscus can be place indoors too, just check for white flies and make sure to control them before bringing them indoors.

                All of these plants will need plenty of sunlight, so before you place them inside, think about your living space, not just for your own comfort but for the plants ‘ health. Please keep in mind that these plants will need a good amount of sunlight, air circulation and drainage. And before placing your selection indoors make sure you do not bring any pest such snails, slugs, aphids or whiteflies with them!

Organic Homemade Spray for Aphid control

10 Sep

Tomato Leaf Spray

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Tomato plants, as members of the nightshade family, contain toxic compounds called alkaloids in their leaves. When the leaves of tomato plants are chopped, they release their alkaloids. When the alkaloids are suspended and diluted with water, they make an easy to use spray that is toxic to aphids, but still safe around plants and humans.

What You’ll Need:

  • One to two cups of tomato leaves
  • Two cups of water
  • A strainer or cheesecloth
  • Spray bottle

To make tomato leaf spray,simply soak one to two cups of chopped tomato leaves in two cups of water. Let it steep overnight. To make the spray, strain the leaves out of the liquid using cheesecloth or a fine strainer. Add another one to two cups of water to the liquid and add it to a spray bottle.

To use the tomato leaf sprayin your battle against aphids, spray the stems and foliage of the infested plant with the spray, paying special attention to the undersides of leaves, since that is where aphids most commonly congregate.

Caution: While this spray is very safe for humans, some people are allergic to members of the nightshade family. If you are one of them, use care in making and applying this spray. 1

1. http://organicgardening.about.com/od/pestcontrol/a/spraysforaphids.htm