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Press – Magazine Recognitions –

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 about Garden Fruits and Vegetables!! I will update this note as soon as I have the link for

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How to Use Fireplace Ash for Gardening

11 Jan


Winter is the perfect season to collect your fireplace ashes either to store them in a save container or use them into your garden. When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain.

“Wood ash has a very fine particle size, so it reacts rapidly and completely in the soil. Although small amounts of nutrients are applied with wood ash, the main effect is that it is a liming agent.” (1) Furthermore, calcium works as soil amendment, helping to maintain chemical balance in the soil and improves water penetration.

1. As calcium and Potassium soil amendments
2. Enrich compost, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes to the mix.
3. Block garden pests. Spread evenly around garden beds, ash repels slugs and snails. Salt in the ashes dehydrates these insects.

Calcium and potassium are both essential to plant growth. Hereby, I am listing the symptoms of both deficiencies.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:
– Necrosis at the tips and margins of young leaves,
– Bulb and fruit abnormalities,
– Deformation of affected leaves,
– Highly branched, short, brown root systems,
– Severe, stunted growth, and
– General chlorosis.

Symptoms of potassium deficiency:
– Yellow and brown spots on leaves
– Leaves drop off
– Smaller and fewer fruits
– Fruits appear deformed or small

BEFORE applying ashes to your plants please keep in mind that too much ash can increase pH or accumulate high levels of salts that can be harmful to some plants, so use ashes carefully. And don’t use it in acid-loving plants such as blueberries, cranberries, rhododendrons and azaleas would not do well at all with an application of wood ash.(1)


Colors of my garden – DECEMBER

7 Jan




Camellia Flower bud

Camellia Flower bud

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower and flower bud

Fatsia Flower and flower bud



Holly Berry

Holly Berry

Hyacinth emerging

Hyacinth emerging

Insect on leaf

Insect on leaf

Tree Berry

Tree Berry








5 very good reasons to plant Shrubs and Trees now (fall – winter):

20 Dec

5 very good reasons to plant Shrubs and Trees now (fall – winter):


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1. No stress from hot weather.
2. Plants don’t have to expend energy on making leaves, they’ll put it into creating a strong root system.
3. Because of temperatures, you don’t have to worry so much about watering your new plant.
4. There are fewer insects and disease problems that could damage your new shrubs or trees.
5. Nurseries will have a lot of good prices for plant material.
(In cold winter areas, it’s recommended to plant six weeks before the first hard frost is expected.)

Any questions? Need help with your garden?

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 – JUNE

2 Jul

African blue basil flower


Coneflower – Echinacea

Dragonwing Begonia

Dragonwing Begonia

Green Pepper Flower

Hibiscus hardy

Honeysuckle flower

Hosta Flower



Lawn Mushroom














Monarch butterfly and Coneflower



Ogon Sedum


Pink Torenia




Roma Tomatoe


Salvia Black and Blue


 Salvia Red


Sky is the limit Rose


Squash Flower


Sunflower sprout


Thailand Basil


Torenia Yellow


Toto Rustic Rudbeckia




Verbena Pink




Yarrow terra cotta










Colors Of My Garden – MAY

2 Jun

Astilbe pink



Astilbe White


Aucuba Gold dust


Azalea Nancy


Basil flower


Black Bamboo

Coleus Kong rose


Colocasia Blue Hawaiian


Confederate jasmine vine


Gardenia August beauty flower


Hydrangea Blue


Hydrangea deep pink


Hydrangea Endless summer








Lily King of Whites




Pink lily


Sage Variegated


Sedum floriferum


Small leaf pink azalea



Snapdragon white


Stinkbug nymph


Strawberry Flower



Torenia blue moon


White frangipani



Colors of my Garden – APRIL

2 May

May Night Salvia

Banksia climbing rose


Cilantro Flower

Deep pink foxglove

Double Red knockout rose

Light pink climbing rose

Paper bark bloom

Purple shamrock – Purple Clover

Recurve ligustrum

Sky is the limit rose


Hydrangea Endless summer


Arugula flower


Baby Cardinal in nest


Bleeding heart


Common Garter Snake




Lavander foxglove

Lily of valley


Heuchera mocha Flower


Pink climbing rose


Floxglove Pink


Amaryllis red

Romaine lettuce



Sweet bay laurel flower


Clematis White


Foxglove White


Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

Snowball viburnum


White foxglove

White mazus

We won 3 Awards!! UAC 2011 Professional Landscape Awards

12 Mar

The Urban AG Council of Georgia recognize  professionals involved in award-winning projects in design/build/installation, landscape management, seasonal color, landscape lighting, green innovations and community service.  Following the tradition of the MALTA Professional Awards, this awards program is open to all eligible UAC member companies! There are different categories and Arcoiris Design Gardening participated in 3 of them and won MERIT on all 3 as follow:

 1. Design/Build/Installation as Small – space: Best Western Plus – Inn at the Peachtrees

2. Design/Build/Installation as Seasonal Color – Residential: West Paces Ferry

3. Design/Build/Installation as Seasonal color – Commercial: Integral Youth and Family Project, Inc

We are very grateful with our Clients that allow us to enhance their gardens and let us be part of their projects year around. And mostly we are grateful with our employees that always strive to have our gardens the best possible. Visit:

Arcoiris Design Gardening will continue demonstrating that using organic and natural products can provide equal or MUCH better results than using chemicals!


Colors of My Garden -FEBRUARY

9 Mar

These are the pictures taken in my garden during February. Enjoy!



Azalea Anthers and Stigma


Azalea Anthers and Stigma


Blue jacket Hyacinth


Broccoli Flower


Crocus blue Bird


Crocus blue Bird Petals


Crocus blue Bird Stigma and anthers


Hyacinths and ant


Ice Follies Daffodil Anthers and Stigma


Lilac Wonder Tulip


Pink Pansy


Plum Bud-Flower


Puple Pansy


Red Devon Daffodil



Red Devon Daffodil Anthers and Stigma


Red Devon Daffodil Stigma

Fragrant, Bell-shaped Pink Flower

White Hyacinth