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The truth about Dandelions

8 Apr

  


Back in Colombia, (where I come from) dandelions are part of our childhood, we blow their seeds every time we have the opportunity, we as kids loveeeee them! They are everywhere! Playgrounds are never treated with chemicals so dandelions are part of our grass year around! 

Now, I am teaching my daughter how to do the same thing…blow them when you see them… And… She likes it!! 


I know there are found as weeds worldwide,  but did you know that they actually are flowering plants in the family Asteraceae? Yes, same as Asters, calendula, chrysanthemum, gerbera, dahlia, zinnias…. And many many more. So maybe this weeds is not too much of a weed! Furthermore, is completely edible and has amazing health benefits including antioxidants! 


I am going to try this recipe over the weekend it seems delicious is pretty much is like cooking spinach http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sauteed-dandelion-greens-242014


And hereby there are 3 ways to prepare dandelion tea: http://omgirlsguide.com/2013/04/22/how-to-make-dandelion-tea-3-ways-dedicated-to-earth-day/


I hope you enjoy it, Thanks for reading! 




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

 

How to attract birds to my backyard?

10 Feb

How to attract birds to my backyard?

When we first moved to Mindtown Atlanta, there were not many birds visiting our abandoned backyard. Nowadays, we are visited for over 30 species during the year. Some are local birds and some are migratory birds.

We basically planted evergreen shrubs such as hollies, aucubas, ligustrums, anise and many others. And most importantly we have 2 birdbaths and 3 water fountains. Water is the key to have many birds in our backyard.

Tip: Place one birdbath with stand close to a tree so the birds can feel protected and they will have a place to clean their feathers. And another one on the floor surrounding by plants such fatsia japonica, a holly tree or azaleas. Birds seem not to like birdbaths without shrubbery around it. Make sure to clean the birdbath at least once a week and refill it with fresh water every other day (even if water its frozen).

Most importantly, please do not apply any pesticides in your garden. If you apply an insect control for example you will kill not only the undesired insect but the beneficial as well, then a bird will eat this insect and then you will be poisoning the bird too.

How Important is Water for Birds?

It is VERY important, birds like other (all) animals, need water to survive. Birds also use

water for bathing, to clean their feathers and remove parasites. Every day we have many birds visiting our backyard’s birdbaths and water fountain. I don’t even have to place bird food anymore, because with water I attract more birds than ever.

Check out the following videos and pictures:

Video:

http://youtu.be/KnS_HAenrAo

 

Pictures of my backyard birds:

http://www.facebook.com/arcoirisdesigngardening?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.292875447415130.62926.181272451908764&type=3

Interesting sites:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/Members/BirdNote09–ProvideWater.pdf

http://blog.wbu.com/2012/07/16/how-important-is-water-for-birds/

http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/2620

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 – SEPTEMBER

9 Oct

Bee on Basil flower

Bee on Basil flower

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillarr

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillarr

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Homestead verbena

Homestead verbena

Grape tomates

Grape tomates

Frangipani

frangipani

Wren baby birds

Wren baby bird

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 – 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

 

Orchid

 

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

Blueberry

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

 

Dogwood

 

Lavander foxglove

Lily of valley

 

Heuchera mocha Flower

 

Pink climbing rose

 

Floxglove Pink

 

Amaryllis red

Romaine lettuce

Strawberry

 

Sweet bay laurel flower

 

Clematis White

 

Foxglove White

 

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

Snowball viburnum

Strawberry

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: http://urbanagcouncil.com/cgi-bin/MySQLdb?VIEW=/source/documents/viewdownload.txt&docid=732&file=/docs/2012/02/2012020305470724/2011awardsprogram.pdf

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

Thanks!