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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

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Planters

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Planters

Planters

8 tips to have color in your garden through the winter

5 Jan

8 tips to have color in your garden through the winter:

1. Use pansies, violas, dusty miller, mustard, dianthus, chard, snapdragons and parsley to make your own combinations.
2.Pansies love full fun, so make sure to plant them in a sunny location.
3. Violas love sun and they will bloom in filtered shade too.
4. Violas and pansies like acidic soil. Use an organic acid loving plant fertilizer when planting and mix it well with the soil.
5. Winter annuals don’t need much water, so water them just when they are dry.
6. Violas and pansies must be deadheaded regularly.
7. Slugs and snails feed on pansies, apply an organic control and follow the manufacturer instructions.
8. When temperatures are high, aphids feed on winter annuals. Use organic vegetable oils to control them.

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How to attract birds to your backyard? Redstart Warbler

15 Sep

Redstart Warbler

Known as well as the Butterfly bird, this gorgeous bird is one of the most common nesting warblers in North America. The most prominent feature on this hyperactive warbler is its flashy tail and wings, both of which it will use to startle insects while hunting.

You can attract many birds into your backyard by placing water fountains with recirculating water in a place surrounded by bushes and small trees. I use ligustrums, bamboo and hollies. In our garden birds seem to really like the leaves of Fatsia Japonica and Elephant ears. Most importantly you MUST pour fresh water every day into the fountain.

Good luck!

 

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Pesticide Free Gardens

21 Feb

Arcoiris Design Gardening goal is to encourage and educate our clients to a pesticide-free lawn and garden! As most of us know, the environmental impact of pesticides is often greater than what is intended by those who use them. Over 98% of sprayed insecticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species, including non-target species, air, water, bottom sediments, and food. (1)

Furthermore, some pesticides contribute to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. (2) There is many ways pesticides affect us, including air pollution or pesticide drift, water contamination caused by crop run-off, land run-off and leaching , persistence of pesticides in soil because the microorganisms are not able to degraded the chemicals, contamination of our food, kill bees and other pollinators,  animals may be poisoned by pesticide residues that remain on food after spraying,  poisoning from pesticides can travel up the food chain too,  can enter the human body through inhalation of aerosols, dust and vapor; through oral exposure by consuming food and water; and through dermal exposure by direct contact with skin.

Please help Arcoiris Design Gardening, to stop the use of harmful pesticides in our environment. Lets us show you how we can help you to have a free pesticide garden, we will very happy to explain all about our products and services at any time.

Are you familiar with this sign? Will you allow your childrem to play on this grass?

How about changing that sign for THIS one? Will you allow your children to play on this grass?

Important facts:

 “The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that 72 million birds are killed by pesticides in the United States each year”. (3)

“The USDA and USFWS estimate that US farmers lose at least $200 million a year from reduced crop pollination because pesticides applied to fields eliminate about a fifth of honeybee colonies in the US and harm an additional 15%”.(1)

References

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_pesticides

2. http://www.law.fsu.edu/journals/landuse/Vol131/REYN.HTMl 

3. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/21/BAQ21HC5CB.DTL

4. Pesticide sign picture from: http://www.psr-la.org/issues/environmental-health/pesticides/

Do you need to water your landscape including the trees in winter?

26 Dec

 

YES! Evergreen plants are active all year and deciduous ones even without leaves will have their roots growing during fall and winter until soil freezes. So, both plants will need water to perform their activities. Root growth is very very very active in the fall and in early winter, so deep watering is a most!

“Water in the soil, acts as a heat sink that regulates the soil temperature. It keeps the soil from overheating in summer and from getting too cold in winter. It softens and lubricates the soil in fall and spring when roots are putting on the most growth. When it is cold enough, the water in the upper soil layer freezes; this insolates the lower layers of soil from any extreme air temperature fluctuations we might get. Also, when the soil freezes the water expands moving and loosening the soil so when it melts the soil is less compacted. There are many reasons the soil needs to remain moist through the winter”. 1

 

 How to check if your landscape has enough moisture?

 Most of the fine feeder roots that are responsible for the uptake of water are located in the top 12 to 18 inches of soil for trees and 4 to 6 inches of soil for shrubs.  It’s that area that should be kept evenly moist, letting only the top 2 to tree inches dry out before re-watering. For trees, if the soil in that top 12 to 18 inches becomes too dry, the small feeder roots will die, impairing the tree’s ability to absorb water when it becomes available again, same for the 4 to 6 inches apply on shrubs.  Be sure to check the soil moisture to determine when water is needed.  You do this with a trowel, shovel, or soil-sampling tool. Don’t rely on the appearance of the soil surface, dig down and feel the soil several inches below the surface.

If your trees are growing in a lawn area, keep in mind that the grass may be using a large portion of water that’s being applied through a sprinkler system.  Even if you think you’re applying enough water, check the soil moisture in the tree root zone.  Make sure adequate moisture is reaching the soil and tree roots.  Consider supplemental watering if your trees need more water. Water your trees before the soil becomes completely dry, but when you water it is best to water thoroughly and then don’t water again until the soil needs it. In the winter the soil should receive a good soaking about every 20 to 30 days. During the summer you may need to water every 5 to 10 days to prevent the soil from becoming too dry. As you get in the habit of checking the moisture level in the soil you will become more aware of the moisture needs and more easily time the watering for the time of year.

 

1. http://www.preservationtreecare.net/pdf/Do%20I%20Need%20to%20Water%20my%20Trees%20in%20Winter%20I.pdf

Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea – Your garden Herb that promotes immune system health.

1 Sep

 

Echinacea is genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. There are nine species commonly called purple coneflowers. They are perennials and very drought tolerant.

Purple coneflower is reputed to be immunostimulator, being effective in promoting immune system health and warding off infections and also some people use it as laxative.

Echinacea angustifolia was widely used by the North American Plains Indians for its general medicinal qualities. Echinacea was one of the basic antimicrobial herbs of eclectic medicine from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century, and its use was documented for snakebite, anthrax, and for relief of pain. In the 1930s echinacea became popular in both Europe and America as a herbal medicine. [1]

Echinacea Tincture Recipehttp://www.ehow.com/way_5529325_echinacea-tincture-recipe.html

 How to Harvest Echinacea for Tea:  http://www.ehow.com/how_8356584_harvest-echinacea-tea.html

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea

 Tincture: A tincture is an alcoholic extract (e.g. of leaves or other plant material) or solution of a non-volatile substance (e.g. of iodine, mercurochrome).

Best Western Plus – Inn At The Peachtrees

30 Aug

Owners of the hotel were looking for a contemporary French Quarter, to be the perfect setting for receptions, weddings, or afternoon luncheon. They wanted us to incorporate the rich colors of the indoor decoration so the garden can flow with concept. We designed a Japanese – contemporary garden with contrast of colors and textures using Japanese maple, 4 tier topiaries, boxwoods, poodle topiaries, standard hollies, splash of color with knockout roses and fragrance plants as the gardenia radicans and star jasmine. Seasonal area is completely integrated with the perennials as a unique area that can be of different colors every season. The garden now is a great space for any event in the middle of Atlanta. The French Quarter is now the best location to host your next Event!

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Organic Flower Beds – Good for you, your Family and Nature!

24 Aug

We create our flower beds using only organic methods which not only bring joy to you but to your family and the environment. Our flower beds are built with organic soil and our flowers are fertilized with organic bioestimulants which promotes microbiological activity in and around soil and plants. The products that we use are made exclusively of plant-based botanical extracts and products. That’s our secret! Healthy organic soil is the key to our success. Rich soil is full of beneficial microorganisms that help strengthen our plants, fight disease, and even help to control insects. Healthy plants mean stronger blooms and better disease-resistance. The lack of pesticides will mean that beneficial insects will return to the garden, and will actually help clear away the pests (by feeding on them). Furthermore, our flowers are bought in local nurseries to reduce our foot print.

 

Flowers for more inspiration – Integral Youth and Family Project – Atlanta

16 Aug

Integral Youth and Family Project, LLC. , is a Human Transformation Organization that assists and support families in creating new positive traditions that will organize, enhance and inspire their lives. Their office is located in Midtown Atlanta and 3 years ago did not have any curb appeal at all. The Program Director contacted us to help her improve the landscape appearance of the building and create some seasonal areas. Every season since then we have enhanced and continuing enhancing the building with bright colors and rich textures. Furthermore every week we help to maintain the landscaped areas by pruning, mowing and planting isolated areas with shrubs.