Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Floral Design Workshop

Floral Design by Alice May Laver

Three times a year the Shelburne and District Horticultural Society host a flower show.

The dates are May 17th, June 21st, and Aug 16th.

In order to help people compete in the flower show this year the Society has decided to have a design workshop the day before the show. The workshops will focus on creating a design for the flower show.

Alice May Laver will be hosting the design workshops. The first one is on May 16th from 1 - 4:30. It will be held at the Shelburne Library. The cost is $20.

Things to bring with you are: containers (it is suggested that you bring more than one), oasis, scissors, wire, plant material and flowers.

To condition your flowers put them in a deep container in warm water 6 hours before you need them.

Please contact Alice May if you wish to attend at 519-925-9631

Monday, April 26, 2010

Where have all the flowers gone?? - Trish Symons

Looking for some new ideas for your garden other than more flowers?

If you didn't attend the April meeting, you missed out on a great presentation.

Trish Symons shared a lot of different ideas to bring ongoing colour and beauty to your garden. Here is a small summary of some of the things she shared.

The problem with perennials is that they usually flower only for 2 -3 weeks and in order to keep annuals flowering you have to continually take the dead flowers off.

By using different coloured foliage you can keep the colour in your garden until the snow flies! With trees and shrubs you can even create a visual effect throughout the winter.

Trish suggested adding some of these features to your garden in place of flowers:
  • Art work - like statues, sculptures, globes
  • Water features - which can add reflection and sound to create serenity
  • Structures like arches, windmills, and walls
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Winding pathways wide enough for 2-3 people
  • Shrubs, trees and bushes - in different heights, shapes, and colours
  • Scree garden - this is a soil-less garden that is made up of sand and gravel
  • Herbs

Some great time saving tips that she shared:

  • Plant daffodils amongst ornamental grasses. Once the daffodils are finished flowering the grasses grow up to hide the dead daffodils so that you don't have to clean them up.
  • Using coloured foliage plants in your planters will allow for an extended period of colour

Here are some of the plants she suggested for coloured foliage:

Photo by Trish Symons - Persian Shield

Photo by Trish Symons - Geranium "Mrs. Pollack"

Photo by Trish Symons - Canna Pretoria

She also mentioned the Thunderbolt Hosta, Gold Sword Yucca and Ornamental Maize

To learn more from Trish Symons you can visit her blog here http://www.orangeville.com/blog/655778

Monday, April 19, 2010

Coloured Foliage - April 26th

Join us on April 26th at 7:30pm in the New Horizon's Room in the Mel Lloyd Centre to hear Trish Symons speak about coloured foliage.

If you are the type of gardener that becomes frustrated with the "dead heading" involved with blooming flowers this might be just what you are looking for. Find out how to create a garden using coloured foliage. This allows you to have a stress free garden that needs very little maintenance but still gives you lots of colour throughout the year.

Some of the plants she will be talking about are:
Kong Coleus, Pretoria Cannas, perennials with exquisite foliage, hostas, trees and shrubs with chartreuse, rose or burgundy foliage

Bring a friend! If you have never attended one of the meetings you can come and check it out free of charge, the more the merrier!

A Garden to Visit

Lilactree Farm

Looking for something to do on a Sunday? Tour this beautiful garden in Mulmur.

Brian Bixley is opening his farm - Lilactree Farm to the public on these days:
May 2st and 23st, June 20th, July 11th and Sept 26th. 10 - 4.
There is no cost.

Mark your calendars for a couple of dates as the gardens will change depending on the season.
This ia a spacious country garden combining careful design, unusual plantings, spectacular Escarpment views!

He is located at 547231 8th sideroad, East of the 1st line east in Mulmur.
His contact information is 519-925-5577 or lilactree@sympatico.ca

Here is a picture of one of the many pulsatillas in the garden.

Here are some more pictures of the gardens.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Plants - Natures Air Purifier

Did you know that certain types of household plants can actually clean the air in your home?

There was a study done by NASA on the ability of household plants to clean toxins and chemicals out of the air. The information from the studies has been published in a book called "How to Grow Fresh Air Plants" by B. C. Wolverton.

The research showed that the plants could remove VOC's (these come from cleaning products, carpets, off-gassing from foams and plastics), formaldehyde, benzene, pesticides, carbon monoxide.

Studies show that rooms filled with houseplants typically contain between 50% and 60% fewer mold spores and bacteria.

The top 10 Plants according to the research were:

1) Areca Palm 2) Lady Palm

3) Bamboo Palm 4) Rubber Plant
(Chamaedorea seifrizii) (Ficus Robusta)

5) Dracaena "Janet Craig" 6) Philodendron
(Dracaena deremensis) (Philodenddron sp.)

7) Dwarf Date Palm 8) Ficus Alii
(Phoenix roebelenii) (Ficus macleilandii "Alii")

9) Boston Fern 10) Peace Lily
(Nephrolepis exaltata) (Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa")

Some other plants that are great at cleaning air are:

English Ivy - Great choice for allergy sufferers

Spider Plant

Gerbera Daisy


Golden Pothos

Friday, April 9, 2010

Floral Photography

At our last meeting Cliff Smith shared some of his photography expertise with us. Here are a few of his suggestions that you could use to take some pictures for the photo contest.
  • When taking a vertical picture turn the camera vertical for them
  • Take flower shots at their level rather than from above
  • The best lighting is early morning, evening or when it is overcast
  • Look at the background of your shot and remove any unwanted objects
Another idea for your great flower photos is to mount them on card stock and send them as cards. I have seen a gorgeous one of an up close shot of the “bells” of a lily of the valley plant with the green leaves as a background. Bring a smile to someone special - Everyone loves getting a hand written card in the mail these days.

If you would like to participate in this year’s photo contest here are the categories
  • “AT THE MARKET” (A scene from a Farmers’ Market).
  • “I’M GREEN WITH ENVY” (a monochromatic shot)
  • “I LOVE IT WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (wind affecting nature)
  • “ROOM TO LET” (bird house/s)
  • “FRUIT OF THE VINE (anything that grew or is growing on a vine)
  • “GOOD MORNING SUN (morning shot)
  • "OH, IT’S COLD OUT HERE (winter scene)
  • “STORMY WEATHER” (shot taken in a storm)
  • “I SHOULD HAVE HAD A V-8 (a vegetable garden)
  • “A GARDEN SHED” (with a touch of nature)
You must be a member and your entry needs to be submitted by September 28th. If you would like more details they will be available at the meetings just ask!