Friday, December 6, 2013

The Breathtaking Beauty of Wildflowers

What can be more cheerful than watching beautiful wildflowers swaying in the wind? It is a common sight in spring season when you can spot thousands of flowers blanketing the valleys, meadows and mountains. It is quite surprising to see these wild plants thrive even in the toughest spots. You can see wildflowers and the native plants lined up besides the highway when you are driving through the countryside. It is a picturesque sight...Every one would love to see something similar on their property. It's obviously not possible to replicate the beauty entirely but by growing some spectacular wildflowers you can achieve similar results.

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Wildflowers are very obedient and warm plants that can take on the harsh climate and still manage to wear a smile. Okay not wear a smile, but still manage to look lovely! These plants do not require any care and maintenance as long as they are being planted in their native area. They have adapted so well to the climate and environment over the years that they do not need much attention. You can grow these plants in your home garden for a hassle free landscape.

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The seeds, fruit and nectar of these native plants and trees provide for the local wildlife. They are a delight to have in any home garden. You can choose from many colors and species available in most of the wholesale nurseries. Landscaping with wildflowers is best for gardeners who are looking for naturalization. So, if you like neat and manicured lawns then they are probably not meant for you. These native plants will perform their best if you let them be. They will spread rapidly and cover the area in an array of colors.

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Some must- have wildflowers for a home garden are Black Eyed Susan, Coneflower, Blue Belles, Phlox, Daffodils, Daisy, Poppy, Daylily and so many more to choose from. The list, literally, is endless. You can grow these plants for a splash of brilliant colors in your home garden.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Best Christmas Trees for Home This Season

Christmas is the most amazing time of the year when all homes are decorated for the holiday season. This is the times when most of us are looking for best Christmas trees for our homes. In fact, there are so many of them to choose from that we end up getting confused about which one to buy.

I, personally, love the traditional Christmas live evergreen trees and not the artificial ones. Old fashioned Christmas trees are a real joy and they are most loved for their natural beauty, perfumed foliage and the Christmas feel.

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There are many different varieties of dug up or potted ornamental trees that can be bought for Christmas. Many people also love to plant pines, firs and spruce trees in their gardens to decorate them during the holiday season. All these trees have an amazing foliage and many are evergreen in nature.

White Pine

White Pine is an amazing evergreen tree variety native to North America. It is a native tree that supports local wildlife and birds by providing food and shelter. The tree has got amazing green colored foliage and some perfume. The appearance is full and dense which makes it an ideal tree for decorations. It is also known for good needle retention and can be used in many arrangements, decorations and making wreaths.

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Virginia Pine

Another great variety of pine tree that holds the needles for longer time. It is an adaptable tree that does well in different kinds of soil and climates. It is also known to thrive in Southern  states and hence an ideal choice of tree for people living in southern areas. 
Virginia Pine can grow even in drought conditions without much care and attention. The needles are long and sturdy. This tree is shaped and sold around Christmas for decorations.

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Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir is a common variety that is extensively used as a Christmas tree throughout the North American region. It is a short tree with dark green colored foliage. The branches are not very sturdy and cannot hold very heavy or huge ornaments. However, it is ideal for light decorations. The tree has a strong pleasant fragrance that lingers for long time

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Other common varieties include White Fur, Scotch Pine, Norway Spruce and White Spruce. All these can make good Christmas trees. You can choose the one that suits you best!