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Poinsettia Varieties: Beyond the Common Red

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Now that we are in the month of December, many of us are adding Poinsettias to our indoor plant inventory.

The ultimate Christmas plant, Poinsettias span over 100 varieties beyond the "common red plant."

What is your Poinsettia style?

 

Are you a traditionalist and prefer the ubiquitous red Poinsettia commonly found at the market, or do seek out "designer" varieties?

I selected some Poinsettia varieties that caught my eye while at Armstrong Garden Center and featured them on the "Home & Family" show on Hallmark channel.

 

Before we begin the showcase, let's start with the proper pronunciation of the name, "Pointsettia" and a little background information.

 

Repeat after me:

"Point-set-tia."

Not, "Point-set-ah."

Got it?

Not a big deal, but why not say it correctly?

 

HISTORY OF POINSETTIA

Joel Roberts Poinsett, a physician, botanist, and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, spotted a wild Poinsettia growing in a deciduous, tropical Mexican forrest in the 1820's.

(Of course, the plant wasn't called "Poinsettia" yet, as it was named after him years later).

The plant was a Euphorbia pulcherima and part of the "spurge" family.

 

Although the plant looked nothing like what we buy today; it was tall and weedy, Poinsett took cuttings and brought them back to his South Carolina home.

He gave cuttings away to friends and started distributing plants informally.

 

100 years later, Paul Ecke Jr. started the Poinsettia industry in California,

Ecke was able to cultivate a seed that grew a full, well branched plant instead of the wild, leggy, original plant from Mexico.

Ecke was so successful that his family at the Paul Ecke Ranch in San Diego had a virtual monopoly on Poinsettia sales in the USA for almost 75 years.

 

Unfortunately for the Ecke family, a horticultural researcher figured out the "secret" to growing full branched Poinsettias and competitors flourished in the 1990's.

The Paul Ecke Ranch developed the most patented, named varieties of Poinsettias in the world!

 

POINSETTIA VARIETIES

In order to appreciate different Poinsettia varieties, take a good look at some of the major features.

 

1. Bract color, shape and texture.

"Bracts" are the "colored leaves" that give Poinsettias their signature look.

Bracts are not flowers, rather they are more like brilliantly colored "modified leaves." 

The function of bracts are to attract the attention of pollinators to the Poinsettia's very small and easily overlooked flowers, or, cyathia found in the center of the bract.

The following Poinsettias all have distinct bract shape, texture and color.

The stems and flower buds are also uniquely colored.

 

Visions of Grandeur"

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 "Visions of Grandeur" has a soft-textured bract, similar to a large rose petal.

Soft shades of pink, yellow and creme contrast with the dark, emerald green leaves.

This is a truly oppulent and luxurious Poinsettia.

One of my favorites, I can see Visions of Grandeur decorating a country or French style home.

Very romantic and pairs beautifully with winter white and some pearls!

 

 

"Winter Rose Red"

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The "Winter Rose Red" Poinsettia looks exactly like it's name!

The bracts on Winter Rose Red are very curvy and turgid, creating the look of a rose or geranium.

 

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The vivid red "petals" form a rosette and is a very unique Poinsettia.

 

"Carousel Red"

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"Carousel Red" Poinsettia has scalloped and wavy bract edges.

 

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Close up of Carousel Red Poinsettia and small, yellow flowers.

 

 

"Ice Punch"

 

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"Ice Punch" Poinsettia has a cool red bract with white highlights.

 

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Close up of Ice Punch Poinsettia.

 

"Monet"

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"Monet" is a vision of loveliness in soft peach tones.

 

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Leaves or bracts of Monet are strong and shapely.

 

DISPLAYING POINSETTIAS

Instead of just laying your Poinsettia with its cellophane wrapper on the table or floor, combine it with a few complimentary house plants.

Create a vignette and use lightweight containers.

 

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GardenStone makes gorgeous, high end planters in stone, metal, and lightweight fiberglass.

I selected the lightweight fiberglass container in a deep bronze color.

It's so much easier to move around a light weight pot during the holidays!

 

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Here's a smaller bronze GardenStone planter.

Beautiful quality materials.

Fooled my eyes!

 

POINSETTIA CARE

1. Place in bright room but not in direct sunlight.

2. Maintain temperatures at daytime-: 65-75 degrees, nightime- 50-65

3. Touch soil and if feels on dry side, water Poinsetta. Make sure to remove or slit the decorative sleeve.

4. Place far from door and heater drafts.

 

SELECTING POINSETTIA PLANTS

Look for these plant traits in a healthy Poinsettia:

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–Look for the "flower cluster" (cycathia) and select plants with as many unopened buds as possible for longer bract display.
–Strong, sturdy stems.
–Dark green foliage (no yellow leaves)

 

 

 

BONUS VIDEO!

Please watch the following video I produced and appeared in promoting a beautiful, new pink Poinsettia variety called, "Princettia!"

 

 

What are your favorite Poinsettias?

Can I answer your questions?

 

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Potted Plant Care for Summer: Water, Prune, Fertilize

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Summer is the season when many "once beautiful" potted plants start to look like they are about to die.

It doesn't have to be this way if you invest a few minutes each week to care for your plants.

 

Watering, pruning, and fertilizing are key gardening activities during the hot summer months.

If you are diligent, your container plants will look as glorious as the ones hanging on Main Street at Disneyland!

(I'm exagerating, of course).

 

Realistically, with proper care, you can expect your container plants to pump out flowers, grow in size, and perform as promised on the plant tags, all summer long!

If you are new to container gardening, these are some essential gardening skills that will help you care for your plants during the summer.

 

"Potted Plant Care For Summer By Shirley Bovshow"  video as presented on the "Home & Family" show on Hallmark channel.

 

HOW TO REHYDRATE A PARCHED PLANT

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Take a close look at your parched plant.

Does it still have some green leaves and pliable, green stems?

Congratulations!

Your plant is still alive and needs your immediate intervention!

 

On the other hand, you have a very ugly looking plant that you may feel tempted to toss out.

Not so fast, you can revive it!

 

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When the soil in your container garden becomes parched or overly dry, you can't rehydrate it just by watering it in normal fashion.

Parched soil can become a dry, solid mass that repels water, refusing to allow water to penetrate through to roots of plants!

 

A tell-tale sign of parched soil is when the potting soil pulls away from the inside walls of the container.

Watering soil in this condition is futile since the water simply pours down the sides of the container and out of the drain hole.

 

Here's what to do:

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1. Fill a bucket or trough, (that is larger than your container), with lukewarm water.

2. Place your container inside the trough so that water can enter through drain hole and rehydrate plant from the bottom.

 

You may have to leave your container in the water for a few hours or overnight until all the soil feels wet.

Once the soil is rehydrated, remove the plant from the basin and allow soil to dry to the touch at 1-inch deep.

Begin watering your plant in a more regular fashion so that it doesn't become parched again.

 

Add more potting soil, compost, and fertilizer to your container as most of the nutrients may have leached out of the pot.

Make sure to keep a 1-inch gap between the top of the soil and top of the rim of planter.

Now that you've revived your plant, don't let it happen again!

 

HOW TO DEADHEAD OR PRUNE AN ANNUAL PLANT

 

Summer heat is  responsible for rampant growth and flowering of healthy plants, which is a good thing.

The flip side is that these flowers don't live forever and look unsightly after blooming.

Once an annual flower blooms, it begins to decline, eventually withers, sets seed, and dies!

This is why annuals don't last very long, but you CAN extend your its life by "deadheading!"

 

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Deadheading is simply pruning or cutting off the dead flowers and stems back to a node, or where leaves of the plant emerge.

If you remove the dead flower without removing the stem, chances are the seed is still on the plant.

Remove it all so that your plant can regenerate and give you another round of blooms!

I've been able to coax several flushes of flowers on my annuals through deadheading.

Give it a try!

 

HARDPRUNING ANNUALS

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Sometimes a plant looks VERY spent and is a mix of dead and living stems.

Going through a plant looking for the live stems may take too much time and 20/20 vision.

I don't have either.

In situations like this, I do a "hardpruning" of my annual plant, cutting back all stems to just a few inches long.

 

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You can do the same provided you are not at the end of your summer and you have a mild fall and long growing season.

 

 

 FERTILIZE YOUR POTTED PLANTS!

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Put your potted plants on a feeding schedule during the summer growing season and you'll be impressed with its performance!

Potted plants are at your mercy for nutrients as they can only access what you provide them.

Regular watering is vital, but it also causes nutrients to leach from the soil.

Fertilize your plants!

 

Fertilizers come in a variety of blends with different ratios of vital nutrients for plants.

There are organic blends and non-organic.

I prefer organic and like the Gardner & Bloome line.

 

Look for the three numbers on the fertilizer package in the photo above.

It reads, "3-7-4."

The numbers indicate the percentage of essential nutrients that the fertilizer provides.

Beginning with the first number, the numbers represent the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, in the formula, in that order.

You can see that there is more "phosphorus" (#7) in this formula, followed by potassium (#4) and nitrogen (#3).

 

Phosphorus and potassium are essential in bud and bloom production in a plant and so the fertilizer blend is aptly named, "Bud & Bloom" fertilizer.

You don't need to be a master gardener to select fertilizer for your specific need, there are many pre-mixed formulas.

The package comes with instructions for applying the right amount of fertilizer by container size, so you can't go wrong.

 

What you should be aware of is that fertilizers, even organic ones, have the potential to "burn" your plant if you get any on your leaves or flowers.

Apply fertilizer to the soil, scratch it in, and then water immediately.

Depending on the formula, the fertilizer can last anywhere from 10 days to 2 months. 

 

You'll be thrilled at how beautiful you can maintain your potted plants during the summer if you practice careful watering, deadheading and fertilizing!

 

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Garden expert and designer Shirley Bovshow on Home & Family show, Hallmark channel

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO READ A FERTILIZER LABEL!

Interested in understanding plant fertilization better?

Watch my video below.

Enjoy my fun video about fertilizing your plants.

You will learn so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage!

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My fingers are still tender from working on my DIY bunny rabbit topiary made from a repurposed tomato cage and floral netting!

After trying six different design approaches for the bunny topiary, I finally settled on using a tomato cage as a support.

You can't beat the 2 dollar price tag and the small tomato cage frame is the perfect size to fit a 1 or 5 gallon size plant.

And so, I presented my design on the Home and Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden design expert.

 

I love the challenge of coming up with new ideas and garden design projects every week for the show.

The bunny topiary was a challenge because it had to be easy enough for most people to do, use inexpensive materials, and be structurally viable.

I was excited when I finally thought of using a tomato cage and estatic when I put it together and it actually looked kind of cute!

 

Want to make one?

Here we go.

 

Materials for Shirley's DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage 

  • Small tomato cage (used as topiary support)
  • 4 packs of green floral wire netting by  Panagea  12" x 48"-inches ( $3 each Joann's)
  • 1 pack 22g green floral wire
  • 1 lightweight plant container
  • 1- 5-gallon African Boxwood plant (SEE NOTE)
  • 3- 4"-inch English Daisies
  • 1-4"-inch Festuca blue- (to use as bunny's tail)
  • 1-pack "sew on eyes" (.50 cents at Joann's)
  • Sphagnum moss

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NOTE: Use an evergreen plant for a topiary frame so it looks good year-round.

Select plants with small leaves and dense, green foliage that looks good when sheared.

Examples include boxwood, myrtle, syzygium, laurel, privet, rosemary, ivy, creeping fig vine.

Buy compact varieties of these plants for small topiaries and regular growing varieties for large landscape topiaries.

 

Create the Bunny Topiary Frame

  1. Check  that your inverted tomato cage fits over your plant and sits on the soil of the container.
  2. Remove your tomato cage from plant and wrap with floral netting, securing with floral wire beginning at the base of cage and work your way up.
  3. Pull your netting as you wrap it around so that it is not loose.
  4. Cut off the metal stakes that stick up from the tomato cage with wire cutters.
  5. Place the covered tomato cage carefully over your plant.
  6. Reuse the cut metal stakes to secure the cage to the planter by bending them in half and inserting in soil.
  7. Cut a 8"-10"- inch piece of netting and press it on top of a round object to curve it- this will become the top of the bunny head.
  8. Secure the netting to the top of the topiary form, closing the gap and creating the top of the "head"
  9. Cut another 8-10"-inch netting and shape on top of round object- this will become the bunny's face.

10.Secure the "bunny face to the top of the frame and "head"

Add Appendages

 

FEET

Cut 2 pieces of netting 8"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each piece with moist moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

Bend feet upwards.

 

PAWS

Cut 2 pieces of netting, approx 4"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

 

BUNNY EARS

Cut two pieces of netting, 12"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

 

FINAL DETAILS

  1. Attach the "Sew on Eyes" with a piece of wire onto the "face" 
  2. Plant the Festuca grass where the bunny tail would be.
  3. Plant a few English Daisies along the rim of planter
  4. Finish with a hand painted sign that reads: "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" 

 

HAVE FUN!

 

Watch the video of my segment on Home and Family

 

 

 

 

Miniature Rose Garden With Repurposed Glass Bottle Arbor

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I designed a miniature rose garden featuring repurposed glass bottles which I made into an arbor just in time for Valentines Day!

Don't ask me where I get my wild ideas, I just get them.

I have a collection of gorgeous liquor or "spirit" bottles that I picked up in an alley behind a bar in Sherman Oaks, California a couple of years ago.

It's been my intention to use these beautifully shaped bottles in my garden designs, and I finally used a couple of them.

 

If you watch my gardening segments on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel, you might be visiting my blog, EdenMakers, to read more information or to see more photos of the miniature rose garden I presented on the show.

You've come to the right place!

 

 

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Take a look at my "Glass Bottle Arbor and Rose Mini Garden" from start to finish with a little video thrown in!

 

Video, "Shirley Bovshow's Mini Rose Garden on Home and Family Show"

 

MATERIALS FOR SHIRLEY'S GLASS ARBOR ROSE MINI GARDEN

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Miniature roses in 4 or 5"-inch container
 
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Sweet Alyssum in multi pack size
 
potting soil
Urn or container 5-gallon size is ideal
 
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Fill your container up to 1-inch shy of the rim with well draining potting soil
 
 
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 Remove all labels from bottle and wash inside and out before using in your container garden.
 
22-gauge florist wire to wrap around bottle
2- bottles (nicely shaped)
2-wine corks
 
1-Covered wire stem (to make top of arbor)
Sharp scissors
 
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1-heart-shaped cookie cutter
 
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1-package of red "sparkle glass"
Package of small white pebbles
pantyhose discards

 

Instructions

PREPARE THE BOTTLE ARBORS
1. Select two identical bottles, wash inside and out, remove labels.
 
2. Starting at the bottom of the bottle, wrap 22-gauge florist wire around the base and extend to neck of bottle.
    Twist wire to other side of bottle neck and extend downward to bottom of bottle.
    Cut wire and tighten ends together.
 
3. Wrap floral wire horizontally around the bottle to create a "trellis" grid for the roses to be attached to.
    Wrap at least 3 horizontal wires.
 
4. Drill a small hole on top of wine corks with end of scissors or small nail.
    (This will make inserting the wire for the "arbor top" easier).
 
5. Twist a couple of covered wire stems together and shape into a small arch.
 
 
INSTALL THE ARBOR
 
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6. Insert the two bottles into the potting soil, burying approximately, 1/2 – 1"-inch of the bottom of the bottle.
    Make sure the two are at the same level and directly across each other.
 
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7. Insert the wine corks into the bottles and join the two bottles by inserting bent covered wire into each of the corks.
    This is the top of your arbor.
 
PLANT ROSES AND ALYSSUM
 
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8. Plant your roses on each side of the bottle and attach stems to the grid using small pieces of pre-bent wire.
 
9. Plant sweet alyssum along edges of your container.
 
PREPARE FOR DECORATIVE SOIL COVER
 
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10.Cover the soil with old pantyhose or landscaping material so that the topping won't sink into the soil after watering.
     Top with white pebbles.
 
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Miniature rose garden floor covered with white pebbles
 
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11. Insert the heart-shaped cookie cutter into the pebbles and top with red sparkle glass.
 
DETAIL YOUR MINI GARDEN
 
12. Cover the bare soil near the plants with sphagnum moss
 
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13. Hang a small crystal pendant from arbor.
 
14. Place a small bench in your garden.
 
Water lightly and place indoors near sunny window or outside in covered patio in bright spot.
After roses fade, plant them in your yard in a sunny location that get six hours of full sun each day.
 
 
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MAINTAINING YOUR MINIATURE ROSE GARDEN
 
1. Water your miniature rose garden when the soil feels dry to the touch.
 
2. Remove old flowers once they are spent to keep the garden looking fresh
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3. As rose plants grows, you can re-pot each rose in it's own container or plant outdoors in the garden as weather permits.
 
 

MINIATURE ROSE INFORMATION

Contrary to popular practice, you don't have to throw away your supermarket miniature rose when it stops blooming.
 
These roses are just as strong as their full sized counterparts.
 
Many miniature roses will grow up to 2-3'-feet tall when planted in the ground and are ideal for small spaced gardens.
 
Plant your miniature rose outdoors in the spring after all threat of frost is over in a location that receives at least 6 hours of full sun.
 
Water, fertilize as often as you would your full size roses.
 

More Miniature and Fairy Gardens by Shirley Bovshow

I've created a number of miniature and fairy gardens throughout the years.

Here are some links to other blog posts as well as videos of my projects.

Enjoy!

 

Fairy Gardening: Miniature Garden Ideas

Miniature Rose Garden: Container Idea

Butterdish Terrarium by Shirley Bovshow

 

Videos on Miniature and Fairy Gardening with Shirley Bovshow

 

"How to Make Your First Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden"

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"Make a Mini Garden With Sun Parasol Garden Crimson Mandevilla"

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Legacy Plants: Cloning Your Plants on Home & Family Show

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My latest segment on "Home & Family" show is about "Legacy Plants," or special plants that have been passed to others through cloning.

There is nothing new about taking cuttings to multiply a plant but what is unique about my Legacy Plant design is the way the plants are shared.

 

Take a Closer Look!

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Instead of handing over a cutting of your special plant in a plastic bag or in a small growing pot, create a "gift package" that elevates your plant to heirloom status.

I know I would treat a gift plant with much more importance if it looked like the plant in the photo above.

 

Legacy Plant Gift Kit

Place your plant cutting into a beautiful container after it has grown a decent size.

Don't leave it in your plastic grow pot.

 

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I blinged out my plant with sheet moss and decorative shells.

 

An important feature of the Legacy Plant kit is a framed photograph of the plant and the plant owner that accompanies the gift plant.

In addition to this, I designed a custom plant tag that tells the story of the plant including the year the plant was first received, the occasion, and the person who received it!

The materials are from Michaels Craft store. 

Popsicle stick glued to a pre-shaped wood marquee and painted copper.

The inscription was printed on computer paper and Mod Podged over the marquee.

 

No one will ever forget the significance of your Legacy Plant when it comes with these details.

Take a look at more Legacy Plant packages and start passing on your treasured plants!

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African Violet with photo and plant tag.

I displayed the plant with a cute "Pass it On" decorative piece I had made with birch tree slices and etched ink.

 

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Closeup of African Violet gift tag.

 

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I love the textured photo frame that compliments the rugged container holding the Arrowhead or Nephtitis plant.

 

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Closeup of the Legacy Plant custom tag.

 

Watch my gardening segment on Home and Family, titled, "Creating Legacy Plants for Generations to Come" as seen

For instructions on multiplying a geranium, read Propagating Geraniums by Taking Cuttings.

Subscribe to EdenMakers Blog for blog post updates.
I'll post an article on cloning your plants as seen on the show, shortly!

 

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See you soon!

Shirley

Instant Succulent Centerpiece Wreath For Holidays

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Who has time for "decking the halls" these days?

What if you could put together an "instant succulent centerpiece wreath" for the holidays in less than one minute?

My friend, Jenny Peterson, a talented garden designer and  co-author of the popular book, "Indoor Plant Decor" shares her design idea in this short, 50 second video clip!

 

The beauty of Jenny's wreath is that you can easily change out the plants throughout the year for different holidays and occasions.

 

Purchase fresh and healthy looking 4"-inch plants to swap out the succulents.

Garden centers usually have a variety of small-size perennials and houseplants that you can use.

Here are some ideas:

Christmas Plants

  • Azaleas
  • Hydrangeas
  • Cyclamen
  • Ivy
  • Mini Roses
  • Poinsettias
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Gardenias

While you are in a creative mood, you can also add details to this wreath like nuts, citrus fruits or pomogranites!

 

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Check out Jenny's book, Indoor Plant Decor.

The co-author is another friend of mine, Kylee Baulee and this book is a hit!

How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly

Poinsettia Plants for Christmas and Holidays. Do you know how to pronounce Poinsettia correctly?

How do YOU pronounce "Poinsettia?"

Do you say "POIN-SETTA?"

How about "POIN-SETTIA," with emphasis on the long "i" at the end?

 

Watch Shirley Bovshow in this fast 20-second video,  "How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly" from her Garden World Report Show and see how well you did!

 

Watch Shirley on the Home & Family Show on the Hallmark Channel for weekly gardening segments!