7 May

Sympathy Plants When Life Seems Unbearable

Sympathy plants are perfect gifts for any occasion to express our love and care. They bring comfort and hope to people who are facing tough situations, difficult times and personal problems. They make excellent presents for those who need uplifting and a solemn offering of condolences for a person or a family who is grieving. It can also be a thoughtful way to send your regards whenever you can’t make it on dates, meetings and other meet ups. In many ways, a sympathy plant can be a suitable mood changer for people who are feeling alone, lost, and for those who need uplifting because of tragedies and other similar events occurring in their lives.

Unlike birthday gift plant packages that are usually prepared to have a lavish and decorative appearance, sympathy plants are more conserved and subdued to go with the thought of the recipient. Though there could be hundreds of plants in the market that can be used as gift plants, visiting your local florist and asking what kind of gift plant will be best for your situation might be a good idea. Picking the right plant for unhappy moments needs more attention rather than choosing gift plants for birthdays, reunions, and other traditional happy occasions. Having the right knowledge of what is right and what is not for sympathy plants will give you a clear understanding of what your gift will be.

The main purpose of sending sympathy plants is to cheer someone who is special. When we can’t personally give them comfort, sympathy plants can do it for us. Giving sympathy plants is becoming increasingly popular today because of the convenience which is brought by plant ordering websites. Now, people who are planning to send plant gifts can do it anywhere, anytime as long as they have internet access. All you need is a computer, internet and your credit card or online purchasing account and your ready to make an order. All these is as easy as one, two, three and you can actually buy gift plants at the security and convenience of your home. More importantly, ordering plant gifts online are much more cheaper and faster compared to the traditional way of buying them.

6 May

The Limu Moui Plant and Why It Is Amazing

An international group recently embarked on a worldwide journey to determine which country had the highest concentration of centenarians, or, people who have lived on the Earth for 100 years or more. Surprisingly, the studies revealed that many island countries had a high rate of folks who lived to see more than 350,000 days. In particular, the tiny island country of Tonga, located in between the vast oceanic expanse of Australia and South America, had the single highest concentration of people over 100 years old.

What, scientists wondered, could be the possible source of the Tongan people living so long? After in-depth inspection and research, all signs pointed to the benefits of the Limu Moui plant, which is a regular part of the daily diet on the island of Tonga.

Limu moui is a sea plant that is native to the South Pacific seas, primarily the great island of Tonga. The ancient saltwater plant grows up from the sea beds in long, intimidating shoots, much like bamboo, only with far more leaves. The plant is equipped with a biochemical known as fucoidan, which is now believed to be an essential ingredient to living a long healthy life.

Another main benefit of the plant it its ability to fight off and remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are the discovery of the great scientist Moses Gomberg, who concluded that the presence of free radicals in the body are the cause of many of the degenerative diseases that human beings suffer from. A wide variety of strong polyphenols, which specifically protect the body from free radicals, are abundant in every single square inch of the limu moui plant.

Thankfully, many products have been created that bring the benefits of the rare and exotic limu moui plant to the masses. Some forms of liquid limu moui have recently hit the shelves, complete with the ingredients that are believed help individuals with their overall health. The Earth truly possesses a number of incredibly beneficial and naturally beautiful elements. When they are discovered, harnessed, and made available to the general public, it is an amazing reward for everyone involved.

5 May

Planting, Harvesting And Replanting Lemongrass

Lemongrass, sweet basil, spicy basil and other herbs were growing wild all years round in Northeastern Thailand where I grew up . My grand-father planted mango trees, papaya trees, tamarind tree, giant bamboo tree and other countless trees everywhere. I remembered running out to collect ripped mangoes that had been knocked down by the wind just before the heavy rain. Other kids in the neighborhood also joined in with big buckets in their hands. Nobody cared who took them, they were plenty for everyone. One of my roles as a young child was to help picking and finding whatever herbs my mother told me to pick before she did her cooking. Lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves to make curry paste or spicy basil for stir-fry spicy chicken. I would ran off to the wood behind the house and came back handful with herbs for my mom. Sometimes, she complained that I was little too rough with those herbs because I bruised them. But most of the time, she was pleased. Those were good memories and I had no idea that I would miss such things as picking herbs. One of my vivid memories of lemongrass was that I used to bathe outdoor from a huge clay water container which stood next to lemongrass bush. The bush was there sucking in all the soapy water running off my body. It survived the alkaline water!

In cold climate areas such as Northern USA, lemongrass can be grown outdoor in Spring with the rest of herbs and plants in the garden or as decorative plant itself. I usually plant my lemongrass outside in the garden with my vegetables. These day, you can pretty much buy lemongrass from most of the nurseries. They usually sell in a small pot with one lemon stalk per pot. You’ll only need one plant or two to get started. You’ll be amazed how many stalks they will reproduce by the end of the Summer. Lemongrass prefers well drained soil and good sun light. Give it some water when ever you water your garden. If you plant it indoor,you could get by with watering it every 3-4 days. Lemongrass is an easy plant to plant, after all they don’t call it “grass” for nothing. It doesn’t require much care and it is disease resistance as well. Plant Lemongrass in Spring after frost and by mid Summer, you’ll have lemongrass ready for cooking.

I keep my lemongrass in the freezer and use it all year round. I do this by harvesting lemongrass at the end of each Fall. I would dig out the whole plant which by this time, I should have a whole big bunch of healthy looking lemongrass stalks. I would then leave about five stalks with roots attached, chop of the leaves and plant them in a pot indoor. This would be used as my starter for up coming Spring. I then would clean up the rest of the stalks by cutting off the roots, trimming off all the leaves and peeling a layer or two of the stalks leaving nice and clean white and light green part. I prefer slicing them in little pieces and pack them in zip lock bag. I use lemongrass for soup,curry and stir fry. If you like lemongrass tea, you can also save those leaves that you trim off from the stalks. Chop them up in little pieces and let them air dry. Store it in a ziplock bag or a jar and use it for making lemon grass tea which is a very good relaxant, by the way.

Now, the Spring is not too far away. My Lemongrass plants are sitting in the pot waiting to be replant again. Look like I will have many lemongrass bushes to harvest next fall.

Ratcha Chambers is a stay-at-home-mother of twin girls. Visit her knitting website at; www.to-knit-knitting-stitches.com

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30 Apr

Tips For Watering Flowers And Plants In The Summertime

If you have a garden or yard, then you probably know that your plants need a little more help during the summer heat. In many cases, the best way to keep your garden healthy is to water the plants so that they are getting the moisture they need to grow. However, if you do not water your plants properly, you might find your garden dead rather quickly. Use the following tips to water you flowers and plants in the best way possible.

Tip #1: Regulate the watering.

One of the most common mistakes people make is to turn their sprinkler systems on a timer, which takes the guesswork out of watering. However, this is generally a bad idea, since it can lead to over-watering. Why? Well, it might rain some times, making the ground already saturated. Your water will just add to the problem. You should take every day as it comes. If your plants need water, water them, but if they do not, let the natural water in the environment take care of the situation. Using a timer might be easy, but it is generally not an effective method for watering your plants.

Remember, a timer can be effective if you are going away on vacation. During the summer months, many people like to take time off, and if you are leaving for vacation, set up a sprinkler system on a timer so that you can be sure your plants get the water they need while you are away.

Tip #2: Know your plants.

How much water does your rose bush need to survive and thrive? How much does your lawn need? How much does your lilac bush need? Every plant is completely different. You would not water a cactus on the same schedules as you would water a patch of grass, right? Well, although the differences might not be quite as drastic, knowing your plants allows you to make sure that each gets the proper amount of water during the summer. You can do research online or talk to your local garden center professional to determine how much water your plants need. With a bit of preparation and planning you can take steps to ensure that your flowers and plants will be properly watered and healthy.

Tip #3: Create a drainage system in your garden.

If you have a good drainage system in your garden, using good planting patterns, slopes, and runoff ditches, the plants will not run the risk of being waterlogged. This is especially important if some plants in your garden need more water than others. A good drainage system is actually pretty easy to install in your garden, and it should not cost too much extra money.

Tip #4: Prune your plants.

What does pruning have to do with watering? Well, when you prune plants, you are getting rid of dead leaves as well as excessive growth. It is that excessive growth that should worry you. A plant needs less water when it is the correct size. If it gets too big, it will demand more water and the plant will not be as healthy. Make sure that you prune each plant carefully, especially if you want the biggest and best blooms.

24 Apr

Plant Stanols and Sterols

Cholesterol is the last thing you want to have to worry about. As you get older, you invariably have to start paying more attention to your health, but you deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your cholesterol isnt putting you at risk for heart disease, strokes, or other circulatory problems. There are a few different ways you can accomplish this.

First of all, you can try to lower the amount of cholesterol you take in from the food you eat. This means youll want to avoid “animal foods”, such as meat, fish, and eggs. However, unless you are committed to a vegan diet, you cannot totally avoid sources of cholesterol in your diet, and your body still needs the protein that such foods provide. If reducing these foods isnt enough, or youd rather not miss out on the occasional steak, you can look for a prescription medicine to help.

Prescription drugs tend to be effective at getting the numbers where they should be, but that doesnt mean you are automatically healthier. Whatever a drug is doing to get your body to behave differently, this often leads to other problems, because its not really fixing the problem. In common cholesterol-lowering drugs, you might experience some side effects like constipation, diarrhea, nausea, loss of kidney function, and even memory loss!

To lower your cholesterol safely and naturally, there are supplements that utilize natural compounds called plant stanols and sterols. These are compounds that provide an essential component to animal and plant cell membranes. Cholesterol is a sterol of human cells, while phytosterols are found in plants. So, what would happen if you took a supplement with plant sterols and stanols?

You might think of the plant stanols and sterols as extra buckets for cholesterol, or even as magnets that attract cholesterol away from your “bad cholesterol,” the kind called LDL. However, unlike LDL cholesterol, plant stanols and sterols carry less because they arent as absorbent. In other words, when your liver produces cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein transports that cholesterol throughout your body, the LDL is known to leave behind some deposits of plaque in your arteries, or triglycerides. When you take a supplement with plant stanols and sterols, it provides additional “buckets” to carry around cholesterol, but ones that are shallower and wont carry as much as the LDL would. All of this means that there is less LDL cholesterol, and with less LDL cholesterol there is less plaque and gunk in your arteries.

Studies have demonstrated that taking plant sterols daily can reduce your risk of heart disease by 10% to 14%. And you can have this benefit without worrying about harming your body or suffering unnecessary side effects that a prescription drug might cause. In the end, your goal is to give yourself the best quality of life you can get with the lowest risk of a life-threatening condition like heart disease, stroke, etc. Using a product like Heart Savior, which contains nearly 100% pure plant stanols and sterols, gives you the best balance between reducing your risk and keeping an excellent quality of life.

23 Apr

Contractor’s Plant & Machinery Insurance- Benefits And Exclusions

Coverage: Plant and equipment often constitute a considerable part of a building contractor’s investment. Contractor’s Plant and Machinery insurance is an exclusive all risks policy covering the plant and machinery used by the contractors at the site for various projects.
Contractors Plant and Machinery Insurance covers the property whether they are at work or at rest, or being dismantled for the purpose of cleaning or overhauling, or in the course of operations or when being shifted within the premises or during subsequent re-erection, but in any case only after successful commissioning.

Interest Covered: Illustrations of machineries/equipment that can be covered under Contractors Plant & Machinery insurance are-
– Earthmoving equipment: Bulldozer, grader, scraper, excavator, loader, dumper, etc
– Concrete mixer, concrete pumps
– Lifting equipment and drilling equipment Road surfacing equipment:
– Batching plant for production of concrete of asphalt
– Concrete or bitumen paving machines
– Bitumen tank sprayers (iv) rollers

Duration: Normally on annual basis and to be renewed periodically

Scope: It is an all risks insurance policy covering loss or damage to the property by any cause other than those excluded-
– Fire, lightning, explosion, aircraft damage
– Riot, strike, malicious act
– Flood, inundation, storm, cyclone and allied perils
– Landslide, subsidence and rockslide
– Burglary and theft
– Collision, overturning and falling of foreign object
– Any other sudden, unforeseen, accidental damages not explicitly excluded

Exclusions: Some of the special exclusions under the policy are-
– Electrical /mechanical breakdown
– Vehicles designed and licensed for general road
– Hull and machinery of waterborne vessel/crafts
– Plant/machinery working underground
– Equipments undergoing testing
– Replaceable parts
– Loss or damage due to explosion of boiler/pressure vessel
– Total or partial immersion in tidal waters
– Whilst in transit
– Consequential Loss

Extensions: Cover can be extended to includes up to a limit chosen by you on the following on payment of additional premium-
– Owner’s surrounding property
– Clearence and removal of debris
– Additional customs duty
– Express freight
– Air freight
– Third party liability
– Floater cover
– Dismantling
– Earthquake
– Escalation”””

22 Apr

Blue Foliage Plants

Following on from last weeks article concerning silver toned foliage, this week we will be covering the colour blue, and a selection of the most effective cultivars for displaying this hue. As has been mentioned previously, it is interesting to consider the time of year that your foliage will have the greatest impact in the garden and this colour may be particularly effective in summer when it will be enhanced by the (hopefully!) blue skies we will be enjoying.

Floral and Hardys Top Five Blue Beauties:

1. Cerinthe major purpurascens

Otherwise known as Honeywort, Cerinthe major purpurascens is an upright annual flowering cultivar which can grow up to 60 centimetres tall and whose foliage will alternate between blue and turquoise throughout spring and summer. The flowers of this plant have bright purple petals, offset by a vivid yellow heart and they will also be accompanied by purple bracts growing at the base of the flowers. They are highly attractive to bees and will thrive if cutting is performed regularly. They prefer well drained soil and a sheltered position that enjoys full sun, but the Honeywort is fairly indifferent to soil structure and will perform equally well in almost any ph. level.

2. Festuca glauca Elijah Blue

Elijah Blue is a compact, clump-forming, evergreen ornamental grass, producing strikingly blue tufts of wiry foliage about 20 centimetres tall, accompanied by blue-green flowers in the summertime that, come autumn, will fade to pale brown. However, these blooms are tiny to the point of unnoticeable and so will not detract from the beauty of the foliage itself. The plant will require very little maintenance and even better is suited to the majority of environments, withstanding high levels of exposure or extremes at either end of the ph. spectrum.

3. Helictotrichon sempervirens

If you like the Festuca but need something a bit bigger, the Blue Oat Grass might be for you, as this is another dense evergreen with a tufted habit – rather like the Festuca, but taller. Its rigid, spiky leaves will grow to approximately 1.4 metres in height, in a blue or silver tone throughout all seasons. In the summertime it will also produce brown flowers in small spikelets borne on broad panicles, provided it is grown in full sun, however, the eponymous foliage is quite hardy and will therefore thrive in most environments, even in poor soil, but it does prefer an alkaline based soil. They can be easily propagated by means of division following flowering in mid-summer.

4. Hosta Hadspen Blue

Hadspen Blue is a small herbaceous perennial of minimal maintenance that will grow to a maximum height of 35 centimetres m within 2-5 years. It is possessed of smooth, blue-grey, heart-shaped leaves and produces summer blooming, bell-shaped, mauve flowers. It has a clump forming habit and will perform best in heavy clay or loam based soil, however, despite its high level of hardiness, it does prefer a sheltered position and an acidic ph. level, so be aware that a light, sandy soil may cause its leaves to yellow. Hostas are notoriously attractive to slugs and snails, however, they dont seem to like the blue-leafed varieties as much, so this one might be a good choice.

21 Apr

Turf Mark Dye is the best plant marker

If you wish to apply any herbicide or pesticide on a plant and wish to be certain that it has been well applied you can add a marker dye to it. One such dye is Turf Mark Dye that marks plants as you apply pesticide with a certain colour, in this case blue. Since its environment friendly and biodegradable, it disappears easily within a few days. Thus it’s a great marker for plants and doesn’t affect plant health in any manner.

Hence you can easily see if you have missed a place and have applied properly in each area with the help of a marker like Turf Mark Dye. This information will allow for total coverage of plants while applying herbicides. No longer does one have to speculate where you applied herbicide and more significantly, you can steer clear of double or triple coatings of application of herbicide on turfs which can be tremendously dangerous to plants and overall health of turfs and harvests.

Colorants like Turf Mark Dye are used as colouring markers and these may permit better application of insect killer sprays on plants as well as turfs along with crops. This multipurpose marker dye could proffer the possibility to decrease environmental contamination since it is biodegradable and generally lowers levels of artificial pesticide usage on crops by making way for optimum application. However, trials imply that if comparatively challenging weeds were treated, or less rates of a number of herbicides were used instead, marker dyes combined with pesticides might decrease effectiveness. However turf mark is way better than such other dyes as it increases optimum usage of pesticide by proper application of herbicides and disappears by 3 days on sunlight exposure. Hence it is a great blue marker dye which is friendly to plants.

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21 Apr

Plant Spirit Shamanism The seguro

Andean shaman, Juan Navarro, was born in the highland village of Somate, department of Piura. He is the descendant of a long line of healers working with san pedro and with the magical powers of the sacred lakes known as Las Huaringas, which have been revered for their healing properties since the earliest Peruvian civilization.

At the age of eight, Juan made a pilgrimage to Las Huaringas and drank san pedro for the first time. Now in his 50s, every month or so it is still necessary for him to return there to accumulate the energy he needs to protect and heal his people.

Healing sessions with san pedro involve an intricate sequence of processes, including invocation, diagnosis, divination, and healing with natural power objects, called artes, which are kept, during the ceremony, in a complicated and precise array on the maestros altar or mesa.

Artes may include shells, swords, magnets, quartz crystals, objects resembling sexual organs, rocks which spark when struck together, and stones from animals’ stomachs which they have swallowed to aid digestion. They bring magical qualities to the ceremony where, under the visionary influence of san pedro, their invisible powers may be seen and experienced.

The maestro’s mesa, on which these artes sit, is a representation of the forces of nature and the cosmos. Through the mesa the shaman is able to work with and influence these forces to diagnose and heal disease.

Always on these altars are seguros magical amulet bottles filled with perfume, plants, and seeds gathered from Las Huaringas.

According to Juan Navarro, a seguro is a friend or ally, someone you can turn to for advice and information, who will listen and share your problems.

Less poetically, a seguro is a clear glass bottle which contains perfumes, sacred water and, of course, a selection of plants chosen for their specific healing and spiritual qualities.

These bottles are kept on an altar, in sacred space, and regarded as objects of great power. Whenever the person who has a seguro requires help with any practical or spiritual problem, he will take it from the altar and sit with it against his heart, speaking with it as if to a friend. The seguro will absorb and transform the energy of his problems but, more importantly, if he listens carefully, the person who seeks its advice will hear the answers he needs from the spirit of the plants themselves.

A seguro can help you maintain and deepen your link to the sacred because, of course, it contains your plant ally. If there are other plants you have journeyed to or would like to learn from, these can be added to the seguro as well and, when you know the language of your ally, this plant spirit will communicate your desire to the other plants, which will also offer their healing and support. You therefore gain access to the natural world and its powers more widely.

To create a seguro, you will need a glass bottle, approximately 5 high, which can be sealed. Fill this 1/3rd full with perfume of your choice and top up with water. In Juan Navarros seguros, this is water from the sacred lakes of Las Huaringas, but mineral water (as pure as possible) can also be used.

19 Apr

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Through the years, outdoor artificial plants pride themselves in providing lasting appearance and beauty on your front yard. Professional garden designers and landscape architects used them as outdoor applications in barren locations and even in bare decks and patios. Albeit they are faux, they will not easily fade away if they are exposed to the sun and other elements because they are made of high-class materials impregnated with another ingredient for ultraviolet degradation. Fake hedges and artificial shrubs in various sizes and shapes can also add an extraordinary ambiance without the extra effort of live plants.

In some degree, these foliages bring everlasting happiness and enjoyment to the multitude of people. Their exquisiteness conveys specific messages and statements that will truly create an impact to the passersby. Aside from artificial azaleas, gardenias and geraniums, you can use the artificial vines as additional accents herded in hanging baskets and big planters.

Here are the suggestive ideas that can help you enhance the structures of your own flower garden.

1.) Create a scheme. It is imperative that you will meticulously plan the landscape of your desired garden for a magnificent outcome. If you want something perennial, you need to keep the foliages that bloom for all seasons like daylilies, bougainvillea, coreopsis, ferns and cone flowers.

2.) If you are living in a tropical area, it is an advantage to put artificial bougainvillea for a glowing atmosphere. They will look more vibrant if they are placed in aesthetic containers or planters.

3.) Putting an extra touch in your garden is not bad. Create an interesting curves or focal points that would be much more appealing to the eyes of the viewers. The mixture of stones, artificial azaleas and ferns in one spot will absolutely enthrall one’s attention.

4.) Regularly check the growing foliages on your garden. Hedges and shrubs will not look perfect if they are not properly trimmed.

5.) Use colors effectively. Don’t be afraid to always play with the color because they can give your yard a romantic and lively appearance. Artificial vines on , faux the trellis blended with bushes on artificial boxwood can give a feeling of excitement to your neighbors.

6.) Maintain the freshness of the plants. Your visitors will be delighted to touch and smell the blooms up close.

7.) Fill your place with the fragrance of flowering foliages. Aside from their smell can relax your baffled mind, they can help your garden feel even cozier and more comfortable.

8.) If you are a busy person and you want a place for relaxation, you can simply put some sheets of lattice on your deck or install fake hedges on the side wall. They can absolutely increase the level of privacy.

9.) For extra effect and outdoor-friendly mode, you can add some good-looking furniture that goes with your landscape.

10.) Apart from using faux hedges as protection from the blistering heat of the sun, you can expertly arrange the artificial azaleas or bougainvillea in hanging baskets and mounted them on your deck or balcony.

There are lots of valuable ideas and techniques available in the internet on how to customize your own yard. You can also buy some books that talk about home improvements, gardening and landscaping. Through these resources, you can think of better ways in transforming the old setting of your garden into a modern courtyard.

About the author: Lyan Osalia is an author and researcher for HooksandLattice.com. She enjoys sharing her discoveries of unique displays of hedge privacy screen and fake hedge for both home and commercial use.For more information you can call 800-896-0978.