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GARDEN DESIGN August 23, 2009

We have been talking about plants and flowers in different ways, but what we have to do if we want to create a garden? . We are going to help you with some considerations.

You have to considered this things to created a garden. First of all you have to decide the style  you will like in your garden. There ,you´ll select the plants and flowers that are better with your style, the elements to decorated such as fountains, rocks, statues, etc. . It´s good to choose floors and ornaments in the same material so we can give unity to the garden. Now we are going to see each point you have to considered.

WHICH ZONES DO YOU WANT IN YOUR GARDEN?

Here you have to take care about the grass zones you want to have in your garden also, the shady areas and bright light areas you have. If you want to have a place to take sun light or a pool , a place to read  etc. Take a sheet of paper and a pencil and draw the garden that you imagine you want to have.

We are going to help you with some ideas.

Near a swimming pool you can create a zone to take sun light with umbrellas and deckchairs.

Also you can have a pergola with benches to you can sit there to enjoy the place and read or take tea.

A place with grass so children can play better.

Statues and rocks making a mix between a Greek and a Japanese garden.

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WHICH ELEMENTS WE ARE GOING TO INCLUDE IT IN OUR GARDEN?

Well as we think of our garden and we started with the design we talk about the elements we can put in our garden. But also we can considered a barbecue place, rows, lights, pots, etc.

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WHICH KIND  OF PLANTS AND FLOWERS WE ARE GOING TO USE?

Here you can think in trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, perennials plants, fruit trees, water plants .

We continue in next post with other points to be considered. Now I´m going to give some garden photos to help you in your decision.

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ASIA AND MEEADLE EAST NATIONAL FLOWERS- PART II August 21, 2009

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IRAN

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National flower the tulip

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National flower the rose

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145px-Flag_of_Israel.svgISRAEL

National flower the cyclamen

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JAPAN

They have two national flower.

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The imperial national flower is the chrysantemum.


THE CHRYSANTHEMUM

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First was cultivated in China as a flowering herb.

The flower was brought to Japan in the 8th century and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is a Festival of Happiness in Japan to celebrate the flower. The flowers occurs in various forms and can be daisy like. It has several used as a tea and in gastronomy-see chrysanthemum. It is also a natural source of insecticide . You can have pyrenthrius from their seeds.Reduce indoors pollution and has medicine used.

250px-Flag_of_Jordan.svg JORDAN

National flower is the black iris

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It´s an herbaceous perennial with creeping rhizomes. Leaves grayish green to 70 Cm long. Flowering stems 25-50 Cm hollow. Flowers reddish violet to very dark violet . Bloom in June to July – growing in meadows,strum sides, hill sides and forest.

210px-Flag_of_Kazakhstan.svg KAZAKHSTAN

There is no national flower.

210px-Flag_of_Kuwait.svg KUWAIT

National flowers is the rhanterium epapposum

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It´s a plant of the asteraceae family native to the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait where it´s known locally as arfaj . This plant consists of a complicated network of branches with small leaves and bright yellow flowers.

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There is no national flower.

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National flower pink rose

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MALAYSIA

National flower the hibiscus

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Leaves are alternate, simple ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. Flowers are large trumpet -shaped, with five or more petals. The fruit is a dry five-lobed cpsule,containing several seeds in each lobe. It

is used in gastronomy. see hibiscus
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LAOS

National flower is the plumeria

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Posses poisonous milk sap. It´s a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical areas. Are deciduous shrubs and trees. Flowers are fragrant at height, they don´t have nectar, simple dupe their pollination. Are easy to propagate by taking cutting of leafless stem in spring and allowing them to dry at the base before inserting into soil. In Laos they call it champa.

 

ASIA AND MEEADLE EAST NATIONAL FLOWERS August 8, 2009

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AFGHANISTAN

There is no national flower.

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BAHRAIN

There is no national flower.

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The national flower is shapla dew.


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see information water Lily


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BHUTAN

National flower is the blue poppy.

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BRUNEI

National flower is the simpor


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It´s a small tree fairly common along the river side

on the White sand areas. The plant is known to have seeds that can establish an germinate in sand , it sends roots very deep down to reach the underground water sources. To the Bruneians the ” unique blossoming of the flower and the green color of its leaves symbolizes the development”

158px-Flag_of_Cambodia.svg CAMBODIA

National flower is the romdul

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Has a yellowish white flower with a single alternative leaf. It gives out and attractive smell in the late afternoon. It is use because of the perfume to woman make-up and due to it´s perfume woman are compare to this flower.

158px-Flag_of_the_People's_Republic_of_China.svg CHINA

National flower is the tree peony


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Tree peony are very hardly shrubs but they come into grow very early and may caught by frost. From late autumn until late winter they are in dormant season. They propagate from seed. Also vigorous plant may be suitable for division and layering.

250px-Flag_of_East_Timor.svg EAST TIMOR

They do not have national flower.

300px-Flag_of_Egypt.svg EGYPT

National flower is the waterlily

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National flower is the waterlily.

158px-Flag_of_Indonesia.svg INDONESIA

They have three national flowers, the melati, the anggrek bulan and rafflesia arnoldi

THE MELATI OR JASMINEimages

It´s native to tropical and warm temperate regions. Most species grows as climbers. The leaves can be evergreen or deciduous . Flowers open only at night. Jasmine is used in gastronomy and as essential oils. jasmine more information

THE ANGGREK BULAN -ORCHID

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also zodiac flower

RAFFLESIA ARNOLDI

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7 kg (15 pounds) and grows only in Indonesia. Petals grow to metre long and 2.5 cm thick. It is also called “corpse flower”.

 

PLANTS PROPAGATION – II

We continue with different kinds of propagation.

LAYERING

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Stem still attached to their parent plant and it may form roots when their touch a medium. This generates a plant.

air layering – is used to propagate indoors plants with thick stem. examples: rubber plant,aralia ,ficus etc.

DIVISION

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New plants form before they are detached from their parent plant. This kind of propagation its used for landscape plants that don´t have a single stem. Examples perennial flowers, mums, host as etc.

GRAFTING

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The tissue of one plant is selected for its stems flowers or fruit and is called scion. The scion contains the desire gens to be duplicated . The scion is grafted onto the stock of another plant . When the scion has fused it is encouraged to grow by cutting out the stem above the new bud.

Grafting requires that a vascular connection take place between the two tissues.

EXAMPLES OF PLANTS PROPAGATION

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COLEUS – Propagates for cutting stem. It takes 2-3 weeks to root.

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GOLDFISH PLANT – propagates for stem cuttings and it takes 2-3 weeks to root.

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JADE PLANT- It can propagate for stem cutting or leaves cutting. It takes 3-6 weeks to root. see for more information jade plant

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ECHEVARIA

Propagation by leaves cuttings. 2-3 weeks to root.

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MOTHER IN LAW TONGUE -Propagation by leaves section.

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VELVET PLANT– stem cutting. takes 2-3 weeks to create roots.

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DRAGON PLANT-

Stem cutting propagation. Roots takes 3-4 weeks to grow.

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AFRICAN VIOLET-

Leaf cutting and division propagation. see African violet

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ARROW HEAD-

Propagation by division and layering.

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PRIMULA-

Propagates late in winter by division.

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BEGONIA-

Leaf cutting propagation.

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ENGLISH IVY-

Easy to root.

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FUCHSIA-

Easy to root.

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IMPATIENS

Root in water.





 

PLANTS PROPAGATION

Another way of plant reproduction is a vegetative reproduce or plant propagation.

PLANTS PROPAGATION

It´s an asexual reproduction o propagation. In this kind of reproduction multicellular structures become detached from the parent plant and develop into a new one genetically identical to the parent plant.

The methods of asexual propagation are cuttings, layering, division and grafting.

CUTTINGS

Woody and herbaceous plants can use this method for propagation. A cutting is a vegetative plant part which is derive from parent plant in order to regenerate itself , forming a new plant.

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RECOMMENDATION-

You must take the cutting with something sharp so you don´t injury parent plant. Remove flowers and buds to allow the cutting to use its energy to grow.

When you made the cutting you must trim half the leaves length that are large. Place it in bright ,indirect light.

DIFFERENT  CUTTING

stems cutting- are better to take them in spring and fall. Woody plants are better taken in fall, herbaceous in spring. Make a hole in the soil with a pencil and insert the cutting deeply enough. This kind of propagation is good with roses.

medial cutting – you must make the first cut above a node and the second cut below a node. Buds are always above leaves ,be sure to insert base down. Cutting with flowers or buds are not good for plant propagation.

root cuttings are usually taking in 3 years old plants during the dormant season.

leaves cutting – any species accept the propagation using their leaves that are insert in the soil and form new plants.

We will continue in next post with propagation….see you