How to Plant Beautiful Flowers in Your Window Box

Planting flowers in a window box can be an alternative for those of you who live in a cramped area or apartment, or you just want to apply new decorating ideas for your house. Usually, all the windows just left empty without any frills. If using the ornaments, the ornament that is often used is the trellis and drapery. On the outside, the window is left blank with no ornament. Although ornament with gypsum material is beautiful, but this decoration seem boring. Therefore you need other decorations so that your window is more gorgeous and beautiful when seen from the outside.

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One way is by planting flowers in a window box. You do not need to be confused for your gardening hobby into a narrow area. Many ways of gardening that you can apply to decorate your house or apartment with a fresh crop. Live plants serve to make your home become more cool and pretty. If you are tired after a long day of work at the computer, then you can directly open the window and see the green of your plants.

The Advantage of Planting Plant in Your Home
Many benefits you can enjoy when you are planting flowers in a window box. The appearance of your window will look more beautiful and gorgeous. Your home will be more fresh and cool. If your plants have bright colors and contrast with your windows, then blend the color will be more beautiful and attractive. Here are some tips for planting flowers in a window box:

Build a strong box made of cement and sand. You can provide a framework of iron bones. Arrange the framework in accordance with the design or pattern you like. Then you can close the frame with cement and sand. The process is performed similarly to the manufacture of wall.

It is important that you should not forget is to give a hole at the bottom of the planting medium to sewer. These holes are made just like a hole in the pot so the water would instantly fall down. If under no floor, so the hole can be given a hose or tube so that the floor is not stained with water used to spray the flowers. The pipe can be planted on the wall like a pipe normally used to drain the rain.

You can also use other materials such as metal or wood. Plants are not directly planted in the box, but the plants placed in the pot are then placed in a window box. You must create a box that is full and tightly so the pot is not visible.

You should also pay attention to the direction you open the lid on the window. If shutters are outside when it was opened, then the plant box should be slightly downward so that the plants do not obstruct the window when it is opened. If the position of the shutters is inside, then the plant box should be parallel to the window so that the plant can be seen from inside the room.

You can choose a beautiful short crop. Do not choose plants that are too high because the plant can block your view and instead will make your home window looks spooky.

Tips to Decorate the Windows with Flowers
Choose plants according to the weather in your area. If your area is available sun all day, then you can choose plants that love the sun.

Cut the plastic bag and place it in your window box. These plastic bags can facilitate you to move or change your plants.

• Mix the soil and organic fertilizer. Usually organic fertilizer for plants in pots is already available on the market. Give a little water until the water you do not give too much to trickle down. Stir until well blended perfectly.

Cut the plastic bag in your plant, and then move the plants to a planting medium that you have prepared.

Do not plant crops at a distance that is too close. Give space between plants with each other so that growth was good and not collide with each other.

Such plants can make your eyes fresh and the atmosphere in your home becomes cool. In his spare time, you can enjoy your beautiful plants from indoors while sitting or reading a book. Making the plant in this window is also quite cheap. Happy planting flowers in a window box.

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Ikebana, the Japanese Traditional Art of Arranging Flowers

ikebanaIn the world of flowers arrangement arts, Ikebana is one of the popular schools. It’s not simply arranging flowers on a vase, but Japanese people have included the human and nature representing in the arrangement. Let’s learn how Ikebana is different with Western art of flower arrangements.

The Differences of Ikebana

In etymology, ikebana is a combination of two Japanese words, “ikeru” (means arrange flowers, keep alive, living) and “hana” (means flowers). So literally, Ikebana could possibly means flowers keep alive or giving life to flowers.

The flower arrangement in Western is arranging flowers in a vase symmetrically, while Ikebana is asymmetrical and more complex. Flowers, leaves, and stems are arranged beautifully to present the creative expression within certain rules of construction. The approach is focused on creating harmony within the flowering plants, container, and setting. The aesthetic value of Ikebana isn’t simply used as decorations but has a deep meaning as communication with nature.

The History of Ikebana

Ikebana is one of the oldest Japanese traditional arts. The history records traced that Ikebana was began when Buddhism introduced for the first time to Japanese in the 6th century. Offering flowers in altar was the worship way to give honor to Buddha. Then, in the 10th century, Japanese especially priest of the temple changed the way offering flowers in containers.

In the middle of 15th century, the oldest school of Ikebana was begun. There was a priest from Rukkakudo Temple in Kyoto who very expert in arranging flowers. He started to give instructions about flower arrangements when other priests asked. The word “Ikenobo” then started to attach for them, “ike” means “live in the side of lake,” “bo” means priests, and “no” is a possessive particle to join the word. So, ikenobo means priest of the lake.

The Styles of Ikebana

As the time passed, the styles of Ikebana changed as other schools emerged which become the custom of Japanese society. In Japanese Ministry of Education, there are more than 2,000 of different ikebana schools registered. However, there are three most popular schools until this present time including:

1. Ikenobo Schools
Ikenobo is the oldest school of ikebana. The styles of Ikenobo include three styles:
• Rikka
Rikka means standing flowers was the expression of Buddhist to the beauty of nature. It was the basis of ikebana. Rather than simply put flowers in a vase, the style was focused on putting more thoughts on the process of arranging flowers. The style contained with 7 branches which represent 7 elements in nature including ryou (a peak), gaku (a hill), rou (a waterfall), shi (a town by the water), bi (a valley), you (the sunlit side of the scene), and in (the shaddy side of the scene).
• Shouka (Shikka)
This style consists of 3 main branches including ten (heaven), chi (earth), and jin (human). The arrangement is very simple because it is designed to show the plant’s beauty and uniqueness.
• Shouka Shimputai
This style is a new style of shouka which developed in 1977 by 45th generation of headmaster Ikenobō Sen’ei. The floral arrangements tried to present the bright and modern feeling.

2. Ohara Schools
The sense of modernism revolutionized the discipline of Ikebana in the 20th century. Moribana means “piled-up flowers” was first introduced by Mr. Unshin Ohara. He was an Ikenobo professor in Kobe. He used a low bowl to arrange some shorter western flowers which brought to Japan since in the beginning of Meiji era. When he asked to include this new style of Ikebana in the curriculum of Ikenobo school, they refused it. Then, he got permission to teach it in his own school, Ohara School. Surprisingly, when he opened an exhibition in Kobe, he got a great welcome. Since 1965, moribana styles became more popular and even incorporated in most of Ikebana school’s curriculum.

3. Sogetsu School
Sofu Teshigahara was a founder of Sogetsu School which established in 1926. The traditional approach of ikebana was focused on the construction forms, while Teshigahara recognized that Ikebana is the result of creative art. So, ikebana wasn’t difficult and everybody has the ability to create one rather than exclusively enjoyed by limited number of people. The style of Teshigahara’s ikebana could be called as free styles ikebana. It gained so much interest with its free and colorful arrangements.

In this present time, Ikebana still becomes the attractiveness of Japanese culture. Not only Japanese people, but foreigners also start to put lots of interest on arranging flowers with Japanese feelings.

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Quick Guide of Planting Dahlia Flower

Have your own garden on your house might be one of the best ways to utilize your landscape so that the outdoor area of your house could look more attractive and beautiful. There are various types of plant that you could grow on your garden. One of them is flowers. You could choose various types of flowers to grow. One of the most popular types of flowers that you could grow on your garden is dahlia. If you want to grow dahlia on your garden, there are several important things that you should notice. You need to know every detail about planting dahlia flower so that you could get the best results.

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Dahlia is one of the most popular perennials plants that you could grow on your garden. This type of flower is usually planted in the spring. Dahlia has colorful spiky flowers which usually bloom in midsummer until the first frost. Dahlia has a wide range of color and size. The size of the flower might range from 10-inch size to 2-inch size. Most varieties of dahlia grow four to five feet tall. This type of flower is not quite suitable for humid and extremely hot climates. However, dahlia bulbs could brighten up sunny garden with at least 120 days growing season. Dahlia will grow optimally and the flower will bloom an inch larger in cool and moist climates.

There are several tips that you could follow if you want to grow dahlia on your own garden. Below are the quick guides of planting dahlias that you could follow.

• Never plant dahlia in a hurry. Dahlia will be hard to grow in cold soil. Ground temperature where you’re going to grow dahlia should reach 60 degrees F. You need to wait until the danger of spring frost past before you start to plant.

• Plant dahlia on a plant site that get full sun. Dahlia will grow more blooms when it gets six to eight hours of direct sunlight. Dahlia loves sunlight in the morning best. You should choose a plant site with a bit protection from wind.

• Dahlia will grow best in well-drained soil with rich nutrients. The pH level of the soil should range from 6.5 to 7.0. If you want to grow dahlia on heavier soil, you might need to add sand, begged steer manure, or peat moss in order to loosen and lighten the texture of the soil for better drainage.

• You could plant bedding dahlia nine to twelve inches apart. Dahlia with small sized flower is usually 3 feet tall and should be spaced 2 feet apart. The taller plant with larger dahlia bulbs should be spaced 3 feet apart.

• When creating planting hole, it should be sized slightly larger than the size of the root ball of the plant. The planting hole also should incorporate sphagnum peat moss or some compost as well. You also could add bone meal into the planting hole as well.

• You should avoid dahlia tubers that look rotten or wrinkled. A little bit of green that appears during the growth is actually a good sign. Don’t cut or break individual dahlia bulbs as well.

• Plant the dahlia as a whole with six to eight inches deep facing up growing points. The crown of the plant should be just above the soil level.

• Tall plant with large sized flower will require support. You could use 5 to 6 feet tall stakes at planting time that are placed around plants and tie stems to the stakes as the plants grow.

• If you grow large sized dahlia or dahlia that is grown for cut flower, you could plant them in rows with dedicated plot on their own. Dahlia with low to medium height could mix well with other types of summer flower.

• Dahlia will start blooming about eight weeks after planting. It usually starts blooming in the middle of July.

• Other important aspect that you should notice about planting dahlia flower is watering. Do not water your plant right after planting. This will only encourage rot. You should wait until the sprouts appear above the soil if you want to water the plant.

• Don’t cover the plant with bark or mulch since it could cause the sprouting becomes more challenging. You could apply snail and slug bait to avoid pests.

If you pay attention to the details above, you will be able to get the best results when planting dahlia flower on your garden.

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