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recycled chairs

I picked up these old rocking chairs off the side of the road that someone was throwing away. They have a real old distressed look which is great for the garden. I sanded them down and replaced the rotting wood with new. Using a clear coat sealer to protect the wood from the outdoor elements,  I am able to keep the distressed look. This is a great way to recycle!

Spring Fever

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Lawn Maintenance, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the March 16th, 2010

OKAY, so it’s finally starting to warm up and everyone has spring fever….  So what does that mean???  It’s time to start getting your flower beds ready for planting.  By adding in new top soil as well as mushroom compost,  you will  help generate new healthy growth.  Till up the soil first and then add new soil.  After you plant and mulch, don’t forget to apply some “Preem” as a final step to help prevent any summer weeds from growing in the bed.  Here are a couple of names of some nice spring flowers to plant now.  Diascia, Nemesia, Sweet Alyssum, Petunias, Bacopa, Dianthus, Euphorbia, Lotus vine, Blue Daze, and Foxglove.  Have fun in the garden!!!

What Is This Tree?

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Lawn Maintenance, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the November 16th, 2009

682049_55176192So you are walking around in Charleston and you keep seeing this beautiful yellow flowering tree. It’s so beautiful you have to even go up and touch or maybe even pick one of the flowers. What is this tree you ask yourself?…..

I can help with that question.  It’s called Cassia (KASS-ee-uh). The Cassia (Latin) is now re-named Senna. Cassia is a very large genus with about 500 species, the better known members of which are fine flowering trees. To many people,  the finest Cassia is the Fistula.

Cassia Fistula is a legume rated 30-40 feet and native to India and South Asia. Golden Shower is related to the Jerusalem Thorn Tree and Redbud.

The foliage is evergreen, medium green and compound providing a nice open lacy look.

Category:
Trees

Height:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Fall

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Dont Worry, Be Happy

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Lawn Maintenance, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the September 9th, 2009

1244002_88854338This is the time of year when the transition from summer plants to winter plants is starting to happen.  If you notice things are starting to die off, don’t worry, winter annuals provide lots of color.  Winter annuals come in all sorts of shapes and colors.  You can enjoy your winter garden just as much as your summer one.

Compost Time

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Lawn Maintenance by Administrator on the August 24th, 2009

grassIf you have been keeping up with your compost pile all season,  now is a good time to fill in some of those bare spots in your lawn.  The Compost has had a good amount of time and moisture to break down by now.  With the amount of rain we have had and the hot days,  your pile should be producing quality nutrient rich compost.  Fill in some bare spots and watch them fill in with new grass.

Rain Delay

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Lawn Maintenance by Administrator on the August 14th, 2009

If you know it is going to rain, set your irrigation timer to “rain delay” .  This will prevent your garden and lawn from becoming over watered.  Too much water can do harm just like not enough water.  After the “rain delay” time is up your timer should resume normal watering schedules.

Mowing Height

Posted in Lawn Maintenance by Administrator on the August 7th, 2009

grassMany people mow their lawn too low here in South Carolina.  This can cause problems for the grass.  The grass can burn out or become more susceptible to disease.  Make sure you are mowing high enough for your grass type.  Also, don’t forget to have you mower blade sharpened each season.

Irrigation

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Lawn Maintenance by Administrator on the April 10th, 2009

Irrigation is going to be needed soon. Make sure you check your system for any leaks and set your timers. Remember, a long deep watering is better than frequent short waterings. Bella Blooms Design is looking forward to working with the Charleston community this spring.

Rain Barrels

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Lawn Maintenance by Administrator on the March 24th, 2009

rainbarrelRain barrel anyone? With Spring here, the rain is coming. A rain barrel is a great way to conserve water while feeding your plants and flowers what they really want, natural water. Bella Blooms Design has some great ideas to help get you started on this simple project. Also, we wanted to say good luck to everyone running the Cooper River Bridge Run on April 4th.

Spring is Here!

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Lawn Maintenance by Administrator on the February 5th, 2009

big-6Bella Blooms Design is gearing up for spring and doing our part to keep Charleston, South Carolina beautiful. Get ready for eye-catching designs and great installations. Don’t forget to put down your crab grass prevention before Valentines day.

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