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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.

Summer Watering

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

sprinkler

If your garden is in full sun, you will want to water it for at least 30 minutes early in the morning.  This will help prevent disease and ensure that you do not lose the water to evaporation.

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.

Cold Snap

Posted in Outdoor Living by Administrator on the March 4th, 2009

Bella Blooms Design is happy that the last of the cold spell has passed us by. Now is a great time to start outdoor cleanup and think about that new outdoor living space you have been dreaming of. Pergola or water feature perhaps.

Bella Blooms Design is Ready for Spring

Posted in Landscape Design by Administrator on the February 18th, 2009

flowersThe annuals are starting to become available here in Charleston, SC. Bella Blooms Design would love to do a design for you based on the new availability of the annuals. We love to serve Charleston and the surrounding areas. We can be reached at 843-727-5421 or our website: www.bellabloomsdesign.com.

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