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Friday, January 10, 2014

Tulip Flowers delivered to work for a Valentine's Day gift.


Tulip Orders, 25 mixed or solid colors in a vase arrangement: $64.99 with pre-booking order now. Solid color dozen arrangement $44.99.

The Zen Tulips arrangement $54.99 with this special, call in to order.

Dazzling french parrot tulips and mixed tulips for Valentine's day. Tulips have become the second most popular floral design for Valentine's in recent years. If she is tired of roses, tulips are your best bet; and less expensive. We still offer the free delivery for Valentine's Day with pre-booked orders. Call now. 614-300-0802.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Zenscaping the Backyard for Spring- How to plant a flower garden.

Just a few pointers for the artistic in landscaping and on a budget... I'm asked a lot about backyard gardening and it's Spring and you are thinking it's time to start on yours:
 
Make your flower bed (s) three dimensional.
 
Find some old crates and a large unused plastic tray or pan to create a new level in the back of your existing garden. Bury these half way so it raises the level from 6 to 18 inches above the ground level. A row of plastic pet litter boxes works really well here (they will become hidden by plant growth). whatever shallow container you place on top of the half buried crate structure should hold 4 inches of soil- using cheaper top soil in here is just fine. Plants, especially annuals, come in enough good potting soil that using potting soil in the garden is a waste.  The front of this structure should be planted with something- annual or perennial- that will cascade down to the lower ground level, such as potato vine or pothos ivy in a shady location. In front of the half buried structure of crates plant something that will go tall, ornamental grasses for sunny gardens. Now you are ready with two different levels to plant in; for more interest expand the idea with more than one above ground level.
 
Plant taller clumps of flowers or ornamental grasses next to the structure and behind everything else in the garden. This perception of "stepping up" of the garden adds high visual impact.
 
Re-use something for a container garden.
 
An old metal washtub, dirty and rusted out, works perfectly (and is usually available at no cost by looking in dumpsters). On a bigger scale along the same line of thought, an old porcelain bath tub no longer in use is just perfect for backyard landscaping. The art of gardening is creating your own idea. Your container garden located somewhere in the backyard, on a stack of bricks if smaller, should contain some of the same flower and plants that you have used elsewhere in the landscaping or flower beds. This brings cohesion to the whole picture. Again, the rule of thumb for container gardening: something cascades down over the edge in one direction (ivy, potato vine). Something else tall is clumped to one side. In between are varying heights and different colors, and don’t use two colors of the same plant in one place, use different plants with different colors.
 
 
Annual vs. perennial.
 
The answer is in the expense. Your bigger idea should be perennials and shrubs, but leaving some space for annuals so its not the same flowers every year. Roes are no longer traditionally the star attraction in a garden, but just part of a bigger picture. Always do plantings or any bed or container with flowers and leafy plants that will be in their prime during different seasons. Each bed will have different flowers during different times of the year. Trees and shrubs and rocks give interest to the whole scene during winter months when the plants aren't the actors.
 
Where to start and Big spaces are harder to maintain.
 
Break them with walkways or a bench into smaller manageable units. Seldom is an area more than 30 square feet done well. Break up with stone paths through the center and don’t repeat both sides like a mirror. Each flower bed should be interesting when viewed from different angles in the yard, not one viewing location. If you don’t like the way your landscape looks… Clear your mind and walk with a can of spray paint pointed down through your yard ignoring everything already there, until you get to the back of your yard. And not in a straight line. Every 40-100 feet or so, make a 45 degree or more turn. The painted area you will dig up the grass and put in a walk of something later- bricks, gravel, wood planks, anything. That’s a good way to find your Zen path through your yard. Try it a couple times and see where you have the most paint landing. Maybe you have a primary path and secondary connecting avenues to create many smaller beds or featured attractions. Even when making your back yard for the view from a window, it should look it's best from the view  standing right in the center of it.
 
The best zenscaping of the backyard.
 
…In my professional opinion… is a plan incorporating water. Some pond or pond like device is critical as cross media. Second to that, to bring nature into the picture, a bird house, bird feeder or similar if you prefer the birds. Bigger yards should have one haven of aquatics and one of aviary. On a budget, the best fish pond is a huge container like an old unwanted bathtub filled with water. Pump/heater assemblies are easy to do if you want to have fish like Koi- my favorite. On the less expensive side, the container pond can be water plants. Don't like old bath tubs in your garden? Cover the view of it with stone.
 
Making something stunning requires an appeal to all the senses. obviously gardens are about what you see. Second, the smells of the pond and of the flowers are fairly obviously. Next, incorporate sound. It's so easy to do by picking some bamboo or metal wind chimes that you really have a fondness for and locating them somewhere in the whole landscape. Few of us can afford outdoor sound systems- but it’s a nice idea. A place to rest is core to the idea of landscaping and gardening, but buying a nice bench or outdoor table and chairs isn't always in our budgets. If so, buy those during off season when on sale. For the rest of us, you'd be surprised again by canvassing an alley of trash dumpsters what old broken wooden furniture is still useable as lawn chairs in the garden. It sounds so tacky, but with a little creativity, you'd surprise yourself.
 
Gardening is a hobby to show off your creativity and ingenuity, not your wallet. I surprise my clients how "cheap" it is to create an artistically stunning Zen-scaped back yard.
 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Valentine's Day pre-book sale; Order Now

Valentine's Flowers for delivery on valentine's day (tropicals)

Valentine's Day pre-book orders at Designs by Doe Floral Studio, flowers, florist in Columbus, free delivery

Pre-booked orders, ordered and paid by Jan. 29th (or perhaps sooner depending on sales made on certain products);
 
Get free delivery on Valentine's Day ($19.99 value) and weekend, get free Godiva chocolate included with their gift.
 
And save a percentage off discount by ordering early. No better deal for choosing a present for Valentine's Day.
 
And pre-book with Details Later- we will call you to finalize your selection, and your delivery details before the holiday, no need to know details to order early and save now. 
 
You've got to see our Valentine's Day pre-book order special. We have beautiful quality products at even more super prices for ordering flowers early for Valentine's Day.
 
rainbow roses
Be sure to check out our rainbow roses! $89.99 dozen arranged and delivered with this special.

Visit our website at Designs by Doe.  And also our additional website, The Flower Concierge, with additional selections.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Married Over 50 Years?

Married Over 50 Years? Contact Us. 614-300-0802 We want to provide you with a complimentary flower arrangement for your anniversary.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Designing and making a planter (dish garden)

Designing and making a planter (dish garden)

Designing and making a planter (dish garden) isn't difficult with a little bit of planning for the novice indoor gardener and allows ample experimentation. No matter what you choose to use as a container for your indoor garden, and no matter what size your project is; here is a good method for success. Typically, indoor dish gardens use containers that do not drain (outdoor versions with outdoor plants do have drain holes).
 
Starting with cuttings to make a new indoor garden (planter):
Always intend to produce more plants than you will end up using. Select good specimens and take cuttings from new growth, not sickly looking branches. strip off any foliage from at least a couple inches of the cut stem. Woody braches need the bark stripped away with vegetable peelers and should be soaked in muddy water with rooting hormone until they grow roots- and it's difficult to achieve. Apply rooting hormone to the same area. Allow to soak in a cup of water overnight. Then prepare a soupy mixture of mud from good quality potting soil. In a larger container (not the container that you will use at the end to make the dish garden itself, but a large unused pot or bowl) put a lot of soil. In this larger vessel, dig out and "plant" a cardboard egg carton, opened. Into each cell, pour the soup mixture of potting soil and add one cutting to each cell. Keep moist for around two weeks to allow the cuttings to develop roots. After this time, you will know if a cutting has rooted or not- it will be alive or dead. You can dig up your egg carton and cut apart cells to use in the finished dish garden. Just add the whole cell when making the dish garden, cardboard will dissolve in soil over time- never disturbing the new roots of the cutting.
 
Selecting the right plants to work with:
Other than container choice; also consider these things when picking what plants to use. Of course you will choose plants that you are attracted to or that some sentimental value for some of the choices. Many people will start with plants from a previous planter that had to be "re-done" because it had grown out of shape, and select a larger container this time around.
Cohesiveness- they will all be similar in natural habitat. Your dish garden may be a lot of succulents and have a southwestern US feel. Or it all may be plants found in shaded forest areas (standard, common varieties of houseplants). It could be all tropical foliages, dracaenas, banana, coffee.
Habitat- all your selections should have the same range of light, warmth, and water needs. Texture- most interesting dish gardens make use of a wide range of different plants; one with furry or frilled leaves, one tall spike like plant, one with wide glossy dark green foliage, one ivy or "creeping" variety of plant, etc. Each new plant choice should be remarkably different than those already chosen.
Array- each choice should consider its height at present and how fast it ill grow. Plant together specimens that will be at different heights as they age, so that each can be seen separately as well as the overall look of the whole planter. Never ignore the possibility of a hanging variety to occupy the space beneath the level of the planter on the outside of it. Similarly, specimens should differ in their volume as well. A large specimen with lots of smaller ones and one "creeping" is always interesting. Not 5 plants all the same size. View- consider whether your indoor container garden will be viewed from one direction, such as up against a wall; or all around, such as in the center of a table. You will plant your plants in the container accordingly.
 
Prepping the plants:
Always use premium grade indoor potting soil. No matter what plant variety you will add, the all purpose potting mix is a sure bet for success. Prepare any starter plants that you have purchased from the nursery by removing the plastic cup and gently shaking away any and all loose soil. You will all your plants, with the exception of cuttings that you may have rooted yourself, to almost have all the roots exposed to air unless it is so bound as to have a solid mass of roots holding the dirt in a ball. In that instance, bounce the root ball off the table surface a couple of times to break it up so that much of the soil falls away from the root system. Although it goes against logic, you are in fact comprising the root system. First, it stunts the growth for awhile, so your finished planter will pretty much stay the same for a long time before plants start another growth spurt. Second, you will be compacting each plant as you add it to the container garden, pressing the root balls together and adding a thin layer of soil in between each. Your container is literally packed with plants, so each root ball has to be prepared to be squished in with the others. As a balancing measure to the destruction of the root system, remove form each plant a few of the oldest (usually bottom-most) leaves from the stalks, or if bush like, remove some of the lowest branches. Each plant is now smaller, but you have culled off the older parts to favor a new looking plant specimen in the garden. You have also prepared the root system to accept the new soil and begin re-establishment. There are a few notable exceptions to breaking up the root ball; such as African violets and orchids. In these instances, with your hands crush and compact the root system instead of removing soil.
 
Planting the container:
Add plants one at time starting with the tallest in back and ending up with the ivy or "creeping" specimen front most. In a container viewed from all sides, tallest in center, shorter plants in descending order to the container edges. Almost always, you find you need more plants than you had thought and have to go to the nursery to find the right one to add. Key to it is keeping all plants planted in their new home at the same soil level as before. Wherever on the plant the soil level was before is where it must again be- no foliage planted under dirt or roots above the soil line. This means sometimes the two handed trick of packing soil under the plant to raise it up. If a plants root system is too big for the container, you will have to cut away with scissors some of the root system until the roots are under soil in the container. Each plant's root system that you add is packed up against the walls of the container and pushed in with the others, compacting and adding some sprinkles of soil in between each root ball as you go. When you take a break, shove balled up newspaper in the space left to fill so all the soil doesn’t fall forward until you get the next plant ready. Your final plant addition consists of finding the last small hole that you boxed yourself into. Insert your fingers and press all the soil and roots in one direction to widen the hole as much as possible and squeeze in the last plant so that everything is well compacted under the level of the soil line. At the finish you will thoroughly soak the container of soil until it overflows with water, then tip it over and drain all excess water. You will find all the soil has settled down and add as much dirt on top to top it off to the level of the container line and covering all roots. This is a challenge as you have to find ways to get hold back foliage and get dirt down into the plants, not pouring dirt on top of them. You will not need to water the dish garden for a week or so until you test by inserting a dry stick all the way through the soil to hit the bottom and pull out to see if there is any standing water in the bottom. Don’t water until the whole garden has gone dry. And if there is still water in the bottom after a week, tip it over and let all the standing water out. Dish gardens should neither drown nor dry out.
 
Finishing touches that make it a dish garden:
Compliment your container garden with an appropriate soil cover. Cacti and succulents would use a layer of sand on top of the soil. Green plants look good with a layer of sheet moss overtop all the visible soil around the edges of the container. Spray mist the moss to make it pliable and tear apart strips then press them into the soil, tucking the edge of the sheet moss under the container's rim where it meets. Interesting looking dish gardens are made in clear glass containers involving additional steps: In the bottom of the glass vase start with a layer of decorative aquarium gravel. be sure each layer rounds up the insides of the glass and is concave to the center. As you add layers of different media, it will level off itself. Charcoal or sand looks good next. Then a thin layer of sheet moss or bark chips. Then your potting soil on top of all those and at a depth enough for the root systems of the plants you have selected. Dish gardens that we make typically get finished by adding a trellis of bamboo sticks for decoration. Its easy to cut bamboo into lengths and insert them into the soil then tie a crossbar or two of bamboo by using raffia or twine. Desert look gardens simply add a remarkable stone to the most vacant space in the garden.
 
After mastering the dish garden- next project, try your hand at a terrarium!


 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

we accept all competitors' gift cards

We Accept all Competitors' Gift Cards* 1/3 Service Fee, $10 minimum service fee. Restaurants' cards included. Call For Details and to Order.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

new phone number

Designs by Doe has a new phone customer service and order taking phone number:
(614) 300-0802. Designs by Doe Floral Studio, and, The Flower Concierge. Two companies, same great service from the same great people!