Mia replanted the succulent garden beneath the Ficus Benjamina which welcomes our guests. It will look awesome in a few months when they grow up a bit.
Specifically, we have Phalaenopsis Orchids. We carry a range of these beauties in purple and lavenders, White, mottled multi-color and apricot and place them in various containers, mostly ceramic but bamboo and wood are also used. These tremendously popular plants are long lasting, very easy to care for and simply stunning showpieces for most rooms of the home or office.
In their natural habitat, Phales hang from the tree canopy and survive on what food and water come their way. What we have appropriated to a container and enjoy as a sky reaching spike of gracious beauty actually hangs in a graceful arc from the side of a tree.
Give them a Little Love
Light – Phalaenopsis will do well with moderate, indirect light such as morning sun at an East Window or a South facing window which has some form of diffusion.
Water – Phalaenopsis should be watered once per week. Remove it from its decorative container and pour one-half cup of water around the root area allowing it to drain before returning it to its home. Many people have told me they place an ice cube on the roots and it has worked well. I do not recommend this method as this could very well shock this tropical plant and kill it.
Feeding – Use a balanced 20-20-20 houseplant fertilizer, mixed at half strength and feed monthly.
With proper light and water a delivery of one of our Phalaenopsis should bloom for 3 to 4 months and if you are fortunate will re-bloom annually. They are great gifts for yourself or a friend.
Hoot Hoot! Just arrived on the floor these beautiful Owl Figurines.
Marian Foundation, which was founded to provide funding for Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria needed some centerpieces for an event. Held in one of the rooms in administrative area of the hospital they needed arrangements in oranges, blues, yellow and reds. What fun it was to create these for the foundation. They do a great work and provide a host of projects to create a better medical care for our community, if you are so inclined donate to one of their projects.
A few of the orders headed for the deliver staging area and awaiting dispatch. Thank you fine people of Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande and Nipomo, we love to serve you.
Poor Tracy, she just got all these boxes emptied and the product on to the shelves.
Sunflowers just make me smile – I’m not certain why but they are such a happy flower. While yellow is one of my least favorite colors there is something about bright, yellow Sunflowers that makes my day better.
This Basket of Sunflowers was created in a tightly woven Nantucket style basket filled with defoliated Sunflowers, variegated pittosporum and finished with raffia and was sent to the front cooler and hopefully will find a new home in a few hours.
What is generally referred to as a sunflower is actually a flower head or grouping of many individual five petaled flowers.
Sunflowers need full sun to produce well. It was once thought that Sunflowers follow the Sun throughout the day, this was disproved in the 1600’s. Sunflowers are heliotropic during the bud stage at which point they finally face East through the remainder of their development.
Sunflowers are easily grown, but can be invasive, and in addition to their ornamental usefulness they are used as food and produce cooking oil. The seeds can be processed into nut butter, ground into a flour or eaten as a snack. The oil is a useful cooking oil and is also made into bio-diesel. And these fascinating flowers can also be used in phytoremediation to detoxify the soil.
Sunflowers are plentiful from May through November here along the Central Coast and the best prices are in June through August. Grab some Sunflowers, I guarantee they’ll life your spirits.