Archive for February, 2007

Green Statues

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Topiary Sculptures Large And Small

Throughout the world there are gardens full of these giant green sculptures called topiaries. The art of growing and shaping plants into sculptures has been around since Julius Caesar and the Romans. Most homes during this time featured an atrium, or indoor garden, where these sculptures were grown and admired. Because of their elegance and sometimes whimsical nature, topiaries can still be found in public gardens all over the world. You can also add these live green sculptures to your own garden. Most garden centers or nurseries sell pre-groomed topiaries in a variety of shapes and sizes. For those of you that enjoy topiaries but do not have the patience or time to groom the larger ones, you can purchase smaller, indoor topiaries like the ones below:

Grand Gardenia Topiary
Grand Gardenia Topiary

Jasmine Heart Topiary
Jasmine Heart Topiary

Ivy Heart Topiary
Ivy Heart Topiary

Belladonna Topiary
Belladonna Topiary

Any plant that has a long woody stem can be trained as a topiary. Ivy, holly, gardenia, jasmine and rosemary work well indoors and boxwood, yew, and myrtle work well as outdoor topiaries. Most indoor topiaries require bright to medium light and evenly moist soil. You can maintain their shape by trimming any new growth. Be sure to rotate the plant weekly to ensure full, even growth.

If you would like to see some of the larger topiary sculptures, there is a garden in Newport, RI called Green Animals Topiary Garden, that features unicorns, giraffes, elephants and more. Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville, South Carolina features many distinct abstract topiary sculptures. There is always the famous Levens Hall Topiary Garden in England.

Valentine’s Day Is Two Days Away!

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Valentine’s Day Is Two Days Away!

It’s not too late to order flowers for Valentine’s Day. Calyx Flowers will be taking orders up until 2pm EST on Tuesday, February 13th. They offer a variety of floral bouquets and luxury gifts that are guaranteed to please any recipient and melt her heart. Whether you send her a bouquet of roses, or a box of chocolates, you can be assured that they will arrive to her satisfaction.

To bring you truly superior blooms, Calyx Flowers partners with growers worldwide – and sends your order straight to the source. Since their blooms don’t lose their glory in a truck or cooler, they last 5 to 10 days longer than most.

Calyx Flowers’ specially designed Weather WrapTM surrounds your bouquet in a protective cushion, while temperature packs maintain ideal conditions during transit. Your flowers arrive as exquisite as the moment they were picked.

Calyx Flowers also guarantees your flowers will arrive fresh and perfect on the date you specify. There’s simply no easier or more reliable way to send the very best flowers the world has to offer!

See what their customers are saying:

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– Steve Basil, Austin, TX

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– Christopher S. Fraser, West Hollywood, CA

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– Doug Lee, New York, NY

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– Pat Prescott, Los Angeles, CA

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– Andrea Giroux, Frederick, MD

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