Monthly Archives: May 2020

Garden Pictures

garden picture framed with azalea

This is just a shot of one of the flower beds framed by a beautiful 10 foot tall pink azalea bush that’s well established and covered with blooms every spring.

Outdoor Garden Pictures

Clients often ask me if I am as big of an outdoor plant enthusiast as I am an indoor one.

Here’s just a few pictures of what we’ve got going on in the home garden–a well established azalea bush, lots of sedum kamtschaticum, and something really unique–a lettuce bowl–which features differing types of edible greens!

This sedum grows anywhere, grows like crazy, tolerates drought, and will flower in a few weeks, mid summer or so

an outdoor planter with lettuce varietals

We have this lettuce bowl in a planter on our patio. Nothing like cooking a burger and reaching over and grabbing fresh lettuce for it!

By |2020-05-29T11:16:56-04:00May 29th, 2020|custom projects|Comments Off on Garden Pictures

12 Foot Rhapis Palm

A giant Rhapis Palm, Lady Palm, in Wakefield MA

Raphis Palm Planting

Rhapis Excelsa, usually just called a “Rhapis Palm” or commonly a Lady Palm, has elegant fan-shaped leaves from multiple woody stems and tends to grow columnar vs. outward, so it’s great for tight spaces in offices. Because it grows so slowly, it’s one of the more expensive indoor palms on the markets, but it tolerates medium to lower light levels, again, making it an excellent choice for offices.

This particular palm was installed in an condominium in Wakefield, MA in 2002. It’s a 12 foot giant, made even more impressive by it’s raised planting. This truly a remarkable plant.

Rhapis palms are hard to find in a retail store, if not impossible. If you’re lucky enough to grab one, they take a small amount of water about every two weeks, and are pretty resistant to most pests.

By |2020-05-19T10:37:28-04:00May 19th, 2020|custom projects, Interior Plant Design|Comments Off on 12 Foot Rhapis Palm

Flowering Annual Plants

impatiens hanging in a greenhouse in townsend ma

New Guinea Impatiens

Spring Flowers

One thing I look forward to every Spring is a visit to our annual plant supplier, The Flower Hutch in Townsend MA.

This is a small, family run local nursery where we source all our high quality annuals and poinsettias for our interior plant clients.

There is nothing better to get you ready for spring than walking down greenhouse rows full of flat upon flat of blooming annuals, and beautiful hanging baskets bursting with color. I can never get out of there without spending a couple of hours shopping. It’s a plant lovers paradise!

flowering geranium plants in a greenhouse in townsend massachusetts

Red Geraniums

flats of flowering annual plants in massachusetts

Flats and flats of 4″ flowering annuals!

By |2020-05-14T10:45:32-04:00May 14th, 2020|Plant Care|Comments Off on Flowering Annual Plants

Step By Step Plant Wall Installation

A Step By Step Living Plant Wall Installation

Here we’ll go through a plant wall installation from start to finish.

(click on any photo to enlarge it)

living plant wall installation

We begin by measuring the area where the wall is to be installed and drilling the mounting holes.

living plant wall installation

We use sturdy toggle bolts to secure the framing to the wall, in this case common drywall.

living plant wall installation

The backing grids are now installed, spaced evenly and leveled properly, in order to properly display and support the plant trays.