A home grown photo: I awoke to find what looked like hundreds of mushrooms clustered underneath this well cover/planter we have in our garden after two straight days of rain. They love the moist, shady spots!
Did you know fungi are more closely related to animals than they are to plants? They lack roots, leaves and never develop flowers, fruits or seeds. Though they may be different, plants rely heavily on mushrooms and help with plant diseases
Schefflera arboricola or like we like to call them, arbs! Native to Taiwan, they thrive in warm, bright environments with some humidity every now and then. Fairly easy to care for. Just give them a good drink if the soil feels dry and watch them grow like crazy!
This large, 6 foot plant comes in a 14″ diameter grow pot. White Birds typically come in a 10″ size grow pot and larger, but I’ve seen them in mini sizes as small as 6″ grow pot size.
Here’s a brand new Strelitzia Nicolai, commonly known as the White Bird of Paradise, replacing a previous one that fell victim to the shutdown at Rivier University. We weren’t able to access the previous plant for a couple of months, and sadly it fell by the wayside. 🙁
So we installed this beauty in it’s place. The White Bird has big, dramatic leaves that add an exotic and tropical look to any interior setting. They’re relatively easy to care for–they like bright, indirect (or in some cases direct) light, but they need to be in or near a window for sure–this plant will do very poorly under flourescent lights, for instance.
It sure looks awesome in this corner!
This logo wall would be really blank without the plant next to it to help soften things.
These leaves are huge! They tend to naturally split over time–it doesn’t mean the plant is ill or anything, it’s just part of the natural process of the plant growing.
We got kalanchoes in! These are very easy to find in stores and also very easy to care for. Give them plenty of bright indirect light for beautiful flowers and only water when dry since it is a succulent. They can be kept indoors or out. Note: keep away from pets
This large, 30 foot wall of plants was used for a launch event at BMW of Peabody.
For events, wrapping the bottom of your plants in burlap can give the effect of a natural, soil like planting.
It’s a pretty simple process that can create the illusion of outdoor landscaping.
The plants are simply placed on the floor and arranged in clusters, with burlap rolled around their bases to give the illusion of landscaped mounds. It hides their grow pots as well as being visually appealing and creates a natural effect to the planting.
Leaf shine and some careful pruning by Joanie here creates the effect of an indoor jungle. What a backdrop for a photo shoot!
By tlannan2|2020-06-04T13:38:52-04:00June 4th, 2020|Living Walls|Comments Off on Using Burlap as a Plant Wrap
This living plant wall is actually 2 freestanding, self contained cabinets that are placed side by side, to give the illusion of one large wall.
Anatomy of a Living Wall
Since live plant walls seem to be the latest rage, I thought it might be helpful to actually break one down a bit and show how the whole thing works.
It’s a pretty simple but ingenious system. The plants rest on long trays with a divot at the bottom, and the pots fit snugly in these divots to keep them in place. As water gets pumped from a resevoir below, it cascades through each tray until that tray is filled, then it moves to the next tray down. The bottom tray feeds directly back into the resevoir stowed out of site in the cabinet below.
This way the plants always have enough water without actually having their roots get rot by constantly being inundated. You can even put the pump on a timer so that it comes on at the needed watering interval. This will depend greatly on where the wall is placed, how dry the room is, etc.
These walls are comprised of over a hundred 4″ plants each. Each of these plants sits in it’s own tray within the wall itself. The plants are deliberately placed close together to make it look like one big planting.
The plants rest in these individual divots in long trays that span the length of the wall. The divot holds water pumped up from a resevoir at the bottom of the wall structure that feeds into the top tray. Each tray is interconnected with plastic tubing and the water cascades down to to each tray, filling it to a certain point before it overflows to the next. This keeps the plants from having their roots constantly wet. The bottom tray simply drains out into the resevoir, so the whole process can start over again.
By tlannan2|2020-06-02T14:20:11-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Living Walls|Comments Off on Anatomy Of A Living Plant Wall
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
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!
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.
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!
Flats and flats of 4″ flowering annuals!
By tlannan2|2020-05-14T10:45:32-04:00May 14th, 2020|Plant Care|Comments Off on Flowering Annual Plants