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Summer in Bloom

blanket_flower_arizona_sun_600Warm summer weather is a great excuse to spend time outdoors. Picnics, beach trips, and outdoor games are favorite summertime activities, but planting a garden is especially rewarding. Gardening is a good way to exercise and improve mental health. When planting flowers in the summer, prepare your yard and choose plants that thrive in summer sunlight.

Sunny Spots: Before deciding on what flowers to plant, determine the sun conditions of your garden space. Plants’ sun requirements fall into three categories: full sun, partial sun/partial shade, or full shade. Plants that need full sun require six or more hours of direct sunlight; plants labeled as “heat/drought tolerant” fall into this category and can endure the strong afternoon sun. Flowers and plants needing partial sun/shade prefer four to six hours of light, and typically thrive in morning and early evening sunlight, versus hot afternoon light. Full shade plants thrive in shaded areas and endure very little direct light. Monitor the amount of sunlight in your garden space and choose plants appropriate for your yard’s sun conditions.

Preparing the Soil: Prep the soil before planting anything. Use fertilizer and organic material to enrich the soil (particularly in areas with thin, poor soil, or sandy soil). Organic material and mulch helps the dirt retain moisture, mulch is also good for keeping the soil cool—a must during high-temperature summer weather.

Choosing your Plants: Choose plants and flowers that thrive in your climate region; the best flowers to plant however are those native to your area. Purchase healthy-looking plants from a local nursery; wilted and stressed plants are less likely to survive in a new environment. If you want plants that thrive in summer temperatures and sunlight, look for flowers that are high heat or drought tolerant, such as Blanket Flowers or Globe Amaranths.

Find plant nurseries or florists in your area through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of business listings. Users can find a large variety of businesses on RLP, from hotels and electricians, to flower shops in downtown Houston and restaurants. Search by visiting the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and enter your city and state. Find businesses by choosing a search term on the main page, or enter your own terms into the search box. Each listing on the results page shows the contact information for the business. Users can also leave reviews of the business through the RLP website.

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Think Outside the Bouquet this Valentine’s Day

tulipValentine’s Day is just around the corner; by far the most popular thing to give on Valentine’s Day is flowers. Americans spend up to 10% of their Valentine’s Day budget on flowers and at least 60% of Americans splurge on flowers for loved ones during the holiday. Most people go for the traditional long-stem red roses, as a symbol of passionate, romantic love, red roses seem to be the best choice for a Valentine’s Day bouquet. According to recent surveys however, many women prefer something other than the conventional red rose. Besides being cliché, red roses are more expensive around Valentine’s Day, costing up to 30% more than their usual price.

For those trying to think outside the box—or rather, the bouquet, florists recommend a variety of other flowers for a Valentine’s Day gift. Consider buying tulips in red and white, or freesias and hyacinths. Or purchase other types of red flowers, such as the Red Lion Amaryllis or red lilies. Gerbera Daisies are also a great choice since they come in a wide range of colors and can last more than a week in water. For those set on giving red roses for Valentine’s Day, take a look at the garden rose which has more petals, or consider the elegant Black Baccara rose.

Enjoy your flowers as long as possible by properly caring for them. Cover the bouquet with newspaper or a bag when transporting them to protect them from temperature changes. Heat ages flowers faster, so keep your bouquet out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. Stir a little bleach into the water to keep away bacteria and re-cut the flowers daily to make them last.

Buy your bouquets from a local florist this Valentines’ Day. Local florists usually have better prices and better quality than flowers purchased online. Search for local florists using Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses and services, http://www.reallocalpages.com. Choose the city and state where you want to search. Enter key words like “florist” into the search box on the main page or choose a category from the popular categories list. The results page shows the business listings and include the phone number and address of the business. Real Local Pages is great for finding a large variety of businesses, from restaurants and movie theaters to car dealerships.