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Cornerstone Garden’s 1st Day Open

Cornerstone Garden- 414 State Street in Greensboro had a great first day.

Our hours are

Tuesday and Wednesday 10-5

Thursday and Friday 10-7

Saturday from 8-4

We are not open when it is raining, but you can call for an appointment, 392-4031

Come see us for something unique!

 

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Dried Flower Design Wedding Bouquets-Personalizing

Adding personal touches to your wedding is highly encouraged in your flowers, favors, overall theme, or some other element, to impress your guests. Dried wedding flower bouquets were utilized in this Buffalo, NY wedding, not because of budget, but because of the reminder of how thoughtful her groom had been during courtship.

During the dating period, this bride-to be received fresh flower bouquets from her fiance and had hung them upside down to dry, after enjoying for a few days. During the courtship, enough flower arrangements were delivered to make beautiful wedding bouquets. They were used as the Bridal bouquet and bouquets for the bridesmaids too. this out-of-the box and “green’ idea was very intriguing for the guests with many inquiries.

The bridesmaids and bride-to-be gathered before the wedding to assemble with ribbons. this option provided additional money to be spent elsewhere within the wedding ceremony.

The bride was a designer, creative, and ingenious-also reflecting her personality.

This wedding bouquet alternative is not for everyone, but think about how you can add personality and personalization to your wedding ceremonies to create a day never to forget. With your creativity (or maybe with the help of a wedding planner) your day can be just as unique with the personal touches from the past.

join us at a free local event, “Celebrating Mother Earth in  Southeast Guilford” where vendors will be plentiful, helping you plan what “You” and your husband-to-be embrace in life. Also come to meet Divine WEddings and Beyond for all your wedding day needs.

Heppy Planning!

Diana Digs Dirt, your source for “Green” Wedding flower design

 

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Reusable-Recycled-Ravishing Wedding Centerpieces

“Green” wedding centerpieces are gaining popularity because of dual purpose, looking fantastic on tabletops and either giving plants away to guests or bride and groom keeping them for planting within their residential landscapes.

Colors for the wedding were red, black, and white. Green is almost always included because of plant foliage. Most of the terrace tables were square, so while working on the tabletop prototype, white craft paper was utilized, red crayons and a personalized stamp was created to decorate paper.

Annuals used in the centerpieces including, begonias, impatiens, diamond frost, and periwinkle. Perennials used were caladium, ferns, liriope, creeping jenny and hardy begonia.

 

English ivy was a ground cover used in the centerpieces and at the base of the brides bouquet, cut from the landscape.

The brides maids bouquet and groomsmen boutonnières were unified by incorporating southern magnolia foliage pruned from the landscape.

     

Sweet pea tendrils were also designed into the boutonnières, adding unique texture (cut from the landscape).

What a beautiful venue for a wedding! Thank you for including me Tonya and Jeff

 

Memories are treasured and are always with us………

 

There are many ways to “think green” and personalize when planning a wedding! Call me for a consultation today.

 

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Calling All Piedmont Triad Brides-VOTE HERE


 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Weddings

 

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Early Winter Landscape Flower Centerpieces

 Your landscapes are probably still filled with flowers, foliage and berries to incorporate into your table top centerpieces.  The centerpiece below was arranged in late November.

Mums, dried grasses, southern magnolia leaves, amber-colored bald cypress and scotch broom.

Take 3 different vases, containers, bowls or anything really and stack them together. This will create a layered look.

Fill with water and go out into the cold and collect your plants.

Remember when pruning to remove the lower leaves. Your centerpieces will last longe, not turn the water brown or smell.

Don’t fool yourself. An abundant supply of flowers and foliage were needed to fill up these containers. If this is too large, start small. The tiny vase below was filled with over 25 stems.

The centerpiece is still gorgeous after 2 weeks.

Knock roses could be still blooming in the landscape.

Sage was also used to add a contrasting green and rough texture.

Rose hips also add color. Marigolds were still in bloom and the foliage on the perennial, yarrow was beautiful and feathery.

The thick, shiny dark green magnolia leaves provide a nice backdrop.

Think about all the possibilities for a wedding. Centerpieces can be cut from your own landscapes and save an incredible amount of money. Give a call to hear more.

 

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Changing Pink Hydrangea to Blue Flowers

Hydrangea macrophyllas are spectacular in bloom and are show stoppers within the landscape. Pink or Blue, this early summer blooming shrub will last for weeks.

People are always wanting the hydrangea color they do not have. It is much easier changing the color from pink to blue rather than vice versa. So take a good look at your lovely hydrangea plants and determine if the color is appropriate for the space. The two hydrangea shrub pictures are of the same plant, but installed in 2 different locations.

This large hydrangea shrub, probably Nikko Blue, has bloomed this color for many years. 2 years ago a cutting was taken and planted on a different property. Below is the bloom of the cutting.

Quite a difference in color.

Absolutely fabulous that from one plant 3 or 4 different shades of pink/lavender/periwinkle can be enjoyed.

How do we go about changing color? First, the change from pink to blue. These amendments can be added to the soil to increase acidity or lower the pH number:

  • peat moss
  • ammonium nitrate
  •  ammonium sulfate
  • sulfur coated urea
  • iron sulfate

Pink hydrangeas favor a high phosphorus content and a more alkaline soil with a higher pH, try adding:

  • dolomitic lime
  • ginger
  • kidney beans
  • calcium
  • sand
  • baking soda
  • fertilizer such as 25/10/10
  • ripe bananas
  • planted by a concrete walkway or garden ornamentation (lime from concrete leeches into the soil)
  • mix 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 gallon of water

Hydrangea macrophyllas can be used as filler plants, foundation plants, hedges or for cutting flowers, especially weddings. They prefer morning sun only and like a good drink of water each week. So if you do not have an irrigation system, plant your hydrangea by the house in close proximity to a water source.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2010 in Favorite Plants

 

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Healing Naturally with Plants-Free Workshop

Medicinal Plants and Holistic Healing Workshop for People & Pets

Plants have been utilized for centuries to heal ailments and treat wounds. Holistic healing is the practice of creating harmony in mind, body, emotion and spirit. By utilizing medicinal plants and holistic healing practices, we are becoming at one with nature in the purest sense, healing the natural way much like our ancestors.

 

    *Come and learn how to care, grow, and prepare your zone 7 plants for healing you and your pet. Hanging planters, pots, and raised beds can also be utilized. Diana Gardner-Williams of DianaDigsDirt BLOG will demonstrate and answer questions.

    *A talking feathered friend of Stephie’s Bird Shop loves eating healthy and natural fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs, which are good for their overall health.

    *Try walking meditation (this is great for high energy folks who cannot sit still) with Janet Nestor, Holistic Healer for a healthier mind, body, spirit and emotional state. Take the first step in your healing journey and learn the tools for a happier heart.

    *Our walking path will include Terragen Nurseries Inc. greenhouses and outdoor water gardens. Most plants demonstrated are available at the nursery such as; fruit trees, herbs, vines, tropical’s, ferns and perennials. David Miller will answer any questions.

    *Melody Anderson of Chadwick Insurance Group will provide refreshments and answer questions regarding Major Medical Insurance, Medicare or Health Reform.

   

Terragen Nurseries Inc

6201 Summit Ave ( at 150 and 29)

Saturday June 26, 9-11am

Join us if you or your pets are touched by Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Arthritis, Grief, Stress, Restlessness or Epidural Issues. We suggest consulting your general practitioner regarding medicinal plants before using.

Please RSVP to this FREE EVENT at 336.392.4031- Diana Gardner-Williams

If you have questions regarding landscape design, please bring photographs of your landscape and they will be addressed following the workshop.

Hope to see you there!

 

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