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Cornerstone Garden Plant Swap October 1st-FREE

Walk away with a new plant on October 1st at Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)register your plant(s) at 11am. Please place plant in a container,within a plastic bag and label your plant.

A few plants Diana Digs Dirt will be swapping are;

Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle
Raydon’s Favorite Aster
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Japanese Iris
Verbena
Autumn Joy Sedum
Carpet Sedum
 
Vervain
Hardy Begonia
Nandina Shrubs and more
 
Let’s get swapping!

Call Diana for more details or questions at 392.4031

If interested, a Sentiment Gardens workshop will begin at 10am following plant swap, demonstrating how to create home and garden vignettes with treasured keepsakes from loved ones past.

 
 
 

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Specialty Daylily Perennials at Cornerstone Garden

Strawberry Candy is a daylily available at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street. 3 distinct colors and the edges are ruffled. A very beautiful color for those who like warmer color palettes.

Daylilies are quite spectacular when planted in masses.

Little Grapette Daylily is a nice burgundy color. Combine this daylily with a plant of the same center color (yellow) and you have an amazing color combination. The other plant is Coreopsis (we also carry these).

Mini Pearl Daylily is shorter and could be used in the front of your border. It’s soft creamy apricot color is perfect when combined with purple colored flowers.

Moon Fleet Clematis and Powis Castle Artemesia work well with Mini Pearl Daylilies

Cornerstone Garden carries a red daylily called, Old time Rock and Roll

 Gorgeous red for those who enjoy the hot and spicy colors within their landscapes.

If you just love daylilies, plant several varieties and you will have blooms from May until September. Daylily perennials are easy plants and drought tolerate after the first year.

Happy Planting

414-B State Street 392.4031

 

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DianaDigs Balloon Flower

The balloon flower (above)is commonly known in the landscape world, but its cousin is definitely worthy in my garden.

 Botanical name, Campanula glomerata is low maintenance and blooms for 2 months, at least.

This perennial needs some shade from the hot afternoon sun, drought tolerate, deer resistant and if deadheaded, will bloom again. It is not invasive and works well in cottage style gardens or other informal landscapes in the backyard.

The size of this perennial is about 18 inches around and fits into the front of a perennial bed nicely.

DianaDigs Campanula glomerata!

at Cornerstone Garden 414 State Street in Greensboro

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Favorite Plants

 

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Triad Wedding Planning/Design Services

DianaDigsDirt is a landscape design/build company assisting recently engaged couples with “GREEN” solutions for their wedding day. “Green” does not mean cheap, granola or tacky, simply, you are demonstrating a conscious effort to minimize individual carbon footprints. Fresh flowers can also be incorporated into “Green” Wedding Designs, adding special accents and touches not obtainable due to seasonal restraints.

DianaDigsDirt Wedding Services

  • Consulting-Designing-or Implementing of

Residential Landscape Wedding Ideas, creating an outdoor photogenic vignette for the bride and her maids reflecting colors, style, theme of the ceremony. Diana should be called at least one year prior to wedding date. This service is for those wanting a personalized outdoor scene for wedding photography, usually at the couple’s home or residence where she is preparing for the ceremony with bridesmaids.

  • Consulting-Designing-Implementing of

Green” Wedding Decor, Centerpieces, etc, by analyzing bride and groom residential landscape or those of family members to determine the possibility to create from existing plant material. This would include, plant foliage, berries, blooms, twigs, and grass plumes. If additional “Green” decor is needed, Diana can suggest installing certain plants to later on provide what is needed and what will grow on the property. We can also discuss including actual food within centerpiece design.

   

Fruits, nuts, various leaves and vegetables may add a conversation piece to  your special day

  

 

  • Wedding Venue for Landscape Enhancements

If the Wedding Venue Location is perfect, but could use additional color, with the permission of the venue, additional potted plants could be brought in and later taken home by the couple or whomever makes the purchase. Below are fabulous arrangements for tropical themes. Outdoor pots come in an array of styles, shapes and colors, click here.

  

Attend our free “Green” event and workshop demonstrating centerpiece creations.

   

 

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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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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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