Caring for your house plants in the winter months

Dry, cracking knuckles, itchy skin, chapped lips – sound familiar? If you’re like me, the winter has wreaked havoc on your skin and it may be doing the same to your plants. If you’ve noticed that your house plants are starting to look a little dry as well, you can try lining trays with small stones and filling them with water to a level just below the base of the pot. Keep your house plant on top of the tray and this will help increase the humidity level.

If you were lucky enough to get a bunch of house plants as gifts over the holidays, you might want to check them over to make sure they’re not the home for any unwanted visitors. Just look over the leaves and blooms closely to make sure there aren’t any insects before putting them with your other plants. That way, if they do have little pests, you can prevent them from spreading to the rest of your plants.

If you’re running out of places to put them, try making room for them on a shelf or window sill instead of putting them on top of the TV. It’s too warm and does not provide a healthy environment for your growing plants.

Poinsettias are a common Christmas plant, but can be hard to maintain. To try to keep them blooming, maintain moderate moisture levels and keep them away from drafts.

We hope these tips were helpful and will keep your plants healthy and growing through these long winter months! If you’d like any advice or have questions about your garden, plants or otherwise, please post a comment and we’d be happy to help.

Wisteria Sprout

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up these dreary winter days, sprouting seeds may be just the cure you’re looking for. What better way to remind yourself that spring is coming than by caring for and cultivating little seedlings of your own.

Here, I have pictures of a Wisteria plant I started sprouting from a seed.

I planted the seed with roots and after only 4 days, already have a little sprout!

I’m looking forward to enjoying the beautiful flower it will grow to be.

 

 

photo courtesy of Sperling Nursery

Sweet Pea Seedlings

I happened to have some sweet pea seeds and thought it would be fun to see if I could get them to sprout. Here are some pictures and a little how-to if you want to try it yourself!

I first took the seeds and cut off the tips with a chipper.

Then I laid the seeds out on a wet paper towel and placed them inside a plastic bag. After putting them on my sunniest window ledge, I checked them every week and sure enough …

They started to sprout, and as you can see I was able to plant them. They have since grown into a lovely vine that will hopefully have the beautiful flowers pictured below, courtesy of www.growinganything.com.

I’ll try to update as it continues to grow!

Rooftop Deck with Custom Planters & Stone Hardscaping in Chicago

We transformed this rooftop patio into a beautiful retreat from the urban surroundings of Chicago. After installing custom planter benches along the border, we filled them with a variety of shrubs, trees and evergreens. The center of the deck is a luscious garden with different grass varieties, more evergreens, succulents, and some hardscaping with colorful and interesting rocks. We were even able to create a small water feature in the center of the space. Overall, we are quite proud of the peaceful retreat we were able to create for this client. Please leave any questions or comments below and we’ll be happy to answer them.

The rooftop deck before we started working:

rooftop patio garden chicago before

And after:

rooftop patio garden chicago

rooftop patio garden chicago

rooftop patio garden chicago

The water feature:

rooftop patio garden chicago

Hardscaping with stones:

rooftop patio garden chicago

rooftop patio garden chicago

rooftop patio garden chicago

rooftop patio garden chicago

Planter bench with evergreens:

rooftop patio garden chicago

rooftop patio garden chicago

rooftop patio garden chicago

Rooftop Patio Container Garden

We helped design and create the perfect entertaining space on the rooftop patio for this client. The pops of color, variety of planters and containers, different levels and diversity of plants and flowers create a warm, welcoming and vibrant space that practically screams, “Summer BBQ!” Contact us if you’re interested in jazzing up your rooftop for entertaining or creating a peaceful getaway.

rooftop patio container garden chicago

rooftop patio container garden chicago

rooftop patio container garden chicago

rooftop patio container garden chicago

rooftop patio container garden chicago

rooftop patio container garden chicago

rooftop patio container garden chicago

rooftop patio container garden chicago