Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Poinsettias will reflower

With Christmas season coming, it would be appropriate to remind ourselves that with proper care our poinsettias will last all year and will reflower. They must be pruned to promote new growth and it is picky on light and temperature, but not overly burdensome to maintain their requirements. Poinsettias can be repotted and then sunk in the ground outdoors in late spring or early summer. Shade is best. Be sure to put in quarter turns on the pot every week to keep the roots from taking hold in the ground. When the weather begins to turn, bring the poinsettias back indoors. Once back indoors, the plant must get enough darkness to reflower. It is suggested that it have over 12 hours a day of complete darkness - 15 to be safe.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Flower Delivery Problems

My friend ordered flowers for his girlfriend's mother through one of the big nationwide shops. The local florist seemingly messed up and didn't deliver the arrangement. So he called to fix the problem and their remedy was to deliver the arrangement 3 days late and a credit of 15 bucks towards his next order with them. I can appreciate that they would like to ensure a future customer, but does this really provide a suitable remedy?

Monday, September 18, 2006

Lavender Lemonade

I made some lavender lemonade a little while ago; actually a few batches over a couple week span. It is a tasty way to liven up the old summer standby. I'm still working on perfecting the recipe, which I'll post when it is ready. I've read it also has some medicinal properties to it, but make sure to use the culinary lavender, preferably organic. There are a few good sources for it. This place has a good product and good prices: Clairmont Lavender Farm.