Put The Right Plant In The Right Place
Mocktails In The Swamp
Whether you are using real or replica plants, the same basic design principles apply to both: put the right plant in the right place. Sometimes this is as obvious as not planting cactus in Alaska, but often it’s subtle growing habits that can make a plant a beauty or a beast.
While you certainly can push the envelope on this if you are an experienced gardener or just a glutton for aggravation, make it easy and just follow these 5 basic concepts:
You & Me & UV
It's the heart of summer in Florida. Hot, humid and more humid. Swampy.
I live in a very social city where many wonderful restaurants, bars and craft breweries are within walking distance. I love it. I don't drink much, but I do love me a glass of good red wine. You know it's all about keeping those arteries clear.
Realities Of Fake Outdoor Plants
A recent visit home to New England inspired me to write about what has become an important factor in my life: the UV Index. It was a chilly 58 degrees in Boston, yet the peak UV index was 8. That's high/very high on the scale.
Let me preface the following by saying I was an art major, and therefore allergic to anything regarding science. Thus, I turn to Wikipedia:
I Can Help You Let It Go. Unless It's Red.
There's a forest of misconceptions about artificial plants in general, and outdoor rated plants in specific. With rare exception, indoor artificial plants should never be used outdoors, especially in intense UV areas such as Florida.
Even within the UV protected world, the quality can vary. It's easy to get snookered into craft store products that really aren't protected and quickly turn a crunchy shade of turquoise never found in nature. Case in point: cemetery plants and roadside memorials.
Lanai Living: Joy By The Numbers
We of a certain age realize we really just want to look the best we can, with minimal effort, while we're still vertical.
I have a killer red dress that's been hanging in my closet for several years now. I deeply, madly love this dress and remember every occasion that I wore it. But if you coated me in Crisco and dropped me off the roof of a building,
To this transplanted New Englander Joy #1 of Florida living is outdoor dining. Thanks to the climate I'd say there's less than 10 days a year that I don't have my morning coffee on my lanai, and 7 of those days are because it's too cold! I know, it's all relative, but it really does get nippy.
Joy #2 is year-round greenery. Buh-bye Seasonal Affective Disorder! No 50 shades of dreary gray anymore. Green grass 365 days a year is like one giant shag comforter.