The Houston Garden Club flower show in 2007 had some great underwater designs, yesterday I attended a Woodland’s Garden Club talk on underwater designs, the photos are from both of these.
There were several versions of small water gardens. I’m not sure if its a new trend or something local to this area? I haven’t been living down here long.
These would be great little gardens for a desk or counter top. You might even add a fish.
You can buy these large glass containers cheap now. I see them at Walmart all the time. You can get water plants at any store that sells fish and fish tank supplies.
Things I learned:
- Round clear glass is best
- A design takes a complete thought and moves your eyes through it, while an arrangement is just pretty
- The water line is part of the design
- Oranges from Florida are dyed and will leak the dye into your water, California oranges are not dyed.
- Water magnifies every thing, use that to enhance your design
You can place a drinking glass or glass jar in another container, clear or not and fill the space between them with cranberries, pretty stones or just about anything small to create a seasonal flower vase.
For the holidays, fill the space with cranberries and put water and red roses in the glass as an example.
I recently attended a talk on flower arranging and here are some things I learned that you might not know:
If you are using green florists foam in an arrangement you should soak it for 24 hours before using it.
Cut sunflowers should be given hot water ( about a hot shower temperature ) and lots of it, they are thirsty flowers.
Cut roses under warm water, and on a diagonal.
Cut tuberose needs sugar water for the flowers to open, use 2 to 3 cups of sugar water in vase.
Christmas trees should also be given hot water ( hot shower temperature ) it loosens up the sap and they will take up more water after the initial cut if it is hot. Your tree should soak up 5 to 8 gallons of water the first day and less thereafter.
Use the flower preservatives that come with your cut flowers as directed. Using an anti-desiccant on your cut flowers gives them a longer life. Both can be obtained online or at your favorite florist. If you don’t have floral preservatives the next best way to preserve cut flowers is not aspirin or sugar but lemon and lime soda, about one can per vase fill the rest with water. ( Tips on extending the life of fresh flowers )
When you cut the ends off the flowers before placing them in the vase use a razor, not scissors. Scissors will crush the xylem cells that transport water up to the flower.
Candles should be burned a bit before placing out. Never ever place unburned candles ( those with wicks still white ) in a display. Some consider it bad manners, candles should show you are ready for hospitality.
I think this is my favorite of all the alocasias. It is certainly the most dramatic looking. Leaves can reach 2′ long and it will bloom indoors when happy.
I murdered countless Alocasia Amazonicas following the directions I found online. Finally a bit of experimenting brought me success.
These plants need as much sun as you can give them. I have them in a south west facing window in Houston. Most plants with red under the leaves prefer shady environments, not these.
Water as you would for most houseplants, soak it and drain it when it gets dry. Despite being a tropical plant these ones are not water lovers.
It has been known to suddenly drop all its leaves. Not to worry, new leaves usually appear almost immediately.
Keep an eye out for spider mites they like this plant.
This plant is a hybrid of Alocasia longiloba Miq and Alocasia sanderiana Hort. It was created in a nursery in Florida which may be why it doesn’t do well in the climate you’d expect given its appearance.