Unique Houseplant Projects

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 22, 2016 11:49:32 AM

Gardening becomes a bit of a challenge in the winter months. The plants are dormant, the weather is chilly and the soil is unworkable. Whatever is a plant nerd to do? Indoor gardening of course!

 

Here are some of our favorite fun houseplant projects to keep the winter blues at bay. 


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Tillandsia (Air Plants)

Unusual, easy, eye-catching, these are all words to describe the air plant. Although they look more like aliens than plants, they are actually epiphytes native to South America.

Design Tip

The best part about Tillandsia* is their versatility, they can be suspended like ornaments, encapsulated in glass globes or nestled into a festive centerpiece. The possibilities are endless!

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Bonsai

The word "Bonsai" in Japanese literally translates "tray planting", so almost anything can be a bonsai. It's the art of dwarfing a plant in a small container, and maintaining it through careful pruning, watering and fertilizing. 

Design Tip

For a festive winter centerpiece, try decorating an evergreen bonsai with ornaments, like the Christmas tree pictured, courtesy of the Sacramento Bonsai Club

 

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Succulents 

Succulents lend themselves well to miniature gardens because they root easily from cuttings; just break off a piece, plop it in a pot with E.B. Stone Cactus Mix, water, and wait. Succulents are best in bright light (within four feet of a window) and after the initial planting, water them only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Design Tip

Succulents make beautiful "living walls" - simply stick cuttings into a vertical surface with a medium like moss, secure using wire and mist occasionally. 

 

 

 

fairy_garden_supplies-830079-edited.jpgFairy Gardening

Fairy gardening is a catch-all term for crafting a tiny landscape with an enchanting fantasy feel. In many ways it's similar to bonsai, you're seeking to create a garden in a confined space, and the limit is your imagination. Accessories like the mushrooms pictured help define your fairy garden, so be sure to stop by our Garden Décor* section. 

 

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Design Tip

Don't just fall for flowers, there are many petite foliage plants that look quite charming nestled into a terrarium or container garden. 

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* Not available at our Sacramento location. 

Curious about more creative ways to bring the outdoors in this winter?

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Topics: Winter, Air Plants, Airplants, Tillandsia, Decorating, Pot-Ups, Succulents

Design Inspiration for Our Mediterranean Climate

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 7, 2016 11:11:34 AM

Rethinking Your Yard? Let's Get Growing for The Changing California Landscape.

Each one of our CA Landscape 2.0 design templates was inspired by popular styles of landscaping with a focus on water-wise plant selectionsstylish accessories and efficient irrigation. Because we are a local, independent, family-owned garden center with established roots in the Sacramento Area, we've got a pretty good idea of what grows well in our area. Our plant options are not limited to what we showcase in the designs–we offer many substitutions to make sure your landscape reflects your style. 

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Inspired by the incredibly diverse plant life native to California, this template incorporates a diverse mix of native and non-native flowering plants, sure to attract beneficial wildlife. The most plant-packed design of the series, this one is for those who enjoy sitting in the garden, watching the birds, bees and other pollinators play.

Finishing touches: Bird baths, hummingbird feeders, pots filled with seasonal flowers, and a comfy chair for wildlife-watching.

 

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Sure to appeal to those with simple, elegant style, the contemporary landscape focuses on sculptural plants and clean lines for a modern feel. Bold accents such as slate contrast strikingly with textural plants like Acacia 'Cousin Itt'. The contemporary landscape is the perfect backdrop to an outdoor dinner party on a summer evening. 

Finishing touches: Refined pottery in eye-catching colors, a soothing fountain, and a modern outdoor dining set. 

 

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A play off the formal style of traditional English gardens, this design balances structure and whimsy in true California fashion. With brilliant perennials popping up behind neat hedges, this landscape manages to look both clean and casual. If you love to entertain friends in your outdoor living space, this is the design for you. 

Finishing touches: Clever container gardens, bird baths, and a bistro set complete with umbrella. 

 

 

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Mediterranean

Perfectly adapted to the many Mediterranean style homes in our area, the Mediterranean design invokes the rolling hills of Tuscany right in your own yard. Think colorful low-maintenance plants with casual chic pottery, cool colors and neutral earth tones to tie it all together. This design is for those who want the appearance of a well-kept yard without all the work. 

Finishing touches: Iron patio furniture, a soothing water feature, the scent of fresh herbs, and large terra cotta pottery with citrus patio trees. 

 

 

 

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Topics: Native Plants, Waterwise, Outdoor Living, Planning Your Landscape, Drought Tolerant, Low maintenance, pollinators, Decorating

Garden Décor DIY-Inspiration Meets Experience

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 19, 2016 5:00:06 PM

Social media is an unlimited source of inspiration. It's easy to spend hours on websites such as Pinterest, browsing jaw-droppingly beautiful garden projects which you're just dying to try at home. However, it can be hard to know where to start to get your projects looking as lovely as they do on your screen. 

We're here to help with some simple DIY décor ideas to catch the latest online trends and keep your patio Pinterest-perfect. 

Tantalizing Terrariums

DSC04011-461196-edited.jpgTerrariums are miniature gardens enclosed in glass, and they make beautiful centerpieces for an event or just on display in your home. A few pointers for pulling this project off:

  • Because terrariums are enclosed and lack drainage, watering can be tricky. Try wrapping the root ball of the succulent in coco coir or moss when you "plant" it, then removing it from the container when you water. 
  • Morning sun or indirect light is best, the enclosed space can magnify heat.
  • Layer your sand, rocks, or mulch in the container, and don't forget charcoal, which will absorb any odor caused by excess moisture. 
Choose a theme and let your imagination run wild- any combination of ingredients can be paired to emulate a landscape in miniature. Try sand, glass and shells for a beachy feel. Mulch paired with moss, then accented with tchotchkes can create a whimsical woodsy look. 

The Art of Kokedama

DSC03930-533748-edited-799791-edited.jpgKokedama is a Japanese term which means "moss ball" and its a fast-growing trend in the world of miniature gardening. Basically, it's something which has been "planted" in a ball of moss, which is then wrapped in bonsai mix, layered with more moss, and bound with twine.

Kokedama is a form of bonsai in which you are stunting the plants growth, but creating a beautiful and peculiar work of art which can be suspended to hang or displayed on a pedestal.

Things to consider:

  • Small plants which grow slowly are good choices for kokedama planters, bonsai starters have a wide selection
  • Kokedama have limited root space to sustain them, so avoid situating in harsh conditions such as full sun or reflected heat.
  • Watering will depend on sun exposure, wind and the type of plant. Generally, an indoor fern, such as the one pictured, will need to have its moss ball soaked once per week. If outdoors, mist between waterings. 

 

Up-cycled Container Chic

DSC03941-732504-edited-771301-edited.jpgSurely you've seen planters which are made of unusual recycled objects. This "up-cycling", as it's called, is wonderful for taking things which might have otherwise gone to waste and transforming them into a stylish home for a living thing.  Basic tips for turning what might have become trash into container-gardening treasure:

  • Whenever possible, poke drainage holes in your container. If you can't, be sure to layer charcoal in the bottom, and be cautious of over watering.
  • If planting something which will be hung vertically like the birdcage pictured, use wire to hold the plants in place until their roots grow out enough to anchor them.
  • Succulents are a savvy choice for up-cycled containers because the plants can be divided and nestled into little nooks and crannies. 

These are just a few examples of projects you can accomplish with little time, your personal taste, and a little garden know-how. For recipe cards, and more adorable inspiration, visit us this weekend at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new Rocklin location.

Dig Into Spring!

 

Saturday, March 19th & Sunday, March 20th 2016

Green Acres Rocklin 5436 Crossings Drive

Topics: Houseplant Care, Gift Ideas, Free Events, Garden Planter, Container Ideas, Decorating, Dig into Spring

Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 9, 2015 6:45:00 PM

Fall is here and that means it's pumpkin time! Green Acres Nursery & Supply offers a wide variety of pumpkins perfect for decorating, carving and even eating. Here is a breakdown of some of our more popular pumpkins, squash & gourds:

Edibles

The following varieties are both beautiful and delicious. They have very thick skin so be careful when attempting to cut them. 

Pumpkin_jarrahdale-518439-editedJarrahdale

Donning hues in unearthly blues, Jarrahdale is a rare heirloom pumpkin from Australia. Its golden colored flesh is mildly sweet, string-free and great for baking. Although most people buy it for its cool color, squatty shape and deep ribs, this is also our most highly recommended pumpkin for pies. 

 

 

 

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The true name of this heirloom variety from France is Rouge vif D'Etampes which is a description of its vivid red coloring. Its nickname is derived from its squat shape, which resembles the pumpkin that Cinderella's fairy godmother turned into a carriage for her to ride in the night of the ball. No matter what you call it, this pumpkin is sure to impress as a decoration or baked into a pie. 

 

 

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Originally from New Zealand, Kamo Kamo is a medium-small rounded squash with deep ribs and green and orange stripes. Its unusual color variation makes it a festive fall decoration, with a sweet, slightly nutty flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally known as Musque de Provence, this is an old time favorite from France. It's deep green when immature, and ages to a fine antique-looking sepia tone. The orange, fine-grained flesh is ideal for baking. 

 

 

 

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Perfectly portioned white-and-orange striped pumpkins, aren't they cute? Try stuffing and baking them, or using them as decorative bowls for autumn-spiced soup. 

 

 

 

 

 

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A medium-sized ghostly white pumpkin which delivers a bright orange surprise on the inside. Spooky and delicious, Lumina is tasty for baking and will hold its color for longer if kept out of direct sunlight. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ornamentals

The following varieties are great for painting carving, decorating or even just using as a festive fall centerpiece. 

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Watch out for this behemoth! Big Max is a hefty pumpkin which makes a statement with your fall-themed decorations. It has cheerful, bright orange skin and tends to have one flat side from lazing about on the ground. It makes a great pumpkin, or chair as you can see here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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What sets this carving pumpkin apart is its thick stem. It's sturdy, long-lasting and adds great character to any jack-o-lantern. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This indestructible pumpkin comes in a deceivingly small package. Iron Mans are orange, round, and tough as nails. We like to cut off the stems and use them as bowling balls during our annual Fall Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The perfect size for little toddler hands, this mini pumpkin is sure to inspire awe in your festive fall display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Warty and lovable, this medium-sized carving pumpkin is just begging to be transformed into a grinning witch. Will it be a good witch or a bad witch? Take one home and get creative. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Too Many

This large barrel-shaped variety is swirled with pale pink and cream variegatied. Said to resemble a bloodshot eyeball, its unusual color is sure to turn heads in a spooky Halloween theme. 

 

 

 

 

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This bright green-and-white striped serpentine gourd is somewhat bulbous at both ends, giving it a sort of avian appearance. Its hard skin makes it extremely long-lasting. It's a fun gourd to paint or carve when it's dried.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When a couple of little warts just aren't going to cut it, you need the bumpiest pumpkin we sell: Lunch Lady. Their unusual texture and extraordinary color variation makes Lunch Lady a great addition to a Halloween or Thanksgiving display. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever your tastes, Green Acres Nursery & Supply is the destination for pumpkins this fall. Come to any of our locations and pick up your perfect pumpkin today!

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Topics: Edibles, Pumpkins, Fall, Decorating

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