As the Wind Blows

The wind and your landscape go hand in hand.
Without the wind, landscaping will not grow to its highest potential. The flowers need the wind for pollination. Cooling the heat from sun’s rays beating down on the foliage of the plants. Blowing away the dust and pollutants that settle on the plants. These are added benefits of a strong wind.
But the wind can also be a double edged sword. As cooling as it can be in the summer, in the winter that same wind can be brutal. Personally, I think the wind can do more damage than anything else to the landscape.

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That’s why it’s so important the plants you pick are right for their location. For instance, the wind coming off the sea is going to be filled with salt. Even though you may not think your plants are in line to get hit by the salt from the waves, the wind can carry that salt just a few feet farther, dropping the salt on the plants. It goes without saying; the plants living in these conditions will need to be tough.
The wind can do more damage during cold weather then the drop in temperature. The air temperatures might not get down to freezing, but the constant wind and chill factor can quickly burn the leaves and damage plant cells. You might not see all the damage right away. The first sign of damage might be turning the foliage a reddish brown or distorted. Other damage may not show up until the air temperatures warm back up. Then you will see the leaves yellow and drop. One of the most tender plants in our area are the many varieties of Hibiscus.

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The wind can do heavy damage by drying the foliage out of the plant as well. Even though the soil may feel slightly damp, the constant blowing of a strong or warm wind blowing against the leaves will pull moisture out of the plant faster than the roots can pull it out of the ground. This why it is important to know what part of your landscape faces the strongest, potentially damaging winds. These are the areas where you’re going to want to plant sturdy plants. You might even want to plant hardy plants to buffer more delicate flowers or lacy ferns.

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We can’t control the way the winds blow, nor the temperature of the wind. But we can plant smartly, using native plants where possible, and providing protection to the more delicate plants.

The point is to enjoy our gardens. Knowing the environmental factors of your space and using the proper plants will help you achieve this.

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Copy-Cat

 

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When we were children we thought that being called a copycat was a bad thing. And maybe it was. We should always try to be as individual as possible, and not be afraid to let our true selves show.
But there is another old saying that goes “imitation is the best form of flattery”. In my opinion, when you’re dealing with a garden this is true. After all, aren’t we are simply imitating God’s creation when we create our own gardens?

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As a designer I have no problem with somebody copying my work. As a matter of fact, our web page has a gallery of pictures of work I’ve completed, and I encourage people to go there and look for ideas.

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Personally, I’m constantly scouring magazines, Pinterest, and other sources of pictures to try and come up with different ideas. Most of the time, when I find something I really like, I tweaked it to make it my own.
The little tweaks that I give can be as simple as a different color, a different style container or maybe a different plant that will grow with the same habit as that of what I saw in a picture.

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Sometimes you have to make adjustments with what you see and what will actually grow in your location. That is why it is so important to know the plants that you’re dealing with. Know your growers and trust them.
Often I run into a situation where the exact container that I want isn’t available and I have to make some quick adjustments. I look at that as a challenge, and sometimes out of those challenges I create something much nicer than what I originally intended.

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So, I say go ahead and be a copycat- take my ideas and make them your own.

We’re all dealing with God’s beauty, and you can’t go wrong planting a garden.