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 If you are planning a new landscape design, let the designer be aware of all family pets within the household. It is generally a good idea to monitor pets while they are outside. Young pets have a tendency to be mischievous, chew, eat and dig everything in sight. Once pets have matured, it is highly unlikely they will find an interest in your outdoor shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs or vegetable garden plants.

Listed are several plants to keep a close watch on.

Oleander thrives in the sandy soil at the coast. If you have these gorgeous plants in your landscape for the beach house, they are toxic.

Tropical plants are sometimes utilized outdoors in pots, as annuals like; alocasia, aloe, begonia, caladium, coleus, geranium, moss rose. These are toxic.

Pieris, American holly berries, azalea, crocus, asian lily, English and poison  ivy, calla lily, gardenia,

lobelia, Lenten rose,

 mums, clematis, privet, daffodil, daylily, easter lily, elephant ears, foxglove, iris, hyacinth, gladiola, Rose of Sharon, several varieties of  hydrangea,  lantana, lily of the valley, nandina, peony,

vinca, primrose, rhododendron, st john’s wort, and yarrow

Vines-Perennial sweet pea, clematis, morning glory, wisteria

If you know your animals/pets will constantly chew and dig in your landscape, think about having a fence surrounding your toxic plants to ensure the safety of  your 4-legged friends. This way the family will have a peace of mind.

Additional information is provided by www.aspca.org. Protect your animals and be safe from DianaDigsDirt and Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal.

 

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Do you know your health insurance agent and would you feel comfortable calling him/her to inquire about your changing needs or existing policy questions?

Melody Anderson of Chadwick Insurance Group is one phone call away to answer your major medical insurance questions. She helps her clients in the Piedmont Triad Area  understand their insurance policies and unique situations to select the appropriate coverage. For years Melody has been assisting people looking for affordable options, such as;  major medical insurance (individual or group), life insurance and medicare (65 years and older or disabled).

Major Medical Insurance-individuals or families looking for the best coverage for their budget. Sometimes a spouses group insurance plan is not necessarily the best option.

Group Health Insurance-your existing broker may not  be searching for the best options.

Medicare-people 65 and older or disabled can receive medicare. If you are a medicare beneficiary, do you know how the new reform will affect your benefits? Are you paying too much for your supplement? A seasoned medicare specialist can provide the answers to these questions.

Life Insurance-don’t let these decision overwhelm you. Allow an agent to walk through the process with you and your loved ones. One question to ask yourself, “How would my family manage if I were to die suddenly?” Life insurance would ensure financial security. We will all pass, but would we be prepared?

 The benefits of having a health insurance broker

  • They return phone calls within 24 hours
  • They can guide you through claims, changes in price, adding dependants and health care reform issues
  • They are your personal customer care agent for life
  • Your phone calls are not forwarded to another representative and there are no automated recordings requiring pressing 1, 2 or 3.

Melody Anderson will be present at the Medicinal Plants and Holistic Healing Workshop at Terragen Nurseries June 26th to answer any questions regarding options for your needs and your budget.

Give Melody a call for a quick consultation, 336.707.9308 and it won’t cost a dime.

Thank you for your support with Just a Cloud Away, Inc™ Journal 

Peace….Diana

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Greensboro and surrounding areas can enjoy a unique supplier of plant material, Terragen Nurseries, Inc.

They are located in Browns Summit. Just take 29 North to 150, make a left on 150, make a left on Summit Ave and you cannot miss Terragen Nurseries on the RIGHT.

You know I am a sucker for roses and they have plenty, even the double bloomers.

Knock out roses make excellent hedges

Yes, they have yellow knock out roses. They only require 6 hours of daylight.

These roses bloom from spring until frost with little maintenance. This is a perfect memory garden plant because of its hardiness.

Carolina jessamine vine to ramble over a fence, up a pergola, down a slope. This beauty is evergreen and the blooms are intoxicating in the spring.

Gorgous Grasses Too!!

Plumbago

This hot red mandavilla vine is the perfect choice for spanish style gardens or landscapes with other warm colors like; orange, coral, and yellow flowers.

Hibiscus

Tropical plants like agave are offered at the nursery

Don’t forget the ferns for your shade gardens. They are also suitable as foundation plantings (some are also evergreen). Ferns add great contrast because of their unique textures.

Terragen Nurseries offer many varieties of palm trees.

Plant material as a sympathy gift is appropriate for bereaved families. Terragen nursery offers trees, shrubs, vines, tropicals, perennials, annuals, and indoor plants.

Stop by and I guarantee you will not find customer service more pleasant and you will leave with your hands full of goodies.

Thank you to our newest advertiser, David Miller for contributing to Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal

Peace

Diana

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Helleborus orientalis or Lenten Rose makes the perfect memory garden plant for Zone 7. Lenten Rose is evergreen and blooms in the winter when the landscape offers little color. The bloom time begins in January and ends in April.

The foliage is coarse and looks beautiful combined with other shading loving plants of fine texture like; Autumn Ferns, Astilbe, or Bleeding Hearts.

If a loved one passed in the winter months the Lenten Rose would be an appropriate sympathy gift. This small plant reaching only 18 inches is ideal for small gardens, pots or townhouse patios. Helleborus can be easily transplanted if one moves to another residence.

As you see in the memory garden below, the Helleborus are blooming the same time as the tulips, in March. It is quite a spectacular display when the Helleborus, winter pansies, tulips, and daffodils are in peak bloom time. Just a gorgeous display of white flowers.

The Lenten Rose flower is quite unique when pressed. In the memorial below, Helleborus flowers were pressed between wax paper and then adhered to card stock with other flowers and the deceased child’s name.

The Lenten Rose is truly a beautiful plant and is not difficult to grow. I would never suggest a finicky plant as one suitable for a memory garden plant. Helleborus should be kept out of direct afternoon sun or the south-east side of a home and given plenty of water the first year. When this plant is established, only periodic watering during a drought is needed. The Lenten Rose would benefit from a 3 inch layer of mulch to retain moisture.

There are also other varieties offering different ornamental value. Please contact me for additional information.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal

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The color white feels so right when designing a garden for a baby angel. Whether your baby passed early in pregnancy or as an infant, a garden of beauty can be created to honor little angels gone too soon.

 When I see white flowers I think pure, sweet, angelic, innocent and uncomplicated. The color white is prevalent in life changing events and bridges the past to the future.  People who have endured near death experiences claim to be surrounded by warm, white lights.

We wear white to weddings, to christen our babies and white shirts are worn to funerals by many. White has a true respect and dignity by various cultures.  White flowers not only have meaningful properties, they are the only color that is highly visible at dusk and in the moonlight.  The moonlit or white garden has a classic beauty that transcends time. If your baby passed before their gender was determined, white would be suitable for both. Maybe the early evening hours are significant and reminiscent of your angel. It could have been the time you told your family you were pregnant, when your baby was the most active, or the time you said nighty night to your sweet child.  Whether or not the time of day has relevance, a moonlit garden is more likely to be enjoyed because of work schedules. If you have an existing garden for your angel, I highly recommend adding some white blooms within. 

White flowers display incredible contrast with the dark, lustrous green foliage of certain plants.  This contrast automatically attracts your eyes while brightening a dark space.  Here are some plants that offer this contrast in a shady location; gardenia, otto luyken laurel, hills of snow hydrangea, immortality iris, and winters cupid camellia. Some suggestions for full sun areas are; annual periwinkle, swamp hibiscus, daisy and Diana rose of sharon.

Not all flower blooms are the same in shape and you may want to explore the different forms that could be significant to you and your baby. The white bleeding heart perennial has heart-shaped blooms that line the stem and the white balloon flower looks as if it could fly into the clouds. There are several white blooms shaped like snowballs; yoshino cherry tree, album rhododendron, hills of snow hydrangea, and snowball viburnum. There are several flower blooms that are bell-shaped which will add a very unique element to the garden. Some of the plant varieties are; pieris, lily of the valley, enkianthus, rabbiteye blueberry, and japanese snowbell tree. A few flowers are shaped like small bottle brushes including; otto luyken laurel, itea and monroe’s white liriope. Other plants have a fringe-type flower with strap-like petals like the fringe tree, white chinese loropetalum and cleome.

White flowers not only add beauty but also sweet fragrance. This could be one of your favorite scents to breathe in while reflecting upon your child. Some highly intoxicating flowers for sunny areas are; daffodils, crinium, garden phlox, dianthus, oriental lily, hyacinth, peony, sweetbay magnolia, sweet alyssum, petunia, gingerlily and snowball viburnum. Some shade-loving plants are; himalayan sweet box, itea, winter daphne, hollyleaf osmanthus, camellias, and fortune osmanthus.

You can also include the sense of audio in your baby’s garden. Blown by a gentle breeze, the sound of grass can be very soothing. Ornamental grasses add a fine and delicate texture to the garden and wonderful contrast beside course textured plants. The white, feathery plumes usually stand a bit higher than the strap-like foliage and can be seen from a distance. Grasses are usually drought tolerant, grow in full sun and very easy to maintain. Some good choices are; pampas grass, quaking grass, switch grass and maiden grass.

If you have a structure like a fence, vine pole or pergola, you may want to select a vine- like plant to cascade or climb along it. There are several plants to choose from, including; climbing iceberg or sally holmes rose, climbing hydrangea, silver lace vine, armand clematis, alba plena lady bank’s rose, moonflower, hybrid henryi clematis, sweet autumn clematis, perennial sweet pea vine (pictured above), star jasmine and  white japanese wisteria.

No matter if your loved one was your baby or your grandmother, white is soothing and comforting. Adding white blooms will contribute to the overall beauty of your memory garden for you and your loved ones.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal

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