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Gardening And Caring For Your Roses June 16, 2015 06:18

There no flower like the rose.  It is one of the most popular flowers in the world and so versatile in its usage.  From anniversary celebrations to Valentine's Day, the rose is beyond compare.  Since the rose is such a favorite, there are plenty of professional gardeners that have said I will just plant my own.  Yet, have you ever desired to plant your own rose garden?  You don't have to be a pro.  With a little instructions on basic care for rose gardening and how to grow them, you can have some great roses in no time.

 Rose Growing - There are four important parts to healthy rose growing.  It is involves the right soil, irrigation, spacing, and sun.  They all work hand-and-hand to product a great rose garden.  Find out the exact needs for your roses and then "grow" from there! 

Choose Your Rose Bush - There are thousands of rose varieties that you have to choose from.  Whether it is hybrid tea roses, mini-roses, frangrant roses, or old-fashioned cabbage roses, you can have the roses of your dreams.  Just make sure that you choose what you will enjoy, because after all of the time and work is done, you want to produce the rose bushes that you are satisfied with.

Caring for Your Roses - Caring for your roses requires your regular maintenance.  Roses do have pests and diseases that they are prone to, such as black spot, rose chafers, Japanese beetles, and mildew.  However, you can prevent these things from ruining your roses, and even avoid them.  Roses can be grown organically as well.

Prune Your Roses - Yes, you will have to prune your roses, which is not the most enjoyable part of rose gardening.  First, know the type of rose bush you have and learn how to prune it.  Here are some basic pruning tips:
  1. Use clean, sharp tools.
  2. Look at the overall plant, but begin pruning from the base of the plant.
  3. Prune to open the center of the plant to light and air circulation.
  4. Make your cuts at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outside of the plant.
  5. Make sure it is a clean cut, not ragged
  6. Remove all broken, dead, dying or diseased wood (Any branches that look dry, shriveled or black. Cut until the inside of the cane is white.)
  7. Remove any weak or twiggy branches thinner than a pencil.
  8. If cane borers are a problem in your area, seal the cut with a white glue, such as Elmer’s.
  9. Remove sucker growth below the graft.
  10. Remove any remaining foliage.
Now you can enjoy your rose garden!  If you prefer, SoCal Petals is a new Orange County Florist that can provide you with the freshest and most seasonal flowers in the area, including deep red roses, spray roses, and more!  We are a nationally recognized Master Florist, and with over 50 years of combined floral experience, our professional designers take pride in creating the premium floral arrangements that you so deserve. 
We also offer our signature same-day delivery within the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.  Up to 3pm daily, you can order with SoCal Petals and have your beautiful floral bouquets and assorted gifts at your front door the same day.  Whether you are in need of a  Santa Ana Flower Delivery or Hollywood Flower Delivery, SoCal Petals can do it all!  Order your SoCal Petals floral arrangement today!  

Reference:  www.gardening.about.com, Marie Lannotti, Rose Gardening 101, Roses - How and When to Prune 

June 6 is National Gardening Exercise Day June 2, 2015 06:48

The month of June marks the official start of summer, and this season is the perfect time to start those gardening projects you’ve been thinking of all winter long. June 6th is National Gardening Exercise Day, a day recognized by “aerobic gardeners” all over America as a fun way to flex more than just their green thumbs.

Gardening has proven health benefits like improved muscle flexibility, improved cardiovascular health, and getting outside in the sunshine and working with your hands exposes you to natural vitamin D, which is a great way to boost your overall mood!

According to Jeffrey Restuccio, a gardening exercise expert consulted by Weight Watchers, many gardening/yard work activities have similar cardio benefits to other calorie burning activities. For example, trimming shrubs or trees using a power cutter can use just as much energy as walking at a moderate pace, and raking; planting seeds and shrubs can burn through as much energy as you would if you were to bike at a leisurely pace.

Switching up your regular exercise routine on this June 6th holiday in favor of this “aerobic gardening” can be a fun way to get your garden and yard looking pristine, but a great garden takes a lot of patience and dedication. For more instant gratification, let SoCal Petals, provide you with premium plants delivered right to your door.

The FTD recognized florist has a variety of plants perfect to bring the garden indoors, or to plant when the timing is right for you. One of Peachtree’s more popular foliage displays is the Schefflera Arboricola, or Dwarf Umbrella Tree. Arriving in a modern, round, graphite container,  this lush and vibrant 10’ in diameter shrub is perfect for indoors or outdoors.

The Classic Planter is another superb choice for that instant garden feel. This classic ceramic planter is perfect for a patio or sunroom without having to wait for the work from your green thumb on National Gardening Exercise Day to take hold. This arrangement is unique to the SoCal Petals and is created specifically for you at time of order based upon the freshest and highest quality foliage and blooms available at the time. When you place your order, you will be able to discuss with the talented florists about the availability and arrangement of the best greenery for this planter.

Since opening its doors, SoCal Petals has quickly established itself as California’s premier flower shop. With free Los Angeles flower delivery, commitment to excellence in both customer service and quality of product, SoCal Petals is perfect for all of your summer foliage needs whether it be to add a bit of greenery indoors or on your patio, you can place you can receive your order with easy, same-day delivery service and be enjoying it right away while waiting to enjoy the added fruits of your labor from National Gardening Exercise Day. Orders can be made online through Socal Petals’ user friendly website, by phone 888.212.0038, or stop by the California Flower flower shop to place an order in person and take advantage of daily pickup specials.

WeightWatchers.com, "Get a Garden Workout." Web. 2 Jun. 2015.