LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kermit the Frog will find it is easy being green when his artfully-crafted character topiary debuts during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 5 to May 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World Resort. With flamboyance to spare, a floral Miss Piggy will join Kermit and his blooming banjo in the World Showcase topiary display.
Urban Farm Eats will be the new Outdoor Kitchen on the promenade with a sustainable garden featuring tilapia, eggplant and other farm-raised treats. Guests can try new menu items including the Land-Grown Eggplant “Scallop” with Romesco Sauce, Ghost Pepper Dusted Tilapia with Winter Melon Salad and Mango Chutney, plus red and white vegan wines and gluten-free beer.
The festival’s nearly 100 whimsical topiaries and its 11 tantalizing Outdoor Kitchens with sweet and savory indulgent bites are reason enough to visit the 75-day flower and garden extravaganza. Yet the park will be packed with so much more as it transforms to a rainbow-hued wonderland of sweeping gardens and exhibits. Stars of HGTV, including Alison Victoria of “Kitchen Crashers” and Matt Blashaw of “Yard Crashers,” will appear each weekend at the Festival Center, Audubon will debut its new Hummingbird Garden and Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden opens as a fun-filled play land.
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While Disney guests celebrate spring, they also can explore the reimagined, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, the hang-gliding sensation of Soarin’ and other high-tech Future World marvels. In World Showcase, the spotlight will shine on topiaries of Disney princesses, storybook characters and even pandas and trolls, guests can discover the attractions, shops and restaurants that represent cultures and cuisine of 11 countries. Spice Road Table, which debuted in January at the Morocco showcase, will be open for lagoon-side noshing on tasty tapas.
For more information about the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or visit www.epcotinspring.com. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.
Originally Posted On: allears.net
Photo From: Orlandominivactions.com
I have a fabulous collection of winter wedding bouquets and now is most certainly the time to share them. This bridal bouquet was created with red cabbage roses, red tulips, cedar greens and the last of my hydrangea leaves. Clusters of blue privet berry were added to the bouquet to give it depth.
Photography by Anne Robert
This dramatic and classic white bouquet was designed with white cabbage, blue privet berry, white amarylis, white freesia, star of Bethlehem, and white fringed tulips.
Photograph taken by Genevieve Leiper.
This bouquet was all about the evergreens. Evergreen bouquets can be surprisingly beautiful and very affordable.
Photography by Vicki Grafton.
This bouquet was designed with evergreens but enhanced with pheasant feathers, pussy willow, swamp lily, pods and berries.
Photograph by Genevieve Leiper.
Red peony, red roses, red ranunculus, red tulips, red amarylis, red spray roses, red berry, and silver dusty miller were used to create this design. The bouquet was wrapped with twine.
Photograph by Katelyn James.
Originally Posted On:thefullbouquetblog.com
As most of you know, planning a wedding can get expensive, and wedding centerpieces are a great place to cut costs. In an effort to be traditional, many couples spend unnecessary amounts of money on flowers, when they could actually save money by using non-traditional centerpieces that are unique and are just as beautiful. Below, I've listed some ideas to help inspire you on your big day.
Seasonal flowers are a fantastic option for any wedding. They are widely available, which means they will be less expensive than flowers that are grown out of season. Flowers and plants with heavier, waxier leaves hold up particularly well in the summertime. Try to avoid delicate flowers for spring and summer weddings because they wilt so quickly in the heat.
Hyacinth is gorgeous seasonal flower. Though it is predominantly a spring flower, it is available until early summer, and it smells heavenly. Another summertime flower is the hydrangea, Available in shades of blues, whites, and pinks, they are not expensive and take up a lot of space. A small number can go a long way! They hold up particularly well to heat, and are perfect for a sumptuous bouquet or centerpiece.
The world's unsung hero in the summer is the carnation. It's very inexpensive and holds up extremely well. It has a terrible reputation for being the tackiest flower, because it's always been mixed with greens and baby's breath. However, when used on its own in a tightly packed vessel in beautiful colors, it takes on a whole new, glamorous look!
Color Combination Bouquets For the bride looking for something different, have each bridesmaid carry a bouquet made of the same shape and type of flower, but use different color combinations for each; allowing for a lovely textured look.
Classic and Elegant Bouquets To create a classic and elegant bouquet, start with a bouquet of pristine white vendela roses, add to that stunning stems of lily of the valley and surround it with a cuff of delicate green maidenhair fern.
Chic Country Bouquets Create a chic country bouquet by combining buds of cream and dusty pink roses together with freesias and a cuff of variegated ivy. Finish the bouquet by wrapping the stems with celadon satin ribbon and pearlized pins.
Matching Flowers to Dresses For a dramatic statement, use a single type of flower en mass for your bridesmaids' carry bouquets, and match the color of the flowers to the bridesmaids' dresses.
One of the most important items on a wedding planning checklist is picking your wedding flowers and arrangements. Your wedding flowers can set the tone of your ceremony and reception, make up a big part of the décor, and take up a chunk of the budget.
It is an important decision and can be a daunting task. The key is finding a fantastic florist who is experienced in weddings, understands your style and is reliable. Before you start the process of finding a florist, you should first decide on a few things regarding your wedding flowers.
Think about the look of your wedding. Is it simple or opulent? Are the venues bare, or decorated? What colors will be used in wedding invitations? And will the season play a role? Choosing a color scheme will help narrow down the choices for your flower arrangements. In deciding on a color scheme, keep in mind that your invitations, bridal party gifts, bridesmaids' dresses, table accents and even the cake will likely be affected by your choice.
Remember, many flowers are seasonal. Peonies (my favorite) for example are only in season for a few weeks in May. So if you've had your heart set on using a favorite variety make sure your wedding is taking place during the right time of year. Otherwise, you could wind up paying many times more than you need to for out of season flowers.
Here is a list of the most popular wedding flowers organized by seasonality:
Make a list of the number of arrangements you will need, starting with the ceremony. Will you have arrangements on the stage? Decorating the aisles? Or are you planning to wed underneath a canopy of flowers? How many of your bridesmaids and flower girls will need bouquets or nosegays? Can you use those to create unique bridesmaid gifts? And how many family members will need corsages and boutonnieres? Then move on to the reception. How many centerpieces will you need?
With most of these questions answered you should be ready to meet with florists to see what they can do for you.
Money Saving Tip You can reuse the flowers from the ceremony in your reception. Most florists will design arrangements that serve more than one purpose. For instance, the bridesmaids' bouquets can be dropped into vases set along the length of a banquet table at the reception. Bouquets in the vases make great wedding party favors for your guests. A cascading arrangement from the stage can be used to decorate the guest book table. This is a great way to not let your beautiful flowers go to waste and to save some money.
Meaningful Flowers You may have heard of the language of flowers and how each flower has a special meaning. Why are red roses synonymous with Valentine's Day? Because they represent love. Yellow roses mean friendship and white roses mean innocence. Here is a list of flowers and their meanings, but remember, there are different interpretations and you need not put too much stock in the meanings.
Remember Wedding day flowers are meant to be a part of the overall look of the day, to frame your photos and to accent the setting. They should not steal the scene from the bride or distract from the big picture. Be creative and use what the season has to offer. Keep this in mind and you will make tasteful choices that will not only stretch your budget, but guarantee beautiful wedding flowers you'll love and admire years to come.
Originally Posted On: beau-coup.com
What’s In: The English Garden. With brides still in love with vintage but moving away from what Sayles Livingston of Sayles Livingston Design in Newport, Rhode Island calls the “weedy” informal floral decor of the last few years, they’re craving flowers that feel opulent but still natural. The look currently causing hearts to flutter evokes the feeling of flowers fresh-picked from the garden of a great estate. Alyssa agrees. “For one wedding, we’re using old brass vessels with a gold look, and the flowers are hydrangea, garden roses, and ranunculus. The look is lush arrangements.”
What’s Out: “Little bud vases lined up down the table,” says Alyssa.
What’s In: Peonies. Drumroll for the flower of the year—the peony. Soft, lush, romantic, the peony is the most requested wedding flower for two years running now, according to both Tara and Sayles. But with the bloom available for only two months out of the year, brides need a backup. Sayles recommends the garden rose, which has the same delicate petal feeling but is much more readily available.
What’s Out: Super-tall centerpieces placed in the center of every table. “It’s been overdone,” Sayles says.
What’s In: Garlands. 2013’s brides swoon for garlands—garlands with ribbon, garlands with paper, garlands hung from chandeliers. “We just did a wedding with one long center table and a garland of peonies and hydrangea running the full length of the table. It was 48 feet of full flower,” Sayles says.
What’s Out: The orchid. “The bloom doesn’t have that of-the-moment, freshly picked look,” says Sayles.
What’s In: Cascades. A vintage bouquet silhouette will make a big return, Sayles predicts. Expect to see cascades coming down aisles everywhere this year. The look is long and slender, with lush full flowers such as (no surprise!) peonies, tea roses and a few sweet tendrils of vine.
What’s Out: According to Sayles, bouquets heavy on the greens will be a no-go in 2013.
Originally posted on: Bridalguide.com By: Rachel Griffiths
Photo Credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy; courtesy Alison Events.
Flowers by: Brown Paper Design
Bone meal fertilizer is often used by organic gardeners to add phosphorus to garden soil. But many people who are unfamiliar with this organic soil amendment may wonder “what is bone meal?” and “how to use bone meal on flowers?” Keep reading below to learn about using bone meal for plants.
What Is Bone Meal Bone meal fertilizer is essentially what it says it is. It is a meal or powder made from ground up animal bones, normally beef bones but they can be the bones of any animal commonly slaughtered. The bone meal is steamed to increase its availability for plants.
Because bone meal is made from mostly beef bones, some people wonder if it is possible to get BSE (also known as Mad Cow Disease) from handling bone meal. This is not possible. First, the animals that are used for making bone meal for plants are tested for the disease and cannot be used for any purpose if the animal is found to be infected. Second, the process that is used to produce bone meal kills any kind of pathogens, like BSE, that the animal may have had.
How To Use Bone Meal On Plants Bone meal fertilizer is used to increase phosphorus in the garden. Most bone meal has a NPK of 3-15-0. Phosphorus is essential for plants in order for them to flower. Bone meal phosphorus is easy for plants to take up. Using bone meal will help your flowering plants, like roses or bulbs, grow bigger and more plentiful flowers.
Before adding bone meal for plants to your garden, have your soil tested. The effectiveness of bone meal phosphorus drops significantly if the pH of the soil is above 7. If you find that your soil has a pH higher than 7, correct your soil’s pH first before adding bone meal otherwise the bone meal will not work.
Once the soil has been tested, add bone meal fertilizer at the rate of 10 pounds for every 100 square feet of garden that you are amending. The bone meal will release phosphorus into the soil for up to 4 months.
Bone meal is also useful for balancing out other high nitrogen, organic soil amendments. For example, rotted manure is an excellent source of nitrogen but it tends to lack significant amounts of phosphorus. By mixing bone meal fertilizer in with rotted manure, you have a well balanced organic fertilizer.
Originally Posted On: gardeningknowhow.com By: Heather Rhoades