Today is the first in a by-weekly series devoted to bringing the outdoors in. Nicola Bishop has been a florist for many years in the beach neighbourhood of Toronto and currently works in the well-known East of Eliza Flower Shop. Nicola will share her knowledge of plants and flowers and help you have the most wonderfully, healthy plants.
January and February are known as the two most dreariest months of the year. This is definitely the time when we need to lift our spirits, and there’s no better way to do that than to add some color into our lives with luscious green plants and spring bulbs.
Just by adding some bright yellow primula, purple hyacinth and a beautiful delicate green orchid, you can instantly brighten up a corner, dining room table or tide us over till spring.
Hyacinth otherwise called a breath of spring, can be planted into a glass vase with stones coating the bottom. Simply place the bulbs so that only the roots are in water and you’ll be able to enjoy watching them grow until a fragrance fills your house. With enough light, warmth and circulating air they will flower beautifully. You can also get hyacinth vases made especially for this at local grocery stores.
When done, keep hyacinth bulbs in a brown paper bag in a cool dark basement, until the temperatures are above freezing. Then simply replant in the spring in your garden. But remember, they can take up to two years to bloom again.
Green plants are also a great pick me up, especially the bright green neon pothos. This is an extremely durable plant and the easiest to maintain. Almost any level of light will suit the pothos and it actually likes to dry out between watering. This plant only needs watering once every two weeks, and it will certainly let you know when, when it appears very limp. A little water, and it perks right back up again!
Pothos is also, an excellent plant for making cuttings. All you need is a cup of water and in no time at all, it will be rooting.
Spring isn’t very far off, but why wait?
Stop by East of Eliza at 1960 Gerrard street East in Toronto, 416-691-8038 where you’ll find a large selection of great pots, luscious green plants and spring planted bulbs to brighten up your home.
Until next time then, when I’ll be showing you how to make incredible flower arrangements,