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Houston Tropical Landscaping

The fascination with tropical landscaping makes sense in Houston because of its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, cultural influences of the tropics, subtropics of Spain and Latin America which provide plenty of local inspiration for creating the tropical landscape design. Houston’s architectural styles now popular including New Orleans plantation, Spanish, and Mediterranean all lend themselves well to tropical landscaping. The tropics diverse palate of lush plantings and bright colors inspire the most beautiful and prehistoric spaces echoing vacation or leisure. Often, because of budgetary concerns or lack of horticultural knowledge tropical landscaping is poorly executed because it is treated as just another landscape i.e. substitute oaks for palms and you’re finished. When done well the tropical landscape is lush, …

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Cooking with Flowers – Which Ones are Edible and Which Ones Will Kill You

As a garnish, as a snack, or as a flavorful ingredient to any recipe, flowers make a welcome addition to any plate. Remember, not all of your ingredients need to come from the grocer. Branch out and cook with flowers for a fragrant and delicious food. Popular Edible Flowers There are dozens of edible flowers, many of which add great flavor to a meal. But be warned; just because a flower is edible does not mean it’s worth eating. Always use smell as your guide. If a flower smells pungent, it’s likely the taste will be too. Here are several flowers that have proven popular over the years: Chamomile Dandelion Thyme Jasmine Rosemary Violet Where to Find Edible Flowers Don’t …

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All About Perennial Herbs

A perennial plant is one that lives for two years or more. Annual plants germinate, flower, and die in one year. I am writing about herbaceous plants, which are also perennials. Other perennials include woody plants such as shrubs and trees.Perennials grow and bloom during spring & summer. They die back during the autumn and winter, returning in spring from root stock rather than seeding as an annual plant does. So, you don’t have to re-plant perennials each year because they come back by themselves. In harsher climates, many perennial herbs are treated as annuals, because they cannot survive the winter outside of their natural environment.Perennial herbs originated from and grow best in temperate climates, which are the regions between …

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Tropical Landscaping – The Difference Between A Temperate And Humid Climate

Have you ever dreamt of having a tropical landscaping? Living in a tropical area is a dream come true for many individuals. They don’t have to deal with the cold, ice or snow and can relax in the constant warm temperature. They can also enjoy the beautiful and lush tropical gardens that last all year round and contain many different plants then those found in temperate climates. Tropical gardens do have their own set of problems and challenges. Instead of focusing on nurturing and fertilizing plants, tropical garden care will focus more on pruning and mold control. Tropical Landscaping Plants Tropical plants look very different from temperate plants. Many times, tropical plants will resemble temperate houseplants as they flourish in …

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The Cattail – Best of the Wild Edible Plants

Which is the best of  the best wild edible plants? That depends on whether you are collecting them for a tasty meal, or as a matter of life or death. It also depends on the season and where you are. But despite all these qualifications, there is one that stands out as especially important in North America. The Cattail The common cattail (typha latifolia – and a few other species) is one of the first of the wild edible plants that all hikers should familiarize themselves with. It not only has several edible parts, but there is some part of the plant that can be harvested for food during any season. In addition, it has other uses as well. In …

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Eastern Spices for Beautiful Skin: Turmeric and Cinnamon

Eastern cultures use various spices and herbs in cookery, religious rituals and medicine. Eastern beautiful women found great cosmetic qualities in spices long ago and use them successfully. Today I’d like to tell about one of such plants – turmeric. Turmeric is a tropical plant of ginger family. It has different colors – from orange till brown. Turmeric is also known as Curcuma longa or curcumin. It is very widespread in India, China, Japan, Cambodia, Madagascar and other Eastern countries. Turmeric is well-known like Ayurveda spice. Turmeric is a known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic agent. It is used in cosmetology as a component for anti-aging creams, masks or lotions. Here you’ll find some original recipes of cosmetic means from turmeric. …

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