Choosing Dinner Party Flowers for your Table Centerpiece Ė

Written by Joanie Williams

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Scented flowers are appealing, but not atrepparttar dinner table. Donít put highly scented flowers onrepparttar 146478 dinner table because their aroma can fight withrepparttar 146479 food aromas. Some guests may even be allergic torepparttar 146480 strong scent as well. The scented hyacinths Sally was eyeing would not be good choices forrepparttar 146481 dinner table.

Now you can eliminate a large range of flowers before you even get torepparttar 146482 store.

Remember, less choice means less stress.

2)White works with everything. White tablecloths work with every color of flower.

White taper candles work with every color of flower.

White or crystal candlesticks work with any color of flower.

And white flowers go with everything.

How easy could that be?

3)Decide on your color before you go shopping If you do want some color in your flowers, you already know that any color will go because of your white tablecloth and your white candles.

If you want color, select your color choices BEFORE you go shopping. Don't come home with a color that is lovely but doesn't work with your scheme. Making a color plan will really help you avoid stress atrepparttar 146483 flower shop.

If your first color choice isnít available when you get there, go to your second choice.

If you see some flowers you absolutely have to have, but they arenít one of your choices, donít change your whole plan forrepparttar 146484 dining room table centerpiece. Just buy those must-have flowers to decorate your living room. Then go back torepparttar 146485 plan and select one of your color choices forrepparttar 146486 dining room table.

So donít be like Sally. Putrepparttar 146487 three key flower-choosing secrets to work for you:

1)Remember that you shouldnít choose tall or scented flowers forrepparttar 146488 dinner table. 2)Remember that white goes with everything. 3)And if you want color in your flowers, choose one or two colors before you go torepparttar 146489 store, then stick with your choices, no matter how temptingrepparttar 146490 other colors are.

Now you have maximized your chances of choosingrepparttar 146491 right flowers, and minimized your stress while you shop.

P.S. Did you know that with just three basic centerpiece arrangements, you can cover almost every dinner party you give over a year? See how onrepparttar 146492 Table Centerpiece page at

Joanie Williams has been giving small dinner parties for years. To get better at it she decided to gather tips and information from experts into She would love to hear your burning questions on hosting a dinner party.Ask your burning question by clicking here while itís still on your mind.

Aloe Vera

Written by Judi Singleton

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Because of their popularity, Aloe vera plants are available at almost every garden shop or nursery. Unless you live in area with a very mild climate, it's best to leave your Aloe plant inrepparttar pot and place it near a window that gets a lot of sun. You can moverepparttar 146434 pot outdoors duringrepparttar 146435 summer months. Aloe vera is a succulent, and as such, stores a large quantity of water within its leaves and root system. Duringrepparttar 146436 winter months,repparttar 146437 plant will become somewhat dormant, and utilize very little moisture. During this period watering should be minimal. Allowrepparttar 146438 soil to become completely dry before givingrepparttar 146439 plant a cup or two of water. Duringrepparttar 146440 summer months,repparttar 146441 soil should be completely soaked, but then be allowed to dry again before re-watering. Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system, so when it is time to repot choose a wide planter, rather than a deep one. Use a planter with a drainage hole, or provide a 1-2 inch layer of gravel inrepparttar 146442 bottom ofrepparttar 146443 pot to ensure adequate drainage. Use a good commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand added. You may also use a packaged 'cacti mix' soil. Fertilize yearly, inrepparttar 146444 spring with a dilute (half strength), bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10). Aloes are propagated by removingrepparttar 146445 offsets which are produced aroundrepparttar 146446 base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall (or larger). They may also be grown from seed.

As torepparttar 146447 claims ofrepparttar 146448 medicinal properties ofrepparttar 146449 Aloe plant, However, recent studies have takenrepparttar 146450 folk uses of aloe and applied them in clinical studies. The results of these studies were impressive enough that aloe is a standard skin treatment for many burn victims. It is also recommended for its antiseptic properties for treating wounds, radiation burns, and many other afflictions ofrepparttar 146451 skin. It is quite likely that you will find an aloe product in your own doctorís office, as well as your local hospital.

Studies in laboratory rats have shown that another of its uses, that of internal consumption to protect and nourishrepparttar 146452 digestive system and vital organs, is not only effective, but is showing that it can actually extendrepparttar 146453 life of lab rats ingesting aloe. Rats with aloe added to their diets show much less damage torepparttar 146454 vital organs at old age than do rats without it. Since many cultures aroundrepparttar 146455 world ingest aloe regularly, this is of particular note, and thankfully studies are ongoing. When you need to use it medicinally, just remove a lower leaf fromrepparttar 146456 plant, slice it open, and applyrepparttar 146457 gel onrepparttar 146458 affected area. The magical uses of Aloe are not easily located. It is a feminine plant, and its planet isrepparttar 146459 moon. Its element is water, and its powers are protection and luck. Aloe can be hung overrepparttar 146460 home for good luck. Carry it with you to protect yourself against evil, or to protect yourself from clumsiness.

If you like this article please go to, Herbal Harvest Blog and read Judi's other articles on herbs.

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