Planting Roses In Your GardenWritten by Lee Dobbins
Roses are an old standby for any garden and one of worlds favorite flowers. There are over 5,000 varieties of roses in United States and they can be used to enhance your garden in many ways — as creepers, shrubs, vines, climbers, hedges or just as beds of pure colour.
When picking out roses for your garden, it is important to get healthy plants. Make sure stems are green and not shriveled and roots are moist and partly fibrous. The most expensive rose is not always best rose; it may be only a newcomer, much discussed and, therefore, a favorite.
In general, there are two types of roses: bush roses and climbers. Bush roses are shrub like and climbers produce canes that require some sort of support. The most commonly planted type of bush rose is hybrid tea rose. Other types of bush roses include polyanthas (roses in large clusters), fioribundas (large-flowered polyanthas), and hybrid perpetuals (vigorous growers with a great crop in June and continuous blooming throughout summer).
The climbers include ramblers, whose long pliant canes have large clusters of small roses that can be used for covering walls, fences and banks. The climbers also are pillar roses, adapted to growing near buildings and on posts and climbing hybrid tree.
If you are contemplating planting roses in your garden, make sure you pick out proper spot and prepare soil appropriately. You should use garden loam with organic matter that contains peat moss, leaf mould, compost, rotted or commercial manure. Prepare soil in rose beds well before in order to allow for settling of soil.
Teak Garden Furniture - A Lasting ValueWritten by Catherine Olivia
The purchase of teak garden furniture is a true investment in value. Teak is an excellent choice for outdoor furniture as wood ages beautifully and will give you many, many, carefree years of enjoyment.
Teak is an extremely dense-grained wood and is highly resistant to rot, warping, shrinkage and swelling which makes is ideal for outdoor garden and patio furniture. It is claimed that some teak benches in public parks in England that are still in use today are made of recycled decking from old sailing ships and are nearly a century old. You will want to choose your style of teak furniture carefully as your outdoor teak furniture will be around for many years. It could even outlast you and become a family heirloom!
Teak is also one of easiest of woods to care for. It will thrive with absolutely no care whatsoever, and over time will develop a patina of silver gray as it ages. It can be left in this natural state or, if you wish, it can be sanded and then rubbed with teak oil to bring back it's original honey color. Teakwood has a life expectancy of 75 years if left untreated. Teak is smooth to touch and does not splinter. Most teak furniture owners will leave their teak furniture outside all year long. Left outside during Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, your teak will age gracefully.