21 of the Best Houseplants for Bright Light
17.11.2023 - 21:45 / theprovince.com
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As the movie industry continues to promote and profit from the darker side of Halloween, I much prefer the lighter side. It’s also a great time to see so many homes in our neighbourhoods doing some really creative displays for families to enjoy, even weeks before the trick-or-treating.
For me, it’s all about the evolution of the pumpkin as it changes its prime role of keeping evil spirits away.
Pumpkin spice lattes now appear in early September on coffee shop menus. Most Thanksgiving dinners end with pumpkin pies and the baking industry has created so many fabulous desserts with some form of tribute to the pumpkin that it’s hard to choose a favourite.
The most significant change, however, is its value in home décor.
Miniature pumpkin varieties are beginning to push gourds to the sidelines. Flat, deeply indented varieties like Jack Be Little and Jill Be Little, Crunchkin, and Pixie are all extremely hard-skinned and finish about 10 centimetres wide and five centimetres tall. Their white counterparts like Baby Boo, Casperita, and White Gooligan also make great table-toppers. There is also a very dark green, almost black, mini called Midnight but the showstopper is white-and-orange-striped Li’l Pump-Ke-Mon. When used together, they create beautiful tablescapes, windowsill decor and fruit bowl displays that last for months.
Emulating the fabled witches’ warts, there is a whole series of rather novel warted varieties. Warty Goblin and Mini-Warts have perhaps the most warts; it can be hard to see the pumpkin for the warts. Scarface is a big nine-kilogram
21 of the Best Houseplants for Bright Light
They say a picture tells a thousand words. But in the case of botanical art it’s fair to say that it’s probably far more than that, as proven by a magnificent new book Drawn from Nature: The Flowering of Irish Botanical Art by the Wicklow-based art historian and author Patricia Butler (Acc Art Books UK, £35).
For anyone looking to tackle big home renovation projects in 2024, now is the perfect time to pin down the details. Start by making your own list and checking it twice—noting which rooms or areas need a refresh, what your budget entails, and what style options toe the line between on-trend and timeless.
Finding the best plants for shallow pots can sometimes feel like a challenge. Surely that lack of depth means less than ideal conditions for your plants?
If you’re already looking ahead to spring flowers, then you’re probably also well aware that right now is the ideal time for planting bulbs.
Dinner parties and family gatherings are made all the more special when the dining table is dressed to the nines with thoughtful designs and matching decor. The more amazing the tablescape, the more likely your guests will remember it and your event.
We all have that one spot in our house that tends to accumulate random clutter every single day. Normally, that’s the spot near the front door—but really anywhere can become a dumping ground, including the garage, kitchen drawer (aka the junk drawer), dining table, and living room sofa.
When I was a child, my favourite season by a long shot was autumn. I loved the sight of it, the smell of it, the sound and sense of it. Especially the trees. Giant beech, oak and flushing gold and copper. The wild gales that sent their dying leaves swirling to the ground. The ripe, sweet, fungal smell of those same fallen leaves and the messy joy of wading up to my knees in a sea of arboreal confetti.
Q: Could you please recommend some species of trees and shrubs that can be used to make natural, home-made Christmas decorations? I love to decorate the house with ivy and holly from the garden, but I’d love some suggestions as to what else I might grow that can be used in the same way? AN, Monkstown, Dublin
Prepare to embark on a journey through the colourful and vibrant world of art humour with these funny art puns and art jokes.
Trees With Red Leaves All Year offer a striking aesthetic to any garden, transforming ordinary landscapes into a colorful delight. They provide a stunning visual appeal, and these trees are also a testament to nature’s diversity and resilience.