Best gifts for plant dad’s

Best gifts for plant dad’s

 

As lots of people now take the time to invest in their garden and spaces there is now a high demand for house plants and including them in your everyday life. Some of these plants symbolise different things and can either be difficult to keep alive or easy. Here are our favourites as great ideas for father’s day gifts :

 

Swiss cheese plant

This plant is also known as monstera as well as Swiss cheese plant. This large plant is popular and the best gift for early plant parents as they are delightful to grow. They grow fast, are low maintenance and look admirable in any room. This plant loves medium to bright indirect light.

 

Birds of paradise

This plant is a statement plant similar to the father figure in your life. This plant is a show stopper as it has huge leaves and stands tall in any room. This plant does well in a bright and sunny environment and has to be wiped regularly as its big leaves catch dust easily.

 

Snake plant

This plant is used to a dry and warm environment as it originates from tropical regions in Africa. This plant is perfect for the plant dad who forgets everything as well as his watering can.

June 09, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
What to do in the garden in June

What to do in the garden in June

 June is a summer month and is named after the Greek goddess of youth Juno. It is the sixth month of the year and has the summer solstice which is the longest day of the year.

 

Lawn care

The lawn needs to be taken care of regularly in the month of June. It is best to mow it every two weeks to keep the garden neat and tidy. Lawn moss can also be used to remove moss from the lawn while a lawn feed can be used to promote a lovely green colour for the summer months. June is also perfect for sowing a new lawn as the temperature and weather are good for germination and growth.

 

Sowing & growing

It is recommended to grow your own and you can definitely grow your five a day in June using a growing unit or even a raised garden bed. Vegetables such as Pak Choi, Spring onions and broccoli can be planted in June. It is also a good time to start planting crops for autumn such as cabbage and pumpkins. Lavender can also be planted inn the month of June as it grows well in planters and loves sunny locations.

 

Garden colour

In addition to planting crops, colour can be added to your space by adding plants and flowers through the use of hanging baskets, patio planters and so much more. Plants can also be propagated as it is a cheaper way to get new plants.

June 01, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Plant parenting 101: Devil's ivy

Plant parenting 101: Devil's ivy

The devil’s ivy comes from the plant family known as pothos is a tropical vine plant which has been around for a while and is well known to be one of the top indoor plants. There are various types of pothos such as money plant, golden pothos, marble queen pothos and so much more.

Care and growing tips

Light

This plant cannot stand direct sun light. It does best in bright, indirect light but will also be fine in light or even deeper shade. It is important to note that if this plant is kept in deep shade it can lose its colour, will grow slow and need less water.

Temperature and humidity

The best temperature for this plant is anywhere from ten to twenty four degrees Celsius. This plant will also do well in low humidity as is not really unnecessary to mist.

 Feeding and fertilising

This is one of the easiest house plants to grow and is really difficult to kill. It is recommended to water your devil’s ivy only when the compost is beginning to dry out and feed once a month in spring and summer. The plant will also basically tell you through wilting when it needs to be watered.

 

 

 

May 31, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Plant propagation for beginners

Plant propagation for beginners

Plant propagation is the process of creating new plants through a variety of sources. There are many benefits to propagation and it is not difficult depending on the plant. The different ways to propagate plants include  rhizome division, tuber division, stem cuttings and water propagation.

 

Some of the benefits of propagation include :

Gardening methods

It is a good way to save money as you can often end up spending a lot of money on plants and seedlings in any garden centre. It is also a quick and easy way to populate and establish any garden. Propagating plants can also be good as it can make for an excellent gift for a friend or family as a birthday present or house warming gift.

 

Supply of plants

Majority of plants have slow growth and germination periods. You may always have your favourite plants flowering and growing in your garden if you plan ahead and propagate them. Planting cuttings or removing and replanting shoots also allows you to start new plants and trees. By allowing blooms to go to seed increases the likelihood of the plants returning the following year.

 

Plant extinction

While many people understand the necessity of maintaining endangered animal species, endangered plants receive significantly less attention. Although most home gardeners are unlikely to help in propagating endangered plants, it is an important consideration for many botanists and environmentalists.

 

Plants may face extinction for a variety of reasons, including climate change, habitat loss due to development or invasive species, or pollinator extinction or migration.

 

One of the easiest ways to propagate plants is by stem cutting. Some of the easiest plants to propagate include pothos, snake plant, spider plant, etc.

May 31, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Benefits of investing in high quality garden furniture

Benefits of investing in high quality garden furniture

When purchasing garden furniture it is important to take utmost time and care as if you were purchasing furniture for inside your home. In fact, when it comes to selecting quality pieces for your garden, it's worth taking extra precautions, as garden furniture is subjected to far more wear and tear than the regular indoor furniture. By investing in high quality garden furniture,

 

Maximum comfort

 Comfort should never be disregarded when it comes to high-quality garden furniture. When you're looking for the perfect sofa or dining room tables, the first thing you usually do is sit on them to make sure they're comfy. If you plan to host guests over, you will need to make sure that you select the best space for them. Make the most of the time you do spend in your garden by ensuring that your comfort is not jeopardised. You won't have to compromise on the quality of your garden furniture if you invest in high-quality pieces.

 

Versatility

Thinking about how you'll spend your time outside and how high quality garden furniture may let you do so with minimal effort is the key to creating a dynamic space.

 It's all about making life as simple as possible for yourself. If the sun wanders across your garden during the day, for example, invest in sun loungers with wheels so they can be moved simply. Invest in garden storage so that you can decorate  your outdoor sofa with cushions and spend long days relaxing in your outdoor space.  

 

Durability

The furniture that you select for your space should be sturdy and long lasting so that it will not have to be replaced every year. Although you may be paying a bit more for quality pieces, these prices will  reflect in your comfort.

May 29, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Getting the garden summer ready!

Getting the garden summer ready!

It is finally one of the nicest times of the year where kids are out of school and the sun is shining outside. No better way to make the most of this time by getting the right garden furniture and set up for your outdoor spaces.  

 

Sunshine dining

Sun lights brings about serotonin which makes people calm, positive and gives more energy. This is important for everyone which is why our dining sets can be used best when the sun is out. BBQ’s, communions, confirmations and any event you want can be hosted in this space. We have smaller dining sets to suit smaller spaces and extra large sets to suit people who love to hosts guests. Some of our dining sets also feature adjustable tables and ice buckets which are perfect for evening events.

 

Relaxation

Loungers can also be used to chill outside by reading a book or even having a well-deserved nap. Sun loungers can be adjusted, reclined and mobile so that they can be moved to catch the sun rays.

 

Enjoy

The final step is to get the grill ready and enjoy your space. Host BBQ’s for your friends and family and make the most of your space as we do not get the sunshine for a long time. Parasols can also be purchased to protect from the full days of sunshine. These parasols can be cantilevers or regular parasols which are stationary.

May 24, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Brown Outdoor Furniture

Brown Outdoor Furniture

 

In recent times, there has been a growing popularity for grey and black garden furniture to provide a minimalistic aesthetic in outdoor spaces but brown garden furniture is still a popular choice among many homes. It is a neutral and traditional colour which means it can be placed anywhere in the home. At Rathwood, we have brown garden furniture in different styles such as 4 seaters, 6 seaters, 8 seaters, cube sets and dining sets.

 

2, 4, 6 and 8 seater sets

Most people start off small by adding a bistro set or bench into a front patio or a smaller area to determine if they would like more of this in their home. The size and style of the seater you choose will be dependent on your family size, personal style and the dimensions of the area you want to place it in.

 

Cube and dining sets

Dining sets are now popular in the outdoor space as they allow you to enjoy your outdoor space and host your friends and family. We also have various sizes in the dining sets as some a suited for larger families or people who host large amounts of guests. Some of these dining sets include firepits for al fresco dining and just for a cosy atmosphere in the late summer.

 

Other products

These are popular items that people like to have with their furniture. Brown rattan sun loungers are stylish and more practical as any other material such as plastic can heat up in warm weather which may make it uncomfortable.

 

Complimentary items can also be added for finishing touches. This can include storage boxes, parasols and covers. The parasol will be able to protect you from the sun and keep you in the shade during the peak of summer while the cover will keep your furniture secure and safe during the winter months. We would always recommend to our customers to purchase a cover when buying their furniture. Storage boxes are a great place to store cushions, hosting items for your outdoor events or even garden items when not in use.

 

At Rathwood, we stock various ranges in brown outdoor furniture such as Hampton, Chester, Dumont, Malta and Sepino. Wooden furniture is also a major player in our stores as we have the Sherwood, Montpellier and Fiji range in stock.

May 24, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Tips for buying outdoor furniture

Tips for buying outdoor furniture

There is nothing better than seeing your guests and family members lounging out on your outdoor space enjoying a meal or BBQ in the summer seasons. Purchasing garden furniture at the right time as well as purchasing the correct one will last you a long time and make you enjoy lounging in your outdoor space.
May 08, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Why NOW is the perfect time to buy your garden furniture !

Why NOW is the perfect time to buy your garden furniture !

As you may know, the summertime is when people make use of their spaces the most. Once we start getting the sunshine in late spring, many people will begin patio renovations and if you leave your purchasing till late you may end up not getting any furniture for your space.  Many of these retailers are usually sold out by mid summer or have limited stocks which means you will not be able to have variety for you to include in your space. Most people usually start their pre ordering for the summer in mid March as the weather starts to look promising then.
April 29, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Sustainable gardening – ideas for an eco friendly space

Sustainable gardening – ideas for an eco friendly space

This is a buzz word that is extremely important in our world today especially for environmental quality. Practicing sustainability improves our life quality, protects our environment and animals in it as well as preserving the world’s resources for our future generations. Sustainable gardening is also economical as it requires less upkeep and involved using recycled materials. Here are some ways you can practice sustainability in your own home.
April 22, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
Fun activities to do during easter

Fun activities to do during easter

As the weather is starting to pick up at this time of the year, this is the best time to see family and friends during the well deserved break. Outdoor and indoor activities can be planned now and this weather keeps us hopeful for the summer season.
April 16, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe
What to do in the garden in April

What to do in the garden in April

April is a month filled with surprises and is named after the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite. It’s the fourth month of the year and starts us off with April Fools Day, Easter week and finishes off with Earth day. We have out together a list of things that can be done in the garden in April
April 14, 2022 — Chisom Onwukwe