Friday, December 20, 2013

Beauty in the details

Raindrops on Japanese maple

It is 70 degrees today, cloudy with the threat of rain. Stormy weather is predicted for Saturday and of course has people on edge. The tornadoes that came through a few years ago is still fresh in the memory.

There is beauty in the garden this time of year, you just have to look for it. Often, it is lurking in the small details.

The vibrant winter foliage of Viburnum "Mohawk" with Holly "O'Spring" in the background -

Camellia "Chansonette" -


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SolaRadiance Planter

The good folks at Young's Plant Farm sent me this unique product to review back in October and I have to say that I've enjoyed it very much. SolaRadiance is a solar-powered planter that gathers energy from the sun and illuminates at night.

It was a breeze to set up - just peel off the plastic tab off the top of the solar light, open the battery compartment (it comes with an AA battery), and screw the lid to the solar light. Add potting soil to the container and plant. Connect the trellis piece to the container and it is ready.

Place the planter in a sunny area. I have it outside our kitchen nook window, not the sunniest of spots but enough for it to work for a few hours at night. Mainly, I wanted to put it in a spot where I could easily observe it from inside the house. It would be perfect for a patio which is where I intend to move it next spring.

The light casts a soft, opaque glow that illuminates the plants in the pot as well as lights up the surrounding area. The light stays on for about 4-5 hours for me and again, that is with limited sunlight. I look forward to trying it with different plants and locations in the spring. After almost two months, the battery is still going strong.

The SolaRadance planter can also be used indoors. This is a very beautiful product and one that will greatly enhance your garden and outdoor entertaining areas.  For more information, visit the SolaRadiance website.

 Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy