Saturday, February 15, 2020

Getting the garden started | E-Neighborhood Advisor


In February, we often see the first promise
of spring. Bulbs start popping up, the days
are getting longer and we start thinking
about our gardens. Now is the time to set
yourself up for your best growing season
yet.

February is all about prep. If the ground
isn’t frozen, you can begin to get your beds
ready. Dig up all remaining weeds and get
the soil ready for sowing. It’s also a great
time to check over your tools and
equipment so that everything is in good
working order come spring.

Thompson Morgan says pruning and tidying
are the most important tasks for the flower
garden in February:
 Prune wisteria now, cutting back
summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
 Cut back shrubs down to their bases.
 Prune summer-flowering clematis
towards the end of the month, before
active growth begins.
 Cut back the old foliage from
ornamental grasses before growth
begins. Clip them to within a few
centimeters of the ground.
 Prune overwintered fuchsias back to
one or two buds on each shoot.
 Prune winter-flowering shrubs once
their colorful display has finished.
 Remove faded flowers from winter
pansies to stop them setting seed.
This will encourage a flush of new
flowers when the weather warms up.


In Florida and other frost-free regions,
summer bulbs such as crinum, agapanthus,
dahlia, gloriosa, gladiolus, and canna can
be planted now. Site them where they will
receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct
sunlight a day. Their only other requirement
is well-drained soil that doesn’t remain wet
and soggy after heavy rains. Mulch the
bulbs to protect them from an unexpected
cold snap and to minimize weeds. Enjoy
bulb flowers weeks earlier by purchasing
pre-sprouted plants at your local garden
center. Bulbs are a snap to grow, but some
take a while to break dormancy, so potted
plants will jumpstart the color show.

If it’s too cold to garden outdoors in
February, why not make a terrarium? Costa
Farms suggests looking for clear-glass
containers that have a lid or stopper that
will help maintain a humid atmosphere
around your plants. For plants such as
succulents that prefer a drier climate, select
a large, open-mouthed container. Then,
look for plants that remain compact. Good
choices for a moist environment include
pilea, peperomia, ivy, artillery fern, button
fern, baby tears and creeping fig. For an
open container try cactus, succulents,
hens-and-chicks, jade plant, hoya and 
bromeliad.

And don’t forget to feed the birds in
February. By late winter many natural food
sources for local birds will begin to thin out.
It’s important to keep your bird feeders fully
stocked until spring. Offer a variety of foods
to attract the widest selection of bird
species. Black oil sunflowers, for example,
draw cardinals, blue jays, juncos, and a
host of other species. Beef suet is ideal for
woodpeckers, mockingbirds, and
nuthatches. And Nyjer seed is a finch
favorite. Also, include a diverse selection of
feeders such as tube, hopper, and platform
to accommodate the feeding habits of
different bird species. During winter you can
often attract more songbirds to fresh water
than you can to food. Use a heater to keep
the water in your birdbath from freezing and
add fresh water every few days.
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What did the flower say after he told a joke?
I was just pollen your leg!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Coloring: it’s not just for kids | E-Neighborhood Advisor


Coloring isn’t just for kids. It relaxes the fear
center of your brain, the amygdala, and
induces the same state as meditating by
reducing the thoughts of a restless mind.
This generates mindfulness and quietness,
which allows your mind to get some rest
after a long day at work.

The adult coloring book trend has spread
nationwide, with some books popping up on
bestseller lists. With the countless health
benefits of coloring for adults, it might be
time to pull out the crayons, colored pencils
and markers!

In addition to reducing stress and anxiety,
Beaumont Health cites the following
benefits of coloring:

Improved motor skills and vision
Coloring goes beyond being a fun activity
for relaxation. It requires the two
hemispheres of the brain to communicate.
While logic helps us stay inside the lines,
choosing colors generates a creative
thought process.


Improved sleep
We know we get a better night’s sleep
when avoiding engaging with electronics at
night, because exposure to the emitted light
reduces your levels of the sleep hormone,
melatonin. Coloring is a relaxing and
electronic-free bedtime ritual that won’t
disturb your level of melatonin.

Improved focus
Coloring requires you to focus, but not so
much that it’s stressful. It opens up your
frontal lobe, which controls organizing and
problem solving, and allows you to put
everything else aside and live in the
moment, generating focus.

You don’t have to be an expert artist to
color! If you’re looking for an uplifting way to
unwind after a stressful day at work,
coloring will surely do the trick. And you’ll
have something pretty to hang on the
refrigerator!

2019 per New York magazine. Start
coloring!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What kind of berry has a coloring book? 
A crayon-berry.! 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Welcome to February 2020 | Capell Flooring and Interiors



Dear friends,

Welcome to February’s Issue of the Neighborhood Advisor!

As it’s the month of love, we’ve got a variety of exciting articles, trivia and
puzzles made especially for you.

Valentine’s Day has truly evolved over the years. It was a day that was once a
celebration for lovers and that special someone; and for those who are single it
was a bit of a “whatever day” because frankly we couldn’t care less. The great
news is Valentines Day doesn’t have to be about romantic love. We see a rise of
Valentines Day being celebrated with friends. For instance, Valentine’s Day is a
celebration of a platonic friendship among women and is becoming more and
more popular. We even find Valentines Day being celebrated among family
members.

We’re happy with this shift but let’s not reserve one day to show love to our
friends, family, or that special loved one. As a business we’d like to extend a
Happy Valentine’s Day to all our friends we look forward to showing love to your
homes and every single one of you that walk through our doors.

Your friend,

Matt Capell