Tips For Growing The Perfect Peony Plants

White PeonyPeonies are some of the fattest and most elegant flowers you can plant around your home or in your garden. Once established, peonies go on to live longer than most humans (some are over 100 years old) and bloom each spring to give unforgettable sights. However, these perennial flowers will only give you the outrageous beauty if you know how to take care of them. Here are a few growing tips that can help you maintain breathtaking flower gardens each spring:

1. Avoid transplanting
Peonies do not respond quite well to transplanting and this is in fact one of the major reasons for poor development among the species. Plant your peonies in deep (1  inch) fertile soil that is rich in humus and has a neutral pH.

2. Choose a sunny spot away from disturbance
Peonies will wither where they are frequently disturbed, touched and plucked. However, they like sunny spots and blossom when the sunlight is adequate. Choose a safe distance away from disturbance, and where they can get half a day full of sun.

3. Enrich planting holes with compost manure
If you live in an area with sandy soil, enrich the planting holes with some compost manure before planting.

4. Plant in the fall
Plant your peonies in late September or early October to establish an annual blossom around spring. They should be on their spot before the first frost hits.

5. Support the stem
If the stems are too weak to support the blossoms, find 3-leg metal rings (pony) to help them out. Avoid over-mulching.

6. Provide care
Deadhead the plant once the blossoms start fading and cut the foliage down during fall to avoid withering disease. Use fertilizer sparingly and only if you live in poor soils.

7. No need for pesticides
Peonies are some of the resistant flowers that do not need pesticides. They may be prone to Japanese beetle, ants and ring spots but these will not significantly affect the health.

You can find peonies for sale from your local florist or garden center. They are often offered as root tuners bearing three or four eyes. There are different varieties to choose from including Early Scout, Firelight, Karl Rosenfield, Norma Volz and Elsa Sass. It is recommendable to buy online from credible licensed florists known for top quality flowers in your area.

Hiring a Home Staging Company

House That's Been Home Staged

You are now in the final stage of wanting to sell your house. You should consider hiring a home staging company before selling as they tend to attract the buyers. They do this by making your home look stylish, as well as warm and inviting. This will increase your house selling price and make it be on demand. Research shows by staging a house, it’ll sell 80% faster with money increasing by 11% more than non-staged house.

In this article, we are going to be discussing what to look for when hiring a home staging company. Enjoy reading

1. Portfolio

Getting to enquire and know some of the work the home staging company has done before is important. You’ll be able to have a look at how a house was before and after the transformation they staged. This will help in deciding if to hire them and also in discussing for negotiations.  If they are afraid of showing you their work samples, get curious as they may not be proud of what they do. Tip provided by – a San Antonio home staging company.

2. Professional skills

Look at how courteous they are in person and even while speaking on the phone. How confident they are while providing you with information about their services and operations matters a lot.

3. Relationship with their clients

How they treat their clients should also be looked upon. As a client, are you having a hard time communicating with them and are you feeling comfortable with them. Are they warm to you and listen to your budget. If you feel you are calm and confident about them, you can go ahead and choose them as your preferable home staging company.

4. Availability

Checking on how easily accessible they can be found also should raise a concern. How easily can they be contacted and also the period of time that it will take them to be readily available when needed in the next process.

5. What approach they use

Hiring a home staging company requires you to know the steps taken to go through in a home staging. While researching on the cost, always remember that all that glitters is not gold. Don’t settle for a cheaper price as it is not always the best. Look at also the time span that will be taken to get the job done.

6. Reviews

Try and search for their reviews on the internet at places like Yelp, Google Reviews and so on. From their website if they have one or from some of the clients they’ve worked for. If it needs you to call some of their clients, do so and have your research. Go through all the reviews both good and bad if possible as this will have an influence on the decision to whether consider them or not.

7. How you found them.

Before hiring a home staging company, you should also try and remember how you linked up with them. If you were referred to them by a close friend or colleague, you’ll tend to trust them more than if you searched for them on your own or they came to you themselves.

In conclusion, I hope this article will help in the process of hiring a home staging company the next time you go to sell your home.

Ways To Cut Your Electricity Bill And Save Money

Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

With an impending shortage of gas and electricity this winter, it’s more important than ever to save as much energy as possible. Not only will reducing your energy consumption be good for the environment, but it will also be kind to your bank account. Don’t fear: reducing your energy consumption won’t mean a major lifestyle change, or that you transform overnight into an eco-warrior. It will just mean small changes in habit.

Here are small, almost effortless ways to cut your electricity bills and save money.

10 Money Saving Tips for Your Electric Bill

1. Switch Off the Lights

This is a no-brainer; turn off all lights when not in use. Train yourself to adopt this new habit as it will save you money on your energy bill in the long run.

2. Turn Off Electronic Appliances

Switching off electronic appliances instead of putting them on standby or to sleep will save a small amount of electricity, and thus a small amount of money – and every little helps.

3. Shop Around When Signing Up for Electricity

Did you know in many areas of the U.S. that you have a choice in the energy company you use? These areas are deregulated allowing for competition for supplying you electricity. So shop around and make sure you are getting the best deal possible. Also look at sites like that can help you find coupons and deals on electricity plans in some areas.

4. Replace Bulbs With More Energy-Efficient Ones

When a bulb break, replacing it with a more energy-efficient one will have a positive effect on your energy bill. Energy efficient bulbs such as LED’s also have a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs.

5. Get an Energy Monitor

Monitoring the energy usage in your home will give you a better idea of how much your electricity bill will be at the end of the month. Use it to assess much-used appliances such as your phone charger, kettle, and lights.

6. Insulate your Attic

To retain as much heat in your home as possible, insulate your attic. Be sure to check whether there are any energy efficiency grants provided by the Government for home insulation beforehand.

7. Wash Clothes at 30 Degrees or Less

For lightly soiled clothing, towels, and bed linen, washing them on a 30-degree temperature or even a cold wash will work just as well as a standard 40-degree wash.

8. Avoid the Tumble Dryer

Though it may not be possible in colder temperatures, hang your clothes out to dry or use a clothes horse to dry your clothes indoors. Don’t put clothes on the radiator – it will only block the heat and take longer to heat the room.


9. Put Your Central Heating on a Timer

Using the timer on your boiler during the winter will reduce the risk of forgetting to turn the heating off and will drastically cut costs. Once the house has been heated, keep the doors closed and use draft excluders if necessary to keep each room warm.

10. Turn Off Radiators in Unused Rooms

There’s no point heating empty rooms. Turning off the radiators in unoccupied rooms will avoid wasted energy consumption.

Observe these methods for saving money on your electrical energy bill. and you’ll most likely succeed and luxuriate in all the rewards and advantages that lowering your electricity bill have to offer you. Ignore them and the prediction is not good. It is up to you to follow them and come out forward.

Introducing the New HTV Magazine

Welcome the all new HTV Magazine site!

If you are like us you are always looking for unique and fresh ideas for around the home. Maybe a great new recipe to try? Or perhaps some unique landscaping or design ideas? These are just a few of the great things you will find on the new HTV Magazine site.

We will offer these unique household related information through articles, images, videos, tutorials and social media sites. We like to present information through many modern methods. Nothing more boring than just long paragraphs of text in our opinion.

To get started here is a great You Tube video that shows some breathtaking modern designed homes. Personally I would love to live in any of these. I love the combination of large glass windows and doors, wood, stone and metal.

Here are just a few of the things you will find on the site as we get going:

  • Fresh recipes
  • Modern design tips
  • Landscaping ideas
  • Unique homes around the world
  • Time saver tips
  • Organization ideas
  • Info on helpful sites we love
  • ….and much more.

Thanks and stay tuned as we get more information up in the site.