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 Unreal Floristry 
With the excellent quality of artificial flowers now available, and the fact that we have employed an experienced florist, Decorfolia is now able to say "yes, we do floristry"...

 40 years in the Interior Landscaping Industry 
1976. Do you remember it, were you even born? Here are a few of the notable events from that year...

 Oakhaven Hospice Trust 
Thank you to all of you who purchased orchids after they finished their month as displays in your receptions and offices. This time we have given the money to the Oakhaven Hospice Trust...

 A new range of plant pots 
Here at Decorfolia we strive to be as 'eco-friendly' as possible and with that in mind we are excited to introduce a new range of plant pots made from post-consumer plastics...

 Decorfolia's rodent officers 
In the 15 years that I have been with Decorfolia many cats have come and gone. Some like Ugly Bugly and Peaches just passed through whilst on their travels (Ugly did eventually spend his retirement with us). Others like Harry and Gandolf made Decorfolia their permanent home...

 Introducing a new member of staff... 
I would like to introduce Sue Bailey as the latest member of the Decorfolia team. Sue joined us back in September as office administrator to take over some of Pats work now she is semi retired...

 Bumblebee Conservation Trust 
As many of you know we donate the money from your purchases of the orchids after they have finished their month as displays in your receptions and offices to charity...

 A more natural approach to beekeeping 
You might be asking what has beekeeping got to do with interior landscaping?

 The birds and the bees 
Honey bees and other pollinators have been under tremendous pressure over recent years, the wet summer of 2012 and the cold spring of 2013 have exacerbated an already difficult time.

 Floriade 2012 
Every ten years The Netherlands host a wonderful garden show on a huge scale and in 2012 the Floriade exhibition was held in Venlo.

 Orchid sales 
There are now a number of our valued clients who enjoy the benefits of our Live Orchid Flower displays. Many of you purchase these plants at the end of their month in the office, and I thought I would give you an idea of some of the projects we have put your money to over the past year.

 Iggy the office cat 
I understand that a number of our Company Invoices and Documents have recently been "signed" by Iggy the office cat.

 Caring for your Phalaenopsis Orchid 
Phalaenopsis Orchids or 'Moth Orchids' as they are sometimes called have become very fashionable over the last few years and seem to be for sale just about everywhere...

 Green Hosting 
When Pat took over the ownership of Decorfolia in 2000 we made a conscious effort to become as ecologically sound as possible...

 Caring for your Christmas Tree 
For years there has been debate on live versus artificial foliage trees, and now that we are all endeavouring to lessen our carbon footprints the arguments have become quite heated..

 Our wildlife meadow... 
When I was a child (over forty years ago!) my grandfather showed me a wild bee hive on his allotment and the good they were doing for his veg and flowers. Ever since that moment it has been a personal ambition to keep honey bees...

 Oakhaven Hospice Bike and Hike 2008 
It was supposed to be for fun...

 Spare land + free time = wonderful home grown food... 
When the Christmas rush was over we all sat back and discussed what we should do for the next project. It was agreed that perhaps small beds where we could all grow our own vegetables...

 Settling in... 
Many of you have asked us how things are going on our new site, well here is a brief resume of our first Summer at Pauls Lane.

 Decorfolia goes bananas 
Have you ever fancied growing a banana plant in your garden and making a statement with it's impressive tropical foliage and architectural structure, but thought it too difficult...

 The BIG move... 
What does Friday the 13th mean to you? For us at Decorfolia it meant signing on the dotted line and moving to our new home...

 A day trip to Eden 
So this year we all voted for a day out to the Eden project in sunny Cornwall and what a beautiful day it was too.
A perfect winter morning saw us all gathered at the office...

 Treatment in the real world 
"Fortunately for us, decorfolia stepped in and offered to replant our reception with some fabulous foliage, as part of a donation to our centre..."

 Time to meet a new member of staff... 
Time to introduce a new member of staff - most of you have probably now met Katalin. Kate, as she prefers to be called...

 Why make compost ? 
The simple answer to this question is, the better the soil the healthier your plants will be. Home made compost is the most cost effective and rewarding way of improving and fertilizing your garden's soil...

 Busman's Holiday 
I thought that late September would be a good time to visit Cornwall for a few days, and of course just had to make a trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I wasn't disappointed...

 A simple money saving idea 
In recent years Alan, Charlie and Co. of the 'ground force' team have started a DIY landscaping epidemic. They make time consuming and expensive gardening techniques look very easy...

 Succulents 
Hydroculture is an unlikely candidate for the growing and care of this large group of xerophytes (plants that have developed water storage structures for times of drought). But with care and patience...

 Allotments 
Used to be gentlemen of a certain age taking this pastime every day, with neat green grass pathways and rows of vegetables. Taking time to 'brew up' and sup the tea with their allotment friends...

 Bionic Buildings 
During the Christmas Holiday we were contacted by the Plants for People organisation - you might remember the item in a past Newsletter, when we used some of their research to illustrate the use of plants as health givers in your working environment...

 Neem Oil 
The neem tree, (Azadirachta indica) native to India and now being grown in Africa and the hotter parts of America, is proving to be a remarkable plant. The Indian nation has known of it's virtues for thousands of years, where the tree is known locally as the village pharmacy...

 I had a Ficus but all the leaves fell off... 
There are over 800 species and 2,000 varieties of ficus. Their natural habitat tends to be the moist forests found across the tropics and sub-tropics, mainly in parts of Asia and Africa, but also in South America and Australia. In their natural surroundings they can live to over 500 years...

 Conservatory planting 
Recently, we have been invited to undertake some interesting work in private houses, supplying hydroculture plants for conservatories. These have been very varied projects, ranging from an ultra-modern underfloor heated and automatic shaded addition to a home, through to the more traditional half-brick style. The only common point between them is that this is a hostile environment...

 Introducing Margaret and Mark... 
I would like to take a few lines in this edition of the Newsletter to introduce a couple of members of the Decorfolia team...

 Ugly Bugly 
It must have been about 4 years ago that Ugly first appeared in the greenhouse. At the time I was already feeding a stray cat that I had called “Peaches”. He was an entire tom, with the most beautiful cream coloured coat that had small flecks of peach – hence thename Peaches – short for Peaches and Cream...

 The influence of office plants on well-being, health and productivity. 
Considerable academic research, which shows that office plants can improve health in the workplace, has been carried out. The research has shown that plants reduce complaints of minor ailments, generally improve the feeling of well-being and also reduce stress levels...

 The Christmas Tree 
Most of us will have a Christmas Tree as the centre of our festive decorations. Whether our choice is for live or artificial the history of this tradition remains the same...

 What’s the big deal about office plants? 
Do the plants in your building give people a buzz or bore them rigid? How can you tell? Your own opinion of what you look at is a good start. If your reaction is "wow that's impressive" or " this room looks attractive", then it is reasonable to assume that the plants are creating a good impression...

 The Flying Dutch Trip 
During the early part of September 2002 Pat and Mark took up a long-standing invitation to visit one of our regular plant suppliers whose nursery is in the Alsmeer area of The Netherlands. We thought it would be a good idea to link this visit to a flying trip to the Floriade show...

 A letter from America Brazil 
Dear Decorfolia friends and clients of, it's Guy here an ex-DecorF employee. You may have seen me around your office floor, rummaging around in the foliage, between April and September 2001? I hope that you remember me!? Hello to those of you who do!

 Anthurium 
Anthuriums, sometimes called Flamingo flower, come from a large genus of about 900 species of evergreen, native to the damp tropical and subtropical forests of America. A large proportion of these bright plants are epiphytic, i.e they lodge on other plants and get nourishment and moisture from the atmosphere...

 Poinsettia 
Did you know that the Poinsettia is now the most popular pot plant in the UK? By careful breeding and production we can now buy these traditional plants in all shades of Pink, Red, Cream and even Marbled shades...

 Decorfolia goes Dutch 
On 1st November Decorfolia celebrated it's first year with Pat at the helm. How could we mark the occasion? - what better than a trip to Holland to visit our main hydroculture plant supplier? So off we went! The little group included Peter, Anita, and Mark all of whom you know, and our latest recruit Laura...

 Staff Profile 
Hi, I'm Laura.
I joined Decorfolia back in August. Hopefully I have met most of you by now and those I haven't I'm sure you will see my face out and about soon...

 Geranium (Pelargonium) cuttings 
July and August is the best time for taking Geranium cuttings...

 Happy Birthday Decorfolia 
Did you know that it was in June 1976 that Bronwyn Burrell started Decorfolia? I know that some of her earliest customers are still with us now. I wonder how many companies can make a boast like that?

 Some "potted" information on the humble tomato 
Few plants are as diverse and useful as the humble tomato. It's alter ego as the "love apple" gives us a small clue as to the supposed aphrodisiac properties of the fruit, whilst on a much more serious note, there have been numerous reports recognising the important cancer combating characteristics of the tomato.

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