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In the never-ending quest to find some form peace and calm in our busy lives you might want to consider a water feature. Some water features can be specifically for outdoor or indoor use, but many can be great for both. Think about starting with a small piece you have outdoors in the summer and then bring it indoors in the winter. Whether it is a pot style concrete vessel clad with beautiful Balinese river stone or slate, wall mounted, or free standing units with frames made from various metals having inserts of stone, glass, or mirror; the possibilities are numerous for any location.All of the water features we carry at Portico are completely self-contained. This means the unit has...

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Since the newspaper article I contributed to in the homes section of the winnipeg free press came out back on September 27, 2014 I have had so many customers come in to the store wanting to know more about forcing bulbs - as well as so many other here it is - the first post on my "blog"!Forcing bulbs has been something I have been doing for years; it might have something to do with having an English family I suppose; growing up seeing my mum and grandma doing it and thought it was commonplace in everyone's home (and later validated by the grand dame herself Martha Stewart).In the wfp article i mentioned that there are many types of bulbs...

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Plant Nanny - Self Watering Stakes for Plants

I want to introduce you to a great product we carry at Portico, the "Plant Nanny"Plant Nanny is a self watering system for plants that is great for indoor or outdoor use. Always great at any time of year or any location it makes keeping plants alive easier.In the spring and summer think of using the system at the home or cottage, in the yard, on the deck or patio. I especially like to use mine for hanging baskets that otherwise need constant watering; and always seem to get over or under watered –it really makes things simple.For fall and winter the plant nanny not only allows your indoor plants to maintain consistent moisture level but also humidity. It is...

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