WHY YOU SHOULD PLANT IT

We often overlook traditional plants such as beautybush, a standby in every old-fashioned town or country garden, mainly because they look so unruly. This particular cultivar, however, is a stunner. The pale pink and white blooms are perky enough to stand up to a fair amount of wind and the shape is a two-to-three-metre fountain-like form, both high and wide. It’s a terrific screen or even a hedge plant.

WHERE TO PLANT IT

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Find a bright, sunny spot with enough space for the plant to sucker somewhat. It’s not as aggressive as others of its species, but it will make a fairly wide plant down the road. If you have clay soil, this is the ideal specimen. It will tolerate dense soil without mishap and is not a water gobbler. But it will need pruning after the massive display of blooms, which grow on old wood. This means it’s necessary to prune now for heavy blooming next year. The more it achieves its arching shape, the more important it becomes to take out at least a third of the stems. This, alas, is what most people don’t do (and why this good old plant, a Zone 5 grower, often falls into disrepute).

WHAT IT OFFERS

Terrific blooms in May and even earlier in warm parts of the country. I am crazy about plants with exfoliating bark and this one matures into a good-looking mounding plant even in winter. With the right kind of pruning, it is crazy heavy with blooms in spring. The mid-green leaves look just fine as a hedge, but, to my eye, it’s a really good screening plant. It has a golden colour in autumn but is rather ordinary otherwise, so make sure you pair it with something spectacular (such as Lespedeza or a Physocarpus ‘Summer Wine’) to add interest in the other seasons.

SOURCE AND COST

Find it for $18 at specialty nurseries such as John’s Garden (www.johnsgarden.ca) in Uxbridge, Ont.

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Kolkwitzia, Beauty Bush, Beautybush ‘Pink Cloud’

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Category:

Shrubs

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Deciduous

Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown – Tell us

Danger:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown – Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

By simple layering

By tip layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown – Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sebastopol, California

Granite City, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Gloucester, Massachusetts

Seligman, Missouri

Jersey City, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rochester, New York

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Enid, Oklahoma

Conway, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Salt Lake City, Utah

Pembroke, Virginia

Concrete, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Care Of Beautyberry: How To Grow American Beautyberry Shrubs

American beautyberry shrubs (Callicarpa americana, USDA zones 7 through 11) bloom in late summer, and although the flowers aren’t much to look at, the jewel-like, purple or white berries are dazzling. The fall foliage is an attractive yellow or chartreuse color. These 3- to 8-foot shrubs work well in borders, and you’ll also enjoy growing American beautyberries as specimen plants. The berries last several weeks after the leaves drop – If the birds don’t eat them all.

Beautyberry Shrub Info

Beautyberries live up to their common name, which comes from the botanical name Callicarpa, meaning beautiful fruit. Also called the American mulberry, beautyberries are Native American shrubs that grow wild in woodland areas in Southeastern states. Other types of beautyberries include the Asian species: Japanese beautyberry (C. japonica), Chinese purple beautyberry (C. dichotoma), and another Chinese species, C. bodinieri, which is cold hardy to USDA zone 5.

Beautyberry shrubs reseed themselves readily, and the Asian species are considered invasive in some areas. You can easily grow these shrubs from seeds. Collect the seeds from very ripe berries and grow them in individual containers. Keep them protected for the first year, and plant them outdoors the following winter.

Care of Beautyberry

Plant American beautyberries in a location with light shade and well-drained soil. If the soil is very poor, mix some compost with the fill dirt when you backfill the hole. Otherwise, wait until the following spring to feed the plant for the first time.

Young beautyberry shrubs need about an inch of rain per week. Give them a slow, deep watering when rainfall isn’t enough. They are drought-tolerant once established.

Beautyberries don’t need a lot of fertilizer, but will benefit from a shovelful or two of compost in spring.

How to Prune a Beautyberry

It’s best to prune American beautyberry shrubs in late winter or very early spring. There are two methods of pruning. The simplest is to cut the entire shrub back to 6 inches above the ground. It grows back with a neat, rounded shape. This method keeps the shrub small and compact. Beautyberry doesn’t need pruning every year if you use this system.

If you are concerned about a gap in the garden while the shrub regrows, prune it gradually. Each year, remove one-quarter to one-third of the oldest branches close to the ground. Using this method, the shrub grows up to 8 feet tall, and you will completely renew the plant every three to four years. Shearing off the plant at the desired height leads to an unattractive growth habit.

Linnaea amabilis

  • Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: Shrub Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Habit/Form: Arching Dense Erect Vase Maintenance: Low Texture: Medium
  • Cultural Conditions: Light: Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day) Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day) Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours) Soil Texture: Clay Soil Drainage: Good Drainage NC Region: Coastal Usda Plant Hardiness Zone: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit: Fruit Type: Capsule
  • Flowers: Flower Color: Gold/Yellow Pink Flower Inflorescence: Corymb Flower Value To Gardener: Showy Flower Bloom Time: Spring Flower Shape: Bell Flower Size: < 1 inch Flower Description: 0.5 in. soft pink flowers with yellow throats in late spring, April-May; borne on 2-3 in. corymb
  • Leaves: Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Leaf Color: Gold/Yellow Green White Deciduous Leaf Fall Color: Gold/Yellow Red/Burgundy Leaf Type: Simple Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Leaf Shape: Ovate Hairs Present: No Leaf Length: 1-3 inches Leaf Description: Opposite, simple, dull, dark green leaves; 1-3 in. long; undistinguished yellowish to reddish fall color

  • Bark: Surface/Attachment: Exfoliating Bark Description: Exfoliating bark provides winter intrest.
  • Stem: Stem Is Aromatic: No
  • Landscape: Landscape Theme: Drought Tolerant Garden Winter Garden Design Feature: Border Foundation Planting Hedge Mass Planting Screen/Privacy Specimen Attracts: Hummingbirds Resistance To Challenges: Deer Drought

**Gifted courtesy of Pink Cloud but this review is purely my own thoughts, opinions and experience which have not been influenced in any way**

To preface the review, this is the first beauty supplement (disregarding normal vitamins etc.) that I have ever tried. I didn’t know much about the world of beauty drinks and supplements before I had the opportunity to test this so I was very curious and intrigued to see what the results would be, if any.

Pink Cloud beauty supplement drink

THE BRAND

To start off, Pink Cloud is a newly launched UK company committed to producing the best beauty supplements on the market, specifically for hair, nails and skin.

The brand ethos is basically empowering females to feel comfortable and great in their own skin, to celebrate and support other fellow women/girls and challenge societal norms of beauty. I love this.

At the time of writing, Pink Cloud only have the 3 in 1 Collagen Beauty Drink which is developed and manufactured in the UK by a team of leading industry professionals.

30 sachets in 1 box should last you 1 month

WHAT IS IT?

The 3 in 1 Collagen Beauty Drink is a drinkable beauty supplement that promotes healthy hair, skin and nails. It comes in a box of 30 sachets (30x 3.75g servings) which should last exactly a month if you take 1 a day as recommended. Each sachet contains pink powder that you dissolve in water to create a pink lemonade flavoured drink.

This currently retails for £29.99 per box with worldwide shipping available.

  • Contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, skin and nails
  • Contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin
  • Contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress

This only has 7 calories per sachet and is free from sugar (though it does have sweetener), artificial colouring and flavorings.

This has a very simple and clean ingredients list that combines a blend of vitamins and supplements – chosen specifically for their benefits to skin, hair and nails such as Collagen, MSM, Biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Selenium.

Ingredients – very clean and healthy

INGREDIENTS:

Marine Collagen (fish), Methyisulphonylmethane, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid, Beetroot Powder, Sweetener (Sucralose), Vitamin E, Biotin, Siodium Selenate

  • COLLAGEN – found naturally in our skin, bones and cartilege and is what maintains the firmness and elasticity of our skin. This breaks down as we age and we produce less collagen over time which contributes to the formation of sagging skin, dullness and wrinkles. Using marine collagen derived from fish can help boost the natural collagen in our skin to maintain its strength and elasticity.
  • VITAMIN C (aka ascorbic acid) – a strong antioxdant that has a whole heap of benefits on not just our skin, but boosts immunity and cell functions all around our body.
  • VITAMIN E – another powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damage, boosts our immune system and maintains healthy skin and eyes.
  • BIOTIN– a water-soluble B vitamin found naturally in eggs, salmon and leafy greens. This helps promote healthy hair and skin.
  • BEETROOT POWDER – this is where the drink gets its natural bright pink colour from as there is no added artificial colouring or flavouring.
  • SELENIUM – a mineral found in soil which can also naturally appear in food and water. This has antioxidant properties by protecting your cells and contributes to the maintenance of hair and nails.

HOW TO USE?

Add 1 sachet to 200ml of cold water. Mix well and enjoy delicious pink lemonade flavour. Take one sachet per day with a drink, meal or snack.

1 sachet per day before, after or with a meal

To get the best results, it’s best to be consistent and regular with taking 1 sachet a day. It recommends on the box to have with food so I usually drink it either before or after a meal to maximise absorption. Taking supplements or vitamins on an empty stomach can sometimes cause nausea, or stomach/digestive iriitation for those who are sensitive. I did sometimes forget to take it with food but I didn’t suffer any side effects.

MY EXPERIENCE

So when I first started taking this, what I found really difficult was trying to be consistent. Life can get pretty busy and I travel alot on weekends so I would forget to take them daily. I think i had about 4 or 5 over the space of 2 weeks so I definitely wasn’t seeing any clear results from this. I think what also contributed to me not taking them regularly was the flavour. I didn’t dislike the pink lemonade taste, I just wasn’t a big fan and would try to drink it down all in one go to ‘get it over with’.

After taking those few sachets and not seeing results I thought no, I want to give this a good chance and I should be doing this properly otherwise it’s just a waste. Then I started taking the remaining 25 sachets more regularly – I would maybe miss a day or so here and there but overall I was pretty consistent with 1 sachet a day.

Pink powder – mix with 200ml of water (half a glass)

Throught the time I took this supplement, the flavour really started growing on me. I found that I liked it more when I mixed it with warm water compared to cold water. That obviously won’t be to everyone’s preference but I also found that when I mixed the hot water with the powder first, it dissolved better. When I first drank it straight with cold water there would always be clumps of powder at the top that didn’t dissolve easily.

I would advise sticking to no more than the recommended 200ml of water. Any more than 250ml and it starts to get too diluted and tasteless.

RESULTS

As I mentioned earlier, I was sceptical going into this but I was surprised by the results I started to see midway through the month and which only got better after a month of drinking this pink lemonade.

SKIN: The biggest difference I noticed during the 30 days was the impact it had on my overall skin health. It was definitely a gradual process and not something I immediately noticed until about 2 weeks in but my skin felt really soft and smooth and overally looked more healthy and refreshed. This was maintained until the very end of the month and when I looked back I realised during the whole time I had been taking the drink, I didn’t have a single breakout. Not even a spot during that time of the month. Of course I have a very disciplined skincare routine too, so part of this could be attributed to that but prior to this, I was getting a couple spots here and there every month. About 1 week after I stopped taking this drink, I also had a breakout. Not sure if this was just coincidence but generally I think my skin health was the best it had been in ages during the month of drinking the pink lemonade.

NAILS: After drinking for a week I started to notice my nails were getting smoother. I didn’t use any nail polish during this period so I could accurately monitor any changes but I do use nail polish a couple times a month prior to starting this drink. My nails aren’t in awful condition and are quite healthy, but they do have ridges on the surface of a few. During this month, I would subconsciously run my fingers over my nails when sitting at my desk at work or just lazing around on the couch at home. When I would catch myself doing this I had the revelation that this was becoming a habit because my nails felt soo smooth and moisturised, it was just comforting running my fingers over them. The ridges didn’t completely disappear on my nails but they definitely softened out.

HAIR: This was the one aspect I was very sure I woulnd’t notice any results and sure enough I didn’t find any difference in my hair condition while taking this supplement. My natural hair is thick, full, un-dyed, grows out very quickly, has no split ends and is very frizzy/wavy. I always have a lot of hair loss when I wash my hair but this supplement didn’t prevent or reduce it. I have such thick hair that it’s not a problem for me at this point. My hair was still it’s usual frizzy mane and my hair has always grown out very quickly so the pink lemonade didn’t really have much to work with. If you have weak, damaged, thin and brittle hair however this supplement might work much better for you.

I usually drink it with half a glass of warm water which is just under 250ml.

OVERALL

I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed with the results of taking these beauty supplements for over a month. I did not expect to see such obvious results and was really happy when I noticed my skin and nails had definitely improved. When I stopped taking the drink after a month, these benefits did gradually fade which is to be expected. But it also makes me curious to see what results I would get taking this for a longer period of time – the Pink Cloud website states you should take it for a minimum of 3 months to see true results.

Overall I really recommend trying this if you’re having issues with skin, nail or hair health. If you’re happy with your current condition then I don’t think these are essential, but they definitely give a bit of a boost to your existing beauty routine. Don’t expect this to be an instant miraculous solution to your problems but rather a more gradual and natural process. Every person varies so you might see results in just a few days or even a few weeks, but it definitely does contribute to healthy skin, hair and nails.

To try your own month supply of Pink Cloud Pink Lemonade supplement you can purchase through their website here.

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Pink Cloud Beauty’s 3-in-1 Collagen Beauty Drink: A Review

After a long summer of frizzy hair and clogged-up skin, cooler, fresher days can bring a welcome relief.

But autumn brings its own beauty woes: your skin gets dry and loses its radiance, and getting a healthy dose of vitamins is a struggle without a daily dose of sunshine. Pink Cloud Beauty’s 3-in-1 Collagen Beauty Drink will be your hero product: a triple-whammy wonder drink that boosts your hair, skin and nails all in one go. You’ll notice the difference in just a week.

It’s an easy way to enjoy nutrients that can be difficult to consume regularly as it comes in a sachet, so you don’t have to dissolve bulky capsules or spend time measuring out ingredients. Plus, each box contains 30 sachets and you only need one a day so it’ll keep you going for a month. Just mix the sachet in a glass of water to create the elixir, which tastes like refreshing pink lemonade.

Pink Cloud Beauty 3-in-1 collagen beauty drink

It replaced my 3pm tea run. The benefit of taking your vitamins as a liquid, rather than a pill, is they get to work immediately. Each sachet is a blend of active ingredients containing vitamins C and E, selenium, biotin, MSM and collagen, a protein found within the body linked to skin health and hydration.

After seven days my skin regained its summer radiance and felt supple. Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, selenium keeps your nails strong and the miracle mineral is MSM, an organic sulphur compound found in natural foods. It’ll give your collagen production an added boost and work together with vitamin C to develop new healthy tissue, improving the look of your skin, hair and nails. Drink up.

From £29.99, pinkcloudbeauty.co

Pink Cloud Beauty Cohas announced a deal with Superdrug that sees the brand’s Drinkable Vitamins available at 100 Superdrug stores nationwide, in a move that’s set to shake up the beauty supplement sector.

Superdrug, the second largest health and wellbeing retailer in the UK, is the first high street brand to stock the full range of Drinkable Vitamins including Beauty, Focus, and Relax. Each product comes in a box of 28 sachets which are mixed with water and taken each day.

Launched in late 2018, Pink Cloud Beauty Co’s Beauty supplements sold more than 10,000 units in the first months of trading, before the company launched both the Focus and Relax supplements in June this year. Superdrug has now committed to selling Beauty, Focus, and Relax Drinkable Vitamins in its stores around the country and on its website.

Developed by industry experts in the UK, all three products in the range are free from sugar, contain natural flavours and free from artificial colours. The pink lemonade flavoured Beauty Drinkable Vitamins contain a beautifying blend of vitamins & supplements to promote beautiful hair, skin and nails. The supplement consists of marine collagen to give skin strength and elasticity, biotin to contribute to the maintenance of normal skin and hair, Vitamins C and E, selenium to protect cells, and beetroot to give the drink its vibrant pink colour.

Focus Drinkable Vitamins are orange and pineapple flavour, are vegan-friendly and are designed to increase energy and mental performance. The drinks contain a brain-boosting blend of ginkgo biloba to improve attention and memory, glutamine which plays a role in mental and emotional processes, zinc to help memory, mood and concentration, L-Theanine to enhance cognitive skills, B Vitamins, and Vitamin C.

The final product in the range is Relax, a mixed berry flavour night-time drink to help you sleep, de-stress and unwind. The supplement contains a blend of lemon balm, used by Ancient Greeks to promote sleep and sooth agitation, chamomile, copper which contributes of maintenance of normal connective tissues, B Vitamins, Zinc to fight infections, and L-Theanine to aid relaxation. The vegan friendly ingredients work together to make a delicious, relaxing, pre-bedtime drink.

Suzanne Wong, Founder of Pink Cloud Beauty Co commented: “Modern life is tough, and it’s all too easy to forget that what we put into our bodies can make a huge difference to us achieving our goals. That’s why we’re committed to making the best supplements around, and are delighted that Superdrug, one of the UK’s biggest retailers, have recognised our commitment and the quality of our products.

“Whether your hair, skin and nails are in need of a little TLC, you’re looking for a mid-afternoon concentration boost, or you’re struggling to switch off and unwind after a busy day, there’s something in the range for everyone. We launched Pink Cloud Beauty Co with the aim of helping women to look and feel their best by enhancing their natural beauty, and are immensely proud that we have done just that!”

Each supplement in the range is priced at £24.99 and on a special 3 for 2 deal at Superdrug until August 13th, and also available at www.pinkcloudbeauty.co.

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