Monday, 8 February 2016

The Power of Colour, with Golden Yellow Echinacea!

Ever wonder about the power of colour? Well, yellow in particular, is one of the strongest colours to behold. It grabs your attention, while uplifting it with intensity & cheerfulness! Bees are very attracted to yellow in Nature, as they cannot see the colour red. The sole purpose of these bright blooms is to attract bees, which ultimately produces more seeds in the flower, after pollination. Yellow is a reminder of all those Spring flowers yet to bloom. Daffodils, daisies, tulips & more in the garden, a happy thought indeed!

Monday, 1 February 2016

In anticipation of Spring & the Daffodil!

In anticipation of those warm, breezy days, our thoughts turn to those flowers of Spring! Daffodils are thoroughly cheerful and a welcome sight to behold. While their meaning symbolizes friendship, their popularity is due to their beauty. Bold colours of yellow & orange, while their inner trumpet shape is often a contrasting shade from their background ring of petals. Did you know that Daffodils were once considered a weed? Thanks to an Englishman, who back in 1629, took them from weed status, back to the garden, and I'm gad he did!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Cute as a ... Bachelor's Button Flower!

Cute as a button, as in 'Bachelor's Button' flowersunique in style, name and a delight in the garden. Apparently this pretty flower got it's name from it's resemblance to a buotonniere. Those floral embellishments seen on a person's lapel at weddings & special events. A tall plant, growing 16-35" in height, it is an annual plant with grey-green stems. The intense blue colour of the flowerheads is a trademark surrounding the center of disc florets. Perhaps too pretty to be considered a weed, yet it flourishes in cornfields, hence it's other nickname of Cornflower. Be it an ornamental plant or a common wildflower, it is sure to be a bonny addition to the garden!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Poinsettia...a Christmas Flower

One of the most popular symbols of the Holiday season at Christmastime, the Poinsettia!  The traditional scarlet red hue is a stand out amongst all the colours & varieties available today. Credit of this widely popular plant goes to Joel Roberts Poinsett, who while visiting Mexico, brought back plants to South Carolina. After introduction of this beautiful plant in 1828, it became popular by the 20th century & known as the Poinsettia; when people learned who brought the plants to America. December 12th, is in fact, National Poinsettia Day, a tribute to Dr. Poinsett upon his passing in 1851. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Christmas Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a splendidly beautiful flower with strong colour & big showy blooms. This Christmas Amaryllis certainly heralds the bright & cheery festive holidays for many. The large flowers bloom on a tall, hollow stem in multiples of 2-5 flowers. The story of 'Amaryllis' is brought to us by Greek mythology, she, was a love-struck young woman who pined for the cold-hearted, but handsome Alteo. To win his love, in desperation she used a golden arrow to pierce her heart, & then went daily to visit his cottage, drops of her blood were shed along the way. Alteo became enamored, now Amaryllis' heart was healed, & this favourite holiday bloom got it's name! 

Friday, 4 December 2015

A colourful 'Joe', Rudbeckia Cappuccino!

Need a more colourful reason than choosing the Rudbeckia Cappuccino Joe flower for your next bouquet? The bright burnt orange and yellow colours of these petals just pop with brightness! These flowers are 4" across and will be sure to fill a vase, or blanket a garden with their multiple blooms. When planted in late Spring, they will put on quite a show until late Fall.  Because they self-seed you can have them for years, although each plant lasts only a few seasons; ensuring you can have as many 'Joes' as you like!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Splash Petal Orchid!

Splash Petal Orchids ~ It is easy to become enthralled with this gorgeous flowering orchid. The term 'splash petal' refers to the watercolour edge markings on the petals. As though painted on by a brush, they are strikingly different from other orchids that are of a singular colour. The 'splashing' from the flower's lip onto it's petal is referred to as peloria. The colour range available is endless, including combinations of lavender, green, purple, yellow & orange, forming explosions of colour. All this glorious colour, in these orchids only bloom once per year, but well worth the wait!