Sunday, 29 June 2014

Gaiety and The Lily

Lily is a feminine given name directly derived from Lily, the flower. "Lily" became one of the top-100 names for newborn girls in 2002 and reached a rank of 18 by 2009!  The symbolic meaning of a yellow Lily is gaiety!

Mrs. Doubtfire & Begonias

In the 1993 comedy film Mrs. Doubfire, a goat eats a begonia patch belonging to Miranda during her son's birthday party! The Grateful Dead wrote the popular song "Scarlet Begonias"!

Perfumed Bromeliads

Did you know...some bromeliads are faintly scented, while others are heavily perfumed. Blooms from the species Tillandsia cyanea have a fragrance resembling that of clove spice! Pineapples are the edible, juicy, collective fruit of a bromediad.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Granny's Bonnet

a.k.a. Columbine flower, this plant is a wildflower that deserves a home in your garden! Columbines are one of a Hummingbird's favourite flowers, & are excellent additions to the rock garden, or as a native woodland planting.

Sunny Sunflower

Most sunflowers are remarkably tough & easy to grow. They make excellent cut flowers and many are attractive to bees & birds.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Firewheel Flower

Aptly named for it's brilliant colour, they frequent along roadsides in the Southwest, these wildflowers stand like hundreds of showy Fourth of July pinwheels at the top of slender stalks.  State Flower of Oklahoma. 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Repeat Performer: Showy Hibiscus!

'Raindrops keep falling on my head...', well in this case, on this stunning yellow Hibiscus.  Couldn't resist posting another shot of this beautiful flower, enjoy!

A Rose By Any Other Name...

Pink, a symbol of grace, elegance, joy and admiration. Pink can also convey a meaning of thankfulness.  "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare's play Romeo & Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things "are". With their beauty and fragrance roses are one of the the most popular choices of flowers for your garden and for gift giving.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Big Splash African Daisy

The African daisy flowers reflect the beauty and the burning color of the sun and hence, referred to as the Goddess of the Sun.There are many colour combinations, lavendar, pink, yellow and bi-colour.  The leaves will vary by variety,  they can be lance-like or broadly ovate and smooth, toothed or lobed.  African Daisies are a good value in the garden, rewarding you with abundant blooms throughout the summer and fall!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Showy Hibiscus

The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, color from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow. The tea made of hibiscus flowers is known by many names in many countries around the world and is served both hot and cold. The beverage is well known for its color, tanginess and flavor.   Dried hibiscus is edible, and is often a delicacy in Mexico. It can also be candied and used as a garnish.  The hibiscus flower is traditionally worn by Tahitian and Hawaiian girls. If the flower is worn behind the left ear, the woman is married or in a relationship. If the flower is worn on the right, she is single or openly available for a relationship!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Flamingo Flower

The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily) or Tail Flower. The red, heart-shaped flower of Anthuriums is really a a waxy, modified leaf flaring out from the base of a fleshy spike where the tiny real flowers grow. A beauty indeed, but beware. all parts of the anthurium plant, are poisonous!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Pretty In Pink Peony

Do not try to get rid of the ants on your peonies. This is a
natural and temporary activity. It is believed that peonies produce
small amounts of nectar and other ant attractants to encourage ants
to help in opening the dense double flower buds found in many
peonies. 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Lest We Forget

During the 1st world war, red poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime, following the trench warfare which took place in the poppy fields of Flanders.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Traveler's Joy

Most species are known as clematis in English, while some are also known as traveller's joy, or old man's beard, applied to several with prominent seedheads. Climbing vines add a vertical dimension to your garden and can grow on existing walls or fences. An arbor or trellis can be installed to provide climbing space.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Sunny Sunflowers

Not only my favourite colour & flower, but the the name sunflower derives from the flower head's shape, which resembles the Sun! To grow best, sunflowers need full sun.   Sunflowers can be processed into a peanut butter alternative, sunflower butter, yummy!

Monday, 16 June 2014

'Pig's Ear' aka Calla Lily

This unusual flower is native to South Africa, in its preferred habitat of streams and ponds. The name Calla Lily comes from the Greek word for beauty.  The colored varieties are called mini calla lilies; purple, which is often associated with royalty, denotes passion!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Purple Power

This colour needs no introduction, it is marvelous!  These flowers also change their meaning with the shade.  Purple represents royalty, as with purple roses.  A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants or as cut flowers.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Chicks 'n Hens

A.K.A. 'Hens and Biddies' in the American South, is a common name for a group of small succulent plants.  The "hen" is the main plant, and the "chicks" are the offspring, which start as tiny buds on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots, taking up residence close to the mother plant.  A great way to fill up a garden for ground cover!