Saturday, 28 February 2015

'Snap Daddy' aka Pink Snapdragon!

These cool pink flowers grow in tall clusters upon their tall leaf stalks.  The Greeks named this plant, anti, like, rhinos, snout to describe the interesting shape of it's flowers.  Their also known as dragon flowers, because of the flower's curious similarity to the face of a dragon as it opens it's mouth from side to side, when squeezed laterally!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Spicey-sweet Nasturtiums!

A delight to both cooks and gardeners, these blooms are both edible and a colourful addition to a garden!  Break the petals into salads and use the flowers for a garnish decoration, both are great to eat. Even the famous impressionist Monet enjoyed them so much, large swaths of them grew throughout his Girveny garden walkway.

Spider Flower aka Cleome!

This Annual flower sparkles in shades of purple, pink, white & lavender.  Their aromatic, sticky green leaves attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.  The spikey look of this pretty flower is formed by the many petals radiating from the central point.  Ideally suited to fences, borders or as container plants, a delight to any flower bed garden!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Queen of flowers...the Rose!

It's all in the petals.....the scent of the rose!  Perhaps the red rose more so fragrant, because they are closer to old-fashioned roses of earlier times.  The pink varieties come next, while yellow roses are the least scented and the white rose is almost scentless. Scent aside, they are one of the loveliest flowers to behold!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

"If you would be happy for a lifetime...

"If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow chrysanthemums", is a known proverb by a Chinese philosopher.  The Chrysanthemum, an herb, is believed to have the power of life.  "Chu" is the ancient Chinese name for this flower. It was so named to honour the Chinese city of Chu-Hsien (Chrysanthemum City).

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Bloom Beauties...Salvia!

The 'Scarlet Sage' is a member of the mint family.  The red spike of blooms arise from silvery green foilage and attract hummingbirds.  Plant them as edging plants, window boxes or as mixed borders. These showy flowers are also popular in colours of orange, pink and purple, just to name a few!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Herb of the sun aka Marigold!

This popular annual is handy when planted next to the vegetable garden by driving nematodes (roundworms) away.  Marigolds are useful in the same way when also planted next to flowers, such as dahlias, chrysanthemums and plants in the daisy family.   The brightly coloured petals of signet marigolds can add tanginess to a salad & other summer dishes too. 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hello Gorgeous...Orchid!

With more than 6,000 species in the orchid family, you are sure to find one you will love (like the Rainbow Orchid pictured here).  In tropical climates, these 'air plants' attach themselves to the bark of trees, sending their roots into the air (from which they take their food).  Orchids can blossom for up to 5 weeks, so if you love long-lasting blooms, this plant's for you!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Zonal Geraniums!

The sweet leaved Zonal Geranium, once thought to be out of fashion, is back again! This gorgeous plant offers immense variety and the best of scents (including lavender, rose, lemon, balm-scented and many more).  Oil of geranium can be used as an insecticide against cotton aphids and red spiders.

Luna Red Hibiscus!

Especially large saucer-shaped flowers are characteristic of the Luna Red Hibisus.  Sunny conditions with evenly moist soil is best for these rich solid red blooms.  Irresistible eye-popping colour would be resplendent in anyone's garden, or as an indoor tropical plant!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Brilliant Hybrid Tulip

The colours of this hybrid tulip are bold; nature's design can never be underestimated.  Considered among the very best of tulips for cut flower arrangements.  A sure sign of Spring to come when nestled together in a vase by a sunlit window.  Take in the scenic beauty with a pot of tulips or a floral bouquet, you'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Kitty & The Flamingo Plant

A beauty of a plant with it's flamboyant red colour, but take care, not a plant for pets!  Also known as the Flamingo Flower and various other names, this plant is toxic to both cats and dogs.  Due to the plant's bitter taste, a large ingestion is a deterrent, but best kept away from pets.