Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Wild Rose & Bumble Bee

The must haves of the garden...Wild Roses!  These pretty pink blossoms range in colour from very pale to deep pink and are also available in white. Their bushy appearance gives way to an interesting Fall colour & produces red rose hips (fruit).  Now beginning to bloom from June, through July, with the help of pollination from your busy bumble bees!  So very fragrant, the rose scent hovers in a summer's breeze, or in a favourite vase!  A beauty of a flower to enjoy, anywhere, anytime!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Ladybug & Peony Bud!

The Ladybug is easily recognized with it's orange body and black dots, happily working in your garden.  Welcome them in your gardening world; they eat those pesky aphids on your blooms.  A hungry ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids a day, and as many as 5,000 in it's lifetime!  Many cultures consider them a 'good luck bug'.  When you sight one, make a wish, after all, your wish just might be granted!

'Ladder In Heaven' Wildflower

The dangling blooms of Ladder in Heaven aka Solomon's Seal will add style to your garden.  A shade loving wildflower, these creamy bells sway in the wind with charm.  Growing to a height of about 2 feet, the lush foliage will add green architecture in your garden.  You will have it made in the shade with this gardening choice, just delightful!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

'Granny's Bonnet'!

'Granny's Bonnet' aka Columbine flower has been grown for centuries.  This popular perennial is available in colourful shades of luscious purple,  bright pink and dark maroon.  Remember to remove the faded blooms to get the most out of your plants to blossom, from mid-May through the month of June.  A hardy plant that will grow in the sun, but prefers partial shade & moist soil.  When allowed to flourish, it's the best 'eye candy' in the garden!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Primrose meet your cousin...

An early Spring flower, the Cowslip is a cousin of the Primrose flower. Folklore has it that in early traditions, these bright, small blooms were strewn on pathways at church, for weddings.  The clustered together, tube-like flowers are golden yellow on tall stems with crinkly leaves.  A useful flower for landscaping to provide dense foliage and fill the garden where there is room to spare!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Little Tulips!

These little clumps of tulips are also known as Tulipa Tardia.  Their brilliant yellow colouring is showy enough to get your attention in the garden. Although not a forever flower to have all summer long, these bulbs are just delightful enough to satisfy that gardener's green thumb throughout the Spring.  Opening fully on sunny days, these flowers grow to about 8" tall, making them a sunny delight to any garden!

Monday, 25 May 2015

'Royalty of the Garden' Azalea!

'The Royal Treatment' couldn't be any finer than with these Azaleas blooming prettily in your garden. These blooms have long been favourited for their bright colour and sweet fragerance.  Whether you grow yours as a potted plant or as wonderful ground cover in the garden, this pink cascade of colour is sure to delight all admirers!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Mountain Cornflower!

An unusual, but pretty perennial, the Mountain Cornflower is called a variety of names including Mountain Bluet.  A gorgeous, cornflower blue colour, with a deep amethyst center, form this large flower.  They spread quite well, all on their own in the garden.  So if you've a spot to fill, these blooms will gladly cover the ground for you!

Friday, 22 May 2015

A Sunkissed glow~Tulip!

The beauty of tulips, highlighted by a sunkissed glow, is a sight to behold! The sun just brings out warmth to everything it touches.  So vital to the growing of all things on this planet Earth.  It is that time of year to get outdoors and take it all in.  This we can do, one step, one tulip or gift of nature at at time!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Ornamental Flowering Onion!

The Flowering Onion Plant has astonishing balls of mauve and are truly impressive.  They add a very welcome sight to the garden, in late Spring! Their size can reach up to 10" across with hundreds of florets.  As a cut flower or dried for a flower arrangement, this showy lollipop of a bloom is sure to please. Also attractive to butterflies, another great reason to try them in your garden too!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The heavenly scent of Lilacs!

The easily recognizable blooms of lilac bushes & trees are a popular favourite in the garden. Just a sniff of these delicate tiny blooms are heaven sent and easy on the senses! Usually purple, some varieties do produce white, pink, pale yellow and even deep burgundy florets.  If these plants are left unpruned (not cut back), you will get a huge abundance of blooms.  On the other hand, pruned plants are much leafier, you decide when planting these popular bushes & trees!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Iris flower & the rainbow!

The Greek Goddess' flower is Iris, and the word Iris means rainbow.  The Iris is available in a rainbow of colours such as purple & blue, yellow & white and orange & pink, just to name a few. The Iris can be used to convey many emotions.  The purple and white Iris shown here conveys a meaning of compliments & wisdom.  It is one of the loveliest perennials to be found every Spring!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Flowers, flowers, everywhere!

Whether you garden or observe, a passion for flowers is a joy! Their beauty, tranquility and at times breathtaking scent lure us into nature's world. Annuals are planted yearly, perennials produce blooms year after year and there are ornamental shrubs to plant (and forget about it).  Even cut blooms from a garden, or a florist instantly beautify & transform your environment. Just stop, and smell the flowers, always good for you!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Cherry Pink Apple Blossom!

Ahhhh, the dizzying scent of the Crab Apple Blossom, so sweet as you breathe in this spring aroma! The fruit of this 'Crab Apple' tree has been named due to it's sour taste.  Every April and May, these flowering trees burst forth in the showiest of blooms.  These ornamental trees are small to medium in size and would make a brilliant statement in any landscape.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Friend or Foe?...the Dandelion!

The dandelion is recognized as a weed in our gardens, but it is also a beneficial herb!  It's name is derived from the french word  dente-de-lion, in other words, "lion's tooth".  Dandelion greens are loaded with vitamins K, A, C, B6 and other important antitoxins.  Besides being used in herbal tea & coffee, try including some in your next soup, stew, casseroles, or your favourite food recipes.  

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Yellow Ox-eye Daisy~Rudbeckia!

This perennial is also commonly known as Black-eyed Susan and bears large, gorgeous blooms throughout the Summer.  From the daisy family, they produce golden yellow petals, with a vivid burnt orange colour at the center. They grow best in the full sun, in garden soil with good drainage. Spent flowers should always be removed to encourage new blooms.  Growing quickly in the Summer, they attract butterflies too, a win-win situation to enjoy nature!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

'Tuxedo Tulip'!

The Tuxedo or Gavota tullip is a bold, golden yellow with distinctive burgundy stripes!  Tulips being one of the easiest bulbs to grow, with a well drained soil and partial shade, produce a multitude of blooms.  It is a favourite as a cut flower in floral arrangements, potted plants or a gardenfull of these bright and cheerful flowers!

Monday, 11 May 2015

"Lady In A Bath" flowering plant!

We've all seen these pretty fuschia pink and white heart shaped blooms also know as 'Bleeding Heart' plant. 20 or so of these pendant blooms arch on a single stem and are wildly popular every Spring.  When an open bloom is turned upside-down, it resembles a lady in a bath, hence the nickname. Bleeding Hearts will grown in full sun, in a cool and moist garden amongst it's fleshy leaves and green-pink stems.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Daffodil Medley!

An abundance of Spring Daffodils creates a sweet medley of flowers in the garden!  Such vibrant colours of yellows and oranges, mixed in with white blooms provide a bountiful, happy garden.  Plant your daffodil bulbs in the Fall for a sure crop of sunny happiness in the Spring!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

"Gerbs" aka Gerbera Daisy!

What's in a nickname? The ever popular Gerbera Daisy aka "Gerbs" can be found in just about any floral arrangement or gardener's garden!  With their large blooms of daisy like flowers, it's a good reason to grow these cheerful looking plants.  While available in many colours, it's the pink ones that have a special meaning of admiration and special friendship!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Silverbride Pansy!

A purple blotch is as pretty as this, when it's a Silverbride Pansy!   The immaculate white bloom features a deep royal purple colour that is superb. Offering a wide range of colours from yellows to purples to blues and beyond, these blooms are among the first flowers of the spring season.  Plant a bright patch of these pansies to colour your world!