Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Akila Purple African Daisy!

The Osteospermum aka African Daisy is a member of the sunflower & daisy family. These flowers dazzle in an array of colours, blue, yellow, pink, white and the very popular purple. Some plants have spooned petals or whirls, while others are flat, like daisies. Although many blooms occur in Spring, there is not another round of blooms. A dazzling bedding plant in popular purple strikes just the right note of colour, in any garden. If you fancy purple, this is the one to plant!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Dianthus Flower aka "Pinks"!

This delightful little flower is also known as a Carnation or Sweet William with a very aromatic fragrance. It's 'pink' nickname comes from it's frilled edges, while 'to pink' is a method of decorating an edge by punching or perforating a pattern (as on this flower). With their bright colours & patterns, they easily bring potted plants or borders in the garden to life. Pinks bloom steadily from May to October. No matter the variety or the colour chosen for the garden, these little gems are pretty & sweet!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Bold & Bright, Orange Canna Lily!

Canna Lily, whether dwarf or standard size, they make a bold statement in the garden. Gloriously tall, or the smaller variety, they are amongst the most colourful of perennial flowers. Even their leaves are beautiful, whether they are bronze in colour, or of the green & variegated-vein type. A lengthy blooming period starting in the late Spring, straight through to frost, make them a favourite in the garden! 

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Japanese Anemone Flower

The Japanese Anemone flower, an early Autumn blooming plant is making it's debut in the garden. Usually near the end of August, until early September you will see these delightful blooms dancing in the wind, on their long stems. Their colours of pink, blue or white are a pleasant distraction amongst the golden variety of typical Autumn flowers. Easy to grow, tolerating shade or sun, any garden soil type & adapting well in soil that is less than moist. A delightful floral choice, charming it's way through the garden!

Friday, 21 August 2015

One & the same...Lady Bug, Lady Beetle or Ladybird Beetle!

The Lady Bug or beetle, is one insect you do want around in the garden. Pretty to look at with their hard orange, multi dotted shells, they provide good protection for your plants against aphids. They consume the bad bugs in your garden that would otherwise destroy plants. Lady Bugs are natural enemies to many insects & can consume up to 5,000 aphids in it's lifetime! Just pretty to look at, or to provide a useful purpose in the garden; you can't have too many of these good guys around! 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Summer's not over, Clematis Vine blooms on!

With September fast approaching, Summer may seem to be coming to a close. Though the Clematis Vine in the garden doesn't  know it yet. A revival of blooms have sprung from the Spring planting. These robust plants are spreading their glorious colour and cheer for a second time in the garden. A hardy perennial that will satisfy any gardener or admirer of flowers.  For colour profusion & plant hardiness, this is the one to keep in mind for your next garden planting!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

'White Swan' Echinacea

'White Swan' Echinacea, a nice change from the usual purple variety. It's white daisy-like petals gleam in the Summer sun. These lovely perennials easily attract bees, birds & butterflies to the garden. This tall plant grows blooms 2-3" in size and is beautifully offset by it's dark green petals. Eye-catching, it easily fits into any garden scheme; with winning qualities for the gardener, or admirer of these flowers! 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Queen of the bridal bouquet, White Roses!

The White Rose, also known as the Bridal rose, conveys the message of true, happy love. This colour has always been known for purity & virtue. Therefore, it stands to reason that it is synonymous with chastity and sincerity. If you're feelings are as pure as white snow & come directly from your heart, use white roses to convey these emotions. Since Queen Victoria's wedding in 1840, it has become a tradition in wedding bouquets.  It is only fitting, that the white rose is known as queen of the bridal bouquet!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Red Heart Hibiscus!

Quietly blooming in the garden, this Red Heart Hibiscus produces large, show-stopping blooms. Also known as the Rose of Sharon, these plants can grow into a shrub or small tree. The Hibiscus plant grows in a wide range of colours, attracting hummingbirds to the garden. Popularly grown as container plants outdoors, then, they can beautify your home in the Winter season indoors. Wherever you grow your Hibiscus, they are a treat to the eye & senses!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Pink Queen of the Flower World!

The 'Pink Queen' of the flower world is none other than Cleome! This annual has petals arranged in a spiral and can grown up to 60" tall! The delightful petals of the Cleome come in purple, pink or white, which shape the spikey ball shape of the flower head. This plant does well in moderate, well drained soil, but take care not to overfertilize, or you will have floppy tall plants! But for height, or drama in the garden, this is the one to plant!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Queen of the Lilies...Lilium Rubrum!

Such a majestic Lily specimen, the Lilium Rubrum is a variety of flowering plant prized for it's beauty & fragrance!  With petals that curve upward of crimson & white, as large as 6" across! Blooming in late Summer with a long lasting perfumed scent.  Needless to say, an excellent choice for the garden, and especially cut flower arrangements!  Take the time to stop & small the Lilies, you will be glad you did!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Golden Sunflower, turning heads!

Oh those gloriously large Sunflower heads, they just seem to smile down upon us! How can they not with their sunny, cheery blooms that track the sun as they grow. These plants not only make people happy, but the birds, bees and small critters too, providing nectar & seeds. Sunflower seeds are even a favourite snack, lightly seasoned or natural, they are delicious. They are easy to grow in the garden & the rewards are just wonderful for everyone!

Friday, 7 August 2015

The Globe Thistle!

The Globe Thistle may be prickly, but it's colouring of steel blue flowers on it's ball shaped flower head, is admirable.  These large blue floral balls sit atop large grayish-green, coarse leaves; a perfect setting for these truly fantastic plants. Even as a cut flower, they are truly wonderful, their round sphere & colouring make for a great floral arrangement, lasting weeks! Makes a great border plant and surely adds great interest to any garden, in other words, perfect for a lovely garden or a landscaped setting!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Yellow Rose Beauty!

Yellow Roses, beautiful and unassuming, yet always a favourite! But what is the meaning of the yellow rose when given to another? It is an expression of friendship, gladness and joy, always suitable for any happy occasion. Although in Victorian times, it was know to be an expression of jealousy! To grow roses in a garden, is an added bonus and joy to those with a green thumb. The beauty and fragrant scent of roses is always welcome, anywhere & anytime!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

'Astra Blue' Balloon Flower

The Balloon flower gets it's name from the flower bud shaped like a balloon, just before it blooms. This star shaped petal flower will bloom continually from mid to late summer, while many other perennials are starting to fade. The flowers face upward and bloom in shades of pink, blue & white, while growing in mounds. Excellent in the garden, as they don't spread, and they are even a good choice for cutting. A wonderful perennial to grow, producing flowers season after season, a sure way to a delightful garden!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Cranesbill Geranium

The Cranesbill Geranium, is a hardy perennial that blooms all Summer. These attractive flowers come in colours of pink, purple, blue and white. You can brighten the garden with geraniums by mixing the traditional taller plants with this compact variety. Mounds of this joyful, purple flower will fill your garden space in no time at all!