Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Autumn Crocus!

The Crocus flower is usually associated with Spring, but this garden beauty is the Autumn variety. Making it's appearance in the garden is just delightful, as the Summer blooms decline.  Although a member of the lily family, it can easily be confused with the Spring Crocus. It is favoured by gardeners, as the Autumn Crocus is a wonderful addition to Aster and Chrysanthemum bloomers. A welcome & charming addition to the Fall garden!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Glorious Autumn!

Autumn, that glorious season of golds, reds and orange shades of nature between Summer & Winter. Many plants become dormant during the cooler weather from September through to November. A chill will be in the air, but it is a great time for sweaters, pumpkin pie and the scent of logs burning in the fireplace. 'Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!' ~ Humbert Wolfe

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Sword Lily...Gladiolus!

Gladiolus are impressive blooms that grow on long stalks with sword shaped leaves. They represent faithfulness & honour, and strength of character. Gladiolus can be colourfully bright as in the orange to red shades, but also delicate in shades of pinks, purples, or white to cream. "Glads" as they are also known, are popular for florists; bouquets express the meaning of remembrance. A beautiful flower to behold whether in the garden or as a floral arrangement. 

Monday, 21 September 2015

Begonias, a timeless favourite!

Begonias, a timeless favourite that endure beyond the Summer season, up to the first frost. A beautiful, colourful plant with attractive lush green foliage. Known as bedding or wax begonias, these blooms easily fill garden spaces, especially loving shady areas, or partial sun. Begonias make wonderful, ornamental houseplants, for extra floral flourish in the home too!

Friday, 18 September 2015

'Queen of the Autumn Garden' ~ Dahlia!

The Dahlia goes as far back as the 16th century, where it originated in Mexico. Also known as the 'Valley Flower' as Dahl means valley; although it was named after botanist Anders Dahl. And, to make things more interesting, the Dhalia has also been referred to as the Houdini of the garden because of it's many sizes, shapes & colours. This beauty of the floral world can be as large as 12" across & up to 20' tall when grown as a wild species. Queen of the garden indeed!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hydrangea Flowers

Flourishing in shade or sun, the Hydrangea offers huge coloured blooms in pink, blue, green & white. The clustered flowers range from lacecap to mophead, blooming from Summer through Fall. If you're seeking blue hydrangea flowers, check your soil's pH (acidity or alkalinity) level and apply aluminum sulfate in spring to lower pH. The change in hydrangea flower colour results from lower pH and higher aluminum content in the soil. A beautiful floral choice for the garden, or as a potted plant for your home decor. (Better Homes & Gardens)

Monday, 14 September 2015

Luna Swirl Hibiscus!

The Luna Swirl Hibiscus has showy blooms as large as dinner plates, and can grow up to 8' tall! These large pink flowers have red centers, with swirls of pink colour on the petals, appearing from mid-Summer until frost. Sunny conditions and moist soil are best for this beauty to thrive. An impressive plant for the garden, or large containers, for thrilling pleasure.  

Saturday, 12 September 2015

The Cosmos Flower

The Cosmos flower has bright petals in colours of pink, yellow, scarlet and two tone, with tall, fern-like stems. There is even a 'Chocolate Cosmos', which smells sweetly of guessed it chocolate! Even if you don't possess a green thumb, not to worry, these plants actually thrive with a little neglect. Full sun is best for this floral beauty, from dawn to dusk. This flower will bloom throughout the Summer months, but only until the first frost. There are plenty of early Autumn days to enjoy this delightful flower!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Bold Pink Geranium!

The Geranium annual, known for their bold colours is easily spotted in the garden. The contrast of the dark green leaves brightly offset their colours of red, pink, orange & white, to name a few. A good choice for planting in full sun in moderate soil that drains well. Remove & pinch off dry leaves & spent flowers to encourage new growth and discourage disease.  Such a vibrant, versatile plant whether grown in the garden or potted containers. Definitely a cheery way to enjoy these blooms all Summer long!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Autumn Colours of Rudbeckia 'Cappuccino'!

The Rudbeckia 'Cappuccino' name brings to mind a cup of Joe, but this perennial beauty is holding on to the last days of Summer.  It's deep, bold colours are a reminder that Autumn is on the way. Lasting only a few seasons in the garden, but they readily self-seed themselves when you allow the seedlings to propagate. These gloriously vibrant plants are sure to be a focal point in any garden!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

'Julia Child' Roses!

The Julia Child Rose, is also known as the 'Absolutely Fabulous' Rose in the U.K. It's deep butter colour brings to mind one of her favourite cooking ingredients...butter! Bred in 2004, in the U.S. by Tom Carruth, Julia chose this floribunda rose as her namesake. This beautiful rose blooms all Summer long in clusters & is popular in gardens everywhere. How timely this rose represents Julia, a larger-than-life personality, just before she left us (1912-2004)!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Tropical Orange Canna Lily

This Canna Lily has a tropical, orange colouring that just says Summer! This plant will add glamour and drama to the garden, with their large glorious blooms & broad banana-like leaves. Alluring to butterflies & hummingbirds, Cannas are vividly colourful in shades of red, pink and orange tones. Plant them in the garden, or container pots for a showy display of colour, you'll be glad you did!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Turtlehead Flower

Turtlehead flowers, is so named for it's turtle head shaped bloom. The upright stems bear blooms of rose/pink, or white colour. They thrive in wet, heavy soil & spread in dense colonies. The turtlehead flower is hardy with minimal maintenance, producing colour in the garden in late Summer. Making themselves right at home in the garden, it is sure to delight gardeners or admirers of this unique wildflower. Even as cut flowers, they will last about a week in a vase, inside the home. Either way, a pretty, delightful bloom to enjoy!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Dhalia, a garden favourite...Spring to Fall!

Dhalia, an early Spring bloomer, keeps blooming straight through to Autumn. Gardeners and competitive growers find this perennial one of the most popular to grow in competitions too. Numerous petals surround the central yellow core, growing in beautiful colours of purple, pink, red, orange, yellow & white. Although the majority of these flowers are not scented, their beauty shines through in the garden among the blooms!