Saturday, 31 October 2015

Do you know your Oak ... leaves?

The mighty Oak tree and their Autumn leaves! Oh, there is no doubt Mother Nature used all the crayons in her box, when it came to colouring this Season. The leaves in this photo are from the Red Oak, easily spotted due to their pointed lobes (leaf edge); while the White Oak's lobes are rounded. The veins in the leaf extend all the way to the end of the leaf's points, the White Oak's do not. There is also the Evergreen Oak, their leaves are dark green & shiny all year. Scarlet leaves belong to the Red Oak and the brown leafed variety belong to the White Oak. And ~ oh, those Acorns, a treat for all the squirrrels, darting to and fro with their Winter stash!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Ornamental Cabbage!

Sometimes referred to as Flowering Cabbage, the colour enhanced leaves make these plants an Autumn garden favourite. Edible? ... yes, but not as tasty or tender as their next of kin, the familiar cabbage. The leaves can be quite colourful in hues of pinks, purples and rich greens & are enhanced by cool or cold weather. A flourishing plant that grows well in containers or directly in the garden, and a lovely replacement to the Summer blooms, of days gone by. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

'Angel's Trumpet' ... like a song in your heart!

Looking for drama in the garden? ... then look no further than Angel's Trumpet. These floral bells are beauty in motion, when the pendulous blooms sway in the wind. Their heavenly scent fills the nighttime air. The mature blooms put on a stunning show in creamy colours of peach, pink, yellow or white. While these swishy blooms are found in many gardens in warm climates, it's time to bring them in (a basement or heated garage), once the first frost approaches.  What could be more glorious than the sight of these gorgeous blooms in the garden? Many gardeners & flower lovers would be sure to agree!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Glowing Autumn Hydrangeas!

The Hydrangea, considered by many as Grandmother's old-time flower are one of the prettiest flowers in the garden. Because the hydrangea originated in the mountains of Japan, they have been referred to as Mountain hydrangeas. These beautiful, large blooms are long lasting and reliable, as fresh cut blooms they can last for up to 2 weeks.  The star-shaped blooms personify femininity & beauty. Although quite pretty, they do not have a fragrance, but some do have a very light scent. Whatever colour you prefer, pink, blue, or white, they really do glow in the garden or home!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Summer Memories & the Indian Blanket Flower

Oh those showy blooms of the Summer that has past. Some of them linger still, as the frost approaches, proving their hardiness. The fuzzy yellow center of these blooms are surrounded by daisy petal shapes, in vibrant colours of yellow & orange. To bring these beauties indoors, once cut, place them in lukewarm water & you will be reminded of Summer for up to 10 days. "Flowers always make people better, happier & more helpful, they are sunshine; food & medicine to the soul." ~ Luther Burbank

Thursday, 15 October 2015

A Daisy, simple, but brilliant!

A Daisy, simple in it's beauty, but a lustrous brilliance in white! The Daisy's meaning reflects purity and innocence. So common a flower, it is found practically everywhere on earth. Did you know there are two flowers in each Daisy? The petals which are usually white, are one flower, while the inner circle of yellow disc petals are the other. A favourite of the Summer season, but also a geat cut flower, lasting up to 2 weeks. Simple floral pleasure enjoyed by gardeners and admirers alike!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Autumn Chrysanthemums!

Autumn ... a time for the most glorious colours in Nature. The Chrysanthemum is no exception, and has been know as Queen of the Autumn garden. Such a colourful selection to choose from, among these blooms, including, orange to red, and yellow to purple, to brighten any garden. These garden gems grow best in a sunny location, with a well draining soil, to get the most bountiful display of your Autumn blooms. A wonderful choice for the garden or to decorate in the home, with potted Mums!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

'The Sunflower is mine, in a way' ~ Van Gogh

'The Sunflower is mine, in a way.' ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~ These words expressed by one of the great masters of art, bring to mind his well known sunflower painting. The words written to his brother, comparing his painting to other flower painters (artists of the day now forgotten). The sunflower painting (of which he made 11) was also painted by others who found it challenging, but worthwhile to paint. So great a piece of art, it has been said that what the Mona Lisa is to Da Vinci, the sunflower is to Van Gogh!

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Peace Lily

With Summer over, it is time to consider indoor plants, with easy to care for Peace Lilies. This flowering plant will even let you know when to water it (when it begins to droop). Besides the beauty of the Peace Lily, it even purifys the air by neutralizing & breaking down toxins in the air. Always remember to deadhead the blooms, thus ensuring energy needed for good growth goes to the remainder of the plant. If you've wondered how this plant got it's name, think of a flag, waving a truce during a battle! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Madagascar Periwinkle

Madagascar Periwinkle is an ornamental plant that grows to a meter in height. These starry shaped blooms look great as a trailing accent or ground cover. Not only attractive, it is also used in the treatment of cancer, due to it's chemical compounds. A discovery which led to an important breakthrough this century. Continuing to grow during the cooler seasons as well, it would be worthwhile to add to your garden or landscape!