Monday, 30 November 2015

Splash Petal Orchid!

Splash Petal Orchids ~ It is easy to become enthralled with this gorgeous flowering orchid. The term 'splash petal' refers to the watercolour edge markings on the petals. As though painted on by a brush, they are strikingly different from other orchids that are of a singular colour. The 'splashing' from the flower's lip onto it's petal is referred to as peloria. The colour range available is endless, including combinations of lavender, green, purple, yellow & orange, forming explosions of colour. All this glorious colour, in these orchids only bloom once per year, but well worth the wait! 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Yellow Rose!

Joy ~ Friendship ~ Good Health! Can there be any more positiveness than these messages? They are easily conveyed when yellow roses are the choice of gifting. Yellow roses are so symbolic, they are a traditional way to convey good feelings to a special someone. Yellow, the colour of the sun and warmth lighten up any mood, in a positive way. By the 18th century, roses had achieved a major popularity, but in shades of white or pink. But when this fleeting rose was discovered growing in the Middle East, well, the rest, as they say is history, & a love affair with this flower was born!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Hello Sunshine...mellow yellow Dahlia!

The beautiful Dahlia flower has a message of enduring grace and meaningful blessings. It is also symbolic of creativity, inner strength, & standing strong in your values. Throughout time flowers have been given as expressions of affection, friendship, accomplishment & sympathy. When at times it can be difficult to express words, flowers can speak for us by opening our hearts when given or received. These expressions of love and thoughtfulness, are treasured & for some preserved; which is a lovely reminder to look back upon, time and time again. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Blue Spruce ~ Food & Shelter for Critters...

The Blue Spruce is majestic in colour and size, a beautiful tree in Nature. It is also a haven for the animals of the forest, the boughs providing shelter and the pine cones, a source of food. If you plant the Blue Spruce in your garden, you will see the birds flock to the branches, while the squirrels scurry for the pine seeds. These amazing and beautiful trees are multi-tasking, providing the necessities of life, shelter, food and nest sites for wildlife, big or small. The dense foliage even provides protection from the elements of weather & predators. So if you're looking to bird-watch chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers or see their furry friends, the squirrels; plant a tree or two, you will soon have some cute little best friends forever!

Monday, 16 November 2015

The Spider Lily

The Spider Lily flower is fascinating to gaze upon, with it's long petals & bright yellow stamens, it is one of the Summer's most enchanting bulbs to plant. Also referred to as the hurricane lily (blooming in that season) & even naked ladies (these flowers have no leaves)! This pretty flower bears a resemblance to  the Amaryllis, due to it's trumpet shaped blooms. Plant as a border plant, in partial shade & your trumpet flower will thrive. Their delicate stems & multiple blooms make them attractively welcome in any garden, or fresh floral arrangement!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Succulent Plants

Succulent plants are an easy care for choice for your home. They form a diverse group of plants with thick juicy leaves, stems & roots. Marvelous planted alone, as a companion plant, or in an assortment of plants. Most plants cannot tolerate the dry soil that succulents thrive in. Growing in colours of chartreuse, blue-green, red, pink, white, yellow, or variegated and more. The leaves can have unique shapes of needle like, rounded, spiky, berry like, or ruffled. This could be the plant for your home as they do well in dry humidity and warm surroundings, not unlike most homes. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Blue Ballerina...Hibiscus!

'Blue Ballerina' Hibiscus has a uniquely different colour, but lovely! Everyone has seen the beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange, and pink, just to name a few. But this lavender-blue shade is in a class of it's own and stands gloriously apart from the others. Gardeners know extra good care, nutrition & soil, over time, increases protein & sugar production in a plant, which produces such a lovely colour as this. Being susceptible to this nutritional reaction, you will see the difference in flower colours. Nature always seems to know what to do with her environment. Another marvelous bloom for us all to enjoy! 

Friday, 6 November 2015

The Japanese Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums, one of the most popular flowers during Autumn with many varieties and the Japanese Mum is no exception. This flower is so exceptional, that Chinese nobility gained permission to plant them in their gardens in the 15th century. Not just seen as a royal symbol, but this flower also represents long life and happiness. The Mum was made famous by Carolus Linnaeus who took the greek work 'chrys' (meaning gold coloured), the original colour of mums & added 'anthemon' (meaning flower). There is even a type of firework which creates a pattern that resembles the long petals of the Chrysanthemum. Quite a history for this dazzling flower, by any standard!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Summer blooms fade, but the Ladybug hangs on...

The once glorious blooms of the Summer have faded in the Fall, while the Ladybugs clung on. There is still some nectar, which provides a food source for Nature's critters. So while it is that time to clean up the garden, leaving some plants behind provides a great source of seeds. Birds will flock, squirrels will scurry to the faded blooms of days gone by. Take a peak out a window, or stroll through nature, a pleasant sight to enjoy the hub of activity!