Carnations One Of A Kind

July 10, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Carnations propagation methods

Carnations – Growing Tips And Plant Care Carnations or clove pink are herbaceous perennial plant belonging to Dianthus species. In Greek “Dios” refers to God Zeus and “Anthos” means flower. The flower is called “the flowers of god”. Carnation flowers crop up in different colours and each colour represents different things. Pink carnations represent mother’s love, white carnations good luck and dark red represents a woman’s deep love. This plant is a native to Eurasia and is exotic to Australia. The flowers last for many days even after cutting from the plant. There are carnation varieties with single flowers and welcoming double flowers too. The double flowers equip the flower with around 40 petals. In addition the blooms are produced on forked clusters. Where as the foliage is blue green and the plant is stalk less and narrow. Carnations are one of a kind classic cut flowers that have a long vase life. Tips to grow Carnations They can be grown in flowerbeds, as borders, in rock gardens, and in containers. Growing carnations is easy if you consider certain factors while growing this plant. Grow carnation in areas that receive at least 5 hours of full sunlight. Grow them in
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Blanket Flower Gaillardia Care

July 4, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Blanket flower Gillardia Aristata

Blanket Flower – How To Grow And Take Care Of Gaillardia Aristata If you are looking to grow radiant and long-lasting flowers in your garden, then you must plant the valuable Blanket Flowers. This flowering plant produces single or double daisy-like flowers through the long hot summer months. They are native to North and South America and are fashionable in Australia. They are short-lived perennials, that have the tendency to reseed but expect some difference in colour combinations when this happens. The Blanket Flowers are related to Asters, daisies and the sunflower family. The binomial name of the Blanket Flower is Gaillardia Aristata. They belong to the family Asteraceae and subfamily Asteroideae. The Blanket Flowers add some hot spice to the garden sporting their rich, brightly flamed coloured blooms. Gardeners grow this breed for its ornamental use and to enjoy the fiery red, yellow fringed blooms with burgundy disc centres, as cut flowers. Description of Blanket Flowers Most of the Blanket Flowers are clump forming perennial herbs. But, there are varieties that are annual, subshrubs and some types of blanket flowers do spread by rhizomes. The stem of the Blanket Flowers reaches the height of 80 cm and grows erect
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Begonias Plant Care

July 3, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Begonias in full bloom grown in a conservatory

Begonias Plant – Types Of Begonias How To Plant And Grow Them Begonias are succulent perennials belonging to Begoniaceae family. This diverse group of plant is well-known for its attractive foliage. Some varieties produce showy blooms as well. Begonias naturally belong to tropical and subtropical regions and hence a perfect option for gardens in Australia. They are ideal for exterior gardens as well as indoor plants. Many varieties can do well in shaded areas and some of them can thrive well in full sun. Begonias can grow 15cm to-2 m tall and comes with bronze to green coloured leaves and with different flower colours. Pruning is needed to keep the plant in shape and not growing leggy. Begonias plants cannot tolerate frost and do not like the cold weather this means they should be protected from all types of cold weather. If you live in a cold climate with frosts your potted Begonia plants should be kept indoors or in a glass house or conservatory. These Begonias are complemented here with Dichondra silver falls plant, spilling over the edge of the 3 tiered concrete planter. Photo Planting Begonias As there are many varieties of begonias, it is necessary to understand the
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Dichondra Argentea Silver Falls

July 3, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Dichondra Silver Falls grows in hanging baskets or spread by runners.

Dichondra Silver Falls And Emerald Falls Requires Very Little Attention Dichondra is a prostrate plant belonging to the same family of morning glory. These are perennial and herbaceous plants native to warm temperate and tropical regions of the world. This ridiculously care free plant spreads easily and has leaves, which are lobed, or kidney shaped and is also called as kidney weeds in Australia. It is ideal for lawns in shady areas, as it forms a ground cover even if sun exposure is very low. The simple to grow plant does not grow more than two inches in height. It can be grown in areas where grass does not grow well. Although it is a low maintenance plant and is also highly drought-resistant. The two important varieties are Dichondra Silver Falls and Dichondra Emerald Falls. Dichondra Silver Falls The trailing plant has beautiful and attractive silver foliage that grows well in full sun, partial shade or complete shade. In shady areas, the plant may grow to a height of 10-15 cm. Planting them at a distance of 25 to 30 cm allows forming an easy groundcover. The good looking silver falls, grown in hanging plant stands or tall containers will
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Baby Sun Rose Plant Care

June 22, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Baby Sun Rose flowering in winter

Baby Sun Rose Plant Aptenia Cordifolia Heart Leaf Ice Plant Aptenia Cordifolia is a succulent plant that belongs to the Iceplant family. It is known for its small, bright hot pink aster like flowers and shiny light green leaves. This plant is edible and commonly known as the baby Sun rose, heartleaf Iceplant or dew plant and these days is in vogue and has become all the rage. But do you know how Useful this plant really is grown in the garden? It is an ideal perennial plant to grow in your homes and is most suited to be grown in hanging baskets or as a groundcover, creeping over retaining walls and has been constantly seen growing along many steep sloping garden banks. The leaves and the stems of this plant are succulent in nature that bares their flowers on the axis of the leaf. The flowers are normally seen in a bright pink colour, redder on dull cool days. The not so common colours are found to be in purple, yellow and white. Some of these coloured flowers are found on variegated types. This plant will flower for most parts of the year except for the cold winters. More
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Statice Plant Propagation Care

June 16, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Growing And Drying Statice Flowers

Statice: Growing Conditions How To Propagate Divide And Dry Statice Flowers Statice (Limonium sinuatum) also known as sea lavender is a favourite annual with colourful blooms and is popularly grown in cutting gardens. The colourful blooms can last long in a vase as a fresh-cut flower or are durable as dried flowers. The plant produces tiny lavender or purple flowers on stems which grow to a height of 70 cm. The leaves are oval shaped and have greyish-green colour. Varieties are found with mauve, pink or white flowers. It is a good choice for low maintenance gardens. The plant needs trimming off dead flowers to encourage blooming. The plant produces flowers from early summer and flowering lasts till the first frost. If you are a gardener looking for flowers that sell well, then growing Statice is a good option. Growing Conditions The Statice plant needs excellent drainage and full sun for flowering. The plant prefers light to medium open sandy soils and is fairly drought resistant. They tolerate heavy frosts and all salty soils this means they thrive well in coastal areas as well as hot dry climates of Australia. Statice can perform well in soils with low or average
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Johnny Jump Up Heartsease Care

May 30, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Johnny Jump Up Heartsease viola wild pansy edible flowers

Johnny Jump Up How To Grow In Your Gardens? Johnny Jump Up or Viola Tricolor (botanical name) belongs to Viola genus and the V.tricolor species. They are part of the Violaceae family and are grown as short lived or annual perennials. The V.tricolor plants are native of Spain and are very easy to grow in gardens. The small plants come with fragrant and dainty booms and they start to bloom mid October, the spring season in Australia. These plants have a creeping habit and reach about 15 cm in height. The flowers are a miniature size version of the pansies but produce a lot more flowers. The plants reach about 1.5 cm in diameter and are seen in purple, yellow, blue and white colours that blend together on the same flower face with whisker markings. The Johnny Jump up plants are pollinated by the bees and has a history of being used as a medicinal plant to treat respiratory issues. They are great plants to be grown on windowsills and in pots or containers in courtyards. I love to grow them, they save you money and provide free flowers from seed for a whole lot of years. Growing Johnny Jump
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Steps To Make Clivias Bloom

May 24, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Growing clivias to see stunning blooms

How to Make Clivias Bloom Every Year? There is no doubt that the Clivia is an attractive flowering plant. But, many people are very skeptical when it comes to growing Clivias in their home garden. The main reason for this is, that they are not able to see blooms on their Clivias like they do in other flowering plants. Many people wait for the flowering season to see the bloom on the Clivia plants and they end up in huge disappointment as the plant refuses to flower. There are many reasons as to why the Clivia does not flower. Why Does Clivia Not Flower? Flowering Size If you are getting a Clivia seedling from a nursery, then you should understand that the plant will take at least 5 years to attain its flowering size. If you thought that the plant would grow and attain its bloom within 2 years, then this is not the plant to grow in your garden. The gardeners would say that the Clivia will bloom after 4 years of age or when there are 11 leaves on the plant. This is just a guide and different Clivia plants will reach maturity at different times. Environmental Factors
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Foxglove Grow Plant Care

May 1, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Foxgloves in my garden

Foxglove Plant Facts – How To Grow And Care For Foxgloves? Foxglove Plants (Digitalia Purpurea) are ornamental biennials or perennials belonging to the family Plantaginaceae. This genus is native to Southwestern and Western Europe and has elongated finger shaped flowers. Flowers are produced on long spikes and the colour mix unveil, a soothing combination from pink to purple, red, yellow, cream or white. Some varieties have many conspicuous darker spots, you can spot these interlining the bottom lip to the throat of each flower. Depending on the variety the spike may reach to a height of 6 feet. A single spike may have 2-80 flowers. Foxgloves flower during late spring and flowering lasts through summer. These plants flower up a magnificent display to the home garden. These old fashioned beauties are at home to a warm sheltered position, planted in an English cottage garden. Foxgloves can also be grown in pots or containers. All plant parts are toxic when consumed and it is necessary to keep children and pets away from this plant. Australian animals that live in the bush such as rabbits, kangaroos and possums never touch foxgloves and know to keep well away from this plant because of
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Alyssum Sweet Alyssum Care

April 30, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Alyssum saxatile

Alyssum Flowers How To Grow Alyssum In Your Garden? The Alyssum is commonly known as Sweet Alyssum or Sweet Alison. It belongs to the family Brassicaceae and is a genus of over 100 to 150 species of flowering plants. They are perennial and annual herbaceous plant. The most common type of Alyssum has white attractive flowers known as carpet of snow and it’s also flowers in yellow – gold dust and pink with purple colours. They are native to the Mediterranean region and are commonly grown in containers or on rock garden or as border plants. Certain facts about Alyssum The scientific name of Alyssum is Alyssum Maritimum or Lobularia Maritime and they mean ‘small pod’ and ‘marine’ in Greek. Normally, they flower in clusters of small flowers and each flower has four petals. The flowers grow approximately 5 mm in diameter. Some of the colours of the flower are yellow, white, pink, lilac, violet and rosy red. The annual flowering plants are small and low growing that grow up to a dwarf height of 2 to 12 inches. The flowers of the Alyssum have a sweet smell and are easily pollinated by insects. The flowers are seen all through
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