Chain Of Hearts As I Know It

February 15, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine


How to Grow and Propagate String Of Hearts The chain of hearts, string of hearts or rosary vine are some common names of Ceropegia woodii. This ornamental houseplant is a native to Southern Africa. This perennial plant belongs to milkweed subfamily. Even though this is an evergreen climber with a stringy purple coloured stem, the trailing stems make it a good choice for a hanging plant. You can also make them grow on a trellis by winding up the stems on the support. The trails of the vine can reach 12’ long in its natural habitat. When grown as houseplants it can grow to 2’ to 4’. Plant Description The leaves are heart-shaped and opposite in arrangement on the stem. The colour of the leaves is dark green with silver marbled effect on the upper side and purple or green on the underside. I have noticed when grown indoors the leaves may have light green or cream colour due to poor light. The tubers of the plant grow along the vine giving the effect of beads on the rosary and hence the name rosary vine. The plant produce blooms mainly during summer and autumn. The flower may appear at other
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Bulbine Frutescens Plant Care

February 7, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Bulbine Frutescens plant uses propagation growing tips

Growing Bulbine Frutescens In Your Garden Bulbine Frutescens also known as snake flower or burn jelly plant is a popular flowering plant ideal for the water-wise garden. This plant is indigenous to South Africa. This succulent plant is fast growing and has long flesh leaves and clasping stems. They form clumps and have adventitious roots and star-shaped flowers with 6 petals are produced in clusters on elongated flowering stems. The blooming time is spring and flowers have yellow or orange colour. The yellow coloured fluffy stamen makes the flower more attractive. While the name of the plant is misleading as the plants do not develop bulbs. Nevertheless the plant is also grown for it’s medicinal value. The plant requires the least care and will add beauty to your garden throughout the year. If you are looking for a drought resistant ground cover, then Bulbine Frutescens are the ideal choice. The fruit of the plant is capsule shaped and bears three chambers which contain black seeds. Growing tips These plants can be grown anywhere as they are drought and frost resistant. They can be grown even in pots kept in a balcony. At my place this plant can survive with very
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Orris Root: Method For Perfumes Cosmetics Gin

January 12, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Orris Root - method for perfumes cosmetics and Gin

All about Orris Root Plant Orris root is extracted from the aromatic rhizomes of three types of bearded irises. I grow these three types of irises used for Orris root preparation in my garden. They are iris Florentina, Iris germanica, and iris pallida – my image. Irises are perennial plants with beautiful blooms and are grown around the world. The bearded Irises have a sweet fragrance and iris pallida has the best fragrance out of the three. It will take 2 to 3 years for the iris plant to mature. Plants are harvested at this stage and it is used in various ways after drying it. The main ingredient of Orris root is myristic acid. The drying period may vary according to the product prepared using Orris root. If used for perfumes or for the potpourri, the rhizome should dry for at least 2 years. For the preparation of gin, it is dried for at least 5 years. Harvesting the Rhizomes Irises are slow growing plant variety and hence it will take at least 3 to 4 years for the rhizomes to mature. To harvest the rhizomes, pull out the plants during autumn and clean the soil and debris from
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Toad Lily Flower Plant Care

January 2, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Toad Lily Grow Best Full Shade All Day

Toad Lily Plant Grows In Shade Gardens Toad Lily Plants are also known as the Hairy Toad Plants. They are hardy perennial plants that belong to the lily family. The binomial name of the Toad Lily Plant is Tricyrtis Hirta and it belongs to Liliaceae family and the order Liliales. They are native to Japan and are seen commonly on stream banks and shaded rocky terrains. The flowers are the most attractive part of the Toad Lily Plant, they have thick and waxy flowers. The plant blooms from whitish to pale purple colours. These plants are most suited for beds and borders, waterside and for ground covers. More About Toad Lily Plant The flowers of the Toad Lily Plant are bell-shaped or star-shaped depending on the variety of the plant. The flowers will be blooming on the axles of the plant. The stems of the plant are upright and arched. These stems hold the attractive looking flowers. Even though the flowers of the Toad Lily Plant come in different colours, most of the flowers will have clear spots seen on them. This is how the Toad Lilies are recognised. They reach a height of 1 to 3 feet and the
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Saffron Crocus How To Grow

December 28, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Saffron Crocus Expensive Delicacy Home Cooking Needs

Saffron Crocus- How to Grow Them and Use Them in Cooking Saffron crocus or crocus sativus is the plant from which the spice “saffron” is obtained. The bright orange–red filaments seen inside the flower is the spice used to flavour foods. Saffron has been in use as spice for more than 3500 years. It grows well in East Asia, Mediterranean, and many other parts of the world as well. Because of the lightness of the saffron spice, it is expensive, as it needs huge number of flowers to produce useful amount of spice. The saffron plant grows from the corm or bulb. It can reach to height of 10 to 30 cm. The plant produces purple flowers during autumn. The filaments are the stigma of the plant and each flower will contain three stamens and one style. You can grow saffron plant in your garden to get the saffron for your home cooking needs. Growing Saffron Crocus Make sure that you get quality saffron bulbs to plant in your garden. Saffron plant requires well draining soil with good organic content and full sun to grow. During summer the bulbs remain dormant. Plant the corms in garden bed or in containers
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Rudbeckia Care And Propagation

December 16, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Rudbeckia care and propagation

How To Plant And Care For Rudbeckia? Rudbeckia has become one of the most common flowering plants that are seen growing in many home gardens. It is also known as the coneflowers, brown-eyed Susan, cone disk sunflower, or the black-eyed Susan. These flowering plants have showy flowers and belong to the sunflower family. They come in a wide variety of species and you can find both annual and perennial Rudbeckia. These plants can occupy a major portion of your garden as they spread very quickly. Once the weather warms up bloom period is in summer and autumn, they can easily create a yellow blanket over your garden area. In cold neighbourhoods they will most likely be winter dormant. More About Rudbeckia The Rudbeckia are herbaceous plants that are mainly perennial with some species annual and biannual. Rudbeckia plants can grow from 0.5 to 3 meters tall. They have simple or branched stems and the leaves of these flowering plants are arranged spirally and are about 5 to 25 cm long and are deeply lobed. The flowers come out in yellow or orange florets that are arranged in a cone-shaped head. This is why they are known as cornflowers. The florets
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Edible Society Garlic Sweet Smelling

December 5, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Society Garlic back into fashion with councils

How to Plant and Care for Society Garlic Society garlic or Tulbaghia violacea is an ornamental plant with violet or purple flowers and leaves with garlic smell. The plant gets its name society garlic from the clump-forming nature and the garlic smell of the leaves. The blossoms of the plant, however, lack the pungent smell. These plants are also known as pink agapanthus and they belong to Alliacea, the onion family. The plant is indigenous to Southern Africa, but is naturalised in other parts of the world like Tanzania. This clump-forming perennial can be used as borders, in garden beds, rock gardens or as edging plants in gardens. They will last for days when used as cut flowers. The fragrance of flowers will attract bees and birds. Controlling the growth of the plant is easy as they are non-invasive. Plant description The clump of society garlic grows to a height of 30 cm. The leaves are strap-like and greyish green in colour. Lilac or purple flowers are star-shaped and flowering season is from early summer to autumn. Flowers are produced on a leafless stalk, which are 1 to 2 feet tall. Each stalk will hold 7 to 20 flowers. You
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Growing Caring Rosea Ice Plant

November 17, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Rosea Ice Plant How To Grow For Best Results

Rosea Ice Plant Or Drosanthemum Floribundum How I grow It Drosanthemum Floribundum is a spreading succulent belonging to the family Aizoaceae. When in bloom, this plant puts on a big show that gives the illusion of a pink or purple blanket on the ground. The dense mat forming groundcover forms a smothering mass of tiny daisy like flowers along the stems of this low creeping plant. This plant has a woody stem and fleshy leaves which are cylindrical in shape. The plant grows to a height of only 4-6 inches and can spread 3-6 feet wide forming a good weed suppressant. The Rosea Ice plant is tolerant to heat and salt and is ideal for rock gardens, pool sides and as good replace for grass in lawns. As they are drought tolerant, they can be used for xeriscaping. These perennials form a good evergreen ground cover. Avoid planting them in areas with foot traffic, as the leaves do not withstand trampling. Blooming occurs during late spring or during early summer. Right now and for the past year or so I have been training my pink Rosea Ice Plant to grow up and along a chicken wire fence. Growing conditions This
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Primulas Annual Or Perennial

October 31, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Primula Primrose Polyanthus Outdoors Care

Growing And Caring For Primula Primrose Or Polyanthus Primula is a herbaceous ornamental flowering plant belonging to the family Primulaceae. Primulas are also called as Primrose or Polyanthus. They are planted grown or cared for either as an annual or perennial. This plant was first discovered in Yunan province in China Primula is native to the tropical mountains in Indonesia, Ethiopia and New Guinea and temperate regions of South America. Primula includes more than 500 species and half of them exist in the Himalayan region. Some of the most popular species of the plant include Primula vulgaris, Primula Acaulis, the delicate flowers of fairy Primrose or Primula Malacoides, Obconica or Poison Primrose and Primula Sinensis. These flowering plants are a good addition to your garden in Australia. They are also suitable for growing in containers and pots or in hanging baskets or you might want to create a spring window box. This will bring the most welcoming colour to your window from outside. These plants grow prostrate on the ground and are available with different coloured flowers. The leaves form a short rosette of tongue shape leaves around the flowers, some types are dark green others are light in colour.
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Marigolds In The World Care

October 20, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

French Marigolds Tagetes patula

How To Grow And Care Marigold Tagetes African French Signet Marigolds The marigold flower is one of the most common planted annuals in the world. The long lasting companion flowers with their bold odour can be used to attract pollinators to your garden in particular bees and butterflies. Each one of them is so easy to grow from seed except the mule Marigolds, the seeds are sterile. The marigold thrives in full sun and has to be grown in areas where there is afternoon shade in hot climates. They are not particular about the soil, but will grow well in well-draining soil. They will produce more flowers and less foliage if grown in soil that is not very rich. Marigolds are a vegetable gardeners favourite flower. There are quirky little marigolds out there, that come in fun bi-colours with bold stripes in deep burgundy and a bright shade of yellow, these are sure to brighten up your summer garden, these are called the court jester marigold. They will grow in most areas in Australia and are sure to give an impressive display, scattered around your garden. There are so many marigolds available that it can be very confusing and daunting
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