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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Borage Plant Offers Many Uses

April 29, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Borage a garden plant with many uses

Borage Plant Flowers All That You Wanted To Know About Borage Plants Borage Plant is an annual herb that is ideal to be grown in gardens. It is commonly known as the Starflower, bee bush or bee bread. This herb has got medicinal properties and its leaves and flowers are edible. It belongs to the flowering plant family Boraginaceae and can be seen in your garden year after year through self-seeding. The binomial name of the plant is Borago Officinalis. Description of Borage In a good year the Borage plant or the Starflower can grow to a height of about 60 to 100 cm. You will see the stems and the leaves of this plant to be slightly hairy. They can spread along the ground prolifically and have the tendency to bloom all through the year in milder climatic regions. The leaves are simple and alternately arranged. The Borage leaves are 5 to 15 cm long. The flowers of this plant are mostly blue in colour and some of the plants will produce pink or white flowers. They are perfect looking flowers with five triangular shaped and narrow petals. These flowers arise in bunches and you can see multiple flowers
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Morning Glory Plant Vine Care

April 27, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Morning Glory Wide Range Of Colours

Morning Glory Vines – How To Grow Morning Glory From Seed? The Morning Glory, growing vines are one of the most common and easy types of flowering vines to grow. This vine is an annual climber with large and fragrant flowers. This means the vines will grow fast and will die each year and reseed if the seeds are let drop on your garden property. The Morning Glory can reseed with lots of new pants the following year, this is how these plants are known to become invasive. The botanical name of the plant is Ipomoea. Popular Varieties The common variety of Morning Glory is the ‘heavenly blue’ variety that has deep blue coloured flowers with white throats. This variety can climb up to 12 feet. The other popular variety of Morning Glory Vine is the Scarlett O’Hara that produces bright red flowers along with a white throat. This variety can climb up to 15 feet. They come in a massive mix of bright colours blue being one of the common colours. The carnival morning glory seeds are exotic and rare in Australia, the colour range is viewed in the hottest colour patterns. If you choose to grow these plants
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Solomon’s Seal Plant Care

April 24, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Solomon's seal grown in cool shady areas

Solomon’s Seal Tips To Grow And Care Solomon’s Seal In A Shade Situation The Solomon’s seal is a well-known unique garden specimen. The hardy long lived perennial herb loves to grow under woody trees with large roots. Of all trees mine is grown under a twenty year old upright willow that has massive tree trunks and a mass of aggressive roots and the solomon’s seal looks very effective growing there with the hellebores. These plants flower during late spring and winter season and the flowers are bell shaped and white in colour with green tips. The stems of Solomon’s seal plant are very thin and therefore once they grow longer this makes them drop down. It is a natural woodland plant and thrives in natural conditions. The binomial name of Solomon’s seal is Polygonatumbiflorum and they belong to the Liliaceae family. The stems of the plant can grow to about 3 feet in height and they curve to bear the green oval leaves and creamy white flower clusters. More about flowers and leaves The Solomon’s seal is an elegant plant that has slender and curvy glabrous stems with leaves that are broad and oval in shape. The flowers of the
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Marigolds Calendula Care

April 22, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Calendula orange yellow pot marigolds

Marigolds How To Grow And Care For Calendula Plants? Calendula or Pot Marigolds is herbaceous annual or perennial plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. Marigolds as I knew these flowers as a child, were among the first plants I saw in the garden. I probably remember them so much because they were sticky and to me back then, they had a bad smell, but I use to love to pluck the flower petals, when the flowers were fully opened. These plants are native to Western Europe, Mediterranean, and southwest Asia. These plants are traditionally used as medicinal and culinary herbs. Marigold Plants have orange or bright yellow flowers. Calendula Plants are easy to grow and the petals of the flower are edible and are plucked from the flower and used to, brighten up and serve with salads. They are also used as a colouring agent for cheese and butter. These plants are frost tolerant and are good as a garden bed plant or container plants for outdoor spaces. The flowering period extends from early summer to the first frost. The double blossoms are about 2.5 to 4 inches in width. They are good to be grown as patio plants or in
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Aster Easter Daisy Care

April 21, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Aster Flowers How To Plant Grow And Care For All Kinds Of Asters? Aster flowers themselves are one inch wide that flower profusely to add plenty attraction and beauty to your landscape during the late summer. They continue flowering, to the end of the autumn period before the weather starts to get cool and the Jack frosts arrives. In Australia the Aster plant is well know as the Easter Daisy or Michaelmas Daisies. The Aster flowers bloom in shades of purple, pink, blue, white and a yellow variety (Aster Lutea or Solidaster Lemore) that add a vibrant look to your perennial garden when they flower. They are delightful loyal hardy flowers that return every year at the same time. It is easy to grow them in pots or plant them in your perennial garden beds. The Aster offers all kinds of flowers on short or tall stems, double and single blooms, all sizes and types are all attractive. They belong to the Asteraceae family and right now there are about 180 different species of Asters that look fantastic. These plants make great cut flowers for home and commercial cut flower growers. About Asters The aster plants are dense and very
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Campanula Carpatica Bellflowers Care

April 20, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Carpathian Bellflower Tussock Bellflower

 Campanula Carpatica – How To Grow And Propagate Bellflowers Campanula Carpatica is commonly known as Bellflowers. It belongs to Campanulaceae family. The term Campanula in Latin means “Little Bell”. The flowers of Campanula plant are naturally bell shaped and long lasting. There are more than 500 varieties of Campanula plants, they are useful as cut flowers, florists love them and use them in floral arrangements. The species include annual, biennial and perennial plants. The height of the plant varieties ranges from 5 cm to 2 m. The leaves are positioned alternately and the shape of the leaves may vary in a single plant. Leaves may have entire or serrated edges and sometimes both types are seen on a single plant. The stems and leaves may have latex. Flower colour varies from shades of purple, lavender, blue, white or pink that were all developed for all sorts of garden use. The flowering period is from late spring until the deadline of summer. Growing conditions Campanulas need full sun to grow and flower honestly. They can also grow well in lightly shaded areas. Plant them in rich and well-draining soil with an average pH of 6-8. They grow best in areas where
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Zinnias Summer Flowers Care

April 15, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Zinnia care

Zinnias Sowing Seeds – How To Grow & Plant Zinnia From Seed To Flowering Zinnias are annuals, native to Mexico belonging to the daisy family. These plants are a great addition to a summer garden as they produce brightly coloured flowers on long stems. The height of the plant varieties varies from 4 inches to 40 inches depending on the variety. These plants have opposite leaves, which are pale green in colour. The flowers come with single row petals to multilayered petals. Zinnias plants are very easy to grow and they grow very quickly. These are heavy bloomers and the flowers are long lasting. They make good cut flowers. They attract butterflies and bees to your garden. The taller varieties of Zinnias are ideal for mixed borders and smaller varieties are good for creating edges and for containers or window boxes. The different varieties are Benary’s giant with big, bright flowers, a gold flame which is mid-height variety, old -Mexico with double flowers and crystal series which are drought-tolerant. How to plant Zinnia? The best way to grow Zinnia is to start the plant from seeds. These plants do not usually thrive transplanting. If the conditions are appropriate, they can
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