Category Archives: Floral Gardening

Blue Wild Flowers For Your Garden

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Planting wild flowers in your garden, or simply scattering wild flower seeds around an area of your yard are both ways to take advantage of Mother Nature’s treasured gifts. Wild flowers are carefree, colorful, and tend to attract bees, butterflies and birds. So planting wild flowers not only gives you an easy maintenance flower garden… it also promises to be a constant source of interesting activity throughout the year.

Divide Your Perennials Every 3 to 4 Years For More and Bigger Flowers

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Perennial flowers are a great addition to the garden. You don’t have to plant them new every year and every year they grow larger and produce more and more blooms. Eventually the number of flowers they produce becomes less and less. When that happens, it’s time to dig them up and divide them.

Plant Marigolds for Flowers All Summer Long

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Marigolds are one of the most popular annual bedding plants. Available virtually everywhere garden plants are sold, they’re one of the most-grown annuals in America.

March in The Flower Garden

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Even in the smallest garden there is always plenty to do. March heralds the start of spring when plant growth in the garden begins to accelerate. Here is a handy list of vital jobs to be doing in the flower garden during March to help you keep on top of your gardening at the start of a busy new season.

Growing African Violets and Other Plants Indoors

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If you like to grow African violets and other indoor flowers, herbs and fruits, good thing is that such plants don’t require much space to grow. Depending on the violet plant size, common 5-12 cm (2 – 5 inch) plastic flower pots are usually more than large enough. Sometimes, such pots are even too big.

Tips to Plant a Thriving Flower Garden

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During the summer months, Canadians finally have a chance to relax and enjoy the sun. There is no better way to embrace the warm weather than planting a beautiful flower garden. Not only will it enhance the curb appeal and aesthetics of your front lawn but planting pollinator friendly gardens can act as a great food source for pollinators like honey bees.

July in The Flower Garden

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Mid summer in the garden is the time when you can take some time to relax and admire the fruits of the your labour. The flower borders are in full bloom and the garden is buzzing with life. However, even in the smallest garden there is still plenty to do, from making sure containers and borders are well watered to deadheading roses. So before you get too comfortable in your deckchair, read this short reminder of some of the vital jobs to be getting on with in the flower garden during July.

How to Take Lavender Cuttings

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Lavender has to be one of the most popular of garden plants. Highly versatile, lavender looks the part in a traditional cottage garden setting but is equally at home in a more contemporary garden design. Late summer is the time to increase stock of some of your favourite varieties by taking semi-ripe cuttings. Taking cuttings from lavender plants couldn’t be simpler. Choose a few healthy non-flowering shoots from this year’s growth and follow these few easy steps.

June in the Flower Garden

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June in the garden and the season is in full swing. Even in the smallest garden there is plenty to do at this time of year. From transplanting seedlings you have raised in the greenhouse to cutting back early flowering plants to make way for colourful annuals. So before you put on your boots for a day in the garden, read this short reminder of some of the vital jobs to be doing in the flower garden during June.

5 Easy Steps to an Old Fashioned Cottage Garden

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Cottage garden style is a casual, colorful, easy, beautiful and cheerful celebration of flowers and herbs. I started small and continued to add to my garden. It is much less overwhelming to do ‘baby steps’, rather than to craft a large garden all at once.

Tips on Decorating Your Flower Garden with an Amish Rustic Country Theme

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Along with fascination of the Amish lifestyle and their culture, many visitors to the Amish Communities purchase their rustic handmade crafts to use for décor in their own homes and in their yard and flower gardens. The Amish have their own unique style of outdoor décor, just as they continue their simple quaint lifestyles in a modern electronic age of living.

Ideas for Tiny Flower Gardens

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No matter how tiny the yard, or how big the landscape, there’s always room for one more flower garden. This is one time size doesn’t matter. Whether you want a pocket of bright blossoms or a container of color, flowers fill the bill. Mild winter areas mean you have a longer growing season. Many flowers such as snapdragons considered annuals in frost prone locations are perennial when frost isn’t a problem.

Planting a Wildflower Meadow

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I have a friend who is lucky enough to have a small field attached to her property. Once her old pony sadly died last year, she no longer wanted to use the field for grazing but decided she would like to turn it into a wildflower meadow. Many of our truly wild meadows are fast disappearing, so it is great when someone decides to allow grassland to revert back to nature and help preserve some of the truly beautiful native species of wildflower we have. Creating a wildflower meadow or area is not as difficult as you may think. Here are a few tips and some species you might like to grow.

Amaryllis Bulbs -The Secret to Getting Them to Re-bloom

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Perhaps you received an amaryllis bulb as a gift for the holidays. No other interior flower can add such a volume of delightful color in a home during the long winters than the amaryllis. With so many colors to choose from – white, with streaks of red, various shades of red, orange,and yellow you will certainly want to take care of your plant to insure that it reblooms year after year. It’s not hard to do once you know the secrets.

Types of Fall Flowers

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Flowers are simply wonderful. Whether as an outdoor ornament or an indoor decoration, you can never go wrong with having them around. We all know different flowers bloom at a specific time of the year, showing its beauty at the most perfect time. There is practically no shortage of different beautiful flowers that bloom all year long, may it be the cold harsh winters or the sizzling hot summers, flowers are always there to brighten the day. In this article we are going to discuss about the different types flowers that bloom during the fall or autumn season and some of the few examples will be mentioned as well. So without further ado, here are the different types of fall flowers for you.

Rose Gardening – Tips for Successful Rose Gardening

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Rose gardening is an extremely rewarding part of the home landscape that has somehow gotten a reputation for being difficult to maintain and grow. Don’t let this rumor discourage you, because while rose gardening can be challenging, once you get started, it is an extremely enjoyable experience.

How and When to Divide Perennial Plants

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Perennial plants should be divided every couple of years to ensure that they grow with the same vigor without getting stressed. Beginners might think that it is difficult but the fact is that perennials can be divided easily in the garden.

A Guide About Chrysanthemum Flower Types

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Native to Asia Minor. A beautiful little hardy herbaceous perennial with a sub-shrubby habit, up to high. Its almost prostrate branches are clothed with finely cut silver-white foliage with a characteristic scent. The small yellow, attractive, daisy-like flowers are freely produced throughout the summer. An excellent rock-garden plant.

Sunflower Seed Treatment and Seeding Practices

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Treating sunflower seed with a fungicide may be considered where seeding is done very early when the soil is still cold and germination is delayed. Where wireworms are a problem, use an insecticide seed treatment.

Fuchsia

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(pronounced: fyoo-shuh)

Named after Leonhard Fuch, German botanist. Origin: Mexico, Argentina and Chile

(Also known as:  Lady’s eardrop)

Anemone (Anemone Pulsatilla)

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(pronounced: a nay moh’ nay)

Greek : anemōnē means “daughter of the wind”

(Also known as:  Easter flower, Dane’s Blood, Pasque Flower, Windflower, Prairie Smoke, Wild Crocus)

The Ancient History of Rose Plants – Floribunda, Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea and Polyantha Roses – Part 1

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The history of roses begins long before one would imagine. Roses were here long before the first human beings set eyes on them, fell in love with them and began writing about the genus Rosa in song and poetry that celebrated their romantic beauty in color and form. They were here millions of years before the first gardeners began creating the world renowned public and private gardens that further enriched humanity’s love affair with the 150 species that were spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere of planet earth.

Exploring the History of Sunflowers

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Sunflowers have been cultivated and harvested by many cultures for at least 4,500 years. They’ve been used for a variety of purposes that range from culinary to medicinal. While most people can immediately envision a crop of sunflowers, few realize the important role they’ve played in history. In this article, we’ll provide a brief overview of sunflowers in an historical context. We’ll explain their origin and describe how they’ve been used for generations. You’ll also learn how the sunflower was discovered by those who traveled from other countries.

Wildflower Seeds – Ten Reasons Why You Should Plant

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Native wildflowers are those that were growing naturally in the landscape before the first settlers arrived from Europe. Ever since that time more and more plants have been introduced from around the world with very mixed results. Although many of the imports are now prized garden specimens, others are regarded as invasive weeds whose cultivation is actively discouraged eg Japanese Knotweed. The benefits of growing wildflowers are many, but here are just a few:

Storage Tips for Sunflowers

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The manner in which you store your sunflowers can play an important role in the preservation of your seeds (as well as the ease with which they’re unloaded). For example, if there is excess moisture during storage, it’s possible for the moisture to freeze the seeds, causing breakage. This happens often when they’re harvested early and stored without proper drying. Harvesting them early can help limit the potential for bird damage and shattering, but the seeds must be dried before storage. In this article, I’ll provide a few tips for storing your sunflowers properly to prevent them from being damaged.

Full Sun Perennial Plants

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Full sun perennial plants are excellent for areas that receive an average sunlight of 6-7 hours on a daily basis. These plants are specific about their requirements and they perform best when planted in areas that receive full sunlight.

Planting an Organic Cut Flower Garden

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Most of the time we plant gardens just to look at them. We go to the nursery and find little 6 packs of garden plants and organize them in the garden to grow and bloom in an artistic pattern. This works well, but it is so hard to bring those beauties inside and put them in a vase when they look so nice outside. With a cutting garden you are not trying to create a perfect landscape, rather you want a garden that will work for you and produce copious amounts of cut flowers.

Planting Lavender is an Easy Spring Garden Project

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Planting lavender is a great way to start off the spring gardening season. A little effort now will pay off for years to come as this low maintenance perennial yields its aromatic and useful blossoms. Purchase a plant from a nursery, choose the right location, prepare the soil and plant. Just add a little fertilizer and water and watch it grow. Following these simple tips will provide a high likelihood of success.

Oriental Poppy Seeds – Germinating and Caring For Oriental Poppies (Papaver Orientale)

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Producing the best from your Oriental poppies

Poppies are a vibrant part of many gardens, and for some of the most incredible plants of the family, Oriental poppy seeds (Papaver Orientale) can be grown and nurtured at home.

A Chocolate Lovers Garden

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For those who crave chocolate and can’t get enough can now savor the sweetness without gaining a pound or feeling guilty. Plant a chocolate lover’s garden!

Popularity of Container Gardening Blooms

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Container gardening is more popular than ever. According to research conducted by Dynamic Design, the average household today has 4.2 planters. And why not? Ideal for urban or rural lifestyles, container gardening offers more mobility and flexibility than traditional gardening. It can provide year-round satisfaction as well as the opportunity to bring the outdoors inside.

This Spring Take a Walk on the ‘Wildflower’ Side

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Springtime. Time to start thinking about your flower beds and curb appeal. If you’re tired of the same old annuals, or too many choices leave you bewildered where to begin, this spring consider thinking outside the planting box. Plant wildflowers. Lots of them.

Cut Flowers – Tips and Tricks to Help Them Last Longer

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How to make cut flowers last longer.

The $5.00 Garden of Dreams

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It was the beginning of May, and it was already hot. The thermometer on the outside wall read 96 degrees, and it was only 10 am. I sat in my air conditioned kitchen and looked out the window into the backyard. I sipped my coffee and gazed at the thick green grass….I was really pleased with the color of the sod.

Planting Bulbs for Springtime Flowers

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Its time to start planning ahead for a dazzling showcase of spring flowers. Plant an assortment of spring blooming bulbs before the first frost such as Lily of the Valley, Daffodils, Tulips, Crocuses, Bearded Irises, and my favorite flower the Hyacinth.

Hollyhock – Alcea rosea

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Hollyhocks, they are useful in the treatment of chest complaints, and a decoction is used to improve blood circulation, for the treatment of constipation, dysmenorrhoea, haemorrhage etc

Lavender- Lavandula angustifolia

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Lavender is a very ornamental plant that is often grown in the herb garden and is also grown commercially for its essential oil. There are several named varieties. Has many uses including medicinal, edible, tonics, aromatherapy and more.

How to Grow Yarrow in Your Flower Garden

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Yarrow, also known as Achillea, is one of the easiest grown and most popular flower garden mainstays in the world. Originally from Europe, the yarrow is found in the wild throughout North America. The yarrow is known for its distinctive large, flat clusters of flowers on the top of its stem. Yarrow comes in white, yellow, orange, pink or red and can be used as filler or as a border. Yarrow ranges in height from 6 to 36 inches and has very aromatic foliage. This article will discuss how to grow yarrow in your flower garden.

Plant Lilacs for Fragrant Beauty

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What is your first thought when you see a lilac bush? Do you think of your grandma or an older couple that had the beautiful bushes in their yard? Lilac bushes used to be a staple in every yard, but they are becoming less and less common. If people understood the benefits of having a lilac bush in their yard, maybe they would become popular again.

Lilac Bushes are Prized for their Beautiful, Fragrant Flowers

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Lilac bushes grow throughout the United States and are prized for their hearty nature and low maintenance as well as for their beautiful, fragrant flowers. Used often as an alternative to hedges for privacy and shade, lilacs are late bloomers, flowering for about two weeks in the late Spring or early Summer, depending on the variety.

Classifying Flowering Plants

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You should be familiar with the plants you intend to plant. Your knowledge in classifying and naming plants would give you the right choice to select which one is suited to your place, soil, temperature, and other requirements your plants needs in their growing period.

Rose Gardening in Late Fall

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The months of November and December can be an awkward time for many rosarians. While the growing season is coming to and end, the winter hibernation season has not yet begun. Some of us just don’t know what to do with ourselves or our rose bushes during this period of time.

Dwarf Korean Lilac

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When you choose a lilac you are planting a shrub that is part of our American heritage – some have even called the lilac the “apple pie of shrubs.

A Beginners Guide to The Rose Garden

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Roses are one of the most popular domesticated plants around the world today. Protected and treasured, they hold universal appeal; whether around the cottage doorway or the grandest palace grounds. Today there is a rose for every place and purpose, from the formal garden, arbors, trellises and fences to hedges, accent plants and decorative features on patios or terraces. One of the most versatile plants, the rose is an exciting plant for any one interested in gardening.

The Fragrant Garden

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“Of all the ingredients we employ in the creation of a garden, scent is probably the most potent and the least understood. Its effects can be either direct and immediate, drowning our senses in a surge of sugary vapor, or they can be subtle and delayed, slowly wafting into our consciousness, stirring our emotions and coloring our thoughts.

Butterfly House in The Flower Garden

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Whenever you decide to look for a butterfly house for your flower garden, you first have to determine what it is you actually want. A search for butterfly houses will yield two different types. There is the type of butterfly house that contains butterflies and their nectar plants. These type of butterfly houses are actually structures created for the specific reason of providing a safe and enclosed space in which to study the butterflies.

Studies Show Flowers can Enhance Well-Being

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A beautiful bouquet of flowers may be one of the healthiest gifts you can give — and we’re not talking calories.

5 Tips For Planting Roses

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When spring is on its way and the ground is soft, it is the perfect time for planting roses. Roses have been a very popular bloom over the years, not only do they look good, but they smell wonderful too.

Catch Orchid Fever

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From corsages pinned to prom dresses to exotic specimens in greenhouses, orchids are the most glamorous flowering plants in the world, but few know just how easy orchids are to grow and how affordable they’ve become.

The Rose: The Queen of Flowers Blossoms in Summer Arrangements

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You can’t help but notice that roses are blooming all over. During the summer months, this ever-popular flower, also known as “The Queen of Flowers,” is at the height of blossoming. With almost 120 varieties available, roses are a classic favorite, ranking as the number one choice of almost 85 percent of flower buyers and receivers.