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Rambling Roses

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Posted by admin | Posted in Roses | Posted on 25-02-2010

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Rambling Rector

Rambling roses are very similar to climbers, but with more lax, flexible stems, are generally more vigorous than climbing roses. Rambling roses are easier to train on to complex structures such as arches, tunnels and pergolas, or ropes and chains suspended between rigid uprights, provided they are solidly built; most ramblers are vigorous. Unlike climbers, they can succumb to mildew if trained flat against walls. All available cultivars have divided, glossy green leaves, borne on thorny or prickly stems. Ramblers flowers are often scented, arranged singly or in clusters, and are borne during summer. Some bloom only once, others having a lesser repeat flowering later on. Ramblers became hugely popular in Victorian Gardens. Gardeners wanted romance in the garden that same over-stated exuberance they enjoyed inside their homes. Read the rest of this entry »

Basic tools needed to start a flower garden

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Posted by admin | Posted in My home garden | Posted on 12-06-2013

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Starting a flower garden can be a daunting task, with so many things to think about and all kinds of tools and accessories to buy to ensure that it is properly maintained and that the plants survive for as long as possible. In reality, though, it isn’t actually that complicated, and all you need is time, dedication and a few basic tools to get started.

You will also need to plan ahead and make sure that you have plenty of room for the flower garden to grow, as well as somewhere to store everything you need for it. If you don’t have one already, most garden centres sell cheap sheds for garden tools, so you can pick one up when you are shopping for everything else you need. Do some research into the best type of shed for your garden, taking into account height, available space and just how much storage you actually require.
What you’ll need – the basics for beginners:

1) A garden rake

You will need a rake to smooth the surface of the ground on which you plant the flowers, as trying to do it with your hands can be ruinous. A rake will be especially essential during the spring when there are leaves everywhere, and while they may be aesthetically pleasing, they can get in the way of gardening.

2) Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow will allow you to transport bags of heavy soil and other necessary items with ease, and will reduce the chance of any injuries or accidents.

3) Watering can

An obvious one, but easy to forget. You will need to water your plants regularly, and though you can always use a cup or bottle of water to do this, it is easy to over water them via these methods, which can cause them to die; while watering cans are specially designed for the purpose.

4) Shovel and spade

Needed to dig planting holes and soil.

5) Thick protective gloves

Gardening gloves are not a necessity, however they are recommended if you want to avoid getting your hands dirty or hurting yourself at any point in the process.

6) Pruning shears

These will help you maintain your plants, cut off any dead bits and also get rid of anything that interferes with your flower garden, such as weeds, without harming the rest of the plants.

There are lots of other things to decide on before you start and as you go along; for example, what kind of flowers you want to grow, how you want to display and order them, and so on. With right planning, and with this guide, you will no doubt find the process an enjoyable, and not least rewarding, one.

Cluster-Flowered Roses – Floribunda Roses

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database, Roses | Posted on 11-03-2010

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The other broad category of bush roses is cluster-flowered. These very free-flowering bush roses are also known as floribunda roses. Like other roses, floribunda roses come in a huge range of flower and colors but are set apart from the large-flowered bush roses by their large, many-flowered trusses of relatively small blooms. Nearly all are fragrant, some more so than others. They lend themselves well to informal or cottage garden displays, mixing well with herbaceous perennials and other shrubs; remember to consider the color of the flowers when choosing all neighbouring plants, since blooms will continue to appear from early summer to early autumn. Read the rest of this entry »

Large-flowered roses – Hybrid Tea Rosa

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database, Roses | Posted on 10-03-2010

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Rosa 'Alexander'

Bush roses are divided in two broad categories: Large-flowered or Hybrid Teas and cluster flowered or Floribundas. The only difference between these bush roses is the number and shape of the flowers: large-flowered roses have a single bloom on each stem (the classic rose for cutting), cluster flowered roses have several flowers on each stem.

Also known as hybrid tea roses, large flowered deciduous rose shrubs are commonly grown in formal bedding displays, laid out with neat paths and edging. They are distinguished from other roses in that they carry their large flowers singly. The first blooms appear in early summer and repeat flushes continue into early autumn. In a formal bed, group five or six of the same cultivar together, and interplant with some standard roses to add some variation in height. These bush roses also combine well with herbaceous perennials and other shrubs in mixed borders. Read the rest of this entry »

Eustoma – Lisianthus

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 09-03-2010

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Eustoma Mermaid Series is ankle-high stems providing long flowering of pink, white, or black-centered blue flowers. The cultivated Eustoma flower, large funnel-shaped, is often known as Lisianthus, Texas Blue Bell, Prairie Gentian. The Yodel Series provides taller plants. So called Lisianthus is an excellent choice for pots, or filling gaps in patio paving. Lisianthus is very effective for purple wedding arrangements, wedding wrist corsage.

How to grow Eustoma

Provide well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, in full sun.

Spider Flower – Cleome Hassleriana

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 01-03-2010

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Cleome Hassleriana, commonly known as Spider Flower or Spider plant, is a tender annual growing to a height of 150 cm. Spider Flower is a species of Cleome native to South America and southeast Brazil. Cleome Hassleriana is usually cultivated as an ornamental plant, appreciated most for flower colors.

Cleome Hassleriana ‘Helen Campbell’ is the white spider flower and it has stiffy upright, spiny stems and is topped by unusual, beautiful flowers. Our advice is to grow cleomes in bold groups in the middle of a border giving plenty of impact. Read the rest of this entry »

Veltheimia Bracteata – Forest Lily

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 25-02-2010

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Veltheimia Bracteata is a strange beautiful flowering plant native of Hyacinthaceae family. Commonly known as Forest Lily, it’s bulbous perennial with basal rosettes of thick and waxy, strap-like, glossy, dark green leaves, from which upright flowering stems grow in spring, to be topped by a dense cluster of tubular, pink-purple flowers with yellow spots. But the colour of Forest Lily is variable and could be pale pink Veltheimia, dusty pink Veltheimia, orange pink Sand Onion. The Forest Lily blooms during late winter to spring and each flower-head last about o month. Veltheimia Bracteata is an unusual house or conservatory plant where winter protection is needed. Read the rest of this entry »

The poached egg plant – Limnanthes Douglasii

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 23-02-2010

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Limnanthes Douglasii is one of the flowering plants commonly known as poached egg plant or fried egg plant and Douglas’ meadowfoam, native to California and Oregon. It is a popular ornamental plant. The poached egg plant is an upright to spreading annual which produces a profusion of white-edged, yellow flowers from summer to autumn. But the flower color can vary across subspecies. The deeply toothed, glossy, bright yellow-green leaves are carried on slender stems. Douglas’ meadowfoam is perfect for brightening up a rock garden or path edging and very attractive to hoverflies which help control aphids. The fried egg plant is well loved by bees. Read the rest of this entry »

Abutilon

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 18-02-2010

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Abutilon is a genus of almost 150 species of broadleaf evergreens, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees from 1-10m tall. Abutilon is also known as Chinese Bell Flower, Chinese Lantern, Mallow, Indian Mallow, Flowering Maple.

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Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’ is a semi-evergreen shrub bearing dark purple-brown shoots and slender, arching branches. This Abutilon is also called Chinese Lantern, because of its flowers strange shape. The large, bell-shaped flowers, which hang from the branches during summer and autumn, are apricot-yellow and red. The leaves of Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’ are shallowly lobed and dark green. In cold areas, you have to provide it shelter, warmth and support, by training against a warm wall.

How to grow Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’

It grows in well-drained, fertile soil, in sun. Prune Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’ annually in late winter to preserve a well-spaced, healthy framework. Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn-flowering Crocus

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 17-02-2010

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Most people are very surprised to admire Crocus in bloom from September to December, but it is true. There are Autumn-flowering Crocuses, invaluable for their late-flowering, goblet-shaped flowers with showy insides. They are dwarf perennials with underground corms which give rise to the foliage and autumn flowers. The leaves are narrow and mid-green with silver-green central stripes, appearing at the same time or just after the flowers. All types of fall-blooming Crocus are easy to grow in the right conditions, and look excellent when planted in groups in a rock garden. Rapid-spreading crocus, like Crocus ochroleucus, are useful for naturalizing in grass or under deciduous shrubs. Crocus banaticus is effective planted in drifts at the front of a border, but do not allow it to become swamped by larger plants. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring-flowering Crocus

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 16-02-2010

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Crocus chrysanthus

Speaking about bulbs planting, we reminded you of Crocus, a special innocent flower, with a variety of color, from white, to purple flowers. Very special is yellow Crocus, most used in bouquets and flower arrangements. You can read the references of Crocus as a cut flower, if you want to gladden your house with Crocus cut flowers.

Mention of Crocus flowering period, there are spring-flowering Crocus and autumn–flowering Crocus. Read the rest of this entry »

Convolvulus – Morning Glory

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 15-02-2010

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Convolvulus is a genus of approx. 250 species of beautiful flowering plants, common named bindweeds and morning glories. Morning Glories are annual or perennial herbaceous vines and (just a few species) woody shrubs.

We want to present you some of most common Convolvulus species.

Convolvulus Cneorum

Convolvulus Cneorum, also called Bush Morning Glory, is a compact, rounded, evergreen mounding shrub. Bush Morning Glory bears masses of funnel-shaped, shining white flowers with yellow centers, which open from late spring to summer. Its scented beautiful flowers will rejoice your home garden as much as narrowly lance-shaped leaves, silvery-green colored. Convolvulus Cneorum is excellent as a largish plant in a rock garden, or on a sunny bank. As problems of water supply become more acute, consider Convolvulus Cneorum because of its low water needs. Also in area with cold, wet winters, grow in a container and move into a cool greenhouse in winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Red shrubs for rock garden

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database, My home garden | Posted on 11-02-2010

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Enjoy your red rock garden from spring till late summer. Most of the plants below are easily grown and require no special treatment, which makes the plants for a rock garden more attractive: rock gardening can be an addictive hobby. We recommend you to mix these three shrubs for a perfect rock garden: Berberis Thunbergii ‘Bagatelle’, Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ and Leptospermum Scoparium ‘Kiwi’.

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Berberis Thunbergii ‘Bagatelle’, also called Japanese Barberry ‘Bagatelle’, is a small, very compact, spiny, spring flowering, deciduous shrub with deep red-purple leaves which turn orange and red in autumn. The pale yellow flowers are followed be glossy red fruits. Good, as we specified before, for a rock garden, but may not survive in areas with cold winters. Berberis thunbergii ‘Atotpurpurea Nana’ or ‘Crimson Pygmy’ is other small purple-leaved berberis, to 60 cm (24 in) tall. Read the rest of this entry »

Small ornamental onions (Allium)

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 04-02-2010

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Shorter alliums are summer flowering, bulbous perennials for the front of a border or rock garden.

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They form clumps as they establish; some such as Allium moly, will self seed. Speaking of, Allium moly, also known as Golden Garlic and Lily Leek is is a golden wonder, used as a medicinal and ornamental plant. Besides its amazing yellow blooms, Allium moly has grey-green foliage also quite attractive which remains for a fairly long period. The flowers are borne in clustered heads which may be large or small; those of Allium karataviense can be 8 cm (3 in) across despite its small stature. Flowers colours range from bright gold to purple, blue and pale pink. The seedheads are attractive too, lasting well into winter. The strap-shaped leaves are often withered by flowering time. Those of ornamental chives, such as Allium schoenopraesum “Pink Perfection” and the very similar “Black Isle Blush”, are edible. Read the rest of this entry »

Tall ornamental onions (Allium)

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Posted by admin | Posted in Flowers and plants database | Posted on 03-02-2010

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Tall onions grown for garden display are bulbous perennials from the Allium genus; their attractive flowerheads look excellent in a mix border, especially grouped together. The tiny summer flowers are usually massed into dense, rounded or hemispherical heads – like those of Allium giganteum – on they may hand loosely, like the yellow flowers of Allium flavum. When crushed, the strap-shaped leaves release a pungent aroma; they are often withered by flowering time. The seedheads tend to dry out intact, standing well into autumn and continuing to look attractive. Some allium self-seed and will naturalize.

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The gardeners who want to obtain amazing home gardens mix ornamental onion, like Allium bollandicum “Purple Sensation” or Allium cernauum “Hidcote” with pink or purple-flowering perennials such as iris, lavender, salvia, peony, hardy geranium and ornamental grasses such as blue oat grass, blue fescue and fountain grass.

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How to grow ornamental onions

The ornamental onions grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to simulate their dry native habitats. Plant bulb 5-10 cm (2-4 in) deep in autumn; divide and replant older clumps at the same time or in spring. In climates with cold winters, provide a thick winter mulch for Allium cristophii and Allium caeruleum.

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