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Flower Blog Archive - December 2006

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Planting Flower Beds

I just put my existing flower beds "to bed" for the winter, and already I'm thinking about starting some new ones in the spring! This tutorial in pictures illustrates how to go about planting flower beds.

Save the Wild Flowers!!!

It is very sad to learn that global warming is slowly threatening the wildflowers of the world. It was learnt that in a study by Stanford University in California concludes that one in every five species of wild flower could die out over the next century if levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere double in line with predictions.

In another study by the Botanical Society of the British Isles too, it was found that global warming is affecting the numbers and range of Britain's wild flowers. Until now, the effects of global warming on Britain's plant kingdom have only been detected in the timing of appearing, leafing and flowering. For example, the newspaper said British oak trees are coming into leaf as many as 10 days earlier than they were 30 years ago, and some spring flowers are blooming as early as December.

Hence, it is time to wake up and save the wild flowers from disappearing from the world by reducing the carbon dioxide emissions. Otherwise, we may have to see one day, a world sans flowers.

Brighten your space with winter blooms around

You have to coddle most bulbs to get them to bloom in winter. The better you orchestrate the necessary sequence of heat, light and moisture, the better the blooms.But take heart: A few kinds of daffodils and crocuses can be coaxed into bloom with little or no effort. The easiest daffodils to force into bloom are the Tazettas, which include luminescent Paperwhites as well as golden Soleil d'Or. Most daffodil bulbs need some cold to get roots and flowers going; Tazettas do not.

The only thing Tazettas need to get them going is moisture.Plant them in a flowerpot or even a pebble-filled bowl that is at least 3 inches deep. With staggered planting, you can enjoy the delicate beauty of the blossoms through winter, as late as February.Because they don't need weeks of chilling before getting ready to show themselves, Tazettas are the daffodils to grow for blossoms on or before Christmas. For even earlier blossoms, grow autumn crocuses.

Plant them just as described for the Tazettas. In contrast to the Tazettas, which can't grow outdoors where winters are cold, autumn crocuses can grow outdoors practically everywhere, so you could have them blooming both indoors and outdoors.

A number of crocus species are autumn blooming. One of the prettiest is the aptly named Showy Crocus, whose thread-like, orange stigmas (the male flower parts) poke up through a cup formed of pale blue petals. Read Full Article Winter Blooms

Yuletide Camellia a great holiday shrub

Yuletide CamelliaIt's hard to pass up a shrub with a Christmas name, especially one with festive colors that blooms during the holiday season. Yuletide camellias can be found in many of the same places the more common Camellia sasanquas are located, such as near old homes and public buildings.

Yuletide is an award-winning favorite bearing loads of red flowers coupled with bright yellow stamens. It is considered compact in form. Oddly, many that I see in landscapes want to develop naturally into a conical or Christmas tree shape. With a little selective hand pruning, this would not be hard to accomplish. However, if you prune harder, they develop a nice mounding shape.

We buy most other holiday plants on a yearly basis, but Yuletide is a plant that will bloom every year for the holidays. It also offers the bones and structure needed in the winter landscape because of its evergreen nature.

Sasanquas are more sun-tolerant than the Camellia japonica and usually will withstand temperatures 10 degrees colder in the winter. In the 1983-84 freezes, the sasanquas survived better than the japonicas. All camellias require acid soil, but sasanquas tolerate greater extremes in moisture than will most japonicas. Camellia Sasanquas

Wild Flowers provide a solution to Global Warming

Wild flowers grown on some of the world's least fertile land could provide huge amounts of environmentally friendly biofuel, according to US scientists.

Research has found the naturally occurring mix of plants on the American prairie provide more than twice as much energy as the corn or soybean crops that have previously been considered as sources of biofuel.

The native perennial grasses and flowering plants provide a much better environment for wildlife than a monocrop plantation and converting them into biofuel actually reduces the amount of carbon in the atmosphere while the standard fuel crops add a small amount.
The researchers, writing in today's edition of the journal Science, say that growing mixed prairie grasses on all of the world's degraded or low-fertility land could produce enough bioenergy to replace 13 per cent of petroleum consumption and 19 per cent of electricity consumption across the planet.

For full information Research

Non-invasive Ornamental Plants for an Eco-friendly Garden

Image of Clematis OrnamentalSome of the most popular ornamental plants viz., tallowtree, privet, climbing fern, honeysuckle, etc., grown in our gardens are ferociously invasive. These ornamentals can be a grave threat to the environment as well.

Known as exotic invasive species, these plants, brought from every corner of the world into the United States within the last few centuries, have begun strangling forestland tree canopies and crowding out native fauna on which many insects and other animals depend for survival. The result is a radically altered forest ecosystem.

Recently, Kerry Smith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System home grounds associate and coordinator of the Alabama Master Gardener Program compiled a list of noninvasive ornamental alternatives to many of these species.

In his study, Smith recommends ornamental species which are invasive, some of which include Fothergilla, Vibernums, Chinese Privet, Podocarpus, Japanese Climbing fern, Clematis, Japanese Honeysuckle, etc. Get to know more about Non-invasive ornamentals

Poinsettia Trials Level Hybrid Playing Field

I was looking for information on Poinsettias i found this article very interesting. so i wanted share this article with all of you.

Poinsettias and pansies are two plants that play an important role for most greenhouse operations. Selecting the right varieties to meet customer demand and viability are essential. But, how does a grower find the right variety for their operation? The annual Penn State Poinsettia and Pansy Trial can provide an answer.

On Nov. 9, growers had a chance to see how the varieties stacked up at Dan Shantz Greenhouse and Farm in Lehigh County.For the first time, the trials were conducted in a commercial greenhouse.

To read full article: Poinsettia Trials

Save your garden flowers from deers!

deer resistant garden.jpgOur gardens and the flowers grown in the gardens are a result of a lot of time and effort. We cannot afford to lose those lovely flower gardens to deers. Growing some deer repellent plants in the garden and taking some preventive measures can save the gardens and flowers from deers.

Chester Hill of Roosevelt County Extension had some great ideas on how to keep deers away from our gardens. His ideas include selecting deer resistant landscape and garden plants, use of deer repellent sprays, tree protectors like tree wraps, exclusion practices like permanent woven-wire fencing, etc.

Most effective species of flowerig garden plants that are deer resistant include yarrows, columbines, pinks, bleeding hearts, foxgloves, sunflowers, lavenders, daffodils, etc. Find out more deer repellent garden plants.

Not in a mood for poinsettias....

Well, there are alternatives. I'm sure it would be quite rereshing to see something other than the ubiquitous poinsettias. Sandra Mason from Urbana Champaign explores the alternatives to poinsettias in detail. She also talks about general plant care for the holidays.

Poinsettia Plant Care

Poinsettia ImageThe Flower Expert received a question from a flower lover about the care for Poinsettias. For the benefit of others who are looking for answer to this question, we are publishing the same.

Poinsettias are great potted plants and provide effective color for the home decor during and after the holiday season. Proper care of the plant is a must to be able to maintain its vigor. The following tips would enliven your poinsettia:

Keep your Poinsettia plant near a sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight. Sunlight should be available for the Poinsettia for atleast five hours a day. A window that faces south, east or west is the best location to place your Poinsettia. Do take precaution such that no part of the plant touches the cold windowpane which may injure it.

Let not the soil in the pot dry out. If you feel dryness opf the soil on touching it, do water it until it runs freely out the drainage hole in the container. The pot should be able drain the excess water as waterlogging in the pot is not good for Poinsettia. Waterlogged soil lacks sufficient air, which may result damage of roots. Poinsettias exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering.

Maintain the temperature of the location at 65 to 70 degrees F during the daylight hours for it to maintain its blooming in a good stead. It is a good practice to move Poinsettias to a cooler place at night but it is not a demanding criterion. Because root rot disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 60 degrees F, do not put the poinsettia in a room colder than this. More about Poinsettias

German style of Garden Designing - Mimicing the Nature

German style flower gardenWestpark in Munich, Germany, designed by the famous floral designer Rosemarie Weisse, is the best example of the gardening style of Germany. style mimics natures own design as closely as possible.

In this style of garden designing, the plant selection was not random, but was based on the idea that each site in a garden approximates a natural habitat. By taking that as your cue, employing species found in that same habitat in the wild, and blending and managing them in a similar way, the notion is that you can build communities of garden plants so perfectly adapted to their setting that they also behave and interact as if they were in the wild.

Located in the quaint little town of Friesing you will find the Weihenstephan gardens. This fabulous and fairly new German garden boasts gorgeous flowers such as fox tail lilies and Stachys. The Weihenstephan gardens are used as a teaching flower garden for the University of Munich. All the flowers planted in this German garden are selected for ease of replanting large quantities of flowers and compatibility with the surroundings of the garden.

Another great example of this newly style of designing gardens, the German way, is the Hermannshof Weinnim. This exquisite collection of German flowers is located in Heidelberg Germany. Visitors to this German flower garden will most definitely enjoy the seven different sections of the garden. A very interesting fact about the flowers planted in this outstanding example of German gardening is everything planted here is planted according to soil type to most closely replicate nature's own creation. Read more about this new german style of garden designing.

Flowering Trees

Spring may be far off here in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it! And surely one of the trademarks of spring's arrival is the show put on by flowering trees. This resource looks at both spring flowering trees and specimens that bloom later in the year.

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