Tuscan Sun Rose

April 26, 2015

 Tuscan Sun Rose:

Tuscan Sun Rose will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This rose does best in full sun to partial shade & evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

The flower will have glowing apricot blooms with hot pink edges and dark green, glossy foliage for a backdrop.

-mild fragrance

-well suited for containers as a landscape accent, or a flowering hedge

Data Source: http://plants.tlcgarden.com/12170006/Plant/10691/Tuscan_Sun_Rose

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Fritillaria imperialis (Crown imperial or Kaiser’s crown) is a species of flowering plant of the genus Fritillaria, family Liliaceae, native to a wide stretch from Anatolia and Iraq across the plateau of Iran to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Himilayan foothills. It is also widely cultivated as an ornamental and reportedly naturalized in Austria. The common names and also the epithet “imperialis” refer to the large circle of golden flowers, reminiscent of an emperor’s crown.

Data Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritillaria_imperialis

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Fritillaria imperialis grows to about 1 m (3 ft) in height, and bears lance-shaped, glossy leaves at intervals along the stem. It bears a prominent whorl of downward facing flowers at the top of the stem, topped by a ‘crown’ of small leaves, hence the name. While the wild form is usually orange-red, various colours are found in cultivation, ranging from nearly a true scarlet through oranges to yellow. The pendulous flowers make a bold statement in the late spring garden; in the northern hemisphere, flowering takes place in late spring, accompanied by a distinctly foxy odour that repels mice, moles and other rodents.

Due to the way that the bulb is formed, with the stem emerging from a depression, it is best to plant it on its side, to prevent water causing rot at the top of the bulb.  Fritillaria imperialis requires full sun for best growth, and sandy, well-drained soil for permanence. After flowering and complete drying of the leaves, the stems should be cut off just above the ground.

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Lilac Breasted Roller

April 18, 2015

The lilac-breasted roller is the national bird of both Kenya and Botswana and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful birds with its pastel plumage, striking field marks and long tail streamers. It is a member of the roller family of birds and is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula preferring open woodland and savanna. The average size of this bird is 14.5 inches. Its washed green head is large, the neck is short and the greenish yellow legs are short and small feet. The beak is strong, arched and hooked-tipped. The tail is narrow and of medium length. The back and scapulars are brown. The shoulder of the wing, outer webs of the flight feathers and the rump are all violet. The underparts are greenish blue. The bill is black and the eyes are brown. It has large wings and strong flight.

Genders are similar with a white or creamy buff face with a dark eye line and prominent rictal bristles. The chin is white, auriculars are dark tan with a purple wash and the throat and upper breast are purple, most often a lilac shade but with some hue variation and darker shades lower on the body.

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This bird is usually absent from treeless places and is usually found alone or in pairs where it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points where it can spot lizards, scorpions, snails, smaller birds and insects moving around at ground level. The Lilac Breasted Roller feeds on grasshoppers, beetles, occasionally lizards, crabs, and small amphibians taking their prey from the ground.
Lilac-breasted Roller: Photo by Photographer Louis Blair – photo.net

Lilac-breasted Roller

The lilac-breasted roller makes its nests in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2 to 4 eggs is laid and incubated by both parents who can get extremely aggressive in defending their nest from other raptors and predators. The male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives during the breeding season uttering harsh cry. They are territorial, also defending temporarily small feeding territories; hence individuals are regularly spaced along roads. They drive off many species from near their nest hole, even after breeding.

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Johnson Brothers was most known for its early introduction of semi-porcelain tableware with famous designs such as Eternal Beau, Dawn, Old Britain Castles and Historic America. The manufacturing company was founded by four brothers Alfred, Frederick, Henry and Robert whose father married the daughter of Alfred Meakin, a master potter. They specialized at first in the manufacture of durable earthenware called “White Granite” which was a remarkable success leading to a rapid expansion. Johnson Brothers china has remarkable detail and fine quality, offering variety of patterns from Scenic holiday engravings to more traditional decor. With Johnson Brothers china, you can be assured of beauty, quality, and years of trouble-free service. They created dinnerware that had delicate characteristics of fine china but with the durability of ironstone.

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The 1950s saw the production of award-winning designs like Old Britain Castles and Historic America which garnered the company the award of Queen’s Award to Industry twice for their contribution to the British economy. With the Old Britain Castles, the Johnson Brothers celebrates the rich heritage of the British Isles. Each piece depicts an 18th century landscape containing an actual castle, with its name and date inscribed below the scene. Made of fine earthenware, the collection consists of a full range of dinnerware and accessories that are perfect for any table setting. The pink Johnson Brothers Old Britain’s Castle pattern was first introduced in 1930 consisting of a full range of dinnerware and accessories, including some with a Christmas motif perfect for any table setting. Each piece is a mark of unique craftsmanship that is freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Customers on both sides of the Atlantic have enjoyed the quality and durability of Johnson Brothers china for more than a century.

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Darwinia meeboldii is one of the Western Australia’s endangered flowering plants. These plants are found only in the Stirling Range, despite being found in more places in Australia 100+ years ago. They grow in sandy areas and flower from October to December.

These bell flowers grow on a shrub to 3-10 feet in height.  The ‘Cranbrook Bell’ is not always happy in a general garden setting, but with a little care will last and bloom for years if potted in a good potting mix and fed with weak liquid fertilizer. Plants for sale to the general public were grafted on to the much hardier Darwinia citriodora rootstock. This tended to be a long and costly process, and the use of cuttings is now a more common method of propagation.

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Butterfly Bush

April 15, 2015

Looking for a guaranteed butterfly and hummingbird magnet? Plant a Butterfly Bush.

Butterfly Bush is fast-growing, deciduous shrub with long, with arching shoots that will reach heights of 6 to 8 feet. It is a large, arching shrub that produces masses of flowers in midsummer to fall. Flower colors include blue, pink, red, violet, yellow, and white, and the shrub grows 5 to 10 feet tall and wide, depending on the variety. Butterfly bushes grow well in shrub or perennial borders, and the fragrant flowers can be used for cutting.

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Planting Butterfly Bush is ideal for planting in spring or fall, spacing plants 5 to 10 feet apart depending on the variety. Using a garden fork or tiller, prepare the garden bed by loosening the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. In the pot you’re planting the plant dig a hole twice its size in diameter. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root-ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root-ball and firm the soil gently and remember to water thoroughly.

Each spring, apply a thin layer of compost each spring followed by a 2 to 4 inch layer of mulch to control weeds and retain moisture. Prune back old growth almost to the ground early each spring before any new growth emerges. To nurture butterfly bush through cold Northern winters, spread mulch up to 6 inches deep around the trunk. Plants will die down, but re-sprout in late spring.

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Butterfly bush’s flower spikes are an irresistible lure to butterflies and hummingbirds all summer long. The plants have an arching habit that’s appealing especially as a background in informal flower borders. In warmer climates, butterfly bushes soon grow into trees and develop rugged trunks that peel.

Prior to planting Butterfly Bush, best to check local restrictions first as they can be quite an invasive pest in certain areas.

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Distant Drums Rose was bred by Dr. Griffith J. Buck in 1984 in the United States. This rose produces clusters of pointed brunette buds that swirl open to reveal ruffles washed with orchid pink. The blooms are large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered in small clusters in globular bloom form. Distant Drums Rose blooms in flushes throughout the season, each stem of this rose holds its own bouquet of big, ruffled flowers.

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Distant Drums grows much like a Floribunda in habit, drumming out clusters of pointed brunette buds that swirl open to reveal ruffles washed with orchid pink. This novel rose is both hardy and vigorous and is USDA zone 5b through 9b and can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden.

Sam Kedem Nursery describes the flowers as being a “symphony in colors” — a tan-mauve blend transforms colors by the day from red in the unopened stage to yellowish when fully open. Distant Drums Rose has a strong anise, myrrh fragrance making it an outstanding rose. Distant Drums is difficult to propagate from cuttings, but makes a strong, healthy plant with most unusually colored blooms of rich fragrance. Blooms when fully open recall lotus blossoms, often with dusky purple lower petals and buff, or parchment, upper petals. This is truly a wonderful rose and definitely one of Griffith’s rose.

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White Browed Rose Finch

April 11, 2015

The White Browed Rose finch is a large brightly colored rosefinch, both sexes with distinct plumage.  Male has deep ping rump and underparts, and a long pale supercilium tipped with white; pale pink or whitish tips to median coverts, slightly duller tips to greaters.  Female similar to other female rosefinches, but nominate has deep yellow rump and warm brown on breast (whiter in other races).

Habitat – Common in summer, found only at high altitudes between 7500 ft and 10000 ft, on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border and in Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Western China.

Data Source: Finches and Sparrows (by Peter Clement)

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Granny’s Bonnet scientific name “Aquileria vulgaris Dorothy Rose is a very stunning rose with distinctive flower with each one having several blooms set inside one another. These rose-pink flowers are held well above blue-gray foliage on dark stems that add to the appeal. The unique hose-in-hose style blooms of ‘Dorothy Rose’ looks like several flowers set inside of each other, resembling a ruffled ballerina’s dress. Granny’s Bonnets have been around for centuries and are among the most popular of perennials. This glorious and delightful rose-pink flowers that arise 18-24″ above bluish-green foliage lends the whimsical air of a ruffled ballerina’s dress to your garden.

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This rose is quite popular because of its easy germination process which is best started indoors. Start by freezing the seed packet (dry) for about 5 – 7 days. Surface sow on good seed starting mix. pressing the seeds into the mix gently, do not cover the seed with mix. Moisten mix and place container in a location where it can get sufficient light. It should germinate in approximately 15 to 20 days.

Watch out for powdery mildew and rust which is most likely to occur during dry summers, caterpillars, aphids and leaf miners can also be a problem. Leaf miners tunnel through the surface of the leaves during the spring, leaving an unsightly foliage so watch out for them. The remedy for this is to cut the whole plant down to the ground after they finish flowering, the leaf miner larvae are gone by the time the second new growth begins.

 

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