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Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan ( 5 hours from Tokyo, if you take the Nozomi high speed train) is where you will find this pastel-colored fairy tale tunnel.

The gardens are home to about 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species (white, blue, purple, violet-blue and pink). This is the reason why the Wisteria tunnel is so colorful and graceful.  The Kawachi Wisteria Garden only opens seasonally in spring and autumn (approximately middle of April to end of May, and mid November to mid December). Its main feature are the beautiful wisteria vines planted over an 110 meter long tunnel, an 80 meter long tunnel, two domes, and a large trellis the size of several tennis courts.

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Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (1)

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Creme De La Creme Phlox

February 8, 2016

Creme De La Creme Phlox has it all – lovely cream and pink 5-6″ flower heads, an intoxicating fragrance, and a long blooming season that starts in early summer.  This elegant, hardy hybrid will provide you with beautiful bouquets all summer.

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Everlasting Revolution Hydrangea is one hydrangea you have to see to believe!  As the flowers age, they change from one amazing color to the next – pink to maroon to true blue.  And, since the plant blooms on both old and new wood, it is the most consistent (and gorgeous) re-blooming hydrangea ever.  With a variety of colors on each plant, and long-lasting strong flowers that give months of enjoyment, Everlasting Revolution Hydrangea is sure to revolutionize your garden!

 

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Be sure to give Everlasting Revolution Hydrangea consistently moist soil and a bit of shade and this 3′ X 3′ plant will be a joy in your garden for years to come.

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Crescendo Hybrid Tea Rose

February 3, 2016

Crescendo begins with creamy white pointed buds that result in enormous 5″ blooms tinged in pink.  With a strong honeysuckle/rose fragrance and superb disease resistance, this beauty is definitely the star of the show.   The plant reaches 5-6 feet, so make sure you have room or are ready to prune.

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Pink Camellias

September 17, 2015

Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species, with some controversy over the exact number. The genus was named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, who worked in the Philippines, though he never described a camellia. This genus is famous throughout East Asia; camellias are known as cháhuā (茶花) in Chinese, “tea flower”, an apt designation, as tsubaki (椿) in Japanese, as dongbaek-kkot (동백꽃) in Korean and as hoa tràor hoa chè in Vietnamese.

Of economic importance in the Indian subcontinent and Asia, leaves of C. sinensis are processed to create the popular beverage, tea. The ornamental Camellia japonica, Camellia oleifera and Camellia sasanqua and their hybrids are represented in cultivation by a large number of cultivars.

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Camellias were cultivated in the gardens of China and Japan for centuries before they were seen in Europe. The German botanist Engelbert Kaempfer reported[5]that the “Japan Rose”, as he called it grew wild in woodland and hedgerow, but that many superior varieties had been selected for gardens. He was told that the plant had 900 names in Japanese. Europeans’ earliest views of camellias must have been their representations in Chinese painted wallpapers, where they were often represented growing in porcelain pots.

The first living camellias seen in England were a single red and a single white, grown and flowered in his garden at Thorndon Hall, Essex, by Robert James, Lord Petre, among the keenest gardeners of his generation, in 1739. His gardener James Gordon was the first to introduce camellias to commerce, from the nurseries he established after Lord Petre’s untimely death in 1743, at Mile End, Essex, near London.[6]

 

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Camellias are evergreen shrubs or small trees up to 20 m (66 ft) tall. Their leaves are alternately arranged, simple, thick, serrated, and usually glossy. Their flowers are usually large and conspicuous, one to 12 cm in diameter, with five to nine petals in naturally occurring species of camellias. The colors of the flowers vary from white through pink colors to red; truly yellow flowers are found only in South China and Vietnam. Camellia flowers throughout the genus are characterized by a dense bouquet of conspicuous yellow stamens, often contrasting with the petal colors.[1][2] The so-called “fruit” of camellia plants is a dry capsule, sometimes subdivided in up to five compartments, each compartment containing up to eight seeds.

The various species of camellia plants are generally well-adapted to acidic soils rich in humus, and most species do not grow well on chalky soil or other calcium-rich soils. Most species of camellias also require a large amount of water, either from natural rainfall or from irrigation, and the plants will not tolerate droughts. However, some of the more unusual camellias – typically species from karst soils in Vietnam – can grow without too much water.

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Cucamelon

September 14, 2015

Cucamelon (Melothria scabra) also known as mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour cucumber is a vine grown for its edible fruit. Fruit are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness. It is native to Mexico and Central America and is believed to have been a domesticated crop before western contract started. These doll’s house-sized watermelons taste of pure cucumber with a tinge of lime. Popular since pre-Columbian times, these rampant trailing vines produce a constant stream of fruit throughout the summer, known in Mexico as ‘Sandíitas de Raton’, literally “Little Mouse Watermelons”. Despite their exotic origins and adorable appearance, they are much easier to grow than regular cucumbers.

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Cucamelons can also be treated like a perennial providing you with fruit year-after-year. In late autumn once the fruiting period is over, lift the cucamelon’s main radish like root and store in barely moist compost in a garage or shed over winter. Sow the seed from April to May indoors and plant out when all risk of frost is over. Plant out again in early April to achieve early fruiting. Harvest: July-September.

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The Bella’roma Rose was bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary in 2003 in the United States and was introduced in the US by Jackson & Perkins. It is a hybrid tea rose of pinkish blend with pink edges and yellow center. The name alone lets you know this rose not only has classic beauty, but also boasts a strong, tantalizing fragrance. Its bright yellow pointed buds spiral open to reveal warm yellow petals blushed with varying degrees of pink at their edges. Drenched with sweet antique rose perfume, the heady fragrance radiates throughout the garden and indoors as long-stemmed cutflowers. The flowers have 26 to 40 petals with an average diameter of 4.5″ borne mostly solitary, high-centered bloom form and blooms in flushes throughout the season.

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Foliage is glossy dark green, covering well-branched, disease resistant plants. It has a height of 135 cm and is USDA zone 6b through 9b.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom and remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you’ll probably find you’ll have to prune a little more than that.

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What is My Birth Flower?

August 17, 2015

BIRTH FLOWERS BY MONTH

JANUARY – CARNATION

Symbolizes:  Love, Fascination, & Distinction

 

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FEBRUARY – VIOLET
Symbolizes:  Faithfulness, Wisdom, & Hope
 
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MARCH – DAFFODIL
Symbolizes:  Domestic Happiness, Respect, & Friendship.

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APRIL – SWEET PEA
Symbolizes:  Love, Youth, & Purity.
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MAY – LILY OF THE VALLEY
Symbolizes:  Humility, Chastity, & Sweetness.
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JUNE – ROSE
Symbolizes:  Love, Beauty & Appreciation.
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JULY – LARKSPUR
Symbolizes:  Levity, Light & Strong Love Bonds.
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AUGUST – GLADIOLUS
Symbolizes:  Strength, Calm & Integrity
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SEPTEMBER – FORGET-ME-NOT
Symbolizes:  Patience, Daintiness, & Remembrance.
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OCTOBER – MARIGOLD
Symbolizes:  Warmth, Elegance, & Devotion.
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NOVEMBER – CHRYSANTHEMUM
Symbolizes:  Compassion, Friendship, & Joy.
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DECEMBER – POINSETTIA
Symbolizes:  Good Cheer, Sweetness, & Success.
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The Everlasting Series of Hydrangeas is a super tough line of Hydrangea macrophylla (big leaf hydrangeas) bred by Kolster BV in The Netherlands. These amazing new selection were bred for the cut flower market, so they have amazingly tough stems, strong, deeply colored, thick leathery foliage and strongest, longest lasting mop head blooms ever seen.

These series consists of Everlasting™ Amethyst, Coral, Garnet, Harmony and Ocean, they combine the  blooms of cut flowers with the long lasting qualities of a gift item and the hardiness of a shade-loving garden plant all in one. This is an extremely versatile series that honestly goes from gift to garden.

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Everlasting Amethyst Hydrangea has sturdy long last flowers that begin fuchsia pink or violet blue, depending on the acidity of the soil and do not have browned edges at the end of the summer, but rather exhibit ever greater amounts of lime green. The compact 4 x 3′ bushy shrub springs forth with long-lasting blooms that change colors like chameleons, offering a new dimension in color interest. Great summer flowers with sturdy stems that hold clusters upright. Blooms will rock your favorite vase. The Everlasting Series is cold hardy to zone 5 (-29°C/-20°F) and blooms during the summer through autumn.

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Daylily is a flowering plant in  genus Hemerocallis. It has been described by garden enthusiasts as “the backbone of the perennial garden” however though backbone would generally mean as fragile things, daylilies are anything but, they are close to being indestructible. They thrive in a wide range of soils and in sun or partial shade. Professional horticulturist have long bred daylily species for their attractive flowers. Daylily is native to Eurasia including China, Korea and Japan and it is popular worldwide because of the showy flwoers and hardiness of many kinds. Around the world there are over 60,000 registered cultivars, hundred have fragrant flowers and more scented cultivars are appearing more frequently in northern hybridization programs.

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Since the early 1930s, hybridizers in the United States and England have made great improvements in daylilies. Originally, the only colors were yellow, orange, and fulvous red. Today, we have colors ranging from near-whites, pastels, yellows, oranges, pinks, vivid reds, crimson, purple, nearly true-blue, and fabulous blends. Many people are familiar with only the common yellow or orange daylilies which are often seen along roadsides.

 

For planting daylilies, select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. In areas with hot summers, light afternoon shade will keep brightly colored flowers from fading. Plant in spring, spacing the plants 1 to 3 feet apart. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 inches, then mix in a 2 to 4 layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. 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. Water thoroughly.

 

The wise daylily gardener will apply a proper cultural program which includes watering, fertilizing, mulching, possibly spraying, grooming, controlling weeds, and sanitation. Daylilies can be quite prone to pests and disease when they get old and lose vigour. You can prevent this by dividing clumps every other year in either spring or autumn. The problems to watch out for are rust, spider mite, thrips and aphids. Slugs and snails can also be a problem.

 

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