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Armeria maritima is a species of flowering plant. It is known by several names such as thrift, sea thrift and sea pink. Thrift or sea pink is a compact, low-growing perennial plant which forms a dense, mounded tuft of stiff, linear, grass-like, dark green leaves (to 4″ tall). Tufts will spread slowly to 8-12″ wide. Tiny, pink to white flowers bloom in mid spring in globular clusters (3/4-1″ wide) atop slender, naked stalks rising well above the foliage to 6-10″ tall. Sporadic additional flowering may occur throughout the summer. Flower clusters are subtended by purplish, papery bracts. The plant can be found in the wild in coastal areas across the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe, but also occurs in parts of South America. It is also a common sight in the British marshes. In the wild, thrift or sea pink commonly grows in saline environments along coastal areas where few other plants can grow well, hence the common name.

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It is best grown in infertile, dry, well-drained soils and in full sun. The foliage mounds tend to rot in the center if it is grown in moist fertile soils. Keep in mind that a good drainage system is essentials. To encourage additional bloom, remove dead flower heads from the plant. Sea Thrift is great for edging, border fronts, rock gardens and wall pocket, it could also be massed as a ground cover for smaller areas. Sea Thrift has rarely been used for medicinal purpose especially for external use antibiotic poultice because it can cause dermatitis or local irritation but the dried flowering plant is antibiotic and has been used as treatment for obesity.

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Smoke Bush – Smoke Tree

August 4, 2015

Smoke Bush or Smoke Tree is a genus of two species of flowing plants in the family Anacardiaceae. Smoke Tree is most widely known for its large billowing summer blooms that have a puffy cloud like appearance. It is native to the warm temperate northern hemisphere. The leaves are deciduous, alternate, simple, oval-shape and the flowers are clustered in a large open terminal panicles with a fluffy-greyish appearance resembling a cloud of smoke over the plant. It is widely used as a specimen tree with its attractive “smoke-like” appearance appearing in early to late summer. The tiny blooms slowly fade away in the late spring which is replaced by hairy-like filaments producing “smoky” billowing plume.

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The American Smoke Tree is native to southeastern United States from Tennessee south to Alabama and west to eastern Texas. It is a larger plant often becoming a small tree between 10 to 15 feet tall, the leaves are also larger, longer and has a brighter fall colour, usually brighter than its Eurasian species.  Other selection of smoke tree include varieties with green or purple foliage changing shades of orange, red, or purple in autumn.

Growing smoke tree is quite easy and it is quite popular as a garden shrub. It prefers well drained or dry soil conditions and full sun. Cultivation is best in dry, infertile soils, which keeps the growth habit more compact and also improves the autumn colour; when planted in fertile soil, they become large, coarse and also tend to be short-lived, succumbing to verticillium wilt disease.

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In planting the smoke tree make sure to dig a hole that is at least twice as wide as the container size of the plant and mix in a shovelful of compost. Be sure that the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the grade surrounding the perimeter of the dug hole. Fill the remainder of the hole with well drained soil and water.

 

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It’s very easy to make a wheelbarrow fairy garden if you take some time to acquire the pieces and cultivate the look!  Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be ready to get started.

1) Find an old wheelbarrow, just make sure there is sufficient draining holes in the bottom so your garden doesn’t become a swamp.  If there aren’t any holes, just drill 10 to 15 holes in the deep part of the wheelbarrow, that is where you will get the best drainage.  (you might even line part of the metal wheelbarrow with a plastic trash bag so that rusting doesn’t happen too quickly, just make sure there are some holes in the trash bag liner as well =).

2) Go to your local garden store and buy potting soil and peat moss, and some small decorative plants like succulents, herbs and leafy grasses to use as ground cover.  Maybe even some small flowers and moss as well.

3) At home, mix in your potting soil and peat moss, then place your beautiful selection of plants and start adding your fairy garden decor.  It’s even fun to have little ones help you make fairy fences, houses and table sets!

Good luck and have fun!

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King Tut Papyrus

July 8, 2015

 

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Based on the number of herbs you want to include in the container and the spacing required, determine the size of the garden’s container.

– select a container

– add potting soil

– position and arrange the herb

– pack the soil

– water your new herb plant

– label them (just in case =)

 

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Cherry Parfait Rose

July 4, 2015

The Cherry Parfait Rose was bred by Allain Meilland in France in 2000 and introduced in the United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 2003 and in Australia by Treloar Roses Pty Ltd as Fire and Ice. Cherry Parfait is a lovely bi-coloured Grandiflora that has light yellow to white vermillion edges. Its bi-coloured blooms make a striking display in the garden, containing 35 to 40 petals and an average of 4” diameters.  The bush is quick to repeat those white flowers, broadly edged in cherry red, making them great when used in a border, or combined with other perennials, or anywhere there is a need for constant color. The plant grows loose, and spreading, covering itself in blooms and produces a slight sweet fragrance.

 

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This rose is excellent in all climates, it can used for bed and borders, container rose, garden or landscape, it is hardy and very disease resistant. For spring pruning, remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. Cut back the remaining canes by about 1/3 in warmer climates and a little more than that in colder climates.

If you are looking for a striking rose to adorn your garden, the Cherry Parfait is an excellent choice. Not only is this bush a generous bloomer its colours hold out even through the heat of summer.

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Summer Surprise Hybrid Tea Rose is an orange blend Hybrid Tea bred by Delbard-Chabert in France, 1981. This rose has orange-red, copper shading and golden-yellow colouring on the reverse. It has large full cluster-flowered of 26 to 40 petals in high-centered bloom form.

It blooms in flushes throughout the season and has the strong fragrance of cloves.

The bush is upright with glossy, dark green foliage with a height reaching up to a height of 4′ (120 cm).

This lovely Hybrid Tea Rose can be used for beds and borders, cut flower, garden or hedge. It is hardy in USDA zone 6b through 9b and is disease resistant. Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. To encourage rebloom be sure to remove spent blooms and for spring pruning remove old canes and dead or diseased woods as well as canes that cross. Cut back the remaining canes by about one-third in warmer climates and probably more in colder areas.

 

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Paradise Rose

June 18, 2015

Paradise Rose (synonyms “Burning Sky “) is a Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Week in the United States before 1978. This rose has striking pink-mauve blooms with each petal flushed with deep rose pink. The colour changes with the temperature. The mauve crimson edging is the strongest in hot weather. However, the lavender lilac hue fades slightly in the sun. This elegant rose is continually blooming, easty to grow and is disease resistant.  This rose has an average diameter of 4”, large double petals (25 to 30), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, high-centered bloom form. It has large, glossy, dark green upright foliage and armed with thorns.  It blooms in flushes throughout the season.

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Hardy in USDA zone 7b and warmer, this adorable rose can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden. For spring pruning, remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cute back the remaining canes by about one-third and in colder areas, you may have to prune a little more than that. It can be grown in the ground or in a container and requires spring freeze protection.

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Its parentage ‘Angel Face’ Rose x ‘Swarthmore’ Rose. This lovely old Hybrid Tea is renowned as being one of the most free-flowering bush roses as from one bush, trim a whole bucket full of long-stemmed, perfect flowers and still leave some on the bush. It is truly a beauty to behold that will light up any garden.

 

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The Dream Come True Grandiflora Rose is truly divine and has become the driving force in Dr. John Pottschmidt’s life. Dream Come True was bred by John D. Pottschmidt in the US in 1996 and was introduced by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2008. This rose produces flawlessly yellow blossoms, blushed with ruby-red at the tips, set among matte green foliage. The vigorous continual blooming plant yields long-stemmed, long-lived blooms. Dream Come True forms a large, thick, bushy, vigorous exceptionally disease-resistant plant that holds its blossoms on long stems. They last long and the long stems make them perfect for bouquets. The fragrance is only mild, but you’ll probably want to get up close anyway.

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This rose grows through USDA Zone 6b through 9b and can grow from a height of 5’7″ to 6’7″. It is a prolific bloomer, blooming in flushes through the season. It can be used for cut flower, garden or landscape. It is very vigorous and heat tolerant. To encourage re-bloom, cut or remove spent blooms. For spring pruning remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, prune a little more for those planted in colder areas.

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Passion flowers also known as Passiflora are exotic looking tropical plants that can actually be grown in much milder areas. There are over 500 species of tropical passion flowers with sizes ranging from 1/2 inch to 6 inches across. They are naturally found from South America through Mexico, in eastern and southern Asia and New Guinea where they often grow in large masses in ditches and open fields. They are mostly vines with some being shrubs and a few being herbaceous and some producing edible fruits. These not of this world bloomers are bound to give your garden a dramatic effect. This little vine is a powerhouse of good characteristics that makes it worthy of its own little trellis or a spot along your fence — or around your mailbox post.

Passion vine flowers can be grown indoors and outdoors and are considered to be hardy in USDA zones 5-9 but they should be planted in a protected location and mulched heavily if severe cold threatens. Because they are vines the best place for growing passion flowers is along a trellis or fence. The tops will be killed off during winter but if you mulch deeply, your passion flower plant will return with new shoots in the spring. Passion Flowers are easy to grow; they need partial to full sun, and will adapt themselves to most well-drained soils.

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During the growing season, the soil should be kept evenly moist, to ensure good flowering and growth. In the early spring, apply a balanced fertilizer and then again six to eight weeks later. It should be planted early in early spring and during the growing season, water as needed. Passion vine flowers require an average amount of water about 1 – 1.5″ per week. During the fall in cold areas water lightly and sparingly during the first winter in warm areas if your climate is dry.

For passion vine flowers to be planted indoors need to be planted in a large urn, pot, barrel or container. Some types of passions vine flowers grow large and require enough room for the roots to expand for a number of years. Place your pot or container in an area where it will receive full day sun or light shade, more sunlight tends to produce more flowers. During winter place your planted plant in a cool garage for a little extra temperature protection. After planting water well, gently soak the soil and water as needed during active growth periods.

Sacred Symbolism of Passion Flower Power

Even the history of this striking flower is rich with reverence. Called “Espina de Cristo” (Christ’s thorns) by Spanish Christian missionaries who first discovered it in South America, each part of the flower holds symbolic meaning in recognition of the crucifixion story – the passion of the Christ. Five sepals and five petals refer to the ten faithful apostles (excluding Judas and Peter). Three stigma represent the three nails that held Christ to the cross, while five anthers represent his five sacred wounds. The tendrils of the flower are said to resemble the whips used in the flagellation, while the filaments, which can number in excess of a hundred depending on the flower, depict the crown of thorns. This powerful symbolism has led to the inclusion of the Passion Flower among the ornamentation of various churches, such as in stained glass window designs, altar frontals and lectern falls.

But the Passion Flower is sacred even outside the Christian world. In India, for example, the flower’s structure is interpreted according to the story of the five Pandava brothers, with the Divine Krishna at the center, opposed by the army of one hundred at the outside edges. The pigment of the blue Passion Flower is said to be associated with the color of Krishna’s aura.

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