Centaurea Montana is a simple easy plant to grow, more details about it can be found in my plant A-Z, by clicking the button below
The quince (/ˈkwɪns/; Cydonia oblonga) is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossoms and other ornamental qualities.
The tree grows 5 to 8 metres (16 to 26 ft) high and 4 to 6 metres (13 to 20 ft) wide. The fruit is 7 to 12 centimetres (2.8 to 4.7 in) long and 6 to 9 centimetres (2.4 to 3.5 in) across.
The immature fruit is green with dense grey-white pubescence, most of which rubs off before maturity in late autumn when the fruit changes color to yellow with hard, strongly perfumed flesh. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple, 6–11 cm (2–4 in) long, with an entire margin and densely pubescent with fine white hairs. The flowers, produced in spring after the leaves, are white or pink, 5 cm (2 in) across, with five petals.
The seeds contain nitriles, which are common in seeds of the rose family. In the stomach, enzymes or stomach acid or both cause some of the nitriles to be hydrolyzed and produce hydrogen cyanide, which is a volatile gas. The seeds are only likely to be toxic if a large quantity is eaten.
It's that time of year again when for us in the garden is the busiest time of the year. It is also the most exciting part of the year, we see all the seeds appearing and in the garden, the plants are starting to show themselves again. I have to say growing seeds is so rewarding, although sometimes back breaking in leaning over a tray, pricking out all the little seedlings, placing them into pots. That said the rewards of labour show in a few months, those small seedlings then become beautiful flowers which are around the garden. It is much easier if you have a greenhouse to house the tender seeds, but you can do it with a tray on the window sill in the house.
Today after 6 hours of bending I have over 100 Zinnias, this would cost at least £100 at your local garden centre. Growing them myself has cost a fraction of that, I have so many that I will be able to share with neighbours, still having enough for my own needs.
It is so worth the effort and also so rewarding, so I say give it a go and if you need advice then please just ask
Another picture of Primulas after a short sharp April shower, although this year these usual April showers have been distinctly lacking and it has been a quite dry month. It has also been relatively warm during the day and cold at night which seems to have been good conditions for the blossom trees, this year they have been festooned with so many flowers. Looks like it will be a bumper crop this year.
Wallflowers in full bloom after a short sharp Spring shower, the Wallflowers this year have been a delight and been covered in flowers. These are in their second year as last year they did not flower that well. After flowering last year I cut all the seed heads back and tied them together over the summer season and left them until early spring. I retied them to allow the flowers spikes to show in their full beauty.
Primula /ˈprɪmjʊlə/ is a genus of mainly herbaceous flowering plants in the family Primulaceae. They include the familiar wildflower of banks and verges, the primrose (P. vulgaris). Other common species are P. auricula(auricula), P. veris (cowslip) and P. elatior (oxlip). These species and many others are valued for their ornamental flowers. They have been extensively cultivated and hybridised - in the case of the primrose, for many hundreds of years. Primula are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, south into tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea, and in temperate southern South America. Almost half of the known species are from the Himalayas.
Primula has about 500 species in traditional treatments, and more if certain related genera are included within its circumscription.
Muscari is a genus of perennial bulbous plants native to Eurasia that produce spikes of dense, most commonly blue, urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of grapes in the spring. The common name for the genus is grape hyacinth (a name which is also used for the related genera Leopoldia and Pseudomuscari, which were formerly included in Muscari). A number of species of Muscari are used as ornamental garden plants.
The genus Muscari originated in the Old World, including the Mediterranean basin, central and southern Europe, northern Africa, western, central and south-western Asia. It has become naturalized elsewhere, including northern Europe and the United States.
Brian Mathew says that many species of grape hyacinths, including not only Muscari but also the related Leopoldia and Pseudomuscari, are difficult to distinguish. They usually have one or more narrow leaves which arise from a bulb. The flowers appear in the spring and form a spike or raceme, being held in a close or loose spiral around a central stalk. The flowers often become less tightly spaced as the flower matures. The flower colour varies from pale blue to a very dark blue, almost black in some cases (albino forms are also known). In some species the upper flowers may be of a different colour and shape to the lower flowers. Individual flowers are composed of six fusedtepals forming a spherical to obovoid shape, constricted at the end to form a mouth around which the ends of the tepals show as small lobes or "teeth", which may be of a different colour to the rest of the tepal
Fritillaria is a genus of Eurasian, North African, and North American plants in the lily family.
There are about 100 to 130 species of bulbous plants in the family Liliaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, especially the Mediterranean, southwest Asia, and western North America. The name is derived from the Latin term for a dice-box (fritillus), and probably refers to the checkered pattern of the flowers of many species. Plants of the genus are known in English as fritillaries. Some North American species are called mission bells.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.