Its that time of the year when the blossom is out, all fruiting trees now are blooming, and what a sight it makes. This is from the plum tree in my garden, the cheery is not flowering yet, but I am sure it will in the next few weeks. What do you think? Do you enjoy the yearly blossom as much as I do.
Helenium, one of my favourite flowers, stunning colours of orange and yellow. Easy to grow and takes very little care during the summer. Helenium may need staking upright in the summer once they reach full growing height, the wind can take a toll and topple the plants over, easy to stake up so the canes are not seen but very much recommended. Also easy to divide as required, I would recommend at least every 3 years. Free plants what can be bad about that. Of course if you would like to know more or have questions then please just ask.
.Earlier this year a neighbour asked me to help her in clearing out her pond. It was a little overgrown to say the least. I having had absolutely no experience of doing this of course said 'sure'. The pond had some plants in it that had been there many years, a certain flag iris that had obviously gone beserk as only irises now how to. Also a water lily that had been smothered by the afore mentioned Iris. After spending a few hours toiling and fighting the iris we managed to get it all out of the pond. Then came the untangling and trying to rescue what could be salvaged from the chainsaw massacre of plants removed from the pond. Also rescuing the 13 or so frogs from the pond into a bucket for the time of upheaval. After cutting back the iris to a more manageable size and cutting out the water lily from the mess I then replanted the small but healthy looking plants back into the pond.
Now a few months on with the pond full of tadpoles the water lily is in full bloom as you can see from the pictures. I am sure you can agree the lily is stunning.
Nymphaeaceae /ˌnɪmfiːˈeɪsiː/ is a family of flowering plants.
Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains five genera with about 70 known species (Christenhusz & Byng 2016). Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on or emergent from the surface. The leaves are round, with a radial notch in Nymphaea and Nuphar, but fully circular in Victoria and Euryale.
Water lilies are a well studied clade of plants because their large flowers with multiple unspecialized parts were initially considered to represent the floral pattern of the earliest flowering plants, and later genetic studies confirmed their evolutionary position as basal angiosperms. Analyses of floral morphology and molecular characteristics and comparisons with a sister taxon, the family Cabombaceae, indicate, however, that the flowers of extant water lilies with the most floral parts are more derived than the genera with fewer floral parts. Genera with more floral parts, Nuphar, Nymphaea, Victoria, have a beetle pollination syndrome, while genera with fewer parts are pollinated by flies or bees, or are self- or wind-pollinated. Thus, the large number of relatively unspecialized floral organs in the Nymphaeaceae is not an ancestral condition for the clade.
Horticulturally water lilies have been hybridized for temperate gardens since the nineteenth century, and the hybrids are divided into three groups: hardy, night-blooming tropical, and day-blooming tropical water lilies. Hardy water lilies are hybrids of Nymphaea species from the subgenus Castalia; night-blooming tropical water lilies are developed from the subgenus Lotos; and the day-blooming tropical plants arise from hybridization of plants of the subgenus Brachyceras.
Thanks to Wikipedia for the information above.
Ficaria verna, commonly known as lesser celandine, is a low-growing, hairless perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae native to Europe and west Asia.
Scientific name: Ranunculus ficaria
Higher classification: Buttercup
It is the time of the year when the Celandine shows itself above the ground, It has such a brief flowering period and appears from almost nowhere, many people seem to consider the Celandine as a weed and deal with it as a weed. This is a shame as although brief it will completely disappear when they have finished flowering. So to go to all the trouble of removing it seems to be a real shame as the flowers bring a welcome colour to the garden early in the season. The Celandine will grow almost anywhere and once the flowering has finished it will completely disappear and leave no evidence of its existence, even the foliage will go before the spring has finished.
As you can see above and below the Celandine will grow anywhere, although it prefers damp conditions and is the first flower of the season, with the distinctive leaves it is easy to spot. The roots are tuber like and can be dug up and moved once the foliage has finished.
Fabulous lesser celandine facts
Also known as pilewort, as it was used to treat haemorrhoids
The Celts called it Grian (sun) as its petals close up before rain
Its leaves are high in vitamin C and were used to prevent scurvy
The poet Wordsworth was so fond of lesser celandine flowers that he had them carved on his tomb
Found throughout Europe and West Asia, it is now introduced into North America
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, celandine comes from the Latin chelidonia, meaning swallow - it was said that the flowers bloomed when the swallows returned
A patch of lesser Celandines which have over the last week or so just appeared as if out of nowhere, the first flowers beginning to show themselves. Even the RHS calls it a weed which is a shame as I love to see the yellow flowers on a bleak day. Although I can understand those that love their lawns could be quite unhappy about it being in the lawn. Due to the roots being tubers it will be quite hard to eradicate. The reason for this is as you dig the plant out the tubers can be broken and this helps spread the plant rather than remove it. The tubers are quite shallow, so the only solution really is to remove all other plants from the area, remove the soil down to a depth that you are satisfied with that all the tubers have been removed. Once this is done the soil can be replaced and the plants, replanted and hopefully all the tubers have been removed.
Well, Gerbera's are pretty much everyone's favorite. Although many people do not actually realise. what the flower is that they have in the bunch of flowers from the supermarket. Pretty cheap to buy as a potted plant too, £2 will buy a small plant that will give you many pretty flowers for a few months.
They also look good in a patio pot, Buy 4-5 plants and put them in a pot on the patio and you will have a lovely looking display for a good few months. Generally they are not hardy so you can at the end of the season remove them from the patio pot, either discard or re pot and store inside over winter.
There are available hardy Gerbera's but they are quite expensive at the moment and I am not convinced of how well they survive in the extreme cold. I has 3 in the garden last year and they all died in the cold and snow of 2012/13. However there are new versions available from Thompson & Morgan. I have not as yet bought any to see what they are like.
Propagation of them can be quite challenging, remember when growing seeds always follow the instructions, some require different condition to germinate.
Scientific name: Narcissus
Higher classification: Amaryllidoideae
Lower classifications: Narcissus bulbocodium, Narcissus assoanus,Narcissus longispathus, Narcissus jonquilla, Narcissus asturiensis,Narcissus triandrus, Narcissus romieuxii, Narcissus alcaracensis,Narcissus × medioluteus, Narcissus poeticus, Narcissus tazetta,Narcissus pseudonarcissus, Narcissus cyclamineus, Narcissus bugei,Narcissus radinganorum, Narcissus papyraceus
Scientific name: Agapanthus
Higher classification: Liliaceae
Lower classifications: Agapanthus inapertus, Agapanthus africanus
Scientific name: Lilium
Higher classification: Liliaceae
Lower classifications: Lilium parryi, Lilium bolanderi, Lilium superbum,Lilium kelloggii, Lilium humboldtii, Lilium longiflorum, Lilium michauxii,Lilium pardalinum, Lilium rubescens, Lilium parvum, Lilium candidum,Lilium philadelphicum, Lilium pomponium, Lilium lancifolium, Lilium cernuum, Lilium michiganense, Lilium washingtonianum, Lilium kelleyanum, Lilium martagon, Lilium canadense, Lilium maritimum, Lilium bulbiferum, Lilium occidentale, Lilium regale, Columbia Lily
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.