A pretty little bloom, Viola's are easy to look after, in fact there are many plants that are very easy to look after, Viola's just need the old blooms to be removed (Known as dead heading) and they will keep rewarding you with new flowers after the old have spent. Violas will die back in the winter, and the foliage will remain but the flowering will stop once the frosts begin, it should survive the winter and flower in the spring once more.
Aquilegia Vulgaris or granny's Bonnet, is a beautiful plant in the spring, one of the first perennials to flower it is very common in traditional cottage gardens. an easy to plant to grow, it self seeds quite prolifically. It needs very little attention, at the end of the flowering, remove the flower stalk all the way to the base of the plant, at the end of the year some of the foliage will die back and need removing.
A simple and easy plant, which will bring colour at the end of the spring bulbs and before the summer bedding begins to bloom, a must have for any garden.
Purple Beauty creeping phlox is a very simple plant to look after, masses of flowers on a ground spreading plant. Flowering in the spring, will thrive in full sun, but will tolerate partial sun. An easy plant to look after will little or no maintenance to look after. Once it has finished flowering it can be pretty much left until next year when it will flower once again.
Photo Credit: Aud Dree Evangelista.
Lilies are a beautiful addition to the garden, they offer an amazing splash of colour and scent, Stargazer is the most common that is seen in the stores to buy, although there are many more varieties to enjoy. Another plant that needs very little care and attention. Lilies can be planted in the spring, but to give them a head start plant in the autumn. Plant around 8-10 inches in the ground to make sure they can anchor themselves securely in the ground, this will support the tall stems the plant will produce, however you should also support the stem as the flower will be very heavy for the plant. Take care not to skewer the bulb if using a cane. Once the flower has finished remove the head so all the goodness goes back into the bulb for next year, the same also applies for the foliage, allow to naturally die down, the bulb will thank you for it.
Be aware of pests, the most common is the dreaded Lilly Beetle, which is bright red and easy to spot. If seen remove and dispatch in whichever way you deem fit. Be also aware that the plant is poisonous, so bear this in mind if you have animals or small children around the plant and flowers.
Quince, is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae, the same family as apples and pears. Beautiful Orange flowers in the spring, which later turns into fruit which trough history has been used as food. The tree is also grow for the blossom. Fruits are generally too hard and tart to be eaten raw, generally they are cooked, roasted and used in jams, marmalade, jellies or pudding. Although I am generalising here as there are many uses for Quince's.
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.