Growing & Caring Roses

Caring Roses 300x200 Growing & Caring RosesCaring Roses Growing & Caring RosesRoses are one of the most common and desired plants to be grown by all people who like growing flowers. People like a lot to decorate their gardens with the beauty of roses in various colors and with the greatest fragrance on earth. Here are some tips for rose growers, so that they may see their rose plants flourishing and all bloomed up.

•    First thing first, to make your rose plant grow well you need to have a fertile soil. So when planning to cultivate rose you need to be sure to make you soil rich, for this mix compost or other organic materials in order to provide all nutrition required by the plant to grow well.

•    When you water your roses plants, keep one thing in mind that water comprehensively and let it dry don’t adopt the light and frequent watering technique. Always avoid water on leaves as this can increase the fungal disease chances. If you doubt for some water fell on leaves than you better try to water in day time so it can evaporate easily.

•    Proper air circulation is really necessary for the blooms to grow well, so always consider the space available for plant to grow. There should be enough space on all sides so that plant when grows do not face problem of air circulation.

•    For first year there is just a little application of fertilizers required because Growing Caring Roses 300x224 Growing & Caring Rosesat this time the target is to let the plant grow to its fullest. From next year on put in fertilizer regularly in blooming season so you can get better flowering. It is important that you water your rose plant a day before fertilizing because fertilizer may cause dry roots to burn out.

•    Trimming rose plants is not necessary but if you do so it is advised that you do it with great care not harming the growth of plant or from places where the leaves or buds are growing. One thing to keep in consideration is that don’t prune your plant at the end of growing season in order to leave your plant undisturbed as the climatic changes already occurring.

•    Sun light is very important for proper growing of rose plants, at least six to seven hours a day so position your plant in a way that it gets the required sunlight. Keeping the plant on east side of home and under some taller thing to get shade too is better because the light it requires can be achieved in first 5 to 6 hours of the day when heat in it is not too much.

•    As roses are short rooted plants so you don’t need very large spaces to plant roses at your place, all you need to consider is that just estimate how much space the plant will take once fully grown. This is to be considered because of required air circulation else rose plants don’t take much space.

Well, this is all for now, happy gifting and happy gardening of Roses….

Growing Flowers

Growing Flowers 300x192 Growing FlowersFlower admirers have always cultivated flowers either for their decorative beauty or for the sheer love of gardening. The Presence of flowers in our homes adds delicateness and richness to the atmosphere. Flowers start arising from buds just like twigs, and the basic floral parts (sepal, petal, stamen, and carpel) are actually greatly modified leaves. Flowers are found in a number of combinations of colors, sizes, forms, and anatomical arrangements. Here some background information is provided for growing flowers.

Growing flowers is a hobby that demands true dedication, time, energy and most important love for flowers. To see your garden ever green use many different types of plants that blossom during different seasons. Proper planning, preparation, care and maintenance ensure a healthy flower bed. Here are few tips you need to start growing flowers:

Choose the right spot:
First of all it is important to plan the place at which you are going to grow the flowers. A place with fertile and well drained soil that is also easily illuminated with sunlight can be an ideal location for growing flowers. But don’t forget to leave some shaded areas in your garden too for some plants that need partial shaded areas like Meadow anemone. Also save your flowers from strong winds that can damage the whole foliage. Secondly the place should be far from pollution, as it can affect the growth of your flowers.

Add compost:
Good compost is a vital ingredient for successful gardening. Regular fertilizing of flowers by loosening their soil and adding manure where they are planted provides essential nutrients to the flowers, helps in preventing them from various diseases and results in healthy growing flowers.

Mulch properly:
Plants that are mulched properly are good at retaining moisture, controlling the soil temperature and preventing weed growth. Considerably mulching provides larger and an energetic foliage.

Water regularly:
Water is a vital element required for healthy growth of plants and flowers. But over-watering or less-watering may result in the deceasing of plant. So, before growing flowers in a garden firstly make yourself aware of the watering requirements of every particular plant in your garden and try to provide water to every plant according to its requirements to obtain a mass of better blooms. Watering also depends on the weather–if it is hot or cool, if it is dry or rainy, if it is calm or windy, water according to it.

Design Your Garden:
In growing flowers designing also matter. So design your garden in such a way that it compliments your flower collection. It is good to space the plants according to their mature size. Besides this Crowded plants suffer in health and quality of blooms Plant flowers at a considerable distance to let them grow and survive comfortably for even plants need some space. Placing a flower bed under a tall tree provides shade for the flowers to live. Some flowers perform best in forming the border of the garden specially the slow growing ones. Majority of flowers need well-drained soil to boom vigorously. Lastly using a colour theme or planting wild flowers gives your garden a unique touch.

Edible Flowers

edible flowers 200x300 Edible FlowersThere are several flowers that are used not only for making flower arrangements or bouquets to be given as gifts but are also used with foods, sometimes for decoration purposes to just add colors to food and sometimes to eat. Yes, there are real flowers that can be eaten too. For every flower there is a different part that is being eaten. Sometimes there are petals, roots and sometimes leaves of plants. Rose is the flower that is most commonly eaten.

When choosing the edible flowers one needs to be very careful as there may be many flowers that are poisonous and toxic. In fact it can not be just that as you know roses can be eaten so you start eating a rose that you bought from a florist. Flowers found at florists shops are treated with pesticides and are hence not suitable for eating at all. Flowers that are to be used as edible ones are grown separately in organic gardens and only these can be used in foods for whatever the decoration purpose or for adding color and taste.

Salads, soups, deserts, drinks and cakes are very commonly and often decorated with edible flowers as these all look and taste nicer when they are in bright colors creating some special ambiance. As roses are eaten often so the part of roses actually eaten are petals but that after removing the white part of it and the fruit of the plant called hip is being eaten.  Interestingly apple, orange, lemon, peach and plum all are flowers that later transform into the delicious fruits. The fact is not known commonly by people that these are flowers actually converted into fruits.

For other edible flowers we can name chrysanthemums, daisies, geraniums, jasmine, and marigolds too for the common adaption in different foods. Tulips, Lilac and Day lilies are also the flowers that used specially in Chinese cuisine range like in Chinese Hot and Sour soup. The real one, pure recipe from which hot and sour is made in China holds all these flowers as ingredients.

William Cowper once said;
“The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.”

There are a huge number of herbs and plants of which flowers are used instead of herbs themselves in order to keep the flavor less strong and fragrance a little lighter than the herb itself. Few of the herbs out of all these to name are basil, dill, fennel, chives, oregano, lavender, mustard, clover, rosemary, scented geraniums, thyme, sweet woodruff, winter savory and pot marigold; these all are flowers and used very frequently by people of whole world in their foods to bring up special flavor and fragrance to fruit.

The concept of edible flowers had been limited for some people to those handmade flowers used for decorations on fancy cakes. They actually never realized that the concept itself arrived from natural edible flowers that are part of our foods in our daily routine yet they are not aware of it.

Daffodils

Daffodils Flower 300x225 DaffodilsDaffodils Flowers 300x221 DaffodilsThe daffodil is the national flower of Wales. They belong to the genus Narcissus. Daffodils flourish among the first spring buds and survive the worst of the weather hat winter provides to bless our gardens with splashes of different colours.They mostly bloom in clusters. Daffodils are naturally found in the Mediterranean region.

Most Daffodils are yellow, but they range from yellow-and-white, yellow-and-orange, white-and-orange, pink, and lime-green. In some countries the yellow variation is believed to be related with Easter as the German for daffodil is Osterglocke that is “Easter bell.” Daffodils are said to be symbolized with friendship. Daffodil flowers have a trumpet-shaped structure that is in contrasting shade from the star-shaped background which is set against it. These flowers come in all sizes, from 5-inch blooms to half-inch flowers on stems of same length.

A Daffodil Day is the largest national fundraising day for cancer research, education and patient support in the Southern Hemisphere. It is always held on the last Friday in August every year. The first Daffodil Day was celebrated in 1988 in Ireland, by President of the Irish Cancer Society.

Growing tips:
Sunny yellow daffodils that are a cheerful sight of spring are actually planted in the fall .Daffodils are one of the easier spring bulbs to  grow because deer don’t eat the tops and gophers don’t eat the bulbs and there are not many other pests or diseases that can harm them. Daffodils can be grown in USDA zones 3 through 8.

Where to Plant:
Daffodils can be planted in a shrub border, perennial garden or in a bed of ground cover plants. Planting them beneath deciduous trees can be an ideal location where the daffodils bloom before the trees leaf out. Plant in groups of three to 12 bulbs of the same type gives a natural look.

When to Plant:
Daffodils need time to develop their root systems before the worst of winter season. The time of mid-October is recommended as a good cut-off date for growing daffodils by The University of Missouri Extension. In warmer areas, planting time may take a month more. Remember to allow the leaves to dry out thoroughly before cutting them back to promote the growth of Daffodils.

Requirements:
Add a bit of compost and a handful of bone meal to the soil at planting and top-dress the site with compost or rock phosphate in the spring.

Soil & Sunlight:
The daffodil bulbs are planted in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Mostly this plant requires at least 5 hours of sunlight a day.

Fertilizers:
Annual fertilization is highly suitable for daffodils as they do not require heavy fertilization. In this course, high nitrogen-fertilizers promote foliage growth at the expanse of the flowers so it is better not to use them.

Watering:
If the amount of rainfall is not adequate water your plant throughout the fall as daffodils need moisture to set up good root growth.

Indoor Daffodils:
If the daffodil bulbs are more than enough for you and some are left after it is too late to plant them, you can simply place them in a pot inside during the winter to enjoy their beauty.

Cut Flowers: Preserving & Planting

Cut Flowers Preserving  Planting Cut Flowers: Preserving & PlantingFlowers are a world for all those people who love others and are being loved by others. For all such people giving flowers and getting flowers as gift means each word from their heart and each feeling of theirs has reached the next person or from their love to them. Cut flowers are actually any those flowers that are trimmed and cut to prepare flower arrangements or bouquets and are even given in form of a single flower. For cut flowers there is a great need to take care and people receiving these cut flowers as flower arrangements from their loved ones also try to keep these flowers fresh for as long as they can.

There are numerous flowers that are being used for making beautiful fresh flower bouquets and these flowers can be found from your garden too if you like growing flowers by yourself. Just ask all those people who love to grow flower that what it means for them to see their plants flourishing with flowers and all filled. Cut flowers are needed to be taken care in so many ways as they have lost their all systems because of being disconnection with their root system, they loose to get energy because their leaves have been cut.

Preserving Cut Flowers:

For preserving cut flowers first thing you need to know is that water is really important for flowers so you need to keep them in water even after cutting so the cells in stems keep absorbing this water in order to keep flowers fresher. And if you put flowers into water after some time than you definitely need to cut stems a little more at ends because air blocks the cells and they can not make water travel up to flowers.

Next thing to cater is that they need energy and food. For this the local and home remedies don’t work. If you want to keep your flowers fresh for longer time you’ll have to put some commercial preservatives into it because they contain a balanced quantity of all nutrients required to keep flowers fresh. Actually sometimes cut flowers may have leaves with them but because of lack of sunlight inside home they are not able to provide with enough carbohydrates. For increasing life of flowers put them into hot water with 110 degree Fahrenheit temperature and preservatives added to it.

Planting Cut Flowers:

For if you want to grow cut flowers that are usually, Roses, Carnations, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums, Tulips, Gladioli, Lilies, Alstroemerias, Anthuriums and others; you need to know certain requirements of all these plants. For these plants it is necessary that you choose a place in your garden where there’ll be ample sunlight available to plants through out the whole day.

Put organic matters into it so that your soil is fertile enough. Make straight paths and wide so that you can monitor your plants too easily. Select the plants according to what colors you want to see your garden brightened up with and which colors you want to see in bouquets that you want to make from your garden’s cut flowers. Select different flowers so you have a big variety at the end to watch and make yourself feel pleasure.

Carnations

carnation Flowers 300x225 Carnationscarnation Flower 300x200 CarnationsCarnation is the national flower of Spain. The carnation’s history dates back to 2,000 years when it was used in art and decor .In early times carnations were mostly found in shades of pale pink and peach but now  they are easily available in red, yellow, white, purple, and even green. The fact that it continues to endure after so many years and in numerous colors has made it one of the world’s oldest and most popular flower. Carnations have a lot of meanings, but the most common are fascination, distinction, and love. Carnations has become the official flower of Mother’s Day in the early part of the 20th century and is now accepted worldwide. Its scientific name dianthus can somehow be translated as “the heavenly flower”.

Some Facts about Carnations:

●     Carnations are native to Eurasia.

●     Anna Jarvis was the one who gifted carnations at the first Mother’s Day celebration, as it was her mother’s favorite.

●     Due to the fact that carnation blooms last long even when cut, they are highly used in boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, and in a wide range of floral arrangements.

●     The three most common kinds of Carnations are annual carnations, border carnations and perpetual-flowering carnations. Their name “Dianthus” is given by the Greek botanist Theophrastus.

Factors Influencing Growth of Carnations:

Some of the main factors affecting the growth of Carnations are listed below:

●     Sunlight: Carnations require full sunlight, about 4-5 hours everyday.

●     Soil: Carnations blossom in fertile, well- drained, slightly alkaline (pH 6.75) soil.

●     Water: Carnations do not require much water, except in the hot months. Avoid over-watering as it may tend to turn the foliage yellow. Just spray water on the plants in order to keep them moist.

●     Temperatures and Lighting: The production and development of flower buds are improved under long-day conditions. It increases the plant’s length. Carnations are best grown at an even temperature, as fluctuations stress calyx splitting. Accurate temperature is around 12°C (night) and 24°C (day).

●     Manure: It is excellent for the carnations to provide them with good compost like cow manure, peat or pine bark. Use an organic matter that is well-rotted or decomposed as. You only need about a one-inch layer to work lightly into the soil. Too much soil or nitrogen will also lead to split calyx.

●     Mulching: Mulching prevents weeds in the carnation flower bed and also helps in holding moisture in the soil. Mulching should not be done at the time of growing Carnations. A 2-inch layer of mulch keeps soil moisture from evaporating and provides winter protection for the plant. It is beneficial to use organic mulch such as wood chips.

Carnations – Messages

Another reason why carnations have been revered for centuries is the variety of its colors as each color of carnation delivers a different message. Some of them are written below:

Light red carnations, for example, are often used to convey admiration, whereas the dark red version expresses deeper sentiments of love and affection. Wearing a white carnation is to honor a deceased mother and wearing a pink carnation is to honor a living mother. Purple Carnations are associated with capriciousness while Striped Carnations with regret and refusal. Green Carnations are preferably given on St. Patrick’s Day. Yellow Carnations are used to express disappointment and dejection.

It is wise to check the meaning of the particular color or type of carnation before gifting it to someone.