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African violet

African violet

Saintpaulia is a genus of six species in the Gesneriaceae family and is related to gloxinia. Regardless to commonly used name African violet, it has nothing in common with European violet.
Saintpaulia is named after Baron Walter von Saint Paul-Illaire (1860-1910) , who was the district commissioner of Tanga province who discovered the plant in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in Africa. He discovered the plant on the Nguru mountains in todays Tanzania.
Like many other house plants Saintpaulia is firstly, and successfully grown in United States. Today it is very popular flowering plant and could be cultivated and purchased througout all year.

Growing Hibiscus – Basic Tips

Growing Hibiscus – Basic Tips

Do you want to grow hibiscus in your garden, use them for landscaping or hedging or keep them pots that can be kept indoors or out? What size and type of plant do you want? Many people love to plant them because of their size and their beautiful colors. The gardener can grow hardy hibiscus with good success by following a few simple suggestions.


Potted culturing has to be confined to the smaller varieties. For outdoors, the size is dependent on the use. Large types of hibiscus plant are ideal for landscaping. Those used as hedges can be medium in size. If you want the hibiscus to blend with other plants in the garden, smaller ones are ideal. For bonsai, use old, compact plants with small leaves.

Some Interesting Backyard Ideas To Try

Some Interesting Backyard Ideas To Try

Backyard is your private space and it’s meant to be enjoyed your way. It’s perfectly acceptable to explore different styles of gardening in different locations around our own homes. For most of us, the front yard is the most visible and so the more formal looking showcase of our gardening talents. It’s here that we can reflect our personal style but we also use the front-yard garden to make a statement about ourselves and our lifestyles.

One of the best-loved backyard gardening tips is to enjoy this more private oasis with no rules, styles, or statements in mind. Explore. Experiment. Play!

The Dahlia Flowers

The Dahlia Flowers

The Dahlia Flowers are native to Mexico and Central America. The Aztecs used them for food, decoration and ceremonies – and in 1963 they were named as the national flower of Mexico.

Dahlia Flowers grow from tubers, so they are part of the family of plants growing from bulbs, also called bulbous plants. They are also available as rooted cuttings, which are cuttings taken from the base stem from last years plants, and grown on in compost in specialist nurseries.

There is a great variety of form in dahlias, from the showy dinner-plate size to the bright, little single ones.

Blanket Weed Algae In Ponds

Blanket Weed Algae In Ponds

A blanket weed is a type of algae with a long, stringy filament body. The body floats at or near the surface, covering water with a green blanket. It will choke out all the nutrients, sunlight and oxygen in a pond. Once blanket weed becomes established, it is very difficult to remove, and the best course of action is blanket weed prevention.
These algae do not cause the green colour that is at times seen in garden pond water; the discoloration of ponds is caused by planktonic algae. Individual cells of the planktonic algae float in ponds and cause the green water. Blanket Weed Algae, on the other hand, is made up of strands of cells that form rather long strings. People who look after ponds refer to it by a number of names, including filamentous algae, long string algae, and others.

Gladiolus Flower Bulbs

Gladiolus Flower Bulbs

Gladiolus is also commonly referred to by the name of its genus – Gladiolus, the plural form of which can be Gladiole, Gladioluses or Gladioli. Gladiolus is also known as the Sword Lily, due to its sword shaped leaves, or Corn Lily.

Gladiolus plants are attractive, perennial herbs and semihardy in temperate climates. They grow from rounded, symmetrical corms that are enveloped in several layers of brownish, fibrous tunics. The fragrant Gladiolus flower spikes are large and one-sided, with secund, bisexual flowers.