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.

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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.

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How To Protect Tulip Bulbs From Rodents

Gardeners must plant the bulbs in the fall and wait all winter before the plants and blooms emerge. It can be disappointing to wait months only to have a rodent deny you the payoff. Fortunately, gardeners have developed several methods to thwart rodents in their bid to destroy or carry off your tulips.
Crocus and tulip bulbs are favored food for rodents, but a few easy steps will protect bulbs for your enjoyment. To guard against burrowing invasion, select an appropriately sized pot and bury it in your garden. For most plantings, a 5-gallon pot is large enough. Place the rim flush with the ground.
What you need: Large plastic pot, Shovel, Hardware cloth.

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A November Gardening Tasks

Winter is around the corner and your garden needs some pampering to help it through the cold and stormy months ahead and get it in good shape for next spring. A November gardening calendar really highlights the differences in regional gardens. For many there is no November garden to speak of. But even if your garden is already covered in snow, there are still garden tasks calling. Unfortunately insect pests are much hardier than their tiny size would suggest.

Here are a few gardening tasks and projects that you can do this month to help keep your garden looking it’s best for the rest of this season, and prepare for the long cold winter and upcoming spring.

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Mealy Bugs

Mealy bugs are off-white in colour and have oval flattened bodies growing to about 3mm long. Waxy strands that resemble legs occur along the sides of the body and some species also have a long “tail.” Normally they leave small cottony masses, their eggs, where the leaves join onto the stem. They like dark places so be sure to check under the leaves and well inside the foliage of a plant regularly. A severe infestation will cause wilting, discolouration and stunted growth of a plant.

Citrus mealybugs have been collected from at least 27 host plant families. Many ornamental plants grown in greenhouses are susceptible to attack including begonia, coleus, amaryllis, cyclamen, and dahlia. Citrus mealybug has been collected on canna, narcissus, and tulip outdoors.

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Tips For Flower Cutting And Cultivation

It is a particular luxury to have fresh flowers on display at home on a daily basis. What a delight it is to be surrounded indoors by bouquets and arrangements of fragrant, colorful blossoms – to have a bit of the garden in the house. For gardeners the ultimate pleasure is to be able to cut flowers from their own garden to bring indoors and to give away to friends and family. Many also love to have homegrown blossoms, foliage, and seedheads handy for fresh or dried floral crafts and cooking. However, the problem is always that picking flowers from the garden reduces the floral show in the yard. The perfect solution to this problem is to establish a separate cultivated area specifically as a cutting garden.

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