Bees are important to pollinate our crops, and because many of our pollinators are now scarce, we are totally dependent on the honey bee to do this job. So what is pollination? Well it starts when a bee crawls around plants and enters the blossom this is when the honey bee is dusted with pollen.
The bee will fly over to another blossom with the pollen in its hair, and when it lands, the pollen falls onto this blossoms stigma. Bearing in mind other insects pollinate crops too, but without the pollination from the honey bee there would be one third less crops in the world than there is now.
The tulip is a beautiful flower, and also a cheerful reminder of spring. Tulip is one of the most popular spring flowers which have long been closely associated with Holland, but the flower is native to Turkey and central Asia.
There is a number of varieties including; different colours, different heights and different flower shapes. Tulips come in a wide variety of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and bi-colors. A tulip plant has typically 2-6 leaves, while some species have up to 12 leaves. An average height of a tulip plant ranges from 10-70 centimeters. It requires partial to full sun to flourish, and for this reason often survives an average of three days indoors. It is planted at a depth of 8 to 9 inches under the soil, and the tulip is often planted in the fall for spring blooms.
It is not surprising that the Pelargoniums are one of the world’s favourite garden plants. They are easy to grow and propagate, they have a long flowering period and clusters of blooms are large and colorful. These are the plants popularly known as Flowering Geraniums. There is also a much smaller group which are grown for their aromatic foliage rather than for their small flowers – the Scented-leaved Geraniums.
By far the most popular flowering type is the Common Pelargonium. It will bloom almost all year round if kept on a sunny windowsill at 55*F or more. Keep the compost rather dry – overwatering is the main enemy of Pelargoniums. The Regal Pelargonium is the glamorous member of the group. Unfortunately it has a shorter flowering season and it is not as easy to grow.
Whether you grow shamrock plants indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in frost-free zones, oxalis triangularis is simple to grow and care for if you use correct proportions of water and sunlight. Oxalis triangularis is a deciduous ground cover with small flowers and clover-like leaves. Its triangular-shaped leaves fold along the vein and look like butterflies fluttering above slender stems. All Oxalis leaves are light sensitive, opening to receive sunlight and closing at night or when under shade – sometimes looking like many perched butterflies.
Oxalis triangularis comes in two varieties: green leaves with white flowers, often referred to as Oxalis Regnellii, and purple leaves with white or pink flowers, commonly called Purple Shamrock. Their bright foliage can bring color to otherwise drab winter windowsills when grown in pots indoors.
A flower garden can be a peaceful and beautiful refuge from the rest of the world. Sitting in the midst of fragrant flowers while reading a book or strolling along paths lined with flowers in cheerful colors can help you to wind down after a busy, stressful day. With some planning and work, a lovely flower garden can be yours to enjoy.
Planning Flower Garden Designs
Creating beautiful flower garden designs takes much planning and consideration. You will need to consider the types of flowers and combinations of colors you desire for the garden. In your flower garden you will also need to think about the placement of borders and shrubs as well as seating and ornaments. It is a good idea to choose an overall style for the flower garden and stick with it. When you begin your flower garden designs project, you should make a scale drawing of the design to help visualize your concepts.
Umbrella Palm (Cyperus alternifolius), also known as Umbrella Papyrus, is native to Mauritius and Madagascar where it grows as a wild plant. It grows in the form of shrubs and in most cases these are wrongly mistaken for grasses with which they have little in common, apart from appearance. It has several stems growing directly upward from a mass of roots and an umbrella-shaped cluster of leaves at the top of each stem. The leaves of the umbrella plant are narrow and flattened and only 6″ to 10″ long. All the leaves are arranged atop triangular stems. It is simple to grow, but it requires plenty of water and dew (Umbrella plant is happy growing in shallow water but can also handle drier situations, like in your garden perennial bed.).