Attractive, rather unusual, fruit trees that can be grown in containers and also make excellent specimen trees in the middle of a lawn. The leaves are a pale, pale light grey-green when they emerge in the spring and the top sides gradually darken as the year progresses.
The flowers emerge in late spring and are pale pink to white single flowers, flat and cupped, just like the flowers of the dog rose (Rosa canina) but a bit smaller. They have yellow stamens. The fruit turns from green to gold and should be picked in late fall.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.