Growing Delphiniums

Growing delphiniums    The modern delphinium is one of the most spectacular and popular of garden flowers. There are wide ranges of colors, several flower forms, and varieties of different heights. Hobby growers strive to produce the largest individual flowering spikes possible. PLANT RIGHT: Select a sunny location and a soil as deep which is rich as possible. In early Spring, [...]

Self Sowing Annuals

Self Sowing Annuals   ANNUALS WHICH USUALLY SELF-SOW Browallia (Browallia) California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) CallioPsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Four-o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa) Gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans) Larkspur, Rocket (Delphinium ajacis) Morning-glory (Ipomma purpurea) Petunia (Petunia hybrida) Pot-marigold (Calendula officinalis) Rose Moss (Portulaca grandiflora) Sage, Mealycup (Salvia farinacea) Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) Spiderflower (Cleome spinosa) Summer-cypress (Kochia trichophylla) Sweet [...]

How to grow Lilacs

How to grow Lilacs When it’s lilac-blooming time again this year from early May until end of June-will your garden be replete with their white, violet, pink, blue; and purple flowers? Certainly they are among the most popular of all flowering shrubs, and nurserymen have over 250 named varieties to offer for your planting. Perhaps you’re holding back just because of [...]

The Vegetable Guide – Beet

Introduction The modern beet as such was not apparently known in ancient times. There is a story that when the Greeks paid homage to Apollo they served him beet roots on a silver platter, but the first recorded specific reference to beets is in the third century in Rome. They were mentioned in 1390 in some old English cooking recipes. [...]

The Best flowers to Plant for the Most Colourful Garden

Our gardens endow our homes with an aesthetic ambience that it is almost impossible to have a complete home in the absence of a colourful garden. However, when you look closely the centrepiece of any garden lies in colour. Colour gives your garden life, mood, and disposition. Therefore, when choosing flowers for your garden from Florist Belfast you need to [...]

Keeping Garden Maintenance Low

Keeping Maintenance Low With increasingly busy lifestyles, even keen gardeners find it hard to devote enough time to their garden. Here we discuss how you can create a low maintenance garden that still looks attractive. The Challenge Our client had moved to a brand new house, and as usual the garden was just a bare plot. The builders had already started [...]

Siberian Iris

Friends and family who visit my garden when the Iris is bloom, often exclaim, “Aren’t these colorful! What type of Iris are they?” They are referring to the Siberian Irises, which are planted in long drifts above the bog garden path. Apparently, for all their graceful beauty, with flowers poised like resting butterflies on tall, reed-like stems, they are not truely [...]

Nepeta – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Nepeta Nepeta (nep-ee-ta) An early Latin name, probably taken from an Italian place name Nepi (Labiatae). A genus of about 150 species of hardy herbaceous perennials and annuals, a few of which are grown partly for their aromatic foliage. Some were once used for their remedial properties. One, grown commonly under the name of N. mussinii, often [...]

Potting soil for Delphinums

Potting Soil for Delphiniums   John Innes Potting Compost Seed compost: 2 parts sterilised loam 1 part moss peat 1 part sharp sand The loam and peat is put through in 3/8 in (9mm) sieve. To each bushel (8gal/36l) is added: 1.5 oz (42gm) superphosphate 3/5 oz (21gm) ground limestone Potting Compost: 7 parts sterilised loam 3 parts moss peat 2 [...]

Rhododendron ( Minuet Knap Hill Azalea )

Upright, hardy, deciduous shrub with elliptic to oblong, 2 to 6 inch long leaves. Single, trumpet-shaped, pink, white, and yellow flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide. Flowers are borne in huge, showy trusses of 18 to 30 blooms per cluster. Bloom time is from mid to late spring. The deciduous hybrid azalea, like it’s native counterpart, is known for excellent [...]