Real World Gardener Roses floral meaning and vase life in Talking Flowers

February 23rd, 2018

TALKING FLOWERS

Roses are Red......

 “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” 

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But did you know that  the Latin expression "sub rosa"(literally, "under the rose") means something told in secret, and in ancient Rome, a wild rose was placed on the door to a room where confidential matters were being discussed?

 

Floral meanings of each colour:

  • Each colour offers a distinct meaning:
  • red, the lover's rose, signifies enduring passion; white, humility and innocence;
  • yellow, expressing friendship and joy;
  • pink, gratitude, appreciation and admiration;
  • orange, enthusiasm and desire;
  • white lilac and purple roses represent enchantment and love at first sight. 

Botanical Bite

All roses have a flower head that is round in shape and symmetrical across its face and down its vertical axis

The fruit of a rose is called a rose hip. The berry-like hip are usually red in colour, but can sometimes be dark purple or black.

The sharp spikes on the stem of a rose bush are usually called “thorns”.

However, these are actually technically prickles.

 

I'm talking with Mercedes Sarmini of www.flowersbymercedes.com.au

Real World Gardener 10th February Stunning Hong KOng Orchid Tree is Plant of the Week

February 23rd, 2018

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Bauhina x blakeana: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

 

We love our orchids because of the spectacular showy flowers, which can seem tricky to grow.

What if they were easy to grow and you didn’t have to fuss about the growing medium or the fertiliser?

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Bauhina x blakeana: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Would you want that? Of course.

Let’s find out .how.

I'm talking with Karen Smith editor of www.hortjournal.com.au

 

Bauhinia_blakeana%2Bsingle%2Bflower.jpgThe Hong Kong orchid tree was discovered by a monk in the 1800’s then propagated and grown in the Hong Kong Botanic gardens. 

The residents there thought it was such a lovely tree that it was planted out all along the coastline.

If you live in the tropical parts of Australia, say Darwin, then expect to see this tree in flower from February right through to November.

If you are planting from seed you can expect your Bauhinia to flower from a year to two from when it was a seedling.

If you have any questions about HK Orchid tree either for me or for Karen, why not write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com

 

Real World Gardener Best Groundcovers for Shade in Design Elements

February 23rd, 2018

DESIGN ELEMENTS

Useful and Beautiful part 2

Groundcovers for shade.

Part 2 of a new series in Design Elements starts and it’s all about plants.

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Gloxinia sylvatica

 

In fact it’s so much about plants that it’s been named ‘useful and beautiful.”

Last week we covered groundcovers for sun.

But now it's time for the shadier areas of your garden.

So sit back, with pen and paper and enjoy.

I'm talking with Peter Nixon Director of www.peternixon.com.au

 

You may have inherited that large tree that gives plenty of shade but with root ridden soil.

So what will grow in only 200mm of top soil?

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Farfugium japonicum Aureum-maculata : Leopard Plant

Peter mentioned Gloxinia Goldfish, Begonia domingensis, Farfugium japonicum aureum maculatum or Leopard plant, Nidularium innocentii , Streptocarpus, and Ruellia macoyana.

 

If you have any questions about groundcovers, either for me or for Peter or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

Real World Gardener Dahlia Floral Meanings and Vase Life in Talking Flowers

February 16th, 2018

TALKING FLOWERS

Dahlia

Dahlias are perennials  related to sunflowers and Asters in the Asteraceae family.

Dahlias can be grown from seed, eg Pom Pom Dahlias, but mostly the large flowered varieties are grown from tubers that are sown in Autumn for Summer flowering.

Like all members of the Asteraceae family, the flower head is actually a composite with both central disc florets and surrounding ray florets. Each floret is a flower in its own right, but is often incorrectly described as a petal.

Where they came from:

The wild Dahlias originally grew in Mexico and other South American countries, primarily in mountainous valleys that were protected from harsh conditions in the spring and summer.

TALKING FLOWERS

Dahlia

Dahlias are perennials  related to sunflowers and Asters in the Asteraceae family.

Dahlias can be grown from seed, eg Pom Pom Dahlias, but mostly the large flowered varieties are grown from tubers that are sown in Autumn for Summer flowering.

Like all members of the Asteraceae family, the flower head is actually a composite with both central disc florets and surrounding ray florets. Each floret is a flower in its own right, but is often incorrectly described as a petal.

Where they came from:

The wild Dahlias originally grew in Mexico and other South American countries, primarily in mountainous valleys that were protected from harsh conditions in the spring and summer.

One species Dahlia pinnata is the national flower of Mexico.

Some floral meanings

  • ·         Staying graceful under pressure, especially in challenging situations
  • ·         Drawing upon inner strength to succeed
  • ·         Traveling and making a major life change in a positive way
  • ·         Standing out from the crowd and following your own unique path
  • ·         Commitment to another person or a certain ideal
  • ·         Warning someone about a potential betrayal.

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I’m talking with Mercedes Sarmini https://www.flowersbymercedes.com.au

One species Dahlia pinnata is the national flower of Mexico.

Some floral meanings

  • ·         Staying graceful under pressure, especially in challenging situations
  • ·         Drawing upon inner strength to succeed
  • ·         Traveling and making a major life change in a positive way
  • ·         Standing out from the crowd and following your own unique path
  • ·         Commitment to another person or a certain ideal
  • ·         Warning someone about a potential betrayal.

 

I’m talking with Mercedes Sarmini https://www.flowersbymercedes.com.au

Real World Gardener Useful and Beautiful Groundcovers for Sun in Design Elements

February 16th, 2018

reconnect with lost loves in Talking Flowers.

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Kalanchoe fedchenoi or Lavender Scallops

DESIGN ELEMENTS

Useful and Beautiful: Groundcovers for full sun.

A new series in Design Elements starts and it’s all about plants.

Useful and Beautiful: Plants that don't fail for every situation, but plants that are not as common to make your garden outstanding.

 

This series will go through the different levels of planting in your garden starting in with ground covers for sun and shade, bulbs, sub-shrubs, hedges, bigger shrubs, small trees and climbers.

There’s quite a lot there but we will only cover one of those categories at a time.

I'm talking with Peter Nixon Director of www.peternixon.com.au

 

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Ruellia elegans

Peter mentioned mini mondo grass, Foxtail fern, Ruellia elegans or Kalanchoe fedchenkoi or Lavender Scallops as good ground covers for sun.

Next week the series continues with groundcovers for shade.

There’s always somewhere in the garden where you need that.

If you have any questions about groundcovers, either for me or for Peter or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

 

Real World Gardener 31st January 2018

February 11th, 2018

TALKING FLOWERS

China Aster or Michaelmas Daisy.

Belongs in the Asteraceae family. Aster means Star in Latin.

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China Aster is the September birth flower and the 20th wedding anniversary flower.

Common flower meanings are:

  • ·         Patience
  • ·         Love of Variety
  • ·         Elegance
  • ·         Daintiness
  • ·         Afterthought  (or the wish things happened differently).
  • ·         Purple asters symbolize wisdom and royalty, and are the most popular colour.
  • ·         White asters symbolize purity and innocence.
  • ·         Red asters symbolize undying devotion.
  • ·         Pink asters symbolize sensitivity and love.

 

 A Greek Legend

The ancient Greeks have got it all when it comes to romance and mysticism with their stories about various Gods.

 

It all started with the ancient Greeks burning aster leaves to ward off both snakes and evil spirits.

According to Greek mythology, when the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the warring men, the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star.

Her wish was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives.

As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower sprung forth.

I'm talking with Mercedes Sarmini of https://www.flowersbymercedes.com.au

Real World Gardener 31st January 2018

February 11th, 2018

WILDLIFE IN FOCUS

Sula leucogaster Brown Booby

It’s not just seagulls that frequent our shores but Australia is home to one of the world’s most spectacular divers.

This bird is seen around harbours, river mouths and the like where they are partial to roosting on moored boats, channel markers and other structures.

I'm talking with Dr Holly Parsons, Manager of www.birdsinbackyards.org.au

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Brown Booby

Let’s find out about it .

 

 

Their flight is fairly distinctive - alternating between a few flaps and a glide, often low over the water. 

Did you know that the Brown Booby can accelerate up to 90 kph?

The booby’s sleek and velvety profile serves a double purpose, for not only is it aerodynamically adapted for speed in the air, but it is also aquadynamically adapted for swiftly penetrating the surface waters of the ocean.

"In Australia, the Brown Booby is found from Bedout Island in Western Australia, around the coast of the Northern Territory to the Bunker Group of islands in Queensland with occasional reports further south in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (Marchant & Higgins 1990). The species is reported further south to Tweed Heads, NSW, and to near Onslow, Western Australia and may be becoming more common in these areas." (ref Birds in Backyards.)

If you have any questions about the Brown Booby, either for me or for Holly or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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