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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Rose of Sharon


Although it is true that long, thin hummingbird bills are nicely adapted to take nectar from long, tubular flowers, it's a misconception that Ruby-throated Hummingbirds only feed from blossoms that match their bill size and shape. The orange flowers of Trumpet Creeper (right) are indeed "hummingbird magnets," but hummers at Hilton Pond Center are curious beasts; they flit around sticking their bills--and tongues--into all sorts of objects to see if something sweet is hidden within. We've seen young ruby-throats persistently probe everything from bright satin ribbons to roadside stop signs, but they eventually move on to legitimate food sources when they comprehend there are no nutrients to be had. On the other hand, when those fledgling hummers sample Rose of Sharon, they immediately realize its non-tubular four-inch cup-shaped flower may have nearly as much tasty nectar as Trumpet Creeper.

If you're a native plant purist, you may scoff at folks who use Rose of Sharon to attract hummingbirds, but it's actually a nice asset to a backyard habitat. The 10-foot-tall shrub is not actually a rose but is in the Mallow Family (Malvaceae) and is sometimes called "Shrub Althea." Its scientific name--Hibiscus syriacus--implies it comes from the Middle East, but its origins are India and East Asia. In fact, Rose of Sharon is the national flower of Korea. Biblical scholars originally supposed this large, showy blossom was mentioned in the Song of Solomon, but biogeographers now think Solomon's plant was a Rockrose that grows commonly in the Mideast. Such was also the conclusi
drawn by Carolus Linnaeus, who originally classified H. syriacus in the 18th century based on a herbarium specimen from Syria (left)--to which the species apparently had been imported long ago. These days, Rose of Sharon is grown nearly worldwide as an ornamental, but in the U.S. it seems to do best east of the Great Plains. Since it can escape from cultivation, Rose of Sharon may become a "weed"--i.e., grow where it's not wanted; in most cases it is easily controlled and seldom becomes truly invasive. We didn't plant Rose of Sharon at Hilton Pond Center, but several specimens persist with our blessings after more than two decades--even thriving in the middle of the Trumpet Creeper patch outside the old farmhouse window. This helps out the viney Trumpet Creeper, which uses shrubby Rose of Sharon for support, and both these nectar-rich plants help out our hummingbirds.
Rose of Sharon comes in many colors--especially white, lilac, and pink; it occurs as a single flower (all shown here), or as a hybridized double. Blooms first occur in late spring and continue through early fall, making Rose of Sharon one of the few summer-blooming shrubs. Individual blossoms open in early morning, close at night, and usually last less than three days. Regardless of the flower's color, there is almost always an intensely maroon central spot formed by a concentration of pigment at the bases of five large petals. This target zone (below)--which is also where nectar pools--attracts the attention of hungry hummingbirds and may serve as a "bee guide" for insect pollinators.

The reproductive part of the flower is a long finger-like stalk typical of hibiscus and other mallows (top photo); it consists of many pollen-bearing stamens and a large pistil head at the tip. Once fertilized, each flower makes a large woody seed pod or capsule that is almost acorn-shaped.

The pod has five cells, each containing three or more seeds that are brownish-red quarter-inch disks. Pods persist through the winter (and sometimes longer), dispersing all their seeds by the spring season. Pruning a Rose of Sharon in autumn before seed capsules open is an effective way to minimize any invasive qualities the shrub may have. On the other hand, ripened seeds are very easy to collect by shaking the pods into a cloth bag--just in case you want to propagate some more H. syriacus
The almost-triangular serrated leaf of Rose of Sharon is semi-glossy dark green and about 3" long; the foliage is also deciduous, which causes much consternation among forgetful gardeners. After the leaves drop in autumn, Rose of Sharon goes into a very long resting period and is one of the last shrubs to green up in spring. We often get inquiries from folks who think their prized Rose of Sharon collection froze to death during the winter, when all the gardeners needed was a little more patience and a reminder that these shrubs are invariably "late-leafers."
-hiltonpond.org

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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As the name suggests, this is mainly a website more dedicated to roses although you can buy other varieties of flowers as well. You can shop using the browser for different occasions, types of flowers or selected price range. The pictures on its home page are all rather small. You will need to click into it to see a slightly larger version of the selection.
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Once you selected the category, I like the way that you can view all the options on offer just on the one page (some websites have pages meaning you have to keep selecting ‘next’). This makes it that much quicker to see at a glance and make easy comparisons between the choices available. I also appreciate their description of what goes into each selection (the types of flowers used). I would give this website marks 4/5.type of flawer
Its 'Easter Flowers' selection gives 10 different options starting at just £18.00 for 20 stems of assorted colours Dutch tulips or choose its 'Spring Flower Basket' for £32.90, a delightful wicker basket arrangement filled with roses, chrysanthemums, gerberas and carnations in shades of peaches and cream, complete with assorted foliage.
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To ensure delivery, all orders for Easter must be placed by 4pm Wednesday 19 March.
The many add-on options include balloons (£2.99), variety of bears (from £5.99), chocolates (£5.50) or champagne (£20.00).
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Where 'Standard' delivery is indicated, it means delivery is via Royal Mail 1st class post (approximately 1-2 working days) whilst 'Express' delivery usually means next day courier delivery although orders must be received before 3pm. Saturday delivery could also be arranged with extra charges starting from £4.50.
You could type your own message or simply pick from an excellent list of 60 suggestions (extremely helpful for people with limited poetic creativity!).
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On 6 March 08 at 3.30pm, I placed an order for the ‘Yellow Roses and Lilies’ bouquet at £34.50 (delivery included). According to its system, the earliest date for delivery would be Saturday 8 March (although it could not be guaranteed) so I was very impressed type of flawer that my order was successfully delivered on the Saturday at 7.30pm by a ‘Royal Mail’ delivery van. What a lovely start to the weekend to be greeted by a beautiful gift of flowers!
The large-sized bouquet was stood inside a sturdy box and nicely gift-wrapped, complete with large golden bow and ribbons. There were 10 yellow roses, 3 white Oriental lilies, 5 hard ruscus and 4 palm leaves as complementary foliage.
Finally in the vase
The yellow roses were long-stemmed and appeared to be very well-conditioned. The lilies were all still in bud to extend its vase-life. Together with the greenery, the flowers made a lovely and generous arrangement in the vase, as cheerful as the picture that I first saw in their website.
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I like the italic font of the message card which was printed on its standard delivery card and you just have to turn it over to read it. As an experience on the whole, I really like the simplicity and ease of its ordering process from start to the end. The flowers are of high quality, especially the roses. 4 days on, the display is in full bloom and still going steady and the room is gently perfumed with the scent of the majestic lilies.to decorate your reception. It's totally up to you to decide how to use all the money you'll save. You can end your search for wedding flowers because you have found elegant bridal bouquets for a very low price. All of your wedding flower needs ready right now, out of the box to walk down the isle with you. You can find something here for every member of your wedding party and family. Ready to be impressed? Just click on any of the wedding bouquets below to get started.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pink Flowers


The giving and receiving of flowers is always a thoughtful and appreciated act. When it comes to pink flowers, these can have special meaning. Long ago, the color of flowers stood for a specific emotion and people would give flowers as a way to communicate thoughts and words that they found difficult to express.
When it comes to pink, the universal message is one of friendship. Keeping that in mind, pink the perfect color to choose, no matter which type of flower is chosen, to give to a friend. Pink may be chosen when a friend is ill, has just been through a hard time and needs something as a pick-me-up, when a friend is moving, has just been given a promotion or in times of sympathy.
In addition, if a person's favorite color is pink, then it is very appropriate to give flowers in this color. Giving pink flowers to someone who appreciates that color will show that extra thought went into the purchases; as opposed to just running into a store and choosing the first thing that is seen.
A woman feels very special when given flowers; and she can tell right away if any thought or reasoning went through the giver's mind when the flowers were bought. For example; if a woman's favorite color is pink, and her partner gives her a huge bouquet of yellow roses; she will surely know that he has not been paying attention.
Pink flowers are also a very acceptable choice when it comes to weddings. Since wedding, of course, are white the color of pink fits in very nicely and adds a soft touch of class and elegance.

Different Types of Flowers and How to Plant Them


Flowers are wonderful and refreshing gifts for friends or family, but growing your own types of flowers in your yard or garden is much more rewarding and relaxing. Daffodils are types of flowers called perennials. The best time for them to be planted is in the fall before the freezes start. But you want to keep it late enough into the fall the bulbs can start their growth. Plant Daffodils in the sun’s full light. You need to dig your hole for planting 3 times as deep that the bulb is in width. Put soil over them and tap lightly to let the air pockets out. Do not use fertilizer in the planting, in the Spring all you need to do is sprinkle some kind of bone meal over the plants. Azaleas are types of flowers in the evergreen shrubs family. Azaleas are a must have in almost everyone’s garden and yards. To plant dig a hole 2 times as large as the azalea root ball is, keeping the depth the same. The plant should be place so that the ball of the root is level to the soils surface. Now, just fill around plant with soil from the hole you dug, removing any debris and rocks as you are replacing it. Put between 3-4 inches of mulching around the azalea plants and you are on your way to enjoying some very pretty flowers. Roses are types of flowers everyone loves and adores. They have an elegance and beauty about them. Seeds should be propagated for planting. The seeds of the rose can take up to 2 years to go through the germination process if not cared for properly. To quicken this along, seeds should be placed into peat that is dampened in about a temperature of 27-31 degree C. Keep them there about 4 months and seeds will begin their germination process. Seedlings need to be placed into pots individually, once big enough to hold them. In the summer time start planting seedlings outdoors and soon you will be sitting back, relaxing and enjoying your own roses. Tulips are other favorite types of flowers most everyone adores. Tulips bloom very hardy in the springtime. Plant the tulips in masses of about 9-10 each of the one kind variety. These look great as borders in flower gardens and even in rock gardens. Variety is why the tulip is so popular; they come in every conceivable color you could think of except for the color of blue. Planting needs to be done in the middle or the late of fall. In spring the tulips will bloom fully. Plants should be placed 4 inches deep or if the taller variety of tulips then plant about 7 inches deep. Irises are types of flowers which are beautiful and peaceful looking. The iris must be grown only from the seeds. They work greatly in very shady places of your garden or yard. Areas that are somewhat milder can actually be tolerated by the iris, bit for only part of the day, and then the iris will need a shady spot to relax in and plenty of rainfall comes in the fall. Summer and the earliness of spring bring the iris to life and they reach their full blooming potential then.