Floral Calender {1}

Calendars have existed for thousands of years in various forms. The Chinese, Japanese, Romans, Egyptians, and Hopi and Navajo Indians, among countless others, developed calendars. Each of these calendars was different, but each was an accurate means of keeping track of the seasons and the passage of time. Because calendars were so closely tied with … Continue reading Floral Calender {1}

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BASKET OF GOLD

COMMON NAME:  basket of goldGENUS:  Alyssum  {although this plant is generally listed in catalogs as Alyssum saxatile, it can also be listed in the genus Aurinia}SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS,A. saxatile  'Citrinum'-pale yellow flowers.A.s. 'Compactum'-bright yellow flowers; shorter plants.A.s. 'Flora Plenum'-double form; bright yellow; each flower is like a miniature rose.FAMILY:  CruciferaeBLOOMS:  early springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  Basket of gold … Continue reading BASKET OF GOLD

GLORY OF THE SNOW

COMMON NAME:  glory of the snowGENUS:  ChionodoxaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS,C. luciliae  'Alba'-whiteC. l. 'Gigantea'-large blue flowers, 2 inches acrossC. sardensis-small, intensely blue flowers.FAMILY:  LiliaceaeBLOOMS: early springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  Beautiful star-shaped flowers in blue or white bloom very early in spring, sometimes even before snow is gone. Used in mass plantings, these plants can be spectacularly beautiful. Their neat, compact … Continue reading GLORY OF THE SNOW

GRAPE HYACINTH

COMMON NAME:  grape hyacinth GENUS:  Muscari SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS, M. armeniacum 'Early Giant'-blue M.a. 'Blue Spike'-up to 12-inch blossoms. M. a. 'White Beauty'-white. M. botryoides-pure white. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  early spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Most grape hyacinths grow 6 to 8 inches tall and produce spikes full of round, almost closed blossoms. They spread about … Continue reading GRAPE HYACINTH

HYACINTH

COMMON NAME:  hyacinth GENUS:  Hyacinthus SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS, H. orientalis 'Amsterdam'-bright red to pink. H. o. 'Anne Marie'-light pink. H. o. 'Carnegie'-creamy white. H. o. 'Delft Blue'-blue FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  early spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Hyacinths are widely used as a spring bulb. The top flower size is 7 to 7 1/2 inches in circumference. … Continue reading HYACINTH

PANSY

COMMON NAME:  pansy GENUS:  Viola SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS, V. wittrockiana 'Universal' hybrids-heavy blooms; heat and cold tolerant. V. w. 'Crystal Bowl'-clear colors without markings; small 2 1/2-inch blooms V. w. 'Majestic Giants'-large plants with 4-inch blooms. FAMILY:  Violaceae BLOOMS:  early spring TYPE:  annual DESCRIPTION:  Unusual markings on the petals of pansy blossoms have earned the flowers … Continue reading PANSY

Scilla

COMMON NAME:  scilla GENUS:  Scilla SPECIES:  S. sibirica FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  early spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION: Scilla has short {4 to 6 inches} spikes of bright blue or white flowers. The foliage is attractive and the growing habit neat, making it an excellent plant to use as a border or edging plant. It also lends … Continue reading Scilla

Sweet Pea

COMMON NAME:  sweet pea GENUS:  Lathyrus SPECIES:  L. odoratus {annual}                  L. latifolius {perennial} FAMILY:  Leguminosae BLOOMS: early spring TYPE: annual or perennial DESCRIPTION: The pastel blossoms of sweet pea come in a lovely array of hues including nearly every color except yellow. Their growth habit varies from … Continue reading Sweet Pea

The Victorian Language of Flowers

The language of flowers was quite suited to Victorian England, for it allowed for communication between lovers without the knowledge of ever-present chaperones and parents. Messages that would be a social impossibility if spoken could be conveyed by sending certain types of flowers. How these flowers were sent was of great importance as well, for … Continue reading The Victorian Language of Flowers

Color In the Garden

Many factors contribute to the beauty of a flower. Its form, texture, fragrance, and intricate detail all add to its loveliness. Ask anyone to describe a flower, however, and the first thing mentioned is likely to be the color of the blossoms. Not only does each flower have its own personality based on its history … Continue reading Color In the Garden