Blue Wild Flowers for Your Garden

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Planting wild flowers in your garden, or simply scattering wild flower seeds around an area of your yard are both ways to take advantage of Mother Nature's treasured gifts. Wild flowers are carefree, colorful, and tend to attract bees, butterflys and birds. So planting wild flowers not only gives you an easy maintenance flower garden... it also promises to be a constant source of interesting activity throughoutrepparttar year.

The following wild flowers are blue to purple in color, and some say this is a favorite color of bees.

VIRGINIA or COMMON DAY-FLOWER (Commelina Virginica) - Spiderwort family The Day Flower has blue, one inch wide or smaller flowers which tend to be irregular. The flowers are grouped atrepparttar 113306 end ofrepparttar 113307 stem, and are upheld by long leaf-like bracts. The leaves are lance-shaped and 3-5 inches long. The upper leaves form like a hood of sorts aboutrepparttar 113308 flower. These wild flowers prefer moist, shady ground and flower from June through September.

The day flower tends to open inrepparttar 113309 morning and looking somewhat "alert". Inrepparttar 113310 afternoon, or afterrepparttar 113311 bees have visited and fertilized it,repparttar 113312 petals roll up and quickly wilt into a wet, shapeless mass which will leave a sticky blue fluid on your fingers if you touch it.

SPIDERWORT; WIDOW'S or JOB'S TEARS (Tradescantia Virginiana) - Spiderwort family The Spiderwort's flowers are purplish blue in color but on rare occasion they can be white. There's usually several flowers about 1-2 inches wide, and usually contain clusters of drooping buds between long, blade-like bracts atrepparttar 113313 end. This one can grow from 8-36 inches tall, and has long blade-like leaves. It prefers rich, moist woods, thickets or garden space, and it flowers from May through August.

5 Secrets To Growing Beautiful Roses

Written by Abigail Baker

A rose is a rose is rose - and there are few things inrepparttar garden more beautiful. There are 5 secrets I want to share that will help you to grow healthy roses.

1. Sunshine: Plan to put your rose bush in a spot where it will get as much sun at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.

2. Water: Drops of water onrepparttar 113305 leaves can cause burning, and lead to black spot disease so always water from underneath, soakingrepparttar 113306 earth until it is damp but not soggy. It is better to water thoroughly once a week than lightly several times inrepparttar 113307 same period.

Beware if your Roses get too much water, they'll drown. Water inrepparttar 113308 morning or at least four or five hours before dusk so that any excess moisture can be absorbed byrepparttar 113309 heat ofrepparttar 113310 day.

3. Planting & Soil: As soon asrepparttar 113311 ground can be worked inrepparttar 113312 Spring, turnrepparttar 113313 soil torepparttar 113314 depth ofrepparttar 113315 spade. Torepparttar 113316 loosened soil add 1/3 to 1/2 as much again of composted humus like leaf mold, peat moss, or composted manure, together with coarse sand. Make sure to workrepparttar 113317 soil at least a month before planting.

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