Garden Delights For Midsummer

Written by Marie K Fisher

We have once again reachedrepparttar wonderful magical time of midsummer, whenrepparttar 146496 garden is aglow with sensational blooms and a fantastic array of colors. Many of these wonderful blooms fillrepparttar 146497 air with their tantalising perfume.

I often pause for a while especially at twilight whenrepparttar 146498 scent fromrepparttar 146499 blooms are at their stongest, and feel extremely proud ofrepparttar 146500 effort that I have put into my garden.

This is when I really appreciate how worthwhile it has all been.

No doubt your garden is looking really special as well, but if by any chance you feel there are any gaps, or plants that you think could be doing better, might I suggest that you take some inspiration from some of these wonderful blooms which I find truly magnificent.

In my opinion these are some ofrepparttar 146501 blooms that will enhance any garden and delightrepparttar 146502 senses with their combined scents.

Rose eglanteria - This sweet briar rose is valued forrepparttar 146503 strong apple aroma which comes fromrepparttar 146504 leaves, but there is also much more than a pink flower in summer, it is followed by a deep red inrepparttar 146505 autumn. I think that it is an extremely handsome bush, and it also makes an impenetrable hedge.

Agastache faoeniculum (anise hyssop) - This is a stately herbaceous perennial, whose silver green leaves release a liquorice aniseed fragrance. The rich violet blue color flowers are particularly loved by bees, butterflies and goldfinches among others. I findrepparttar 146506 rich beautiful color delightful when it bursts into my garden inrepparttar 146507 late summer, and lasts right through to autumn. Cytisus battandeiri (Moroccan Broom) - When planted aroundrepparttar 146508 walls ofrepparttar 146509 house or aroundrepparttar 146510 patio,repparttar 146511 crushed pineapple aroma which comes fromrepparttar 146512 cones ofrepparttar 146513 yellow blossom will pervaderepparttar 146514 air. It truly excitesrepparttar 146515 senses onrepparttar 146516 warm still days of June and July, with its wonderful aroma wafting intorepparttar 146517 house or patio area. It should be encouraged to flower freely so that you getrepparttar 146518 most from this absolutely wonderful flower.

Magnolia grandiflora - The large chalices are a joy in late summer with a wonderful lemon zest aroma. It should be helped to bloom when young by espalier-trainingrepparttar 146519 shoots against a warm sunny wall. Train them horizontally, and shorten new shoots to five leaves in August.

Dianthus (Brymton Red) - These lovely old fashioned dianthus have a lingering clove fragrance andrepparttar 146520 "Brymton red" is a true peacock among them. They yield a brilliant display of single deep red flowers laced with darker markings, and are just scintilating in June. Be sure to deadhead flowers weekly to channel your plants energy into producing more shoots and blooms.

Eucryphia nymansay - This elegant evergreen is famous for its summer and autumn display of large honey scented white flowers. The flower is coveted by nectar seeking bees. It needs a warm and sunny location. I absolutely adore these.

Ferdinand Pitchard - This is an old fashioned rose withrepparttar 146521 beckoning smell of fresh picked raspberries. The globular pink blooms striped with crimson and purple will be your reward for planting this fatastic rose. It thrives on humis rich soil in full sunlight, and it will bring color to repparttar 146522 summer season most beautifully.

Other Flowers To Bring A Fesival Of Color And Delight.

Gladiolus communis - Until recently people looked down their noses at gladiolus but they do make really good border flowers. They are excellent at crammingrepparttar 146523 other colors, and they barely take any space at ground level.

July Garden Chores

Written by Sandra Wilson

It's getting hotter every day or so it seems. There are still some things that can be done inrepparttar garden even at this time of year. Below are a few gardening tips for those that loverepparttar 146362 summer warmth. For you who aren't particularly appreciative ofrepparttar 146363 hot hot, then do your gardening chores early inrepparttar 146364 morning.

Asrepparttar 146365 flowers in your garden start to fade, you should see seed pods begin to appear. What does this mean as far asrepparttar 146366 plant's growth is concerned? How does it affectrepparttar 146367 appearance of your garden?

It means thatrepparttar 146368 plant puts most of its resources towardsrepparttar 146369 seeds and creating them. Ifrepparttar 146370 seed pods are allowed to remain,repparttar 146371 plant will not continue to give you flowers like it would ifrepparttar 146372 seeds were removed oncerepparttar 146373 flowers go by. You could end up with a garden with lots of seeds and few blooms. This of course, depends on many factors. Therefore, faded flowers should be cut off. You can go around every day as you go about youyr gardening with some type of trimmers or scissors and cut off allrepparttar 146374 dead flowers. You can add this organic matter to your compost pile.

But,there are, of course, exceptions to every rule. There are a some plants that are grown because of their colored or shaped seed pods. Among these arerepparttar 146375 Chinese lanterns plants. It is a low-growing plant with white flowers that some may think are not as pretty as many other flowers, but whenrepparttar 146376 flowers have gone by, balloon-like seed pods gradually appear. At first these are green, but in time they will change to a brilliant orange-red. They can be used in vases inrepparttar 146377 house throughoutrepparttar 146378 winter to brightenrepparttar 146379 decor.

At this time of year, you might find a beautiful flower on some plant in your garden and you just want to saverepparttar 146380 seed. Tie a piece of string aroundrepparttar 146381 stem so you can identify it later and very carefully removerepparttar 146382 other flowers fromrepparttar 146383 plant as they fade. Then, whenrepparttar 146384 seed is ready, you can cutrepparttar 146385 stem bearingrepparttar 146386 seed. After leaving it in a warm dry place for a few days, carefully seperate outrepparttar 146387 seeds and put them away for another day. They should be kept perfectly dry. This is one technique towards creating your own special garden and an interesting gardening technique as well.

In some cases, it is a good plan to sow seed as soon as it is ready as it grows more quickly and more surely than seed that has been kept. For annuals, this may not be practical this late inrepparttar 146388 season. This, of course, depends upon your growing season, how longrepparttar 146389 individual plant actually takes to set seed and other factors. With perennials, you might be able to get a head start on next spring by plantingrepparttar 146390 seed in a protected area forrepparttar 146391 winter. Maybe in a cold frame in a protected area. Onrepparttar 146392 other hand, there are some seeds that just do not grow for a long time. Some seeds require a certain number of hours of cold temperatures or even below freezing temperatures before planting. You will have to researchrepparttar 146393 individual plant you have seed from to see what is practical.

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