Archive for July, 2008
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
‘Flag-at-the-masthead’ might be an appropriate name for Salvia viridis. The blue, pink, or white foliage formed at the top of the plant obviously shares the function of flowers in attracting insects. The latter are happy to respond, but are obliged to drop down a level to enjoy the nectar, as the labiate flowers are borne lower down the stems. These are not very striking.
Monday, July 7th, 2008
These flowers, V4 in wide, are balanced like white butterflies at the top of their tall thin stems, which grow up to 39 in in height. The perennial originally came from the south of the United States and became a popular plant for borders in England. On the continent of Europe, however, it cannot survive most winters. It is therefore better to grow the plant there as an annual, either by taking cuttings in summer, or by sowing indoors early in the year. In that case, the plants will bear flowers from July of the same year until far into September.
Sunday, July 6th, 2008
During summertime, its always nice to have a barbeque with your friends and family. You can do this when you have a gas, charcoal or smoker grill. But what type of grill is best for your garden? There are many things to consider when you try to buy the grill. The most common grill nowadays is the gas grill. Powered by propane gas this type of grill has many advantages. The biggest benefit is the convenience factor. Gas grills are ready to go almost instantly and cook food fast. This type of grill makes it convenient to cook on almost all of the time. The disadvantage to a gas grill is that it adds no flavor to your food. You do not get any of the flavor of a charcoal or wood burning grill.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Salpiglossis sinuata bears flowers about 2 in wide. They have distinctive markings, with contrasting colors along their veins, like ingenious patterns woven into brocade – hence their Dutch common name brokaatbloem. They create a very baroque impression. That may account for their lack of popularity among otherwise keen gardeners until they happen to see the plants in someone else’s garden. I myself go overboard for the cultivar Salpiglossis sinuata with its chocolate-brown veins on golden-yellow and greyish-pink petals.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
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