5 Flowers to grow this Christmas.11:40:00
Spring has sprung and Summer has certainly arrived with a vengeance here.
I have pretty much de-headed everything that has flowered and not doing much else except keeping the garden alive with lots of watering as its been very hot!!
Whilst I am admiring the Hydrangeas, Agapanthus and the Gerbera's currently in bloom in the garden, I still feel that there is more colour to be had out there.
So I am not going to waste an opportunity to grow flowers, regardless of the weather and the fact that many gardening mags and its advice seems to favour waiting it out until next year after the hottest part of the year is past us.
Well boo-hoo to that I say.
I have gone against most advice and I am having a crack at some flower growing and guess what?
Ive got potential flowers growing. Potential because they are just baby flowers at the moment.
Which means that now, depending on the care they receive, some snail and earwig patrol and of course protecting them as best I can from the scorching sun of late, I may have flowers in the new year, if not sooner.
You may want to sow some seeds of your own as I have in a couple of instances or head to your local nursery and get a head start with some decent sized seedlings. In the right conditions and with some TLC you too could have some beautiful blooms of your own.
Traditionally speaking Poinsettia's and Lillies are probably the raging trend right now with Christmas around the corner and if you have them growing already that is awesome. Im jealous!
Here today however, Im sharing what you could possibly plant right now in the lead up to Christmas to be then rewarded into the new year.
My lovely neighbour gifted me an envelope full of cosmos seeds which she collected from her garden last summer. I sprinkled them into the veggie patch last week and they have germinated on a very large scale.
I will be waiting until they are a little bit bigger, probably another week and will transplant them to some bare patches in some pots and all over the front and back gardens.
Cosmos are an annual flower and come in shades of pink, purple and white. They are very hardy and have lovely fern like foliage growing to up to a metre in height and they flower profusely in the right conditions and for a long time. They like a sunny position and do need the water kept up to them when it gets hot.
After they finish flowering, if you leave the flower heads to dry out, you will find they will pop up in the garden over and over again for years to come. Even better, collect the seeds and plant them next summer where you want these pretty blooms to grow again, or gift them on to another flower lover like yourself.
I picked up these beauties as seedlings at the market a few weeks ago and they are already flowering away. They are helpful blooms in the garden as they are considered companion plants. I place them around my tomatoes as they apparently help to ward off unwanted pests in the veggie patch. Marigold flowers certainly don't smell the best, but with an array colours and shapes to choose from they do certainly add a point of interest to any garden bed in clumps, in rows or even as edging.
As you know, these are probably my favourite flower at the moment and I have a few that have sprouted and that are just beginning to sprout in the garden. Because there is such an array of Dahlia's to choose from; colours, sizes, shapes, late and early bloomers, I'm sure you will find one to plant now in the garden. Whilst it may not be the ideal time to plant tubers, you may get away with planting decent sized seedlings or small pot plants from a plant nursery.
A sneaky Dahlia tuber found its way into this pot amongst the Petunias and is already flowering these happy yellow blooms. I think this is a Mexican variety. I really need to learn the names properly!
I lifted out the tubers from this spot at the end of Autumn but obviously a few managed to stay safe and have just begun to sprout. I protect them from the snails with a plastic pot, the bottom of which has been cut out. So far its been the best method to keep them safe.
As you can see the Dahlias here are still quite small but are really starting to take off. If you found them at a nursery in a pot already this size or whereabouts, you could easily plant them in a sunny spot in your own garden.
These beauties were from an open garden called Birchwood that I went to at the beginning of the year. I would be proud as punch if mine were this good this season.
Edith and I planted a row of seeds last week and they are all now tiny little seedlings. In a few weeks, before we go away at least I will separate them and replant them around the garden in the sunniest of sunny spots. They are towering beauties when they flower and make quite the talking point of the veggie patches at their peak as they are huge. The cockatoos love them too.
You can't go wrong so grab a packet of seeds and plant them in your garden.
Week old sunflower seeds in the veggie patch.
You CANNOT go wrong with these. They flourish in the heat, they look great in pots and look very flower like if I do say so myself. Some even flower prolifically too.
I am a tiny bit addicted and will be stealing plenty when I hit Mum and Dads backyard these holidays. They sure are a winner for the summer.
If you plant them now, you will probably find they will double in size and in number by the time the summer is out.
Time to get planting I say and then if Santa forgets to stop by your place this year at least you can say that you have your flowers!!
What flowers are you planting this Christmas?
Thanks for visiting today.