By Diana Wells
Illustrations by way of Ippy Patterson. From child Blue Eyes to Silver Bells, from Abelia to Zinnia, each flower tells a narrative. Gardening author Diana Wells is aware all of them. the following she offers 100 recognized backyard favorites and the not-so-well-known tales at the back of their names. now not for gardeners basically, this can be a booklet for someone not only within the blossoms, yet within the roots, too.
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Additional info for 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names
Stainless Steel’ is an excellent variety with deeply divided, glossy, gray green foliage and loosely-branched spikes of flowers. It blooms in midsummer on sturdy stems. Aconitum 17 Alchemilla mollis ALCHEMILLA (al-kuh-MILL-uh) LADY’S MANTLE Expected Preferred Bloom Time Longevity Maintenance Years to Bloom Light Late spring to early summer 25+ years Low L ady’s Mantles are low-growing plants with scallop-edged, fan- or kidney-shaped leaves providing season-long interest. They are especially attractive after a rain shower or when coated with dew.
Propagation Division Lady’s Mantles can remain undisturbed for 6 to 10 years before division is recommended. Dig 20 a plant up in early spring just as new growth begins. Cut the crown into sections with a sharp spade or knife, making sure that each division has a strong root system. Plant these new divisions immediately as you would a bare root plant. The Most Popular Perennials You may have to vary or combine these methods to get seed to germinate. Be patient. Probably the simplest germination method is to sow old seed in a moist growing medium outdoors just before the ground freezes.
Tings taken off new growth in spring. Timing is critical, as the stem tissue must be neither too soft nor too hard. Early in the day cut off the top couple of inches (5 cm) of a stem ¼ inch (6 mm) under a leaf node. Remove the lower leaves, and dip the bottom portion of the cutting in rooting hormone. Tap the cutting lightly to remove excess hormone, and stick it immediately into moist rooting medium. Provide high humidity around cuttings during the rooting process. As soon as a cutting has formed a strong mass of roots, pot it up or plant it in a protected spot in the garden.
100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells