Archive for February 2011
Blue butterflies are one of the most attractive and charming butterflies. The reason is their unique color because most of the people think that butterflies have some common colors like brown, white etc. Blue color in butterflies is considered to be very unique and rare and most of us are ignorant that there is a special species of butterflies that are blue in color. Surprisingly, blue butterflies are in abundance in the world except from some of the endangered species. Here in this article I am going to describe some types of blue butterflies for your further information and knowledge.
The first type of blue butterflies is Mission Blue butterflies which are found in California. Male and female butterflies have different colors and patterns. Female butterflies are of brown color having small spots of blue color on the internal portion of wings while the males are totally blue in color and have black trim on the top of wings. On the inner side of the wings, male butterflies have white and black spots. Both male and female butterflies look very attractive and beautiful flying in the garden.
Eastern Tailed Blue butterflies are found in the eastern areas of United States. Arizona, California and Washington are some places where they are seen too. Eastern tailed blue butterflies like to eat asters, wild strawberries and clover plants.
Karner Blue butterflies are among one of the species of blue butterfly that are in danger of extinction because they are facing lack of food and loss of habitat. These butterflies look very beautiful in their blue color. Male and female butterflies differ in color. Male butterflies have silvery blue color having dark black color on the edges of the wings. The color of females is a mixture of gray and brown. But at the top of the wings, there is orange and blue color that makes the butterflies look attractive.
There is another type of blue butterflies that are found in the United States along with the coast of Pacific. These butterflies are named Pacific Dotted Blue butterflies. You can see these butterflies flying in the deserts, mountains, coastline, rock-strewn slopes and hills. The male butterflies have beautiful lilac blue color of their wings while females are brown. On the inner side of wings both males and females have off-white color.
Fender’s Blue butterflies are featured with silvery blue color and they can be seen in Oregon. Their major source of food is a wild flower named Kincaid’s Lupine. It is also endangered specie and the reason behind this is loss of main food and locale.
These were some common types of blue butterflies. Some of its species are safe while others are in a great danger. Extensive efforts on a large scale are required to save the endangered species so that they can continue to attract us with their magnificent beauty and unique color.
Marigolds are among one of the flowers that have long life. These are very beautiful looking flowers having eye-catching colors like yellow, orange and red. Their blooming season starts from the mid-summers and ends with the first frost of fall season. Planting marigolds is almost effortless provided that their growing requirements are fulfilled. Here I am giving some instructions and tips regarding the plantation of marigold flowers:
Select Sunny Location
Marigolds thrive in full or partial sun so you should find a place accordingly.
Start Planting Process
You can start the planting process after the last snow fall of the season. If you want to grow them before the last frost then you can plant them indoors in such containers having potting soil. After the frost, you can change their place by replanting them outside in your garden. This whole process will help these flowers to produce blooms early in the season.
Select Area having Rich Soil
Now you will have to select a location having rich soil. Before planting the flowers, you will have to add fertilizer to the soil if it is poor in terms of richness. After adding manure, your next step is to dig the manure in soil using a shovel.
Sow the Seeds
Now the next step is to sow the seeds in the garden. The distance between the seeds and giant marigolds should be at least one to two feet. After sowing the seeds, they should be covered with a thin layer of soil. You can use trowel for this purpose.
Douse the Seeds
Next step is to drench the seeds with water using a water jug or pipe.
Keep the Soil Humid
Once the seeds start to germinate and plants are established, you should make sure to keep the soil damp. But here one thing should be kept in mind that soil should not be saturated with too much of water.
In order to control the growth of weeds and to keep the moisture preserved around the plant, you should add mulch.
Water during Dry Weather
Another important tip is that, during the dry weather, water plants once or twice a week.
Remove Finished Blossoms
When your plants start flowering in mid-summer, you must deadhead the finished blossoms. It will help the plant to grow well and improve the look of marigold flowers.
Continue Periodic Watering
Episodic watering should be continued on weekly basis until after the first frost.
These were some important steps that must be followed for the successful plantation and healthy growth of marigold flowers.
Orchids are one of the darling flowers of amateur gardeners and growers. They add to the beauty and grace of gardens as well as rooms if they are grown indoors. They are bright and attractive flowers and very easy to grow. But at the same time, they need special care especially when they are blooming. Most of the orchid growers are unaware of caring for them while they are blooming. Keeping this in mind, I am giving you some tips and instructions about taking care of blooming orchid plants.
- You should feed the blooming orchid plants properly. You can feed your orchids once in a week with orchid food. But remember that the particular food should not contain urea. You should also consider about the method of feeding orchid plants. It’s very simple. All you have to do is to make the orchid food thinned and diluted first so that its strength and concentration may reduce. Then you can give this food to your plants while watering them.
- Orchids don’t like direct sunlight. Moreover the blooms of orchids become withered and are burnt in direct sunlight. So it is necessary to place them at a location that doesn’t receive direct sunlight.
- While flowering, the orchids should not be moved. They should be placed in a moderately warm location approximately above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If orchid plants are given stress and exposed to chilly air, their blooms will start falling earlier than normal blooming time.
- Watering is another important factor to be remembered while taking care of blooming orchids. The best time to water blooming orchids is morning time. But remember that they should be watered only when the soil becomes dry. The frequency of watering should be once in a week but it all depends on the climate you are growing orchids in. Over-watering can spoil the plants. The best method is to touch your finger with soil. If it is dry then it means that plants require water.
- Always use moderately warm tap water while watering the orchid plants. Remember not to drench the soil with water. The amount of the water should be enough to just moist the soil.
- When orchid flowers begin to wither, remove them. The usual blooming time of orchid flowers is about one to four months.
- After blooming, trim the plants. There are some types of orchids that bloom again after pruning while some bloom only once.
These were some important instructions related to care of blooming orchid plants. I hope that they will guide and help you a lot.
Roses are very beautiful flowers and come in different colors. That’s why they are the most dearly loved flowers all over the world. People present rose to their loved ones for expressing love, friendship and compassion. Due to their loveliness and grace, some people want to grow these flowers in their home garden but find it complex and difficult to grow them properly. Keeping this in mind, I am giving some tips on growing rose flowers easily.
It is better to water the roses early in the morning or in afternoon. Roses are among one of the flowers that like good drainage but in spite of this, they require a lot of water during their growing season. Special care has to be taken during drought as at this time they require to be soaked at least twice a week. While watering, keep in mind that water should be given to the soil so that the spray on the leaves is not washed away with water.
Roses require a lot of sunlight. Make sure that flowers get sunlight for 4 to 6 hours daily for their better growth. Rose plants also require proper air circulation so they should not be planted in a location that is crowded by other plants. For climber rose plants, make strong fences to provide them proper space to grow.
Also consider that the soil of the planting location is good enough for the rose plants. Roses require a soil having a PH from 5.5 to 6.5. Moreover roses grow well in clay soil having a reasonable amount of organic matter.
Fertilizers should be provided to rose plants twice a year; once before autumn blossom and once before spring bloom. For this it is recommended to use chemical fertilizers according to the directions given on the packets of fertilizers.
Pruning of rose flowers is done twice; once at the time of planting and once after the plants have been established. At planting time, the top of plant should be cut 4 to 5 inches above the ground leaving three sturdy branches. Although this pruning seems to be severe, it is better for healthy growth. This pruning should be done only if you are planting in spring. But if you are planting them in fall, there is no need to prune them severely.
As a mentioned above, pruning is also done after the plants are established. So at this time, cut them 4 to 6 inches above the ground. This pruning is done in early spring leaving those branches which are strong and healthy.
You should also protect your rose plant from getting any diseases. So it is recommended to spray them regularly from the time the first leave begin to develop.
These were some of the tips on growing rose flowers. I hope you will find them quite beneficial and interesting.
Growing a rooftop garden is an option for those people who don’t have a yard or enough gardening space. Creating a rooftop garden may prove somewhat tricky but if you have a strong roof which can support containers then it may prove a superb place to grow a garden. Growing a rooftop garden can also be turned into a money-saving process because you can not only grow the flowers but also different types of vegetables in your rooftop garden. So if you are interested in creating a rooftop garden then follow these simple steps.
Selection of Area
Firstly you should be careful enough in selecting a suitable area for your rooftop garden. You should select that area of your roof that receives the most sunlight as your rooftop garden will require sunlight. It is also important to consider that the selected rooftop is not slanted and it can support a garden. You can also add additional supports if you are not sure about the strength of your roof.
Arranging Gardening Tools
Now after selecting a suitable area for your rooftop garden, the next step is to collect and arrange all the necessary gardening tools like gloves, bucket, water container, rain barrel, brooms, shears etc.
Now lay down the plastic sheeting on the roof where you will put the garden containers having flowers and vegetables plants.
You must also select and collect garden containers and boxes for growing the plants. For this purpose, you can select terra cotta pots or a small child’s wading pool can also serve the purpose.
Filling the Containers with Soil
After placing the containers and pots on plastic sheeting, the containers should now be filled with soil. Now plant the seeds of flowers and vegetables which you want to grow in your rooftop garden. Planting the seeds would be done in the same way as planting the seeds in ground. Water them regularly for their best growth.
Mulching the Containers
Next you will have to compost the top of containers and pots with organic mulch like leaves or tree barks. Adding a 2 or 3 inch layer of mulch would be sufficient for the soil to preserve enough moisture.
Watering the Garden
Watering the garden is necessary for its healthy growth. As this would be a container garden so it will require water on frequent basis. It is recommended to water the rooftop garden everyday except it rains.
Plants need fertilizer to get essential nutrients and minerals. So regularly provide them with proper fertilizers. But keep in mind that excessive fertilizing can rot the plants so you should be aware of the fertilizing methods and know that what quantity of fertilizer should be provided to the plants.
Decorating the Garden
To make your rooftop garden look prettier and elegant, you can add different decorative elements in your garden like a sculpture or some light furniture.
I hope that you will find the above steps quite easy and helpful in creating and maintaining your rooftop garden.