Z is for Zinnia

Zinnia is a genus of 20 species of annual and perennial plants of the family Asteraceae. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Wikipedia Zinnia can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with branching stems bearing…

Y is for Yarrow

Achillea millefolium, known commonly as yarrow or common yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America.  Wikipedia Achilleas are traditional border flowers valued for their feathery foliage and striking flat, circular heads of flowers throughout the main summer…

X is for Xanthosoma roseum

Xanthosoma is a genus of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. The genus contains about 50 species that are native to tropical regions. Several are grown for their starchy corms. X. roseum is usually grown as an ornamental plant and popularly known as elephant’s ear.  

W is for Witch Hazel

  Witch Hazel otherwise known as Hamamelis virginiana is a truly wonderful winter-flowering  plant. In addition to its healing powers, witch hazel has the ability to add colour and fragrance to this season of gloom. They display curious, and beautiful, spidery flowers that exude a sublime, somewhat spicy fragrance. Their colours range from pale yellow through orange…

V is for Viola

Violas are smaller versions of pansies and both are grown for their summer and winter flowering habit. They look good in borders or containers and are often found in public parks and gardens. Their cheery colours and bright faces add brightness to a dull winter’s day but plant the paler colours: sky-blue, white, pale pink…

U is for Urn Plant

Aechmea fasciata, the urn plant bromeliad, comes from the South American rainforests. It is an epiphyte, commonly called an air plant, and in the wild it grows on other plants where it receives moisture from heavy rains and nutrients from decaying debris around its roots.  A plant must be at least three years old before it produces a…

T is for Tulips

I first posted this in May 2013, but you can never have enough tulips in my opinion, so for those of you who may have seen this before and those of you who have arrived here for the first time – enjoy these beautiful blooms! This has to be my favourite flower, though I do…

S is for Succulents

The common linking characteristic of cacti and succulents is the ability to store water in the leaves or stems enabling them to survive in arid habitats. All cacti are succulents, yet cacti are defined by the presence of areoles (specialised sites where spines form) whereas succulents have none. The majority of cacti and succulents grow…

R is for Rose

The Rose is the national flower of England. And anyone living here will know that the House of Lancaster has a red rose as its symbol whereas the House of York has the white rose. So never buy a Yorkshire lass a bunch of red roses! There are over 100 species. They form a group…

Q is for Quince

Quince, Cydonia oblonga, is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae. The quince, is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Wikipedia Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown…

P is for Protea

Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. Wikipedia They belong to the same family of plants (the family Proteaceae) as the Australian banksias, grevilleas and waratahs. Their “flowers” (actually a head or cluster of long, narrow, tubular flowers, often…

O is for Oriental Poppy

Oriental poppies are a mixture of five or six different species. As a result they vary in height, colour and form. However all provide tissue-paper flowers with pepper-pot middles before most other summer-flowering perennials open so they are extremely useful to the gardener. Their flowers only last for a short time, nevertheless they deserve a…