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The Lipstick Tree ( Bixa orellana)


Originating from Tropical America the Lipstick tree, as it’s commonly called, is prized for it’s pretty blooms and interesting seed pods. Bixa is a small, ornamental shrub or tree with a round head. The seeds of the flower have a … Continue reading

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No I am not a sunflower!


I’m sure if a Venidium could speak it would say “No I am not a sunflower!”. Also called Cape Daisy, this is not the easiest plant to find but definitely worth the trouble! You’ll have to search the seed catalogues … Continue reading

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Cleome – The Spider Flower


This pretty annual is called the spider flower or spider plant because of its long stamens that resemble spider legs. If you like unusual or exotic plants, this beauty is a must for your garden! But do be careful, if … Continue reading

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New Flower Varieties for 2014


It’s a new year & that means new flower varieties! Here are my top picks for this year… harrisseeds.com provenwinners.com ngb.org thompson-morgan.com These are my personal favourites, what are yours? Let me know in the comments!  

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Fun Flower Facts: Coreopsis (Tickseed)


Now that it is late fall, some of you, especially those living in cooler climates, may have been noticing the sun isn’t as out as much. The days have been shorter and cooler. So to brighten up your day, today’s … Continue reading

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10 Delicious Nasturtium Recipes


Nasturtium¬† is an annual that produces bright orange blooms, bringing colour and cheer to gardens everywhere! They are also known to attract bees, butterflies and other helpful pollinators. On top of all that, nasturtiums are one of the tastiest plants! … Continue reading

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Fun Flower Facts: Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)


While they may have similar common names, the Mexican Bird of Paradise is not related to the Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae). Caesalpinia pulcherrima (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee pul-KAIR-ih-muh) is a plant native to the tropical and subtropical climates and belongs to Fabaceae, … Continue reading

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Fun Flower Facts: Salvia (Sage)


At 900 species, Salvia or sage is the largest genus of plants belonging to the mint family. The genus includes the culinary sage used to flavour meats and vegetables. Plants are native to a wide range of habitats in Central … Continue reading

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Fun Flower Facts: Tiger Lily (Lilium Lancifolium)


Tiger Lily (Lilium lancifolium, formerly L.tigrinum) is one of the most popular species of lilies. It is considered a classic garden flower, an “oldie, but a goodie.” It is easily identified by its 6 bright orange, curved petals with black … Continue reading

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Fun Flower Facts: Saffron Crocus


Crocus sativus or Saffron Crocus is the flower that produces saffron, the infamous herb used to add colour, aroma and flavour to Mediterranean cuisines. Only a few threads are needed to flavour a dish, as this spice is quite pungent. … Continue reading

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