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Romantic Old Roses

What is a Romantic “Old Rose”? Old Roses are admired for their fragrance and large beautiful blooms every garden should have a few.Old garden roses include those rose varieties that existed before 1867. Why that particular date? The first hybrid tea rose, “La France” was discovered growing in a garden and introduced in 1867 which marked the start of a new era. All classes of roses in existence before that time were deemed ‘old garden roses’ or ‘heirlooms’. Hence new classes were called modern roses.

Romantic? Can you imagine these famous authors using their prose with any other flower than the rose? “But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold”.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all”.
W. Somerset Maugham
William Shakespeare’s Juliet said, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet”.

Glorious Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies are the easiest plants to grow in your garden, and this particular daisy can also be grown indoors to splash up your window during the winter dodrums.If you want to grow them for indoor enjoyment, fill a container with soil and plant one seed two and half inches down and cover with soil.  Water in and place on a sunny windowsill.
It only grows as a tender perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 through 11.
This plant can be used in container gardens, as a border and in beds.  The plant requires a sunny location and grows to be a foot in height and two feet wide so prior to planting plan for this fact.  The blooms of the gerbera daisy are not only used for cut flowers but also are a favorite of many butterfly species.
While you can buy gerbera daisy plants, it is just as much fun to grow your own from seed.   If you plan to plant your gerbera daisy outside, directly seed into the ground.  To do this, choose a sunny location after a danger of frost has passed and the soil…

Ten Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

Many herbs—including oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage—are easy to grow indoors just by  taking a cutting from an existing outdoor plant. You can grow herbs indoors this winter and add that fresh just -picked taste to your meals.  Growing herbs indoors is easy you don't even need special lights just a bright window. Techniques for Growing Herbs Indoors Rooting a cutting
Snip off a 4-inch section, measured back from the tip. Strip off the lower leaves and stick the stem into moist, soilless mix, such as perlite and/or vermiculite. Cover with glass or clear plastic to add humidity and keep the growing medium-moist. Transition to indoors Before the first fall frost start moving your potted herb plants toward their winter home. Instead of bringing them directly inside, put them in a bright, cool "transitional zone," such as a garage, entryway, or enclosed porch, for a few weeks. Once they've acclimated, move them to an area with lots of sun (south-facing windows are brighte…

Flowers Butterflies Love

Flowers Butterflies Love:  Butterflies will be very  happy to come to our backyards if we provide what they need. When planting new flowers take into  consideration nectar plants (flowers) attract  a wide variety of butterflies, and that larval foodplants attract very specific kinds of butterflies seeking plants on which to lay eggs and that will nourish the caterpillars.

If you desire to coax these beautiful winged creatures to your backyard plant the following flowers in you cottage garden.

Since many common butterflies are on the wing throughout the year , as long as it isn’t too cold or hot and dry—we can use different flowering plants to provide nectar throughout the year.

1In late fall, mountain marigold and rabbitbrush robe themselves in golden heads attracting a host of species. During the spring, patches of wildflowers come alive with butterflies.

Late summer flowering shrubs include red bird of paradise, butterfly bush, Mexican sunflower, lantana, desert…