The Madness of Spring!
Updated: Apr 22
Even though the people of the world have slowed down, that does not mean that Mother Earth has. Spring has finally sprung, and I am starting to see the fruits of my labor in my flower garden. I have been trying my hand in gardening for quite some time now. I can recall when I was younger my mom would make my sister and I help her in her garden. She would tell us all the tips and tricks to growing and caring for plants. At first, I looked at it as a punishment because while other kids were playing, here I am in the yard digging and sweating. I thought it was the most boring thing in the world because, in the beginning, I had no understanding of how important it can be to grow and care for a plant. There is no one plant that is the same when it comes to the care of the plant. All plants have to be taken care of in different ways some plants may require more water, sunlight, and attention than others. Plants also like when you talk to them, read to them and vibe out to some music with them.
Hi, you guys my name is Vera and I’m addicted to gardening!
Aside from when I was a girl, when I got back into gardening it started with some beans that Amerah (my oldest) had brought home when she was attending public school. Once I saw that I could get those beans to grow and keep them alive, I just started planting all types of plants, from fruits and veggies to hedges and Aloe. I could not go into Lowes, Sams, Walmart, Home Depot or anywhere that had a gardening section without coming out with at least three plants. It was getting bad y’all. So bad that Donovan had to put a cap on how much I could spend before we went into any store. Needless to say, the flowers and plants that I have chosen I feel as though I did a great job. There are only a few of my babies that are in full bloom which are the ones I’m highlighting in this post. The rose bush also known as Garden Roses was a gift from Donovan, he goes I’m going to get you this rose bush so that way I don’t have to worry about buying you flowers cause you’ll always have the rose bush. So yeah, we corny like that but oh well moving along. Here is a little bit of information about the Garden Roses followed by some information on these beautiful Tiger Lily’s.
Garden roses are predominantly hybrid roses that are grown as ornamental plants in private or public gardens. They are one of the most popular and widely cultivated groups of flowering plants, especially in temperate climates. Numerous cultivars have been produced, especially over the last two centuries, though roses have been known in the garden for millennia beforehand. While most garden roses are grown for their flowers, some are also valued for other reasons, such as having ornamental fruit, providing ground cover, or for hedging. It is believed that roses were grown in many the early civilizations of temperate latitudes from at least 5000 years ago. They are known to have been grown in ancient Babylon. Paintings of roses have been discovered in Egyptian pyramid tombs from the 14th century BC. Records exist of them being grown in Chinese gardens and Greek gardens from at least 500 BC. Many of the original plant breeders used roses as a starting material as it is a quick way to obtain results.
The significant breeding of modern times started slowly in Europe, from about the 17th century. This was encouraged by the introduction of new species, and especially by the introduction of the China rose into Europe in the 19th century. An enormous range of roses has been bred since then. Roses are one of the most popular garden shrubs in the world with both indoor and outdoor appeal. They possess several general features that cause growers and gardeners to choose roses for their gardens. This includes the wide range of colors they are available in; the generally large size of the flower, larger than most flowers in temperate regions; the variety of size and shape; the wide variety of species and cultivars that freely hybridize.
Rose flowers have historically been cultivated in a diverse number of colors ranging in intensity and hue; they are also available in countless combinations of colors which result in multicolored flowers. Breeders have been able to widen this range through all the options available with the range of pigments in the species. This gives us yellow, orange, pink, red, white and many combinations of these colors. However, they lack the blue pigment that would give a true purple or blue color and until the 21st century, all true-blue flowers were created using some form of the dye. Now, however, genetic modification is introducing the blue pigment. Colors are bred through plant breeding programs that have existed for a long time. Roses are often bred for new and intriguing color combinations which can fetch premium prices in the market.
Tiger Lily also known as Lilium lancifoliumis an Asian species of lily, native to China, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East. It is widely planted as an ornamental because of its showy orange-and-black flowers and has become naturalized in numerous scattered locations in eastern North America (particularly in New England). It bears the proper common English name tiger lily, but that name has been applied to other species as well. The plant's native range covers the Russian Far East to Japan and Tibet, some provinces in China, and Korea. It also sporadically occurs as garden escape in North America, particularly the eastern United States, and has made incursions into some southern states such as Georgia. It is cultivated and wild foraged in Asia for its edible bulbs.
I think I'm just going to bite the bullet and put the Lily's in the ground. The fact of the matter is I just don't know where to put them yet. I will update you all with pictures or video if I do decide to do that but for right now I'm just going to let them bloom without disturbance.
After all is said and done, more is said than done....
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