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Friday
Sep262014

Osteospermum White

Osteospermum Akila® Daisy White F1

White Osteospermums are not unique, but a clear White Osteo with a Yellow Centre is a novelty. Especially, since it is also easily grown from seed.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: (10-24”)
Spread: (10-12”)
Habit: Compact and Mounded
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist

Akila® Daisy White is a tidy, uniform plant, with open flowers, that produces non-stop blooms all summer. Even the southern judges praised Akila’s ability to keep blooming in the heat and the fact, they also showed more drought tolerance than other osteos.

Akila is also the recipient of Europe's FleuroSelect Gold Medal award, for garden performance, and it's tidy mounding habit. Something one seldom sees, with most competitive Osteos in the market place.

   ----Yes it is on order for 2015!

Sunday
Sep142014

Rose Stripe

Rose Stripe New Day Gazania

(Gazania rigens)

 

Zone:  Treat as Annual
Spread: 15 - 20cm (6 - 8")
Height:  20-25cm  (8-10")
Habit: Upright and  Mounded
Exposure:  Full Sun
Moisture:  Just Moist

 

This is the first stand alone striped New Day variety, and is well-matched to the series.

 

The New Day Gazanias have a more uniform flowering period than the Kiss Gazania Series, and sport a larger flower as well . Being  compact, and sturdy, these beasts will hold better at retail as well. New Day is well-suited to high-density retail packs and small container production.

What I like is they are more drought-tolerant than any previous gazania series, therefore they perform better in containers and baskets,

   --- and excel as a garden edging or ground cover!

Friday
Aug222014

Medinilla magnifica

There are approximately 400 species of Medinilla, of which, only the magnifica is grown as a houseplant.

The family name of the Medinilla is Melastomataceae. Medinilla magnifica finds its origin in the mountains of the Philippines. It is an epiphyte, which is a plant that grows on other trees but does not withdraw its food from those trees as parasites do.

 Now this is really different, yep I gotta get me one of these.

When the botanists started growing Medinilla in greenhouses, it was such a great success, that now,
   --- we all can enjoy the beauty of Medinilla!

Monday
Aug182014

Mandevilla or Dipladenia

What's the difference, The Dipladenia has a fuller shape than the Mandevilla. The main difference between a Dipladenia and Mandevilla is the foliage. Dipladenia leaves are fine and pointed, deeply green and slightly glossy. They also are available with yellow flowers.

Mandevilla vine has larger leaves with a broader shape. The flowers are trumpet shaped and full, in shades of pink, white, and/or red. Both plants respond well to pinching as they grow, which forces new bushier growth. Unlike the Mandevilla, Dipladenia doesn’t send out as much upward growth and therefore doesn’t need staking.

Both of the plants attract hummingbirds and bees. The tubular flowers are a food signal to pollinators, as a supplier of nectar.

The growing habit of the Mandevilla and Dipladenia is similar, except the Mandevilla require a trellis. While Dipladenia only need a stake to keep the plant straight as it grows.

Both require warm temperatures for best performance. Night time temperatures for both should be,
   ---- around 13-15ᐤ C (65-70ᐤ F)!

Sunday
Aug102014

Bounce Impatiens

The new Bounce Inpatiens will be featured in our 2015 plant selections.

This beast will replace the regular 'Impatiens walleriana', which are extremely prone to Impatiens downy mildew.

Not only does Bounce ignore the mildew, it also has a neat trick up it's sleve. Hey, you forget to water it for a couple of days, and of course it wilts. Sure it looks nearly dead, now go ahead and water it and guess what, it simply bounces back.

See the video below

   --- Now that's what I call a neat plant!

Thursday
Jul312014

Dahlia Dandies

(Above Mystic Illusion)

The world renown breeder from New Zealand, 'Dr. Keith Hammett' spent years refining Granny’s favourite plant, to come up with a distinctive new Dahlia series. More stylish, more contemporary, the kind of plants for today’s fussy growers and gardeners.

Zone: 8-11
Height: 25cm (18-36")
Spread: 30cm (12-16")
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist
Habit: Semi-upright and mounding

What I don't like is they need to be lifted in fall, and stored indoors for the winter.

What I like, these beasts are set apart from other Dahlia varieties by their filigreed deep mahogany to black foliage topped with vivid blooms. Also when compared to their early version, they are strong enough to not require staking.

Mystic Dreamer has pale pink-white blooms with a strong magenta stripe on the individual petals.

Mystic Enchantment has unique fire engine blooms with elegant central dark discs.

Mystic Fantasy has sun kissed flamingo pink blooms with soft yellow halo, raspberry eye and dark disc.

Mystic Haze has sun kissed apricot-orange blooms with soft yellow halo and dark central discs.

Mystic Illusion has bright yellow, ribbed sunflower-like blooms with prominent orange centres.

Mystic Memories has antiqued soft peach toned blooms with brushed red highlights and dark central disc.

Mystic Spirit has soft apricot, ribbed blooms with blush peach overtones and elegant dark centre. Mystic Wonder has velvet textured blooms, rich blood red in colour with elegant dark centres.

Grouped together they are a great way to add a mass of colours to the garden, or as a star performer in pots and planters. They perform best in full sun in rich moisture retentive soil. Oh ya, and deadhead the spent flowers,

---- to prolong their blooming season.!