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Georgina (Dahlia) – planting, care and storage

Dahlias - planting, care and descriptionDahlia flowers (lat. Georgina) are one of the most beautiful and long-flowering garden flowers in the family Asteraceae having a broad range of flower colors and a variety of shapes. In addition to its beauty one of the most important qualities of dahlia is that they bloom from July till the frosts. The first tubers of dahlia were brought to Europe from Mexico at the end of the 18th century. In 1803 the plant received its name from the botanist Carl Willdenow, who named the dahlia plant in honor of a famous botanist, ethnographer and geographer from Petersburg, academician Johann Georgi. There are about thirty species and 15,000 varieties of dahlia.

Forsythia – planting and care, growing

Forsythia bushForsythia plant (lat. Forsythia) is a genus of small trees and bushes of the olive family (Oleaceae), blooming with bright yellow flowers in early spring. The genus of forsythia is very ancient, and this is confirmed by the spread of its natural habitat: six species of forsythia grow in East Asia (Japan, Korea, China), in Europe forsythia flower is represented only by European forsythia (Forsythia europaea) that mainly grows in the Balkans, although you can see forsythia flowering in the middle of March in Germany. Forsythia flower was named after William Forsyth, a Scottish botanist, a chief gardener of Kensington Palace and one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society. It was Forsyth who brought the first forsythia bush to Europe from China.

Alyssum – planting and care, growing from seeds

Цветы алиссумAlyssum plant (lat. Alyssum), or alison, or sweet alyssum, belongs to the family Brassicaceae (it was formerly included in the family Cruciferae) and comprises about 100 plant species that grow in North Africa, Asia and Europe. The word “alyssum” is the Latinization of the Greek word “alisson”: “a” means "without" (a denial), “lyssa” means “dog rabies”. That is, in ancient times the alyssum flowers were somehow used in the treatment of rabies. In the garden culture the alyssum flower became known not so long ago, but its popularity is growing every year, and the reason for this, besides the simplicity in the care, is the strong honey aroma that the plant exudes.

Zinnia – planting and care, growing from seeds

Flowers of zinniaZinnia (лат. Zinnia) belongs to the genus of herbaceous and shrubby perennials in the Asteraceae family, native to South Mexico, named after the pharmacologist and botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn from Göttingen, who being a director of the Botanic garden supplied Carl Linnaeus with the herbarium for research. The Aztecs cultivated zinnia from 1500, and in Europe it appeared in the 18th century, immediately becoming a favorite ornament of gardens and aristocratic receptions. By the twentieth century zinnia has been cultivated on all continents, and from 1931 to 1957 the flower of zinnia was even a symbol of the state of Indiana, USA. Today there are about twenty species, many varieties and hybrids of this amazing flower, characterized by beauty and easy growing conditions.

Petunia: planting, care and growing from seeds

Petunia flower – planting and carePetunia (lat. Petunia) is a genus of herbaceous perennials and dwarf shrubs of the family Solanaceae, growing in the tropics of Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay. The plant name comes from the Brazilian word "petun" meaning "tobacco", the cousin of which is a petunia. One species occurs even in North America. There are about twenty-five species of petunia that sometimes differ greatly. Petunias have been cultivated since the 18th century. Created by breeders over a century ago hybrids are grown as balcony or garden annuals. Florists are attracted by large bright petunia flowers that adorn the garden or terrace with their rich blooming during all season. In addition, petunia is harmoniously combined with other garden flowers – pelargonium and begonia. A spreading petunia looks very beautiful in the compositions of varieties of different colors. And the main reason for the popularity of this flower is that it is not difficult to plant and grow it.

Marigold: growing, planting and varieties

Marigold flowersMarigold (lat. Tagetes) is a genus of perennial and annual plants belonging to the family of Asteraceae or Compositae. This plant is native to South and Central America. They have long been used in the rituals of local Indian tribes, as well as for treatment of various diseases. In Europe marigolds were brought in the 16th century and were the first overseas flowers in Russia. The marigold flower was named by Karl Linnaeus in honor of Tagez, the Etruscan demigod, the grandson of Jupiter, famous for his beauty and gift of the soothsayer. Today, marigolds have about 40 species and are cultivated in many countries of the world.

Gazania: planting and care, growing from seed

Gazania flowerGazania plant (lat. Gazania), or treasure flower, or African daisy, relates to the family Asteraceae, presented by forty species that in nature grow in Mozambique and South Africa, as well as in the Australian coastal dunes. In the XVII century gazania flower was brought to Europe and got its current name in honor of the Italian priest Theodorus Gaza, famous for his translations of the works of Aristotle and Theophrastus. In Western Europe, this plant is called "Midday Gold" due to the fact that gazania flowers of warm shades open at midday.

Hyacinth flowersHyacinth (lat. Hyacinthus) is a genus of bulbous perennials in the family of Asparagaceae, although it used to belong to a separate family of Hyacinthaceae and was formerly classified in the lily family Liliaceae. The name of the flower is translated from the Greek language and means “flower of rains”. The flower was named after the hero of the ancient Greek myth: in those days there was a beautiful young man, Hyacinth, the son of King of Sparta, a young friend of the god Apollo who often descended from heaven and taught Hyacinth to throw a discus. During one of the training sessions, Apollo threw the discus, and Hyacinth rushed after to pick it up and bring to Apollo, but the god of the West wind, secretly in love with the prince, in a fit of jealousy turned the flying disk so that it broke the boy's head. Hyacinth was bleeding in the arms of his almighty friend who could not save him. Heartbroken and filled with tenderness, Apollo created a flower from the blood of Hyacinth and gave it the name of the deceased young boy …

Lobelia: planting and care, growing from seeds

Lobelia flowerLobelia (lat. Lobelia) is a genus of perennial and annual sub-shrubs, shrubs and herbaceous plants in the family Campanulaceae, although some scientists include them to the family with the same name – Lobeliaceae. The lobelia plant was named after the Flemish botanist Matthias de Lobel who was the superintendant of the royal botanical garden during the reign of James I. The lobelia flower grow almost in all parts of the world, but most of all it occurs in the subtropics and it can be rarely found in temperate zones. In total today there are about 300 species of lobelia. Some of them are raw materials for the production of drugs used to cure diseases of the lungs. In cultivation about 20 species of lobelia are used. Growing of lobelia and caring for it are not tiresome, so buy the seeds with confidence and decorate your garden with these sweet and cute flowers.

Lupin: planting and care, growing from seeds

Lupin flowerLupin (lat. Lupinus) is a genus in the legume family that is represented by both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, shrubs, sub-shrubs and low-growing sub-shrubs. In Latin “lupus” means “wolf”, and the plant itself is sometimes called “lupin beans”. In the wild lupin flowers occur in two regions: in the Mediterranean-African region there are 11 annual and 1 perennial species of lupin, and in the Western Hemisphere, from Patagonia to Alaska and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, there are about 200 species. Lupinus mutabilis (South American lupin) that was grown by the Incas, and lupinus polyphyllus (large-leaved lupin) are the only cultivated American species. Lupin plant is drought-resistant, so some of its species grow in the deserts of Arizona, California, Texas, Peru and Chile, and even in the Sahara. In 1911, the English breeder George Russell created highly ornamental species of lupins that were called “Russell hybrids”, and since then they have become a popular ornament of gardens and flower beds.