Posts tagged ‘flowers’

Early Bloomers

This week the first gladiolas bloomed in the beach flats garden, singing a spring chorus of purple and pink and white.  Several other species accompanied with their song of spring.

May 30, 2012 at 6:00 am 1 comment

This week in flowers

The living floral arrangements of the Beach Flats Garden attract pollinators and people alike.

May 20, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Gone to Seed

Many annual vegetable plants, especially greens will go to seed after their productive life-cycle is over.  When this happens, the plant decides it is time to stop producing tasty food, and instead produce seeds so that it can carry on its genetics.  The precursor to seeds is flowers; soon after the formation of flowers your plant will develop seeds.  Unless you have a plant that is supposed to be eaten at this stage ( i.e. broccoli raab ) it is best to harvest your plant before it starts flowering.  Before your plant flowers it will start to send up shoots or grow tall quickly, these stalks will elevate these flowers to make them easily accessible to the appropriate pollinators.  Often, a sudden increase in temperature can cause your plants to flower, because they may think the season is ending.  If you winter cropped greens, they will probably go to seed in the spring when the weather warms up.  Annual herbs like cilantro, basil, and parsley will go to seed if they are not harvested in time.

You will notice that many plants look like broccoli when they flower, this is because these plants are a member of the genus brassica.  You may not know brassicas by name, but they probably make up a big part of your diet.  The following plants are memebrs of the brassica family: cabbage, mustard, canola, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, turnips and more.

May 8, 2012 at 8:15 am 1 comment

Mas Flores

Here are a few more impressive examples of the reproductive mechanisms of angiosperms ( flowering plants ).

May 5, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Las Flores

The garden is home to many varieties of beautiful flowers that are eager to please your senses.. A walk down the pathway will take you past perennials like gladiolas, narcissus, calla lillies, and roses. Planted between the annuals and scattered throughout the parcels are annuals like sunflowers (girasoles), cosmos, and comfry to name a few. Some are cultivated, others other grow wild. The beds lining the pathways are planted in succession so that there is always something in bloom; first the narcissus, then gladiolas, then marigolds come in the summer with their bright bursts of orange that are used in Dia De Los Muertos altars.

April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm 1 comment

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