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Good Plants For Beginners

Originally posted by flyngdream

These are a few plants that I’ve found to be more difficult to kill than others.

For those who want to start gardening but are afraid that they are going to kill everything. 


Snapdragons: These flowers don’t take up all that much space since they are thin and grow upwards. They are also perennials, so they come back year after year. These have the potential to spread if the area around them is fertile enough.

Pansies: Little, low to the ground flowers that are good fillers and ground cover. They’re pretty versatile and can be put pretty much anywhere that will hold a plant. I like to put them in herb gardens to bring some color because they come in so many different designs and colors.

Mint: Super easy to grow, grow into big bushes. They are a little high maintenance when it comes to pruning because if you let them go too long, they will take over everything and spread.

Chives: I don’t know if it’s just where I live, but I once planted a little chive plant because it was cute and now I have a whole field of chives. These babies can spread everywhere. They are good to use in a lot of dishes. I interchange them with green onion.

Tomatoes: I think everyone should have a tomato plant, it’s almost like a rite of passage lol. Tomato plants are pretty hardy creatures and can continue on into fall and winter if you take really good care of them. They just require a lot of water compared to other things.

Lamium: The bees where I’m at love these little flowers. These are also perennials so they come back through the years. They are cute, little bell-shaped flowers that grow close to the ground and have a lot of blooms. It’s so cute to see the bees shove their heads in the flowers!

Phlox: These flowers smell sooo good!. Like the lamium, they too are also small blooms and grow close to the ground.

Cactus: I find cactus to grow the easiest out of succulents and the like both inside and outside. I recommend putting them in a size appropriate pot so when the frost comes you can bring it inside and keep it growing.


A parting tip: some plants will grow better in different places than others. If you live in a desert climate, some of the more fragile plants may not thrive as much as others, but if you live in a tropical area, some plants may get overwhelmed and can drown. Plant what you can handle and take care, which will help save both time and money.

Convallaria

Originally posted by sinceriouslydean

Characters- Florist!Gadreel x Reader

Summary- As an artist, most of your time spent is sketching. So when you notice a small flower shop, you can’t resist the opportunity to sketch some flowers. Little did you know, the florist held his own allure.

Word Count- 1,363

Warnings- Mega fluff.

A/N- ‘Convallaria’ is the scientific name for Lily of the Valley. I gotta give a shout out to @icecream-and-gadreel for giving me florist!Gad feels so bad that I had to write this fluff monster. This is my first time writing Gad, so let me know what you think!


You’re surprised you’d never noticed it before, really. The quaint shop sat across the street from your usual seat in your favorite cafe, in easy view as you sketched passersby. The large front window was filled with gorgeous bouquets of flowers, all bright and cheerful. The sign on the window read ‘The Garden of Eden’ in beautiful flowing script- a little cheesy, you supposed, but it somehow fit.

You’re far too intrigued by the small shop to not take a look, so you finish off your coffee, tucking your sketchbook under your arm.

The door jingles happily as you push the door open, the light floral scent pleasant as your eyes drift over the various shapes and colors. Some of the more popular flowers sit in the front- daisies, daffodils, carnations, roses, and peonies all lined beautifully along the shelves. The more exotic flowers though, are gorgeous, half-remembered names escaping you as you open your sketchbook and pull your pencil from behind your ear. You start sketching small white bell-shaped flowers, the happy little petals and sweet scent pulling a smile from you as you sketch away.

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Plant of the Day
Monday 11 July 2016

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ (giant blue hosta) is an herbaceous perennial forming large clumps of puckered, broad, blue-grey leaves edged with a yellow growing up to 30cm in length. In summer lilac white, bell-shaped flowers are produced above the foliage. In my garden these are a favourite food of slugs and snails! Another Hosta cultivar has been planted to make the spiral planting design (lower right image).

Jill Raggett

La Chacarita, a Rumbelle Revelry Fic

Rating: PG

Word Count: 4,557

Summary: The closer we are to the dead, the closer we are to Death.

Prompt Used: Being Hunted.

A/N: The story is based on an actual urban legend here in Buenos Aires. It is so particular to here and to what really makes Chacarita so… unique that I couldn’t really set it elsewhere. It’s been great getting to write something set in my home city and I tried to give it a Buenos Aires feel without hitting you over the head with references 24/7. Enjoy!

For visuals to help with the story go here.

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♚ Plants in Mythology → Aconite/Aconitum (also known as the queen of poisons, monkshood, wolfsbane) 

Aconite is an herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the buttercup family that is chiefly native to the mountainous parts of the northern hemisphere, growing in the moisture-retentive but well-draining soils of mountain meadows. There are over 250 individual species of aconite and most species are extremely poisonous and must be dealt with carefully. Prolonged exposure or ingestion can lead to nausea, vomiting, and, in most causes, seizures and cardiac arrest. It is commonly fatal, taking less than 6 hours to kill in high enough doses. 

Greek myth tells that aconite grew on the hill of Aconitus where Hercules fought with Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades, and from the dog’s mouths fell foam and saliva onto the aconite, giving the plant it’s deadly poison. Hecate, a Greek goddess of magic and spells, poisoned her father with aconite, and Medea is said to have tried to murder Theseus with it. Aconite has also been called the love poison and according to legend, women who were fed aconite daily from infancy could poison others through sexual contact. Aconite also features heavily in werewolf mythology and has long been ascribed with supernatural powers in relation to werewolves and other lycanthropes, used to either repel them or in some way induce their lycanthropic condition. 

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Plant of the Day

Friday 12 May 2017

On the woodland garden floor of Doddington Place, Kent, U.K., Convallaria majalis var. rosea (lily of the valley) was creeping through the front of a shady border. Here the pink version of the classic white lily of the valley carries little, pale pink, bell-shaped flowers on the top of straight stems through a spreading carpet of leaves.

Jill Raggett

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Echeveria is my favourite non-hardy container succulent. They produce tiny bell-shaped orange flowers on short stalks, but it’s their compact rosettes of fleshy, brightly coloured leaves that make them so distinctive. (The genus is named after the 18th century Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.) What I love about them is their drought-resistance, cold tolerance, ease of propagation & sculptural, candy-like quality. They can be popped in & out of containers (or the ground) as needed & when you buy one - you can keep it for a long, long time. (Apparently the hybrids aren’t quite as versatile.)

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Top 10 Most Beautiful and Expensive Flowers in the World

  1. Lisianthus - also known as Eustoma grandiflorum, is an annually blooming flower. Lisianthus comes in a variety of colors including white, pale purple, lavender, and blue violet. Since most of these delicate flowers are shipped white and are very fragile, they earned the name “paper flowers” ($10-$35 per bundle).
  2. Lily of the Valley - beautiful but poisonous, these flowers (Convallaria majalis) are popular for their delicate, bell-shaped blooms. The flower, known in old Christianity as Our Lady’s Tears, only takes weeks before perishing with a short lifespan ($15-$50 per bundle).
  3. Hydrangea - known for its unique circular cluster of little flowers per stem and difficult cultivation. It comes in mostly white blooms, but some are noted for being blue, pink, light purple or violet. Hydrangeas can easily wilt and should be purchased on their day of use, most particularly weddings ($7 or more per stem).
  4. Gloriosa - native only to South Africa and Asia, this flower is highly expensive because of its rarity and exotic looks. The Gloriosa is known for its stunning beauty with varying colors from tip to center. They usually come in deep reds, oranges, yellows, and yellow-green ($6-$10 per flower).
  5. Tulip - single layer flowers with lush and deep colors. In the 17th century, these rare Dutch flowers had stronger colors than any other flower during that era and were incredibly expensive. Tulips were highly regarded as status symbols if they were in your garden ($5,700 in 17th century dollars).
  6. Saffron Crocus - this flower is more famous for being a spice with a huge demand than a bloom, but is still commonly sold as a flower. The price reflects the fact that it takes around 80,000 flowers to develop 500 grams of spice from the yellow stamen, all of which are hand-picked and dried ($1,200-$1,500 per pound).
  7. The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid - this flower sells at an extremely high price due to its rarity and beauty. This flower is found only in the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. Their growth is extremely difficult and takes a long process as its bloom can take years before it appears ($6,000 per flower).
  8. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid - a flower that was completely made by the hands of man, it took researchers eight years to grow. It sells for a high price not only for its rarity but also for its appearance. It takes four to five years for the orchid to blossom and even has a delicate taste ($200,000 per flower).
  9. Juliet Rose - this flower made its debut in 2006 at the Chelsea Flower Show. It took David Austin 15 years to create this flower. Because of this, the Juliet Rose is also known as the £3 million rose.
  10. Kadupul Flower - this unique flower has no price tag, not only because its rare, but it is a flower so delicate that cannot be picked without causing damage to it. In addition, it dies before dawn. It only blossoms at night and emanates a calming, lovely fragrance. It will only last for hours after being picked and has never made it to the shops, not even online. It is the flower that cannot be bought (a truly priceless flower).
This Bouquet of Flowers Means Fuck You

Mika is just a person who cares about the flowers in the shop he owns.

Until one day a strange young man with dark hair and green eyes barges inside his shop, slams the desk and says, “How do I passive-aggressively say fuck you in flower?”

And Mika blinks. “What?”


Notes

I saw this post and goddammit I have to fucking do this.

But whew, it’s fucking rare for me doing Mika and Yuu fics.

(I’m a GureShin trash, after all.)


It’s such a beautiful afternoon, Mika thinks as he puts a handful of pink roses in a vase. Seraph Flower Shop is the name of the shop he owns. He inherits the shop from his mother who decided to retire and travels the world instead. It has been a year since then, and now Mika is used to manage the shop. But really, Mika loves the flowers ever since he’s young and looking at his mother handling delicate petals, owning Seraph Flower Shop means everything to him.

The shop is opened at 7 in the morning. It has been quite a busy morning because there are two orders for weddings for next week. Some usual patrons also come to get their flowers. Such as Ichinose-san who buys flowers every week for his husband, or old ladies who like to decorate their houses with flowers—Mika always love to talk to them since they always have interesting stories about their lives, even confused young men trying to choose bouquets for their dates later. Thankfully, it’s winding down. Now Mika is alone in the shop, since Akane has to do a delivery for a mansion that’s going to host a party in the evening.

The bell chimes. Mika turns his head, “Welcome!”

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Plant of the Day

Sunday 26 March 2017

From a distance I thought this was a flowering cherry but on closer inspection it was the beautiful Staphylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’ (bladdernut). This deciduous plant once established makes a large branching shrub or small tree. It has showy, fragrant, pale pink bell-shaped flowers, in nodding groups that appear before the bronze young leaves, and followed by greenish-white bladder like fruit. I think we should plant more of these!

Jill Raggett

Herb of the Week Lily of the Valley

COMMON NAMES

Ladder-to-heaven
Lily Convalle
Lily of the Valley
May Lily
Our-Lady’s-tears
The plant commonly called the lily of the valley is a nice-looking perennial that can reach a height of about nine inches or twenty three cm when fully grown. The morphology of the lily of the valley consists of a pair of elliptically shaped leaves, with many clusters of distinct bell shaped and white colored flowers along one side of the stem, and distinctive red berries in the fruiting season.

The bell shaped flowers of the plant are very familiar to floral enthusiasts and while they are certainly small and unspectacular, they are very sweetly perfumed and are a universally well liked flowers. The lily of the valley is a very hardy plant and it can very readily adapt to a wide range of growing conditions in the wild, the plant is quite common now in the north American country side and even though the sturdy little herb thrives is not a native it thrives on neglected waste grounds and has escaped from many gardens to become a common plant in North America.

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Plant of the Day

Saturday 22 April 2017

The upright, deciduous shrub Staphylea colchica (bladdernut) has been flowering for a month with small, white, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers in hanging clusters. In the summer there will be large, greenish-white, inflated fruit. This plant is easy to grow in any moist, well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. I had a pink cultivar as ‘Plant of the Day’ on Sunday 26 March 2017 so that indicates how long they can be flowering.

Jill Raggett

Gardening and the faeries

lunar-faery:

  Wherever you find flowers, trees, grass, animals, or water.. faeries are nearby. Nature is the faeries’ domain, home, and temple. They’re especially fond of lush vegetarian, grown without pesticides or much pruning. So it makes sense that the faeries would help our lawns flourish. All we have to do is invite the faeries to help our gardens grow. 

Creating a faery garden:
You can attract more faeries into your yard by creating a “faery garden.” This basically means adding what the faeries like to your yard. The faeries will help your garden become a lush, gorgeous sanctuary and a peaceful oasis. Here are some of the elements of a faery garden:

  • Flowers. Faeries adore flowers. They also tend to them, ensuring that you’ll always have a colorful yard. The faeries love bell-shaped flowers such as blue-bellsfritillaryfoxglove, and lilly of the valley, as they provide wonderful shelter for them. Legends also say that faeries use primrose and cowslip flowers to cross between the physical and nonphysical dimensions.

  • Chemical-free flora. Faeries are allergic to chemicals, so avoid any pesticides or other sprays that would cause your faeries to scramble to find a new place to live. Most health-food stores sell natural alternatives to pesticides, made from gentle ingredients such as orange peels and herbs. Ask the faeries to help with pest control instead of using chemicals.
  • A natural environment. Faeries also prefer gardens that are as natural as possible, so keep pruning to a minimum. Tightly manicured gardens and lawns have fewer faeries in residence compared to lush gardens and lawns. Be sure to warn the faeries before walking on grass, and give them an ample heads-up before mowing the lawn.
  • Feathered and furry friends. The faeries love to share their garden with birds, butterflies, and squirrels. The faeries will amply reward you for keeping a bird feeder in your yard, especially one for hummingbirds (avoid artificial coloring or other harmful chemicals in the liquid). If burrowing animals (such as groundhogs) become a nuisance, ask the faeries to help. You can attract butterflies by planting astersbuddleiamarigoldslilacslavender, and rosemary.
  • Crystals. Faeries love sparkling crystals, so hand some monofilament (fishing) line) in your trees, and place crystals throughout the yard. Crystals come from the same elemental kingdom as the faeries. Along the same lines, small white lights strung through your trees are a favorite among the faeries.
  • Faery furniture and circles. You might place tiny faery furniture made from wrapped willow wood or borrowed from old dollhouses in the yard. A circle of freshly picked flowers or smooth stones creates a “faery circle,” which is a gathering spot where faeries enter other dimensions together.
  • Music. You can also place outdoor stereo speakers in the yard (some are built to look like small boulders and rocks). Play gentle music for the plants, flowers, birds, butterflies, and faery inhabitants to enjoy. Just don’t play any harsh music in your yard or you may experience a mass exodus of your garden’s residents. Don’t be surprised to hear music playing your yard, especially late at night. The faeries hold parties almost every evening, during which they fiddle, sing, and create fun and dancable music.
  • Statues. Faeries also appreciate you placing statues of them in your yard.
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Plant of the Day
Saturday 1 July 2017

The beautiful large, dusky pink bell-shaped flowers of Allium insubricum (Lombardy garlic) a clump-forming bulbous perennial with flat, narrow, slightly twisted leaves. These were forming a display in a sunny location on the large rock garden of Copenhagen Botanic Garden, Denmark, which provides this bulbous perennial with a well-drained soil.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Monday 18 September 2017

Climbing the entrance hedge at the Beth Chatto Garden, Essex, UK, Cobaea scandens ‘Alba’ (cup and saucer vine, cathedral bells) provides an excellent welcome. This vigorous perennial climber is usually grown as an annual in Britain but will flower almost year round if planted in a glasshouse or conservatory. The fragrant, bell-shaped flowers are pollinated by bats in their native habitat of Mexico. This plant thrives in a sheltered, sunny location with a moist but well-drained soil. They are useful to follow sweet peas, as they flower from mid-summer to the first frost.

Jill Raggett

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White Henbane (Hyoscyamus albus)

A lovely relative of the Black Henbane: White Henbane can be distinguished from the type species by some distinctive features. The flower petals are a brighter sulphur yellow and less veined. The stamina are coming more out of the bell-shaped flower chalices and are a pale yellow instead of black. I love how they jut out of the flower’s dark purple center… it’s somewhat quaint! The foliage is hairy as on Black Henbane, but differently shaped. The first sets of leaves are more round though still crenate, whilst the distal or upper leaves are rather lanceolate and not serrated. Besides this I find the flowers to stand a bit more loosely on the stem than on black Henbane but this may actually change, the taller the plant grows. Now I had success for the first time growing this herb from seed. It may in fact be owed to that super-summer I mentioned earlier. The White Henbane is native to the Mediterraneans and likes hot and dry climates. I actually think to have seen it grow wild by the sea when visiting Malta! Hence I guess last year was simply to rainy and cold for the plantlets. This year I could sow earlier and the temperatures have been relatively warm and stable.

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Plant of the Day

Tuesday 16 March 2016

Fritillaria meleagris (snake’s head fritillary, chequered lily, drooping tulip, guinea flower) flowering in a window box in Germany. This bulbous perennial grows up to 30cm high with thin greyish-green leaves and bell-shaped purple or white flowers, with tepals that are tessellated like a checkerboard. This plant thrives in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils and prefers cool, moist summers. In my garden they grow well next to my pond.

Jill Raggett