World’s Largest Flower

If you are headed to southeast Asia anytime soon, you may want to consider visiting the World’s Largest Flower! This flower, the Rafflesia, reminds me of the old movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

Apparently, there is no season to see this beautiful flower as it appears to bloom whenever it feels like it. Blooms usually only last for less than a week, so it is not a flower that is easily planned for by tourists. These extremely rare blooms, crazy enough, have no roots or leaves of any sort – the Rafflesia is actually a parasite. In order to grow, the parasite will have to infect a Tetrastigma vine, shown below, which is part of the grape family. This vine appears to be the sole host for the Rafflesia flower, making a blossom hard to come by!

World's Largest Flower

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The bloom is said to be the stinkiest of all flowers. It has a scent of bad meat, and its petals also appear to look like meat as well, to attract flies and other insects in order to transfer pollen to flowers and possible seed dispersal.

The average weight of these giant blooms is said to be about fifteen pounds, with the largest on record being twenty-two pounds! Now that is a flower!

Rafflesia

If you would like to plan your next vacation around a possible sighting of this incredible flower, you will want to contact the Rafflesia Information Center.

Summer Bulbs

To me, planting bulbs is a confusing task. It requires you to know what flowers you want and what time of the year they bloom. And if you really, truly want them – well, you better have it on your calendar seasons in advance!

Dahlia

Dahlia image from BHG.com

True gardeners keep calendars of their blossoms so you can prepare yourself for each season. I compare it to buying holiday gifts for people a year in advance – I like to get gifts on clearance to save some serious cash, but it requires having a list prepared for who you are buying for and what age they will be the following year!

My absolute favorite summer bulb flower is the Dahlia. The detail in these amazing flowers is truly one of the most beautiful you will ever have in your garden. I just love how the petals appear to be painted on by some talented artist.

Dahlias are a difficult flower to plant and grow, in my opinion, as they need a lot of maintenance. First you must keep the planted bulb indoors about six weeks prior to planting outdoors. During this time, they should be place in a room that gets plenty of sun through the window and be kept moist. If you live in an extremely cold area, be sure not to plant outside until after the last frost of the season. I usually plant my seedlings no more than three to four inches deep in the soil and keep a distance of about one and a half feet between each.

For more information on summer bulbs, visit our image source BHG.com.

Urban Farm Mag – Bad Companion Plants For The Garden

Some plants hinder other plants’ growth and shouldn’t be grown next one another. Here are some “bad friends”:

Bad Companion Plants
Beans: onions, garlic
Cabbage: strawberries, tomatoes
Caraway: dill
Carrots: dill
Corn: tomatoes
Cucumbers: potatoes, sage
Hyssop: radishes
Onions: beans, peas
Peas: onions, garlic, leeks
Peppers: kohlrabi
Potates: pumpkins, squash, tomatoes
Radishes: cabbage
Rue: sweet basil
Squash: potatoes
Tomatoes: cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, potatoes
Turnips: potatoes

 

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Strawberry Hill English Rose

These gorgeous climbing roses have small clusters of mid pink, medium-large, cupped rosettes. They give off a heavenly, sweet smell of myrrh and heather honey. The branches are covered in glossy, dark leaves that is a perfect backdrop to the pink buds.

Strawberry Hill Roses

They can grow up to 10 feet high as a climber and work well in zones 5 to 9. Wouldn’t these be stunning for a backyard wedding? Simply beautiful.

English Roses

Images from DavidAustinRoses.com

The Chocolate Cosmos

The cosmos produce small 3-5 inch, daisy-like blooms in a variety of hues, including pink, orange, red and yellow, white, and maroon. Cosmos flowerheads can be bowl- or open cup–shaped, and they may reach a height of up to 6 feet. Both amazing and rare, the Chocolate Cosmos actually smells like dark chocolate!

Chocolate Cosmos

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Chocolate Cosmos are beautiful flowers with rich brown coloration surrounded by burgundy petals. Because of their smell, you might think they would be edible, but they are not! Chocolate cosmos are actually toxic.

Heavenly Blue Morning Glories

Plant these heavenly blue morning glories in a hanging post and they will grow downwards.

Blue Morning Glories

As the name implies, early morning is when morning glory flowers are in full bloom, although there are a few species that bloom at night! Full sunlight throughout the day and moist soils are ideal for growing them. Morning Glories also make good trellis plants. Beautiful!

Cactus Flowers Gorgeous

Cactus flower’s petals open up when it is sunny and close back up when it is cloudy or dark outside. Cactuses will only bloom (visible Cactus Flowers) if they get enough water, heat or after a certain age. If a cactus blooms, parts that have been growing underground for many years suddenly sprout into a stalk with buds and then finally flowers on top.

Cactus Flowers

As if these cactus flowers weren’t gorgeous enough just to look it, watching them open is amazing!

Fresh Blueberries

Who knew blueberries would thrive in a container garden? It would be great to have fresh blueberries all the time! Especially since they are such a healthy “super” food. Plus they make a pretty plant.

Blueberry Container Gardening

Blueberries grow well in containers due to their short root systems, and the plants don’t grow real big, so they are great for when space is limited. For the full low down on how to grow blueberries in a container, visit our image source: BalconyGardenWeb.com

129 Cukes Per Plant

129 cukes per plant- not bad- gotta try it myself!

cucumbers

Cucumbers are fast-growing plants that require 1 to 2 inches of water per week, depending on the weather and soil type. The key is to keep the soil moist all of the time. Once or twice a week, water deeply – more frequently if you’re planting in sandy soil.