An Expert’s Secrets to Growing More Beautiful Roses

Do you like roses? Most people I know do. Personally I love roses, and I have a lot of them in my garden.

I just saw a short but really interesting video by an expert on roses. The gardener, Paul Zimmerman, gives some really good advice on how to grow more beautiful roses. You can view the video here below:

You can read more useful tips on how to cultivate roses on Paul Zimmerman’s blog:

http://www.finegardening.com/item/15858/summer-care-tips-for-your-roses

Best,

Anette

A garden pond

Something that really impresses me is when I visit a garden a beautiful pond. A pond in your garden can really add something extra to it. Some ponds have fish swimming in them. Others just have nice plants, like waterlilies. Pam Penick just posted some beautiful pictures on her blog, Digging, from her own pond. They’re really worth a look.

Best,

Anette

Blooming Night Queen flower

Do you know the flower, Night Queen (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)?

It’s one of the most beautiful flowers you can imagine.

The Night Queen flower
The Night Queen flower. Photo by Samuel Wong (Wikipedia)

Actually, the flower belongs to the cactus species, but it’s become famous both for its beauty, its strange smell and “extravagant” behavior.

My husband’s grandmother once got so many blooming copies of this flower that she was featured in the local newspaper. But normally you really have to be on guard in order to catch it blooming. You know, the name of this flower, Night Queen, originates from the fact that it usually only blooms for a very short time. You have to wait and wait patiently, and then suddenly – one night – it blooms and shows it magnificent beauty. And then it’s all over again.

I just read that Carol – over at May Dreams Gardens – had a beautiful blooming copy of this extravagantly flower.

You can see it at her blog here:
http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/2010/06/dear-friends-and-gardeners-june-14-2010.html