Important Tips to Follow When Hunting Wildflowers

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Gardening, Landscape Designe | Comments Off on Important Tips to Follow When Hunting Wildflowers

By definition, a wildflower is one that is able to grow on its own, without any type of cultivation. If they are indigenous to the continent we call them native, but many are naturalized, meaning they have arrived from another part of the world. Hard core gardeners have learned to love the wildflower, and have learned how to implement them as a natural part of their home’s landscape.


You can enhance the look of your yard too by following these tips for hunting wildflowers:

  • Explore Your Local Parks and Forests – There are thousands of places where wildflowers flourish, and many of those are inside of government owned parks and recreation centers. Before heading in for the hunt however, make sure you check the guidelines to make sure that you are allowed to pick any wild plants you find during your adventure.
  • Look for Wildflowers on South Facing Slopes – They tend to flourish in those conditions, but try not to go too far off of any trails so that the population can continue to grow.
  • Pick the Right Time of Year – This will depend on where you are looking for wildflowers, but you can typically expect to see the most blooms in May or June. But don’t dismiss Autumn, as there are a number of species that will be at their very best once the weather starts to turn cold again.
  • Spend Some Time Exploring – Wildflower hunting is not a one day event. Take a weekend and your family tent and spend some real time exploring the local environment and the wildflowers growing there. By setting up a campsite nearby, you won’t feel rushed to find the best groups of wildflowers around you. Also, by choosing to explore wildflowers from the comfort of your tent, you can get out there early before anyone else.
  • Be Aware of the Bugs – Where wildflowers grow enthusiastically, bugs live in comfort. Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid the stings of an angry ant colony.
  • Have a Field Guide to Guide You – Wildflowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and are not easy to identify all of the time. With a good field guide, you will be able to recognize what you are looking at and whether or not it will make a good fit for your yard.
  • Pick the Seeds, not the Flowers – As mentioned above, not all government parks are going to be keen on you running around picking their flowers. Instead of making plans on pulling out whole plants or even buds, ask if you are allowed to just take one or two flowers for the seeds.

A wildflower garden can be a gorgeous display of color and aroma. These are not always the most well cultivated gardens, but they do look beautiful and completely natural when you pick a complementary array of flowers. This is an easy way to create beauty in your yard, even when you don’t have lots of spare time to be tending to gardens.

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Growing Flowers That Will Make a Good Side Dish

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Edible Flowers | Comments Off on Growing Flowers That Will Make a Good Side Dish

Using flowers as a part of meals dates all the way back to Ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese. Even today, squash blossoms are used in may Italian dishes while Indian food is often spiced with rose petals. Flowers are able to add color and flavor to a number of dishes, with flavors that are floral, herbaceous and even spicy.

You find flower petals used ofen in salads, tea and garnishments but they have other uses in the kitchen as well. Chive blossoms can be used to add spice to a dish, while sweet flowers can be used to make homemade ice cream.

You do have to take caution with the flowers you eat, as some can be deadly. Consult a reference book first before trying a flower you have never eaten before. Also only eat flowers that you have grown in your own garden. Florist shop flowers will contain pesticides and herbicides that are dangerous to your system. You should also only eat the petals, remove the stamens and pistils before preparing flowers to eat.

One of our favorite flower recipes, and a good use for a flower that most find annoying is fried dandelion petals. Dandelions are considered to be a superfood, with an abundance of essential vitamins and minerals that provide your body with numerous benefits. Follow these instructions after picking the dandelions out of your grass the next time for an interesting side dish:

Ingredients –

  • 3 cups of dandelion flowers
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper

Prepare your deep fryer with fresh cooking oil, and turn it on 20 minutes after placing the flowers into the refrigerator. This will make sure that the cooking oil inside of the deep fryer is hot enough to give them a crisp coating and cook the inside portion.


Beat the egg and add the milk before whisking in the flour, salt and pepper. Dip the dandelion flowers into the batter and then place them on a plate to be refrigerated for a half an hour.

Place the flowers carefully into the fryer basket and place them inside of the hot cooking oil for approximately three minutes or until lightly browned. Lift them out and allow them to drain on paper towels before placing on plates. This makes a nice accompaniment for a simple hamburger meal, or if you are making a roast chicken, or even going double fry style and doing up a turkey, and want something with more texture to sit along side of it.

Growing a flower garden does not have to be for looks alone. Study edible flowers that do well in your area and you can have the best of both worlds – a beautiful floral display and a healthy garden.

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Essential Tips For Planting Tulips

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Flowers Seed, Gardening, Growing Tulips, Landscape Designe | Comments Off on Essential Tips For Planting Tulips


The tulips are beautiful plants with showy flowers.  This flower has been a topic for many Persian poets, often placed in the garden of paradise.  Therefore if you want to make your own paradise in your own garden you should consider planting these amazing flowers, as they will certainly make your garden beautiful and give you a sense of accomplishment when it comes to your gardening skills.


When To Plant Tulips

You should plant your tulips in the autumn.  The best time for planting tulips is in the October or November, considering the climate.  If you live in the area off warmer climates you should plant your tulips later, but it is important that if the temperature of the soil drops below 60° F.

Keep Bulbs In A Refrigerator

It is important that you keep your bulbs cool prior to planting them.  In order to do this you should keep your bulbs in your refrigerator or in some other cool and dry location.  Do not keep them next to apples.  Apples give off ethylene, and ethylene can destroy your tulip bulbs.  Bulbs need to be stored in a cool place before you plant them for at least 12 to 14 weeks.

Place Them In The Shade

Tulips should be planted in a place that receives both sun, but which also has some shade.  Sun is essential four tulips, but today will also want cool soil.  Therefore, you should plant them in a place which only gets the morning sun.  If you live in a place where there is a lot of sun and the climate is hot, you should plant your tulips so that they are in the shade in the afternoon when it is hot.


Choose The Right Planting Soil

You should plant the bulbs in the soil which is sandy, yet well-drained, and has pH of 6 to 6.5.  If your soil is too wet, your tulips will not prosper and flourish.  The soil needs to be neutral to slightly acidic, fertile and the needs to be a little bit sandy, even.  This will keep the soil drained, and ensuring drainage is essential when planting tulips.  You can also make soil more drained by adding pine bark which has been previously shredded, or adding sand.  As for the place of putting the bulb in the ground, you should put them at a depth which is about three times the size of the bulb.  If your bulb seems to be a little bit bigger, that only means its bloom will be bigger, too.  Also you should plant bulbs 6 inches away from each other, or even more, as they need enough of their own soil enough order to grow.  Otherwise, they will take away each other’s nutrients and will not grow the way they are supposed to.  When your plantings your tulips, make sure you plant the pointy end of your tulip up, and proceeds firmly in the ground.  These flowers are known to for their rapid multiplication, and in a couple of years you will get a family of tulips.


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