October 29, 2007

Stargazer Lily Flower (Part 2)

My last blog post (prior to this post) is also about the beautiful and majestic Stargazer Lily flowers. In my previous post, I talked about few great locations where you can plant the Stargazer Lily, as well as few tips to keep the plant in upright position when it becomes heavy and loaded with huge flower blooms.

Stargazer Lily flowers are widely popular because of its beauty, scent and simplicity. These flowers are prefect cut flowers to add natural decor inside your home or office. To use Stargazer Lily flowers as floral arrangements you usually need wide and tall base to accomodate these tall flowers without tipping the flower base and making a mess in your home or office. Stargazer Lily flower works great on its own or with other types of flowers combined. Either way it will looks nice both as a single flower in a base or as a group of the same flowers, depends on the type of flower base you have.

Stargazer Lily flowers are available in many different stunning colors but some of the most popular and are widely available for sale in most stores are the light white-pink combo, the all-white, and the deep pink ones. Some may not have that floral scent that makes Stargazer Lily a crowd favorite among many people, but to be sure, you can check the packaging label of the bulbs when you purchase it in the store to make sure that you are buying the scented one if that is what you are looking for.
Written By: JAZEVOX

Stargazer Lily Flower

I personally think that one of the most beautiful and simply attractive flower on earth is the Stargazer Lily flower. Its well-defined long petals (usually six of them in each flower) are grouped together to form like a star (see photo). Most Stargazer Lily have fresh floral scent that is hard to ignore, sometimes you can smell the scent by just passing nearby, or when the air blows in your direction. So having Lily plants near outdoor sitting area and near the windows is not a bad idea at all. Based on my personal experience, by just sitting near our window, I can occasionally smell the blooming scent of this magnificient flower.

Stargazer Lily flowers are mostly planted in bulb forms that you can buy in most home and garden stores during fall or autumn seasons. Just like most flower bulbs, Stargazer Lilies requires a well-drained soil plating area to elimimate the possible rotting of the bulbs. Stargazer Lilys full growing height are usually around 3-4 feet tall. In the contrary, you can also buy the miniature version ones which can grow full height at only around one foot.

When you decide to buy the tall ones that can grow 3-4 feet in height, it would be best that you have a handy stake near the plant usually stake made of like bamboo, plastic or metal bar to help support the stalk of the plant because some Stargazer Lily can produce 6-7 inches wide of flower that are heavy enough that may cause the stalk to bow down. So if you secure the plant with the support stake and a velcrow or adjustable garden tie, you can prevent the plant from bending or breaking and keep the whole plant upright specially that one plant can have 3 to 6 flower blooms all in one stalk than would easily outweight the stalk. Just make sure than you wont tie the plant to the stake very tightly, allow some room for the plant to grow bigger. The velcrow tie would be best fit, because you can easily move, adjust the tie as the flower plant grows over time.
Please feel free to leave your comments about this topic or this blog!
Written By: JAZEVOX

October 25, 2007

Time To Plant for Spring

If you are an avid gardener and looking forward to see beautiful floral colors in the springtime, fall season is the perfect time to start planning and take time to do planting of flower bulbs for possible bloom in the spring time.

Most home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot, warehouse stores like Costco and Sams Club, and other stores like K-Mart and Walmart usually sells wide variety of different types of flower bulbs at this time of year (September-October-November) because in most areas, fall season is the best time to plant flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, iris, etc.

It would be best to plant the bulbs before the danger of frost. So if you are thinking of giving some colors in your yard this coming spring, check out your nearest stores mentioned above for wide variety of different types of flowers in great deals.

We recently bought 100 bulbs of Daffodils for less than $15.00 And for gigantic bulbs, we got 80 pieces for $19.95
Written By: JAZEVOX

October 19, 2007

Fall Colors Japanese Maple Tree (Part C)

PART C. It is that time of year when it is absolutely perfect to take a drive and see the ever changing colors of the trees. Fall season is totally magical, the green trees turning multi-shades of red, brown, yellow, orange, and more. For this post i just want to share some of the photos I took this mid October 2007, showing the changing colors of our Japanese Maple Tree this fall season.

There is not enough words to describe, so hope you like the photos as well.

Written By: JAZEVOX

Fall Colors Japanese Maple Tree (Part B)

Part B. It is that time of year when it is absolutely perfect to take a drive and see the ever changing colors of the trees. Fall season is totally magical, the green trees turning multi-shades of red, brown, yellow, orange, and more. For this post i just want to share some of the photos I took this mid October 2007, showing the changing colors of our Japanese Maple Tree this fall season.

There is not enough words to describe, so hope you like the photos as well. Pictures speaks louder than words...

Written By: JAZEVOX

Fall Colors Japanese Maple Tree (Part A)

Part A. It is that time of year when it is absolutely perfect to take a drive and see the ever changing colors of the trees. Fall season is totally magical, the green trees turning multi-shades of red, brown, yellow, orange, and more. For this post i just want to share some of the photos I took this mid October 2007, showing the changing colors of our Japanese Maple Tree this fall season.

There is not enough words to describe, so hope you like the photos as well.

Written By: JAZEVOX

October 14, 2007

Peaches, Lots of Peaches

In the photo above, you are looking at the harvest we have in our Peach tree this year, which we harvested last September 2007. This whole bunch of peaches all came from one single tree. I never really counted each one of them to fill my curiosity of total pieaces harvested, but the photo shows five (5) full container of peaches, some other full containers did not make it to the picture taking, and a lot more peaches were eaten by the birds, and some fell on the ground that we had to throw away. It is very amazing how one piece of seed, then grown into a tree, can produce so much bountiful healthy fruits like this one. The price of each piece of peach could easily be around $0.50 to $0.75. Seeing our tree bear fruit like this is truly amazing, and i will be eating healthy for days, and also saving money by not buying peaches in the store for a little bit.

October 13, 2007

Yellow Mexican Hat Coneflower

I took this photo of Yellow Mexican Hat Coneflower from our yard this summer of 2007.

They blooms by the dozen, so they look really nice and noticable in group. I guess one of the reason why they call this flower Mexican Hat is because it really looks like one, dont you think so to? These flowers do have skinny delicate stems so watering them too much will cause the plants to bow down, until the sun dries them up and usually they go stand up again.

I think they would be great as accents or touched for floral arrangements. I think Mexican Hat Coneflower would look great with white daisies with yellow pollen in a base!

Written By: JAZEVOX

Stronger Side By Side

One of the many reasons why I love springtime is because our yard awaits many different types of flower plants that we planted all these years. One of the short time bloomers are the tulips, usually our tulips here in California only blooms around the month of March to April. And during these blooming season, our flower garden transforms into a very colorful display of beautiful flowers. We planted different variety of tulips, some miniature some long-stemmed. We have wide variety of solid colors and some combo or mixed colors, like the one shown in the photo (white and hot pink). When I found this batch of tulip in our yard, I cannot help but take a snapnot of it as is. Both tulips were leaning side by side against each other, standing straighter and taller compare to the others, that started to bow down to the ground because stem cannot support the heavy weight of the flowers. Lesson learn from the photographs:The photo shows that if you feel you have some weaknesses and hindrances as an individual, do not be afraid to look for strength and support from people you can trust that can help you stand stronger and straighter.

Written By: JAZEVOX

October 12, 2007

Growing Daffodils

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Daffodils are very easy to grow and easy to plant. Most daffodils bulbs can be bought at most nurseries and home improvement centers at the start of fall season because its the best time to plant daffodils. Find a sunny spot in your yard with lots of sunshine and has well-drained soil. Once you have the perfect spot to plant your daffodils, dig 3-4 inches diameter holes, or enough to fit each bulb into. Holes should be around 8 to 12 inches distance from each other to allow room for growth of each bulb and promote plant multiplication. Holes should be around 4-5 inches deep. Place each bulb in a hole, cover the holes with bulbs with the loose soil. To encourage great flower blooms, you can sprinkle some bulb foods around the covered hole. Water everyday the area after planting, enough to keep the soil moist and encourage growth. Do not over water to avoid soaking the bulbs too much that may cause the bulbs to rot.

Written By: JAZEVOX

Orchids Phaleanopsis

Most of our flowers in the yard are not in bloom yet because its winter season and its been cold and snowing.

To add some colors in our kitchen island, we been buying the cheapest cut flowers available in Safeway for $3.99 to $6.99 per boquet. Other nicer flowers like tulips and roses is around $12.99 to $19.99 so we just deal with the carnation and daisies because they are cheaper and they look just as nice.

During our grocery trip to Raleys this week, we saw this totally beautiful orchids displayed near the front area of the store. We tried growing orchids 2-3 years ago but it didnt survive very long. But when we saw the potted orchids, we just have to give it another try. This time we decided to put it indoor, in our kitchen area. Its only been few days since we bought the orchid plants, so we are still trying to study what works best for them. Been transfering them already in different area of the house, making sure they have enough lighting and not expose to too much heat from our wood burning stove.


October 11, 2007

Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris is one of the favorite collectible flowers here in the U.S. There are several people who are in the look out for all different iris colors available. There are several different color varities like purple, black, white, blue, yellow, gold, bronze, and more!

Bearded Irises can grow 24 to 36 inches tall with strong sturdy long-stemmed. One iris plant can produce two or more flowers per season. They usually bloom around spring time, or around the month of March to May. Irises is very easy to plant, just place the iris rhizomes buried one inch below the ground in a well-drained soil around fall season before the danger of frost. Water them daily to encourage germination but do not over water them because you dont want the iris rhizomes to rot.
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Long-Stemmed Tulips

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Tulips normally blooms at spring time here in the U.S. around the month of March to May. Tulips are planted by their bulbs. The best time to plant tulip bulbs is during fall season before the frost season. Dig small holes around 3 inches in diameter, or enough to put the bulb in place. Holes should be around 6 inches deep. Yes, the deepness of the bulb matters specially when the tulips began to grow. If you dont place the bulb deep enough, the tulips could possibly not support itself, they have really long stems, they need to be well-established with the soil. If you bury the bulb too much, it could possibly not grow properly. Plant the bulbs atleast 6 inches away from each other to make room for the leaves and to promote growth and rooms for new baby bulbs that will develop from the original bulbs.Use bulb food to enhance growth and healthy blooms. Both bulbs and bulbs food are available in most home and garden centers like Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart.

Written By: JAZEVOX


Marigold flowers are annual plant that will grow up to around 12 to 18 inches tall at maturity. Marigolds are best planted in a full sunny location in a well-drained soil. Marigolds are great in in both planters and beds of flowers.

The most common marigold flower colors are the dark maroon and bright orange. But marigolds are also available in other colors like yellow, white, dual-colors, and more.

Marigold flowers are very easily to plant and almost with no maintainance required. You can buy marigold seeds in most home and garden centers here in the U.S. like Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Kmart. Just follow the planting instruction as indicated in the seed packaging. Marigold seeds are usually planted in a well cultivated soil, then plant them around 1/4 inch deep. Soil must be keep moist everyday to encourage seeds germination. As soon as seedlings reach around 2-3 inches in height, re-plant each seedling around atleast one feet away from each other to give room for each plant to grow bigger.

Written By: JAZEVOX

October 10, 2007

Dolphinstate to PlantingDiary

My first few postings in this blog will be some of my old articles that were originally posted in my first blog, DolphinState.blogspot.com. Since I covered a lot of planting topics in DolphinState, i thought it might be best to have them posted here as well.

We grow tons of flowers and fruit trees in our yard, that's why I created this blog to share some of our garden experience.

Another NEW Update 2015:
This blog is now called Gardeners Land, previously called Planting Diary.

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