Need a Valentine’s Day idea?Garden Gifts Offer Love and Affection

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Need a Valentine's Day idea?Garden Gifts Offer Love and Affection

Need a Valentine’s Day idea?Garden Gifts Offer Love and Affection


Flowers for Valentine’s Day? Creative combinations for the holiday of love and friendship. Here are some gift ideas:

sunflower(sunflower) is hard not to like. It’s bright, big and bold, with a sunny tone that sings of happiness and optimism. Flowers face the sun, a quality we can all appreciate in a turbulent world.

Native to North America, this annual grows easily and quickly from seed. There are many color combinations, from white to burgundy, and the head shape may contrast or complement the “petal”.

If your goal is to harvest seeds, choose a single-headed flower, such as “mammoth.” True to its name, this breed grows to 10 to 12 feet tall. Plant consecutively for greater impact. Change factories every two weeks to maintain a continuous supply of colors.

Multi-stemmed sunflowers produce more but smaller flowers over a longer time frame. These are best for bouquets. Opting for pollen-free varieties will keep your table tidy.

For an early start, they can be planted in small containers with potting soil. Just make sure there is enough drainage. Keep them moist, don’t let them get too dry. Transplant outdoors when 4 to 6 inches tall. Direct sow seeds about 1 inch deep in full sun and well-drained soil after any possible frost. The average flowering time after planting is about 60 days.

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Spring camellia series

Tea lovers may know their beloved drink comes from tea treebut if you’re not ready for the amount needed to pick two tender new leaves at a time, you can opt for a smaller urban patio.

choose camellia or Camellia. Now is the perfect time to plant these large evergreen shrubs with thick, shiny leaves. They grow to be 6 to 12 feet tall. Plant in well-drained slightly acidic soil and add compost. Make sure not to plant deeper than the soil line in the pot. Cover shallow roots to prevent extreme temperatures and retain moisture.

White, pink, and red flowers can take on six different forms, similar to roses, peonies, and anemones. If frozen, it can damage an open flower, but the buds that haven’t opened are protected.

camellia It blooms from October to April, depending on the variety, and is very stately. In our heat, it prefers partial to full shade. The large blooms demand attention because they are flawless, even if not as plentiful as the camellias. ‘Taylor’s Perfection’ is a mid to late bloomer with 4 to 5 inch blooms from March to April, slightly more than most japonicas.

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camellia Smaller flowers cover the shrub from September to January. However, you won’t find them blooming or budding on Valentine’s Day. They prefer partial shade to sun, but it’s wise to protect from afternoon sun.

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What stands for lasting love, like lasting flowers? orchid (Phalaenopsis) Flowers can hang for about two months. Aim for plants whose buds are not yet fully open so your lover can enjoy the show for longer. Add a decorative planter to the gift – the planter has a drainage hole and saucer underneath that can be used as a humidity tray. The last ingredient is a layer of pebbles on top of the saucer, where the pot is placed. Add water to the rocks, but not on top, to increase humidity. After flowering is complete, cut the stems and place the plant near the east or west window.

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A nerdy pun like “My love, the garden is thyme,” with a handful of thyme plants, is sure to earn you some points. Garden centers began to increase their supply of herbs. Lemon thyme tends to be firmer, but there are many options, including wool, English, and silver. thyme (thyme) prefers full sun, well-drained soil. It does not do well in high humidity and wet soil.

Anthurium (Anthurium) and Love Rhododendron with Heart Leaves The heart-shaped leaves and flowers bring the literal meaning of the holiday.

Make your love “your lover” with pollinators. Add a jar of local honey or a gift certificate to buy caterpillars to feed the garden.

It may not matter what you give a garden lover on Valentine’s Day, if it supports the garden, it will be embraced gratefully.

In addition, there are many beautiful gardens around the area waiting for you. Go explore! Time spent outdoors is always worth the time.

Brandi Keller is a promotional agent for Texas A&M AgriLife.

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