Flowering plants give us so much more value than cut flowers. I really miss having a garden, not just for the outside space, but for the opportunity to grow flowers. I am thinking about five of my favourite flowering plants today, and why they are my favourites. You can search for other plants on gardening websites like Gardeners World.
These are top of my list of flowering plants because I can remember my Dad brought me home an African Violet once to cheer me up. I was off school due to an illness at the time. It wasn’t anything serious, but more than a common cold. I kept the plant on the windowsill of my bedroom.
I managed to grow some of these from seed. Growing flowering plants from seed is a big achievement and is a plus for your wellbeing. If successful you end up with many more plants than you could buy, so it is economical too. You can spread a little happiness by giving your plants away, or even sell them! I used pressed flowers from my plants on some cards I made. The flowers can be many different colours, but the one pictured below was the most common in my crop.
Look at these amazing specimens: https://www.pumpkinbeth.com/2016/04/132nd-auricula-show/
These beautiful flowering plants are actually bulbs. The flowers have a very strong perfume. I have one on my windowsill in the kitchen at the moment. Flowering plants teach you patience while you wait for them to reward you with their blooms.
Another green fingers victory. Years ago when I had a big garden, I started off a entire packet of foxglove seeds in my greenhouse and then planted them in a border that went the whole length of the garden. These magnificent plants can grow very tall in the right conditions. Some grew taller than me. Somewhere I have a photo as proof, but for now you will just have to trust me on that! The plants do not produce flowers until their second year, so you have to play the waiting game again. The plants produce a poison, which is extracted and used in medicine to treat heart conditions. This is the only plant on my list that you cannot grow indoors!
More childhood memories. I love the smell of these hothouse plants because they remind me of going to work with my Dad in the school holidays. The smell of tomatoes growing under glass also brings back happy memories. I have also successfully grown geraniums myself. The most common colour is probably red, although many other colours can be grown.
What are your favourite plants and why?
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