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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • Sweet Smelling Sweet Peas In Store Now!!!!

    The early history of sweet peas is shrouded in mystery, they may have originated in Italy, or perhaps Malta where they still grow in the wild. In any case, those first sweet peas were insignificant plants, with small, weak stemmed flowers which were poor in colour.

    In cultivation gardeners selected varieties in a wider range of colours with longer stems, larger flowers and more flowers per stem. They became known as Grandiflora types, and two of the original ones were painted by the famous French botanical artist, Redoute.

    In 1901 a new type was developed in the gardens of Althorp Park in England. The flower was much more attractive, with a larger, frilly standard, bigger wings and a more open keel. It was named 'Countess Spencer' after Princess Diana's grandmother, and it was from this type that all the modern kinds were derived.

    Plant details

    Common name: Sweet pea
    Botanic name:Lathyrus odoratus

    Description:

    Flowering annual with fragrant perfume. Colours range from white, blue, lavender, purple and pink through to red. Sweet peas usually grow about 1.5-2.0m (4-6') tall, but there are many different kinds available, including dwarf cultivars.

    Best climate:All areas are suitable for growing sweet peas. Try them as a winter flower in warm climates, and a spring or early summer flower in cold or mountain districts.

    Best look:

    excellent cut flower winter flower display fragrant garden good for covering a trellis or screen dwarf types great for pots or hanging baskets

    Good points:

    beautiful perfume attractive flowers in a wide range of colours

    Growing tips:

    February, March and April are the best months to plant sweet peas in all Australian climates. Or just follow the Australian tradition and sow your seeds on St. Patrick's Day (17 March). Sweet peas need plenty of sun (at least six hours per day) and good drainage to grow well. Provide a trellis, wire netting or stakes for them to climb, and Peter Valder suggests you don't use too much fertilizer (particularly high nitrogen fertilizer) or the plants will produce lush green leaves, but very few flowers. Prolong the display by removing spent flowers.

  • Zonta International Central Coast Branch Ball

    The Central Coast Branch of Zonta International is having a ball to raise funds to purchase birthing kits to send women in under developing countries such as Afghanistan with the help of other volunteers, in which usually  4000 kits are assembled every year. They consist of a small plastic sheet of plastic,a simple blade for cutting the umbilical cord, 3 pieces of cotton string for tying the umbilical cord, 5 antiseptic swabs and a small cake of soap. The result of supplying these kits has a huge impact on the mortality rate of Mothers and babies in these countries.

    The cost of the birthing kits is $2 per kit of which $1 goes to educating the women who will use the kits and a $1 to assemble and transport the kits. The Opshop Ball is one of the main annual fund raisers and apart from the birthing kits, Zonta undertake many other initiatives both locally and internationally.

    The objectives of Zonta are to improve the legal,political,economic,educational,health and professional status of Women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.

    The Central Coast Branch of Zonta is holding its annual ball on 26th May at the Avoca SLSC.

    Boydita Flowers Delivered is proud to donate  a gift voucher for the Ball to help raise much needed funds.

  • Flower Of The Month- Chrysanthemum

    Did you know that the name Chrysanthemum comes from two Greek words " Chrysos meaning gold and "anthos" meaning flower?
    The genus chrysanthemum is a large one, having both ornamental and also economic value. These flowers vary greatly in form, size and colour and can be grown in many climates.
    The origin of the chrysanthemum is actually Asia and the native habitat of the plants is Northern China,Mongolia,Korea and later Japan.
    Chrysanthemum buds should open in the vase if a floral preservative is used. Its best to buy chrysanthemum's where at least half the flowers are open. NEVER NEVER smash,crush or split the stems of Chrysanthemums or other woody stem flowers such as Proteas or Roses.This damages the stems and hinders the water uptake, meaning the flowers will wilt more quickly, keep them out of draughts and sunlight

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