Spring mix


leucospermum freesias

Check out these amazing flowers, photographed by Sweet Little Photographs. The velvety grey foliage is  a type of senecio, the yellow pincushion-like flower is Leucospermum cordifolium (a protea), the steely blue thistle-like globes are eryngiums, and the rest is made up of freesias, tulips, anemones, ranunculi and lisianthus.

Image via Ruffled.

Plant Now: Freesias


freesias white and orange
freesia whiteBlooming FreesiaFor pretty blooms and exquisite scent, plant freesia corms now. These late winter or early spring flowers pay great dividends. Plant them once and they will reappear year after year, and they’ll expand each year too.

Plant corms 5cm deep and 8-10cm apart in a well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Blooms appear 110-120 days after corms are planted. Stagger planting times for a longer flowering season, but don’t plant out too late – flowering during longer days reduces the number of flowers per raceme as well as the number of lateral flower stems. Optimum soil temperature for flower initiation is 12-15degC.

Plant now: Freesias


Freesias

You might think it’s a little early to plant spring bulbs, but you can get a head start by sowing seeds. It takes about 150 days from sowing to flowering, while planting corms will take about 120 days. Freesias are easy to grow, but they’re frost tender, so grow them in containers in cooler areas and place in a sheltered spot. They’re well worth growing for their glorious scent. Plant in rich, free-draining soil in full sun or light shade. Both Egmont Seeds and Yates sell freesia seeds.

This gorgeous photo was taken by Cat On The Net 2000.