Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers are beautiful and fragrant. Changing seasons have a profound effect on plant and animal life. Spring is the time of renewal of plant life.
Nature awakens in Spring, and Spring Flowers bloom. Spring is a wonderful time of the year for fresh Spring Flowers, particularly Spring flower bulbs.
In spring, plants and trees sprout new leaves and Flowers bloom.
The number of daylight hours increases during spring, and in many countries, people celebrate spring festivals.
Many different species of Spring Flowers grow from bulbs. Spring gardeners and Flower lovers often overlook minor bulbs in favor of the larger showier bulbs such as Daffodils, Tulips, and Hyacinths that bloom later.
The minor bulbs do have a useful place in home landscapes as they extend the season of bloom and give the gardener a "jump on spring." These are best purchased and planted in the fall so that they Flower in Spring, just like other Spring Flowering Bulbs.
Crocus are considered by many as the first Spring Flowers, however many minor bulbs bloom even earlier during Spring. These early bloomers are usually short and small, but if planted in mass, they can be most effective in the landscape.
The following list of Spring Flowers will help you choose your fresh cut Spring Flowers or potted flowering bulbs at your local flower retailers. The details will give you some interesting information on Spring Flowers and useful tips for Spring Flower care along the way!

Take a moment and enjoy the myriad of colors that Spring Flowers have to offer.
Agapanthus is also commonly known as the Lily of the Nile, African Blue Lily, and African Lily. The genus, Agapanthus includes about 10 species. Agapanthus flowers bloom in large, round clusters or umbels of blue, white or violet- blue. The funnel shaped Agapanthus flowers gorw at the end of a thick 2 to 4 foot tall stem. The Agapanthus clusters measure about 6 to 8 inches across.
Agapanthus plants are native to South Africa, spreading across the Western Cape through to the Eastern Cape. Agapanthus grow in the shade from trees to get protection from the hot sun.
The Agapanthus africanus' anthers, like the petals, are bluish because the pollen is lilac in colour. Agapanthus africanus shares this characteristic with Agapanthus caulescens and Agapanthus coddii. Bees visit and pollinate the Agapanthus flowers. The Agapanthus seeds are dispersed by wind.
Agapanthus africanus are lily-like blooms and come in clusters made up of many bell-shaped flowers. The Agapanthus clusters are globe-shaped or pendular. Agapanthus flowers are in various shades of blue, from a dusky, powder blue to an almost indigo-purple, but there are some white varieties as well.
Facts About Agapanthus
Agapanthus is a showy widely grown plant for its exotic blue or white flowers that bloom from late spring until the beginning of autumn, depending on the species.
The perennial Agapantus grow from an underground rhizome each year.
The tender Agapantus africanus species is evergreen while the hardier Agapantus campanulatus species, coming from moister, mountain grasslands, have slightly smaller flowers and die down during winter and re-emerge again the following spring.
Agapanthus is suspected of causing haemolytic poisoning in humans, and the sap causes severe ulceration of the mouth.
Agapanthus contains several saponins and sapogenins that generally have anti-inflammatory (reduce swelling and inflammation), anti-oedema (oedema - swelling due to accumulation of fluid), antitussive (relieve or suppress coughing) and immunoregulatory (have influence on the immune system) properties.

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