Lady Slipper

Balsam commonly called Lady Slipper originated from Southern Asia.

Lady Slipper is an annual plant and is an old-fashioned favourite grown from seeds between April and September; it is a member of the Impatiens family.

Lady Slipper grows well in full sun or semi shade in rich, well-drained soil.

There are single and double blooms in a variety of colours such as red, pink, rose, purple and white. Leaves are glossy green and lance shaped. They make excellent borders or hedges.

Lady Slipper has adapted well in the Caribbean, North America and South Africa. New hybrids were developed after World War 11.

Fertilize your Lady Slipper with Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food once every two weeks and enjoy the flowers while they bloom.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.


Roses round up

Over the years, I have experimented with and grown various types of roses: Dutch, English, American and tropical.

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Climber and rambler roses

Years ago, climbing roses were among the most precious flowers to adorn a garden.

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Continued from last week Miniature roses are most likely descendants of the old Chinese rose Rosa chinensis. 

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Continued from last week   This week, we will look at Floribunda roses and Hybrid Tea roses.

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(Continued from last week) There are five classes of roses: Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbers or Ramblers and Shrub roses.

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