Mysterious Glowing Objects Reported in Movie Master’s Garden
The Sudden Appearance
OFFICER: “Well ma’am can you give me some indication of the time of the explosion? Looking at the area affected here that must have been one heck of a blast"
MOVIE MASTER: “That’s the strange thing about it, I never heard anything. I think it all started under the cover of darkness because when I got up this morning and opened the door I was greeted by the orange and yellow glow. It was so vivid that I had to cover my eyes and just within a few hours the glowing started to spread”
Which is your favourite flower?
OFFICER: “This certainly seems to be spreading at an alarming rate, but the biggest problem here (and I shall have to put my sunglasses on) seems to be the incredible brightness they are radiating. We may need to put out a warning to passers by. Now, because we have received two reports at the station of a mysterious glow and two possible UFO sightings coming from this direction, I will have to make a report. I am going to have to take some information from you”
MOVIE MASTER: “Yes, Officer”
OFFICER: “Now, these little beauties seem to be one of the biggest culprits. Do you have any idea what they are and where they came from?”
MOVIE MASTER: “These are called Nasturtiums. All I did was plant four little seeds in a pot!”
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OFFICER: “How long will they last?”
MOVIE MASTER: “They will be flowering for at least three months and during that time they will attract aphids, which hopefully means that they will stay away from my tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce plants. Cabbage White Butterflies like their large leaves and I hope this will act as a diversion from my cabbages. Nasturtium flowers and leaves are edible, especially delicious in salads and soups”
OFFICER: “Well, that certainly seems harmless enough, but I do require information on everything glowing for my report. I don’t know anything about flowers, so perhaps you can describe what we see. I suggest we wear our sunglasses and proceed with caution”
A FULL INVESTIGATION BEGINS...
An ideal bedding plant for tubs and containers, Nemesia is a beautiful, small and dainty flower that comes in many different colours including yellow, orange, brown, pink, red, and lavender-blue.
Seeds can be sown outdoors after the last frost and they thrive in full sun throughout the summer. Often, a later bloom will continue until the Autumn.
Nemesias grow from 1 to 2 feet tall and like to be in well-drained soil.
An attractive hardy, herbaceous perennial, the Inula produces golden yellow flowers all through the summer.
Inulas vary greatly in size, from just a few centimeters tall to enormous perennials over three meters tall!
They like a well drained and sunny site.
The Begonia is another bedding plant that is ideal for containers. The trailing variety is ideal for hanging baskets. An easy plant to grow from tubers, the begonia really is a garden treasure.
Begonias enjoy lots of tender loving care, and need to have their dead flowers, stems and leaves removed to promote new growth.
Store the dry tuber at the end of the season in a dry place to flower again the following year.
There are over 1500 known species of begonias.
Also known as ‘Tickseed’, the Coreopsis "Zagreb" is a perennial plant that has golden-yellow daisy like flowers, lasting from May to September.
Trim them back after flowering, for an abundance of flowers the following year.
There are different varieties of Lily for just about every country and climate. Lillies grow from bulbs and there are approximately 110 species.
They have beautiful large fragrant petals and six tepals, and come in a range of colours including white, yellow, orange, pink, red and purple.
These delicate flowers are very brightly coloured. Oriental Poppies bloom in May and June each year, the plants grow upto 3 feet tall.
Oriental Poppies thrive in the sun or light shade and in well-drained soil.
But, I have no explanation for this particular little beauty. It just turned up one day and decided to make my garden her home.
Kniphofia ‘Royal Castle’
Also known as the Red Hot Poker, these are stunning yellow-orange rocket shaped flowers with grey-green foliage.
They are native to Africa and there are over 70 varieties.
Red Hot pokers make a beautiful display in the garden. Their bold flowers make a lasting impression but they do require plenty of water to last well. A weekly fertilizer is also recommended.
Kniphofia grow very well in rich soil and enjoy full sun or partial shade.
Also known as St Johns Wort it has long been used in herbalism and treatment for depression.
It is perfect for hedging or a colourful boundary and explodes into flower from May to August.
The hypericum requires very little maintenance to thrive, and even flourishes well in the shade.
The Viola is such a versatile and independent flower in the pansy family, which is grown from seed.
Ideal for tubs, containers and borders, the Viola is very low maintenance; with a little watering and dead-heading it will flower all summer.
OFFICER: “Well, I don’t think there is any immediate danger. Thank you for your detailed statement, Movie Master. I think this may have been an over-reaction by the general public, but can I suggest that perhaps next year you might plant a few more red, pink and blue flowers… just to dim the glow a bit!”