Category Archives: Origins of Garden Flowers

Pansies – It makes you think! by Andrew Ormerod

The word pansy originated from the French word penser, which means to think. The Pansy – “It is inexpensive, it is easily managed, and it is beautiful”. James Simkins (1889) In the beginning The Garden Pansy is descended from the … Continue reading

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A potted history of Camelia x williamsii hybrids by Andrew Ormerod

All Camellia x williamsii are hybrids between Camellia saluensis seedlings or cultivars and Camellia japonica or named C. japonica cultivars. Meet the parents C. japonica There are thousands of forms of Camellia japonica I some have been in cultivation for … Continue reading

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A Potted history of Daylilies by Andrew Ormerod

Significant Day Lilies Species Day lilies species are native to Asia. They have been known and revered in China since the time of Confucius, featuring in legends and paintings. The Fulvous daylily was cultivated in China as a food and … Continue reading

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Sweet Peas

The development of the Old-fashioned (Grandiflora type) In the beginning …… The development of the sweet pea started very slowly at first Father Cupani spotted a plant of the wild Mediterranean sweet pea with larger flowers in 1699. By the … Continue reading

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