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Planting Flowers - Papers

Planting Flowers


Flowers seem to pop up all over Pennsylvania. Why can't they pop up in my garden? Through research, I have learned that wildflowers flourish because they are in an ideal location, and if I can recreate these conditions successfully, flowers will thrive in my garden as well. I am going to explain to you the different types of flowering plants and discuss the basic requirements needed for healthy happy flowers. While I am mainly interested in wild flowers, I will also include some garden varieties.
Flowers like Pennsylvania, thanks to the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean we have plenty of humidity and rainfall, and if there is one thing flowers love, it is water. ...

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(Loewer 6). Where did the non-native flowers come from and how did they get here? "Probably the largest number of plants accidentally introduced in this country arrived in ships' ballast. Because the early merchant ships that sailed from Europe were empty of goods on the trip over, their hulls were loaded with dirt so that they would float properly. When they arrived in America, the dirt was removed and left onshore. The seeds it contained then began to spread, bloom, produce more seed, and eventually spread" (6). Interesting enough, I have learned that another gift from the Europeans is the honeybee, which came to America in the 1600's (8).
Not all wildflowers that are attractive in field or forest are recommended for gardens. These invasive varieties grow so aggressively that they overwhelm most of the other flowers in their vicinity. Purple loosestrife for example, seen growing along the Susquehanna River, has become a serious problem at wildwood park, where the use of ...

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they usually die away. Some biennials will surprise you by coming back for years like perennials, but with decreasing abundance of blooms" (Baker 126).
"Mature perennials are the mainstay of an established natural garden" (Sperka 3). Because they survive cold weather and bloom year after year, they often increase in number and size of blooms, and a minimum amount of work is required once they are planted; however, they should be dug up, divided, and transplanted every four years. Since perennials take longer to develop from seed, they are almost always planted from dormant stock - roots, rhizomes, stolons "nodes", or bulbs. "Left in the ground, the root system will spread and the ...

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Added: 11/27/2005 07:10:55 PM
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