1280px-Blume_mit_Schmetterling_und_Biene_1ufGuest article by Bill O’Rielly of Knocklyon Florists

Irrespective of your experience, it is possible to bloom beauty in your garden. However, to make sure you are highly successful, there are a couple of things that should be at the back of your mind to know what the flowers will need and how they work. Some of the basics you should be aware of include:

Sun

Any professional flower gardener or even a reputable florist in Dublin will tell you that the sun is the main source of energy for budding flowers. For this reason, it is important to make sure the flowering plants get a full sun site where they will get about 6-8 hours of sunshine all day when they are growing. You can easily get a sunlight calculator online to find out the amount of sun the garden receives.

Good soil

This is considered the backbone of healthy and great looking flowers. You should work with soil that is not too sticky, not too sandy and soil that has enough organic matter that allows it to drain well and is hospitable to the plant roots. Remember to test the fertility and pH of the soil with a soil tester or you can call in an expert to make sure you are working with the right type of soil.

Perennials and annuals

When looking to grow flowers, you can opt to work with perennials. These are plants whose root systems normally stay alive underground for a couple of years or even decades. The parts above the soils may die during certain periods such as winter but come spring they sprout again. The flowers then bloom for a few weeks or even months depending on the species. When it comes to the annuals the plants normally go through the entire life cycle in 1 growing season. Many gardeners usually like this option because when they are well taken care of, they can bloom all season. The ones you choose however depend on preference.

Labour needs

When thinking about planting flowers, it is also important to think about the amount of work that you will be willing to put in. There are some species that need care round the clock while there are others that are usually more flexible. For this reason, it is important to study different types of species before you decide the one that you are most comfortable with. It also helps to do research to find out the species that really do well in your area as this can help you make a wise and informed decision on what types of flowers you are going to work with.

Once you have the above figured out and you start planting, you have to remember that there are certain activities you have to take part in for the flower garden to bloom. In some cases especially when there is no rain, you may have to water them. You should also make sure you weed off any unwanted plants to give the flowers enough space and nutrients to flourish without any competition that could end up harming them.

Flower_Bouquetwith thanks to Bill O’Rielly of Knocklyon Florists in Dublin, Ireland

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