Category Archives: Plants

Daisies Daisies Daisies

Daisies are such classic flowers and they come in so many colours and sizes. When most people think of the Daisy they often associate it as being a white flower. When in fact the flower comes in many different colours and sizes. That being said, it can be hard to decide what one to choose and what would work best in your home or garden. But that’s where we come in, we have a large selection of daisy arrangements for you to choose from. 

The petals on the daisy are usually delicate, making the perfect for almost any occasion. Sine there are so many types, we’ll just talk about a few, the English Daisy, Shasta Daisy, the Painted Daisy.

English Daisy

The English Daisy has a classic yellow centre and long white petals (the common daisy). It’s origins are from Northern Europe and it is considered a hardy perennial. It’s also been distributed all over the world.

Shasta Daisy

Another classic daisy is the Shasta Daisy, it happens to resemble the English Daisy. However, it has a much larger yellow centre and grows much taller (1-3 feet). The Shasta Daisy is a hybrid by Luther Burbank in Mount Shasta California.

Painted Daisy

Known to be a very popular daisy in gardens due to their ability to attract butterflies. This plant has fern-like leaves that make it an attractive plant even after the flowers have bloomed. They’re also effective at repelling insects.

Order Some Daisies 

We have a great selection for you to view There are so many Daisies to choose from We had to set up a section of our website dedicated to the Daisy. What daisies will you order today?

Roses

Roses come in a variety of colours and are a woody perennial flowering plant in the genus Rosa and in the family Rosaceae. There are over 300 spices and thousands of cultivars. They form a group of plants. 

Roses form a group of plants that can be shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Roses range in size from compact, miniature to climbers that can reach 7 meters. Since there are so many species of roses we won’t talk about all of them today. 

Today we’ll talk about 3 different types of roses, The Rosa Eden, Princess Alexandra and the Rosa “Mister Lincoln.” 

Rosa Eden

The Rosa Eden is a climbing rose that grows upright and can reach 100-130 cm. This rose is pink and white and can reach an average of 10cm with 55-60 petals. The large old-rose type blooms are carmine-pink on the inside or ivory on the outside. Making this rose a wonderful addition to any garden, as long as you have the wall space for it to grow to its full potential.

Princess Alexandra of Kent 

Princess Alexandra of Kent is a beautiful rose named after Queen Elizabeth’s cousin. These roses bloom in late spring and are usually large and have around 130 petals and grows to 130cm and 90cm wide.

Rosa “Mister Lincoln”

Rosa “Mister Lincoln is a tall red rose that is renowned for its strong fragrance and was introduced in 1964. It has a deep red colour and grows to 1.2 meters. The buds open into large, velvety red double blossoms. And the best part about this flower is that is does well in most any climate.

Our Selection of Roses 

At Brant Florist we have a beautiful selection of roses to choose from. Whether thats an arrangement that we have available now or one that you would like to create yourself. Come by and visit us or order online. 

The Smallest Flower on Earth: Wolffia

Flowers come in so many sizes and colours and are found all over the world. They brighten up any room and bring joy to everyone. But have you ever wondered what the smallest flower on Earth is? We discussed the largest flower in a past blog so it’s time to explore the smallest flower on Earth.

Smallest Flower on Earth

Recognized as the smallest flower on earth the Wolffia, sometimes called Duckweed, is also the smallest plant that produces a fruit. This plant was first recorded in New Zealand by Ruth Mason. The plant grows in freshwater or marshes and the species is worldwide, which consists of 9-11 species.

Where do they grow?

The Wolffia is an aquatic plant and tends to resemble specks of cornmeal floating on the water. Since the plant has no roots, they can easily float on the surface of the water. The flower is produced in a depression on the top surface of the plant body and it has one stamen and one pistil. They often float together in pairs or form floating mats with other related plants such as the Lemna and Spirodela species.

A source of protein 

While it’s defiantly not a flower you would have in a vase, it’s still very interesting. And it’s actually a good source of protein. There’s an organization called the International Lemna Association (ILA) and they are promoting the plant as something that could help the planet. Since it’s a high source of protein, it could be an alternative source for human consumption. In fact, in some places in Asia it is used as a food source for many years 

Small but fascinating 

This plant might be small but it’s fascinating and we can learn a lot from the tiny flower. At Brant Florist we love learning about different plants and flowers and we hope you do as well. Make sure you view our selection of flowers or come by and visit us soon. 

Autumn Flowers

With all the leaves on the trees changing colour and the crisp cool air, Autumn is a wonderful season. And along with the changing leaves, our gardens change as well. The types if flowers that bloom are often different than the ones we saw during the spring and summer months. There’s a large variety of flowers and plants that make their appearance during the fall.

When is the best time to plant Autumn flowers? Well that can depend of the temperature in August. Planting early in the season (summer) will make sure that your garden is well established. But it’s a good idea to play it by ear, because it all depends on the temperature. Fall flowers bloom late, but they bloom best if they have been in the garden all season. Some examples of Autumn flowers are Balloon Flowers, Mums, Stonecrop, and Sunflower Perennials.

Ballon Flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) are in the campanula or bellflower family. They start out as a puff or bubble and pop open when they’re ready to bloom. It’s colours are lavender-blue, pale pink, or white. This flower spreads slowly, filling in without becoming a nascence. And other than cutting the plants back in the spring or fall, there is no other maintenance required.

Mums (Chrysanthemum) comes in many varieties but the best one to plant for fall would be the hardier Mum. This plant should be purchased in the spring so that it is ready in time for the fall season. Keep them well watered and mulch them once the ground freezes. They come in a variety of colours such as, white, yellow, pink, lavender, red, and bronze. This flower lasts all the way until November in some climates.

Stonecrop (Sedum sp) or often called the “Autumn Joy” looks good all year and requires minimal attention, but if you live near a Deer population watch out because they love to eat Stonecrop. So be aware of your surroundings before planting this lovely flower. They come in shades of pink and mauve. This plant is usually left standing tall throughout the winter months.

Sunflower Perennials (Helianthus hybrids) are related to the Sunflower. However, they don’t get a large, or topple over like a Sunflower and look more like a Daisy. They bloom towards the end of the season and come in a yellowish colour. They grow much slower than the Annual Sunflower and they will come back every year.

What will you plant for your garden this Autumn? It’s good to get your garden planned out and planted in August. Whether you’re planting a new garden or adding to your current one, fall flowers need time. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year and what a better way to celebrate the season than with a beautiful garden.