Cooler Tour: September 17, 2018

There is something magical about the delicate flowers of Masterwort or Astrantia. Properly describing the flowers requires botanical terms like inflorescence, bract, and umbel, which has an almost musical ring to it. Astrantia major ‘Roma’ photographed in Garden Canadensis in Milton, Ontario “Inflorescence” refers to how flowers are arranged on a stem or twig of […]

Cooler Tour: September 10, 2018

What are ornamental cabbage and kale?  Ornamental cabbage and kale (also known as “flowering” cabbage and kale) are in the same species (Brassica oleracea) as edible cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.  While ornamental cabbage and kale are edible, they tend to have a bitter flavor and are often used in a culinary setting as garnishes.  Ornamental […]

Cooler Tour: July 9, 2018

Helianthus Genus Helianthus or sunflower is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species Except for three species in South America, all Helianthus species are native to North America. The common name, “sunflower”, typically refers to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus, or the common sunflower, whose round flower heads in combination with the ligules […]

Cooler Tour: July 2, 2018

Welcome to the summer heat! Local summer flowers are in HOT demand right now. Everything is thriving and growing in abundance. This years rain and now heat is perfect for sunflowers, peonies, thistle, amaranthus, yarrow, Mountain Mint, Celosia, Allium, Larkspur, zinnias, gladiolas. New Jersey and Lancaster Fresh! From an essay by Jennie Love Locally grown […]

Cooler Tour: June 11, 2018

Scabiosa Pods from California! This beautifully textured pod is from the flowering plant Scabiosa Stellata, also known as Starflower Pincushions. Scabiosa pods are formed by many small little rounded circles that create a rounded ball shape. The colors are earthy green, light and dark browns which make this a popular accent filler in garden inspired […]

Cooler Tour: June 4, 2018

Berzelia is a genus consisting of 12 species of upright, wiry stemmed, evergreen shrubs with a dense covering of small, fine, needle-like leaves. The flowers which appear in spring and summer, are minute but are packed in spherical clusters, of which there are several per head of bloom. The flowers are white to cream and, because the stamens extend beyond […]

Cooler Tour: May 21, 2018

The peony or paeony[2][3] is a flowering plant in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. Scientists differ on the number of species that can be distinguished ranging from 25 to 40,[4][5] although the current consensus is 33 known species.[6] The relationships between the species need to be further clarified.[7] Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.25–1 metre (0.82–3.28 ft) tall, […]

Cooler Tour: May 7, 2018

Veronica is the largest genus in the flowering plant family Plantaginaceae, with about 500 species; it was formerly classified in the family Scrophulariaceae. Common names include speedwell, bird’s eye, and gypsyweed. Taxonomy for this genus is currently being reanalysed, with the genus Hebe and the related Australasian genera Derwentia, Detzneria, Chionohebe, Heliohebe, Leonohebe and Parahebe now included by many botanists.[1][2]Monophyly of the genus is supported by nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and cpDNA.[3] The taxa […]

Cooler Tour: April 30, 2018

Gerbera is native to tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton daisy. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African daisy. Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in yellow, orange, white, pink […]