Monday, November 9, 2015

Massive Flowers

To spruce up Jerusalem’s Vallero Square, local architecture firm ‘HQ Architects’ decorated it with flowers – albeit a different variety you’ve never seen before.

Installed in 2014, the flowers are actually an interactive installation called ‘Warde’. These 30-feet tall man-made flora bloom and wilt depending on people that frequent the square. Stand under the shade and the flowers’ bright red petals come to life. Leave the shade and they’ll automatically deflate and wait for its next pedestrian.

The 4 public sculptures also interact with the trams that pass by, providing both light and shade for weary commuters.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Mental Health Benefits of Flowers

~Article from the Huffington Post~

It turns out that the 1960's activists who chanted "Flower Power" were onto something important, in more ways than they probably knew.  Flowers just like peace are good for our mental health.

Research consistently links indoor flowers and plants, with wellbeing. 
Park& Mattson in 2008 confirmed what visitors to sick people have know forever.  They found that patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired and generally were in a more positive psychological state then patients in rooms without plants and flowers.

Your living room isn't a hospital room but if flowers and plants do so many good things for hospital patients, they must make your day at least a little better.  Flowers in the dinning rooms are also a good idea.  Researches from Wageningen University in the Netherlands studied restaurant diners and found that people with fresh flowers on their tables seem to be in better moods. 

Smelling floral scents also seems to put us in a good mood, and make us feel less anxious.  Flowers clearly aren't going to eliminate the need for medication, but they may take the edge off during exams or before presentations. 

When you're picking a bunch of flowers in your yard or at the local farmers' market, remember that less saturated and brighter colors are generally more relaxing, while bold saturated colors will energize you. A bunch with colors that fall near each other on the color wheel will also be more calming; with the opposite effect ensuing if the colors are opposite each other. Curvy shapes have generally been shown to be relaxing -- make an informed choice.
Reading the messages sent by flowers is a well-practiced art. Think about what roses of different colors seem to "say." Ever been disappointed when a potential partner you fancy shows up at your door with yellow roses instead of red ones? In the Internet era, symbolic snafus are harder to explain away. When in doubt, Google.

Enhancing the interior of your house with flowers and plants isn't an excuse to throw environmental responsibility to the wind. Local will probably last longer, anyway.
Flowers and plants in your home have positive psychological payback. Think of them as part of your mental health treatment program.

Here is just one plant on a list of plants that are great plants to have in your home for health benefits

Aloe Plant
The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties, from soothing skin burns and cuts to detoxing the body, and it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants' leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: Grows best with lots of sun.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Guess which day set the record for most flowers sold in the US

Fun bit of information and trivia for flower lovers written by Business Insider I thought you might like.

August 17th, 1977 the day after "The King of Rock and Roll" died, set the record for most flowers sold in the US on a single day.

According to then- Associated Press reporter Mark Knoller, who covered Elvis Presley's funeral in Memphis, the grounds of the Forest Hill Cemetery were a "sea of flowers."

"I remember a spokesperson for FTD, the flowers by wire service, telling us they had more orders that day for Elvis than ever before in their history,: Knoller later wrote for CBS News. " We were told 3,116 floral arrangements had been delivered."

By that afternoon, Memphis ran out of flowers and scrambled to get additional flowers shipped in form around the nation.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great Places to See America's Official State Flower

I came across this article that originally wrote about and thought is was nice to pass the information on to others.

Where can we go to find and see some of our nations state flowers? 

Each state in America has a official state flower.  here are some places in a few of our great states you can visit to see these blooms.

Lets start with Alabama- State flowers is the Japanese Camellias. You can visit Birmingham Botanical gardens in early spring to see this beautiful bloom.

California- The State flower is Poppy.  Visit Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in peak spring season.

Delaware- State flower is the Peach Blossoms. Delaware used to be a major peach producing state until the early 1900's.  Check out a few Orchards left One is Bennett Orchards, another is T.S. Smith & Sons or Fifer Orchard.   You can see these blossoms in early spring.

Maryland- State flower is the Black Eyed Susan. 
St. Clements Island State Park is a great location to see Black Eyed Susan Flowers. 
These popular yellow beauties are also used in the traditions of the Preakness Stakes, a major horse ace held at Pimilico Race Track in Baltimore.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Drop Dead Gorgeous

 Some of the Worlds Most Poisonous Flowers...

As beautiful as they maybe Lily of the Valley are among the most poisonous in the world.  They are extremely toxic if ingested.  Beautiful to look at in bridal bouquets but not something you should be decorating your cake with unless the flowers are made with gum paste.

Aconitum Taigicola(Wolf's Bane) This name comes from the fact that Europeans used to tip arrows with this flower's toxins to kill wolves that prey on their stock. 

Autumn Crocus ( Naked Lady), This poisonous plant gets it's nickname from the fact that it's flowers don't bloom until the leaves have died and fallen off. 

Remember these are just a few mentions of poisonous flowers in bloom and watch what you decorate. Anything that might be ingested (cake, cupcakes) at your wedding or party might just be drop dead gorgeous. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Plants That Grow Well with Veggies

Flowers growing among the veggies are more than just a colorful addition.  They attract insects to fertilize the flowers of Beans, Peas, and tomatoes.

In some cases they may act as a decoy or a repellent to harmful insects such as Aphids.  Some are beneficial as well and attract predatory insects such as ladybugs ,wasps and hoverflies.
These are particular useful in controlling pests naturally without your intervention.

 - The Marigold, its looks right at home in the vegetable garden. 
Bees and other pollinators will visit for the nectar and pollen.  Grow single flowered variaties and allow it to seed itself.
It's a hardy annual so it will pop up year after year in most soils and give great accent color in garden.

-  Daisies are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, hoverflies and wasps.

-Clover is a legum, in other words it is in the same family as peas and beans.  This means it has nodules on its roots which contain nitrogen fixing bacteria.

These fix atmospheric nitrogen providing food for the plant.  Used as a green manure or if the roots are left in the ground it feeds the soil.
Clover is widely used in organic farming.

Red Clover looks great and it prevalence as the nectar source for honey is a testament to its attraction to pollinators.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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