Monday, November 17, 2014

Flower Arrangement Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you got them from you local florist or Garden Center or even your local Market,make sure you give your flowers the attention they deserve.  In the end you will enjoy them for much longer than you thought.

First, make sure you put your flower in water ASAP.  Don't just lay them on the counter and think they will stay alive for hours without water.  They need water to stay alive.  Just like us humans they will dehydrate. 

Second, make sure you remove the leaves at the bottom of the stems of flowers so they don't fall beneath the water line.  Reason for this is bacteria will build up that can prevent water form traveling up the stem to hydrate the flowers.  This will kill the flowers fast.

Third, don't forget to put that package of flower food that comes with the bouquet of flowers in the water.  It's there for a reason!  If you didn't receive it put a crushed  aspirin in the water this will also help the longevity of your flowers.



Friday, August 1, 2014

Cattleya Orchids, What a Beautiful FLower





Cattleyas originate from Central and South America. The English orchid collector William Cattleya gave his name to the Cattleya. The Cattleya is the national flower of a number of South American countries (including Colombia).
Cattleyas are available all year round from the better florists and garden centers. The peak is in the spring and autumn.

Of all the orchids, the Cattleya has the most varied forms. There are large- and small-flowered Cattleyas. The small-flowered cultivars have more flowers per stems than the large-flowered cultivars. Cattleyas catch the eye with their spectacular colors. The flowers are often scented, particularly when they are placed in daylight.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Incredibly Rare Flowers

Flowers are one of the most natural and common beauties of the earth. They’re also one of the most preferred gifts for loved ones. Flowers have been a part of all kinds of occasions – bouquets during Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, decorations during a wedding, or the simple daily hobby of gardening. Flowers fill our lives in the most stunning ways.


Here are some Incredibly Rare Flowers we don't get to see everyday...
These are the rare, endangered and in some cases extinct in the wild flowers. The reason most of these carry the title of rare, is because humans do not have the ability to work in perfect harmony with nature. For example, Humans build a dam, the dam prevents a specific river from flowing freely, which prevents a specific frog or fish from breading, which results in a specific kind of bird not getting food, which results in a specific kind of flower not being pollinated, which can eventually lead to the extinction of that plant. In that one scenario of building a dam humans have basically killed off three species, and history is filled with hundreds of similar occurrences. Regardless of what drove them to become rarities, the following plants are far and few between, and having the opportunity to see one for yourself.

  • The jade vine is a rare woody vine native to the tropical rainforests of the Philippines. It is a member of the pea and bean family and is closely related to kidney beans. The plant carries claw shaped flowers which grow from hanging trusses; they can reach up to three meters in length. The flower’s color can vary from blue green to mint green. The species has proven extremely difficult to propagate, and is considered an endangered species due to the destruction of its habitat and a decrease in natural pollinators.

  • Corpse Flower, This fascinating flower is found mainly in low lying tropical rainforests of Indonesia. This is one of the world’s rarest, most endangered and largest flowers and it can reach a total width of over a meter. The Rafflesia’s survival is totally dependent on a specific vine called the Tetrastigma vine. As the Rafflesia is a bodiless, stem less, leafless, rootless parasite, it requires the vine for nourishment and support. It is also a carrion plant, which means that it releases a pungent rotten flesh smell when in bloom to attract flies and carrion beetles to aid in pollination. Once in bloom, the flower will only last about a week before dying.
  • Chocolate Cosmos, This is a dark red to brown species of Cosmos, native to Mexico. Sadly it has been extinct in the wild for over a hundred years. The species survives today as a single non fertile clone, which was created in 1902 by vegetative propagation. The flowers which are produced by the plant are a rich deep red to brown color and grow to about 3-4 cm in diameter. The flowers have a lovely vanillin fragrance in the summer (also found in vanilla beans, some coffee beans and some cacao beans), which also makes it a wonderful ornamental plant.
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fun Stories about Flowers we see Everyday!

Scientists say there are over 270,000 species of flowers that have been documented and are living in the 21st Century. But scientists have yet to answer basic questions about these marvels of beauty... What led to their amazing diversity? Are there flowers that have not changed much during the evolution of this planet?

Fun Stories and History on some of our most Popular Flowers we see everyday!!!

Daisy


According to an old Celtic legend, the spirits of children who died in childbirth scattered daisies on the earth to cheer their sorrowing parents.
Beautiful gold hairpins, each ending in a daisy-like ornament were found when the Minoan palace on the Island of Crete was excavated. They are believed to be more than 4000 years old. Egyptian ceramics are also decorated with daisies.
This flower’s English name was day's eye, referring to the way this flower opens and closes with the sun. And primitive medical men drew the obvious conclusion that it was plainly intended to cure eye troubles. Assyrians crushed daisies and mixed them with oil to turn gray hair dark again.
Marguerite, the French word for daisy, is derived from a Greek word meaning "pearl". Francis I called his sister Marguerite of Marguerites and the lady used the daisy as her device, so did Margaret of Anjou the wife of Henry IV and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. There is an old English saying that spring has not come until you can set your foot on twelve daises.
King Henry VIII ate dishes of daisies to relieve himself from his stomach-ulcer pain. And a common remedy for insanity was to drink crushed daisies steeped in wine, in small doses for 15 days.

Lily


Lilies have been associated with many ancient myths, and pictures of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, dating back to the Minoan Period, about 1580 B.C.
Lilies are mentioned in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, they symbolize chastity and virtue. In both the Christian and pagan traditions, the lily is a fertility symbol. In Greek marriage ceremonies the bride wears a crown of lilies and wheat… purity and abundance. Lilies are also a symbol of death, and at one time lilies were placed on the graves of children.
The lily has no true medicinal value, although In Elizabethan times, lilies were one of the ingredients in medicines to treatment fever, or for cleaning wounds, burns and sores.



Sunflower


These flowers always turn towards the sun. They originated in Central and South America, and were grown for their usefulness, not their beauty. In 1532 Francisco Pizarro reported seeing the natives of the Inca Empire in Peru worshiping a giant sunflower. Inca priestesses wore large sunflower disks made of gold on their garments.
Sunflowers represented different meanings in many cultures. In China they symbolized longevity. In the Andes Mountains, golden images of sunflowers were found in temples. And North America Indians in the prairies placed bowls of sunflower seeds on the graves of their dead.
King Henry VIII ate daisies to relieve his stomach ulcer pain


Queen Anne's Lace


Queen Anne's Lace was named for Queen Anne, wife of King James I of England. The Queen's friends challenged her to create lace as beautiful as the flower.
The root of Queen Anne's Lace, also called "wild carrot," stimulates pigment production in human beings. North African natives chewed it to protect themselves from the sun.
Tiny herb-like flower fossils date back 120 million years!

Snapdragons


We know that Snapdragons were common in the earliest gardens, but their actual origin is not known. Some botanists believe they grew wild in Spain and Italy. In the British countryside, children would gently squeeze the sides of the flower to open and close the "dragon's" mouth.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WAYS TO CELEBRATE SUMMER

Ways to Celebrate Summer
How will you celebrate the solstice and all that extra daylight? Here are  ideas.
  1. Light a bonfire: The solstice day was traditionally celebrated by dancing around the bonfires. Build the perfect fire every time with frame a fire.
  2. Go fishin': We love to get out on the water. 
  3. Plant a seed or a tree: Traditionally, to the farmer, the solstice is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting, and an occasion for celebration. 
  4. Cook outside: There's nothing as tasty as grilled food. Have a big cook-out on the solstice. 
  5. Camp: Plan a camp-out to enjoy the great outdoors whether it's a tent in the backyard or a cabin in the woods! Don't forget the insect repellent to enjoy the outdoors in peace.
  6. Listen to songbirds: We love our feathered friends. .

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

12 Months of Flowers


Month
Flower
Symbolization
January
Carnation
fascination, distinction, love
February
Primrose
modesty, distinction, virtue
March
Daffodil
spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, vanity
April
Sweet Pea
good-bye,or blissful pleasure
May
Lily of the Valley
happiness, humility, sweetness
June
Rose/ Honey Suckle
love, gratitude, appreciation
July
Water Lily/Delphinium/Larkspur
joyful, fickleness, sweet
August
Poppy/Gladiolus
moral integrity
September
 Morning Glory/Aster
daintiness, love, magic
October
  Marigold
winning grace; protection; comfort; healing
November
  Chrysanthemum
cheerfulness, friendship, abundance
December
  Holly/ Narcissus
sweetness, self-esteem, vanity


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!



  Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 in a time when Americans were living in a world where cities were buried under smog and rivers caught fire because of pollution.
  Thankfully, Earth Day changed the world’s view on the environment. 
 That same year President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a mission to protect the environment and public health.  
Congress also passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.  The Earth Day celebration brought together everyone, young and old, as humans trying to reach one specific goal…saving the environment. 


To try and put in perspective how much people can do when they put their mind to it.
One Example:
  In 1972, the United States and Canada agreed to clean up the Great Lakes, a source of 95-percent of America’s fresh water and supply drinking water for about 25 million people.  Only 36-percent of the nations assessed stream miles were safe for uses such as swimming and fishing.  Today, 60-percent of those stream miles are safe for use.  That’s how much of a difference people working together can do.