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 MSN.com 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

Get Reviews on Wedding Wire

With technology these days it is much simpler to get reviews and find more information on your local florist. 
 


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Some Great Flower Facts

Did you know...


-Roses are related to apples, Raspberries, Cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds.




-Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland in the 1600's.




-Some people think of Dandelions as weeds, but you might not know that the flowers and leaves are a good source of Vitamins A,C and Iron, Calcium and potassium.  One cup of Dandelion greens provides 7,000 to 13,000 IU of vitamin A.




-Angelica was used in Europe for hundreds of years as a cure for everything from bubonic plague to indigestion it was thought to ward off evil spirits.




-The cornstarch like powder known as arrowroot is derived from the plant Marantha arundinacea and is a native to India.  It was used by indigenous people to draw out the toxins from a poisoned arrow wounds.  Today it is used to thicken pies and jellies.






Next time you look at flowers take a minute and think about what the might symbolize and even cure.