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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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. 

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.