Orchids

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One of the world’s most gorgeous, modern flowers is the orchid.   Their beauty is one-of-a-kind.  Orchids come in more species and varieties than any other flower. Such as Phalaenopsis Orchids, Dendropbium Orchids and Cymbidium Orchids just to name a few!  Their allure has many brides adding them into their wedding decor.  They are the shining flower in a gorgeous cascading bouquet.   A matching orchid boutonniere shows elegance and class. They can add extravagance to your wedding centerpieces.  Floating them in cylinders or adding them to tall arrangements can give a romantic ambiance, with elegance and grace.  Their meaning of love, beauty, and luxury make them the perfect flowers for a wedding!

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Venus fly trap

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A crop of Venus Fly Traps.

When people hear of a carnivorous plant, their first thought is of the huge man eating plant from the Broadway show “Little Shop of Horrors”.  But the difference between Audrey II and the Venus Fly Trap is that the Venus Fly Trap does not eat humans – it eats small insects and spiders.

 

Venus Fly Traps are small flowering plants, with a mouth-like opening at the bottom of its stem to catch small insects.  Venus Fly Traps are native to select boggy areas in North and South Carolina.  These plants were even endangered at one point because of how popular they were becoming.  They are now mostly grown in green houses.

 

These plants require minimal care – high humidity, moist roots, and lots of sunlight. Their source of plant food is the insects they eat.  They are great little companions who rid your house of a pesky fly, spider, or fruit fly.

 

When an insect crawls into the trap, they walk onto trigger hairs which signal the trap to close.  If the object isn’t food, such as a stone, or a nut, the trap will reopen in about twelve hours and ‘spit’ it out.  These are great plants to give as gifts to children for them to observe and take care of.

Acacia

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Acacia, also known as Mimosa, originated in Australia. It is the country’s national flower. They celebrate this sunny colored flower every year on September 1st. Australians wear mimosa to show their patriotism for their country. In war time people would send Acacia to their loved ones fighting in battle, as a symbol of their support.

 Acacia gets its name from the Greek word “Akais”, meaning sharp point, which refers to the plants prickly leaves. Surprisingly, it is not part of the flower family, but rather the tree or shrub family.

Acacia Flowers can vary in color from cream and pale yellow to gold. The blooms are very fragrant and sweet smelling. The meaning of the acacia flower represents a love that is true and pure. Its beautiful gold blooms stand out in the desert like a beacon of light, a symbol of how true love will always find a way to blossom.

How to make your own Terrarium

Terrariums are a cool way to bring nature inside your home or office.  They are a cute decoration on any table or desk.  Terrariums are easy to take care of and require very minimal watering.

Materials Needed:

  • A clear glass jar, vase, bowl, or glass
  • Rocks, pebbles or recycled crushed glass
  • Activated charcoal (sometimes called activated carbon)
  • Potting soil appropriate for your plants
  • Moss (optional)
  • Figurines, sticks or decorative items (optional)
  • Various small plants

Step 1.  Prepare the container

A great place to get your container is the thrift store.  Just make sure to wash it thoroughly and remove all stickers from the container.

Step 2. Add a drainage layer

Once the container is ready, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles. This is to create drainage layer so water can settle and keep the plant from flooding.  The depth of the rocks depends on the size of your container, but aim for 1/2″ to 2″.

Step 3.  Add Activated Charcoal

This will help keep the bacteria from growing in your terrarium and keep your plants healthy.

Step 4. Add soil

Place a layer of soil down next.  Be sure to get the appropriate type of soil depending on the variety of plants you are using.  Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot.

Step 5. Plant Away!

When taking plants out of their original containers, you will want to break off all the old soil clinging to the roots.  Feel free to trim some of the roots back as they will grow back new and healthy.  Continue placing your little plants in the container while trying to avoid placing them near the edges of the container.  Once your plants are inside, pack them down with more soil, so they are sturdy in the dirt.

Step 6.  Accessorize!

Get creative – add decorative twigs, rock or moss to complete the look.

Step 7. Clean and Water

You can clean the dirt off the sides of your terrarium and give it a fresh spritz of H20.  Just a few sprays of water should to the trick – enough so the dirt is damp to the touch.  Watering every other day or when the dirt looks dry should be plenty for the plants.

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Proteas

The Protea stands out among the other tropical flowers. They are native to South Africa and Australia. The meaning of the Protea is “to transform, have courage, and be diverse”. Proteas come in a multitude of colors such as, red, pink, yellow, orange, even lime. There are also many different species of Proteas. Here are just a few:

 Pin cushion Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

King Protea,

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Queen Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Blushing Bride Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

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Bee Balm

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Bee Balm is a very unique type of flower in the mint family.  Their unique shaped blooms, will attract not only bees to your garden, but flower admirers all around!

Their magnificent colors range from light pink to a lush purple, red, and even white.  Bee Balm gives off a very sweet, yet spicy aroma. This fragrance comes from the oil on its leaves and stem.  It smells similar to an herb like thyme or oregano.

The plant itself can grow up to six feet.  The height of the plant usually depends on several factors such as variety, growing location and environment. On average, bee balm usually reaches two to four feet tall.  The plant mainly grows in August and September.  It needs moist, well-drained, fertile soil to grow healthily.  It grows particularly strong when it is planted near a lake, stream or pond.  Bee Balm has been known to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  This beautiful flower will really to draw attention to your garden.

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers are one of the most recognized flower around the world.  They have been cultivated as a valuable food source for centuries. Artists throughout history loved the sunflower’s unique splendor— Sunflower  centers are a prime example of Fibonacci’s sequence – the seeds create a spiral pattern.  Unknowingly it does this sequence to maximize space for it to grow more seeds..  Sunflowers symbolize admiration, positivity, and strength. Sunflowers come in many different varieties, here are just a few of these cheerful blooms:

John Glover/Alamy

John Glover/Alamy

The Teddy Bear Sunflower can easily top 6 feet, while the big puffy blooms grow up to 8 inches wide.

Burpee Seeds

Burpee Seeds

Multicolored Strawberry Blonde – You’ll do a double take when you see that the petals are rose-pink at the base, while the ends seem to have been dipped in yellow paint.

Joe Herbert

Joe Herbert

Moulin Rouge -Do you like dark, bold sunflowers? This one delivers. You can find other red variations, but Moulin Rouge is the most reliable of the bunch. It grows to about 4 feet tall.

 

Why do roses have Thorns?

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To quote Guns ‘N Roses, “Every rose has it’s thorn” but actually rose thorns are called “prickles”. Thorns on other plants and trees are made up of the same materials as the plant. Those thorns are deeply embedded in the woody structure of the plant, and can’t be broken off easily. Rose thorns by definition, can’t really be thorns at all, because they are made up of small, sharp outgrowths of the rose’s outer layers. Unlike a thorn, a prickle can be easily broken off the plant because it is really a feature of the outer layers rather than part of the wood. Roses grow prickles as a form of defense against predators.

 

However, not every rose has prickles. There are a few varieties that have little to no prickles on them. These are great to plant along walkways, or in gardens.  

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Delphinium

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One of the hottest colors this year is blue.  It’s magnificent color brilliantly shines above all the other colors of the rainbow.  For many brides, blue is their end all be all color of choice for their nuptials.  We can picture it now, navy blue bridesmaid dress, a monochromatic cake (very trendy), and blue shoes (for your something blue).  But as for blue flowers, brides may feel they have a limited number of choices.  But there is one great flower that is sure to be every blue loving bride’s number one choice, Delphinium.

                The flower Delphinium means to achieve one’s dreams, to striving for success, and to enjoy the lighter side of life, even when troubles get you down.  Delphinium’s meaning makes it a perfect choice for your bridal bouquet, as its positive meaning is sure to reflect on you and your big day.  It comes in a multitude of different shades: from a deep purple, royal blue, light blue, to a pale white.  It’s small delicate blooms are sure to make a statement in any arrangement or bouquet.

Growing Peonies

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Peonies are one of our favorite flowers. Their attractive and lush blooms come in a multitude of colors. Peonies are one of the best-known and most dearly loved perennials. If a peony is well situated and happy, it may bloom for 100 years or more with little or no attention. But to get to that point, it takes some TLC. Peonies prefer a sunny location with well-drained soil. Good air circulation around the plant is also important. Peonies rarely bloom the first year after planting. It often takes three years before you see an abundant display of flowers. But once the plants do start blooming, you can look forward to a lifetime of beautiful flowers. A yearly application of all-purpose fertilizer and a top-dressing of compost is all a peony requires for good health. These are just a few tips, for you to get your garden blooming with gorgeous peonies. 

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