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:

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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.

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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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Ranunculus

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Ranunculus  is one of nature most gorgeous flowers.  There are over 400 species of Ranunculus .  Their bright and vibrant petals come in different shapes and sizes.  Ranunculus  heads range from 3”-6” large.    Their beautiful ruffle edged petals make this flower sought after by many brides to add Ranunculus to their bridal bouquet and centerpiece.  The receiving of Ranunculus from your admirer means that you are young and radiant, attractive, and charming.

Easter Lily

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Easter Lilies are a symbol of Hope, peace, and tranquility.  The large, trumpet-shaped, fragrant white flowers are mainly grown in the United States. The meaning of Easter is about the resurrection of Christ.  The Easter lily’s re-birthing from their bulb, year after year, and its bright white blooms symbolizes His resurrection. Making the Easter Lily a meaningful gift for the holiday that is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of beauty, hope and life.

Those pretty indoor Easter lilies are really hardy perennials, so don’t throw them out after the Easter holiday has passed, plant them outdoors to beautify your landscape instead.

Prolonging Indoor Bloom

To prolong bloom time indoors, be sure to pinch off the yellow anthers as soon as the flowers open.  This prevents pollination (un-pollinated flowers last longer), and keeps the flowers white.  Daytime temperatures in the 70’s and nighttime temperatures in the 40’s will also prolong bloom time.  Warmer temperatures negatively impact bloom time.

Preparing for Outdoor Bloom

If grown indoors as a houseplant, it’s difficult to get an Easter lily to re-bloom, but if planted outdoors, they readily re-bloom each year.  To prepare for planting outdoors (once your Easter lilies flowers have faded) remove all of the plant’s flowers.  This forces the plant to enlarge the bulb rather than producing flower seed.   Then, keep it in bright, indirect light until nighttime temperatures stay above 40 degrees outdoors.

Planting Outside

Plant it about 6 inches deep, in a partially-sunny site with well-drained soil.  Cover with several inches of mulch in cold winter areas  for winter protection. Easter lilies planted this way should bloom mid-summer next year.

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Pansies

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Pansies are a petite, delicate flowers the you will mostly find growing in flower beds. The pansy’ is well-loved for its charm and versatility that comes from its tri- color Petals of white, purple, and yellow.  Originally a European flower, The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, which means “thought”.   Pansies have a meaning of remembrance, free thinking, and loving thoughts. In Victorian England, suitors would give pansies to their lovers, as a sign of a secret courtship. It would be given in a bouquet of greens, with flowers in the middle, as to not be detected.  It would be a sign to their beloved, to not forget them and that their love was true.  Read about natures Fibonacci’s Sequence here.

Do blue roses exist?

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 Blue Roses have been sought after for hundreds of years.  People’s love for the true blue color have them searching, but they have always been out of reach. Blue roses are also a common symbol  in literature, representing impossible prosperity and unrequited love. This is because nature has unfortunately made it so roses can not get that blue pigment in its petals.  People have tried to imitate nature, and have created blue roses..but by dying them.  This process is done by either cutting white roses and placing them in water with blue food coloring, or injecting blue dye straight into the stems. A company in Japan has believed to genetically modify a rose making it blue, but the color turned to be more lavender in color, making this color still unattainable.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is the color green’s real time to shine.  In honor of all things Irish, florists like to pay tribute to Ireland’s green landscape.  Designing arrangements that really play up green’s true hue. Some gorgeous blooms are: Green garden roses, mums, hydrangea, tranquilium, orchids, berries..BUT you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with out Bells of Ireland!  These tall spiked blooms, are a symbol of luck, making them a true St. Patty’s Day Flower!

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