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.

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.

Read the whole article on Better Hens And Gardens 

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.

Read about the white rose here 

Snow Drops – the first sign of spring

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                In nature one of the first flowers to poke through the snow is called a “Snow Drop”.   They are a tiny bulb flower, that has drooping ivory blooms, almost like little bells.  Snow Drops prefer winter on the colder side, and don’t bloom in regions that have a milder winter.  They grow about 3”-4” tall, and are great for your garden path, or even grow great in pots.  The best time to plant your Snow Drops are in the autumn. The snow drop has the meaning of purity and hope. They get the meaning of rebirth, by being one of the first flowers to break through the snow.  These tiny, beautiful blooms are now becoming endangered.  Their popularity has been growing, and people are digging up bulbs, which is helping lead to their demise.  The Snow Drop needs pollination to create seeds, but because you need bees for that, and there are not may bees in January, if at all. They are having a hard time reproducing in the wild.  Some countries, have made it illegal to dig up Snow Drop bulbs.  We hope these little blooms will always be around to remind us that spring is right around the corner.

Find out more about another delicate white flower, the Paper White, Here

Paper Whites

Paper whites, also known as Narcissus, are a petite and delicate flower. Among one of the earliest flowers to bloom in early spring, Paper whites are the symbol of rebirth, or renewal. Its other meanings of happiness and prosperity make it the perfect plant to give to friends for the new year, for a marriage, or for a new baby.

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These little beauties come in a variety of colors – yellow, white, orange, or even a mix of the three colors. They are a bulb plant, and with the right conditions, people can force the bulb to grow in their homes, or greenhouses early in winter. Most like to grow them in pots in their homes, around the New Year as a symbol of health, wealth, and happiness for the new year.

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