Easter Lily

Easter-Lily-Collage

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 

Pansies

Pansies

 

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.