Thursday, November 17, 2016

Holiday Flowers and Plants

The Holiday Season is the perfect time to express your feelings, either by expressing yourself with decorating your home or sending your loved one's an  Elegant Holiday Centerpiece or Plant.

In many parts of the world Seasonal flowers and plants such as Poinsettia's, Christmas Cactus, Holly, Ivy, and mistletoe form a major part of traditional Christmas Decorations.

Poinsettia plants have been popular for decades.  Although they do come in many colors, bright Red is still the Holiday favorite. 

An Elegant Centerpiece with fresh mixed Christmas greens accented with candles, ribbons and fresh flowers are also a Holiday favorite.  They are usually displayed on a table and the fresh scents greet you as soon as you walk in the room.

Don't forget to purchase your Favorite holiday flowers or plants this Season.

Monday, October 10, 2016

What is it about Flowers? Why do they appeal to our Emotions?

For hundreds of years flowers have acted as symbols of our human emotions, being in love, sadden by death or just to put a smile on someone's face. 

The practice of giving flowers reached its height in the Victorian era, when a whole symbolic language of flowers evolved.
But flowers have been used as gifts far longer than that, with evidence that people were presenting each other with bouquets as long ago as 3000 BC, and pollen deposits found at ancient burial sites dating from 100,000 years ago suggest the practice is even older.

Flowers make people happy.  And while that might seem obvious, there hasn't been much research to prove the point until now.

A trio of new studies by Rutgers University scientists supports the notion pretty strongly, and the experts go on to speculate that flowers have flourished on this planet, with their beauty evolving in recent millennia, partly because humans are so attached to them.

The first study involved 147  women.  All those who got flowers smiled.  Make not: all of them smiled.  That's the kind of statistical significance scientists love.  Among the women who got candles, 23 percent didn't smile.  And 10 percent of those who got fruit didn't smile.

Another study involved 122 men and women in an elevator who were given either a flower, a pen, or nothing.  Those who got flowers smiled more, talked more, and here it gets interesting they even stood closer together. 

Finally, in another test, bouquets were delivered by florists to 113 men and women in a retirement community.  All 113 got flowers and a notebook, but some got them earlier and received a second bouquet when the others got theirs.  By now you can guess the outcome.  The more flowers, the more smiles.

From there, it's a bit of a leap to the idea that flowers are prolific because we love them.

People have been fascinated by flowers as long as we can remember.  They are an emotional product.  People are attracted to smells, sight and beauty and all of the above are in a single flower.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Species of Flower Discovered

A New Species of Flower has been discovered in the Dominican Republic earlier this year, that is related to daisy & petunia.  Scientists estimate the speices to be up to 45 million years old. 
The well preserved flowers are trumpet shaped, covered with fine hairs, and less than 10 millimeters long.
Although not complete, the specimens include corollas, stamens and a single filament like style that protrudes from the mouth of the flower, providing the researchers with enough detail to classify them as part of the Strychnos genus.

Today the genus has around 200 species, including the strychnine bush, which is found in northern Australia.

They think that this particular flowers was most likely a vine and lived in a humid, tropical forest.
Despite its excellent state of preservation the researchers were unable to make out the color of the flowers although most Strychnos species have white or cream colored flowers.

While researchers do not know exactly what would have pollinated the fossil flowers, small bees commonly found in Dominican amber may be a possibility.
Amber is very good for all kinds of fossils, Dr Poinar said, although flowers usually decay very quickly since the petals are fragile.

The flowers of Strychnos electri were encased in the resin of a large, abundant ( and now extinct) tropical tree Hymenaea protera, which formed part of the forest canopy.

The fact they were small, made it more likely they became fully covered and protected by the resin's sticky mass.
As for leaves, branches, and fruits for plants, these are larger and often more firmly attached to the rest of the
plant, and therefore is less likely to end up as loose fragments in amber pieces..

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Black Eyed Susans Growing Guide

Black Eyed Susan's are native to North America and on of the most popular Wild flowers grown, not to mention they are Maryland's State Flower.

Members of the Sunflower family the " Black Eye" is named for the dark brown/purple centers of it's daisy like flower heads.

These plants can grow to over 3 feet tall, with leaves of 6 inches and stalks over 8 inches long and flower diameter of 2-3 inches.  They bloom from the months of June to October.

Butterflies, Bees and a variety of insects are attracted to this flower for the nectar.

The Black Eyed Susan can be a territorial flower and tend to squash out other flowers growing near them.

Planting period for them Is March to May, and the flowers will start to bloom from June to September.  The germination takes 7-30 days usually.

Plant the seed in a moist, well drained soil.  These hearty flowers really enjoy the sun.  They prefer full sun, though they'll grow in partial sun.

It's best to plant seeds in fertile soil, and check the plants regularly to see if they need watering.  Make sure they don't dry out.

Be sure to remove faded/ dead flowers to prolong blooming.

You won't be disappointed with your choice on  this flower once you see it in full bloom!!