Monday, October 31, 2011

The potential of pumpkins

  Just because Halloween comes and goes does not have to usher in the rush to chuck that pumpkin on Tuesday, not when there is another month to use it, through Thanksgiving.
Pumpkins still have plenty of potential uses for the final month of harvest season.
Randy Rogers, manager of Flowers by Richard in Myrtle Beach, said October starts a two-month season in which four shades of colors reign: yellows, oranges, rusts and butterscotches. Pair them up with live, uncarved pumpkins, and they can doll up any room, he said.

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  Randy Rogers, of Flowers by Richard, shows off his centerpiece as it nears completion. It began with a pumpkin.“It’s still kind of fallish,” he said, happy to doll up a table, mantel and any “nook or cranny” of a house.
Inside his family store, named after his father, Rogers put together a fall flower arrangement Monday afternoon using a “baking” or pie pumpkin 8 inches in diameter as a pot. He cleaned the pumpkin out and sprayed it with a sealer coating inside and out to prevent fast rotting, then placed a moistened green floral foam base in a 4-inch-tall liner cup that fit into the pumpkin.
Rogers’ fun started with filling the green base – a pincushion for plant stems – with cattails, then adding a variety of other plants and colors to round out the design in dimension and color. Options included revilia dyed red, as well as red rovers, lilies, button mums, golden aster, purple liatrus and red coffee berries, which he said make a popular component in Christmastime arrangements.
Eager to add his declared “touch of spookiness,” Rogers made a spider and a web to help stretch the Halloween angle into more of an overall autumn edge. Having cut a piece of round foam and spray painted it black, he held the body in his palm. He inserted two dressage pins with red heads to serve as the eyes on the body, and added eight bent pipe cleaners as legs, which he curled on the leaves.
“It looks like he’s actually walking on it,” Rogers said.
Such flexibility with items available in a flower or craft store allows for decorations that go beyond Halloween because “you add your own touch to it,” he said.
‘All over the house’
Billie Caswell, owner of Four Seasons Interiors in Myrtle Beach, also sees pumpkins’ extended value this season.
“Some of the more decorative pumpkins make great table arrangements,” she said. “You can get all kind of gourds. They’re wonderful if you put flowers in a centerpiece.”
Other prime pumpkin spots beyond go beyond dining room tables, to kitchen tables and counters.
“You could really put them all over the house,” Caswell said.
She said blending gourds with leaves entails a quick way to “tablescape” an arrangement, and that the leaves “will pick up the colors.”
Caswell said the store receives inquiries from customers about decor for the various seasons.
“You can always do something a little festive,” she said, calling Halloween’s standing among holidays “a big one.”
Sara Millar, manager of horticulture at Brookgreen Gardens, near Murrells Inlet, said pumpkins are a Halloween tradition, but are still part of a bigger season that extends through Thanksgiving.
“For special dinners and functions here at Brookgreen,” she said, “we fill large vases with small pumpkins and gourds and combine with fresh-cut flowers to make unique fall arrangements.”
Besides turning hollowed pumpkins into flower pots, Brookgreen officials spread them out.
“We also mix pumpkins and gourds with corn, dried flowers, seed pods and twigs to create a cornucopia of colorful decor,” Millar said.
For outdoor use, as long as pumpkins are kept out of sunlight and away from moisture, they can last “for a suprisingly long time,” she said.
Seeds for thought
Carved pumpkins also have another life as containers for fall annuals, and later for direct planting in the ground.
“Pumpkins are full of nutrients and make a great addition to a compost pile or simply buried in the garden to enrich the soil,” Millar said. “Pumpkins that were carved are not fit for human consumption, but they can certainly be enjoyed by birds, deer and other wildlife.”
The pumpkins that don’t go under the knife for carving can become ingredients for a variety of culinary dishes, even for Christmas.
“Pumpkin seeds can be roasted, and the flesh used for pies, breads and soups,” Millar said. “Pumpkins can be hollowed out and used as decorative serving bowls for soups, salads and dips. Here at Brookgreen Gardens, our favorite pumpkins to use as decorations are the heirloom varieties. They often have unusual shape, color and texture and are very unique, especially long-lived, and have wonderful flavor.”
Thoughts of spring always sprout early for Millar, even before winter sets in.
“My favorite thing to do with pumpkins after fall is over is to remove the seeds and try to grow them in the garden the next year,” she said. “Collect your seeds, dry them and store in a cool place until the following spring. After the threat of frost is gone, seeds can be planted in the garden. Pumpkins and gourds enjoy full sun, and need room to spread.”

Sunday, October 30, 2011

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We're equipped to accommodate every customer and every event, regardless of size. Whether it is arranging every day flowers, designing funeral flowers, adorning a bride with her dream flowers or completing an event planner's vision, our unique and creative floral art makes a distinctive and memorable statement. Knowing that true beauty requires the freshest quality, Carma personally picks out all of her flowers direct from the growers.
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White mini calla lilies with blue delphinium
  Bridal bouquet of all white mini calla lilies with dark blue delphinium. A stunning and classy way to bring in the color blue into your wedding


Orange roses hand tied
  1 dozen vibrant color orange roses tied with plum ribbon. A simple yet striking look for bridesmaids to carry


  This tropical arrangement is perfect for a business gift, a sympathy arrangement or to just impress someone. Amazing and brilliant in color


  Deco wire adorned with jewels and roses - an alternative to the traditional wrist corsage - it's updated, fun and innovative


  Can be used at a funeral, wedding or podium piece for a special event.


  Chocolate bridal bouquet with breathtaking cymbidium orchids

Friday, October 28, 2011

Time for some beautiful blooms

  
Time for some beautiful blooms
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There is nothing like the beauty and fragrance provided by fresh flowers cut straight from the garden.
Samantha Turner, from Garden Elegance in Subiaco, said that as well as providing a readily available supply of beautiful blooms, another advantage of growing your own cut flowers was that your supply could vary with the seasons, depending on what you decided to plant.
So which plants are best to provide fabulous floral displays? We asked the experts for their recommendations.
ROSES:
Robbie Melville, manager of Melville Nurseries in Carmel, said roses were ever-popular because they were inexpensive and provided beautiful perfume and flowers for 10 months of the year (from September through until July).
Hybrid tea roses were the best for cut flowers.
"Kardinal, which is a red rose, is probably the longest-lasting cut rose and will give two weeks in a vase if looked after properly," Mr Melville said.
BULBS:
Lorraine Hoglin, general manager of fresh flower wholesaler Everbloom Flowers, agreed that roses were a great option for cut flowers but when they were not flowering, bulbs would just about be ready to bloom.
"Daffodils, iris and freesia are good to plant," she said. "These can be planted in the same area as the roses and only need to be pulled up every second year and divided; they are dormant when the roses are flowering.
EVERLASTINGS:
WA is famous for its stunning spring wildflowers, which also make for gorgeous floral arrangements.
Waldecks' Hilton Blake said Bracteantha bracteata, or everlasting daisies, were easy to grow, and also recommended Lucinda's Everlastings seeds (available from Waldecks Garden Centres), which could be simply scattered in autumn.
"Ten grams of Lucinda's Everlastings will produce a 10sqm carpet of the magnificent flowers in spring," he said.
"The cut everlasting in a vase will last a month or so but the flowers can be hung upside down in a dark, airy position to dry and used as a dried flower for the entire year."
PLANTING TIP: "Everlastings are so easy to grow that they will almost grow anywhere, but an open sunny position will give you the most amazing display of colour," Mr Blake said.
SWEET PEAS:
Ms Turner recommended sweet peas for their ease of growing and beautiful colours.
Sweet peas were available in dwarf varieties growing up to 40cm, or traditional, which could grow to more than a metre.
"Small ones are ideal to grow in a pot," she said.
"Sow the seeds in autumn in a full sun position, making sure the taller varieties have support.
"This doesn't have to be fancy because the peas will cover it.
"Sow in autumn to have flowers in spring."
PLANTING TIP: Ms Turner said sweet peas may benefit from a little dolomite lime dug into the ground at planting if the soil is not already alkaline.
KANGAROO PAWS:
Ms Turner said kangaroo paws made for great cut flowers because they were long lasting.
There was also the choice of planting dwarf or large-stemmed varieties, depending on how big you wanted your flower arrangements.
"The Big Red is large and gets to about a metre, or for dwarfs, Bush Gems are smaller and available in lots of colours including yellow, red and violet," she said.
Flowering from early spring, kangaroo paws were best planted during winter in full sun.

Flowers & Seasons

  The various Climatic Changes that occur in cyclic pattern are termed as 'Seasons'. There are four general seasons occuring on Earth - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Flowers & Seasons are intimately bound to each other. Most of the flowers are season - specific. Though, some flowers are found through out the year, not particularly affected by changing seasons, viz., Alstromeria, Anthurium, Aster, Bourvardia, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Lily, Asiatic Lily.
Spring Flowers

Flowers And Seasons - Spring Flowers
Spring Time the time of growth and renewal of new plant and animal life. Spring comes at diferenrent times in the North and South Hemispheres.   Spring time in the Northern hemisphere is between March - May, and between September - November in the Southern hemisphere.Most flowering plants bloom during spring time. Therefore, flowers that bloom only during spring, Spring Flowers, bloom at different times in the two hemispheres.
Flowers Blooming Spring are:
Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Anemone, Apple blossom, Bird of Paradise, Brodea, Calla lily, Cherry Blossom, Corn flower, Cosmose, Dahlia, Delphinium, Delwood, Forsythia, Freesia, Gardenia, Heather, Helleborus, Hollyhock, Hyacinth, Larkspur, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Stargazer, Liatrus, Lilac, Lisianthus, Narcissus, Orchid, Peach blossom, Peony, Phlox, Poppy, Protea, Pussy willow, Ranunculus, Rose, Seeded Eucalyptus, Solidago, Statice, Stephanotis, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Viburnum, Wax flower, Zinnia.
Summer Flowers

Flowers And Seasons - Summer Flowers
Summer is the time of hot and warm weather. Floral growth is the best in the summer season. The Northern hemisphere experiences summer during june, july, august, while in Southern hemisphere during december - february.   Summer is the season of the Midnight sun in the North pole and Ice land.
Flowers Blooming in Summer are:
Alchemilla, Allium, Alstromeria, Amaranthus, Baby's Breath , Bird of Paradise, Calla lily, Campanula, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Dahlia, Delphinium, Dianthus, Didiscus, Euphorbia, Foxglove, Freesia, Gardenia, Genista, Ginger, Gladiolus, Hallaconia, Heather, Hydrangea, Hypericum, Iris, Kangaroo paw, Liatrus, Lilac, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Star Gazer, Lisianthus.
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Autumn Flowers
Autumn is the season of the primary harvest. Autumn falls during september - november in the Northern hemisphere, and during september - november in the Southern hemisphere.Crops are harvested during Autumn. Leaves change color are at their beautiful best.
Flowers Blooming in Autumn are:
Acashia, Allium, Alstromeria, Amaranthus, Anemone, Baby's Breath, Bittersweet, Carnation, China berry, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Echinops, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Hypericum, Iris, Juniper, Kangaroo paw, Kalancheo, Liatrus, Lily, Asiatic, Lily, Gloriosa, Misty Blue, Orchid, Pepper berry, Protea, Queen Ann's Lace, Quince, Rover, Roses, Rowen berry, Salvia, Solidago, Statice, Star of Bethlehem, Sunflower, Yarrow, Zinnia.
Winter Flowers

Flowers And Seasons - Winter Flowers
Winter is season of cold weather. The season occurs during december - february in Northern hemisphere . In the Southern hemisphere winter occurs during june - august.   Flowers Blooming in Winter are:
Acashia, Alstromeria, Amaryllis, Carnation, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Evergreens, Gerbera Daisy, Ginger, Helleborus, Holly berry, Lily, Asiatic Lily, Casa Blanca Lily, Narcissus, Orchid, Pansy, Pepperberry, Phlox, Protea, Queen Ann's Lace, Roses, Star of Bethlehem, Statice.



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pink Daisy

Pink Daisy Designs


Choosing to compliment your wedding with the addition of pink daisies is a great way to add a touch of class to your storybook day. Not only will these beloved flowers look romantic adorning your personalized stationery, but they will also look elegant and cheery when they are placed throughout the reception area.

Linking your invitations, “save the date” cards, and place setting cards with a few pink daisies strategically designed throughout the room is a creative way to create a special theme. After all, wedding that includes careful detail is a wedding that will be hard to forget!


If you decide to choose pink daises, you will be continuing a long standing tradition of myth, love, innocence, and contentment.

The mysterious daisy is steeped half in mythology and half in tradition, as civilizations have been fascinated with this dainty flower that opens and closes with the sun’s rays.

In more recent times, the daisy became an important symbol of childhood innocence. In fact, young Victorian women with broken hearts often plucked the fair petals of the daisy in the hopes that love would come to them. These young lovers sang the timeless song, “he loves me, he loves me not” as each petal was stripped away.

While the Victorian song centered upon the daisy can still be heard throughout schoolyards today, this flower was an enigma far before the Victorian period.
Roman legend purports that the nymph Belides transformed into a daisy in order to avoid the overbearing attention of the god Vertumnus.

Belides was successful in tricking Vertumnus for the time being, which may be one reason why numerous brides believe that the daisy is a true captivator of both love and virtue.

Pink Daisies’ Color and Meanings

Ever since the Victorian days, colored flowers symbolize certain significant meanings. White often symbolizes innocence and purity, while red almost always means love and attraction. Pink is an interesting color that represents the middle of innocence and love.

Pink is representative of calmness, peace, tranquility, and contentment. While pink is not as bold as red, this soft hue also represents universal love and acceptance. To this day, pink is one of the most popular bridal colors. Many brides find the soothing qualities of the innocent pink daisy to be entirely reflective of their new life path.

Most brides settle on the pink Gerbera Daisy as the flower of their choice, though there are other daisy varieties that are beautiful. Nonetheless, the Gerbera variety remains immensely popular due to its unparalleled sophisticated look.

Pink Gerbera Daisies’ Birth

The Gerbera daisy was born out of the sunflower plant. Named after Traugott Gerber (a German naturalist), the Gerbera grows extensively in South America, Africa, Madagascar, and Asia. Interestingly, the first form of this daisy ever recorded was in a copy of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine that was published in 1889.

Today, this flower is often crossed with various other brands of Gerberas (there are over 30 different species) in order to produce brilliant colors. These lovely flowers can be found in white, yellow, orange, red, and of course, pink. Most of these flowers contain a yellow center, but black centers can also be found.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Choosing the most adequate types of flowers

We adore the white color when it comes to modern weddings and we must confess that we are surprised especially to see just how beautiful and inspiring the antique inspired receptions planned with the white color really look like!

Choosing the most adequate types of flowers and greeneries is always a matter of season. We always advise our brides to choose only seasonal flowers for their wedding bouquet and table centerpieces because these assortments are always more affordable in price and also fresher.

These floral centerpieces decorated with white flowers are great examples of this kind that you can get inspired from for your own wedding, no doubt about it!
The lavish white blooms used for these arrangements and the sage green splashes of color make a fascinating team that can convince even the most suspicious or hard to impress type of bride. We love these white wedding flower centerpieces and we recommend them to both modern and classic brides.

There is something chic, refined and artistic about these floral decorations that make us think of the vintage style. This is why we also suggest you adopt this style if you’re drawn by the beauty and charm of the antique style.

We can tell by the images that these centerpieces were created exclusively for the outdoors weddings. If you’re lucky to be planning a wedding in the spring, summer or fall, you should definitely take into consideration organizing the reception outside the doors.


However, these decorations look so attractive and fashionable that we personally wouldn’t change a thing about them!

The list of qualities of a seasonal wedding flower arrangement is even longer. The flowers available in your season are usually more fragrant, more vibrant and realistic in appearance.

The ruffled blooms with frilly petals and long stems are the trendiest ones or the most sought after types of wedding flowers. Anything fresh-cut and lavish is welcomed or trendy for a wedding bouquet or wedding d├ęcor.

These white wedding flower centerpieces can fit both the casual and the formal weddings because they look extremely elegant, fancy and stylish.

This is the way your flower centerpieces will or should like if you adopt the natural style for your wedding! Nevertheless, if you want something that can fit your personal vision, you can change the flowers and the accessories or the design of these arrangements. This way you will obtain something even more original, outstanding and unique.

We invite you to browse through the other posts we feature on white themed wedding floral arrangements on our website! Look for the most adequate style that can flatter your vision and fit the type of reception you’re planning! You surely deserve the best!

We find these creations high class, dainty, feminine and also voguish. They were designed especially for elegant nature inspired weddings. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use them for fancy indoors receptions as well!
White roses, orchids, tuberoses and eucalyptus leaves are only a few of the blooms used for these arrangements.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Black flowers are mysterious

Black flowers are mysterious, elegant and seem to come straight from some fairytale world. In reality there are no truly black flowers – most are very dark shades of purple or red.

They symbolise power, mystery, elegance, farewell and goodbye. Often the romantic message of black flowers is a negative one, so these should probably be saved for break-ups.

However, a single black flower along with a gift of some sort could be a powerful romantic gesture with a hint of mystery.

A pure black flower is the Holy Grail to all flower breeders. To achieve one would be something truly special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times people used to collect black flowers and would go to many lengths to find the most exotic species.

Take a look at our list of the top 10 black flowers (photo at the top by Design Sponge).

Black Dahlia

These are actually a very deep burgundy or sometimes a chocolate colour, but some can be darker than others. They all look stunning in bouquets or as part of a centrepiece.

Chocolate Cosmos

These are another deep red flower. They can be grown in your own garden – all they need is well-draining soil and full sun. They are particularly loved for their scent of vanilla and hot chocolate.

Hellebore

These flowers are often called Christmas roses because they flower during winter. They come in all sorts of colours, including a dark brownish red. Their leaves can also be very dark too.

Pansy


The black pansy is such a dark purple that it looks almost completely black. Other varieties have colourful petals with a black spot close to the middle of the flower. These little flowers are hardy and brilliant at brightening up any garden (depending on which colour you get). The black pansy is also said to attract love to one who carries it.

Black Lily


These stunning, showy flowers are a dark purple-red and look fantastic in bouquets. Black lilies could be grown outdoors, too, and could make a great focal point in your garden.

Calla Lily

These are very, very dark flowers that look black but are either maroon or purple. They are much rarer than white calla lilies and can often be hard to get hold of. They look fantastic in bouquets and make a very elegant statement.

Queen of the Night Tulip

These beautiful tulips are a dark purple. They are grown because they bloom late and provide some colour once all other plants have stopped flowering.

Bat Orchid

This fantastic black flower has whiskers dangling down from its centre. These have earned it the name of the bat orchids. It should be grown in a hot conservatory, as it loves heat and humidity.

Black Magic Hollyhock

These blue-black, tall, stately plants look good in any garden. They should be planted at the back of borders to give a beautiful classic garden look. They flower mid to late summer.

Black Velvet Petunia

This was the world’s first all-black petunia. These look good in pots in the garden alongside brighter coloured varieties of the petunia. There is another called Pinstripe that is black with a yellow stripe down the centre of each petal.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bridal Bouquets

Hand tied bridal bouquets are loosely arranged and simplistic by design. Known as a loose-tied bouquet or clutch bouquet. It consists of a simple gathering of flowers, bound and tied with ribbon with stems left exposed. Queen Anne's lace, phlox and cosmos are magnificent examples of this style.


This is a beautiful choice for an outdoor wedding with that just picked from the garden look. It is arranged in a looser manner with the stems left longer and a large ribbon or exotic fabric tied together. It is also a cheaper alternative to the expensive and elaborate cascading bouquet and cresent bouquet.

Even a loose-tied floral arrangment can make a lasting impression on your wedding day, depending on the flowers you choose, for example; if you use exotic, colourful or unique flowers, your bouquet will definately turn heads.
If you're having a white wedding, feast your eyes on our white bridal bouquet ideas and bridal bouquet pictures.

White flowers come in different shades; paper white, cream and ivory and have distinct elegance and formality. Your choice in white will depend on the shade of your bridal gown and if you want it to match or contrast with your gown or bridal accessories.

Here are some examples of gorgeous orange bridal bouquet ideas and bridal bouquet pictures! Dark yellow or orange flowers combine the vibrant energy of red and the hot flame of yellow. A wonderful choice for weddings, and a perfect way to reflect your hopes for the future.

The lighter hue of the orange bouquet doesn't dominate like a deeper red and may better suit certain complexions or bridal gowns. It represents enthusiasm, creativity, new beginnings, attraction and stimulates mental activity. Like yellow, orange bridal bouquets attract attention but highlight significant elements of the design of your bridal bouquets and floral arrangements. Orange flowers correlate to a thirst for action, desire and hot sexual passions - never a bad thing for the modern bride.

These gorgeous bridal bouquet pictures demonstrate various shades of orange, from light apricot, a vibrant orange to a rich burnt orange. The deeper orange flowers have a more of an autumn feel to them.

Have a look at our flower identification guide for your favourite coloured flowers and check to see if they will be in season when it's time to have your wedding celebration.A classic white bouquet works well in all seasons and can make a casual wedding graceful and refined. A lovely flower choice for a white wedding bouquet; calla lily, lily of the valley, roses, anemones, white tiger lily, gladiolus, gardenia, stephanotis and freesia.

White signifies purity, innocence, humility and a new beginning, it also depicts faith and is associated with light and is considered the colour of perfection. White flowers are most often used in bridal bouquets along with green leafy foilage. The green colour is very soothing and relaxing, helping the bride with anxiety and nervousness on the most important day of her life, her wedding day.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The hydrangea is a unique plant

The hydrangea is a unique plant that provides a quick burst of color to any home or bridal bouquet. The trendy hydrangea is both classic and modern, making it a perfect choice for any bride-to-be.

A Hearty History


An early American settler by the name of John Bartram was the first to discover the hydrangea. Bartram enjoyed trekking through forests in search of beautiful flowers. When he happened upon the hydrangea, he knew that he found something truly unique.
Many fossil discoveries prove that hydrangeas have actually been around for 70 million years. Interestingly, it wasn’t until 1739 that the first flower appeared in Europe. As soon as Europeans saw the flower, they immediately began to seek it. In fact, many believe that the French were the first to introduce the flower to wedding bouquets.
A few years after his first discovery, Bartram’s son joined him in the search for native hydrangeas. The two quickly discovered one species of hydrangea that was native to Georgia. Filled with excitement, both father and son set up a large greenhouse inside of their Philadelphia home in order to study this fascinating flower further.

The two decided to name the flower “hydrangea” after the Greek words “hydro” (water) and “angeion” (vase). While it seems as though these two words accurately describe the best way to display these colorful flowers, the truth is that the name describes the seed capsule portion of the plant.
Heavenly Hydrangea Bouquets
Due to their round shape and numerous petals, hydrangeas have the ability to fill out a wedding bouquet unlike any other flower. A large bouquet packed with hydrangeas is truly stunning and majestic. These flowers come in an assortment of colors, which makes creating the perfect bouquet even more appealing.
Not only do these flowers make lovely bouquets, they are also ideal flowers for cake toppers, pew decoration, and wedding stationery. Placing the romantic hydrangea on your wedding invitations will tell your guests that you have found devotion, companionship, and true love.
Hydrangeas can be found in blue, red, pink, purple, and sometimes white hues. If you want to create a bouquet that reflects purity and serenity, search for rare white hydrangeas. Bouquets also take on a special appearance when a few different colors (such as pink and purple) are combined.
Stationery Colors and Ideas
If you do decide to choose hydrangeas, consider mixing and matching a few different styles in order to complete your wedding theme. You can select stationery that includes blue, pink, and purple hydrangeas, and then fill your reception with flowers of all different colors.
Hydrangeas are so full of life that one simple representation of this flower is enough to make stationery sets majestic. Simple, elegant, and ethereal, a well designed hydrangea motif is easy to fall in love with.
It’s easy to see why the hydrangea has become popular once again. Although there are many different bridal flowers that are beautiful, this particular flower is both distinctive and expressive. Lacing our wedding together with colorful hydrangeas is a great way to give your special day a bit of stylish charm.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day

So are you guys excited for Valentine’s Day? I know I am, even though I have to go to school and plus, I don’t have a Valentine. Valentine’s Day is a special holiday where you express your love to your bf or gf, family, friend, etc. with wonderful romantic gifts like red roses, cute teddy bears, chocolate, and so on.

But lots of people who are single, don’t appreciate the holiday that well. They wish they had a significant other to have spoiled with precious gifts and to cuddle with on the couch. I do too, but on the other hand, its not so bad. The good part of being single is that you don’t have to spend money on someone lol But the bad part is, you’re spending Vday by yourself. But you know what? You can spend Vday by yourself with no problem.
So are you guys excited for Valentine’s Day? I know I am, even though I have to go to school and plus, I don’t have a Valentine. Valentine’s Day is a special holiday where you express your love to your bf or gf, family, friend, etc. with wonderful romantic gifts like red roses, cute teddy bears, chocolate, and so on.

But lots of people who are single, don’t appreciate the holiday that well. They wish they had a significant other to have spoiled with precious gifts and to cuddle with on the couch. I do too, but on the other hand, its not so bad. The good part of being single is that you don’t have to spend money on someone lol But the bad part is, you’re spending Vday by yourself.
Just go to the store and buy stuff for yourself, like chocolates, icecream, and rent a good movie. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a couple thing, you can just invite your friends over and have a Vday party! back when i was in elementary school, all the teachers rathered up and bought candies, cupcakes, cakes and goodie bags for all the students, plus we had some cool contests, and it was so much fun! so for people who feel they will be alone for vday, don’t worry about it. Just chow down on some junkfood and watch some good movies, and you’ll be just fine.
But you know what? You can spend Vday by yourself with no problem. Just go to the store and buy stuff for yourself, like chocolates, icecream, and rent a good movie.
Now for people who need help finding gifts, I can help, and its super easy.
If you want to get a gift for yor gf, find her taste. Is she a girlie girl, does she love music, or is she laid-back? Girlie girls love anything beautiful, so its best to buy her roses and a big teddy bear. And also, take her out on a romantic dinner, and make sure that YOU do all the paying lol show on vday that its all about her.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a couple thing, you can just invite your friends over and have a Vday party! back when i was in elementary school, all the teachers rathered up and bought candies, cupcakes, cakes and goodie bags for all the students, plus we had some cool contests, and it was so much fun! so for people who feel they will be alone for vday, don’t worry about it. Just chow down on some junkfood and watch some good movies, and you’ll be just fine.
if your gf is laid-back, cook dinner for her and have a candle-light dinner, then afterwards, have some dessert and watch a movie on the couch. If you’re the thoughtful guy, make her a present.
Now if your gf is a music/artsy kind of girl, make her a CD of her favorite songs. or take her to a concert to her favorite singer/band. Make sure she has a fun time, and giver her red roses. You can also WRITE a song for her, yup that’s right, write a romantic song for her and play it on an instrument, sing it, or use random objects in your house to use as beats lol (if you feel creative, just a thought).
You can go any arts and crafts stores and buy some construction paper, lace, heart-shaped candies, glue, glitter, markers, or whatever you like and make her a special present. She will feel admired and touched that you make her something with all the hardwork you put into and show your soft side.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers are beautiful and fragrant. Changing seasons have a profound effect on plant and animal life. Spring is the time of renewal of plant life.
Nature awakens in Spring, and Spring Flowers bloom. Spring is a wonderful time of the year for fresh Spring Flowers, particularly Spring flower bulbs.
In spring, plants and trees sprout new leaves and Flowers bloom.
The number of daylight hours increases during spring, and in many countries, people celebrate spring festivals.
Many different species of Spring Flowers grow from bulbs. Spring gardeners and Flower lovers often overlook minor bulbs in favor of the larger showier bulbs such as Daffodils, Tulips, and Hyacinths that bloom later.
The minor bulbs do have a useful place in home landscapes as they extend the season of bloom and give the gardener a "jump on spring." These are best purchased and planted in the fall so that they Flower in Spring, just like other Spring Flowering Bulbs.
Crocus are considered by many as the first Spring Flowers, however many minor bulbs bloom even earlier during Spring. These early bloomers are usually short and small, but if planted in mass, they can be most effective in the landscape.
The following list of Spring Flowers will help you choose your fresh cut Spring Flowers or potted flowering bulbs at your local flower retailers. The details will give you some interesting information on Spring Flowers and useful tips for Spring Flower care along the way!

Take a moment and enjoy the myriad of colors that Spring Flowers have to offer.
Agapanthus is also commonly known as the Lily of the Nile, African Blue Lily, and African Lily. The genus, Agapanthus includes about 10 species. Agapanthus flowers bloom in large, round clusters or umbels of blue, white or violet- blue. The funnel shaped Agapanthus flowers gorw at the end of a thick 2 to 4 foot tall stem. The Agapanthus clusters measure about 6 to 8 inches across.
Agapanthus plants are native to South Africa, spreading across the Western Cape through to the Eastern Cape. Agapanthus grow in the shade from trees to get protection from the hot sun.
The Agapanthus africanus' anthers, like the petals, are bluish because the pollen is lilac in colour. Agapanthus africanus shares this characteristic with Agapanthus caulescens and Agapanthus coddii. Bees visit and pollinate the Agapanthus flowers. The Agapanthus seeds are dispersed by wind.
Agapanthus africanus are lily-like blooms and come in clusters made up of many bell-shaped flowers. The Agapanthus clusters are globe-shaped or pendular. Agapanthus flowers are in various shades of blue, from a dusky, powder blue to an almost indigo-purple, but there are some white varieties as well.
Facts About Agapanthus
Agapanthus is a showy widely grown plant for its exotic blue or white flowers that bloom from late spring until the beginning of autumn, depending on the species.
The perennial Agapantus grow from an underground rhizome each year.
The tender Agapantus africanus species is evergreen while the hardier Agapantus campanulatus species, coming from moister, mountain grasslands, have slightly smaller flowers and die down during winter and re-emerge again the following spring.
Agapanthus is suspected of causing haemolytic poisoning in humans, and the sap causes severe ulceration of the mouth.
Agapanthus contains several saponins and sapogenins that generally have anti-inflammatory (reduce swelling and inflammation), anti-oedema (oedema - swelling due to accumulation of fluid), antitussive (relieve or suppress coughing) and immunoregulatory (have influence on the immune system) properties.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Starting a flower garden

Their leaves usually die back as winter approaches, but with luck, they'll come back each year. Some plants are short-lived, but old favorites like daylilies, hostas and peonies can thrive for decades.

Starting a flower garden


Coneflowers in mid-summer


When you begin your flower garden, it's easy to think that all you have to do is get your plants into the ground, and with the exception of weeding, watering and cutting your plants back each season, your garden will be done.
But here's what really happens:
The first year your new perennials are underwhelming – the clumps small, the flowers sparse
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By the second year, you'll see more flowers and better growth. But in the third season – watch out – your plants look like they're on steroids, and you look like an accomplished gardener.
After that, many plants get bigger each season, while the odd one does a disappearing act. Responding to inevitable change is the challenge - and that's why veteran gardeners often say that no flower garden is ever really finished.

The right plants for your garden

Pink peony


When designing your flower garden, there are many choices to make with regard to planting.

Some are purely aesthetic (such as match-making plant combinations and colors), and others are horticultural (what grows best in conditions on your property and in your climate).

The more closely you base decisions on meeting the needs of your plants (light requirements, hardiness, soil and moisture levels), and on which plants look good together, the more successful your flower garden will be.
On the left side of this page, you'll find links to information on caring for your garden, plus many flower garden favorites for sun and shade, complete with growing and care tips.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cosmos flowers





Cosmos flowers will usually bloom in early autumn. Cosmos flowers are also used as the cherry blossoms in autumn. It is beautiful, especially when we’re in a meadow filled with a gentle breeze cosmos.
Cosmos is a plant native shrubs and grasslands in Mexico, United States, the United States and others. This flower is growing fast enough to a height of 4-5 feet. Some varieties can even reach up to six feet at the end of the summer. Cosmos flower color of this variety, there are white, pink, orange, yellow, purple and red. This flower is similar to a daisy if he is pink, red, white, and lavender with a contrasting yellow center. Long leaves. The leaves will look very attractive, almost similar to the ferns.
Cosmos prefer full sun and shade. Cosmos flowers can survive in dry areas. Add fertilizer once or twice a season. Cosmos is one flower that is easy ditanama and also usually free of pests. Cosmos flowers can be planted in the back of borders and grouped against the fence. Cosmos flowers can also be used as cut flowers. In addition cosmos flowers can also be used as a garland.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Flowers Hyacinth


In the Greek mythology, is believed to flower gets its name from a boy who was killed, Hyacinth. He was killed after her head hit with a disc. Later myth after his head is held by the god Apollo, so the scar is growing flower Hyacinth.
Flowers Hyacinth has a fragrant aroma. The shape is almost like a bell. Hyacinth blue flower is a symbol of sincerity.
Peony flowers or paeonia, a single genus of the family Paeoniaceae. This plant has a heightbetween 0.5 to 1.5 meters. While the shrub heightbetween 2 to 3 meters. Peony flower is an annual plant or parenial. He is a plant herb-herbs. Peonyflowers bloom in late spring to early summer.
This flower has a beautiful shape. Fragrant smells almost like a rose. Peony flowers are used inornaments. Ancient common peony flower imageson ceramics or painting in China. Peony root can also be used as a painkiller, prevents infectionsand fever. Peony flowers can also be used for materials lotion. Refektur Shimane is a park in Japanwith peony flower specialist. In addition there is a peony flower breeding center in Luoyang, Henan.
These plants originated from Tiongkok countries, southern Europe and north America. Peony Flower became the state flower of Indiana, the UnitedStates. Peony flowers have a variety of colors, ranging from red, pink, white, yellow, or purple. The plant has about 30 species of the herb plants and woody plants about 10. This flower symbolizes romance and love.
Hyacinth flowers are from Turkey. This flower is usually associated with a value of consistency. You can give a beautiful Hyacinth flower arrangements are to your spouse. This is done to show your love to her persistence.