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Flower Blog Archive - July 2007

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How to Find a Florist?

I am looking to find a florist in my area with the freshest, best quality roses. I have used several online florist directories and found some very good florists. I am just trying to find the absolute best. The directory I have been using is Is there any type of florist review site?

Identification of a flower

unknown flower.jpgCan you identify the flower. If yes, please mail us.

Buddleia or a Butterfly bush flwoering Plants

What are Buddleia or a Butterfly bush?

Buddleia is a genus that includes over 100 species and cultivars. Also called summer lilac, the medium- to large-sized shrubs can anchor a perennial bed or form a hedge. The name was given on behalf of a seventeenth-century amateur botanist named Reverend Adam Buddle, when the first butterfly bush reached England in 1774. Buddleia globosa came from Chile.

This butterfly bush, is found to be more than attractive; it's a magnet for all the butterflies who pass through your garden seeking nectar. Many butterfly gardeners plan their garden around Buddleia (pronounced BUD-lee-ah).

Its growth is not neat and tidy. Its narrow branches support lilac-like clusters of blossoms a foot or two in length, with side branches and blossoms. After a rainfall, the flower-laden branches of some species can droop all over your flower bed.

Butterflies and bees will flock to the honey-scented blossoms, whose dilute nectar is sweetest in midday sun. Near a path or patio, the shrub provides delightful fragrance.

Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson - A True Nature Lover

Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson was born as Claudia Alta Taylor in Karnack, Texas on December 22, 1912. Mrs. Johnson's father was Thomas Jefferson Taylor, and her mother, Minnie Pattillo Taylor. Mrs. Johnson's mother died when she was just five-years old. Mrs. Johnson died recently of old age.

After her graduation, Lady Bird Taylor expressed an interest in pursing a career in writing or journalism; ten weeks after graduating, she met the former President of USA, Lyndon Baines Johnson on 31 August, 1934.

Mrs. Johnson developed her own public projects. She was an early supporter of the environment and, in championing highway beautification, worked to banish billboards and plant flowers and trees.

AS FIRST LADY, she spearheaded the Highway Beautification Act aimed to beautify public places and clean up unsightly roadside clutter and billboards. Since retirement from public life, Mrs. Johnson has dedicated herself to promoting wildflowers.

She founded the National Wildflower Research Center to preserve and restore the beauty and biological richness of North Anmerica. She has co-authored with Carleton B. Lees "Wildflowers Across America."

Mrs. Johnson presented a workshop at the biennial convention of the American Association of Retired Persons in San Antonio.

Lady Bird lead a life devoted to her husband's memory, her children, and seven grandchildren. She supported causes dear to her--notably the National Wildflower Research Center, which she founded in 1982, and The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library. She also served on the Board of the National Geographic Society as a trustee emeritus.

When Marion Patterson, a Cedar Rapids writer, in 1972 traveled to Texas, where she interviewed Lady Bird Johnson, about her favourite flowers, Mrs.Johnson answered that she love bluebonnets because they spell Texas. Among them the rare Prairie gentian or bluebell (Eustoma grandiflorum), the colorful Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) that brightens Texas roadsides each summer, and the brilliant Indian paintbrush (Castilleja genus). She also said that these flowers were like a lipstick on a woman, and women ought to have some. Lady Bird Johnson died of natural causes on July 11, 2007 at the age of 94.

Wut kind of flower is this?

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What is the name of this flower

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Woodland trails and Wildflower exhibits in UK gardens - Part - 1

As a Plants and flowers enthusiast, I visited the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden. Here I put forward my views on the exhibition.

In the garden, I was surrounded by 75 acres of woodland trails and wildflower exhibits in a beautifully sheltered refuge for native plants. This sanctuary was developed 75 years ago by Will C. Curtis. Curtis had dreamt to develop "a big wildflower sanctuary in which plants will be grown, their likes and dislikes discovered, and the knowledge gained passed on in an effort to curb the wholesale destruction of our most beautiful native plants."

In a celebration of Curtis' project, in which, the 1960s was deeded to the New England Wild Flower Society. The public is invited to an exhibition called 'Art Goes Wild,” an installation designed by Gary Smith, a renowned landscape architect.

There are 11 gardens including a plant labyrinth, a flying saucer display, an interactive mini-garden park, a yin-yang area comprised of ferns and pine boughs and floating gardens adrift in a pond. ssing this may help you to get innovative ideas, using natural features from the landscape.

Global Warming Involves Cows and A Wild Flower

I came upon an article where they said that a flower helps in reducing the global warming, through cows. Let's come to the fact which is very interesting to read on.

The Birdsfoot trefoil is being studied by scientists at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth. According to the scientists, Methane, which is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, is emitted at the prodigious rate of 100 to 200 litres a day by the average dairy cow, mainly from the front end, according to Michael Abberton of the Institute.

Birdsfoot trefoil is a distinctive three-toed yellow flower, containing tannins which appear to moderate the activities of microbes in the cow's gut, enabling the cow to digest the latest generation of high-sugar grasses more efficiently without also breaking down proteins which cause the production of methane.

Usually, cows emit undigested grass as either waste or methane. Using a mixture which includes Birdsfoot trefoil enables the efficiency of the cow's stomach at processing the nitrogen content of grass to be increased to around 34 per cent, he said.

This can have benefits for the farmer in milk production and produce less methane gas and less nitrate pollution in agricultural run-off.

The Origin of Flowers and Roses

I wanted to know the origin of flowers and plants. This made me browse through some sites. Then i came upon a site where i could find my answer. I wanted to share those facts here.

There is a zeal in every botanist to know the details of the fossils of his interest, i.e., plants and flowers. This zeal made people to discover, and put forward the information about the oldest known fossils of the world.

According to scientists, Mosses were the first plants to emerge on land some 425 million years ago, followed by firs, ginkgoes, conifers and several other varieties. And fossil record says that flowering plants abruptly appeared out of nowhere about 130 million years ago.

The still unanswered questions are, Where did they come from, and how could they have evolved so suddenly without any transitional fossil links to other ancient plant species? This mystery remains a puzzle and refered as "An abominable mystery" by 19th-century naturalist Charles Darwin.

Later, a team of Stanford geochemists research indicates that the descendants of flowering plants may have originated during the Permian period, between 290 and 245 million years ago," says J. Michael Moldowan, research professor of geological and environmental sciences.

The main compound through which findings are made is an organic compound called oleanane, which we find in the fossil record. Accordingly, Gigantopterids, an extinct plant group that lived some 250 million years ago, may be the oldest relatives of roses, daffodils and other flowering plants. Fossilized deposits of gigantopterids contain this oleanane an organic chemical found in modern flowering plants but absent in pines and other seed plants.

Summer flowers of UK

blue flowers.jpgThere are some annual climbers, such as morning glory, trailing nasturtiums and black-eyed Susans seen blooming in summer. But some flowers are perennials on their exotic home turf that act as annuals in the UK climate - which are every bit as colourful and versatile.

They are sown in early spring, or bought now as young plants from specialist nurseries or larger garden centres. They can be planted to clothe walls, climb through shrubs and trees whose moment of glory has passed, or scramble up wigwams or obelisks to bring height, as well as colour, to the border. If they are given the right support, many will also grow well in containers, especially large ones in which the compost is not prone to drying out.

Annual climbers are also great for cladding bare pergola poles while there are long-term climbers such as clematis, jasmine or grapevines to establish, or for covering the bare stems of climbing roses.

Cobaea.scandens.jpgThe plants to be planted are Cobaea scandens, the 'cup and saucer plant', whose flared purple bells open from milky green buds to sit in the 'saucers' formed by their open green calyxes, and Rhodochiton atrosanguineus, the gorgeous purple bell vine. This vine, with long, deep purple dangling bells emerging from magenta outer petals, looks spectacular teamed with blue or purple morning glory.

The snapdragon vine, jasmine flowers another climber in the yellow colour range, which looks splendidly exotic, is Ipomoea lobata, with its spikes of small flowers that change colour from scarlet through orange to yellow and cream as they mature. Each spike has up to 12 flowers in the full spread of the different shades.

Tropaeolum speciosum, the scarlet flame creeper, this is best set off by a dark green backdrop.

Another fiery favourite is the Chilean glory vine (Eccremocarpus scaber ), with its ferny foliage and flowers in a range of exotic reds, tawny oranges and peach.

The blooming Summer Flowers

Summer flowers are those flowers blooming to its fullness in summer. It is seen as if nature gives color to the flowers in pring and brightness or glow to the flowers in summer.

There are Summer flowers from which some can be listed here. Flowers like Sunflower, Larkspur, Bachelors Button, Daisy, Aster, Freesia, Zinnia, Sweet Pea, Delphinium, Iris, Lily, Snapdragons and Phlox grow in summer and bring joy to the planter and the onlooker.

Some of the flowers have their own meaning to them:-

  • Sunflowers bringing instantly the brightness of the Summer season. (These big and vibrant Summer flowers are in full bloom during Summer and has been honored as a symbol of the sun for thousands of years.)...
  • the elegant and stately Iris...
  • the wonderfully sensitizing Lilies...
  • the cool cut flowers Snapdragons...
  • cheery look of the Bachelors Button...
  • flower indicating innocence, purity and gentleness is Daisy...
  • Phlox stands for unanimity...
  • the delightful Delphinium...
  • lovely Larkspur in shades of blue, pink and purple...
  • The sweet Sweet Pea...
  • the zesty Zinnia..
  • Aster's gorgeous shades of blue, white, pink, and purple...

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