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Flower Blog Archive - July 2011

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Fun Facts about Flowers

When it comes to fun facts about flowers, beauty and sweet smell are just the beginning. Treat your mind as well as your senses by learning more about flowers. Like the Chinese proverb says, "The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends."

Fun Facts about Flowers by Species

Although there are over 250,000 species of flowering plants in the world, most everyone has singled out one or two to call favorite. Below are some facts about a few of the world's most popular flowers.


Rose Fragrance

  • Roses are valued for their romantic symbolism but their blooms are also edible and have the flavors of green apples and strawberries.

  • There are over 15,000 species of roses cultivated across the world.

  • Barbara Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O'Donnell each have a rose named for them.

  • The rose family also includes pears, apples, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, and almonds.

  • In 1996, Americans purchased about 1.2 billion cut roses, which is the equivalent of 4.67 roses for every person in the nation.


Tulip Buds

  • Tulips have a brief lifespan of only three to seven days.

  • Amazingly, Tulips can continue to grow as much as an inch per day after being cut.

  • Symbolism such as imagination, dreaminess, and a declaration of love is a big part of the allure of Tulips.

  • In a pinch, tulip bulbs make a passably good substitute for onions in recipes.

  • Most tulips have two to six leaves, but a few species can have up to 12 leaves.


Chrysanthemum morifolii

  • Feng shui buffs abelieve that chrysanthemums will bring happiness and laughter to any room.

  • Japan has a national chrysanthemum festival every year on September 9th. The flower is also portrayed on their imperial flags and weapons.

  • Chrysanthemums are one of the few flowers that can be cultivated bonsai style.

  • In Malta, chrysanthemums are associated with funerals, making it unlucky to keep the flower indoors.

  • Chrysanthemum blooms can be as small as 1 centimeter or as large as 25 centimeters.

How to Take Care of Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular flowers in the world, next only to the Rose.

Chrysanthemum morifolii Chrysanthemum comes from Greek 'Chrys' meaning golden (the color of the original flowers), and 'anthemon', meaning flower. This name was given to it by Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist also known as the father of modern taxonomy.

Growing Chrysanthemums

  • Chrysanthemums are not specific to any season.
  • Chrysanthemum plants can be grown in any kind of soil, but they require a sunny weather for best performance. Chrysanthemum seeds are sown in those areas which experience low rainfall during the rainy season.
  • Chrysanthemums are easy to be grown and are propagated by division of roots, cuttings and seeds. Usually, the Chrysanthemum seedlings are transplanted after about a month of sowing. But sometimes seeds can also be sown directly in situ and seedlings thinned out after germination.
  • Chrysanthemum plants flower in about three months of sowing. Chrysanthemums have a long flowering period.

Chrysanthemum Plant Care

  • After the transplants, the Chrysanthemum beds should be weeded, hoed and watered regularly.
  • In some cases staking of Chrysanthemum plants is necessary.
  • After a few weeks, the Chrysanthemum seedlings are pinched to make them bushy.
  • Fertilizing the plant is an important step in caring for chrysanthemums. Fertilize when the plants are ready for blooming and discontinue fertilizing after flower buds are formed.
  • A careful check should be made to detect diseases or insect/pests and prompt control measures should be adopted to control them.
  • The faded Chrysanthemum blooms should be removed regularly as it helps prolong flowering.
  • Chrysanthemums are susceptible to aphids and plant bugs, leafspot and stunt, and foliar nematodes. However, Chrysanthemums benefit from winter protection.

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Would you Eat Flowers?

Edible Flowers

Image of Edible FlowersEdible flowers are of two kinds. Some flowers are eaten as an important part of a dish. Some others are used for adding flavor or color to a dish. Consuming flowers is not a very unusual thing because there are a lot of plants whose leaves and roots are edible. As garnishes, flowers may be used with drinks and with different types of food such as salads, soups, and desserts.

Some popular edible flowers

Some of the popular edible flowers are almond, apple, lemon, orange, peach, and plum, all known for their delicious fruits or kernels. Other popular edible flowers include chrysanthemums, daisies, geraniums, jasmine, and marigolds.

Roses and sunflowers are famous edible flowers. Note that only certain parts of the flowers are edible. That is, in the case of roses, the edible parts are the petals with the white heel removed and the fruit of the rose plant, called rose hip.

Words of caution

It is important to keep in mind the fact that one should not eat flowers that have been treated with pesticides. It is also necessary to keep away from poisonous flowers. You should also be aware of the fact that some flowers need to be prepared to be good for consumption.

Even if some flowers are edible, they are not supposed to be eaten with all meals. Take care and practice restraint while consuming certain flowers even though they are edible. For example, one should not eat Marigolds and Daylilies for every meal.

Not season dependent!

The flowers that you eat in a particular season need not depend on what is available that season. Flower butter may be prepared from flower petals and it can be stored in the frozen state for three months. Similar is the case with flower oils such as sunflower oil.

Lavender - an example

Lavender is an herb that can be used for a variety of purposes. Lavender flower is edible and it can be used for adding flavor and color to dishes. It is best to use lavender with other members of the mint family such as rosemary, mint, and thyme.

Flowers And Fragrances

Although many flowers are fragrant, some flowers gained popularity because of their having exceptionally fragrances. Some of those flowers with high fragrances, infact unique fragrances are dealt with here.


Rose FragranceOne of the most valuable elements of a fine perfume is provided by the rose, known as the "queen of flowers". Rose perfumes were very popular with the Romans and the Greeks. Rose flowers are gathered at night since they carry fragrance before sunrise. The two main species of roses used in perfume are the Rosa centifolia, found in the South of France, and the rosa damascena /images/emoticons/mozilla_laughing.gifamask Rose) located primarily in Arab countries. The damask rose is most widely grown for perfumery.


Jasmine Flower FragranceJasmine, another "absolute," or pure essence, gives a perfume a well-rounded, finished quality. Jasmine flowers are harvested when their fragrance is at its peak just before dawn. The flowers must be processed immediately before their freshness and fragrances fade away. The jasmine must also be placed in special baskets to prevent the flowers from bruising, and unbalancing the flower's natural bouquet.


Violets Flower FragranceViolets have been used in perfumes throughout the ages because of their varied fragrances. They used violets in both perfumes and medicines. There are two varieties of violets most commonly used in perfumes, the Victoria Violet and the Parma Violet. Violets only produce a scant amount of essential oils, and are rarely used today. A synthetic replacement for violet is most commonly used, along with other essential oils resembling the violet.


Lily Flower FragranceThe Lily (Lillium) is a hearty bulb that can be planted in fall or spring. In the whole lily spectrum, there is something for everyone, from easy-to-grow, long-lived garden plants to the more difficult and rare species. Their summer blooms are the highlight of the garden, and they are long-lasting as cut flowers. Most lilies bloom between June and August, and the large, trumpet shaped flowers feature a variety of colors, designs and fragrances.

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