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Flower Blog Archive - November 2006

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Types of Flowers (Grouped by Light, Soil Requirements)

Carefully matching the types of flowers you'll be growing with the space where they'll be growing is essential to landscaping success. Light and soil requirements should always be considered before deciding which types of flowers to install in your yard. This resource guides beginners by providing examples.

Flowering Shrubs

If you're as impatient as I for the return of spring, then you're probably already dreaming about the beauty that flowering shrubs bring. Some flowering shrubs serve double duty, attracting birds with their berries in winter or offering brilliant fall foliage. Among the resources provided here, there is also information on bushes valued for their evergreen foliage, rather than their blooms.

Diversity Of Flowering Plants

There are more than a quarter million flowering plants which were classified into 300 plus families. The earliest flowers were very simple - just collections of carpels and stamens with no perianth. The complexity of the flowers went on to grow over time resulting in diverse colonies over the vast expense of the earth.

Flowering plants, taxonomically referred to as the angiosperms, comprise over 90 pr cent of the plants. The total number of described species exceeds 230,000, and many tropical species are as yet unnamed. During the past 130 million years, flowering plants have colonized practically every conceivable habitat on earth, from sun-baked deserts and windswept alpine summits to fertile grasslands, freshwater marshes, dense forests and lush mountain meadows.

The three largest flowering plant families containing the greatest number of species are the sunflower family (Asteraceae) with about 24,000 species, the orchid family (Orchidaceae) with about 20,000 species, and the legume or pea family (Fabaceae) with 18,000 species. The total number of species for these three enormous families alone is approximately 62,000, roughly 25 percent of all the flowering plant species on earth.

Some of the largest herbaceous (nonwoody) genera of flowering plants include sedges (Carex: 900), lupines (Lupinus: 300), asters (Aster: 600), onions (Allium: 500), rein orchids (Habenaria: 600), tree orchids /images/emoticons/mozilla_laughing.gifendrobium: 900), bulb-leaf orchids (Bulbophyllum: 1200), dancing-lady orchids (Oncidium: 500), indigo (Indigofera: 700), sorrel (Oxalis: 850), geranium (Geranium: 375), nightshade (Solanum: 1500), penstemon (Penstemon: 300), and the amazing locoweeds (Astragalus) with an estimated 2,000 species worldwide.

Some of the largest woody plant genera include Acacia (800), Eucalyptus (500), holly (Ilex: 440), Eugenia (600), heather (Erica: 530), passion fruit (Passiflora: 400), sage (Salvia: 500), rattan palm (Calamus: 340), Cassia (500), Croton (700), Prunus (200), Philodendron (250), Euphorbia (1600), and figs (Ficus: 1000). Not only are there at least 1,000 species of figs in the world, but they all have their own "in house" species of pollinator wasp.

Find out more on the diversity of flowering plants

History of the Christmas Tree

For those of us in regions where the weather has now grown cold, flowers are merely a spring dream. We're often told to appreciate plant foliage as much as flowers, and at no other time of year is this dictum more relevant for us than now! Fortunately, plant foliage figures prominently in our holiday decorations, including the classic foliage of Christmas -- that of the Christmas tree. But many people are unaware of the history of the Christmas tree, and how controversial it was in ancient times to celebrate the holidays by decorating with Christmas trees and other evergreens. Knowing something about the history of the Christmas tree may increase your appreciation of this enduring tradition.

High time to plant Amaryllis bulbs!!

November is the high time to plant amaryllis bulbs. Get into action! Plant amaryllis bulbs immediately to have color in the coming holiday festive season!!

Amaryllis is a monotypic (consisting of only one species) genus of flowering plants containing the Belladonna Lily, popularly known as the Amaryllis belladonna lily. Amaryllis is native of South and Central America and the Caribbean. The Hippeastrum genus of flowering bulbed plants is erroneously named as the Amaryllis or Christmas Amaryllis.

Planting amaryllis is easy. They are normally planted in small pots that are just a bit larger around than the bulb itself. A too-large pot is not good for the bulb because it prefers "crowded conditions."

A well drained soil is a prerequisite to grow Amaryllis. More about Amaryllis

Decorating Thanksgiving Plates with Edible Flowers

Last night, When I was speaking to Holly, my neighbor and my best friend about the thanksgiving feast ahead, Holly came up with a thought of decorating the plates with some edible flowers so that the plates look beautiful as well as the flowers can be eaten. Then, we tried to figure out which edible flowers that would be in bloom during the month of November. we could come out with pansies. We would be very happy if anyone have some good suggestions in this respect. We would be very thankful if someone could suggest more edible flowers which are in bloom during the Thanksgiving season. microid: e9b8a1591bf645ae0195475b85ed00b58b80e91b

Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe is nothing if not enigmatic. But what else would you expect from a plant whose home is half-way between the heavens and the earth? Mistletoe's mysteriousness helps account for the holiday tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. The history behind kissing under the mistletoe takes us back to times shrouded in the mists of pagan erotica and esoterica....

Modern Irrigation Management Practices for Cut Flowers

Today’s high quality cut flowers and other horticultural products must maintain a level of quality and management similar to manufactured goods if they are to compete in the global market. Irrigation practices that are a critical part of the horticultural “manufacturing” process have to match the precision and sophistication that you would encounter in more conventional industries.

The industrialization of horticulture is already happening—just look at the latest development in conveyor belt cultivation techniques from the Netherlands and the development of picking robots, most notably in Japan and Korea. Modernizing your irrigation system is the easiest and most economic place to start when converting the greenhouse of the past into the flower factory of the future.

You cannot discuss irrigation without first discussing where the roots are going to be anchored. For many growers, choosing a substrate is more an act of faith than a well-reasoned strategy. Simply put, if you want to obtain consistent, high quality results, you must use a substrate that is uniform and consistent. It must offer the same physical characteristics year after year; this will allow you to develop very finely tuned irrigation and fertilization practices. Read more about modern irrigation management practices for cutflowers in an article by Armando Suarez, published by The Flora Culture International.

PINCHING PANSIES

I love my garden and flowers so much that I just started my own website all about. I have learned a lot over the years, have a beautiful garden and lots of tips and stories to share, as well as great photos. Come say hello! www.pinchingpansies.com

Pinks, pinks and pinks

dianthus-chinensis.jpgChinese Pinks, also popularly known as Indian Pinks or Japanese Pinks are a free blooming variety of plants originated in Eastern Asia. The scientific name of these plants is Dianthus chinensis or Dianthus sinensis. The pinks are excellent for beds, borders, edgings, rock gardens, pots and cut flowers.

The Dianthus chinensis varieties are specially suitable for borders, Dianthus heddewigii for bedding and edging, Dianthus lacinatus for rockery and bedding and the hardy perennial pinks /images/emoticons/mozilla_laughing.gifianthus plumerius, Dianthus allwoodi, Dianthus winteri, etc.) for rock gardens and edging.

Chinese Pinks bear brilliantly colored large delightfully fragrant flowers. The Chinese Pink flowers may be self-coloredexquisitely marked, edged, blotched, spotted, or eyed with contrasting colors. In some, the flowers have finely fringed petals. There are also varieties producing blooms in clusters on upright and strong stems. The name pinks doesn't imply only pink colored flowers. They come in a wide variety of colors viz., pink, rose, scarlet, red, crimson, and so forth.

The pinks are propagated by seeds. They flourish well in sunny to part shady, moderately dry, well-drained, organic-rich soil. A very ornamental plant, it is usually biennial in habit, but can be a short-lived perennial.

The Chinese pinks have high medicinal value. They have been used for over 2,000 years in Chinese herbal medicine. The whole plant is a bitter tonic herb that stimulates the digestive and urinary systems and also the bowels. It is also anthelmintic, antibacterial, antiphlogistic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge and haemostatic. It is used internally in the treatment of acute urinary tract infections (especially cystitis), urinary stones, constipation, failure to menstruate and many other physiological aberrations and dysfunctions.

The year 2004 was celebrated by the National Garden Bureau as the Year of the Dianthus. Read more about this from Colorado State University article.

Most Online Florists Charge Too Much!

The reason why this is true is that most of them are not Florists. They are online marketing companies! They take your order, deduct a hefty commission, and then pass the order on to a real florist in the recipient's locale.

For example, on a $60 purchase, the florist that will actually craft your flower bouquet and deliver it to the recipient will receive about $35 to supply the flowers you ordered! Is it any wonder that online floral orders are so often disappointing? And is it any wonder that these online "florists" have terrible customer satisfaction ratings?

What can you do about it?

  • First, beware of search engines! Most "non-florists" are multi-million dollar operations. They spend lavishly on pay-per-click and banner ads. They also do an excellent job of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so that when you search for almost any conceivable floral-related product, their site will be first in line.

    This Is True Even If You Have Searched With Very Specific Parameters, Such As: "flowers in Chicago."

  • Second, there are several online floral directories that only accept registration from REAL FLORISTS that are actually IN a specific city, or whose trucks actually DELIVER TO a specific city. Examples include: Flower Shop Network, Locate a Flower Shop, Local Flower Shop, etc.
  • Third, Read The Product Description Carefully. Sometimes, the picture is illustrative only, and the actual flowers come unarranged in a box!
  • Fourth, if you must use a non-local florist to send your order, find a florist with low or (ideally) no service charge. One such shop is The Flower Hut at http://www.flowerhut.com.

The Flower Hut is located in Charlotte, NC. It is a family owned, full-service florist and was founded in 1988. It has a 4 ½ star customer satisfaction rating from Yahoo! (No online florist has a higher rating!) It is a member of the FTD and Teleflora distribution networks. It features a wide variety of flower arrangements online. With many bouquets, you have the option of customizing the arrangement at no extra charge. And there are no service charges on any online purchase! Visit us at: http://www.flowerhut.com .

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