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Flower Blog Archive - October 2007

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Halloween around the World

garfield image.jpg I like to celebrate Halloween as I like christmas. Each of the festival has its own importance and symbolism.

Let's see how it is celebrated with fun around some countries.

Halloween, one of the world's oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in several countries around the globe. It is celebrated for 3 days.

The autumn rite is commemorated in the United Kingdom, although with a surprising and distinctive British twist. In Mexico, Latin America, and Spain, All Souls' Day, the third day of the three-day Hallowmas observance, is the most important part of the celebration for many people. In Ireland and Canada, Halloween, which was once a frightening and superstitious time of year, is celebrated much as it is here in the United States, with trick-or-treating, costume parties, and fun for all ages.

In Mexico, Latin America, and Spain, All Souls' Day, which takes place on November 2, is commemorated with a three-day celebration that begins on the evening of October 31. The celebration is designed to honor the dead who, it is believed, return to their earthly homes on Halloween. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives and decorate it with candy, flowers, photographs, samples of the deceased's favorite foods and drinks, and fresh water. Often, a wash basin and towel are left out so that the spirit can wash before indulging in the feast.

Candles and incense are burned to help the deceased find the way home. Relatives also tidy the gravesites of their departed family members. This can include snipping weeds, making repairs, and painting. The grave is then decorated with flowers, wreaths, or paper streamers. On November 2, relatives gather at the gravesite to picnic and reminisce. Some gatherings even include tequila and a mariachi band! Celebrations honoring departed loved ones and family members are found as far back as ancient Egyptian times.

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Daisies

For the gardeners, here is a question: "What advantages do the daisy have when growing in a lawn or heavily grazed area"

what kind of flowers are these?

what kind of flowers are these? Large Pink Flower and Small Orange and Pink Flowers
The flower name and species type would be GREATLY appreciated!!! I'm looking to get seeds for them but have no idea what kind they are. Thank you very much for all the help

Smaller Pumpkins in Ohio for Halloween

I had been to Ohio state for an official work. As these are the days of Halloween, I had seen Pumpkins which are the symbols of Halloween.

There were some facts regarding the availability and quality of Pumpkins due to drought in Ohio, which I wanted to share.

The pumpkins of 2007 arenâ??t as plentiful, nor are they as plump.

Although event organizers have not had problems finding pumpkins for Halloween events on Ohio Universityâ??s campus, local farmers saw a diminished crop â?? in both size and number of pumpkins â?? after this summerâ??s drought.

A jack-o-lantern that is normally 22 pounds would be about 16 pounds this year,â?? said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulture specialist at the Ohio State University extension center in Piketon.

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Symbols of Halloween

halloween.jpgIf you wanted to know the origin of Halloween celebration, read this passage.

Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits.

Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have all evolved as symbols of Halloween. They are popular trick-or-treat costumes and decorations for greeting cards and windows.

Black is one of the traditional Halloween colors, probably because Halloween festivals and traditions took place at night.

In the weeks before October 31, Americans decorate windows of houses and schools with silhouettes of witches and black cats.

Pumpkins are also a symbol of Halloween. The pumpkin is an orange-colored squash, and orange has become the other traditional Halloween color. Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a Halloween custom also dating back to Ireland.

A legend on Halloween

A legend grew up about a man named Jack who was so stingy that he was not allowed into heaven when he died, because he was a miser. He couldn't enter hell either because he had played jokes on the devil. As a result, Jack had to walk the earth with his lantern until Judgment Day. The Irish people carved scary faces out of turnips, beets or potatoes representing "Jack of the Lantern," or jack-o'-lantern. When the Irish brought their customs to the United States, they carved faces on pumpkins because in the autumn they were more plentiful than turnips. Today jack-o'-lanterns in the windows of a house on Halloween night let costumed children know that there are goodies waiting if they knock and say "Trick or Treat!"

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Symbols of Halloween

halloween.jpgIf you wanted to know the origin of Halloween celebration, read this passage.

Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits.

Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have all evolved as symbols of Halloween. They are popular trick-or-treat costumes and decorations for greeting cards and windows.

Black is one of the traditional Halloween colors, probably because Halloween festivals and traditions took place at night.

In the weeks before October 31, Americans decorate windows of houses and schools with silhouettes of witches and black cats.

Pumpkins are also a symbol of Halloween. The pumpkin is an orange-colored squash, and orange has become the other traditional Halloween color. Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a Halloween custom also dating back to Ireland.

A legend on Halloween

A legend grew up about a man named Jack who was so stingy that he was not allowed into heaven when he died, because he was a miser. He couldn't enter hell either because he had played jokes on the devil. As a result, Jack had to walk the earth with his lantern until Judgment Day. The Irish people carved scary faces out of turnips, beets or potatoes representing "Jack of the Lantern," or jack-o'-lantern. When the Irish brought their customs to the United States, they carved faces on pumpkins because in the autumn they were more plentiful than turnips. Today jack-o'-lanterns in the windows of a house on Halloween night let costumed children know that there are goodies waiting if they knock and say "Trick or Treat!"

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Discovery of a new plant genus

smithatris supraneeana.jpgThere has been new discoveries in the recent years. Lets see the discoveries. Discovery of a new plant genus is unusual, unlike the more frequent naming of a new species. The new genus Smithatris, in the plant family Zingiberaceae, joins 50 other genera and over 1,200 species.

Kress first noticed the new ginger in a flower display in Singapore, and then it was collected in the wild in 1998 in the limestone hills in the Saraburi Province north of Bangkok, Thailand. The new genus and species, Smithatris supraneeana, was described based upon the study of plants in the field, greenhouse, herbarium, and laboratory.

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Moon flower and Angel's Trumpet

Image of Angels trumpet.jpg There is a confusion over the synonyms of Moon flower. Another name for the moon flower is thornapple. They are also known as datura (botanical family), jimsonweed, Gabriel's trumpet, angel's trumpet.

So, Moon flower or Angel's trumpet flowers are one and the same.

The moon flower seeds (datura/thornapple seeds) does resemble a tomato seed because they are in the same family - Solanum.

Can you identify this flower?

I am hoping that someone may see this who knows, or knows someone who may know what kind of flower this is. It was found in Dallas, Texas, and it was late summer, 2007. Any Help would be MUCH appreciated! Thank you! J.K.

Flower arranging Training for street child in Pune-India

Hello Flower lovers, I got opportunity to train or teach street chilren How to make simple flower arrangements or hand tied bouquets. Age group is 12 to 15 yrs. These childrens are already selling roses and gerbera on road at traffic signals. If you are have any simple or new ideas please share, so I can easily upgreade the skills of that childrern and try to uplift them from below powerty line. Waiting for your valued advice.

Amy Stewart and her books -- Part 2

Amy Stewart, an avid gardener and winner of the 2005 California Horticultural Society's Writer's Award recieved for her book The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, now tackles the global flower industry.

In "Flower Confidential", Stewart does an admirable job of making sense of a complicated business, even if a lack of illustrations might be limiting. Nevertheless, the book adeptly celebrates the incomparable beauty embodied in Stewart's subject.

Amy Stewart also gives some statistics about the consumption of 10 million cut flowers per day in the United States in her other award winning books. She includes the the facts about the growers, auctions, sales etc of cutflowers in some parts of the world, and also how they effect the world flower trade.

A well-knowm author Adrian Higgins, reviews Amy Stewart Books. He says Amy's books are not just about flowers, or even the natural world - it is also about international trade, politics, business affairs and economic and social issues. The book is a sure one to be in our shelves.

As a novice gardener, I would like to have such award winning books to be part of my life, so as to refer, as and when possible and need accordingly.

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Amy Stewart and her books -- Part 1

There's a book called "Flower Confidential", written by Gardener Guru Amy Stewart.

Amy Stewart writes that there is a $40 billion global industry devoted to making flowers flawless.

Amy Stewart writes about the inside the flower trade from the hybridizers, who create new varieties in the laboratory, to the growers, who produce flowers by the millions (often in a factory-like setting), to the Dutch auctioneers, who set the bar (and the price), and ultimately to the neighborhood florists orchestrating the mind-boggling demands of Valentineâ??s and Motherâ??s Day. Thereâ??s the breeder intent on developing the first blue rose; an eccentric horticultural legend who created the worldâ??s most popular lily; a grower of gerberas of every color imaginable.

Maintaining the Mandavilla

My friend has a mandavilla plant. He asked me to give the details of Manavilla plats. Here is its information

Colorful evergreen vine with trumpet-shaped flowers. Pink-colored buds turn bright white as they open on the vine. Excellent for training on trellises or as colorful baskets. Prefers regular fertilization. Needs average to slightly dry conditions during the growing season. Pruning should be done to maintain shape and size. Pinch young plants for compactness.

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Moon Beam flower

While learning about ipomea species in family convolvulaceae, i came across a site with the flower name Moon Beam.

Coreopsis verticillata or Moon Beam belongs to the convolvulaceae family like Ipomea or Morning Glories.

Coreopsis verticillata â??Moonbeamâ?? is a herbaceous perennial, which blooms in late spring to early summer. Vegetative growth and flowering can be controlled using photoperiod, it may be possible to develop the plant as a greenhouse pot crop. However, Coreopsis may grow too tall in small containers under greenhouse conditions for market acceptance, and therefore may benefit from plant growth retardants.

This study was conducted to determine the plant growth retardant type, application method, and rate required to produce a marketable greenhouse pot plant of Coreopsis verticillata â??Moonbeamâ?? in 4-inch pots.

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Plants Avoided as they are Poisonous to Cats

Many people who have pets at their homes at one or the other think that a new plant planted by them poses danger to their pets like cats.

This is to their information that there are about 700 varieties of plants may be poisonous to your pet. Some will cause gastrointeritis, mouth alterations, cardiac or respiratory failure.

Greenery is important for cats to aid their digestion -- grow grass in pots indoors for them to munch on! It is safer to not let cats eat anything you are unsure about. Immediate veterinary attention is required if you suspect your cat has ingested something toxic.

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Elaeagnus angustifolia: Russian-Olive Tree Facts

I came across a site with useful information about the Russian Olive Trees.

Russian-Olive grows in an open, somewhat irregular globe shape 15 to 20 feet tall and wide (occasionally larger) and has silvery gray-colored foliage. It has a rapid growth rate when young becoming moderate with age. Shaping and training the leader and major branches is needed to develop a well-formed tree.

The plant is used as an occasional accent, the tree attracts attention due to the color of the foliage. It is commonly planted in the drier parts of the country and performs well due to drought tolerance and drier soil. It has escaped cultivation on the panhandle of Texas and Oklahoma along stream banks.

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Australian Flower Industry

In came to a site in search for the cutflower industry in Australia. There are very interesting facts to learn.

It is estimated that the world trade in cut flowers is currently worth around $40 billion. Of this trade, 1 per cent, or $400 million wholesale, is in Australian wildflowers, with Australia supplying only about 10 per cent ($40 million)19 of world production, about $27 million of which is exported.

Australia produces a range of native and exotic fresh cut flowers and foliage, as well as dried and preserved flowers for domestic and export markets. About 85 per cent of the flowers sold in the Australian domestic market are traditional exotic flowers.15 Victoria is the major Australian producer of such flowers, with the farm-gate value of production estimated at $112-152 million.16 By comparison, the majority (about 90 per cent) of Australian fresh and dried flower exports are native species.

On a world scale, Australia's flower industry is small. The majority of cut flowers17 are grown and consumed in the Northern Hemisphere, with Western Europe (particularly the Netherlands) the largest producer and consumer, followed by Japan and the USA.

Countries such as Israel and Zimbabwe therefore mostly supply Europe; Australia's primary markets are in Japan and the USA.

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