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Flower Blog Archive - December 2011

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Tribute to Jane Packer,my inspiration - Mhaske Pandharinath,Sneh Florist,Pune.

I had purchase a third book of Jane Packer "World Flowes" in Banglore,India and happened to surch for info about her on google and read the sad news of her death.I felt heartbroken.I don`t know Jane personally, but she was and will be one of my best inspiration in floristry.My favorite Jane Packer books: Jane Packer Comlpite Guide to flower Arranging Jane Packer:Flowers,Desigin,Philosophy World Flowers in this book like other countries she includes India too. Thank you for everything Jane! May god bless your Atma a lonlasting pease.

Add Beauty To The Season With Christmas Flowers

Flowers are a welcomed addition at almost any time of the year, but Christmas flowers provide a magnificent spark to the holiday season because in most areas, there are few blooming plants in the winter. The poinsettia has long been the Christmas flower of choice for many around Christmas, and if they are missing from the decorations during the holiday, a large void would need to be filled. Other popular Christmas flowers include holly, mistletoe, ivy, the Christmas cactus, and the legendary Snow Rose.

Christmas Flowers Make Great Gifts

It is often difficult to find presents for some friends and family members who already have most of the material things they desire. That is the reason why Christmas flowers give such joy because their true value cannot be represented by mere money. A friend or loved one can appreciate being remembered during the holidays each time that they look at beautiful Christmas flowers, even after the holiday festivities have subsided.

Poinsettias - Christmas Flowers that Last

Poinsettias retain their beauty quite well for some time, if they are kept in warm temperatures and have plenty of morning sunlight and afternoon shade. The Poinsettia is a reasonably priced plant that generally lasts a little longer than the Christmas season, but if cared for properly it can bloom again the following year. This requires subjecting the plant to dark nights for two months in the fall of the year so the flowers develop prior to the holiday season.

A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

The vibrant red of the Poinsettia is a good balance with the white of the Christmas Rose, which is considered to be a true Christmas flowers. The tinge of color on the tips of the rose blooms adds beauty to any arrangement.

For many people, any arrangement of Christmas flowers would be incomplete without what is also known as the Snow Rose. Legend has it that an angel revealed a white rose with pink tinged tips beneath the snow to a poor maiden, distraught because she had no gift for the Christ child.

The Christmas Cactus and Its Rainbow of Colors

A step outside of the white and red of Christmas flowersis possible with the Christmas cactus because it comes in a variety of colors. Other than the famous red color, this holiday favorite is stunningly beautiful in pink, orange, purple, and fuchsia, among other hues. An arrangement of many different varieties makes for a wonderful explosion of color that is a prize for any gathering.

Christmas flowers can consist of arrangements with some of the more usual plants such as roses and other bloomers that may be available from the florist. If you are decorating for yourself, Christmas flowers may be used in a welcoming wreath on your door. Do not leave yourself out on the gift giving where flowers are concerned. Make each Christmas season more cordial, beautiful, seasonal, and uplifting by way of Christmas flowers, for both gifts and decoration.

What Types of Flowers Bloom in the Winter?

Winter Flowers

Flowers And Seasons - Winter FlowersWinter 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.

Winter can be a dull time for the home gardener, as many gardeners are familiar with the plants that bloom in the spring, summer and autumn. Extend your home garden into one that features four seasons of color and texture with plants that bloom throughout the winter.

Popular Holiday Cactus & Some Facts about Christmas Cactus Flowers

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus FlowersChristmas cactus, also known as Orchid Cactus, is a great gift idea on Christmas eve when in full bloom. Christmas cactus is a popular, winter-flowering houseplant native to Brazil. pendulous stems of Christmas cactus make it a great choice for hanging baskets.

What is a Cactus?

A cactus (plural, cacti) is a type of succulent plant belonging to the dicotyledonous flowering plant family, Cactaceae. The Cactaceae has around 90 genera and some 1,500 to 1,800 species. Cacti are well-known natives of the Americas, mostly in desert areas. Some are also rainforest epiphytes, growing on tree branches where, despite the high rainfall, water drains off quickly so that "dry" conditions prevail much of the time.

Facts about Christmas Cactus

  • Cacti are believed to have evolved in the last 30 to 40 million years ago.
  • Like many tropical cacti, Christmas Cactus is also an epiphyte.
  • The flowers are available in a wide variety of colors including red, purple, orange, pink, fuschia, cream, etc.
  • Christmas cactus is a member of a group sold as holiday cacti that also includes Thanksgiving cactus and the Easter cactus.
  • The green, flattened, leaf-like structures that make up the majority of a Christmas Cactus are actually modified stem segments called cladodes. In most cacti, the leaves have been modified into spines which have many different functions for the plant. In the Christmas Cactus, the leaves and spines are absent.
  • Various plant species require cues from the environment to regulate the timing of certain events, like flowering. This mechanism called photoperiodism occurs when plants initiate flowering or other activities in response to relative lengths of daylight and darkness.

Popular Holiday Cacti

The three common flowering cacti are called holiday cacti. The three types of holiday cacti are-

Cactus Scientific Name Description
Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera bridgessii The Christmas Cactus have pointed lobed leaves and are given from Thanksgiving to Christmas. These are also called True cacti.
Thanksgiving Cactus Schlumbergera truncatus These cacti are also called Crab or Yoke Cacti. They are available from early fall through christmas.
Easter Cactus Rhipsalidopsis gaertnerii These cacti flowers have wider rounded leaves and are given from Christmas to Easter.
The stems of Christmas Cactus consist of small cushiony sections called "areoles" which identify them as true cacti. On other cacti, spines and true leaves arise from the areoles. The flowers on the holiday cacti are formed on the tips of the segments.

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