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Flower Blog - Floral Ideas and Arrangements

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Tuesday August 23rd 2016

What Is Your Zodiac Sign's Flower?

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Do you know your zodiac sign? Maybe you read your horoscope each morning to see what kind of day you're going to have. I like to sit down each evening and read my horoscope to see if the prediction for my day was correct! There are many things connected with each zodiac sign, including lucky numbers, an element, and even a planet. But did you know that there are different types of flowers connected with each zodiac sign? Take a look at what I found.

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Monday August 15th 2016

The Race to Designing the Olympic Victors' Bouquets

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Have you been watching the Summer Olympics? It's so exciting to watch all of the talented athletes excel in their sports. During an Olympics medal ceremony, the winners of a competition traditionally receive a medal as well as a bouquet of flowers. You may be surprised to learn that there's a lot of creative work that goes into making the victors' bouquets. This week, I thought I'd take a closer look at the history of these bouquets and what goes into creating them. Enjoy!

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Tuesday August 9th 2016

August's Birthflower: The Glamorous Gladiolus

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It's very hard to overlook the stunning beauty of the gladiolus. This flower's sword-shaped leaves and brilliant color make it the perfect choice for the official bloom of August. The gladiolus is an ideal selection if you're looking to add large splashes of color to your garden. My post this week is all about celebrating this incredible flower. Enjoy!

Profile of a Gladiolus

There are about 260 species of gladiolus. It's a tropical flower originally from Africa and the Mediterranean. It was introduced to Europe in the 18th century and became a very popular addition to Belgian gardens in the mid-1800s. During this time, hybrids of this flower appeared all around Europe in various shades of green, purple, brown, and more. In the early 1890s, gladiolus plants began to grace many backyard gardens in America.

Gladiolus Colors

One of the best things about including this dramatic flower in your garden is the number of colors to choose from. I planted a row of yellow gladiolus plants next to a fence in my yard. The bright shade of yellow really lights up that area and supplies me with sunshine even on cloudy days. Plus, my fence provides the long stalks of the flowers with support as they grow taller. The gladiolus is also available in pink, red, white, blue, apricot, burgundy, purple, and orange. There are numerous multi-colored gladioli, including a white and red combination, red and yellow, as well as a blue bloom with streaks of white on its petals.

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Caring for Gladiolus

Gladioli are relatively easy to care for. They should be planted in the warm springtime soil in an area that receives full sunlight. Also, be sure to choose a place where your flowers will have protection from strong winds. When you plant bulbs, also known as corms, be sure to space them about six inches apart to give each one room to grow. These plants need two to four inches of mulch around them to keep the soil moist. Remember to water your gladiolus plants if there is less than one inch of rainfall during the week in the summertime.

Fun Gladiolus Facts

  • A gladiolus symbolizes many different things. This flower symbolizes strength due to its sword-like leaves. Furthermore, it is known as the flower of the gladiators. It also symbolizes sincerity, moral integrity, and remembrance. In the Victorian era, a red gladiolus symbolized passionate love because its leaves could pierce the heart of a lover.
  • Traditionally, gladiolus plants are given to couples celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
  • The roots of this flower have been used to make a poultice for removing thorns from a person's skin.
  • Watch out! Some parts of the gladiolus are poisonous and can irritate the skin.
  • The gladiolus is also known as xiphium. The Greek word xiphos means "sword."
  • Gladiolus plants are sometimes used in memorial services as a way of paying tribute to a lost loved one.

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So try putting some gladiolus plants in your garden and make your collection of flowers a standout in the neighborhood!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Monday July 25th 2016

It's Not Too Late To Start A Summer Garden

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We are approaching mid-summer, and you may be thinking that it's too late to start a garden. Well, you'll be glad to hear that it's not too late! You can still grow vegetables and have time to enjoy them as the fall season rolls around. Personally, I love the thought of throwing on a light jacket to go out to my garden and harvest a delicious gathering of spinach in the brisk fall air! I thought I'd give you some tips this week on how to make a success of your mid-summer garden.

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Tuesday July 19th 2016

What's The Difference Between Annuals, Biennials, and Perennials?

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I've noticed that most people have certain ways they choose flowers for their gardens. Some look for fragrant flowers or blooms in their favorite colors. Other people select flowers that are known to attract butterflies. There are also people who select flowers based on their life cycle: When will they bloom and for how long? This week, I thought I'd share a little information about annuals, biennials, and perennials. Enjoy!

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Wednesday July 13th 2016

These Allergy-Friendly Flowers Are Nothing To Sneeze At

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Have you been sneezing a lot lately? Maybe your throat has been sore and itchy or you've felt congested. If you've dealt with any of these symptoms, you may have a pollen allergy. All of the pollen flying through the air in the summertime can really make it hard to enjoy the flowers and plants blooming all around us. Fortunately, there are some flowers that are considered allergy-friendly. This week, I'm taking a look at seasonal allergies and allergy-friendly (and -unfriendly) flowers.

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Thursday July 7th 2016

July's Birthflower: The Lavish Larkspur

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All of my friends know that I love weddings and the whole wedding planning process, so when it was time for my girlfriend (and one of my bridesmaids) to get married herself, she asked for my help. I assured her that we would plan the most beautiful wedding she could imagine. She wanted to go with larkspurs for her flowers, since she was getting married at the end of July and both she and her fiancé were born during the hot summer month. I found out a lot of great and interesting information when researching the flower for her nuptials.

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Monday June 27th 2016

Flower Crowns: How Summer's Hottest Floral Trend Came To Be

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I've seen a lot of flower crowns on brides and bridesmaids this summer. They are attractive and so easy to make. Along with being worn in wedding ceremonies, flower crowns are worn to parties, music festivals, outdoor theater performances, and many other types of celebrations. This week, I took a closer look at flower crowns and found out that they have a very interesting history. Enjoy!

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Friday June 24th 2016

How To Keep Pesky Animals Out Of Your Garden

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Gardening is such a rewarding hobby. One of my favorite things to do is to look out my window to see the progress of my plants. I may see two or three of my green tomatoes starting to turn red, or maybe I spot a new petunia that's just beginning to open up. What I don't like to see is a rabbit sitting in my garden chomping on my lettuce plants or a cat digging holes around my colorful pansies. This week, I thought I'd look into what a gardener can do to keep the pesky pests away so a garden has a chance to grow. Enjoy!

Deer

If you have a lot of deer around your area, you already know that they love to feast on many items in a garden. One way to deter deer is to build a fence. Deer can jump high, so the fence will have to be at least eight feet tall. Deer also have a good sense of smell, so they stay away from overly fragrant plants such as sage, lavender, and bearded irises. They steer clear of lamb's ears as well because of their prickly leaves. Growing these plants keeps the deer away and adds to the beauty of your garden!

Rabbits

Rabbits are known for their twitching noses and their excellent sense of smell. One smell they don't care for is that of onions, so planting onions around the perimeter of your vegetable garden can help to deter rabbits from consuming your greens. Sprinkling sulfur around your garden is another way to deter rabbits. In addition, these long-eared creatures are repelled by certain flowers, including impatiens, geraniums, marigolds, and Russian sage.

Skunks

I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to keep quiet when I look out the window to see a skunk wandering around my lettuce and tomato plants. One way to deter skunks is to put a chicken-wire covering around each vegetable plant. This denies them all access. Planting squash around the perimeter of your garden is another idea: Skunks will avoid stepping on a squash because the leaves have hairs on them that can irritate a skunk's paws. Putting mothballs around your garden is another way to discourage visiting skunks. They don't like the smell of mothballs. (Me neither!)

Moles or Mice

Keep weeds and straw out of your garden so mice and moles don't have a place to create a nest. Planting onions, garlic, or mint in your garden gives you some tasty ingredients to use for recipes, and rodents are deterred by the aroma of these particular herbs. Lavender is also not a favorite with mice.

Bears

A heavy chain-link fence can keep bears from entering your garden. Make sure it is at least eight feet high and goes two feet beneath the ground. If you have a compost pile in your garden area, be sure to keep turning it regularly so bears won't be attracted by the smell.

Raccoons

Raccoons have sensitive noses, so a garlic and chili powder mix sprinkled around the perimeter of a garden can be a deterrent. Setting a radio to turn on and play loud music in the middle of the night can cause raccoons to scatter, though of course, your neighbors may not be too happy with you. A circle of LED pathway lights also may deter raccoons from approaching a garden.

Birds

If you have small birds stealing seeds and pecking at items in your garden, try putting up a plastic owl to scare them off. You can also tie balloons around your garden with faces painted on them. The movement and appearance of the balloons can cause birds to stay away. The presence of a cat can also be a deterrent for birds who try to visit.

Cats and Dogs

If you prefer not to have any cats around your garden, try planting lavender, geraniums, lemon thyme, and rue. These fragrant flowers are too much for a cat's sense of smell. Or you could scatter some lemon and orange peels around your garden: Cats don't like the scent of citrus. If you want to keep dogs away from your garden, put up a fence that's four or five feet tall. You might also sprinkle crushed dried pepper mixed with powdered mustard around the perimeter of your garden. Most dogs will shy away from this odor. A sprinkler that's motion-activated can also keep dogs away.

I hope these ideas are helpful. Happy gardening! - Ava

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Tuesday June 14th 2016

The History Of Gardening

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People have a variety of reasons for working in their gardens. Some do it to relieve stress, while others get satisfaction from growing and eating their own vegetables. Working in my garden allows me quiet time to collect my thoughts after a busy week. Did you know that the practice of gardening has been around for centuries? Take a look at some surprising facts about the history of gardening. Enjoy!

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