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Tuesday December 20th 2016

Plant Guide: Give The Gift Of Green

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I know you won't be a bit surprised when I say that plants make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Houseplants give off oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which improves air quality. Plus, plants add color and life to any room. Best of all, the recipient of your gift gets to watch it grow and change through the years. This week, I've collected some ideas for giving the gift of green this year.

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Monday December 12th 2016

All About The Holiday Holly

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This time of year, I find myself admiring the brilliant red berries on the holly bushes around my neighborhood. I like to sit at my window on cold days watching the robins visit the bushes to enjoy some holly berries. I wanted to learn more about these plants that are so closely connected with Christmas, and here's what I found.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Monday December 5th 2016

December's Birthflower: The Popular Poinsettia

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I'm sure it will come as no great surprise to you that the poinsettia is December's birth flower. As we move further into the month of December, you're likely to see poinsettias appearing in the windows of homes, in department store displays, and in office buildings, along with dozens of other places. These cheerful plants are a permanent part of the Christmas season. I wanted to learn a little more about this familiar flowering plant, so this week's post is all about the perfectly popular poinsettia. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday November 8th 2016

The History Behind The Thanksgiving Cornucopia

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A cornucopia is a common sight on many Thanksgiving dinner tables throughout America. At this time of the year, you're likely to see wicker cornucopias of all sizes filled to overflowing with apples, grapes, pears, leaves, and even small pumpkins. Some people get really creative filling their cornucopias with flowers, candy, or colorful veggies! I have a homemade cornucopia that I put on my Thanksgiving table every year. It's made of raffia, and I love filling it with sedums, yellow mums, and other fall blooms. Also, I've found that a small cornucopia filled with colorful blooms makes an appealing gift for the host of a holiday party. Have you ever wondered why cornucopias are so closely connected with the Thanksgiving holiday? If you have, this week's post is just for you. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Wednesday December 16th 2015

How To Choose The Best Christmas Tree To Rock Around

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One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is drive out to a local tree farm with friends and choose my Christmas tree. I love seeing all of the families walking through the fields to find a lovely tree for their home. As a kid, my family always chose a Scotch pine. I've continued that tradition, and I always seem to find one that fits perfectly into my living room. This week, I thought I'd take a look at the different types of Christmas trees as well as how to care for them. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Thursday May 7th 2015

The Poppy Flower And It's Significance To Memorial Day

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The poppy is one of my favorite flowers. Whether it's Himalayan blue, California yellow, or purple, these delicate flowers are hard to ignore. I must confess a special fondness for red poppies. Of course, they are beautiful to look at, but did you know they have a special connection to Remembrance Day and Memorial Day? Take a look at some facts about red poppies and learn how they became a symbol of soldiers lost in World War I.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday March 31st 2015

The Plants And Flowers Of The Easter Season

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Nothing announces the arrival of springtime like a colorful gathering of Easter flowers. I love to see all of the Easter flowers and plants blooming around my neighborhood. I always pause a few extra moments to look at the delicate white blossoms of the flowering dogwood trees in my area. In fact, these unique trees are a memorable sight during all four seasons of the year. Not surprisingly, there is a history behind a lot of the Easter flowers and plants that we get to admire. I thought I would use this week's blog to take a closer look at the histories of some notable Easter blooms. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday March 10th 2015

Native Plants Of Ireland

If you're one of my loyal readers, you know that I love flowers and plants of all types. I get excited whenever I can add a new entry to my mental encyclopedia of flowers. I especially like to learn about the history or meaning behind a particular bloom. Since St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd pass on a little information about some flowers that are native to Ireland. Enjoy!

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Friday March 6th 2015

Luck O' The Four Leaf Clover

I've always wanted to find a four-leaf clover. My dog Basil and I have searched through countless clumps of clover over the years. We've looked in the local dog park, the woods, and we even look at stray patches of clover along the sidewalks. No luck. But the day I find one, I'll waste no time putting it on the blog for all to see. Since St. Patrick's Day is approaching, I thought I'd share with you the history of the elusive four-leaf clover, along with some fun facts. Enjoy!

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Wednesday December 24th 2014

The History Behind Mistletoe

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Many of us have done it at one time or another: kissed someone under the mistletoe. Whether at a holiday party with a complete stranger or at home with a spouse, kissing under the leaves and berries of this partially parasitic plant is an ancient custom. Have you ever stopped to wonder how this odd practice got started? Actually, there is quite a bit of fascinating history behind this time-honored tradition. No one is exactly sure which myth led to the practice of hanging the mistletoe, but there are plenty to choose from. Here are some of the most popular legends. At this year's Christmas party, all attention will be on you as you share the stories behind the mistletoe.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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