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Wednesday November 12th 2014

6 Famous Movie Flowers

Whether it is on your dining room table or on the silver screen, flowers steal the show. Some of the most memorable scenes from movies are those with flowers. It isn't surprising really -- flowers communicate so much more than words in a way that is hard to forget. Chances are one of your favorite movies features flowers that are hard at work conveying meaning and creating ambiance. Let's take a look at some of the most famous flowers from movies.

Poppies in The Wizard of Oz

Photo via Tony Hisgett (Flickr)

Who could forget the scene from The Wizard of Oz film in which Dorothy and her friends fall asleep in a field of scarlet poppies? Dorothy and her group cross through the blazing field in order to reach the Emerald City. They are not aware that the lovely flowers are cursed. The magical flowers smell wonderful and cause anyone who smells them for long to fall into an eternal sleep. The field is an obstacle to slow the group down, possibly for good. In the film, only intervention from Glenda the Good Witch in the form of snow breaks the powers of the poppy. However, in the book by L. Frank Baum, it is the Tin Man and the Scarecrow who save Dorothy, Toto, and the Cowardly lion. In reality, poppy seeds are used to make the drugs opium, heroin, and morphine which are depressants and induce sleepiness among other things.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Monday November 3rd 2014

Communication Through Floriography

Throughout time, flowers have been a way to say what words just could not. This probably comes as no surprise to you, since flowers are still a popular way to convey feelings to the one you love. The Victorian era was a time when floriography, or the language of flowers, reached its height. In a time where speaking openly of emotions could be seen as inappropriate, speaking with flowers was a secret language in which lovers could communicate. Each flower had a different meaning, and on top of that, the color of the flower and the way the flower was given also affected the meaning. For example, if the flowers were given upside-down, they had a negative meaning. Problems could occur if giver and sender used different flower dictionaries. Today, when words fail you, you can still rely on the old-fashioned art of floriography to express your feelings.

Image via Carnie Lewis (Flickr)

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday October 15th 2014

A Little Shop of Horrors Guide to Plant Care and Maintenance


Perhaps the most famous plant of all time is Audrey II, the man-eating plant from the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors. In the musical, the bizarre Audrey II falls to earth from outer space and is cared for by Seymour at a florist's shop. Seymour discovers that Audrey II is not like other plants: Instead of fertilizer, she requires human flesh and blood to thrive. Most of us watch Little Shop of Horrors for its entertainment value; however, beneath the laughter, singing, and gore, you can learn the basics of indoor plant care and maintenance.

Photo via Sam Lavy (Flickr)

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Monday September 29th 2014

The World's First Flowers

Photo via liz west (Flickr)

Can you imagine a world without the color and beauty of flowers? Flowers may be beautiful, but they are also baffling, at least to scientists. Even after much study, the exact time when the first flowers appeared is not known. It is estimated that flowering plants emerged between 140 million and 350 million years ago. Although the first flowers appeared at this time, they did not become the dominant plants until 90 million years ago. The plant ancestors of the first flowers were also a mystery until recently.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Monday September 22nd 2014

How Flowers Become Fruit

How many of us stop to consider how fruit comes about when we reach for that apple or blackberry? Not too many of us, I will wager. Technically, a fruit is the ripened ovary of a plant which contains a seed or seeds; thus, even beans, nuts, corn, and many other foods you wouldn't think of as fruits are fruits in the botanical sense. The process in which a flower becomes fruit is quite fascinating and depends on many factors.

Why Don't All Flowers Become Fruit?

First of all, you may be wondering why all flowers do not develop fruit. The truth is many flowers do develop fruit but we just don't realize it; I know I didn't. Roses develop rosehips which are fruit, and many plants develop seed pods, grains, or nuts which are technically fruits. Some flowers are strictly male, so they will not develop fruit, and other flowers have been made sterile through hybridization. Some flowers reproduce so well asexually that they have no need for flowers.

Photo via: Liz west (Flickr)

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Friday August 22nd 2014

11 of the Worlds Most Unusual Flowers

In the past, I have posted about carnivorous plants, foul-smelling flowers, and flowers that bloom in the moonlight; you may be thinking that I've written about most of the unusual flowers in the world, but that is not the case! It seems like the list of unusual flowers goes on and on and that more are being discovered every day. I never tire of learning about them, either! I have compiled a list of 11 unusual flowers that range from the rare and endangered to ones that you can grow at home.

Flor de Muerto, Lisianthius nigrescens

This flower is unusual because it is the blackest naturally occurring flower known in the world. The long, tubular black flowers droop from stems that can reach 6 feet tall. In addition to being black, they appear to be wilted, which makes the common name "flower of death" quite fitting. However, it earned the name because where it grows, in Mexico, locals plant it near graves. You can try your hand at growing this tender perennial by buying seeds online.

Sea Poison Tree, Barringtonia asiatica

Photo via VanLap Hoang (Flickr)

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Thursday July 24th 2014

Flowers that Pet Owners Should Avoid

Flowers are so beautiful that it is hard to believe that they are anything but good; however, many common flowers are extremely toxic to pets if eaten. I highly recommend that you keep the phone numbers for pet poison control handy and that you always know the common and scientific name of plants on your property so that you will be able to tell the medical personnel or poison control hotline staff what your pet ingested. Quick and accurate treatment will depend on this knowledge. If you have a pet that likes to eat plants or chew on things, then you should keep poisonous plants out of your pet's range or plant something else instead. Of course, the safest practice is to do your research and not plant poisonous plants on your property. Here are some of the famous femmes fatales of the garden to get you started.

Azaleas, Rhododendron species

Photo by: aussiegall (Flickr)

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday July 16th 2014

Up Close and Personal - Some Tips for Macro Flower Photography

Summer is in full bloom, and now is the time to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers forever with your camera. Keep your camera handy, because you may be inspired in your garden or even on a country roadside; you never know where you will be when the perfect subject appears. I think every flower photographer should know how to take close-ups - after all, the beauty is in the details. Thanks to modern technology, taking macro photos is easy; simply select macro mode on a point-and-shoot digital camera or use a macro lens on a DSLR camera. Taking good macro photos, however, takes knowledge and practice. Read on for some simple tips on macro flower photography.

Select the Best Subject

When taking close-ups of flowers, it is essential to find a perfect subject. The slightest imperfections that can barely be seen by the naked eye will be magnified and prominent in macro photos. You should expect to spend a while looking for the right subject and plan accordingly; I say this from personal experience. It is also important to make sure nothing is in front of your chosen flower that will block the view. Remember, you can always remove foliage or other plants around your subject or bend and tie them out of the way. Consider taking a close-up of a flower with a butterfly, bee, or other insect - this will add interest.

Image via Beckwith-Zink (Diane) (Flickr)

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Tuesday July 8th 2014

Fun Decorative DIY Projects For Your Garden

Image via Kevin Dooley (Flickr)

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time out in the garden watering, planting, pruning, and digging up weeds. I love looking out my kitchen window to see the beautiful blossoms on my blue petunias and purple pansies. And the brilliant yellow heads of my sunflowers look so happy in the morning sun! But why not place your personal stamp on your lovely garden with a decorative DIY project? Take a look at some simple projects that will make your garden all the more appealing.

Create a Wreath for Your Garden Fence

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Monday June 30th 2014

13 Flower-Themed Summer Libations

Photo via gail (Flickr)

One of my favorite things about being an event planner is choosing flower arrangements that suit the occasion. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy colorful blossoms and fragrances. But why confine your flowers to a vase? This week, my blog is all about mixing up some delicious drinks that feature a delightful flower theme. Cheers!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in General
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