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Your Guide To Poisonous Plants

May 26, 2016

All plants may seem harmless in their natural state, but when you really get to know them, there are some species that just aren’t safe and can cause extreme illness or even death in  humans. And since we’re surrounded by plants each and every day (just step outside and you’ll see!), we want you to know which kinds to stay away from; take a look at the guide we’ve put together on some of the top poisonous plants below.

Hemlock

  • Where they grow: Poison hemlock plants are often found in areas where forest land has been cleared.
  • What’s poisonous: All parts of hemlock plants are poisonous.
  • Symptoms: When eaten, hemlock poisoning may cause abdominal cramps, nausea, convulsions and potentially death. Those who are poisoned but survive may experience tremors or amnesia. Additionally, those with sensitive skin may experience skin inflammation as a result of touching a hemlock plant.

Nightshade

  • Where they grow: Nightshade plants are native to central and southern Eurasia, and are found in fields.
  • What’s poisonous: All parts of nightshade plants are poisonous, with the unripened berry being especially dangerous.
  • Symptoms: If eaten, deadly nightshade plants can cause digestive problems and may be fatal. Furthermore, touching a deadly nightshade plant can result in symptoms such as rashes if the skin has exposed cuts.

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All About Gardenias

May 24, 2016

Gardenias, which are most commonly known for their wonderfully scented and waxy white flowers that bring life to a garden starting in early spring, are the perfect solution for anyone interested in finding out how to make their yard and home really pop. But unless you’ve had your fair share of experience with gardening, it’s important to take the time to learn about this species before attempting to plant any. To help you out, we’re sharing everything you need to know about these highly popular plants below.

white gardenia flower

Gardenia Flower Meaning

Gardenias, which were named after Alexander Garden of Charleston, South Carolina, are known to symbolize love, refinement and purity. Additionally, some other meanings associated with this bloom include trust, renewal, clarity and hope. Given their reputation for most commonly being known to represent the first three traits of love, refinement and purity, it is no surprise that gardenias are often included in wedding floral arrangements. During the Victorian times, history explains that gardenias were used to send messages (especially messages of a secret love) between people, and today, they are still the perfect gift to give someone special. Continue Reading…

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A Guide To Exotic Flowers

April 11, 2016

You don’t have to have a green thumb to know the names of some of the most common flowers seen in gardens. Go ahead, take a few seconds and try to name a few! Okay, have some in mind? We bet species such as orchids, tulips, lilies and lilacs were probably on your list. But even though you know their names, did you know that among others, these popular flowers are considered to be exotic? Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorites that fall into this category:

Amaryllis

The beautiful amaryllis is a flowering plant that is a native of the Caribbean and South and Central America. A part of the Amaryllidaceae family, one of the most popular aspects of these flowers is the beautiful color they exhibit. But don’t confuse them for lilies! Many ornamental plants within this family are often mistaken for lilies, but you can tell when a flower is a true member of the Amaryllidaceae family by taking a look at where the plant’s ovary is positioned.

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All About Peonies

April 7, 2016

Peonies are some of the most popular perennial flowers out there – just take a peek at any garden you pass and you’ll see what we mean! We’re certainly not surprised at this though, considering the amount of beauty they can add to any landscape. Not to mention, they have one of the longest lifespans of any flower, making them one that any gardener can rely on.

Pink Peony Flowers

But just in case you’re new to gardening, or if you’re just looking to learn a little bit more about these timeless beauties, we’re breaking things down for you below. Continue Reading…

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Best Places to See Spring Flowers

April 5, 2016

In our opinion, there’s no better way to spend a beautiful Spring day than by heading outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer – that includes surrounding ourselves with some of the season’s most beautiful blooms! Now, while you’re probably most likely to bask in the beauty of flowers seen in your local parks and gardens, the world outside of your immediate surroundings has so much to offer as well. If you’re ever feeling adventurous, here are a few of the top spots you need to visit to see some of the most incredible Spring flowers:

The Netherlands

Keukenhof, also known as The Garden of Europe, is said to be one of the largest flower gardens in the world. Here, there are approximately 7 million bulbs planted each year, which you can bet makes for a pretty amazing sight. The tulip festival here lasts for about two months each year, and this year, over 800 different varieties of tulips can be found! Continue Reading…

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The Meaning of Spring

April 1, 2016

After a long, cold Winter, there’s nothing better than hearing birds chirping and being able to open up your windows to let in a breath of fresh air. Not to mention, the first sign of a warm Spring day is the perfect excuse to get back outside and start enjoying all of those seasonal activities you missed so much. But before you head outdoors to start planting, taking walks, riding your bike, and all of the other fun things you do during this stunning season, let’s take a look at how it got its name and what it means.

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Irish Flowers You Should Know

March 11, 2016

Out of all of the plants and flowers you can name, there’s one or two that we bet stand out when you think about Ireland and being Irish – the clover (particularly the four-leaf clover), and the shamrock. After all, the majority of green beauties such as the rare four-leaf clover can be found in Ireland, so it’s only fitting that you associate them with the country! But aside from the flowers and plants that make their way into almost every conversation over these next few weeks considering that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, you should know that there are tons of others that thrive on Irish soil.

Bog-rosemary. Plant flowering close upIrish Flowers

1. Bog-rosemary

Bog-rosemaries are wildflowers native to Ireland, and are usually found in the centre of the country. They are extremely small in size, and considering their height, it isn’t unusual to miss them – especially since they grow in areas surrounded by mosses. Characteristically, Bog-rosemary flowers bloom in early May, and by June, they have usually settled into a nice pale pink color.

2. Easter Lilies

Scientifically known as lilium longiflorum, the Easter Lily is actually native of Japan. However, considering that Ireland was at one point completely covered by ice during the Ice Age, it makes sense that some of their most beautiful blooms originated in other countries. For the Irish, the Easter Lily is symbolic of peace and is typically worn by Irish republicans during the Easter season in remembrance of those who fought and died for their country.

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What Flowers Do Butterflies Like?

March 8, 2016

For anyone who loves to plant, grow and take care of a backyard garden like us, then you know that the right flowers and the right landscaping aren’t the only things that contribute to their success – other aspects of nature, such as beautiful butterflies, do too. And although you may think that some gardeners just get lucky to have butterflies attracted to their home, the truth is that there are some specific flower types that butterflies are more likely to cling to.

Colorful Blue, Orange & Black butterfly on a red-orange flower

Butterfly Garden Plants

Aster

A classic plant for all of the fall gardeners, aster produces some of the most incredible red, blue, pink, purple and white flowers. Aster plants thrive best under sunny and moist conditions, and they can grow to be about five feet tall and two feet wide. And one thing’s for sure – butterflies love them! Continue Reading…

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What Do Flowers Symbolize?

February 22, 2016

Flowers are the perfect gift or offering for any occasion, but we all know that certain species are more appropriate for certain situations. For example, the rose is most commonly associated with a holiday like Valentine’s Day or an occasion such as a wedding anniversary. Why? Because it symbolizes love! But aside from the well known meanings, such as the one we just mentioned, are you familiar with what other types of flowers symbolize? If the answer is no, you came to the right place; we’re breaking down the meanings of several flower species below:

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What Is Horticulture?

January 27, 2016

You may have heard the term before, and if asked to define it you could probably figure it out, but do you really have a good grasp of what horticulture is? By definition, horticulture is the science and culture of gardening. Unlike botany and other sciences revolving around plants, horticulture differs since it incorporates aspects of both science and aesthetics; essentially, it is a division of agriculture that focuses on the art, science and even business of cultivating and managing a garden.gardening-supplies

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