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.
We all know what a flower looks like, and if we asked you to describe one physically we bet you wouldn’t do half bad. But do you know all of the technical names for the parts of a flower and what makes one complete other than the obvious? If not, we’re here to help, so grab your pen and paper and get ready to take some notes – below is everything you need to know about flowers and flower anatomy.
A flower’s petals are the colorful outer layer that you probably put your nose near to smell its scent. When referred to all together they are known as the “corolla.”
The sepals are a protective layer that covers the flower buds. Typically green in color, these are called “calyx” when viewed collectively – you can think of these as looking rather leaf-life. Continue Reading…
If asked, how many facts do you think you could rattle off about winter? Sure you can probably recall on which day the season approximately starts and ends, and maybe even impress by knowing some record low temps, but can you confidently say that you are aware of all there is to know? Although where we’re located in New York hasn’t seen much of a winter yet due to unseasonably warm weather, we’re getting into the spirit of the season by learning about it – join us by taking a look at the following winter facts.
Though we may speak different languages and eat different foods, one thing that we all have in common is the fact that our countries are proudly represented by one of nature’s most beautiful features – a flower. Do you know which bloom belongs to you and your culture? In today’s history lesson, we’re covering 24 countries and their corresponding flower(s) to give you a better idea of the current pairings; check them out below.
Cornflowers, a beautiful blue-violet bloom, is utilized as the national flower for Germany. Why? Most notably, it was chosen sometime in the 19th century due to its incredible color! History says that if you weren’t married, you would wear this flower to let others know of your current marital status.
The beautiful lily is the national flower for this beautiful country! This certainly isn’t surprising though, considering that the lily represents beauty to begin with.
Happy holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s pretty safe to say that everyone’s focus is on all of the fun holiday happenings that come with the end of the year – we know that’s what we’re thinking about! Between decorating, shopping and holiday parties alone, there are so many awesome things about the last few weeks of December.
But let’s go back to the decorating part for a moment – did you know that poinsettias are one of the most popular flowers associated with the Christmas season? Since you’ll probably see tons of poinsettia displays as you shop around town this month, get to know more about them by checking out these awesome fun facts below.
Aside from being different species, all flowers are basically the same, right? Totally wrong! Especially when it comes to their lifespan and how often you see them. But getting to know the difference is easy – there are really only two main classifications you need to know! Below, learn what makes some flowers “annuals” while others are considered “perennials.”
If asked, we bet you could list at least five different types of plants and flowers that can be found in your garden or in a beautiful bouquet, but could you name five plants that thrive in the water? While you may not be all that familiar with them, you’ve probably come into contact with an aquatic plant or two before (if you have a fish tank at home or prefer to spend your time being one with nature, we’re looking at you). But since just seeing them isn’t enough, today we’re breaking things down to increase your awareness about plant life in the water.
What Are Aquatic Plants?
Aquatic plants are those that can be found in any salt or freshwater environment – a small fish tank, home aquarium, lake, pond, ocean, you get the idea. Whether they live above water, are fully submerged in water or somewhere in between doesn’t make too much of a difference; the main concept to know is that aquatic plants are any species that naturally prosper in a wet environment.
Characteristics of Aquatic Plants
The characteristics of aquatic plants can vary depending on the type, but there are a few that remain the same. For example, aquatic plants can utilize less of their resources for the purpose of support tissues as they are naturally able to stay afloat. Furthermore, water loss doesn’t have to be a concern because these plants are constantly surrounded by it. But aside from those characteristics that are consistent, here are some that vary based on classification: Continue Reading…
Stop and Smell the Flowers
We all know that flowers are one of the greatest scented gifts you can give and are one of the best ways to add a delightful aroma to your home, but do you really know why flowers give off certain smells? Although you may just assume that flowers smell “because they’re supposed to,” there is tons of research behind it that truly explains why this is so. Want to find out? Below, we’re breaking things down for you to give you a better understanding behind the magic of your favorite blooms.
September is Self-Improvement Month! What have you been doing to enhance your life in positive ways? If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry – there is still plenty of time to work on doing so this month, especially when it comes to your health! Did you know that flowers can help?
While most people may think of flowers as being the perfect addition to their garden or a nice gesture to send a message to a friend, family member, or significant other, they can also bring many health benefits to those who keep them around the house. Here are a few examples of how:
Often referred to as a symbol of love, roses may be able to aid your body in being able to ward off conditions like a cough or cold (just in time for fall and flu season!). How so? Since the petals are known to be a source of vitamin C, they can help with strengthening your immune system! But that’s not all they can do – if you’re looking to improve your appearance, such as your skin, roses can help in this area too as they can assist with your body’s process of creating collagen.
From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty states boasts a special bloom to represent their unique region. While some state flowers are chosen simply because they are common in that area, others were chosen due to historical significance or from popular vote from the community.
Fun fact: while each state has its own unique flower, so does each country! The United State’s national flower is the rose. Find out more in our article about different countries and their national flowers!