Carnivorous plants are predatory flowering plants that receive the nutrients they need by trapping and capturing prey, which includes, but is not limited to, insects, spiders, and even some small soil and water-living protozoans and invertebrates such as lizards and mice. If you’ve heard the term “insectivorous plants,” you can place those in the category of carnivorous plants too – this nickname has come about since insects are one of the most common forms of prey such plants go after.
There are numerous words out there that can be used to describe flowers and plants – between their scent and appearance alone, we bet we could create a list that goes on and on! One of the most interesting descriptions, however, would have to do with how they feel when touched. While you may use adjectives such as prickly or soft depending on the flower or plant type, have you ever described one as being fuzzy? We have, and we want to share some of the specifics of these touchable plants and flowers with you; keep reading to learn more.
Angel’s Hair Artemisia
If you’re looking to attract some visitors such as birds and butterflies to your garden, you’ll want to consider adding some angel’s hair artemisia. Similar to some of the other plants we’ll discuss below, the foliage produced by angel’s hair artemisia is gray/silver in color. Should you choose to add some of these fuzzy garden wonders to your yard, keep in mind that they can become invasive if conditions are just right, so monitor their growth closely!
You may be better able to recognize dusty millers if you live in a warmer climate, but even if not, you may have seen them before as flower fillers! Visually, dusty millers have mostly gray leaves as well as some yellow foliage, but you might even consider them to be silver depending on how you look at them.
In addition to their natural beauty and innate ability to capture the eyes of onlookers, flowers are also greatly loved for the amazing scents they produce. Be honest, when you receive a bouquet, isn’t sticking your nose right in the middle to get a good whiff one of the first things you do? That’s something we’ll certainly admit to!
All that said, whether you’re trying to find flowers for your garden, flowers to decorate the interior of your home with, or maybe even flowers for your upcoming wedding, we want you to choose the best smelling ones – below are the top 10 flowers that we believe give off the best scents. Continue Reading…
From as far back as history can date, roses have been one of the finest flowers nature has offered – did you know that the rose species is approximately 35 million years old? It is said that garden cultivation of roses began about 5,000 years ago, and although the world’s oldest living rose bush is only about 1,000 years old (which is seemingly short considering how long roses have been around for), roses have been used since ancient times to symbolize events, milestones, feelings and so much more. Here are a few of the most notable examples:
Flowers are a stunning addition to homes and gardens, but just like there are plants you should stay away from, there are also a select few flowers that humans shouldn’t consume. Since it can be rather difficult to tell at first glance that a flower is poisonous, though, we’re here to provide some of our expert insight on which flower species you shouldn’t eat; take a look at our guide to poisonous flowers below.
- Where they grow: Daffodils grow in temperate and Mediterranean-type climates and naturally thrive on the edge of forests and mountainsides.
- What’s poisonous: All parts of a daffodil are toxic.
- Symptoms: When swallowed, poisoning from daffodils may result in mouth irritations, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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…
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:
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.
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.
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…
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:
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…