When it comes to roses, there’s more to them than meets the eye. Sure, roses are renowned for their beauty and symbolic meaning, but they’re also an incredibly interesting flower with a rich history. To help you enjoy your favorite flower even more, we’ve picked a dozen strange facts about roses that you probably didn’t know.
Children and their grandparents have a special bond unlike any other. After all, who else are you going to turn to when mom and dad say no? But in addition to being the ones who take your side and sneak you extra cookies, grandparents offer unconditional and unwavering love and support. In honor of National Grandparents Day on September 8th, 2019, it’s time to flip the script and start spoiling them!
The History of National Grandparents Day
It wasn’t until 1978 that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Though President Carter officiated the day, it was Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia native, who truly began and popularized National Grandparents Day. And it’s clear to see why — together with her husband, she had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild before passing in 2001.
Let’s face it — any day that it’s your birthday is a great day. After all, what more could you want in a day than presents, cake, and good friends? But those of you lucky enough to have been born in August enjoy a few extra perks that some of us will never know. From the beautiful weather to the freedom that summer brings, here are just a few reasons why August birthdays are wonderful.
You’re one of the youngest of your friends.
When you had to wait an excruciating six months to turn 21 after all of your friends, your August birthday seemed like a curse. But once your friends started turning 30, you realized that an August birthday is basically a blessing. Continue Reading…
Feel like it’s time to update your home’s look, but not sure where to start? Turn to the great outdoors for your inspiration! Houseplants are the hottest thing in interior decorating, and it’s not hard to see why. Indoor plants make functional decorations that add color and life to your space, while simultaneously cleaning the air. With so many to choose from, finding the right plant for you can be intimidating. To help, here are our picks for the best indoor plants.
Bring the tranquil nature of the garden inside this season by growing these indoor houseplants in your bedroom, kitchen, living room—any room!
Plants—they’re alive, colorful, scented , and did we mention just plain beautiful? While many people are aware of the many decorative benefits of plants, few realize that they have the ability to improve your mental and physical health. Whether you live in the “Concrete Jungle” or the vineyards of Northern California, every home can benefit from bringing the great outdoors inside.
They Reduce Stress Levels
Have you ever noticed that the minute you step out into a lush forest or beautiful park, you instantly feel at ease? It’s not your imagination—people actually feel calmer when surrounded by greenery. Continue Reading…
For those of you who garden, you’re well aware that an annual flower bed (though very beautiful) can be a lot of work. You have to fertilize the soil, plant the seeds, nurture the flowers, only to pull them out once Old Man Winter comes knocking on your door. Then, you start the process all over again when the temperature begins to rise. That’s why even avid gardeners and plant enthusiasts have found a fondness for perennials. With summer around the corner, starter plants can be purchased for faster results!
What are Perennials and Why do we Love Them?
Contrary to popular belief, a perennial isn’t the name of a flower, but rather a term used to describe a broad range of flowers and plants that live for more than two years, while annuals only live for one growing season. Every homeowner wants a beautiful garden in front of their home, but busy schedules prevent most people from having the time to care for one. Perennials’ low maintenance and annual blooms have made them a popular choice for homes across the country.
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With a black-eyed susan, you get the best of both worlds. This plant has become extremely popular over the years because while it closely resembles a sunflower, it requires almost none of the maintenance.
From love and friendship to joy and happiness, flowers have held symbolic meaning since before the Victorian Era. So it’s no surprise that over the years, flowers have been incorporated into everything from jewelry to clothing, and most recently, tattoos. And while they certainly look stunning on men and women’s skin, these flower tattoos have exploded in popularity over the past few years for reasons beyond just their beauty.
Don’t let stories of others’ bad experiences with trying to garden turn you away from growing some plants of your own. Even if you’ve never grown as much as a common daisy, have no fear—these plants don’t require a green thumb to flourish indoors. These low maintenance beauties just need a little bit of love and water from you to survive. And while even the hardiest of plants aren’t completely indestructible, these guys will forgive you when you completely forget about them and leave for a week-long vacation. Checkout our top easy house plants below.
Not only can most succulents survive without much water, but it’s actually better for them. Since watering succulents more than about twice a month can cause them to rot, most people suggest giving them just a bit of water at the beginning and middle of each month. That’s simple enough to remember, right?
Come May 1st, rosé becomes a staple in nearly every home across America — and for good reason. Wine lovers like that it’s not as heavy as red wine but still packs enough punch to bring out the flavors of grilled meats. If rosé will be gracing your brunch, lunch, or dinner table this summer (and it really should) make sure it’s adding to your meal by pairing it with the right foods.
Once temperatures hit 70 degrees, you know it’s time for two things: backyard barbecues and rosé wine.
Sure its pink coloring helped it get on Millennials’ good side at first, but the truth is, rosé is beloved by people young and old, far and local. In fact, just last summer in France, rosé outsold white wine for the first time ever! With warm weather finally here, we’ve rounded up the best places to enjoy what’s been called “summer’s hottest drink.”