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Top 5 Flowers That Grow Best In Shade

August 10, 2016
Bleeding Heart Flowers

When planning your garden or figuring out where you’ll place your potted plants and flowers, chances are you look for somewhere sunny. After all, plants and flowers need light to survive, right? While yes, the sun is probably a factor that you’ve associated with healthy plants and flowers since you first learned about science and nature, keep in mind that there are also some species that can do well in shade – in fact, some even prefer it!

Bleeding Heart Flowers

If your home is surrounded by mostly shady conditions, consider including these flowers in your garden for the best results:

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10 Types of Flowering Weeds

August 8, 2016
white-clovers

Although you don’t need to have a garden or even grass on your property to know about weeds, if you have either, then you know just how frustrating weeds can be – they certainly add some time to your lawn and garden maintenance and can take away from the aesthetics of your home! However, there are some weeds that don’t look as if they’re just poking up from the ground to get in the way, and in fact, some beginner gardeners may not even realize that they’re actually a weed at all – here, we’re talking about flowering weeds.

To help you better differentiate between true flowers and flowering weeds, we’ve put together the following list of different flowering weed types:

Black Nightshades

Black nightshades are classified as broadleaf annuals, and they are commonly found in lawns and/or gardens that have really rich soil. These weeds are visually described as being climbing or bushy plants, and they typically produce white or purple flowers – they are also known to produce red or purple fruits. If you notice any signs of these in your yard you’ll want to remove them as soon as possible, as all parts of the plant are considered to be poisonous.

Common Ragworts

Common ragworts are described as having lobed leaves that are blue/green in color, and yellow flowers that are shaped like a star. Since common ragworts do re-seed at a pretty fast rate, it’s important that you remove the first few as soon as you notice them to prevent future growth. Tip: common ragworts do produce toxins, so as you remove them make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands.

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How Are Colored Orchids Made?

August 1, 2016
Blue Orchid

Among other things, flowers are known for their natural beauty and the incredible variations of colors that we find them in. But despite their current aesthetic appeal, sometimes we’re left wanting more – more flowers in more different colors!

If you’ve ever seen your favorite flower in a color that’s different from how they normally look in full bloom, you may be familiar with the phenomenon that is “painted flowers.” Today, we’re specifically taking a look at colored orchids (one of our favorites!) and answering one of the biggest questions we’re sure you have – how are they made?

Blue Orchid

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Carnivorous Plants & Flowers

July 21, 2016

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.

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Fuzzy Flower and Plant Types

July 18, 2016
pussy-willow-fuzzy-flowers

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.

Pussy Willow Fuzzy Flowers Close-up

Fuzzy Plants

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!

Dusty Miller

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.

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Top 10 Best Smelling Flowers

July 14, 2016

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!

Girl Smelling flowers

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…

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How Roses Have Been Used Throughout History

July 7, 2016

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:

Single red rose on white wooden floor

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Your Guide To Poisonous Flowers

May 30, 2016

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.

Daffodils

  • 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.

Daffodils- poisonous for humans to eat

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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…