Flowers: Long-Standing Symbols of Faith

Flowers: Long-Standing Symbols of Faith

Flowers have their own language, did you know that? We like to think we are fluent in flowers. After all, every flower has its own message and traditional meaning. For example, a chrysanthemum represents cheerfulness, and daisies are innocence and hope. Understanding the language of flowers means understanding their roots – as in, their traditional roots. A History of Beauty For those who are religious, flowers take root in the beginning in the Garden of Eden. It is no wonder, then, that flowers first took on decorative purposes in religious…

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden & What Flowers to Plant

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden & What Flowers to Plant

Butterfly gardens are a beautiful way to attract butterflies to your yard in the warmer months.  You can add a butterfly garden to your yard or attract butterflies to your deck or patio by planting container gardens.  Butterfly gardens will also attract birds as well as some other wildlife. Basically, what you need for a butterfly garden is the same in any of the country’s planting zones. Butterfly gardens need the basics of full sun, a pesticide-free environment, nectar source plans, larval host plants and a good knowledge of butterfly…

The Top Ten Plants To Use In Your Children’s Garden

The Top Ten Plants To Use In Your Children’s Garden

Finding a good activity that will keep your children continually interested in outside can be a tough endeavor. Gardening is a great way to engage your children in the great outdoors while also providing them with an educational activity and creative outlet. I don’t know about you, but I think gardening may be one of the best activities out there for kids. However, you want to be careful that your children will have a positive experience and that their plants will flourish and not end up as a withered pile…

Beautiful, But Weird Flowers

Beautiful, But Weird Flowers

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, beauty can also be both strange and wonderful at the same time. Some would even say beauty can be both frightening and beautiful in the same moment. I believe all these things apply to this collection of weird flowers. Most of them look like something you would find on a alien planet or in some B movie from the 50s or 60s, yet they are right here on our wonderful planet. These strange looking flowers are proud and beautiful, attracting insects,…

Kissing Lips Flower – Pucker Up!

Kissing Lips Flower – Pucker Up!

This flowering plant, the Psychotria Elata, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies by showing them some fairly seductive, and delicious ruby red lips. The flowers on the plant may attract humming birds, but I’m still confused by human lips attract the hummingbird? You would think you would see lots of humming birds and butterflies crashing into peoples’ faces to get at the perceived sweet nectar within. See my only found image of a butterfly feeding on a human face below the puckering flowers. Okay, this may not be a butterfly trying to…

6 Ways to Bring Beauty To A Winter Yard

6 Ways to Bring Beauty To A Winter Yard

Fall provides many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons. Leaves change to brilliant colors. The autumn hues of red, yellow and orange come out with the harvest of apples, corn, and pumpkins. Early morning frost dusts everything in white and makes the world sparkle. But once the fall crops have been harvested and the leaves have all fallen, you might think it’s time to finish cleaning up the yard, winterize the house, and stay inside to sit out the cold, dreary, colorless winter. However, there are still…

Simple Tips For Having A Successful Garden

Simple Tips For Having A Successful Garden

  The task of planting and caring for a garden for the first time may seem difficult, but there are a few specific things you can do to make your job easier and your garden more successful. Here are a few simple tips that can help you create and maintain the garden you have always wanted. The Importance Of Compost If you are new to gardening, you may not understand the importance of compost. In fact, compost can be the key to helping you create a successful garden. The benefits…

Weird Flowers In Honor of #FloralFriday

Weird Flowers In Honor of #FloralFriday

Hanging out on Google + today I noticed a hashtag trending called #floralfriday. Having a few moments to spare I decided to hunt down a few weird flowers and share. I found some weird flowers to be sure but I don’t know the names of the first two flowers, does anyone else know what these strange, but beautiful flowers are called? Weird Bluish Flower This weird, but beautiful flower almost looks like it was made from ceramic or plastic. Looks like a hardy flower…I wouldn’t get too close. source Popcorn…