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Roses: how to grow them

Pink Roses

Roses are the all-time favorite flower for growing at home and for good reasons. A rose bush is easy to grow, long-lasting, provides beauty, fragrance, it can be grown in-ground or in a container, and it also produces berries, called rose hips, that are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. A healthy rose bush planted in good soil receiving the right amount of sun exposure will produce fragrant blooms for decades. Use these tips on how to grow roses so you can enjoy all the benefits these hardy bushes have to offer. Facts about roses: Rose bushes are sold in one of two ways; bare-root or container-grown. Bare root bushes are dormant and may even look dead in their package, but once they...

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Thinking about a Flower Tattoo? Here is the Inspiration You Needed

Flowers for tattoos

If you have ever thought about getting a flower tattoo, you are not alone. Flowers for tattoos make great pieces because they can represent a variety of themes as well as personal anecdotes. Far from cliché, flowers work to support complex sleeves and even by themselves as solo-pieces. To help you decide the overall style of your upcoming flower tattoo, here are a bunch of cool tattoos with floral elements/adaptations. Creative Manipulation - Floral elements in a bigger picture: In this tattoo, we can see a creative use of the flower’s parts to paint a bigger picture. Specifically, this tattoo has manipulated the pistil to represent what looks like a woman’s face with petals for hair. The hands appear to represent the stem...

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Yellow Flowers: 18 types and What They Mean

Yellow Flowers

Many of us have fond memories of the small yellow blooms of dandelions that sprouted on the lawns every spring. Dandelions were probably the first yellow flower we were introduced to as a child and the plant may find a place in our lawns, memories, and kitchen pantry after we became adults. Dandelion is a yellow flower with multiple meanings - like hope, wish for dreams to come true, and a floral gift given to a loved one as a promise of faithfulness. The entire plant is also edible and used for herbal remedies. To say the right thing, all you have to do is give the right flower. Here 18 other yellow flowers and what they mean so you can give...

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Orchid meaning and symbolism

Orchid Meaning and Symbolism

Orchids are one of the most popular decorative plants in the world. These beautiful and striking flowers come in many different colors. They have a long history of being used symbolically in art, culture, and everyday life. The symbolic nature of orchids varies depending on the culture and the context of their use. Let’s take a closer look at the true orchid meaning. What Do Orchids Symbolize? The popularity of orchids means that they have been historically used to symbolize different things. For example, in ancient Greece, orchids were associated with fertility; ancient Greeks placed orchid plants in their homes in the hopes of increasing their chances for children. In the 19th century, the symbolic meaning of orchids shifted considerably. The Victorians saw...

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Orange Flowers: 19 Types and Pictures

Orange Roses

Vitalizing and visually stimulating, orange flowers bring cheerful energy to the garden. The color palette of orange flowers is diverse, from bright, bold snapdragons to gentle, flushed Frangipani. Orange flowers captivate with their bursts of color. They add depth and allure to the garden landscape, creating focal points, and charisma. These are the most popular orange flowers in gardens today: Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) Snapdragon is a graceful flower that represents growth. This tall flower is the right choice if you need something that stands out. Use snapdragons in events where someone is turning a new page in their life or embarking on anew, exciting journey. [embed][/embed] Pot Marigold Pot Marigolds originate from  Northern Mediterranean countries and represent sunshine and fire.  Marigold petals are a delicious and appealing...

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3 best Ted Talks about gardening in small spaces

Garden with flowers

Growing flowers in small space in a challenge for anyone living in the city, in an apartment or otherwise small place. When I was living in London, United Kingdom, I thought that the idea of gardening was inaccessible for city dwellers. I was so immersed in the every day grind of my city life that I associated gardening with the luxury of living in the countryside. How wrong was I? A while back, I read this article in a magazine about how growing even a tiny portion of your own food would help the environment. Unconvinced about the association of small spaces and growing plants, I tried with some herbs. I started with basil and mint and the result was so satisfying! I...

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10 flowers that are actually weeds in disguise


As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with these weeds, those rules don’t change at all. Spring has sprung, and so have many colors through the budding of flowers, trees, and even weeds. The winter white of snow has melted away and buds have begun to bloom everywhere. From gardens to the cracks between sidewalks, life has sprouted in front of our eyes. And while we may see the blues, purples, and pinks of flowers, looks really may deceive your eyes because while you may think you’re collecting a bouquet of wildflowers, you may actually just be pulling weeds. What is the definition of weed? According to Merriam-Webster  a weed is:  "a plant that is not valued where...

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Happy birthday in different languages

Happy birthday Flowers

Have you ever wanted to wish happy birthday in a different language than your own? Wouldn't be cool if you could include a happy birthday message in Italian or French or Japanese to your overseas friends when you send a gift? Or maybe you have a loved one that wasn't born in the USA and want to celebrate in her/his native tongue? Look no further! Happy birthday flowers We compiled a list of 73 ways of saying Happy Birthday in foreign languages and we combined them with corresponding national flower. So if you have a friend from a specific country, you know which flowers to give her/him on their big day. [caption id="attachment_817" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Brooke Lark[/caption] I hope you have fun scrolling through...

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Sunflower Meaning and Symbolism

Sunflowers Field

How do you feel when you look at a sunflower? For many people, they bring a sense of joy, warmth and happiness - memories of hot summer days and time with loved ones, or a general lift of spirits when there’s a vase of fresh-cut sunflowers on the kitchen table. The bright yellow petals of the sunflower and dinner plate size mimic the sun that shines high in the sky during the summer making this flower a favorite for many. [embed][/embed] Sunflower origin Sunflowers date all the way back to 3,000 B.C. in present-day Arizona. Native Americans used sunflowers in almost every area of life from food to dye to snakebite treatment. In the 18th century, Peter the Great used sunflowers as decoration, which was...

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