Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog presentation

Dear blog reader:

Throughout the year I’ve been working with Google blogger. I’ve been improving on my writing, reading, and research abilities. I started this blog at the beginning of the year, and have been working on it ever since. I created this blog because of my simple love for flowers.

Towards the beginning of the year, I started out doing research trying to find new names of flowers I’ve never heard of, along with different purposes for them, and which flowers grow the best with one another. I’ve come from only knowing a few flowers, to being able to identify 80 new flowers. I’ve created various posts about my passion I share for flowers, along with creative posts illustrating my stimulating desire to create floral arrangements. I’ve researched which schemes truly complement each other to their fullest potential. I’ve managed to goes as far as writing various poems and haikus about flowers.

During my blog, I was fortunate enough to carry an interview with someone who used to work at the Fortuna Florist. I feel as though this was completely beneficial to me because I was able to get a one-on-one connection with someone who was involved in the floral industry. By creating my blog I was introduced into a completely new social networking way. Blogging is new to me, however it is a fast-growing hobby. By blogging, I've been fortunate to learn how to blog, write posts, create comments, and view other blogs to see how other blogs are set up. Working with blogger has benefited me to the fullest I would say. Without blogger, I would be in the dark about the new form of communication. I've also progressed myself as a gardener and florist.

My blog has transformed me into a diligently hard working individual. I've progressed in not only my writing, but my research abilities as well. I've come from short, and weak paragraphs, to extensive well researched, strongly written structured paragraphs.

Because of my blog, I've tried many new things. This includes specific book reports, passion reports, and collabo posts where I work with another person to collaborate and create one post. My blog has introduced me into many new things. Due to creating my blog, I've learned many new characteristics about flowers, I never would have guessed of before. Flowers are unique and individual. You may have the same gene or type of flower, however all are different and produce many different scents and styles of flowers which are desired and enjoyed by everyone all over the world. The global industry for flowers is definitely beneficial to me for a couple different reasons. To begin with, after doing extensive research and careful decisions, I've decided I want to pursue the floral industry and become a florist myself. I would like to one day open my own nursery.

Since we created our blogs, I was able to make a career decision, and decide I wanted to join the floral industry. Without our blogs, I believe I would still be searching in this world for something that truly interested me and I wanted to pursue. Our blogs have transformed all of us individually, and shaped us into creative, organized, and spontaneous bloggers This assignment has taught me who I am as a person, and has brought out my inner passion. Blogging allows anyone to reach out and describe their feelings and emotions about a certain area of discussion. I believe blogging can and will transform you into an intelligent reader, writer, and researcher.

Whitney Katri

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Which flowers grow the best together?

One day, I plan to open up my own nursery. With this I need to learn which species and genesis grow best together. However, all flowers flow together, some just flow a little better. You ultimately want to keep all flowers that share the same lighting ways, watering steps, and soil requirements together. They should truly flourish once together. Ensure you have flowers growing throughout the whole year so you can have ravishing color in your garden, during the course of the whole year. Combining all different types of flowers, heights, and different colors gives your garden your personal touch.
Some flowers, such as Artemisia, zinnia, cosmos, and penstemon all do exceptionally well in flower beds that are exposed to the sun throughout the whole day. Others like pansies, snapdragons, and begonia all preform the best in more shady beds. The flowers that typically sway more to the shade tend to be a little crisper when it is exposed to too much sun.
Snowdrops, daffodils, and primrose all bring you an early spring color to your garden. Mid-summer flowers are typically tulips, violas, and snapdragons. Then in the late summer, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, and asters all bloom. Once you have the correct colors together, it can bring you to complete bliss. This is created from mixing pastels, with white flowers, with a burst of riot full colors. Contrast the height of your flowers from tiny little flowers, to giant flowers that set the background for springtime. Bring in shorter flowers, along with longer flowers. The more creative you are with your garden, the more happiness it will bring to you.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book review: simple flowers

"Simple flowers" created by Paula James Merrell. Written in 1999 with hopes you will gain simple flower knowledge. In the form of a book to provide over 200 photographs to give you inspiration and to create ravishing flower arrangements and to draw you into the flower industry.
Wanting to gain basic knowledge with flower arranging or to simply look at the magnificent arrangements people have created.
Written in a non-fiction form showing you how to create single flowers arrangements, spring time flowers, along with summer, autumn, and winter style arrangements. The basic care and maintenance of flowers is also included, within the book.
"My love of flowers started as early as I can remember." This is increasingly relatable to me for several reasons. When I was in grammar school my aunt used to work at the Fortuna Florist. This truly fueled my passion for flowers. When I would go visit I would fall in love more and more with every sight of a flower. Flowers honestly bring me happiness.
However this book could make a few changes. For example, on page 121 the arrangement needs a new container. The in-correct proportioning makes the arrangement look like an amateur created it. The arrangement on page 121 gives me the feeling the designer doesn't know what she's trying to create. Where's the shape?
In conclusion, flower arranging is a highly applauded activity. If you're in search of basic floral knowledge or want to get involved with creating arrangements I highly suggest reading simple flowers. This book will help you increasingly. It will not only help you grow as a florist, but also as a person.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring garden flowers & vegetable gardens

Once spring finally comes around, it begins the time when nature is truly renewing and rejuvenating itself. With the fabulous weather spring brings upon us, the more time outside is made available to start enjoying the beautiful flowers and refreshing air. The spring time provides a whole new look for gardens. Some of the most popular spring flowers are the famous daffodil. Snowdrops come in before, and after the daffodils have grown and bloomed. Other popular spring time flowers are tulips. Which happen to be one of my absolute favorite flowers. Daffodils, snowdrops, and tulips are all in the lily family. However, if roses are more your thing, there are certain roses that bloom exceptionally well during spring. Marigold, old bush china, March marigold, and clematis are all spring roses. Timing is key to planting your garden. If you’re in search of a more diversified garden, then I highly suggest planting at different times.
This will provide your garden with a little character, and will more than likely out do your neighbors garden. Planting your flowers at different times provides a shear uniqueness to it. Depending on where you live, will change the times of blooming. Whereas spring vegetable gardens lack a sense of diversity. When planting a spring vegetable garden you must begin with starting your seeds indoors. Vegetable growing is a fast growing hobby, and can keep money in your pocket. I recommend gardening, if you haven’t already tried it.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Creative blog

Oh tulip,
how I love your beauty
so elegant and ravishing.
The way you sway in the wind
is unlike anything I've seen before
completely astonishing and alluring
tulip, you're beautiful.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Passion blog

Out of all the flowers that are in our universe, I have to say one of my favorites would have to be a carnation. A carnation is one of the most popular flowers to send or receive. They smell incredible delicious, and I completely adore them. These flowers are increasing delicate, but can withhold for quite some time. The scientific name is dianthus. Once you translate it, the meaning is "flower of love." This is possibly one of the worlds oldest flowers known to be.
These flowers also carry excessive blooming periods. They typically smell like clovers. carnations carry the meaning of fascination, distinction, and love. Red carnations are typically used to represent admiration. However the dark red carnations are used to represent deeper levels of love and affection. White carnations are associated with purity and luck. Pink carnations give the sign of gratitude. These flowers re immediately recognizable and make great arrangements. Carnations are simply beautiful.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Profilic & Terrific: Ranunculus

Magnificently colored, delicate, and very thin petals all describe Ranunculus.They are a very special flower. Ranunculus’s often are found to look like origami type creations with their delicate, multiple layered petals. These flowers grow extremely well in Southern and Western gardens. They're also ideal for containers. They're long lasting flowers after they've been cut. Bulbs for Ranunculus are made widely available mostly in the fall. These flowers last up to six weeks. The most common type of Ranunculus being Tecolote strain. This type of flowers comes in colors of gold, pastel mix, pink, red, rose, salmon, sunset orange, yellow, and white. The least common flower is Bloomingdale strain. This is typically shorter, around ten inches generally.
These come in colors of pale orange, pink, red, yellow, and white double flowers. These flowers do the best in climates where there are mild winters, followed by a long and cold spring. Ranunculus flowers are often found in states such as California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. You should plant them near October to November, as they would flower in March. Depending on what you’re planting them in would decide when you should truly plant the bulbs.
For example, if you’re planting your bulbs indoors in a pot, you would want to plant during the month of February, to be transplanted later on. You should place them facing south of west facing a window, or under growing lights. Often gardeners create Ranunculus to be an annual. Meaning they come back and produce every year. Ranunculus’s are beautiful creations.