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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flowering plants

 About 130 million years ago flowers came to be on this planet and started changing automatically.  “Swiftly diversifying in an explosion of varieties” says National Geographic. That established most of the flowering plant families of the modern world. “Flowering plants have come to rule the worlds of botany and agriculture” this is 100% relatable. The statement made is completely true and we’re supported by flowering plants. Botanists refer to flowering plants as angiosperms. 

Flowering plants give us the question what sorts of species can it be crossed with, and what sorts of pollinators are affective. This takes us to even more productive methods of agriculture. Results indicate that the oldest living lineage reaches back at least 130 million years in Amborellaceae a family that includes only one known species, Amborella trichopoda a South Pacific island. Very famous among botanists for its primeval-flora. The flower is the reproductive mechanism of an angiosperm. In the beginning flowers didn’t have petals. 

Petals began to evolve somewhere from around 90 and 100 million years ago. Around 70 and 100 million years ago, petals were very, very small. As the flowering plants began to produce petals it created what botanists consider “great radiation” which ignited that explosion. Petals created much more diversity. As time has gone on flowers evolved arresting colors, alluring fragrances and special petals that provide landing pads for their pollinators. Humans are attracted by sight, smell, and beauty which are all found within a single flower. Flowers are simply astonishing with every single aspect they carry.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Flowers are awesome,
wouldn't you agree with me,
how I love flowers.