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3rd Grade and Flower Facts

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and a few year ago now, I was asked to give a short presentation to a grade-school class about flowers. The teacher wanted me to tell the kids about some of the history of flowers and include some science in the mix. Since this was a third grade class, it couldn’t be too technical, so I put together a short list of flower facts and then figured I could wing it with some anecdotes or questions and answers from the kids.

Dandelions
Dandelions

Turns out, most of my list of facts never got used since the questions were immediate and often humorous.

My first fun flower fact was that dandelions are not actually weeds, but are actually edible and have a lot of nutrition. For the curious, though I didn’t bring this up, dandelion leaves contain vitamins A and C as well as iron, calcium and potassium. What the kids wanted to know, of course, was what they taste like and whether or not I eat them. I told them about how we’ve often picked them out of the lawn and put the leaves on salad and that back in the old days when I was their age, people used to crush dandelions to extract the juice to make dandelion wine. This, of course, was a big hit.

Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap

I figured that since the action was getting rowdy, I may as well go with that and skipped over to some facts about meat-eating flora. I mentioned the Venus Fly Trap and that it eats insects by catching them in its “flower” and then slowly digesting them with digestive juices similar to those in our own stomachs. This elicited a lot of “gross” and “eww” and similar reactions. I showed the kids how to “make” a Venus Fly Trap with their fists. Some of the more enterprising the buzzed around with their finger while the others tried to “catch” them. Ahh, to be 8 again.

I’d brought a huge sack of daisies with long stems with me and figured now was as good a time as any to show them how to weave a headband or necklace out of them. This basically finished off the presentation as I helped the kids make a total mess of the classroom.

It was a lot of fun. I think I’d like to do this more often.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

http://BrantFlorist.com

Bird of Paradise Flower

Bird of Paradise flowersBird of Paradise are spectacular blossoms. There’s no stopping you from admiring such beautiful creations on this planet. Although most flowers are fantastic, but you just can’t deny the unique beauty of Bird of Paradise flowers.

The Bird of Paradise, native to South Africa, is a large tropical herb that was classified as a member of the banana family – or Musaceae, probably because of the shape of its leaves, which resembles that of banana leaves. At present, its scientific name is Strelitzia reginae. It is also ranked in the division of Magnoliophyta, class Liliopsida, and order Zingeberales. Obviously, the name Bird of Paradise simply comes from its spectacular blossoms that look like birds if being watched from afar.

The Bird of Paradise flowers are breath-taking blossoms where long stemmed flowers come out from green boat-shaped bracts that are bordered in red or purple. Actually, you find many sets of flowers in foliage, which gather on the end of a stalk. They have extraordinary combination of distinctive shape and dazzling colors that perfectly suit their name. The many pointed petals of radiant orange are contrasted with an arrow-shaped tongue of striking blue. There are also species of Bird of Paradise flower that have white and blue shades. This plant normally begins to blossom in succession over a period of time in the winter and spring.

If you want to plant and enjoy your own Bird of Paradise flowers from seed, it may take you five to seven years, but the waiting period is worth once the plant starts to bloom. If this information does not discourage you and won’t stop you from having your own Bird of Paradise, then you might as well know how to care for them. In order to have an ideal result, you should know the following tips.

Bird of Paradise should get a good amount of sun light; however it needs protection below 30 degrees, the fact that it’s a tropical plant.

It should be fertilized with appropriate fertilizer and make sure not to over-fertilize. Simply follow the directions and give only enough as directed. Remember, too much of anything doesn-t do any good, whether to people, animals or plants.

Bird of Paradise responds well to trimming, you may want to try doing it. Do not over-water the plant. It is best that the roots can dry out fairly in between watering.

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Basic Information about the Different Parts of a Flower

Flowers never cease to amaze people with their natural beauty that every time we see a garden full of blooming flowers, we feel this sudden urge to pick one if not for the warning sign that does not allow picking of flowers. But, were you interested to know the different parts of flower? Don’t just content yourself with admiring beautiful blossoms, especially if you want to have your own flower garden or even if you already have one.

If there is a chance, take time to observe and take a closer look at a full-blown flower. You will notice it is comprised of different parts and each part performs an important job, just like the different parts of human body, in which each has different function. Some of the most important parts of a flower are divided into male and female parts. To find out the different functions of the various parts of a flower, continue reading below.

The male parts include stamen, anther, and filament. Each part has its own work to do. Stamen is the male part of the flower and it is divided into two parts: anthers and filaments. The anthers are the ones that produce and carry the pollen are usually on top of a long stalk resembling that of a fine hair, and are normally yellow in colour. Filament, on the other hand, is held up by a thread-like part called a filament.

Pistil is the female part of the flower that consists of stigma, style, and ovary. Each pistil is made up of one to many rolled leaf-like structures. The stigma is one of the female parts of a flower. It is the sticky bulb that is found in the centre of the flowers. It is the part of the pistil of a flower that gathers and stores pollen grains from another flower, on which they germinate. The style is another part which is the long stalk that sits on top of. The ovary is usually located at the bottom part of the flower that has seed inside and turns into fruit. It has ovules, where pollen grains travel through and fertilization takes place.

The other important parts of a flower are petal and sepals. Petals are the ones responsible for attracting the attention of pollinating insects with their attractive bright colour and scent, where as sepals are the ones the look like little green leaves that protect the flower before it opens up to reveal its stunning beauty.

There is something you should also know that concerns the different parts of a flower. Did you know that flowers have two types? Flowers can be perfect or imperfect. It means that perfect flowers have both male and female parts, while the imperfect ones have either all male or all female parts.

Who knew?

Contemporary New Years Flowers

Mod About You

The New Year is an opportunity to start new things, try new things and let go of some old that have kept one down. It is also a great time to set your own trends and a fun place to start is with your New Years Flowers. You can go with traditional flowers used to celebrate the holidays, or you can go off the beaten path and bring a entirely new look into your home just with flowers! Think contemporary flowers. This can be in a an exotic nature or colors of flower arrangements you would not necessarily combine such as purples with greens and orange tones together.

Traditional New Year Flowers are generally deep blues, whites, and even left over Christmas flowers. Why not try decorating with flowers such as orchids or Amaryllis? Both are gorgeous flowers and can add accents to your home that emit class, sophistication, and new beginnings!

Choose flowers that exude the holiday spirit. If you are sending New Year flowers to another, you may want to play it a little safer and stick to more traditional arrangements, but for your own home, bring in the New Year in a new light with a fresh look at flowers! Pick up on the upcoming color trends for the year. Have fun with them and do not limit yourself. There really is never a wrong flower for any occasion!

Keeping your Christmas Flowers Fresh

Silver Lining

Flowers are a lovely gift to receive for Christmas. When you do get such a wonderful gift, you want to take the extra measures to keep your Christmas flowers fresh for as long as possible. To keep your Christmas flowers fresh for an extended period of time, follow these easy steps:

Check your Christmas flowers daily to ensure it has proper water. Your Christmas flower vase, container, or liner should always have fresh room temperature water. Even floral arrangements with Styrofoam liners should have adequate water to keep your Christmas flowers as fresh as possible. When ever you completely change the water in your Christmas flower arrangements, makes sure to clean the container as well. Use the fresh flower food the florist provides on delivery with all flowers. Use as directed. Improper use can actually cause more damage and premature aging of your flowers.

Every few days trim the stems of your Christmas flowers back to give them a better drink way to intake fresh water. Cutting the steam at an angle also gives the flowers the best chance of taking up fresh water. Remove any spent or damaged blooms or foliage that falls below the waterline in the vase.

If you are concerned of disturbing the Christmas flower arrangement order, simply tie a piece of twine around the stems just above the vase line. While holding your Christmas flowers from twine tied location gently turn over, cut stems with sharp scissors, and return to vase, arrangement unharmed.

Be sure no debris is floating in the water (such as leaves and stem parts) as this could promote the growth of bacteria, which can shorten a flower’s life. Most flowers prefer temperatures between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius) and are best displayed away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators, which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate.

Following these few simple steps will help extend the life of your Christmas flowers while keeping them fresh.