Drying Peony Flowers

drying peony flowers1 150x150 Drying Peony FlowersPeonies are the beautiful flowers that are 6 to 8 inches wide and are found in red, pink or white colors. Peony are beautiful flowers to grow in gardens and equally beautiful to place indoors. You can dry these beautiful flowers up to save them for longer period of time. There is one common method to dry flowers and that is air drying while here I’ll provide you with the same to dry your peony flowers so you may secure the beautiful flowers that you got from a loved one in gift too.

1.    Cut your peony flowers only in mid morning before the late morning sun make the flowers open up fully. The blooms best for drying are the ones that are not fully opened. Peony flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowers

2.    Cut the stems about six inch long and remove all the leaves off the stalk. Take 4 to 6 flowers in bunch and tie them with a rubber band at the bottom of the stems.

3.    Now hang your flowers upside down in a cool dark room. This can be a place like basement or a closet. The process of drying will take one to two weeks. You will need to loop a piece of twine in rubber band and hang it on a nail or hanger.

4.    Check your flowers after a week about drying. The drying period depends Dry peony Flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowerson weather too as in winters because atmosphere is drier so flowers dry quickly while in summers as it’s more humid so it takes time in the drying process.

5.    Now carefully remove the flowers off the hanger or nail and carefully cut the rubber band.

6.    Now your dry flowers are ready to add beauty to your home for long period of time. Either put them in a vase or tie them up to form a bunch to keep over a shelf.

Roses & Roses

As the language of flowers was introduced to the world the new horizons opened for people for delivering their messages to their loved ones without speaking themselves. Roses since long have been playing the great role in expression of love whether it’s through their color that the different messages are being sent or it’s the number of flowers used. Here is a small guide for you that will tell you about what each color of rose say and how many roses you should gift for certain purpose.

Red roses signify love and respect.rose 150x150 Roses & Roses
Amaranth Red – Long Standing Desire
Cardinal Red – Sublime Desire
Carmine Red- Deceitful Desire
Fiery Red- Flames of Passion

Black roses signify death hatred and farewell. Used at funerals. Black roses 150x150 Roses & Roses

Orange and Coral roses imply desire.

Lavender/Purple roses stand for grace, gentility, elegance and refinement.
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Pink roses shows appreciation or gratitude
Light pink roses are sent to say you understand, you’re sympathetic or you’re sorry if someone is ill.

Yellow roses symbolize joy and friendship. yellow roses 150x150 Roses & Roses
In Islamic folklore, they symbolize deceit and treachery
In Mexico yellow roses/flowers are a sign of death.
In France yellow roses/flowers represent infidelity.

White roses symbolize reverence and humility. white rose 150x150 Roses & Roses

Roses & Numbers
1 Rose                                                                  Simplicity
2 Roses                                                                Gratitude
2 Roses Joined Together                                     Engagement, Coming Marriage
12 Roses                                                              Ultimate declaration of love
25 Roses                                                              Congratulations
50 Roses                                                              Unconditional Love
Bouquet of Mature Blooms                                 Gratitude
Single Rose in Full Bloom                                   I Love You; Engagement
Full Blown Rose Placed Over Two Buds            Secrecy
Half-blown Rose                                                 Timid love
Thorn less Roses                                   Love at First Sight; Ingratitude; Early attachment
Rose Leaf                                                             Symbol of Hope

Roses & Positions:
Bent to the right – ~I~
Bent to the left – ~You~
Ribbon knotted on the left – Message from the giver
Ribbon knotted on the right – Message about the recipient
Accepted with right hand – Agreement, affirmative
Accepted with left hand – Disagreement, negative
Worn over heart – Love
Worn in hair – Caution
Worn in cleavage – Friendship, Remembrance

Lilac

lilac 300x235 Lilacwhite lilac 285x300 LilacLilac is a spring bloom which has European and Asian regions origins. This is an uncommon flower and is esteemed for its delicate blossoms and special aroma. Lilacs are representatives of the olive, family. Lilacs are famous shrubs grown in cottage gardens of England. The cut flower is much showier than the shrub with long branches where flowers borne.  The 1st cultivations of Lilacs in Europe is said to be took place in the middle of the 20th century, and the most of species developed till now are being sold till today. Flowers are exceptionally aromatic and attractive for bees, butterflies and birds.  It is believed that in the late seventeenth century fur traders have grown Lilac bushes on Macanac Island and till now people enjoy these lovely bushes.

Lilacs are available in different colors like purple, white, mauve, violet and pink. White, mauve, violet and pink lilacs are available from October till May very easily. The lilacs in purple shade are special because they are recognized for their much stronger smell than other lilacs and it grows only in spring for very short time, like about no more than six weeks. The cut flower does not have a longer vase life as they may live up to 3 to 7 days depending over the care with which these flowers are kept.

In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence. Lilacs are also called the 8th wedding anniversary flowers and lilacs are often considered as herald of spring, with the time of their bloom indicating whether spring will be early or late.

Amazingly there are over 1,000 varieties of Lilacs. They come in several colors, with the most popular being the color lilac and purple. White and pink lilacs are also well-liked. Lilacs also vary widely in size from the small 4 to 8 feet to types those growing up to 30 feet.

Hanging Garden at Your Home

Hanging Garden 200x300 Hanging Garden at Your HomeAnything that is in Seven Wonders of the World is definitely at the extreme of beauty and creative imaginations. These creative imaginations were the core reason of bringing up the things like Egyptian Pyramid of Giza, Hanging gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia and many more. Hanging gardens of Babylon is one of the Seven Wonders of the World because of the unique idea behind these gardens. This garden was created by building artificially mountains extended from a building and than beautiful gardens were created over them. Today you may also create beautiful hanging garden at your home by using different containers and baskets that you can hang with different things and at different heights. And this will be matter of no more than few hours.

•    The very first thing you need to do is to choose the right place for your hanging garden. Your hanging garden can be made best at places like gazebos, covered patios and pergolas. These places will prove to be the most ideal for creating hanging garden. Sometimes your window boxes may also help you in creating a little effect of hanging gardens if you don’t have a complete closed place. You may hang your plant containers from the window boxes to land around the deck walls.

•    Now you have to select the different plants that you want to grow and use in your hanging garden. They must be of different colors and sizes. You may go for plants that have leaves of different colors or small plants that have flowers. Mostly the baskets used to prepare these hanging gardens are around 8 to 12 inches in diameter. Spider plants, golden pathos, ivies and many others prove to be best for growing this way. You will have to plan your garden considering the size of space available to work over and the size of baskets you are using.

•    Always look out for baskets for your hanging gardens that have drainage holes because otherwise you may end up causing mosquitoes and bacteria to grow in the stagnant water.

•    You should line all the containers with coconut fiber or sphagnum moss to create a layer between soil and drainage holes.

•    Now you will have to fill your baskets and containers with potting soil that is made for flowering plants. You can get this from nurseries or create yourself by taking soil and adding compost to it. This is done to ensure that your plants get all the required nutrients.

•    Now you have to place the plants within the containers. Always spread all the stems of the plants equally over the sides of container so this will look a very lush and filled impact to your garden from all the angles one may look at it.

•    You will have to hang each pot from the beam with the help of screw-in hooks and always hang your containers at different heights to make your garden appear to have an illusion of more fullness and definitely will look better aesthetically too.

Here is the easiest way to create a Wonder of the World at your home….. Enjoy being a little aesthetic!!!!!!!!

Iris

IrisFlower 300x200 IrisIris Flower 300x224 IrisThe iris flower is a hardy flower iris 300x224 Irisherbaceous perennial that belongs to the extensive and beautiful family iridaceae plants. The word Iris means a rainbow in both Greek and Latin so it is considered to be the bridge between heaven and earth and is sacred for the Greek goddess of love; it is also the symbol of eloquence. In ancient Greece the graves of women were covered with irises.

The genus Iris has about 200 species and is native of North Temperate regions of the world but one cannot argue with the beauty of an iris flower, regardless of the species or cultivar. Some of the species have very large flowers, which, from their being very vivid, and several uniting in the same blossom are extremely showy. The style arms can also add to the beauty of the iris flower. Iris is highly variable for traits such as flower colour and flower size and its sword-like foliage is attractive when the plant is not in bloom.

All iris flowers have at least six petals although some Japanese irises produce more. Those who have beard are referred to as bearded irises and the others are logically called beardless irises. The leaves of the iris flower are long and thin, and grow from the bottom of the plant. The range of colors found in irises is simply amazing, from white yellow orange pink lilac to purple blue brown and black with many tones and color combinations in between. No iris flower is truly real although the louisianas have orange-red tones. The habitat of iris also varies a lot. Some irises grow in deserts, some in swamps, some in the cold far north, and many in temperate climates.

Japanese iris, Siberian iris, Louisiana iris, and the ubiquitous bearded iris, are all beautiful among which Bearded Iris and Siberian Iris are the two most common types. These flowers are not easily found in floral markets but fortunately they all are easy to grow and bear handsome flowers.

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Different colors of irises convey different messages. Purple iris, the state flower of Tennessee, the symbol of wisdom and compliments where Blue iris is that of faith and hope. The Yellow iris symbolizes passion and on the other hand white iris symbolizes purity. A gift of iris is helpful for conveying many messages which are not truly conveyed when spoken.

Important Features about Iris:

●     Iris genus is known best as a garden plants.
●     The Iris was considered a symbol of power by the ancient Egyptians as they believed that a flower that appears on the brow of the Sphinx and on the scepters of their kings is Iris.
●     The Iris was also a favorite flower of the Muslims, who took it to Spain after their conquest in the 8th century.
●     Iris is important also as the February birth flower.
●     The Indian and Egyptian cultures used the flower in art to depict life and resurrection.
●     In the first century AD, the Greek physician Dioscorides found Iris to be gifted with healing powers then he recommended iris root to be drunk with honey, vinegar for coughs, colds, indigestion and sciatica. Pliny also knew the importance of Iris and praised its medicinal virtues.
●     Iris roots are used to treat skin ulcers.
●     The fresh root of Iris germanica is considered to be a powerful cathartic, and for this reason its juice has been used in dropsy.