Friday, November 27, 2009
Seeing as how it's the day after Thanksgiving, I thought todays fact should be an autumn seasonal piece. Though they are not often filled with flowers, but with fruits and vegetables, my version of the Cornucopia is a floral piece, that's the perfect table or stand decoration for any home.
Also known as the horn of plenty or the harvest cone, the cornucopia is a symbol often associated with harvest/food or an abundance. The cornucopia comes from Greek Mythology. One tale states that Zeus mistakenly broke the horn from a goat that he nursed from as a baby. After feeling badly about doing so, he gave the horn back to her, with the power of granting the possessor anything they desired. Zeus also gave this mystical horn to kings as a Thank you.
If you do not have one already, make sure you fill your home with abundance next holiday season by placing a Cornucopia on your table as a centerpiece.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wow! This week went by really fast, and I just realized that I still hadn't written my Flower Fact yet. As a side note, I hope to soon be announcing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales - so keep your eyes open.
This week's flower fact is about the Sunflower, the fastest growing plant and the state flower of Kansas. In as little as 6 months, Sunflowers can grow to be 3-18 feet tall. The bloom or head of the Sunflower is actually made up of hundreds or thousands of individual flowers, with each 'pedal' being a single flower that doesn't seed. These incredible flowers also 'follow' the sun as it travels across the sky each day. After the sun has set, the Sunflower prepares for dawn by slowly moving back into it's natural position, with the head pointing East.
Sunflowers as a food:
Sunflower seeds are often used as birdseed, but are also edible to humans. They make a quick and delicious snack, and can act as a substitute for nuts. Sunflower oils are used in cooking, and are often used as an alternative to vegetable, corn or olive oil. In fact, there are many large manufacturers of Potato Chips that use Sunflower Oil for baking or frying their snacks.
Their beauty and and nutritional value make Sunflowers both practical and ideal for your home and yard decor.
Friday, November 13, 2009
In an attempt to make my blog more active and interesting, I'm going to start a 'Friday Flower Fact'. It may be something you already know, or something completely random. The fact will be about real or artificial flowers and may adapt as time progresses. That being said, our 'Friday Flower Fact' for today is:
Every month has a birth flower, much like the birth stone. The November birth flower is the Chrysanthemum and is said to symbolize joy and optimism.
Original Chrysanthemums were a yellow or golden color. Greek words 'Chrys' meaning Golden and 'anthemion' meaning flower were combined to name it. The Chrysanthemum can now be found in a range of colors, with white, red and yellow being the most popular. Often times, the centers of the bushy blossoms are a golden color. There are both perennial and annual Chrysanthemums, making them convenient for multiple landscaping and decorating needs. This flower is versatile and easy to grow in multiple climates, even though it originated as a tropical plant.
In addition to their beauty, Chrysanthemums petals are sometimes used to make tea. This tea is used by some as a remedy for congestion, to aid in lung strengthening or to reduce fevers, among other medicinal purposes.
If you're looking for an extra special gift for someone born in November, give them Chrysanthemums and show just how much you care.