Friday, February 19, 2010

Flauxers Flower Fact Friday - Tulips

Spring is almost here, daylight is starting to last longer, the weather is starting to get warmer, and the birds that have flown south for the winter are returning. Soon we will begin to see the first signs that winter is over, with spring flowers growing and blooming. One of my favorite spring flowers is the Tulip. Much like the rose, different colored tulips have different symbolization/meanings. Tulips as a whole are often thought to symbolize fame, passion, imagination, and a declaration of love.
Yellow Tulips - never ending love
Red Tulips - Declaration of love/belief
Multi-colored or Variegated Tulips - Beauty (especially beautiful eyes)

I'm a big fan of food, so I always find it interesting when I stumble upon edible flowers/floral greens. Did you know that Tulip bulbs are edible? If you're needing onions for a recipe, Tulip bulbs can be used in their place. One major problem for me about this replacement is that you'll have one less of these colorful and beautiful flowers in your garden each spring.

Happy beginning signs of Spring!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Flower Fact Friday: Forget-me-nots

I can't believe that another week has come and gone. Even though the daylight hours are getting longer, they're still flying by.

One of my favorite flowers, both because of the bold colors and because they're low-lying flowers, allowing you to arrange your flower gardens with other flowers and pops of color as well, is the Forget-me-not. Honestly, I think part of my fondness from this flower probably comes from their name - it in itself makes me smile.

Forget-me-nots are the state flower of Alaska, and often symbolize true love, and memories. Blooming in the spring, these blue and sometimes dark purple flowers are considered a wild flower, but are often planted in gardens/flower beds because people are drawn to their simple beauty. If you choose to plant Forget-me-nots, be sure to have them in a moisture rich environment. These beautiful flowers will continue to grow every spring once they have been established in a garden.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Flauxer Fact Friday - February Birth Flower

Another month has gone by and it's time to discuss the Birth Flower for February. Being born in February myself, I was really interested to find out that there are two February Birth Flowers - the Primrose and the Violet. This is especially close to my heart as the first flower I remember having of my own, given to to me by my Grandmother was a violet. I was so proud to have it and did a wonderful job at keeping it blossoming and beautiful. Knowing now that it had more meaning, even if she hadn't realized it, than her teaching me about flowers, makes me indescribably happy.

The primrose is the earliest of Spring flowers to bloom, much like a preview of the warm weather and beautiful colors/flowers to come in the next few months. They are low-lying plants that often grow in forests. The ideal soil conditions are moist, slightly dry, and they don't 'like' clay based soils. The main color of Primroses is a pale yellow, with a darker center. These gorgeous signs of warmer weather are also great tasting. The leaves of this plan are sometimes used in teas and the flowers as a salad garnish.

Violets come in a wide variety of colors, including white, yellow and deep purple. These beautiful blossoms were thought by the Ancient Greeks to symbolize love and fertility, and were often used to create Love Potions. Violets bloom in the spring and fall, and make great house plants. If growing Violets, be sure to keep them in a cool location with plenty of direct sunlight, with periods of shade.

This post is also in remembrance of my Grandmother, Reva. I love you very much - you will always hold a special place in my heart!