Monthly Archives: July 2012

State flowers: The California poppy is California’s state flower

California has, not too surprisingly, chosen the California poppy as its state flower. This delicate plant has a startling orange color that literally shouts its presence from meadows. It’s impossible to miss a California poppy when you pass it on the highway or in one of the valleys where it turns the world to Continue reading

Texas farmer makes everyone happy with a field of sunflowers

When we heard about a farmer in Texas who didn’t have to grow sunflowers, but did anyway, we knew we had to share the story with our readers. Lindy Murff, who normally grows grass for feed, had been left with a barren field that wasn’t much good for anything other than dust. Instead of letting it continue to be ugly, he took a look around his house and came up with an idea. Continue reading

State flowers: Arkansas uses apple blossom for its state flowers

Since 1901, the state of Arkansas has considered apple blossom to be its state flower. This unusual choice will never find its way into flower bouquets, but it does say something about Arkansas history. While your mind might wander to the Pacific Northwest when it thinks of apples, in past times, Arkansas was a major producer of apples and even today has an Arkansas apple festival. The mountainous regions where the temperatures fall enough for these fruit were an ideal spot for growing. Continue reading

Gilroy’s new hanging flower baskets

Gilroy, California is the garlic capital of the USA; arrive there in season, and the air smells of garlic. While garlic tastes wonderful and lends a bright flavor to your food, it’s not really something you’d want for decorative purposes (unless you’re going for the rustic European style of decor). What Gilroy is up to in its downtown is another matter—permanent hanging Continue reading

When a flower is too fiery: An amusing tale from Iowa

We have an interesting and unusual flower story for you coming right out of Iowa. We didn’t know it was possible for a flower to get too hot, but a homeowner out in the Des Moines area found out otherwise when a man’s flower pot spontaneously combusted. Everyone got out of the house safely and the flaming flower was put out–but not before causing a large amount of Continue reading

Rose colors: Tell her just what you mean with roses

A day or so ago, we explained what the different numbers of roses meant when you send them to your loved ones. Today, we’re going to take that a shade further and tell you what colors to pick when sending roses, the most classically romantic flower of them all. From dark to light, use the daFlores quick and easy guide to picking rose Continue reading

Alabama’s state flower: Japanese camellia

The beautiful camellia is Alabama’s state flower. These elegant, many-petaled flowers grow tall on shrubs and delight the eye with their vivid colors and solid, globe shapes. Officially called camellia japonica, it took two acts of the state legislature, most recently in 1999, to make the “Japanese camellia” the flower of choice. An earlier law had picked the goldenrod, which is pretty too, and the 1950s law just said Continue reading

Crossing borders with flowers, botanist-style

Here’s something that doesn’t happen every day: the discovery of a new flower species. The golden-flowered newcomer was found in Scotland, but its parents are from the Andes and the west coast of North America. The new hybrid—yellow monkey flower—is less than 140 years old and a botanist found it on a riverbank. Its Latin name is Continue reading