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
We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but all the athletes standing on the podium at the 2012 Olympic Games are leaving with a little bouquet of flowers. Men and women alike come out with a big smile, a medal, and a posy of bright-colored flowers to go with their
The warmth of summer helps the scent of your garden to become stronger, and some flowers are particularly heady at night. Among flowers that smell sweetest and strongest are star jasmine, magnolia and gardenia, but there are plenty of other flowers and vines that perfume the breezes at night.
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.
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…
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
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
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
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
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