Did you know that flowers had conventions? The 2014 American Horticulture Society convention started in North Carolina this week, bringing displays, stories and visitors in droves to the Asheville, North Carolina event. It was hosted by the Western North Carolina Daylily Club.
A few days ago we talked about the rare flowering of a pair of corpse flowers. Now, the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens in California are also awaiting a happy event, of a puya. This member of the bromeliad family—we’ll talk about that in a moment—came from a seed brought out of Bolivia, and its flowering is a rare event indeed.
Scientists have figured out that pollutants, such as cigarette smoke and car exhaust, can seriously impact a bug’s ability to find the flowers it needs to pollinate (and lay eggs on and eat). We might find such odors unpleasant, but for creatures such as the tobacco hornworm moth, which rely on their noses to find targets, it’s a matter of life and death. Read on to find more about this interesting study.
Canada Day is coming right up on July 1st. Canada Day is a national holiday, a few days ahead of Independence Day, and for much the same reasons. The occasion marks the July 1st, 1867 signing of the British North America Act, these days called the Constitution Act. Read on a little more to find out what this is all about and how the Canadians celebrate.
Mississippi is the Magnolia State. It’s not just the Magnolia State, it has the magnolia as its state flower. You find the emblem on it historical markers and growing all over; the big, showy magnolia flower is of course the blossom of an attractive ornamental tree. Read on to find more in the latest of our state flower series.
What do you think of when you think of July? Heat, vacations, barbecues? All of those are typical July “things”–at least if you’re north of the equator, but we at daFlores think of flowers. There are several not-so-obvious July holidays that are a great reason to send flowers. Here, we list some down to give you a few ideas.
We heard a lovely story today out of Australia, whereby a flower arranging club has been busy creating bouquets of flowers that, this weekend, they’ll leave out for anyone who finds them to keep, take home, and enjoy. The sixty or so bouquets will be left at bus stops, on benches, and anywhere that a random act of flowery kindness can be pulled off. It’s all part of a wider movement; read on to find out more.
It’s stinky-time in Michigan and California, as two universities with two pet corpse flowers prepare for their charges to bloom. The corpse flower, so-named because of its obnoxious stench, only blooms once every few years to few decades, depending on how much energy the plant has accumulated. The unusual flowering is expected, as always, to draw a crowd.
The weather’s getting hot and the scent of hot dogs is in the air, or at least we’d like to think so! It’s county and state fair season, but more to the point, the Fourth of July is coming up. All around America, rural and otherwise, communities are preparing for this celebration of their country’s birthday. We don’t know what you’re planning, but we have some suggestions on how to use flowers for the Fourth of July. Read on to…
What do you think of when you hear the word Cornell? Lawyers? Ivy-league sororities and fraternities? World-class education? All of these are certainly hallmarks of the famous school, but what you may not know is that it also has an agricultural extension program, and each year that runs a flower and herb show. Read on to find out more about the show.