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Celosia

Posted by on Mon, Nov 26 2012 23:32:00
Celosia is a small genus of edible and ornamental plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word (kelos), meaning "burned," and refers to the flame-like flower heads. Species are commonly known as woolflowers, or, if the flower heads are crested by fasciation, cockscombs. The plants are well known in East Africa’s highlands and are used under their Swahili name, mfungu.
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Paperwhites and their Care

Posted by on Sat, Nov 24 2012 00:30:00
The botanical name for Paperwhites is Narcissus tazetta. These strongly fragrant white flowers are related to daffodils. Paperwhites look best when planted in groups. Paperwhites come from the Mediterranean region. In the wild they appear in the fall and produce flowers and foliage during the winter. After blossoming, they keep growing foliage to store up energy for the next flowering cycle. They go dormant during the late spring or early summer
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Rememberance Poppies

Posted by on Thu, Nov 08 2012 20:52:00
The red poppies that McCrae referred to had been associated with war since the Napoleonic Wars when a writer of that time first noted how the poppies grew over the graves of soldiers. The damage done to the landscape in Flanders during the battle greatly increased the lime content in the soil, leaving the poppy as one of the few plants able to grow in the region.
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Chrysanthemums

Posted by on Wed, Nov 07 2012 11:39:00
Chrysanthemum is from the Greek, chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower). These plants come in a wide variety of floral colors, including not only gold but also white, off-white, yellow, bronze, red, burgundy, pink, lavender and purple. Mum plants can grow to be 2-3 feet high, depending on the cultivar and growing conditions. Chrysanthemums also come in many flower forms; that is, they are often grouped by the shape and arrangement of their petals. The most popular flower form is the "decorative," which is so packed with long, broad petals that you can hardly see the center.
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How to Care for an Orchid

Posted by on Wed, Nov 07 2012 11:38:00
How to Care for an Orchid By an eHow Contributor - With thousands of species growing on every continent except Antarctica, orchids are characterized by their stunning blooms. Though notoriously difficult to care for, you can grow orchids indoors with a bit of effort. Each variety of orchid requires slightly different attention, but these steps provide information for basic orchid care. Does this Spark an idea?
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Winterizing your Garden

Posted by on Wed, Nov 07 2012 11:37:00
When autumn nights start to get cold, it’s time to prepare your garden for winter. Winterizing not only makes your garden look better during the cold weather months, but will make for easier work in the spring and will protect less hardy plants from the cold. Start closing your garden down when there is frost in the forecast or the temperature consistently starts to drop to the low 40’s or mid-30’s (Fahrenheit), usually around late October or November.
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Pumpkin Carving Tips

Posted by on Wed, Nov 07 2012 11:36:00
Good carving starts with the right pumpkin. Choose one that is fresh (with a sturdy stem and no bruises) and that has a flat bottom (so it won't roll).
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Using Pumpkins and Gourds in Arrangements

Posted by on Wed, Nov 07 2012 11:34:00
Pumpkins and gourds are common additions to autumn arrangements. These squash-like fruit can hold flowers, fill out an arrangement, provide a home for candles or otherwise complete a tablescape. Before you begin working with pumpkins and gourds refresh your knowledge on carving pumpkins and hollowing gourds as well as polishing and painting them both. Also brush up on what to do with rotting pumpkins and gourds so that you know when to dispose of them.
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Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Posted by on Wed, Nov 07 2012 11:32:00
There's just something about fall that invites you to bring warm colors and natural materials into the home for fall centerpieces and decorations. And there are so many things that you can do with them. This list of projects and centerpieces to give you some ideas of where to start.
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Le Jardin De La Montagne

Posted by on Wed, Nov 07 2012 11:31:00
We at Flora are big believers in healthy happy lifestyles. We love natural, great quality local products, and use them in our daily lives as much as possible. Flora receives a weekly basket delivered right to our shop from Le Jardin De La Montagne http://www.jardinsdelamontagne.com
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