Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

Just Around the Corner . . . !

May 10, 2018

Mother’s Day is just a few days away and if you are looking for a creative and inexpensive expression of love and caring (from a child/children to their mother) that just takes a little time (and patience), then why not attempt to create an origami bouquet of flowers?  There are several “types” of flowers you can try.  Here are links to some of the more popular videos below.  Happy folding!

The Kusudama Flower Ball

Easy paper flower

Origami lily

Origami rose


Get the Right Flowers!

May 13, 2017

Mother’s Day is tomorrow!  If you have not yet picked out a gift, or if you are planning on getting her flowers, then here is an infographic that is right up your alley and timely to boot!  Of course, you may already know what your Mother’s favorite flower is (and can you ever really go wrong with roses?), but this infographic will outline the symbolic meaning behind different types of flowers.  Of course this could also come in handy for those “non-Mother” events in your life requiring the gift of flowers.  Enjoy!

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Floral Arrangement!

January 8, 2017

Happy Sunday!  With the arrival of winter . . . and with it, shorter days, inclement weather, and the possibility of seasonal doldrums, here is an activity that will not only give you something to do, but should help brighten your day as well.  Who doesn’t like getting a bouquet of flowers?

Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Twenty-Seven!

February 7, 2015

Every once in a while I will run across a recipe that calls for flower petals as a garnish (most often, rose petals).  Do you know how many flowers are actually edible?  Some of the more common ones include violets, lavender, carnations, marigolds, and pansies.  Did you know that broccoli, cauliflower (duh, flower is in the name), and artichokes are actually flowers?  Did you know that the spice saffron is actually the stamen from the crocus flower?  Who knew?

Here’s a list of edible flowers . . . of course you must always be cautious when cooking with plants to be sure because parts other than the flowers of the plants mentioned in this list may be poisonous.  Happy cooking with flowers!

Do you know what edible plants and flowers grow in your area?

Open Wide!

December 23, 2014

The word I discovered this week, has led me on the trail of numerous related words — a bit of a patulous discovery, if I do say so myself.


\pachuh-luh s\, adjective;

1.  open; gaping; expanded.
1. spreading, as a tree or its boughs.
2. spreading slightly, as a calyx.
3. bearing the flowers loose or dispersed, as a peduncle.


\pi-duhng-kuh l, pee-duhng-]\, noun;

1. a flower stalk, supporting either a cluster or a solitary flower.
2. the stalk bearing the fruiting body in fungi.

1. a stalk or stem; a stalklike part or structure.
1. a stalk like structure composed of white matter, connecting various regions of the brain.
2. an attachment process, as in the brachiopods.


\key-liks, kal-iks\, noun;
1.  the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals.
Anatomy, Zoology.
1. a cuplike part.

Happy Valentine’s Day — Part II!

February 14, 2011

Here are some “fast facts” regarding Valentine’s Day (courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau).

  • 1,317 = manufacturers of chocolate or cocoa products (in the United States) in 2008 (38,369 employees).
  • $12.2 billion =  value of shipments of chocolate and cocoa products.
  • 24.3 pounds = American per capita consumption of candy (2009).
  • 18,509 = the number of florists (in the United States) in 2008 (89,741 employees).
  • $18 million = wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses (2009). 
  • 26,683 = the number of jewelry stores (in the United States) in 2008.
  • $2.4 billion = the amount of jewelry store sales in February 2010.
  • 2.1 million = the number of marriages that took place in 2009 (5,800 per day).
  • 6% = the percentage of currently married women who had been married at least 50 years (as of 2004).

Have a special day one and all!

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