'/> Fascinating Flowers: November 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Flower Calendar

Did you know that like birthstones and zodiac signs, there is also a birth flower for each month. These birth flowers are distinctive and have their meanings. Below is a short description of the birth flowers and their meanings.


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The carnation is the January birth flower. The plant traces its roots to Asia were it was cultivated for more than 2,000 years. The carnation is a tall flower growing one to three feet high. The carnation plant usually has many lightly smelling sweet blossoms. The word carnation is derived from the Greek words that mean “flower of the gods.” Carnations may symbolize pride, admiration, beauty, gratitude and love. A white carnation has the flower meaning of friendship, red carnation for love, a pink one romance, yellow for disdain, striped carnation for refusal, purple carnations indicate capriciousness and green carnations are for St. Patrick’s Day. On Mother’s Day wear a red or pink carnation if your mother is still alive, or a white one to remember a mother that has passed on.


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The February birth flower is the Iris. These perennial herb with hundreds of species are found in the north temperate zone. This flowering plant got its name from the Greek word iris meaning ‘rainbow’. Since February is a month of romance, Iris fits well with the occasion. Irises stand for peace of mind, Faith, Friendship, Hope, Valor and Wisdom. The iris comes a few colors including cool blue and snowy white.


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The birth flower for March is daffodil. Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus. Daffodils grow perennially from bulbs. Most daffodils look yellow, but may come in other colors such as: pink, yellow-and-orange, yellow-and-white, white-and-orange and the rare lime-green. Daffodils represent rebirth, bravery, respect, modesty and unrequited love. It got its name from the word “affodell”, a variant of asphodel.


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The April birth flower is the daisy. There are many varieties of daisy but the most favorite one is the Gerbera Daisy , native to South Africa. It is perfect for any occasion as it is cheerful and playful. Daisies are associated with innocence and are thought to bring good fortune and heavenly pleasure. No flower emits such joy and light as the daisy. The fresh look of the daisy looks great in any location of your house.


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The May birth flower is the Lily. A summer flowering plant, lilies are large, fragrant showy flowers with six petals that may come in different colors such as: white, yellow, reds and sometimes have markings. Lilies are native to the northern temperate regions. The flower symbolizes: beauty, sweetness, humility, purity and chastity. Tiger lily represents wealth and pride.


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The rose is the June birth flower. Roses might be the most recognizable flower around the world and no other flower expresses love and passion like the rose. Roses comes in different colors, each with a different symbolic meaning. Red roses meant love, pink roses mean grace, admiration, sympathy; while dark pink means gratitude. White roses symbolize purity, innocence, reverence, secrecy and humility. A yellow rose represents platonic love or dying love though in some German speaking countries it symbolizes infidelity and jealousy. Yellow with red tips means friendship or falling in love. Burgandy roses mean beauty. Green roses mean calm. Blue roses mean mystery. Purple roses mean protection.


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The larkspur is the July birth flower. It is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. Larkspur are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and some parts of Africa. The main flowering stem is erect, and varies greatly in size from 10 cm up to 2 m tall; it is topped by many flowers. It is poisonous to livestock. Larkspur can come in orange and blue colors. It symbolizes valor, thoughtfulness.


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The August birth flower is the Gladiola. The plant derived its name from the Latin word gladius ‘a sword’. Out of the 260 known species, 250 are native to South Africa and the rest are found in Eurasia. It may come in different sizes: from very small to the magnificent giant flower. The flower can be pink, white to cream, reddish or light purple with white markings or orange to red. Gladiola symbolizes represents vigor and moral integrity.


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The September birth flower is the Aster. Belonging in the Asteraceae, there are 600 extant species of aster. The plant’s name is derived from the Greek word “star”, and refer to the star-like appearance of its flower head. In medieval times, many believed that aster plants possess magical powers including driving away evil spirits. Today, aster is known as an amulet of love and an lasting symbol of elegance. Aster also symbolizes Faith, Light, Afterthought, Valor and Wisdom.


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The October birth flower is the marigold. With a genus of around 20 species, Marigold is found throughout Europe, the United States and western Asia. The leaves which are usually hairy are 5-18 cm long and the flower heads are 3-7 cm across. The Marigold’s flower meaning is “winning grace” and is sometimes called “summer bride” because it’s flower head follows the sun. Marigold symbolizes affection and grace.


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The November flower is the Chrysanthemum, also known as the mum. A flowering perennial plant, the plant is cultivated in China as far back as the 15th century. The flowers may come in different forms such as: daisy-like, buttons, decorative or pompons. This flower can be red, white or yellow. The chrysanthemum symbolizes compassion, cheerfulness, optimism, friendship, optimism, secret love, wealth or rest. Red chrysanthemum means love. Yellow means secret love and white symbolizes truth.


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The December birth flower is the Poinsettia, which is associated with Christmas time. The plant which can grow up to 16 feet is native to southern Mexico and Central America. It is often used as Christmas decors because of its festive colors. Poinsettia symbolizes celebration, good cheer and success which is a fitting tribute to December’s festive celebrations.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Mystical Black Flowers

These flowers may not be black at all but still they present a black image.

The term “black flowers” usually refer to flowers that have dark blooms. Looking closely, you could find that these black flowers are such a deep purple or at times brownish in color that they just appear black. Black flowers do present an aura of magic and mysticism that catch the eyes attention and fancy. Below are photos of black flowers. these black flowers project “an atmosphere of mysterious magnificence.”

Black Tulips

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The Black Tulip commonly called the Queen of the Night belongs to the genus Tulipa that has over a hundred species of bulbous flowering plants. The Queen of the Night tulip has large, velvety, deep cocoa-purple flowers on tall stems. Black tulips appear nearly jet-black at early dawn and before dusk. A good addition to your garden, it adds aura of midnight moonlight and a great attraction in the midday sunshine flashing its deep purple color and delicious scent.

Black Iris

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Black Iris (Iris chrysographes) is a species of the genus Iris that is originally a native flowering plant to China and Myanmar. Black Iris are mostly found growing near streams, meadows and hillsides. A reddish to almost velvety black about 6-9 cm. in diameter that usually blooms in June and July. One popular species of Black Iris is the Iris nigricans which is the national flower of Jordan. (see photo below).

Black or Chocolate Cosmos

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It is a sun loving plant that is a native of Mexico. When in full bloom, Chocolate cosmos appear like candy kisses on a stick and fills the garden with its vanilla with a touch of chocolate scent.

Black Lily or Bat Lily

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It is native to Thailand, Myanmar, Northern India and in some Indonesian islands. Bat Lily are sometimes called “Cats Whiskers” for its flower exhibit a whiskers-like appearance. If you happened to see one, be sure to enjoy its bloom for it will only last for a couple of days.

Black Morning Glory

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This plant is a climbing vine that could grow up to 10 ft. and prefers full sun. Morning Glory Kniola’s black blooms from July to October and has a deep velvety flower.

Geranium Phaeum

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Although not a very attractive plant, Geranium phaeum makes it up for its almost erect stem and almost black flowers. A nice plant to grow under trees for its ability to grow in dry shade. The plant blooms from May to June and its flower can grow up to 80 cm. with a 45 cm. spread.

Pincushion Flower Scabiosa Atropurpurea ‘Ace of Spades’

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A plant that is easy to grow and can reach a height of 36 inches, Ace of Spades are always target of butterflies and bees. This long flowering plant loves sun and blooms from June to August and shows a double, dark raspberry purple flower and exhibit a sweet scent.

Black Bacarra Rose

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A new species that was introduced to florist trade in 2001, Black Baccara Rose is a small beautiful flower but has no fragrance. It is truly unique for it owns a velvety petal, and before the bloom opens it project a deep shade of burgundy. As the flower blooms its edges still maintains the blackish color.

Black Hollyhocks

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Black Hollyhock usually grows in full sun and soil that are not too wet. A dark-red flower is a big single flower that usually blooms in June and July.

Buddleja Davidii ‘Black Knight’ – Butterfly Bush

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‘Black Knight’ is a popular cultivar of butterfly bush that features almost black flowers. This deciduous shrub can grow up to 8 feet if not properly trimmed. Black Knight Butterfly bush has the deepest of all purple flowers that attracts butterflies and bees. Its fragrant flowers blooms from June to September.