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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Philippines Most Captivating Exotic Flowers

Aside from the beautiful scenery and the people’s hospitality, the Philippines is also renowned for its captivating beautiful flowers! These exotic flowers symbolize the breathtaking beauty of the Philippines. Here are some of those flowers:


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The Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac) is one of the most popular flowers found in the Philippines. Though widespread in Southeast Asia, the petite, white and sweetly scented flower is the national flower of the Philippines. So popular in the country that it is stringed together like a garland or a flower necklace and commonly sold in the streets of Manila. The flower necklaces adorned statues of saints in many Catholic homes and churches. It also double as a cheap car air freshener.


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The Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) flower appears like a sea star — small, greenish yellow in color, having six long-stalked drooping petals with a very distinctive scent. Ylang-Ylang is a Tagalog word which means “rare”. The scented flower produces a highly fragrant essential oil that is used in perfumes, cosmetics and other beauty care-related products. Also the essential oil is useful in aromatherapy.


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The Waling-waling (Vanda sanderiana) is a rare epiphytic orchid native to the island of Mindanao. It is commonly found resting on the trunks of trees in the rain forests. Considered as the “Queen of Philippine Orchids,” the flowers bloom from July to December. Waling-waling is also known for its many stunning colorful hybrids.


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The Gumamela (Hibiscus rosasinensis) is a familiar garden shrubs in the Philippines. The five-petaled flowers are large, generally red but also come in various colors including orange, pink, purple, yellow, white, other color combinations. Typically, the flowers are scentless. Aside from being an easy-to-grow ornamental plant, the leaves and flowers are also used in herbal medicine to relieve swelling and mumps and as a a poultice to boils.

Everlasting Flower

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The Everlasting flower (Helichrysum bracteatum), also known as straw flower or paper daisy, is a popular flower in Baguio City. The flowers are about 6 cm across and come in various colors including maroon, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow. As cut flowers, blooms are dried, and will last indefinitely. the papery flowers Flowers are dried, Like the Sampaguita, everlasting flowers are stringed together and are sold in the markets. Religious devotees put these blooms on altars.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fibonacci Numbers in Flowers

Why is it that the number of petals in a flower is often associated with one of the following numbers: 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, or 34? Read on to explore the answer.

Have you heard about the famous Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci and his Fibonacci number series given by the infinite elements: 0,1,1, 2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,…;? Nature, in particular plants, have no foreknowledge of this number sequence, but surprisingly, majority if not all petal arrangement of flowers carry these numbers!Below are some flowers that follow the Fibonacci number series.

Single-petal Flower

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The Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), is a herbaceous perennial plant native to Southern Africa. A popular cut flowers for wedding bouquets, it average around 0.6–1 m tall with arrowhead-shaped leaves and unique single-petal flower. The showy flowers come in white, shades of green, yellow, pink, purple or orange color.

2-petal Flower

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Euphorbia is an enormous genus of flowering plants comprising more than 2000 species, widespread in tropical and subtropical areas in North America, Asia and Africa. Its sizes range from small garden weeds to giant large cactus-like shrubs.

3-Petal Flower

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Trillium is a genus of about 40–50 species of perennial flowering plants native in North America and Asia. Trillium averages from 7 to 18 inches and may come in white, pink, yellow, purple color. Its tubular-shaped flowers typically have three petals.

5-Petal Flower

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Columbine is any of about 60-70 species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants of the genus Aquilegia, widespread in woodlands and meadows throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Columbine is characterized by its 1-2 inches long bell-shaped flowers with spurred petals. Flowers colors range from yellow, white, red, pink, blue, purple or bi-colored. Columbine is the state flower of Colorado.

8-Petal flower

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Delphinium or larkspur, is a genus of perennial flowering plant numbering to about 300 species mostly found in forest clearings of the Northern Hemisphere and tropical Africa. The erect flowering stem varies sizes in certain species, from 10 centimeters up to 2 meters tall. The showy, spiked flowers can come in white, yellow, red, blue, or purple colors.

13-Petal Flower

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The Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), is an upright annual flowering plant found throughout North America. This cold hardy plant can grow up to a meter tall. The flower’s domed center, which is dark purplish brown in color is encircled by thirteen petals. Flowers colors may come in yellow, orange, gold, orange, mahogany or russet.

21-Petal flower

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Asters are perennial flowering plants found mostly in North America and Eurasia, comprising around 180 known species. A popular garden plant, it is typically herbaceous, though some species are shrubs and trees. It has a yellow dome-shaped flower head surrounded by 21elliptical-shaped petals. Colors range from white, pink red, purple or mauve.

34-Petal Flower

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Daisies are flowering plants falling under the the Daisy Family of Asteraceae which are native to central and north Europe. Although a number of species contain different number of petals, but typically, daisies commonly 34 petals. The flower stalk with yellow central disk support a single flower surrounded by white, pink or rose colored petals.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Anniversary Flowers – Part Two

Flowers are one of the most popular anniversary gifts. Romantics like to give bouquet of fresh flowers on their wedding anniversaries. Here is a listing of the flowers often associated with the 11 through the 50th wedding anniversaries.

The Anniversary Flowers Part – One was a big hit to readers. Many have waited for the second part of the series to be publish. So the wait is over – The Anniversary Flowers – Part Two is here for you to enjoy!

11th Wedding Anniversary

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Morning Glory

What so distinct about this charming flower is that it blooms with the sunlight. Its funnel-shaped petals open early in the morning and then fades in the evening. Numbering about 10000 different species, Morning Glory are vine plants with heart-shaped leaves. The elegant flowers that bloom all-year round come in various colors like white, yellow, blue, red and purple.

12th Wedding Anniversary

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Peonies are tall, perennial plants ranging from 30 to 150 cm with glossy green leaves and branching stems. The large rose-like flowers bloom at the tip of the these stems. The showy flowers come in the natural five petal type or in massive doubles. Typical colors are white, pink and red. Some hybrid peonies produce yellow flowers. Peonies bloom in late spring or early summer.

13th Wedding Anniversary

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Hollycocks are stunning garden plants growing to about six feet tall, which produce dozens of beautiful, huge red flowers. The gorgeous but delicate flowers have ruffled petals. Aside from red, flowers come in shades of pink, white, yellow or violet. From more than 60 different varieties, the most popular varieties includes: nigra, chater’s double and summer carnival.

14th Wedding Anniversary

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Dahlia, Mexico’s National flower, are perennial plants with about 36 extant species. The plant averages from 30 cm to 2.4 in height. Flowers come in diverse forms such as: singles, peony-like, orchid-like, pompom, shaggy mops, twisted, straight cactus, anemone-flowered, formal, curled petals and ball-shaped. Likewise, the flower size ranges from 5 cm to 30 cm in diameter. Flowers come in shade of white, pink, orange, mauve, yellows, red except blue.

15th Wedding Anniversary

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Probably, the easily recognizable flowers in a garden, roses have over 100 species. Most varieties have five petals but other species come in multi-petal blooms The showy flowers vary in sizes; for 1/2 to 7 inches in diameter. Flower colors range from white, yellow, red, pink, orange, purple and bi-color.. Likewise, fragrance varies depending on the variety.

20th Wedding Anniversary

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Daylilies are perennial flowering plants comprising 15 species and thousands of cultivars. This large, gorgeous flower can perfectly be described as “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow!”, since the flowers open art sunrise and fade at sunset. However, certain species of daylilies bloom at night. The complex tubular- shaped flower having three petals and three sepals blooms from a scape ( a vertical flower stem). Daylilies come in various forms and color shades.

25th Wedding Anniversary

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These gorgeous garden plants are popular for their showy flowers. Iris flowers come in different shapes, sizes, forms and colors. Flower colors range from white, pink, yellow, red, blue, orange, brown and even black.

28th Wedding Anniversary

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Orchid is a big family of flowering plants comprising more than 20,000 species. They are found growing on the ground (Terrestrial orchids) as well as on trees (epiphytes). Orchids come in various form like single flower and multiple flowers. These showy flowers also come in various color shades such as; white, yellow, pink, red, orange, blue, or black. Popular species of orchids includes: Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, and Dendrobium.

30th Wedding Anniversary

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Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea is a perennial climbing plant that grows to about 1-2 m tall. Sweet Pea flowers are popular because of their fragrant scents and gorgeous blooms. Flowers are about 2-3.5 cm in diameter and come in shade of white, pink, yellow, purple, and mauve.

40th Wedding Anniversary

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Nasturtium is a perennial flowering plant growing to about 2.4–3.6 m tall. The five-petaled funnel-shaped flower is about 3 cm in diameter. Flower colors range from yellow, pink, red, cream, orange, and mahogany.

50th Wedding Anniversary

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Violets are flowering plants numbering to about 400-500 species. The fragrant flowers come in asymmetrical form. It has five sepals and five stamens. Flower color comes in different shades including white, cream, yellow, or blue. Some species have bi-colored blooms.