New Discovery: Azalea Relies on Butterflies For Survival!


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It was recently discovered that butterflies play yet another important role! The majestic butterfly has been linked to pollination of the flame azalea.

“In order for a plant to reproduce, a pollinator — usually an insect — has to spread the pollen from the anther to the stigma,” said Mary Jane Epps, a biologist at North Carolina State University and a study author.

Dr. Epps also states that the distance between the anther (male pollen) and the stigma (female germinator) are too far apart for other insects, such as a pollinator bee, “to come into contact with both anther and stigma during a visit.”

And in flies the butterfly! The rapid movement of butterfly wings allows the transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma. Neato!

The findings come from The American Naturalist, a world leading publication on ecology, evolution, and behavior research.

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Be An Angel Day Saturday August 22, 2015


 

It’s Be An Angel Day! This day was established by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993. Its purpose is to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and to help those in need. Send someone flowers to uplift their spirits!

 

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Be An Angel Day is all about making the world a better place through acts of kindness, care and support. Put others before yourself and reach out to help those in need. If you’re the one benefiting from someone else’s act of kindness, make sure you let them know you appreciate it.

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Every act of generosity can make a difference. Today, take the time to be an angel to someone. Whether you choose to do a favor for a friend or volunteer your time to assist others in your community, be sure to celebrate this occasion.

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Being kind goes a long way, so why not take a few minutes to be kind to one another? Extend a helping hand, offer a kind word, or show someone your gratitude. Enjoy Be An Angel Day!African violets

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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August Is National Romance Awareness Month


This month marks National Romance Awareness Month!red glass hearts

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Everyone desires more romance in their lives! This month is dedicated to lovers everywhere! Being romantic may not come naturally to everyone, so we have a few suggestions to help you choose those perfect flowers for that someone special in your life! Have you admired someone from afar? This is the perfect time to show your adoration and fondness by being a secret admirer.

 

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR! teddysandroses

Here are a few tips on how to keep the romance flowing:

*Keep a mental list of your significant other’s favorite flowers and buy them weekly.

*Enjoy after dinner walks sharing the highlights of the days happenings.

*Never go to bed angry.

*Say how you feel regularly and don’t forget to include the word love.

*Splurge on a couples spa package.

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Roses are the tried and true flowers of romance, and will always be a great choice for your sweetheart. Want to try something a little bit different? Go for a mixed flower arrangement in different shades of pink tones.

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Do you agree that roses are the perfect romantic gift? What do you find to be the most romantic gesture? Are you inspired to be more aware of romance this month?

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A few more romantic moments:

Flowers are directly linked with romance! Read more Study Officially Links Flowers with Romance

Everyone could use a little bit of help buying flowers! Read more The Guys Guide to Giving Flowers

Thinking about popping the question? Read more 6 Romantic Ways to Propose With Flowers

Don’t forget to celebrate your anniversary! Read more Wedding Anniversary Flowers

 

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Rosemary By Any Other Name Will Still Smell Like Rosemary


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Rosemary has long been regarded as a versatile and potent herb. It’s history and uses are as diverse as the earth’s surface. Rosemary has been used medicinal herb, and we now have the science to back it!

 

Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as Rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region.

 

rosemary-scentAs recently discovered by Dr. Mark Moss, Head of Psychology at Northumbria University, rosemary significantly improves the brains ability to perform at a higher level of function. The healthy participants in the study were asked to perform unrelated tasks while the room was infused with either rosemary, lavender, or no scent. The findings: those in the room with rosemary completed the tasks at a quicker pace and with more accuracy than those in the room with lavender or no scent!

 

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For more on the study and its findings, read here.

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Read more 15 Fascinating Rosemary Uses

Read more 10 Uses for Chamomile Flowers

Read more 18 Uses for Lavender

Read more How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Read more Herbal Teas to Relieve Stress

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