Monthly Archives: June 2011

Human Insulin and the Safflower


Safflower-derived human insulin is being studied by a Calgary, Alberta based biotech company SemBioSys Genetics who are using transgenic safflower plants to produce human insulin. The biotech company claims to have produced commercial quantities of human insulin from genetically modified … Continue reading

Posted in "Just The Facts", Flowers and Health, Flowers in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Goats in England are saving rare wildflowers!


Now here’s an interesting story, goats in England have a job to do & it’s an important one! It’s their job to control the scrubby regrowth on the Avon Gorge in Bristol, England. Why? To restore natural grasses and flowers … Continue reading

Posted in Flowers in the News, Fun Stuff, Weird and Wacky | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Exotic Orchid


ORCHIDS (Orchidaceaea) Symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness, mature charm and is a symbol of exotic beauty. With an estimated 25,000 different types existing naturally and more being discovered each year, Orchids are one of the largest flowering plant families. Although they are … Continue reading

Posted in Flower Varieties, Orchid | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Gentiana – A worldwide Flower


Common name is Gentian.  Gentiana is the Greek name for this plant, and was first used about 50-100 AD.  It was thought to be named after Gentius, King of Illyria (present-day Albania), who was the first to use this plant … Continue reading

Posted in Flower Varieties, Gentiana | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Delphinium


Pronounced del-fin-ee-um, the delphinium symbolizes big heartedness, fun, lightness, levity and can also indicate ardent attachment. The Delphinium is July’s Flower. The Greeks named this flower after Delphinium Apollo, the God of the city of Delphi. Delphinium means “Little Dolphin” … Continue reading

Posted in Delphinium, Flower Varieties | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Soon it will be raining roses over Michael Jacksons Neverland


The two-year anniversary of the death of infamous pop star Michael Jackson is fast approaching. This year you have the opportunity to join in on a helicopter flight over Neverland and participate in a flower drop. A Micheal Jackson fan … Continue reading

Posted in Flowers in the News, Weird and Wacky | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flower Animals – the cutest bouquets ever!


I came across these pictures while surfing the other day and just had to share them! The cutest bouquets you will ever see.     I’m not sure who made these as the original post did not have any information … Continue reading

Posted in Decorating with Flowers, Fun Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Versatile Ginger – from Curative Powers to Shampoo!


Zingiber is a member of the Zingiberaceae family, which includes about 40 genera of tropical gingers native to Malaysia, Indonesia, eastern Asia and Australia. In addition to cut flowers, these plants are grown for the culinary uses of their aromatic … Continue reading

Posted in Flower Varieties, Ginger | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Fritillaria


Pronounced “frit-ah-LAIR-ee-uh,” this bulbous herb is a member of the Liliaceae family. With about 100 species, Fritillarias are among the oldest cultivated plant materials. They have delicate, boxy, pendant blooms and stems that range in height from 20-90cm. Fritillarias are … Continue reading

Posted in Flower Varieties, Fritillaria, Lilies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Some World Record Flower Facts


This week I thought I would post some world record facts about flowers right from the folks who know about these things, Guinness World Records.  Although I have been “playing” with flowers for many years I was absolutely amazed at … Continue reading

Posted in "Just The Facts", Fun Stuff, Wedding Flowers, Weird and Wacky | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments