With fall just around the corner, the season of the mum is here! This beautiful and popular fall flower is making its return to living rooms and front porches all across the country. Here are some great tips to help you get the most out of your favorite fall plant!
“A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.”
When selecting Mums in the early fall season, make sure to pick out the plants that are beginning to break their bud. This way, you will maximize bloom time! You can estimate when this is by using the dates on the plant tags and cross referencing with already blooming plants.
While virtually all plants will provide flowers, you will get the most flowers out of the biggest plants. In the case of Mums, bigger really does mean better!
Chrysanthemums are a bright, vibrant plant, and as such they thrive best in bright, vibrant locations. Keep them in as much sun as possible to maximize the number of buds that open.
Mums are thirsty little buggers! Watering the soil to the point of almost constant dampness will encourage more blooms to open and provide you with a more beautiful plant! Be careful not to flood the pot though, mums are a plant, not a fish!
If you slip up and your plant dries out, you can bring the flower back to life by submerging it into a bucket of water and leaving it there for a short time. Afterward, make sure to aerate your soil before returning the plant to its roots.
Happy Back To School to all the lucky students out there! Here are a few great ways to bring flower power with you as you hit the halls and re-open your long forgotten books!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
This month marks National Romance Awareness Month!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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