Saturday, 17 November 2012

A Pink Flower

Pink flowers come in different shades known as blush, coral, fuchsia, raspberry, rose, salmon, hot pink, and magenta. Some named pink plumeria flowers among Plumeria rubra officially registered with the Plumeria Society of America include Charlotte Ebert, Grove Farm, Maui Beauty, Mela Matson, Sally Moragne, and Slaughter Pink.

Though not as bold as red, pink plumeria flowers have a unique place among plumeria flowers when it comes to color. Bright pink colors express youth, fun, excitement, and confidence. Pink, since being chosen as the color to symbolize the fight against women's breast cancer possibly for its association with baby girls, has internationally added awareness and hope to its already recognized romantic and charming appeal. Pink plumeria flowers offer this softer side to their red counterparts.

A Sunflower

Sunflower seeds are another highly nutritious seed food that we Americans supply generously to our parrots and our chickens, yet neglect to utilize in raising the standards of our under-par human diets. Our health authorities have been passing up a highly palatable, first-rate source of high-grade protein, B-vitamins and urgently needed trace minerals by failing to acquaint the public with sunflower seeds. This is a serious oversight in a country where our health becomes worse as our civilization grows older-and where our past-forty populace is growing old prematurely because of poor diet.

Back in the days of the czars, every Russian soldier out in the campaign field was given what was called his daily 'iron ration'-a two-pound bag of sunflower seeds. Because the army away from its supply bases was sometimes forced to live exclusively on these seeds, the officers furnished their men with this tasty, lightweight food knowing that it gave them all the nourishment needed to keep them in good condition. (Besides the protein, vitamins and other minerals, two pounds of sunflower seeds contain about 21 milligrams of iron. The average grown man requires at least 12 milligrams of iron each day for optimum health, while the average woman needs a minimum of 15 milligrams. From these figures it's easy to understand that the Russian soldier in those days must have been a red-blooded fellow.)

The Russians, Turks and Arabs living near the Black Sea and in Asia Minor chew sunflower seeds as Americans chew gum. Every Russian home in that region has a bowlful of sunflower seeds to be dipped into at all times, as our homes provide dishes of bonbons. This custom arrived in some parts of the United States where immigrants from Russia settled. In the Dakotas, for instance, several decades ago the school children were encouraged to eat sunflower seeds, called 'Russian peanuts.'

Within the last several years, various scientists over the country have made studies to ascertain the nutritional values of the sunflower seed. An experiment conducted at Indiana University to compare sunflower seeds with wheat germ, corn germ and soybeans obtained these results: Sunflower seed meal (the form of the seed used in the experiment) contains about 750 per cent more niacin than the best grade of wheat germ, and is 500 per cent richer in this important member of the B-complex group than either corn germ or soybean meal. Also, sunflower seed meal has the same total niacin value, if not more, than peanut meal, heretofore, considered an outstanding source of this vitamin.

What this experiment means to you is that sunflower seeds are an unsurpassed source of niacin. Further investigations revealed that sunflower seed meal contains about 60 per cent more pantothenic acid (likewise a member of the B-vitamin family, and sometimes known as the 'anti-gray hair vitamin') than soybean meal; and considerably more pantothenic acid than either corn germ or wheat germ. It was also learned that sunflower seeds top the list of all vegetable concentrates, containing 55.4 per cent high-grade protein. The report concluded: 'Sunflower seed meal is unusually rich in bone-forming calcium. It is an excellent source of thiamin, or vitamin B-i.'.

We have since discovered that sunflower seeds are regular storehouses for the minerals silicon, magnesium, fluorine and phosphorus, in addition to their particularly generous amounts of calcium and iron. Because of the flower's close affinity to the sun, sunflower seeds are an extremely rich source of vitamin D, being one of the very few plants containing this 'sunshine vitamin.' This is only natural, when we stop to recall that the sunflower is the only plant that visibly turns its head throughout the day to follow the path of the sun across the heavens.

Sunflower seeds may enter your diet in several ways. The hulled seeds make a delicious confection, with a flavor far superior, in my opinion, to peanuts. Sunflower seeds, hulled and sometimes toasted, have been a delicacy in the Orient and in Slavic countries for many centuries. The vegetarians who have tried 'meat loaf' made of ground sunflower seeds declare it to be far superior in both flavor and nourishment to any other substitute they have found. Sunflower seeds contain a protein that approaches meat protein in taste and smell. The meal made from sunflower seeds mixes well with other flours, and bakes quickly. It is delicious, too, when used for thickening soups, gravies and sauces.

Sunflower seeds, together with millet, should be an essential in every vegetarian diet, as well as in the diets of those persons who are seeking economical, easily digested, youth-protecting proteins. The protein content of sunflower seeds and millet is better balanced and more digestible than that of soybeans which, up until the present, have formed the 'staff of life' for most meatless diets. If I can't persuade you vegetarians to include at least some meats, fish and poultry in your diets, then by all means let me recommend that you get acquainted at once with millet and sunflower seeds, using them in the ways outlined for you-and for other users in further artciles to come.

It is no surprise to me when enthusiastic reports keep coming in from persons who have adopted sunflower seeds as a regular item in their diets. Especially interesting is the almost unanimous praise for sunflower seeds as a food that remedies bleeding gums, and slows down tooth decay. Of course, the explanation for this is the unusually high content of the vitamins A and D, and the minerals calcium, phosphorus, silicon and fluorine, all of them nutrients directly concerned with the health of teeth and gums. The calcium of raw sunflower seeds is easily assimilated by the human body. This may be one reason why eating sunflower seeds was believed by our grandparents to cure rheumatism. Although no extensive research has been done on this belief as yet, still some of you who suffer from this painful ailment may wish to do some experimenting on your own. About a small handful of hulled seeds is the average daily amount that could be effective.

A Flower Blooming

How to Plant Peonies

It is very important that peony plants not be planted too deep. Peonies that are planted too deep will not bloom. Because peonies are slow to establish it will be several years before you realize that you planted your peonies too deep and you will have lost several growing seasons. For great peony flower blooms follow these steps:

1) First select a sunny location (at least 8 hours per day of sunlight) with well drained soil and then dig a hole about 8 - 10 inches deep.

2) Amend the soil if needed. Peonies will grow in average to poor soil but it is good to amend the soil with compost or topsoil if you have poor soil.

3) Place the peony root in the hole with the eyes facing up (the eyes are little white points on the root).

4) Hold the peony root upright with one hand while using your other hand to fill in the hole with soil.

5) Cover the peony plant with exactly 1 inch of dirt over the eyes. If the peony is planted deeper than this it will not bloom.

The proper time for planting peonies is in the fall. Peonies can be planted as long as the ground has not frozen. In northern states September and October are perfect planting times. This will give the peonies time to establish their roots before the ground freezes for the winter. It is normal to have top growth while they are getting established. This is nothing to worry about.

Paula L is an avid gardener and has been growing peony flowers and plants since the early 1990s. She has built a successful business out of her gardening hobby and has overnight shipped beautiful fresh cut peony flowers for weddings in almost all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii.

A Flower

"All the flowers would have very extra special powers" This is a quote from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Flowers have been a symbol of peace and love throughout the ages. From the "Flower Power" movement of the 1960's, when activist and young pacifist Jane Rose Kasmir was photographed planting a flower on the bayonets of guards at the Pentagon during a protest against the Vietnam War on October 21, 1967. A Moment in time that would go on in American culture and heritage to reflect a moment of peace in a time of war, symbolizing a new type of passive resistance, coined by Ginsberg's 1965 essay titled How to Make a March/Spectacle. During the late 1800's a woman rejecting a suitor might send him yellow roses. During world war one a man leaving for a battle overseas might give his girlfriend forget-me-nots. Most people remember that red roses mean "I love you," but floriography itself has been largely forgotten, a Victorian practice where particular types of flowers meant different things.

In some cases flowers may have a more grim representation such as calla lilies at a funeral. Recently evidence of flowers dating back to the prehistoric period have been discovered through 'Flower Fossils'. Archaeologists uncovered skeletons of a man, two women and an infant buried together in soil containing pollen of flowers in a cave in Iraq. This association of flowers with the cave dwelling Neanderthals of the Pleistocene epoch is indicative of the role of flowers in burial rituals. Analysis of the sediment pollen concentrated in batches, implied that possible bunches of flowers had been placed on the grave. Closer examination of the flower pollen enabled scientists to identify many flowers that were present, all of which had some therapeutic properties.