Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Flower Rose

Perhaps no other flower has been so highly documented and recommended from times immemorial than the rose. From the first day of documented history or perhaps from even before, roses have stood for the ultimate symbol of passion and love. Roses have been even worshiped in some cultures and in some cultures; roses have been used to worship their gods. Rose apart from all its beauty and unmatched fragrance is also one very useful flower. It is used in premium skin care products and even finds some use in health care products! Acres of land have been turned into rose farming land that is a pride of any farmer. Apart from the huge business that they manage to do, people in the neighborhood are proud and fiercely protective of the fragrance that emanates from the rose farms, day and night!

Rose as a flower has been well-documented in the history of almost every culture. Nowhere does it find so much of importance than the history of the Indian subcontinent and the Persian empires. Their history has tones of information on the breed and the variety of the flower and how it served as an inspiration to lovers and artists alike! Some medieval era rose gardens still exist in India and well as the Middle East. Though the Middle East has largely restricted the rose gardens to palaces, elsewhere, such gardens are used for educational tours, research as well as tourist spots!

No other flower but the rose has managed to draw the attention of females like bees get attracted to pollen! Females have always been compared to the gentle petals of the flower; rose has a parallel in the evergreen beauty of the fairer sex. Romance and love has always flourished with the support of roses. Men always gift their close girls pals rose bouquets - it is seen as the ultimate token of love.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


"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.

That's right, before we had the local drugstore pharmacy with it's many colorful cough syrups to aid our aliments we relied on flowers. Flowers like calendula for aches and pains or hyssop for a sore throat. Today you might be able to find Ecanechia at your local pharmacy. Although most of the immunity boosting qualities of this flower comes form it's roots, it is a healing flower all the same. For the most part healing flowers are a thing of the past. That is of course if you are excluding one of today's most controversial flowers, the cannabis or marijuana flower. This highly debated flower is said to aid in a number of ailments such as chronic pain, depression and stomach upset, just to name a few. Although some states have legalized cannabis for medical use, it's distributors and the patients that have come to rely on it's healing properties are under the constant scrutiny of not only our federal government but the state elected officials whom continue to argue the validity of this flowers power.

Some flowers are just plan good to eat. Take the Squash flower. This bright and brilliant flower carries a buttery flavor of summer. Simply saute lightly and sprinkle a little salt and there you have it. A delicious snack that's also beautiful. And you you have never had dried blueberries and dark chocolate with fresh and fragrant lavender, then you just don't know what you're missing. Dandelions which are commonly referred to as weeds are sweetest with a honey like flavor when they are picked young. Next time you make a salad or rice pilaf try adding some dandelion flowers and greens.

Flower Flower

Paper flowers make wonderful Easter gifts for mothers, grandmothers, aunts and any female family member or friend. If you want to go with traditional Easter flowers, you have a few to choose from. The traditional Easter flower is the white lily. It is a beautiful flower with a Christian meaning. The white lily represents Christ coming back to life 3 days after his crucifixion. If the recipient of this Easter flower is a Christian then they will not only appreciate the beauty of the flower but the meaning as well.

If you were looking for an Easter flower than has less religious overturns than perhaps the narcissus would be a better choice. The Pussy willow is also a common Easter flower however, given by its self it is not very attractive so if you were making paper flowers for a centerpiece including the pussy willow would be a much better idea.

Many paper flower makers are deciding to go with spring flowers instead of the specific Easter flowers and that is fine too. You can use the tulip, orchids and amaryllis as they all make wonderful corsages and fit beautifully in centerpieces.

When making flowers from crepe paper you are free to make any color you like. Many spring flowers in nature come in pastel colors however, with spring it brings a lot more sunshine and you can make a very bright and colorful centerpiece or corsage if you would like. We do not recommend a centerpiece with both pastels and bright colors; you really need to choose either pastels or bright colors. The bright colors will "bury" any pastels you may have in a centerpiece.