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Rose Garden

The trees sighed a silent warning, and the leaves rustled in alarm. A man approached a garden which did not belong to him. His gait was steady, smooth, nonchalant. Upon his face danced a predatory smirk, and his eyes were colder than the frigid winter air. It had not snowed yet, despite it being late …

Design, Features

Foraged Flowers: Trend and Tradition

In their expressive beauty, flowers connect us to the natural world. But let’s take that idea a step further. Flowers that appear naturally in a particular place, at a particular season, can help us make a connection to that place and time; the same is true for leaves, seedpods, and branches. Collecting botanicals directly from …

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Can flower farms help save the bees?

What is the reason for flowers? Why do they exist, in all their beauty, color, and fragrance? Poets and philosophers could give us many reasons. But science offers a concrete, definitive answer: flowers evolved in order to attract pollinators—mainly insects, including bees. Yes, flowers and bees go way back. Flowers provide bees with nectar, and …

Musings

Drawing Flowers: An Insightful Activity

Drawing Flowers: An Insightful Activity by Yesenia Arias

Working with kiddos on the spectrum is a challenge in itself, and figuring out their interpretation of things is a must on the job. A way to understand their perception of the world is to encourage them to draw- what better things to draw than flowers? Drawing is often a mindless activity, one that we …

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Gardenias: Soothing Kiddos on the Spectrum

Gardenias

Aww, soothing the mind. Imagine this: the scent of gardenias. What is more tranquil than inhaling this sweet floral, silky aroma? Nothing! And kiddos with Autism Spectrum Disorder will agree. I have been working with kiddos on all different levels of the spectrum for over a year now. It is no surprise that one remedy …

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The Religious Significance of Lily-of-the-Valley

The Religious Significance of Lily-of-the-Valley

While the rose might enjoy the most numerous and prominent associations with the Christian religion, the lily-of-the-valley also bears singular significance in Christianity. And like the rose, the lily-of-the-valley is connected most strongly with (Catholic) Christianity’s two central figures—Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. The lily-of-the-valley, or Convallaria majalis, demonstrates that fatal combination of beauty …

Musings

The Fleur-de-lis, Chivalry, and the Gothic Revival

You have, no doubt, seen a peculiar floral symbol in all manner of places with no apparent explanation or context. It graces the high and the low alike, from the heraldic crests of Europe’s ancient families and Old-World castles of immense wealth and opulence to the humble kitchen wallpaper. I’m speaking about the fleur-de-lis, otherwise …

Varieties

Arctic Blossoms: Purple Saxifrage

Purple Saxifrage

Purple Saxifrage a.k.a. Saxifraga oppositifolia has been around since at least the last ice age. Known as the northernmost wildflower on Earth as it’s found on the northernmost piece of land on Earth, Kaffeklubben Island, it can survive extremely cold environments periodically lacking in sunlight, lacking in water when everything is frozen over, and with …