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Journey of the Daffodil

Yellow Daffodils

I was born from a man enamored with his reflection, who, when looking into the clear, translucent water of a pond, fell in and drowned. A nymph had loved him, her soul the soft Echo of sweetness. Yet in his pride he rebuffed her affections. Revenge befell him, and in turn he, too, fell. My …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Over the Rainbow

Rainbow Roses, Over The Rainbow | Bloomsday Review

The first time you saw Rainbow Roses—or mums or carnations, similarly tinted—did you do a double-take? You can tell by the texture of the petals that the flowers are real and have not been spray-painted. But how do they get all those vivid colors (usually four but sometimes even more) into one flower? The answer …

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Edible, but is it Nutritious?

Edible Flowers from a garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand

One way to prevent your wilting flowers from going to waste is to eat them. Yes, eat the flowers. Our sources in Thailand inform us that Dianthus (see above photo) and Verbena flowers are edible, “but”, she says, “only the petals are edible”. So naturally, we wonder “is it nutritious?”. One duckduckgo search later and …

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From Wildfire to Wildflower

California Poppy

Photograph by Milos Tonchevski. The super bloom is not a recent phenomenon. According to early Spanish explorers along the California coast, Native Americans would burn grassy fields in the wild, and then some time after, wildflowers would emerge from the burnt out areas. We know some plants to be more fire tolerant than others, but …