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Flower




Flower: The reproductive structure of some seed-bearing plants

Flower: A plant that is cultivated or appreciated for its blossoms

Flower: The highest example or best representative (i.e. "the flower of his generation")

Flower: The condition or a time of having developed flowers ("The roses were in full flower")

However you define them, flowers are fabulous, flowers are fragrant, flowers are fashionable, flowers are infinite, and flowers are here to stay! All plants produce flowers for the same reason: sexual reproduction. The showiest part of a plant, all flowers consist of 4 basic parts: the stamen, carpel, petals and sepals, and different flowers have different numbers and shapes of these parts.

The stamen is the male reproductive organ of flowers, consisting of a pollen sac or anther and a long supporting filament. The filament holds the anther in position so the pollen it contains can be disbursed by the wind or carried to the stigma by insects, birds or bats. The pistil, located in the center of flowers, consists of the stigma, style, and ovary. This female part of flowers contains the eggs, and after an egg is fertilized the ovule develops into a seed. Sepals are green, leaf-like structures on the base of flowers that protect the flower bud. Petals are the highly colored portions of flowers that may contain perfume as well as nectar glands.

If you want to learn more about flowers, dig up dirt on flowers online, go to a library, or visit your local florist! Professional florists are real flower experts who can advise you on flower care and give you the 'lowdown' on varieties of flowers.

There are flowers for every occasion, flowers for every season, flowers for every style, and flowers in every shape, size and color you can dream of! Flowers are growing not only in height, type and beauty, but in popularity as well. Here is but a budding list of the many ways flowers are being utilized today: flowers for weddings, flowers for funerals, flowers for birthdays, Valentine's Day flowers, flowers for new births or Christenings, flowers for corsages and boutonnieres, bon voyage flowers, welcome home flowers, gift flowers, just because flowers, flowers to say "I love you", flowers to say "I'm sorry", flowers to say "I'm thinking of you", congratulation flowers, condolence flowers, flowers for decoration, flowers for bridal bouquets, flowers as hair adornments, flowers for wreaths, flowers for holidays, floating flower arrangements for ponds and pools, flowers that say "thank you", flowers to decorate bridal cars, centerpiece flowers, and many, many more.

When it comes to giving someone flowers, there are no ground rules. With flowers, it really IS the thought that counts! However, to select the ideal flowers for a person or occasion, consider the types of flowers that best reflect the personality, gender or theme of the intended recipient or venue. A florist can help you customize your arrangement of flowers for an array with a personal touch!

While you can freely "take your pick" in selecting flowers, some flowers have symbolic meanings associated with them from Victorian times. The practice of assigning meanings to flowers is known as floriography, and some of the more common examples include: Baby's Breath - everlasting love; Cactus - endurance love; Daffodil - respect, unrequited love; Daisy - innocence, purity, faith; Hibiscus - delicate beauty; Red Rose - love; Pink Rose - perfect happiness; Sunflower - loyalty; Red Tulip - believe me, declaration of love; Yellow Tulip - hopeless love.

For flowers on a budget, consult with your florist about what flowers are in season and are the best value. Flowers come into flower shops from every corner of the world and every flower is in season somewhere almost all of the time! And with modern shipping technology, fresh flowers from the field can be transported to the marketplace in a matter of hours. Or, look for wholesale flowers or cheap flower deals online! With the convenience and speed of the Internet, ordering flowers for loved ones and friends has never been easier or faster. There are hundreds of florists offering delivery services online with huge selections of flower bouquets and flower arrangements to choose from. Online pictures of flowers give spectators spectacular ideas, and there are also candy bouquets, chocolates, food baskets and teddy bears that can be sent along with flowers or as a gift alone.

Flowers a great way to decorate and to beautify your home. Keep your residence smelling like a rose, and appearing fresh as a daisy with fresh-cut flowers, or add the elegance and richness of dried flowers. Choose flowers for the entranceway and foyer; flowers for the dining room; flowers for the living room; flowers for the kitchen; flowers for your home office; flowers for the bathroom; flowers for the bedroom, and flowers for the guest bedroom. The containers that hold flowers are also attracting significant attention. From traditional and contemporary flower vases to a myriad of new-fangled, expensive or handmade flower holders and danglers, flowers and flower accessories can make a bold fashion statement, on any budget.

Plastic and fiber flowers (such as silk) are quickly climbing the flower popularity vines! Silk wedding flowers are in vogue, and preserving flowers from a wedding bouquet is a flower favorite. While many people still prefer the "real thing" when it comes to flowers, preserving or drying flowers has become a widespread hobby. Try preserving colored fall leaves, magnolia leaves (for wreaths) and mistletoe (for holiday decorations) with glycerin, giving them a very natural appearance. Preserving flowers and foliage can be fun year-round!

To care for flowers, here are some flower essentials: Certain varieties of cut flowers last longer than others. When buying flowers, ask your florist how long you should expect your arrangement to last. Keep flowers in a cool place (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit; 18 to 22 degrees Celsius), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, and off the tops of televisions or radiators (to prevent wilting/dehydration). The sooner that you put your flowers into water, the longer they will last. Flowers stems should be re-cut on an angle while submerged in water (to prevent an airlock where the stems can't uptake water). To make your blooms last longer, add plant food supplied by your florist, and change flower water and flower food every three to four days. Always use clean flower vases or containers to prevent bacterial damage to your flowers. Remove any flower leaves which will be under the water while in the vase - submerged leaves will rot, creating bacteria and shortening the life span of your flowers.

Finally, here is a "flower fact of the day" followed by a fabulous flower tip!

What is floral food and why use it? : Floral food is a combination of additives that help nourish flowers and prevent bacteria from growing in the water. It is one of the best, easiest ways to extend the life of your flowers! Be sure to follow the directions on the flower food package carefully, as improperly mixed floral food can do more harm than good.

FLOWER TIP: You can make your own floral preservative by adding a tablespoon of sugar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and one-quarter teaspoon of bleach into one vase of water (sugar provides energy, citric acid acts as an acidifier, and bleach prevents bacteria growth).







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