Alfred Colomb Rose

April 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

‘Alfred Colomb’ exhibits flowers of large, full, strawberry-red blooms and is healthy and vigorous. The fragrance of the flowers is a delight. Ethelyn Emery Keays in her book “Old Roses” likens this rose as a “family head in the subdivision of the Hybrid Perpetuals.”

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Other names include: Madame Brosse and Marshall P. Wilder. It can tolerate a small amount of shade and is somewhat disease resistant.

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Classed as Hybrid Perpetual it was introduced in 1865. It is almost thornless with a height of 4 to 5 inches. The flower has about 45 large, very full petals and blooms in flushes throughout the season.

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More info can be found at Antique Rose Emporium and Dave’s Garden

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The swallowtail butterfly gets its name from the “tails” on the back of their wings that resembled the forked tails of swallows. This can be seen when the butterfly is resting and its wings are spread.

Swallowtail butterflies have a wingspan of 2.6 to 3.5 inches with bluish-black and yellow-white wings. They will sometimes have additional red markings. A band of large yellow spots through both fore and hind wings are prominent in males. In females, these spots are more orange.

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The swallowtail butterfly undergoes four stages in its lifecycle: egg, larvae, pupa and butterfly. Young pupate develops inside a cocoon in the fall and emerges as butterflies in the spring. Once it has emerged as a butterfly, it immediately looks for a mate. The eggs are attached to the leaflets of a food plant and after 8 to 10 days young caterpillars emerge and start feeding. The caterpillars are smooth and large with an orange “horn” that is hidden under the skin of the thorax. This horn would pop when threatened by predators and secretes repellent chemicals.

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Adult swallowtails are strong fliers and hide in trees at night to avoid predators, they can also defend themselves with toxic chemicals but still, they can fall prey to frogs and toads, spiders, wasps, mantis, and insect eating birds. The caterpillars and pupa are often prey to shrews, mice, ants, parasitic flies, lady beetles, mites and green lacewings.

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Swallowtail butterflies live in open areas like fields, meadows, vacant lots, sides of streams, open forests and anywhere near their food plants and especially those with abundant flowers.

The Oregon Swallowtail is the state insect of Oregon. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is the state insect of Virginia and the state butterfly of Georgia, Delaware, and South Carolina. The Black Swallowtail is the state butterfly of Oklahoma.

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Tulips!

April 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Pansy

April 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

The pansy is a group of large-flowered hybrid plants grown as garden flowers. The name pansy was derived from the French word “pansee” which means “thought” as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. The pansy has been described as the most popular of all flowers grown from seed.

The origin of the plant began in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England in the 1800s where Lord Gambier and his gardener William Thompson began crossing various Viola species. North American gardeners welcomed this newly bred flower in 1888.

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The names ‘pansy’ and ‘viola’ are often used interchangeable. There are many cultivars within the genus Viola and a lot of them are hybrids of the same handful of species so there are a lot of similarities with the flowers and only a botanist can distinguish them with certainty. However, an easy reminder is that plants considered to be pansies have four petals pointing upwards and only one pointing down while violets have three petals pointing up and two pointing down.

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Pansies are one of the most popular and recognizable cool weather annuals. They are adaptable small plants and at any time of the year a pansy can be blooming prolifically. These plants offer colorful flowers for any season in your garden. They have one of the widest ranges of colors and are good for containers, borders, and ground covers. Although delicate they can be surprisingly hardy and like the violas and violets, the flowers are edible.

You can plant the pansy seeds indoors for 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting them. For early spring and summer flowering, plant the seeds late winter in moist, humus-rich soil. Space the plants about 7 to 12 inches apart as they will spread and can grow about 6 to 9 inches tall.

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Always water your pansies regularly. If they show signs of not doing well you can assume that it’s because they are not watered enough. Help them stay healthy by using a general all-purpose fertilizer. To prolong the blooming and to encourage more flowers to grow remove any dead or faded flowers.

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Dortmund Rose

April 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

The Dortmund Rose is a beautiful red climber that draws praise almost every day of the growing season. First bred by Kordes, this rose was introduced in the UK in 1955.

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The large, single red blooms are recurrent and each petal overlaps its neighbor, giving the impression of a delicate ruffle.

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Dortmund’s blossoms are a luminous brilliant red with a touch of white at the center, and they are delightfully fragrant.  There is no urgency to cut old bloom as the petals fall cleanly and lovely bunches of bright orange hips form, with the plant still putting out lots of bloom.

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Plant this climber in a location where its vigorous canes won’t intrude into walkways. Be prepared for spectacular displays.

Content from: Antique Rose Emporium, Roses of the UK, Roses of Yesterday, and Rose Locater.

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Looking for some creative ideas this Easter with the kids or grandkids? Here are a few we found helpful…

Visit One of a Kind for creative Easter Egg Hunt ideas including assigning each child a color! Perfect idea for balancing out the baskets or managing an allergy.

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Want to give something other than candy to little ones this year? Click here for a list of 45 non-candy ideas including new sunglasses for summer!

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Looking for a craft to entertain the kids during Easter weekend? Here is a list of 75 crafts including lots of low cost ideas!

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Learn how to make these cute fuzzy Easter eggs HERE.

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Pink Aloha Rose

April 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Introduced in 1949, the Aloha rose is a vigorous climbing rose with dark foliage and fragrant, double, rose-pink flowers with salmon shading that flowers from summer to autumn.  It has lots of dark, leathery foliage that provides a striking backdrop for large, fully double (58 to 60-ish petals) flowers of rose pink with a deeper pink reverse. ‘Aloha’ is reminiscent of some of the best big Hybrid Perpetuals, but it blooms much more often. This climber is just right for a pillar or trellis, yet will also stand alone as a shrub.

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Classed as a climbing hybrid tea rose, it is excellent in warm climates and grows well in well-drained soil with lots of sun.

More info can be found at Royal Horticultural Society and Antique Rose Emporium

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A. A. Milne

April 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne was born in Hampstead, London, on January 18, 1882 to parents Vince and Sarah Marie Milne. As a boy he showed prowess in Mathematics. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge and studied Mathematics on a scholarship. While in school he wrote and edited for a school publication and later on collaborated with his brother Kenneth where the initials AKM appeared on their articles.

In 1903, he tried to make a living as a freelance writer, writing humorous articles and light verses. Two years later, he became an assistant editor for the humour magazine, Punch in 1906. In 1913, he married Dorothy “Daphne” de Sélincourt, their only son Christopher Robin Milne was born in 1920.

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Milne served in the army in World War I as an officer of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and then later the Royal Corps of Signals. He was discharged from duty on February 14, 1919 and settled in Mallord Street, Chelsea.

After the war, he began to write plays, novels, and a collection of children’s short stories and poems. His collection of short children’s stories would later become a part of the Winnie the Pooh books. Winnie the Pooh was published in 1926 followed by The House at Pooh Corner in 1928. A collection of nursery rhymes called The Wrong Sort of Bees was published in 1927.

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The stories of Winnie the Pooh and friends were inspired by Milne’s son Christopher Robin and his toys. Christopher Robin had a stuffed bear called Edward, later renamed to Winnie after the military mascot in World War I. The rest of the characters were all Christopher Robin’s toys brought to life in the stories through the imagination of his father.

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A.A. Milne died in January 1956, at the age of 74. His widow later sold her rights to Pooh and characters to Stephen Slesinger, whose widow sold the rights after Slesinger’s death to the Walt Disney Company who made many Pooh cartoon movies and Pooh related merchandise.

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Beautiful Blues

April 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

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