Sunflowers

July 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Golden Celebration

July 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Golden Celebration was bred by David Austin in the United Kingdom in 1992. This is possibly the most beautiful golden yellow English rose in commerce. It is classified as a modern shrub by the American Rose Society and is a cross between Charles Austin and Abraham Darby.

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This English rose excels in its vigor making a large upright shrub quicker than most other roses. The three inch flowers are a clean yellow, very double, highly fragrant and are continuously flowering in summer and autumn.

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It has excellent shapely growth, forming a nicely rounded, slightly arching shrub with ample foliage. It is very reliable and easy to grow. An ideal rose to mark any celebration or important event. The flowers are initially Tea-scented but often develop a wonderful combination of sauterne wine and strawberry.

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This rose can be grown in the ground or in a container, it is susceptible to blackspot and requires spring freeze protection.

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Violets

July 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

 Purple violets, along with pansies and violas, are members of the Violaceae plant family. Violets are a genus of spring flowering plants with around 400 to 500 species. They are native to temperate Northern Hemisphere and are also distributed in Hawaii, Australasia and the Andes in South America. Some species of Viola are perennials while others are annuals and a few are small shrubs.

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Violets typically have heart-shaped scalloped leaves and a vast majority of the viola species are herbaceous. The flowers are formed from five petals. The shape of the petals and placement defines many species. Violets often bloom in spring, but many species produce self-pollinated flowers in summer and autumn.

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True violets have been known for centuries with ancient Greeks cultivating them about 500BC. Both Greeks and Romans have found many uses for violets including herbal remedies, wine and to sweeten food. The Ancient Greeks considered Violets the symbol of love and fertility.

Violets are easy to cultivate through root cuttings or seeds. They are easily grown in sun or shade and are best grown in the dappled shade of a deciduous tree. Violets like well-drained and fairly rich soil so work in a spade full or two of compost at planting time for best results. Plan violets four to six weeks before your region’s last frost date and plant them 4 to 8 inches apart. Water moderately for they do not need huge amounts of water. Fertilize once after blooming starts. Not all species of violets are desired- wild violets are considered weeds by some people and are regarded as a problem in shady lawns in North America.

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Viola flowers have many uses including being used to decorate salads or in stuffing for poultry or fish. An extract of violets make a sweet syrup used by the French and the Americans to make violet scones and marshmallows. Violets have also been used as a source of scents in the perfume industry.

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Vintage Pyrex

July 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Wildflowers

July 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Cranes

July 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

The cranes are large to very large birds, including the world’s tallest flying birds. There are fifteen species of cranes under four genera and though they look like herons they are completely unrelated. They are easily recognizable for their long legs and long necks. One of the species of cranes, the whooping cranes became the inspiration for the legislation to protect endangered species. In 1940s there were only 15 cranes but now thanks for the efforts of conservationists there are now about 600 today.

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The cranes easily adapt to new surroundings and can adjust their diet and nutrient requirement according to what’s readily available. Their diet ranges from small rodents, amphibians, insects, to berries and plants. When they are in land they feed on seeds, leaves, nuts and acorns, berries, fruit, insects, worms, snails, small reptiles, mammals and birds. In wetlands, roots, rhizomes, tubers, other mollusks, small fish and amphibians are eaten.

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Some of species of crane migrate over long distances while others don’t migrate at all. The plumage of cranes vary by habitat, those living in vast wetlands tend to have more white in their plumage and tend to be bigger. Those living in smaller wetlands tend to have more gray in their plumage and are smaller in size.

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Cranes usually establish long term bonds that may last the lifetime of the birds. Pairs that are successful at breeding will continue to stay together while those that are continuously unsuccessful will part ways and “divorce”. Both sexes raise the young together which stays with them until the next year’s breeding season. Cranes are territorial and it is left to the male to defend the territory. When the male crane dies the female does not linger in the territory for protecting it lies with the male.

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Terrarium

July 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

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‘Basye’s Purple’ rose has reddish brown bark, blue-green foliage, and beautiful single velvety maroon-purple flowers graced by purple stamens that are bright yellow at the tips. It is truly a royal rose. It was bred and introduced by Dr. Robert Basye in 1968 and is a cross between R. rugosa and R. foliolosa. It has wonderful bright green feathery foliage that is very much like its parent, Rosa foliolosa, and showing little of the rugosa characteristics.

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It will become a fairly large shrub of about 7 or 8 feet tall and at least as wide, with a very nice compact, arching habit. Like most Rugosas, this one repeats it’s bloom all through the season, although the individual blooms last only a day or two.

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It has a fruity fragrance, has an average diameter of 2.5″ medium, single bloom form about 4 to 8 petals and it blooms in flushes throughout the season. It is very hardy, vigorous and heat tolerant and does not set many hips.

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Gerber Daisies

July 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Blue Danube

July 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

The Blue Danube pattern was inspired from a somewhat similar pattern created during the Chinese Yuan Dynasty (1260-1368 AD). The designs showcase flowers which in Chinese culture symbolize happiness and good fortune. This ancient Chinese pattern which was so sought after it paved the way for the creation of the Blue Danube pattern.

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The Blue Danube china pattern was developed in 1951 Blue Danube China company, based in Japan and was distributed to the United States, Canada, Australia and part of Europe by Lipper International who held the patent for its design and distribution. The Blue Danube is under glazed on translucent porcelain and each piece is highly chip resistant and dishwasher safe.

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A variety of backstamps were used throughout its production, the original being used in 1951 through 1976 showcased the words Blue Danube on a ribbon banner with the words Reg. US. Pat. Off. underneath it. Then it was followed with the boxed backstamp which was used between 1977 and 2000. At the start of 2001 a new backstamp was introduced with the words Blue Danube in a scrollwork and the word Japan beside it.

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The Blue Danube china pattern has been discontinued in 2010 but replacements are still available online.

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