Archives For May 2014

Double Delight Roses

May 31, 2014

The most popular new variety of the last 30 years, the Double Delight rose bears creamy white flowers with rice, cherry-red edges that deepen in color as the flower ages. On top of that, the scent is strong and pleasing. A vase full of these roses will fill a room with the sweet scent of fresh cut flowers.

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Double Delight was introduced by hybrid tea rose cultivar Swim & Ellis in 1977. Only 8 years later, it was places in the Rose Hall of Fame.

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The prolific bush provides lots of creamy pointed buds that blush red with the rays of the sun and nicely contrast the deep green leaves. The large old-fashioned flowers can have 24-30 petals on each flower. It can grow up to 5 feet wide and 5 feet tall.

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This rose does best with warms days and cool nights and prefers full sun or partial shade.

More information about the Double Delight rose can be found at Gurneys, Heirloom Roses, Wikipedia, BHG, or Weeks Roses.

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Coffee, Please

May 30, 2014

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Looking for more than a black cup of coffee this morning, click here for 25 fun coffee recipes! You’ll be your own barista in no time.

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Ranunculus

May 29, 2014

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The Oranges ‘n’ Lemons rose features stripes of pure yellow contrasted against bright orange – a showstopper! This striking rose was introduced in 1994 by hybridizer Sam McGreedy.

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Mahogany red new foliage is a plus all year long, maturing to a very deep glossy green. This vigorous bush has a fountainous habit with canes 6 – 8 ft. long that can be trained as a climber in milder climates.

Cooler weather will result in more blooms and richer colors.

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Sunflowers

May 27, 2014

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Our Nation’s Capitol

May 26, 2014

US Marine Corps War Memorial

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National Cathedral

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Arlington National Cemetery

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Hummingbirds

May 25, 2014

Hummingbirds are birds from the Trochilidae family and are among the smallest of birds with most species measuring 3 to 5 inches. They are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers and got their name from the humming sound that is caused by the flapping of their wings.

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They can fly right, left, up , down, backwards and even upside down. The hummingbird’s feet are used for perching only and not for hopping or walking.

Hummingbirds drink nectar and like bees they are able to assess the sugar content of the nectar they eat. Most species of hummingbirds have long bills adapted for feeding from flowers. Apart from nectars from flowers they also eat tree sap, insects and pollens.

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Due to the hummingbird’s fast breathing rate, fast metabolism rate and high body temperature they require an enormous amount of food each day. They consume more than their own weight in nectar each day which means they have to visit hundreds of flowers daily and are only able to store energy just enough to survive the night. They also have the ability to lower their metabolic rate by going into a hibernation-like state that helps them conserve energy while they sleep or when food source is scarce.

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Most of the hummingbirds of the US and Canada migrate south in the fall to spend winter in Central America. It is rather difficult to approximate the population of the hummingbirds as there are many different species over a large geographic area.

In the past hummingbirds will killed for their feathers but today they face various threats such as habitat loss and the Earth’s changing climate is affecting the migratory patterns of the birds causing them to stay rooted in one spot where it may be hard for them to look for food.

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Vintage Hankie Ideas

May 24, 2014

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Patriotic Porches

May 23, 2014

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April Moon Rose

May 22, 2014

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April Moon Rose is a rose of great delicate beauty. It is an ever blooming rose that offers clusters of long-lasting, sweetly fragrant 4 to 5″ double flowers that bloom from June until frost. The lemon yellow edged red buds unfurl to display double blooms of lemon yellow that are born in clusters on a continual blooming bush.

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When the weather is cool, the lemon yellow petals will develop red highlights giving the petals red edging. The foliage starts out with coppery tints and matures to be rich dark green and leathery on this rounded yet spreading shrub.

This large shrub exhibits compact growth and offers strong lemon yellow flowers with are good for cut flowers. It is best used as a specimen plant or at the back of the border or even as a foundation planting in front of your house or fence.

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This cultivar is hybridized by Dr. Griffith Buck and introduced in 1984; it is cold hardy to zone 4 and winter hardy in Iowa. Fertilize in spring just before new growth begins and keep moist until completely established. Average water is needed during growing season.

More info found at Antique Rose Emporium, Heirloom Roses and Chamblee’s Rose Nursery.

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