Archives For June 2014

Marvelous Macarons

June 30, 2014

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Transferware

June 29, 2014

A technique of “printing” designs on ceramics (china) was developed in Staffordshire, England around 1760 called transferware.  It was developed by John Sadler and Guy Green of Liverpool. Transfer printing became the answer to providing an affordable alternative to the hand painted pieces that were very expensive that only the wealthy could afford.

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The transfer process begins when a design is etched on a flat copper plate then the copper plate is inked with ceramic coloring. After the plate is thoroughly inked the design would then be transferred to a tissue paper. The inked impression would then be transferred to the ceramic object. After the ceramic object is inked it would be taken to a low-temperature kiln to get fired and glazed to fix the design.

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Transfer printing was originally done in single colors and the popular ones were blue, red, black, purple, green and brown. Blue pieces were the most sought after and the browns ones were considered the cheapest. The transfer printing technique was later adapted by Josiah Wedgwood in the creation of his ivory based ceramics called “Creamware”. Years later the technique advanced and allowed for the printing of double and triple colors, combinations like red and white and blue and white.

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The transferware designs and patterns are varied but they often incorporate Asian people and scenery with beautiful pagodas. English manufacturers of transferware include Crown Ducal, Enoch Wood, Royal Staffordshire, Royal Crownford, Alfred Meakin, Spode, Johnson Brothers, and Mason’s with most sought after patterns including Crown Ducal’s “Bristol”, “Calico”, “Castles”, “Charlotte”, “English Chippendale”, “English Scenery”, “Friendly Village”, “Historic America”, “Italian”, “Liberty Blue”, “Old Britain Castles”, “Rose Chintz”, “Tonquin”, “Tower” and Vista”.

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When collecting transferware pieces it would be advantageous to be familiar with how to date and identify an original. It is important to note the difference in marks or backstamps between time periods. From 1842 to 1883, the items carried a diamond shaped mark which contains the date the pattern was registered. After 1884, the registry adapted single numbers and registration numbers higher than 360,000 denote creation after the 1900s. Around 1860 to 1880 the word Limited or its abbreviations Lt or Ltd was added and the word Trademark was added and indicates a manufacture date after 1875. The words “Made in England” denotes the piece is created sometime in the 20th century.

Pieces from the 1700s as well as 1800s are hard to come by and aren’t usually found in antique shops but they do show up from time to time. We can readily find red and white transferware pieces in malls and online shops and though they are not valuable the designs are just as beautiful as the antique ones.

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Vintage Swimwear

June 28, 2014

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Cadenza Rose

June 27, 2014

Cadenza was first bred by David L. Armstrong in 1967 in the United States. It was introduced in the US by Armstrong Roses as “Cadenza”. Cadenza is an excellent candidate for cutting and drying, as it tends to maintain its red coloration and doesn’t blacken with age. Clusters of ruffled red petals which fade slightly to burgundy are supported on strong stems. The bush is upright and angular with large glossy leaves and gives no indication of insect or disease problems.

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Cadenza is dark red with mild fragrance and has an average diameter of 3″, it has medium to large double cupped bloom form with 17-25 petals. Cadenza is an occasional repeat bloom in the season and can be used for cut flower or pillar or shrub.

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Cadenza is heat tolerant and very disease resistant. To encourage re-bloom…  remove spent blooms, remove old canes and dead or diseased wood. It can be grown as a climber in mild climates and can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.

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Peonies

June 25, 2014

The Peony is a flowering plant native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America with about 25 different species. Most peonies are herbaceous perennial plants but some resemble trees. These perennials may live longer than you do as some have been known to thrive for over 100 years. The plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves. They do not respond well to transplanting.

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Peonies can be classified by flower type and plant growth habit. The flower types become more complex in its petal arrangement and include: Single, Japanese, Anemone, Semi-Double, Double, Bomb-Double. By plant growth, types are Herbaceous (nonwoody), Tree (shrub), and Itoh (or “Intersectional”), which is intermediate between herbaceous and tree forms.

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Herbaceous peonies differ from woody-stemmed peonies in that they die back to ground level every winter. They provide invaluable colour to borders in late spring or early summer. They have large often double flowers in whites, pinks and reds adding glamour and beauty to any garden.

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A peony shrub is deciduous shrub called a tree peony. They grow slowly but live for years and will lose their leaves in the fall. They grow between 3 to 5 feet tall. Peony shrubs will bloom colorful flowers in green, yellow, maroon and purple. During winter the peony shrubs grown in colder climates will need protection from winter in order to bloom flowers in spring.

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Intersectional Peonies, also known as Itoh Hybrids, are a hybrid produced by crossing a tree peony (peony shrub) with an herbaceous (non-woody) peony. They produce tree peony flowers with leaves on plants that behave like the herbaceous peony in that they die on winter and emerge on spring. They grow approximately 2.5 feet tall and are disease resistant and less susceptible to powdery mildew than their herbaceous parent.

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Delightful Daisies

June 24, 2014

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Pinks in Nature

June 23, 2014

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Monarch Butterflies

June 22, 2014

 Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. They are the most beautiful of all butterflies and some say are considered the “king” of the butterflies hence the name “monarch”. The monarch butterfly is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, North America, Maderia and are occasional migrant in Western Europe.

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The monarch butterfly’s wingspan ranges from 3 1/2 to 4 inches and they are easily recognizable by their orange and black pattern wings. Males are slightly larger than the females; the females have darker veins on their wings while the males have a spot called the androconium in the center of each hind wing. The caterpillar of the monarch is banded in yellow, black and white stripes and the eggs are creamy white which would later turn pale yellow.

The migration pattern of the monarch butterfly is famous; they go southward late summer/autumn from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico and coastal California and return northward in spring. Their migration route was discovered after a 38 year search entomologists Fred and Norah Urquhart.

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The monarch can be found in various habitats including meadows, fields, gardens and trees. Adult monarchs consume nectars from a wide range of sources including wild carrot, teasel, horseweed, lilac, clover, red clover and tall ironweed. The larvae however only eat milkweed.

The monarch goes through four lifecycles and four generations in one year. The cycle of the monarch butterfly consists of the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly.  In February or March, the hibernating monarch emerges from hibernation to look for mates. The courtship has two stages, the aerial and the ground phase. In the aerial phase the male pursues and takes down a female monarch, copulation occurs during the ground phase where the male and female stay attached for 60 seconds.

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The eggs are laid by the females in the March and April onto leaves of milkweed plants. Four days later the eggs hatch into larvae or caterpillars. The caterpillars eat their egg cases and then feed on milkweed to grow. The caterpillar will be fully grown after two weeks, starting the pupa or chrysalis stage where the caterpillar would spin a silk pad on a twig and attach itself to it. Although it may look like nothing is happening during this stage, on the inside a lot of changes are taking place. The old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a transformation called metamorphosis. Two weeks after the pupal stage an adult butterfly emerges eating flowers and enjoying its short lifespan. This would be the first generation of monarch butterflies for the year.

The second generation of monarch are born in May and June they go through the same stages as the first generation dying out two to six weeks after becoming a mature monarch. The third generation will be born July and August and the fourth will be born in September and October.

Now there’s a slight difference with the fourth generation, they still go through all the stages but they don’t die out immediately instead they migrate to warmer areas and will live for another six to eight months to start the cycle again.

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Chestnut Rose

June 21, 2014

Chestnut Rose is also known as Chinquapin Rose and Burr Rose. It originated in China and was introduced from the Botanic Garden at Calcutta in 1824. It was named after William Roxburgh, assistant surgeon to the East India Co. who sent the rose to Calcutta Botanical Garden; from there it reached England and quickly traveled to America.

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This rose was originally identified by Lindley in 1820 from a Chinese painting and was given the name R. microphylla, but the name was changed when it was found that another unrelated European rose had already been given that name. In China, it has been grown for generations and has been known as Hoi-tong-hong.

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The Chestnut Rose is unique in many ways. The pink, lightly fragrant flowers open from mossy-looking buds irregularly throughout the growing season and are followed by bristly, globular hips that resemble chestnut burrs. The odd, pale brown bark of the branches, combined with leaves divided into many small leaflets (as many as 15), makes this rose a fascinating specimen plant, especially if allowed to reach its mature size.

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The ‘Chestnut Rose’ is readily distinguished by its grayish-dark brown, exfoliating bark. During the winter, the plant seems entirely dead. However it is, in fact, all but indestructable, and is a great starter rose for timid gardeners. The calyx and hips are both covered with prickly spines that resemble the fruits of chestnut trees. The ‘Chestnut Rose’ foliage is dark green, rough, and relatively small while the hips are large and initially green, they orange-yellow as they ripen.

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