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Cabbage Roses

August 3, 2014

Cabbage Rose (Rosa × centifolia) is complex hybrid bred from Rosa gallica, Rosa moschata, Rosa canina, and Rosa damascena. It was developed by Dutch rose breeders in the period between 17th and 19th century. They were favorite subjects in Old Dutch Masters paintings.

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The cabbage rose is a climbing rose with large flowers that resembles the head of a cabbage and the name centifolia literally means hundred leaved or petaled. The plant is rather prickly with a loose shrub from growing 4 to 5 feet high and is covered in thorns. The flowers are round and globular with numerous overlapping highly scented petals. The flower of the cabbage rose is an old-fashioned favorite and probably the most popular old rose because of its many petals.

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The Cabbage rose is particularly cultivated in the perfume capital of the world, the French city of Grasse. The rose oil is extracted from the blooms of cabbage roses and is used to improve synthetic fragrances and flavour tobacco products and soft drinks.

Growing cabbage roses is relatively easy. It is suited for clay soil rich in humus and with moderate sand levels. Select the cultivars of cabbage roses desired for your garden and then select a spot in your garden where it would receive four or more hours of sun each day. Make sure the location is not cramped or poorly ventilated as this would invite insects and disease problems.

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Water your cabbage rose in the morning daily as they prefer soil that is moist but not soggy. Watering daily for the first year will help develop deep and healthy roots. Fertilize once a month with a commercial or organic rose fertilizer. Mulch roses in winter with compost to preserve the moisture around the plant and protect it from the cold, A strict regimen of water, food and pruning will ensure your cabbage roses are healthy and happy for many years.

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Falcons

July 30, 2014

Falcons are small to medium-sized birds of prey with long and pointed wings and notched upper part of bill. They are found all across the world though they prefer the more temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Falcons are best known for the ruthlessness and superb flying abilities. There are more than 60 species of falcons and they are found in all habitable parts of the planet.

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Falcons are strong, fierce birds with large feet with long, carved talon and hooked bills. They are birds of prey and are therefore known for their hunting skills and known as a dominant predator within their environment. They have keen eyesight and swift in flight and pursue their prey with rapid wing beats. Falcons vary in size from 25 cm tall to more than 60 cm tall but the height of the falcon depends on the species.

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Falcons are roughly divisible into three or four groups. The first one contains the Kestrels which are a familiar sight with their pointed wings and long tails, usually small and stocky and can sometimes be sexually dimorphic. They can be seen hovering beside roadside verges. They are found in various habitats including farmlands as well as urban areas. They feed on small mammals and birds.

The second group contains slightly larger and more elegant species, the Hobbies and relatives. The Hobbies are very swift falcons with long, narrow wings and is often characterized by the considerable amount of dark slate-grey in their plumage. They feed on smaller birds and insects.

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The third group are the Peregrine Falcon and its relatives. The Peregrine Falcon is a large and powerful falcon with long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. They mostly live along river valleys, coastlines, mountain ranges and increasingly in cities. The Peregrine Falcon almost exclusively feeds on medium-sized birds such as waterfowl, songbirds, waders, doves and pigeons.

The final group contains the species of hierofalcons namely: Lanner Falcon, Laggar Falcon, Saker Falcon and Gyrfalcon. Their undersides have a lengthwise pattern of blotches, lines or arrowhead marks.

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Bristol Crown Ducal

July 27, 2014

Crown Ducal was founded by the A.G. Richardson & Co. Ltd of England in 1915. The company produced a wide variety of tableware over the years. Their famous artist Charlotte Rhead worked for the company and designed several of the company’s patterns that are a favorite amongst collectors.

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One of its patterns however called Bristol wasn’t designed by Rhead instead a Romantic Transferware pattern called Asiatic Pheasant is said to be the basis of Crown Ducal’s Bristol pattern. It was a very popular in the early 19th century. There was a conjecture that Crown Ducal purchased the rights to Asiatic Pheasant and produced it as Bristol.

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The first piece under the name Bristol appeared in the 1920s. Bristol can be found in five different colours pink, blue (a bright cobalt blue), grey-blue, greenish teal and purple. The grey-blue colour is the least popular among collectors and is relatively cheaper. The greenish teal colour is rare and would cost more. The Bristol pattern is prone to staining and this often affects the total value of the piece especially in common pieces.

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Multiple sizes and shapes of coffeepots and tea pots are available in a variety of colours in this pattern alongside side several serving pieces adding to the pattern’s huge following. However collectors are finding it hard to find coffeepots and teapots in pristine condition. It appears that a large number of tea-related pieces have been marketed largely in Europe making them somewhat hard to find elsewhere.

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Vintage Pyrex

July 22, 2014

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Cranes

July 20, 2014

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

SELECTING A CONTAINER

Requirements to consider:
1.  The container must be glass or another clear substance through which light can pass.
2.  Large enough opening to allow for the emplacement of soil and plants.
3.  The plants selected for a terrarium must have similar environmental needs.
4.  Terrarium must be thoroughly cleaned before use (to prevent bacteria growth)

Terrariums fall into two general categories:

1.  Open: can tolerate some direct sunlight. However, too much sun may burn the edges of leaves that are in direct sunlight.

2.  Closed: A closed terrarium can also be an open terrarium to which a cover has been added. Closed terrariums should be placed where they will receive bright light, but no direct sunlight. If placed in direct sunlight, the temperature inside the container rises considerably and literally cooks the plants.

*Before choosing a container, you must decide what you wish to grow in your terrarium. All plants in a terrarium should have similar light, moisture and other environmental needs. If you want to grow sun-loving plants in natural light, use an open terrarium. If you want to grow plants that require high humidity, the container should be closed.

Article Source: http://www.sprouthome.com/terrariums-step-by-step/

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STEP 1: Drainage: A terrarium does not have drainage holes. Therefore, you must supply a drainage layer to prevent damage to plant roots. Crushed river gravel works well, but any small stone or bits of broken pottery will work. You want to use 1 to 4 inches of drainage material depending on the height of the container. Generally the depth of the drainage material, charcoal, and soil should equal about one-third the height of the container.

STEP 2: Charcoal: On top of the drainage layer, place a thin layer of charcoal. This will help keep the soil fresh.

STEP 3: Soil: The kind of soil used will depend on the type of plants you wish to grow (Cacti/succulent soil vs. potting soil). Use enough soil so that you can create a “hole” where you want to place the root ball of the plants. For example, if you are adding a fern to the terrarium that has a 4” root ball, you will need to add at least 4” of soil to the terrarium.

STEP 4: Landscaping and Planting: Remember, plants grow. It is advisable to choose slow-growing plants and not to overplant. Make sure any necessary pruning is done prior to placing the plants in the terrarium and make sure plants are free of insects and disease. Place the largest plants in the terrarium first. Then add the smaller plants. Groundcover should be added last. Remember, you are making a miniature landscape, don’t forget to have fun with it and add in small animal figurines.

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Blue Danube

July 16, 2014

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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Stacked Tea Cups

July 7, 2014

The first small cups specifically made for drinking the beverage tea when it was newly seen in Europe in the 17th century were exported from the Japanese Port of Imari or from the Chinese port of Canton. Tea bowls in the Far East did not have handles, and the first European imitations, made at Meissen, were without handles, too. At the turn of the 19th century canns of cylindrical form with handles became a fashionable alternative to bowl-shaped cups.

The handle on a teacup was an explicitly German invention in 1707, by Johann Friedrich Bottger, to solve the freshness issue.

Data Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacup

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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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Sewing Machine Day

June 13, 2014

Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention —– the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s. It wasn’t until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S. Prior to it’s creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand…stitch by stitch!06-13-7AM

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