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Candy Stripe Rose

April 26, 2014

‘Candy Stripe’ is a large-flowered, very fragrant Hybrid Tea rose. The blooms are often a bright shade of pink striped with pale blush color, but it can come in most any color. The blooms vary in size from 1/2 inch to 6 inches and it can have five to more than 30 petals.

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The Candy Stripe flowers from June until the first frost of winter and is among the largest roses in the world. The leaves are also large and a leathery dark green color with finely toothed edges. It prefers to be in a sunny postion.

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Most varieties grow on long canes, perfect for rose beds, although they will sometimes climb. The flowers are also ideal for cutting. Unfortunately, this favorite plant is quite susceptible to a variety of diseases and pests.

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April 20, 2014

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Pansy

April 13, 2014

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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St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014

 Saint Patrick’s Day also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. It is named after Saint Patrick, the recognised patron saint of Ireland.

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Saint Patrick was born into a wealthy Romano-British family in the 4th century. Little is known about his childhood but around the time he was 16 years old, he was kidnapped and taken into Ireland and sold as a slave. He was believed to be held in the west coast of Ireland where he lived for six years before he escaped and reunited with family in England. Upon his return to England he immediately joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to become a priest.

While he was captive he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity and board a ship to Britain. In the year 432, he dreamed and was told to go back to Ireland this time as a bishop to Christianise the Irish people. According to Irish folklore, he also used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of Trinity to the Irish. For thirty years he evangelizes and baptizes newly converted Irish Christians and established monasteries, churches, and schools. He died on March 17th, 461, and was canonized by the local church.

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The original colour associated with Saint Patrick’s Day was blue but over the years the association of the color green with Saint Patrick’s Day grew.  Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.

In Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated as a national holiday for many centuries, but only became an official public holiday in 1903. By mid-1990s the government of Ireland began a campaign to use Saint Patrick’s Day to showcase Ireland and its culture and set up Saint Patrick’s Festival. The first Saint Patrick’s Festival was held on 17 March 1996. The following year it became a three day event, by 2000 it was a four day event and by 2006 it became a five day event.

In the United States, Saint Patrick’s Day was first publicly celebrated in 1737 in Boston where a huge number of Irish immigrants resided. The celebration was originally a celebration to remember their homeland. As Irish immigrants began to spread throughout the United States other cities developed their own traditions.

In Chicago, the annual dyeing of the Chicago River green is done on Saint Patrick’s Day. It started in 1962 where city pollution workers released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river keeping the colour of the river green for a week. Today only 40 pounds of dye is used to minimize environmental damage, it is enough to keep the colour of the river green for a few hours.

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Although Saint Patrick’s Day is not a legal holiday in the United States, it is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Sweet Mittens

January 22, 2014

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Winter Mantles

January 18, 2014

I always have a hard time decorating my mantle in January. All of fall and Christmas decor are gone and everything just looks so bare. I love the look of these mantles. Off to the store I go!

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Forget Me Nots

December 29, 2013

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Knock Knock

December 26, 2013

I just love a set of double doors!

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Pumpkin Time

October 6, 2013

Pumpkin patches are open and cooler weather is here!

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