Flower Gardening Tips

Some tips about flower gardening from garden thermometers - Annuals are the plant world's equivalent of a summer romance. "Live fast and die young" applies here, as true annuals move through their life cycle - growing, flowering, setting seed, and dying off - in just one season.

Some plants considered annual in colder climates are actually perennials in warmer regions of the world.

The charming and delicate beauty of flowers has fascinated people of all nations and backgrounds for centuries. Flowers have been bred and cultivated for their decorative beauty as well as their ability to heal diseases. Flowers are the subject of poems and myths, and religious symbols are associated with flowers as well. Many girls are named after flowers. The main reason for the popularity of flowers though is their ability to bring a feeling of well-being.

Since the beginning of time, flowers have been used to express human emotions. They have been found in Neanderthal graves and have been an important part of many cultures and religions throughout the world.

The first recorded plant collectors were the soldiers in the army of Thothmes III, Pharaoh of Egypt, 3500 years ago. In the Temple of Karnak these soldiers are shown bringing back 300 plants as booty from Syria.

Flowers have been irresistible to painters through the ages. These days we've lost much of the symbolism associated with them, but earlier painters chose flowers to convey very specific messages about their subjects.

The practice of assigning meanings to flowers began in Turkey during the seventeenth century. Lovers began using floral exchanges to convey particular messages. The Victorian era witnessed rise in the popularity of flower language and corresponding meaning assigned to different flowers. In England, dozens of dictionaries of "florography" were published during that period.

 

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