Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • The Art of Drying Flowers

    Have you ever had a bouquet that you wished you could keep forever? Learn how to dry flowers and you will never have to go through the sadness of tossing out a bouquet again! Whether it is a wedding bouquet or a bouquet from your summer garden, you can learn to preserve it. The three most popular ways to dry flowers are air-drying, using desiccants, and microwave drying. Air-drying is the simplest and cheapest method — people have been air-drying flowers for centuries. Using desiccants to dry flowers is another method that’s especially useful for flowers that do not respond well to air-drying, like thicker flowers or flowers prone to wilting. Microwave drying is the new favorite for people who hate to wait, such as myself; this method completely dries flowers within hours.

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  • These Flowers Will Make Your Salads Look And Taste Great

    Do you ever see a flower and think, “that looks good enough to eat”? Well, maybe it is. Flowers have been eaten since Roman times and are making a comeback in restaurants specializing in fresh, locally grown foods. Flowers are quite fragile and are best plucked fresh from the garden and used right away. It is absolutely essential to know that the flower you are eating is edible and to know what parts of it are safe to eat! In addition to properly identifying a flower before eating it, you must also make sure that it has not be treated with harmful chemicals; I recommend growing your own herbs and flowers so that you know without a doubt that they are safe. As long as you follow these tips, flowers can add beauty, surprise, and taste to your salads; your table will be the talk of the town!

    Nasturtiums

    Yellow Nasturtium

    Photo by: MAClarke21 (Flickr)

    Nasturtiums are bright red, yellow, and orange annual flowers easily grown from seed. When eaten, they have a slightly sweet but mostly peppery flavor that is perfect for salads. I recommend growing some in a pot by your window or doorway so that you can conveniently pick some fresh for your salad. They can also be steeped in white wine vinegar to create a salad dressing. The leaves are edible and packed with vitamin C as well.

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  • Is A Plant Based Diet Right For You?

    Vegetarian Lasagna

    Photo by: Beatrice Murch (Flickr)

    A couple of decades ago, the thought of a vegetarian diet conjured up images of bland foods and deprivation; however, one look at some of today’s fabulous vegetarian recipes and you will probably change your mind. They certainly made my mouth water, and I have made it a goal to eat at least two vegetarian meals a week, which won’t be hard to do with these scrumptious recipes. It is important to realize that there are different types of vegetarians — typically, a vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat or products containing meat. However, some vegetarians eat fish (pesco-vegetarians), some eat dairy (lacto-vegetarians), and some eat eggs (ovo-vegetarians). Some people who eat meat in limited quantities consider themselves semi-vegetarians. Vegans do not eat or use any animal products at all — for example, they do not wear leather or fur. A vegetarian diet has a variety of benefits as well as some disadvantages. Continue reading

  • Gardening For Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit

    Backyard Garden

    Photo by: Jon Roberts (Flickr)

    Gardening For Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit

    By contributor Ruby Bayan

    We love to garden because we enjoy caring for plants; we give them the nutrition and attention they need to grow healthy and achieve their purpose in nature. The beauty of it all is that the act of gardening reciprocates with physical, emotional, and mental health benefits for the gardener.

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  • More Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show!

    More Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show! The Largest Indoor Flower Show in the World! Check Out Pictures of the Amazing Displays and Booths. There are huge floral displays from exhibitors from around the Philadelphia region and the world. These impressive displays are created from scratch and take months and months of preparation. In addition to the huge amount of preparation it takes, it also takes an enormous amount of resources to pull these displays off. Soil and medium are brought in by the truckload. Pavers, gravel, river rocks, sod, and more help sculpt the landscapes. Millions of flowers and plants are also shipped into the convention center to create impressive exhibits that are inspired by nature. Tons of water is also required to keep the plants alive and the fresh cut flowers looking fresh thoughout the week. Displays are made from plants, fresh cut flowers, dried flowers, and other natural and artificial materials. It is truly amazing how much, time, energy, money, and preparation goes into each exhibit that only lasts for just over a week. Here are some great pictures of impressive displays and plants at the show.

    More Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show! Here's another set of pictures taken at The Philadelphia Flower Show. Enjoy!

    More Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show! Bunches of Pussy Willow Award Winning hydrangea at the Philadelphia Flower Show Hanging Orchid Display at the Philadelphia Flower Show Protea Tropical Flowers

    What do you think? Have a great weekend, everyone!


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  • Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show!

    Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show! The Largest Indoor Flower Show in the World! Check Out Pictures of the Amazing Displays and Booths. There are huge floral displays from exhibitors from around the Philadelphia region and the world. These impressive displays are created from scratch and take months and months of preparation. In addition to the huge amount of preparation it takes, it also takes an enormous amount of resources to pull these displays off. Soil and medium are brought in by the truckload. Pavers, gravel, river rocks, sod, and more help sculpt the landscapes. Millions of flowers and plants are also shipped into the convention center to create impressive exhibits that are inspired by nature. Tons of water is also required to keep the plants alive and the fresh cut flowers looking fresh thoughout the week. Displays are made from plants, fresh cut flowers, dried flowers, and other natural and artificial materials. It is truly amazing how much, time, energy, money, and preparation goes into each exhibit that only lasts for just over a week. Here are some great pictures of impressive displays and plants at the show.

    Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show! Here are some pictures taken at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show!

    Pictures from The Philadelphia Flower Show! Philadelphia Flower Show Roses

     

    Flowers at the Philadelphia Flower Show

     

    Philadelphia Flower Show

    That's all! Just a quick post today!


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  • Flowers And Plants That Are Poisonous To Pets

    For many pet owners, pets are like children, and like children, pets like to explore with their mouths — especially young ones. Many of us completely forget about the hazards that bouquets, houseplants, and outdoor plants can pose to our pets. When we do think about plants poisonous to pets, most of us automatically think “poinsettia.” I can’t tell you how many questions I get about poinsettias and pets. But actually, poinsettias are low on the plant toxicity list; there are many other plants that are much more toxic to your furry friends. I feel it is very important for pet owners to learn which plants are toxic to pets, what to do in case of plant poisoning, and how to keep pets away from toxic plants.

    Poisonous Indoor Plants

    There are many indoor plants that are poisonous to plants, with symptoms that range from minor irritation and vomiting to tremors, coma, and death. I have listed some of the most common poisonous houseplants, but this is by no means a complete list.

    Aloe

    Photo by: Manuel Martin Vicente (Flickr)

    Aloe: While aloe is beneficial as a burn treatment for humans, it can cause tremors, depression, vomiting, diarrhea and anorexia in animals when ingested.

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