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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Grab A Black Light & See Which Flower Has Ultraviolet In It - AND A Giveaway!

 People have used flowers to express their feelings, enhance their surroundings, and to commemorate important rituals and observances.  They soften the moment and speak volumes in total silence.  And if you're in a room with people you don't know, at least you can start a conversation using them.
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 Did You Know?
  • That there are over 270,000 species of flowers that have been documented in the 21st century? That's a lot of flowers!  Throughout the centuries flowers were used to symbolize love, friendship and sympathy.  There is even evidence indicating the use of flowers during funerals by the Neanderthals who inhabited Europe and parts of western Asia.  
  • Moving forward in time to the Victorian era; in England the language of flowers was as important to people as being "well dressed." For example, the recognizable scent of a particular flower, plant or perhaps a scented handkerchief sent its own unique message.
How Do Flowers Get Their Smell?

  • Fragrance is created on the surface of plant petals, leaves and tissues by some 50 to 100 chemicals of some 1,000 identified by scientists. Roses generate more than 80 distinct fragrances. 
Why Do Flowers Have Fragrances?
  • It depends on what the flower is trying to attract: daytime pollinators such as bees and butterflies or nighttime such as a moth to a stargazer lily. And scent is directly related to lifespan.
  • Some flowers use color to grab attention.  For instance bright colour attracts the hummingbird, while the honeybee will head for yellow or purple.  Flies and ants lean to dark colours and bats couldn't care less as they can't see it anyway, but if it's big and white it will help them find it at night in the dark. The spots or stripes on tulips can serve as street signs, pointing the way to the nectar, and even more amazing is the fact that some flowers have ultraviolet rings, like the black-eyed Susan.
    Now that's an idea...have a few friends over who are admiring all the gorgeous flowers you got then flip on a black light. 

I reached over 100 fans in my Facebook page and finished my website.  I'm all done with my friend's wedding flowers so I'm thinkin' it's time to celebrate!  I'd also like to get a little feedback and for spending a couple minutes you're eligible for a free gift.  It's a soft yellow peony-type flower with hand painted details on the edges. The center stamen is two-tone - green with red tips. There are two velvety green leaves and a wrapped stem so it can be used as a flower for you hair or popped into a vase...whatever you you'd like to do.  Here are the rules for entry:

1.  Go to my website on the Shop and Gallery pages, decide what your favorite item is. 
2.  Become a follower of my blog and either in the comments tell me what you chose as your favorite. Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.  (If you prefer not to leave your email publicly, you can email me your answer. Your address will not be given out.)

You can enter as many times as you wish.  I will notify the winner on July 31. 
 

1 comment:

Diane - earthnskystudio said...

Your flowers are GORGEOUS and the floral article is very informative!
Thanks! ^_^

Diane
www.earthnskystudio.com

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