Fun Flower Facts: Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod (Solidago) is a genus of flowering plants native to North America and belongs to the aster family. It can be easily identified by its clusters of small golden yellow flowers that grow on tall, hairy stems. Flowers are strongly scented. Goldenrod grow to be 2-6 feet tall.  Flowers are commonly found growing in fields, road sides and salt marshes, blooming from late summer until fall. Most North Americans consider goldenrod to be a weed for its fast growing, aggressive nature, ...

10 Uses for Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile is a fragrant, daisy-like flower with many uses! The use of chamomile as a medicinal herb dates back to the ancient Egyptian days. It has an intoxicating apple fragrant that is sure to delight the senses! The German Camomile is one of the most popular flowering herbs in the world-most famous for its tea! This yellow and white flower is known to have healing properties, such as relieving stress and promoting relaxation. Here are some of the ways you can ...

2012 in Review: Our Top Blog Posts & Topics

Is it another year already? Time sure does fly by when you are blogging! 2012 has been quite the year for Fun Flower Facts! It was a good year for us! We have written 230 blog posts and had about 70 000 views this year! Thank you to all of our visitors, especially our American readers for all of your support! Here are our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012: Plant Hardiness Zones Explained Do You Have Change for a Tulip? Must ...

Musings: Would You Like To Dance…?

“Go out in the world and work like money doesn’t matter; Sing as if no one is listening; Love as if you have never been hurt; and Dance as if no one is watching…” Anon Musings: Would You Like To Dance...? Join us... and other dance lovers. Dj Mam’s feat Doukali & Soldat Jahman – Hella Decalé I love dance. I love dance combined with superb music that makes you get up and go for it. I love when dance is also part of anexercise routine. Since ...

Social Media: A Journey…

“The term Social Media describes tools, websites and software that allows people to connect and share…. Social Media Marketing is all about gaining that Social Media exposure in a tactical way, all why carefully avoiding getting blocked or banned.” Chris Garrett A Social Media Journey: Six Degrees and more... What does Social Media mean to you? It seems like only yesterday when a colleague at a marketing firm invited me to join an online business group –LinkedIn. At the time, I believe this was in 2004 or so, I ...

Largest Living Wall inside airport in North America – Edmonton International

The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has recently undergone a vast expansion and has turned to green décor options. The airport now boasts of a 1420 sq ft area dedicated to a Living Wall (also referred to as a Vertical Garden, Green Wall, Bio-wall or Plant Wall). Over 8000 plants and 32 species have been artfully designed over 3 separate wall spaces to recreate the whimsical clouds found in the prairie sky and paintings done by the famous Canadian Group of Seven ...

Hotel Give Guests Flowers

It has been said before and we’ll say it again: Flowers make things better! They bring smiles and joy to people. They bring colour and cheer to any decor. So it’s no surprise that fresh flower arrangements can be found everywhere, from apartments to hotels to restaurants. Having fresh flower arrangements in hotels isn’t anything new. Floral arrangements can be often found near the front entrances to welcome guests to the facility, adding beauty and colour to the decor. Nonetheless, at the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Roses Named After Celebrities

As if fame and fortune wasn’t enough for celebrities, they even have flowers named after them! Photo Credit: http://www.nurseriesonline.com.au Marilyn Monroe Rose Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell, has a soft, creamy apricot colored hybrid rose named after her.  The rose is lightly scented and a classic beauty, which perfectly represents Marilyn’s timeless beauty. Photo Credit: http://www.rose-roses.com The Barbra Streisand Rose Barbara Streisand has said that if a flower was named after her, she would want it to smell good and be disease free. Botanists have since ...

3 Keys to Beating My Addiction: Caffeine

Last week I decided that I wanted to stop drinking caffeinated coffee and diet soda with caffeine as well. I realize that caffeine in moderate amounts actually has been proven to have healthful benefits for a variety of nasty disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer, but I still needed to stop. The problem was, that I couldn't drink the stuff in moderation. Each day, I would practically polish off a pot of coffee by myself before heading to ...

Helping Kids Understand Money

I typically write about issues that families face on a daily basis. One area that I haven’t touched on in a while is kids and money. Below is a guest post from Joy Mali who writes about financial management tips – specifically, she advocates that college-age students and young adults check credit scores regularly and improve their credit reports before applying for student loans. ====================== Every parent wants their child to become financially responsible by the time they become adults. But it’s not as simple ...

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2012

National Novel Writing Month starts today, and I’m in it to win it! I was a “winner” in 2009 and in 2010, but in 2011 the creative spark was doused by my revision efforts on the 2009 manuscript. In fact, I’m still revising. But that’s how this gig works. The main thing is that 2009 and 2010 got me into the writing mode like nothing else could at the time. And now, in 2012, I will set other demands aside ...

My Manuscript Is In Shambles

You know how, when you’re doing a major housecleaning, there comes a moment when you look around and see everything in shambles? You think your place will never be nice again. But you keep at it, and the next time you look around (it seems), everything is gorgeous. Well, that’s where I’m at with my novel, Great Wharf. The reason it’s in shambles is that I hired a former Random House editor to take a look and give me some feedback. ...

30 Nights of Solitude

Last night was my third evening home after 30 nights of solitude spent in a bed far far away. A month was long enough for me to form an intimate relationship with nocturnal privacy, where my thoughts were free to roam naked down the carpeted halls of my mind, bumping into only myself on the way to the bathroom. “Excuse me. Oh! It’s just me.” It was a luxurious fling. A sprawling self-indulgence of fluffed pillows, and scrolling paragraphs — the ...

7 Questions With an Author: Donna Cavanagh

Author, blogger, comedy writer, podcaster – Donna Cavanagh This is another installment of the “7 Questions With an Author…” series, featuring writer Donna Cavanagh. Donna is a personal friend, a gifted writer and founder of the web sites HumorOutcasts.com and HumorOutcasts Press. Her latest book, A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life, was “written” by her two dogs, Frankie and LuLu, and is a guidebook described as “….a short, tail-wagging tale that tells it like it is when it comes to reining in an owner and getting the ...

Putting My Money (…you know where…)

Best-selling author, speaker, blogger - Michael Hyatt This is launch week for a fantastic book titled Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World written by best-selling author, speaker, uber-blogger – Michael Hyatt. I’m part of Michael’s Platform Launch Team and am helping make his book a New York Times best seller. That best-seller list is determined by reported book sales during a specific week – for Michael’s book, it’s this week. To help drive those sales – Michael is offering a great bonus offer to ...

Naked Musings

Time, you’ve discovered, is an illusion; the past a blur, and happiness is as slippery as a river rock. And who dares to boast of their sure footedness, for feet do slip, and those slips may provide a nasty fall. Or is the fall nasty at all? Dare I judge my fall, or your fall, or any fall, for falls are falls and common to men—and ladies too. So lift your pretty skirts as you step from stone to stone ...

Leah Griffith - Eating Life Raw

My name is Leah Griffith, I was raised in the northeast, and then migrated to Hawaii, St. Croix, North Carolina, and now sunny Florida. Enjoy observing life, and laughing at it, particularly when it catches me off guard. I've completed my first novel and am currentlly seeking representation. I love writing, and reading, but mostly I love life.

The Kid Got to Me

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When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. …

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Run Like Hell!

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Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within …

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I Left a Hot Pot of Coffee for This?

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It’s early, and eerie, and I’m getting goose flesh as my morning walk leads me into some really dense fog. I have to push myself across the threshold of hesitation, for who knows what lurks in this heavy haze? And to think, I left a hot pot of coffee for this. Each day is a gamble, …

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Cupid Must Think I’m Stupid!

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Valentine’s schmalentine’s, who gives a crap? Is this day just for daters and maters or for the general population? I’ve been married 35 years and I’ve yet to get a valentine gift. Of course I’m not the type to make a fuss. I like to silently seethe. Actually, I come from Worcester County, which happens to …

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A Soft Surrender

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I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn’t help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the …

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2014, Come as You Are

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I thought the year 2012 would kill me, but I made it through, entering 2013 with steady eyes and heightened expectations—silly silly girl. Turns out 2013 had its own plans for Leah, taking the opportunity to teach me some real stunners. I’m not talking cliché quips, or token phrases, but cut out my heart and …

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Last Minute Tree

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Last Minute Tree By: Leah Griffith I was about eleven when Alberta Hazard, took me along to help her buy a Christmas tree. It was the night before Christmas, pretty late to be buying a tree, but I was excited to go. This would be my first time breaking away from the nest and seeing how other …

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