Fun Flower Facts: Sturt’s Desert Pea

Scientific name: swainsona formaosa Sturt’s desert pea is definitely an unusual looking plant. The Desert Pea is a slow-growing, creeping plant known for its bizarre, yet attractive flowers.  The flowers are bright-red with leaf-like petals and purple-black bulbous centers (known as “the boss”).  The leaves and stems are greenish-grey and are covered with fine hairs. It is Australia’s best known wildflower. Native to Australia’s woodlands and open plains, the Desert Pea plant is remarkably resilient and can withstand extreme temperatures. In its ...

Must See! Cool Ice-Covered Flower Sculptures!

What do you get when you put ice and flowers together? At the “Flowers of the Snow Queen” exhibition in Kiev, Ukraine,  you would get the coolest ice sculptures, made with ice and fresh flowers! Artists have found an unique way to display beautiful, fresh flower arrangements in the dead of winter by freezing them inside perfectly transparent ice cubes. Artists used a special technology to preserve the color, shape, vitality and most importantly, the beauty of the flowers. To create the ...

Just Add Water! Growing Paperwhites Indoors

The weather outside may frightful, but it can be delightful inside! Add life and beauty to your home decor with some fresh flowers. There are many beautiful plants that thrive indoors, like the paperwhite or narcissus tazetta. The paperwhite, the original “just add water” plant,  is the easiest plant to grow in the comfort of your own home. Kids can even do this! The process is as simple as putting the bulbs in water along with some stones to hold ...

Orchid named after Will and Kate

You know you are important when… you get a flower named after you, of course! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Singapore recently to attend an orchid naming ceremony. It was a very special occasion, indeed! They royal couple were being honoured with their own orchid at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The free-flowering orchid was named “Vanda William and Catherine” to represent the marriage of the royal couple. The stunning white flowers with purple spots are about 8 cm in ...

Guest Post: An Artfully Designed Flower Garden

An Artfully Designed Flower Garden with Colours, Textures and Decor It may still be the dead of winter, but I’m already daydreaming about spring gardening. Everybody has their own sense of style when it comes to their garden, but there are a few aesthetic elements to consider when planning your garden to be a work of art. Thinking about colour combinations, texture combinations, as well as how to preserve your masterpiece will yield the best results. Complementary colours for plants, stones, and ...

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: A Review

We first mentioned the fictional novel “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on funflowerfacts.com over a year ago. When the book first came out in 2011, there was a lot of publicity and press regarding this debut author’s work. Over this past weekend, I finally had a chance to read the book. With a romantic title like “The Language of Flowers,” one would assume that this book is about romance. There is some romance, but there are also themes of ...

Musings: Labor Is Life…

“The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.“  Jim Rohn Musings: Labor Is Life… If you were recently laid off and are having difficulty finding a new job, consider that you might have hidden gifts or passions that were untapped in your regular career that you are now available to explore. The universe might simply be moving you in a more fulfilling direction. Daily OM  Madisyn Taylor Today is Labor Day in ...

Valentines Blooms – Alternatives to Red Roses

When most people think of Flowers & Valentine’s day it’s Red Roses that immediately come to mind. Probably because everyone knows that a Red Rose means love (it’s true meaning is “Passionate Love”). Red Roses are also a very popular flower & welcomed by most women, but they aren’t for everyone. Also for the forgetful man, the closer it gets to Valentines Day the harder it can be to find Red Roses, at least to find good quality ones. If your ...

Mother Nature's Wild Child

Nature is a glamorous lady. She knows who she is and inspires confidence from those around her. Her kingdom follows a pre-set pulse, birds migrate, seasons change, stars sparkle, and the sun rises. Harmonious and elegant, dangerous, and powerful, she is a focused force who does not suffer fools lightly. Each of nature’s children dances to her rhythm, effortlessly following a pre-destined path, and accepting where it leads. Then there is man… a bumbling bundle of nail-biting neediness and knuckle ...

Has iPad Finally Jumped the Shark?

Fonzie “Jumps the Shark” – Wikipedia During the late 1970s and early 80s the most popular show on television was ABC’s “Happy Days.” The Cunninghams and Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli were members of the family – until Fonzie jumped the shark – literally. The phrase “jump the shark” relates to the episode during the series’ twilight when the cast went to Hawaii and the daredevil Fonzie had to water-ski jump over a shark tank for some contrived sense of honor. After that point, critics and ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins

Blogger, author and speaker – Jeff Goins Here’s the latest installment of my ongoing “7 Questions With an Author…” series. I’m thrilled about today’s interview because it features a truly gifted writer – who’s also a friend – Jeff Goins. Jeff  is an accomplished blogger, sought-after speaker and best-selling author. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, he graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Spanish and Religion. Junior year, he spent a semester in Spain, which opened his eyes to a whole new world. Which ...

Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot about its New Year resolutions and the Mayan Apocalypse - here’s an unedited transcript of our conversation this morning. =============== User: It’s been several weeks since our last ...

A Father’s Worst Fear is Looming…

Taylor and me nearly 8 years ago... Our oldest daughter is 10 years old and in the fifth grade.  She plays the violin, is a voracious reader, loves playing with her cats and playing American Girl dolls with her sister. She’s possibly the kindest and most considerate person I know. She makes me want to be a better father, a better husband and a better man. I love her desperately. I’ll always see her as the little girl in the picture above – I can’t ...

Fairness is Overrated…

For the past few decades, the big trend in corporate America has been “pay for performance.” In other words, the more you do on the job or the better your results for the organization – the greater your compensation. The underlying idea of this trend has been a fundamental component of capitalism since its inception. For example, the more a sales representative sells, the higher their bonus. When a professional athlete performs exceptionally on the field, court, track or ice, their pre-negotiated ...

Why People Can’t Stand Christians…

Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) courtesy of Wikipedia Over the holidays we spent time with some close family friends, and one of the topics that came up during our conversation was a seemingly growing distaste for Christians and Christianity in general. Through our discussion, it was obvious that the reasons for this perception are legion. However, one of the examples given during the talk shined a stark light on the issue. One of the individuals participating in our discussion had attended a series ...

Three Alarm Nonsense

I just enjoyed some time away, launched like a rocket traveling at 80mph up the east coast in my daughter’s Civic, aimed at North Carolina, plugged into iTunes while the humming vibration of hot asphalt beneath our speeding wheels lulled me into a state of blessed detachment. It was twelve hours of straight driving, which we shared, quickly stopping at random restaurants and rest areas for fast food and bathroom breaks. It’s funny how I view people when I’m on ...

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It’s Here

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This was a labor of love. It brought me much closer to my Great Grandfather, Charley Dobyns. This book is loosely based on his life. My mother told me stories over the years about her Grandfather. He was a man of pioneering stock. He was a horseman and enjoyed the country life. I met him only once. I must have been about five years old. I can see him and my Great Grandmother telling us …

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Legolas and Gastar

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The famous battle-capable elf from LOTR and “The Hobbit” meet the lead characters of the Gastar novellas. Let’s have a bit of fictional fun. Shevata braced her left side where she removed the arrow. The bleeding stopped and as she slowly concentrated against the barred door, she felt the pain ease off and her muscles relax. …

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On the Confederacy of Genius

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When I do interviews about being an author, the often-asked question is “What is your favorite novel?” That’s always a tough question to answer, and for me, I’m inspired by almost all fiction and non-fiction when it comes to my writing. Films inspire me as well, with the many years of migraine headaches had me …

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On The Bonafide Books

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“Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” As we continue the never-ending struggle of the traditional vs. independent publishing methods for writers the never-ending question comes up: Are traditional books better? Are they more entertaining? Are they better written? Do they have better editing? Do they give more in depth detail? (I’m focusing on fiction). What is so bad …

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Results of My Ad Campaign to Increase Facebook Likes

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Most useful things are constructed one piece at a time – and the pieces shift before they’re finally right. Last weekend I sprang for $120 across two days for a Facebook ad campaign to increase the Likes on my Yours In Books FB page. The true felt-cost was really only $65 thanks to a $55 “windfall” …

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On the Amazon Wars

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While surfing Twitter skimming over Indie novels I haven’t heard about, I hit one that piqued my interest. While others may not admit it, I know I “stargaze” on websites. 5 star reviews catch my attention and 1 star reviews catch my attention. 3 star reviews don’t mean much to me as a reader. That …

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My Manuscript Is In Shambles

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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 …

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