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Life Interrupted

Oh Delta…why oh why?   Once again I had an adventure !  After a fabulous time in North Carolina–great time with my BFF, Ann, and then a weekend with Aaron I settled in for the trip home. I was taking a flight to Minneapolis and then the little prop plane flight into Mason City so Chris could just pick me up there since he had been home all last week and we did not have a car at the Minneapolis airport ...

The Internet, Does it enhance free speech or allow some to limit it?

Along with writing the occasional article on my own blog I tend to surf the internet seeking to broaden my political views and to learn how others feel about important issues that affect our daily lives. The Net is a wonderful place to do this because it provides an incredible platform for individuals to share their own beliefs and ideologies, or comment on those of others without fear of reprisal. It also allows for interaction amongst individuals of similar beliefs ...

Please reverse my meal !

Am I being unreasonable? – answers on a postcard, please… I paid six grand for this cruise on what is described as a 5 star boat, so I think that I am entitles to at least a reasonable standard of cuisine! To illustrate the problem, after a meal the previous night which comprised a chicken salad, followed by chicken soup followed by chicken and chips, one of my fellow passengers was heard to ask “What kind of chicken are we having tonight?” To add ...

How To Save Money On Frozen Foods!

How To Save Money On Frozen Foods!

Opinion by John Liming I admit it!  I am a fat guy and I am sometimes a lazy guy to boot! When I was working, before I retired, I used to come home from a hot, hard day at the plant and plop face down on my bed in an  air conditioned room contemplating whether or not to eat the evening meal--and wondering what to eat in case I did eat. I was usually too exhausted from slaving away at my steel forge(Temperatures ...

Carlsbad Caverns

When I was a five year old, my parents and I went to Carlsbad New Mexico to see Carlsbad Caverns. It was an experience that stuck in my mind like glue. I remember it all as if it was yesterday. It would be sixty years before I returned to that area.  At my childhood visit, they had some of the walkways concreated but some where made of wood.  About half way down, they made an announcement that the lights would ...

Just a quick note….

Image via Wikipedia I won’t be posting anything next week, we’re taking a family holiday the first one with one of our granddaughters so I am rather excited.  We all try to get together at least once every two years to unwind and enjoy some different scenery. This time we are going to Majorca, the weather promises to be kind to us, unlike the so-called “summer” we have had here in the UK. We are all looking forward to a relaxing break and ...

Chocolate Brownies

These are rich and gooey and sinful. Ingredients: 125g butter 100g dark chocolate 1 cup castor sugar 2 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup self-raising flour 3/4 cup walnuts or pecan nuts, coarsely chopped Method: Preheat oven to 180C Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy Sift in the flour and cocoa and mix well. Add the chocolate and butter mixture. Add the nuts. Pour into a 20cm square oven dish Bake for 30 minutes until top starts to ...

Origami: Fall Flowers Edition

One of top searched terms on our flower blog is “origami flower.” For those that don’t know, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative forms, such as flowers, animals and geometric shapes.We think it’s because people love flowers so much and they want them to last forever since fresh flowers eventually die! But on the other hand, paper flowers will last indefinitely! Plus, they are a lot of fun to make! Now that fall is just around the corner, ...

Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile flowers have been used for centuries to treat an assortment of ailments. The flowers are known to contain anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. There are two main types of chamomile used in traditional herbal medicine: German Chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and Roman or English Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). If you are a gardener, you can grow your own flowers. Alternatively, you can purchase dried flower heads, liquid extracts or creams from specialty or herbal stores. Chamomile tea is readily available at most grocery ...

The Lotus Flower

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera Lotus flowers are aquatic perennials native to Asia that can be found growing in marshes, lagoons, ponds and flooded fields.  They can also be cultivated in water gardens, for those that have the space. These plants can grow up to 5 feet in height and can spread up to 10 ft. across! The roots are planted firmly in the soil of the pond. The large green leaves are so highly repellent, the phenomenon has been called “the ...

The Art of Captivation: What makes us LOVE that book, movie, song…?

The Art of Captivation: What makes us LOVE that book, movie, song…? You probably have one of your own. That CD or MP3 you’ve listened to 1,000 times. For me, it’s the first 3 songs from U2′s Joshua Tree (Side A for you old-school vinyl enthusiasts). I’m not sure what it is about The Edge’s primal guitar beat that is so captivating, but it is as intoxicating to me as any drink. I hear the intro to “The Streets Have No ...

Fall Gardening Checklist

Fall is well under way. The temperatures are cooler. The leaves on the trees have changed colours. The days are shorter. The nights are longer. And before you know it winter will be here soon enough. But before you can relax by the fireplace for the next few months, be sure to get some of these things done before the first snowfall. Remove spent annuals and weeds from the garden. Collect seeds and herbs for drying. Cut back on soft-foliage perennials like bleeding ...

Fabulous Finds: Valentine’s Day Decor and Gifts

Life may be like “a box of chocolates,” as Forrest Gump would say. But that doesn’t mean everyone wants one for Valentine’s Day. If you want to give your loved one something that lasts longer than a sweet confection, check out these fabulous finds. Each one is sure to put a smile on their face. Smith & Hawken Cream Curved Wood Wreath; 21.25″. Priced at $33.99; www.target.com. Red Foil Ceramic Bowl. Priced at $34.95; www.pier1.com. Go Home Venice Candlesticks; pack of two. ...

Flowers created with code

Daniel Brown is a programmer, designer, & artist who creates stunning flowers from code.  Yes code! All of these images are computer generated and one things for sure, he’s darn good at it! Daniels work is showcased in some very prestigious places such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Based in London, England, Daniel Browns work is much acclaimed and sought after. Lady Gaga, Paris couture fashion week, Mulberry, MTV & Sony Play Station ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Fun Flower Facts: Zinnia


Zinnias are brightly coloured flowers belonging to the Asteraceae family, where other members include asters, daisies, and sunflowers. Flowers vary in size, with diameters ranging from one inch to seven inches. They also vary in form; they might have a single, semi-double or double layers of petals. The zinnia is a hot-climate plant native to South America and southwestern United States.

Zinnias are popular fresh cut flowers and are valued for their long stems and brightly-coloured blooms. Cut flowers should last at least a week before they start looking tired. These daisy-like flowers are available in a wide range of colours, including white, yellow, orange, red, purple and lilac. Flowers will bloom from early summer to early fall. Zinnias can also be dried and used in floral arrangements.

These flowers are also a favourite among gardeners, especially those that are growing a cutting garden. They are one of the easiest flowers to grow. The bright colours attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Some gardeners will grow these flowers specifically for that very reason. For the best effect, plant in masses. The taller varieties make great borders and edging, while smaller zinnias do well in windowboxes, hanging boxes and other containers.

Zinnias do best in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. They are commonly grown from seed. Zinnias will reseed themselves if not deadheaded. Deadhead to increase blooms.

Climate zones: 3-10

Fun flower facts about the zinnia:

  • Zinnia was named after the German botanist, Johann Gottfried Zinn, who wrote the first description of the flower
  • zinnias represent friendship, specifically thoughts of an absent friend
  • Believe it or not, there was a time when zinnias were considered small and ugly! When the Spanish first saw the flower in Mexico, they named it “mal de ojos” or sickness of the eye
  • zinnias are known as “cut and come again” flowers. Cut one flower stem above a pair of leaves and within a few days two new stems with flower buds will emerge!
  • from 1931 – 1957, the zinnia was the state flower of Indiana, USA
Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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