Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Gift for Christmas... Garden to Vase ..

A gift for Christmas!

Growing and Using Your Own Cut Flowers
By Linda Beutler
Photographs by Allan Mandell
As an accomplished gardener and professional florist, Linda Beutler offers unique insights into creating inspired floral arrangements and growing the plants that go into them. Among the topics that Beutler discusses are the philosophy of floral design; making creative use of plants you're already growing; techniques of harvesting and preparing cut flowers; "bouquet basics"; and creating arrangements for special occasions.
The book culminates in "Plants for the Cutting Garden: Flowers, Foliage, and Fruit," which contains detailed descriptions of more than 200 outstanding plants. Adding greatly to the book's appeal and usefulness are Allan Mandell's breathtaking photographs of flowers in every stage from the garden to finished arrangement.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

TODAY'S FLOWER ... Poinsettia- Euphorbia pulcherrima

The name "poinsettia" is after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the US in 1828. The alternative names for the poinsettia are: Cuetlaxochitl (in Nahuatl mexican language), Mexican flame leaf, Christmas star, Winter rose, Noche Buena, Lalupatae, Atatürk çiçeği ("Flower of Atatürk", in Turkey), Αλεξανδρινό (Alexandrian, in Greece), Pasqua and Stella di Natale (in Italy).
Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly named poinsettia, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico, and native to the Pacific coast of the United States. The shrub occurs in some parts of central and southern Mexico, and a few localities in Guatemala.
Der Weihnachtsstern (Euphorbia pulcherrima), auch Adventsstern, Christstern oder Poinsettie genannt, ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Gattung Wolfsmilch (Euphorbia) in der Familie der Wolfsmilchgewächse (Euphorbiaceae). Weihnachtssterne sind aufgrund der auffälligen, intensiv gefärbten Hochblätter (Brakteen), die sternförmig angeordnet sind, begehrte Zimmerpflanzen. Oft werden die Hochblätter fälschlicherweise für Blütenblätter gehalten.

Der von Gärtnern gelegentlich noch verwendete Namen Poinsettie leitet sich vom früheren botanischen Gattungsnamen Poinsettia ab. Dieser Name Poinsettia ist wiederum nach dem amerikanischen Botschafter in Mexiko, Joel Roberts Poinsett, benannt, der die Pflanze Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts in die USA einführte.

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Pictures by Gisela Bach 2008

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