Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Poinsettias and Pets:

There is an interesting article by Dr. John Eustis of Orchard Veterinary Hospital (in South Burlington VT) appearing in the holiday issue of “4 Legs & a Tail” magazine.

In this article John lists the various risks that the holidays can pose for our four legged friends. Among them is some information on seasonal plant material.

“The first thing most people think of is the poinsettia plant. For over one hundred years this flower has been alleged to be toxic to animals. Surprisingly, it’s not true. Ingestion of poinsettias can cause mild to moderate GI upset and diarrhea, but is not the deadly toxin that most people think it is.”

So enjoy the holiday season … poinsettia plants included!

Posted by Mary

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The End of Summer is a Time of Transitions


The end of summer is a time of transitions. For many, it’s back to school, back to work, a new college or dorm room or a suddenly empty nest. For students and teachers alike the challenges of the new school year await.

All of these life transitions can be new and exciting but at the same time scary, lonely and a bit daunting. After the whirlwind of anticipation and preparations, reality sets in. This is definitely the time for some TLC. No matter the situation, flowers set an atmosphere of kindness, love and stress reduction.

A beautiful flower arrangement on a teacher’s desk get’s everyone in the classroom looking forward to the school year ahead. And flowers are a great antidote for those Monday morning office blues. That strange new dorm room will feel more like home with flowers and plants.

Meanwhile, on the home front, Mom (or Dad) needs a hug too for all her efforts over the summer. And for those with children away from the nest, it is wonderful to know that she is still in their thoughts and hearts.
Posted by Mary

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How Long Should My Flowers Last?

Many folks want to know how long should their flowers last.

Well, that depends. There are a lot of factors to consider to when answering this question.

Some flowers varieties will last longer than others. For instance, mums and carnations are very long lasting (Often a couple of weeks or more.), while spring flowers like daffodils are beautiful for about a week.

Where you buy flowers matters too. Good fresh flowers from your local florist are carefully cared for throughout the process of growing, shipping, storing and selling.

Another consideration is how the flowers are handled after you’ve bought them. By carefully cleaning off any submerged foliage, using flower food, cutting the stems with a sharp knife, and keeping the vase filled with clean water you give your flowers optimum conditions for longevity.

And finally, where you display your flowers makes a difference too. A cool location, out of the sun will prolong vase life.

So with these thoughts in mind … “Keep it cool, keep it clean, keep it out of the sun.” … enjoy these jewels of nature!
Posted by Mary