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100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names
100 Flowers and
How They Got
Their Names


Draw 50 Flowers, Trees & Other Plants
Draw 50 Flowers,
Trees & Other Plants


Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees
Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees


The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
The One-Straw Revolution:
An Introduction
to Natural Farming




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Flower Themes, Flowers in Art


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Flower Parts Chart
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Cross-Section Flower Model
Cross-Section
Flower Model

A flower is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants and its function is to produce seeds of the next generation. The grouping of flowers, also known as bloom or blossom, is called the inflorescence.

The word flower is from Middle English 'flour' meaning best of anything; blossom from the Proto-Indo-European base bhlo- to blossom, flourish, thrive.

In addition to serving as the reproductive organs of flowering plants, flowers are admired and used by humans to beautify their environment, commemorate special lifetime events, and as a source of food.

Artichoke, Basillius Besler, Art Print
Artichoke,
Basillius Besler,
Art Print



  • Flower vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke.
  • The most expensive spice, saffron, consists of dried stigmas of a crocus.
  • Hops flowers are used to flavor beer.
  • Marigold flowers are fed to chickens to give their egg yolks a golden yellow color, which consumers find more desirable.
  • Dandelion flowers are often made into wine.

PLANTING SUGGESTIONS ~

SEED TAPES are a great way to efficiently space tiny seeds - you can make your own seed tape on a less the hospitable early spring day and then put them in prepared soil when the time is right. You will need toilet paper, flour glue or Elmer's School glue, a little paint brush, and tiny seeds, of course.

SEED BALLS are great way to reclaim land that is too difficult to cultivate by just scattering the seed balls - which are really already planted seeds - by tossing the balls onto the ground as you take a walk. The balls, which you prepared from the soil recipe below, are too big for a bird to eat and protects the seeds from insects.

SEED BALL RECIPE: Gather 5 parts dry red clay (like from the art store), 3 parts humus or organic compost, 1 part assorted seed, 2 parts water; mixing container; cayenne pepper protection from insects is optional (rubber gloves for hand mixing with pepper).

The Seed Ball Story - video.


POETRY ~

“Every path and every plot,
Every bush of roses,
Every blue forget-me-not
Where the dew reposes. /

“Up!’ they cry, ‘the day is come
On the smiling valleys,
We have beat the morning drum;
Playmate, join your allies!’”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

• “Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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